Pro Lite Competition Tightens up in Round 12
By Nancy Schilke - Motorsport.com
Sunday, August 12, 2001 - Jeff Kincaid (Toyota) went into round 12 with a 20-point edge over rookie driver Steve Federico The start of the today's round at Bark River Raceway changed the face of the race dramatically as at least six trucks came together in the second turn. Involved were Lee O'Donnell (Nissan), Jimmie Crowder (Ford), Art Schmitt (Nissan), Rick Huseman (Ford), Chad Hord (Toyota) and Tom Hoppock (Ford). Hard to tell who else was involved and who was forced to slow down and start at the back of the pack through all of the dust kicking up; however, that is what makes off-road racing exciting to watch.
Jimmie Crowder continued right behind the leader -- his son Jason Crowder (Ford). Steve Federico (Toyota) was forced off into the dirt without contact and continued in third. Hord continued with damage as did O'Donnell who suffered the most damage. Hoppock was out of the race. Huseman and Schmitt were able to continue with very minor damage. While everyone was sorting themselves out, Jason Crowder built up a nice cushion. Following Jason was his dad Jimmie who was gaining on him by the second lap with Steve Federico (Toyota) on his "alligator" tail. Moving up in the pack was Schmitt and Huseman. Points leader Kincaid had also been caught up in the "where to go to avoid contact" group and had moved from 8th after the incident to 4th prior to developing problems which slowed him down significantly. Kincaid later pulled off the track and ended his race.
After holding off Federico, Jimmie Crowder had to give up the second position when he developed a flat tire. Schmitt passed Jimmie as did Huseman. Toward the last laps, Federico was forced to back-off as he suddenly slowed whic allowed both Schmitt and Huseman to pass him for position.
"Wow, I did it. Special thanks to all who came to the race today and to my crew. Thanks also to my sponsors, Ford and Scott Taylor. The car was super today," said Jason Crowder from the winner's circle. When asked what would have happened if his dad (Jimmie) had challenged him at the end of the race - Jason said, "Would have been interesting - actually dad helped a lot prior to the race today by telling me this was my race - concentrate, stay focus and do your best and the race will be yours."
Top four in Pro Lite: Crowder, Schmitt, Huseman and Federico.