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ROOKIE CRAWFORD TAKES ON NEW ROAD COURSE
Round Nineteen of the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series returns to historic Watkins Glen International in upstate New York for the second time. The Sunday afternoon race, The Parts America 150, will run 62 laps/151.9 miles in the traditional two-segment format, and will start 34 Trucks.
Watkins Glen International is one of the oldest and most famous of American road racing circuits, located in the farm hills of New York state. Scene of early Formula One Grands Prix races, it hosts all three of the major NASCAR touring series, as well as races from other series such as SCCA, PSCR nee IMSA, as well as major vintage races. The Trucks will run on the 'NASCAR' course, a 2.45-mile, 11-turn configuration of paved track. The banking varies from six to ten degrees, and the front straight is 2,150 feet long and the back straight is even longer, at 2,600 feet. Watkins Glen is the second of three road race tracks on the 26-race schedule this season for the Trucks.
This will be RICK CRAWFORD'S first visit to Watkins Glen and only his second road course race. He's looking forward to the challenge of the scenic road circuit which brings the opportunity to take over the lead in the CINTAS Rookie Championship and break into the Driver Points Top Ten. Veteran Crew Chief ROLAND WLODYKA is well-versed in road circuit preparation and the crew is excited about its first visit to The Glen. Last weekend in the Federated Auto Parts 250, RICK CRAWFORD persevered, despite a brutal heat wave at Nashville Speedway USA, to finish eighth in a hotly (no pun intended) race which started 34 Trucks and saw but five finish on the lead lap. Crawford was one of several drivers in need of oxygen and medical attention after the race due to heat exhaustion and a burned elbow. Crawford and the crew had worked hard Friday and Saturday on the setup, and he qualified tenth out of a field of 41 drivers. During the race, due to superb driving, Crawford avoided trucks crashing and spinning in front of him, and survived the heat and rough track surface to finish in the top ten, narrowing the gap in the closely-contested Rookie contest.
RICK CRAWFORD remains in second place in the Cintas Rookie Point Standings but is now only one point behind the leader, with 182 points. Crawford has been second of 22 drivers in the Cintas field all season. He has one top-five and seven top-ten finishes so far, with 14 of the 26 finishes counting for the Cintas award.
RICK CRAWFORD remains eleventh in winnings, earning $172,670 so far this season.
RICK CRAWFORD is tied for 11th in the Points, out of 129 Drivers in the 1997 NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series Driver Standings, with 2246 points. Crawford is the top-running independent privateer in the Truck series.
RICK CRAWFORD is eighth in the Standings of Miles Run with Driver, Miles Run and Maximum Possible number of Miles Run...2575.182 out of 2765.361.
Rookie Crawford's record in the seventeen NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series Rounds so far this year:
DATE RACE TV START FINISH LAPS LED TOTAL LAPS $ WON STATUS JAN 19 Disney World ESPN 24 11 0 200/200 $10,800 RUNNING MAR 1 Tucson ESPN2 18 12 0 200/200 5,775 RUNNING MAR 16 Homestead TNN 22 18 0 159/167 8,750 RUNNING APR 20 Phoenix TNN 14 21 0 147/150 4,480 RUNNING MAY 3 Portland TBS 11 8 0 200/200 7,225 RUNNING MAY 11 Monroe TBS 16 23 0 201/203 6,200 RUNNING MAY 24 Odessa TNN 6 15 0 199/200 7,175 RUNNING MAY 31 Loudon TNN 9 6 0 200/200 8,375 RUNNING JUN 6 Texas ESPN 6 3 0 167/167 30,850 RUNNING JUN 21 Bristol ESPN 25 6 0 200/200 11,900 RUNNING JUN 29 Nazareth CBS 19 18 0 197/200 7,125 RUNNING JUL 5 Milwaukee CBS 8 34 0 33/200 6,425 CLUTCH JUL 12 Louisville CBS 16 5 6 219/225 6,675 RUNNING JUL 19 Colorado CBS 6 6 14 250/250 1,400 RUNNING JUL 27 Topeka TNN 10 8 0 81/81 8,200 RUNNING AUG 9 Flemington TNN 24 14 0 200/200 7,920 RUNNING AUG 16 Nashville TNN 10 8 0 255/256 7,275 RUNNING AUG 24 Watkins Glen ESPN SEP 4 Richmond ESPN2 SEP 27 Martinsville ESPN OCT 5 Sears Point ESPN2 OCT 12 Mesa Marin TNN OCT 18 Fontana ESPN NOV 1 Phoenix TBS NOV 9 Las Vegas CBS
The Parts America 150 Race broadcasts live on NASCAR Truck Racing Network at 12:15 pm EDT and telecasts live on ESPN at 12:30 pm EDT.