This Week in Ford Racing: July 21, 2009 Rick Crawford, driver of the No. 14 Circle Bar/International Truck Engine Ford F-150, is in 10th place in the standings heading into this weekend's race at O'Reilly Raceway Park in Indianapolis. Crawford...
This Week in Ford Racing:
July 21, 2009
Rick Crawford, driver of the No. 14 Circle Bar/International Truck Engine Ford F-150, is in 10th place in the standings heading into this weekend's race at O'Reilly Raceway Park in Indianapolis. Crawford won at ORP in 2005, and has four top-10 finishes in his last five starts there. He's also qualified eighth or better in seven of the last nine races at ORP.
IT'S A BIG RACE WEEKEND; ALL THREE SERIES WILL BE RACING IN INDIANAPOLIS THIS WEEKEND AT TWO TRACKS WITH PLENTY OF TRADITION. "It's a track that's big in tradition, but the traditional race track is down the road. The car companies used to test on the bricks, and it's just rich in racing history. Indianapolis as a whole is probably the heartbeat of racing history. When you go to ORP and our F-150 won there, that's a lot of success that came to our race team - especially when the boss, Tom Mitchell, has raced over at the big race track back in the early '80s with the Indy Cars, and he sends this Camping World Truck Series over to the ORP race track and come away with a win and winning an Indianapolis trophy. It doesn't matter where it comes from, it's Indianapolis."
RACING IS SUCH A PART OF THAT CITY. AS A RACER, DO YOU FEEL THAT WHEN YOU GO THERE? "Yes. And, you can feel it with the fans. You can go to a restaurant and eat, and it's nothing but racing. You can go to a hotel and go into the lobby, and it's nothing but racing. You go to the race track, and being that it's a short track and it's probably 10 miles from the other speedway, it's packed with race fans, and they're hungry for racing action that weekend - for The Brickyard 400, for the truck race at ORP, it is nothing but racing. And they race there from Wednesday night to Saturday night."
YOU'VE RUN WELL AT ORP, WINNING A FEW YEARS AGO, AND YOU'VE QUALIFIED WELL. THAT MUST ALWAYS PUT YOU IN A GOOD FRAME OF MIND WHEN THAT'S THE NEXT RACE ON THE SCHEDULE. "I am looking forward to that race being on the schedule. It reminds me of a place where I grew up, racing back home in Alabama - Birmingham Fairgrounds Raceway - because it's flat and it's hard to get around. Usually, the preferred groove is the top, and we've sort of found a knack for it, and, hopefully, the Ford F-150 this week will be Ford Built Tough and put us back in Victory Lane."
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