Crawford in top ten at Daytona

Rick Crawford and the ...

Rick Crawford and the #14 Milwaukee Electric Tool Race Team leave Daytona with a strong 10th place finish. After taking a provisional and starting The Florida Dodge Dealers 250, in 33rd, the #14 team cut through the field with precision and expertise. "We wanted to go out there and have some fun today" stated driver Rick Crawford. Crawford brought the record crowd to their feet on more than one occasion at Daytona. The #14 Milwaukee Electric Tool driver "dodged a bullet", stated Crawford, on lap three avoiding a four truck incident. On lap fifty-four the crowd again roared as the #14 took the lead for the first but not last time.

Speedweek started off a little slow for the #14 Milwaukee Electric Tool race team. At first the Ford speeds were not as quick as that of the Chevrolet and the Dodges. Rick credits his success to the hard work of Crew Chief of Ray Stonkus and the rest of the Heavy Duty Crew. "The team was a little dejected, and I think Ray was too, but we dug down deep and about half way through the race we pulled one out of the hat", stated Rick Crawford. The pit crew rattled off a string of fast pit stops, each time improving the track position for their driver. On lap 42, the # 14 came in for fuel and left side tires, and the Heavy Duty Crew knocked out a 8.2 second pit stop, picking up four spots that left the boys slapping high fives.

Powered by Roush Racing Engines, the #14 Ford was able to drive in and out of the draft with success. Jeff Dyland of Roush Racing Engines, the team's chief engine specialist, deserves his fair share of the credit. Jeff worked many long hours with the team to give Rick a race truck that proved to be a true contender.

The team leaves Daytona with mixed emotions. After having led the race, the team knows that they were capable of winning the race, but the top-ten finish is far better than their race here last season where they only ran 13 laps and started the 2000 season off with a very disappointing 34th-place finish. With a top-ten finish at Daytona and momentum on their side, the Milwaukee Electric Tool team heads to Homestead for their next race. Rick Crawford won his first race in the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series at Homestead. With a previous win at that track, it looks like the #14 team is due for a repeat performance.

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Series NASCAR Truck
Drivers Rick Crawford