ERIN CROCKER RACES TO KENTUCKY SPEEDWAY IN NO. 98 AUTO VALUE/BUMPER-TO-BUMPER DODGE STATESVILLE, NC (July 7, 2005) -- Evernham Motorsports driver Erin Crocker will roll into Kentucky Speedway this Friday, to take on the 1.5-mile tri-oval in...
ERIN CROCKER RACES TO KENTUCKY SPEEDWAY IN NO. 98 AUTO VALUE/BUMPER-TO-BUMPER DODGE
STATESVILLE, NC (July 7, 2005) -- Evernham Motorsports driver Erin Crocker will roll into Kentucky Speedway this Friday, to take on the 1.5-mile tri-oval in her third ARCA RE/MAX Series start in the No. 98 Auto Value/Bumper-to-Bumper Dodge Charger.
Crocker enters the race coming off of her first career ARCA Series top-10 finish last month at Michigan, where she started and finished seventh in just her second race as a developmental driver for Evernham Motorsports. However, the 24-year-old native of Wilbraham, Mass., says she has already learned a lot in those two races.
"We'll I'm certainly not as nervous anymore," she said. "I can actually sleep the night before the race, so that's getting a little bit easier. I'm definitely getting more comfortable. You get more comfortable with everything: with how you're sitting, how you're shifting...
"The pit stops were definitely much better in the last race than they were in the first race from the driver's standpoint. I learned a lot about restarts in the last race. I think, hopefully, now we'll be able to put together the whole package together. We've had a strong car in both races. I think with me having more experience that we should really be strong this weekend at Kentucky."
Crocker's trip to Kentucky Speedway will be her second one with Evernham Motorsports. She accompanied team owner Ray Evernham, and team director Chris Andrews to the track for her very first team practice in an ARCA car this winter.
"It was the first place I ever came to with Evernham Motorsports," Crocker said. "On the first day, we stopped at breakfast in the morning and Ray was like, 'This is orientation day, so take it as slow as you need to. We'll use as many sets of tires and as much fuel as you want.' Then, about halfway through the day Ray was like, 'Oh, okay, this is kind of turning into a test.' So, I think he was pleased with how we were going. And I felt really comfortable.
"That's the only time I've tested here, but we had a really good test the first day we came out. It's a nice, wide track. It's a good size. It's a little bit like Nashville even though it's pavement, and a little bit bigger. When I went to Nashville I felt comfortable there, having already tested at Kentucky earlier in the year."
The No. 98 Auto Value/Bumper-to-Bumper Dodge team will prepare chassis No. 037 for Erin this weekend -- the same chassis she put on the pole at Nashville Speedway in her ARCA debut and then piloted to a seventh-place finish at Michigan.
Crocker has shown great promise in the Evernham Motorsports driver development program. She will run several additional ARCA races this season with newly-announced primary sponsor Auto Value/Bumper-to-Bumper, and she will make her NASCAR Busch Series debut later this season. She also will compete in the USAC Silver Crown Series in a car fielded by Kasey Kahne Racing.
This will be Crocker's second race carrying the banner for Auto Value/Bumper-to-Bumper. The sponsorship is an expansion of Auto Value/Bumper to Bumper's relationship with Evernham Motorsports. It currently is an associate sponsor of Evernham Motorsports with primary status on the No. 91 Dodge Charger in the 2005 NASCAR Nextel Cup Series and on the No. 79 Dodge in the NASCAR Busch Series. Auto Value/Bumper to Bumper is the first aftermarket auto parts distribution network to partner with Evernham Motorsports.
Starting in 2004 in the "Windbreaker" logo has been on Erin's sprint cars in the World of Outlaws. With her addition to the Evernham team for select races in 2005, Windbreaker is now sponsoring her USAC and ARCA efforts. They still appear on her sprint car for her limited 2005 schedule. Windbreaker Jackets can be purchased at department stores such as Burlington, Goody's, Shopko, Duckwall, Blains Farm and Fleet and Mills Fleet and Farm. For more information, check out www.windbreakerracing.com