Chicago, IL - The windy city was not very kind to driver, Rick Crawford and the ...
Chicago, IL - The windy city was not very kind to driver, Rick Crawford and the #14 Milwaukee Electric Tool race team on Sunday. They had a very forgetful day at the brand new Chicago Motor Speedway after being involved in a crash on lap 23.
The weekend neither finished nor started the way that the #14 team had expected. After running well in practice the team suffered their second worst qualifying effort of the season. Crawford had to start 21st on the grid after a scary incident in turn 2 on the team's only qualifying lap. The truck got loose and completely sideways on exit, costing him valuable time.
When the green flag fell, Rick quickly let the competition know where he belonged. By lap 11, Crawford had gained 5 positions to 16th. Just as he had made the move to 13th on lap 23, he went to the low side of a lapped truck. The two got together coming off of turn two and Rick lost control of the truck. Momentarily he had saved it from a spin toward the inside wall only to loose it when the truck spun back toward the outside wall. The #14 Milwaukee Electric Tool Ford sustained considerable damage to the front, right of the truck.
It took roughly 40 laps to repair the damage and get the truck back on the track. By that time Crawford found himself in 31st position. By running to the end of the race, the team was able to pick up 3 more positions and come home with a disappointing 28th place finish. The team still remains 11th in the overall point standings.
"Underneath all of the bad things that were obvious on the surface, we had an outstanding truck to race here this weekend. The guys had a perfect race truck, but unfortunately we never got a good chance to show it. I am ready to go to Richmond and use some of the fire that is burning inside to get this team to the front," stated Crawford after the race.
The team will now have 10 days to prepare for the next race at the Richmond International Raceway on September 7th.