Milwaukee Electric Tool Steps Down From Primary Sponsorship Role Concord, NC- Circle Bar Racing has announced that Milwaukee Electric Tool will not return for the 2002 NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series as a primary sponsor. The primary sponsorship...
Milwaukee Electric Tool Steps Down From Primary Sponsorship Role
Concord, NC- Circle Bar Racing has announced that Milwaukee Electric Tool will not return for the 2002 NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series as a primary sponsor. The primary sponsorship of the #14 Ford has come to an end after two successful seasons. Milwaukee Electric Tool cites the current economic environment as the main reason for ending their current status as a primary sponsor in the NCTS.
"We have been very pleased with our relationship with Circle Bar Racing over these last two years," said Joe Smith, Vice President of Marketing for Milwaukee Electric Tool Corporation. "This was our first experience as a primary racing sponsor. Rick Crawford and the Heavy Duty Crew have been first class all the way. We've seen this team get progressively better each year and I expect them to compete for the NCTS championship in 2002. While a primary sponsorship does not fit into our 2002 plans, we intend to maintain a strong relationship with Rick and Circle Bar for the future," continued Smith.
"Circle Bar Racing has enjoyed the relationship with Milwaukee Electric Tool. Joe Smith, Noreen Brooker and everybody at Milwaukee Electric Tool have been great to work with. Milwaukee Electric Tool produces quality products and I was extremely proud to represent them on and off the track. They have been a great sponsor and have been very good to our team," stated Rick Crawford.
The news arrives when the #14 Ford of Rick Crawford and Circle Bar Racing are having their best season to date. The #14 Ford recently switched to Ernie Elliott Incorporated engines. Since switching to Ernie Elliott the team has made noticeable improvement on the track. During the last nine races the team has seven top-five finishes and a top-ten. Of those finishes, there have been three top-three finishes. Crawford and the team head into the final stretch of the 2001 NCTS on a roll. "Ray Stonkus and the Heavy Duty Crew have been working hard and the results are showing on the track. We have a strong team and our focus will be on winning races," stated Crawford.
The team will be concentrating efforts in the off-season in preparing for their sixth full season of competition in the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series in 2002. Between testing and building new trucks, team officials will be concentrating on filling the primary sponsorship vacated by Milwaukee Electric Tool.