Concord, NC- Rick Crawford and the ...
Concord, NC- Rick Crawford and the #14 Milwaukee Electric Tool Ford head south to the "Lone Star State", Texas for a night of racing under the lights. The Craftsman Truck Series make their first of two appearances Friday night for the O'Reilly 400k. The truck series is team up with the Indy Racing League for a weekend of fast paced racing.
"I like racing at Texas, it's a fast race track and I really look for to going there. The team owner, Tom Mitchell, is from Ozona, Texas and it would be great if we could win the O'Reilly 400k for him and our sponsor Milwaukee Electric Tool", stated driver Rick Crawford. Crawford has run well at Texas in the past but has really picked up the pace since crew chief Ray Stonkus has come on board. Last fall at the Texas race, the #14 Ford finished in sixth place and had on of the stronger trucks in the field. "I sure am glad Ray Stonkus is on our side, because I sure would not want to be racing against him. I have been racing in the Craftsman Truck Series going on five years now and this is the strongest team we have fielded so far. Ray is a big part of our success during the last 11 races", stated Rick Crawford.
Officials for NASCAR have announced a modification in the rule governing carburetor use in the Craftsman Truck Series for the O'Reilly 400k this weekend in Texas. Teams competing this weekend must practice, qualify and race with a 390 cfm carburetor. The carburetor is a little smaller than what is usually used and the same size that the NASCAR Busch Series use. The change was made in an attempt to slow down the speeds of the truck series. When asked about the change, Crawford stated, "Ray has worked with these carburetors before, I have complete confidence in him and the team. We will be ready, just like we were at Dover".
The race will be broadcast live on MRN Radio beginning at 7:30 p.m. EST. ESPN2 will show the race tape delayed on Saturday the ninth at 2:00 p.m.