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CRAWFORD WINS FOR THE FIRST TIME IN 2006 * Rick Crawford took the checkered flag for the fifth time in his NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series career with tonight's victory. His previous best at ORP was a pair of sixth-place finishes in 2001...

CRAWFORD WINS FOR THE FIRST TIME IN 2006

* Rick Crawford took the checkered flag for the fifth time in his NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series career with tonight's victory. His previous best at ORP was a pair of sixth-place finishes in 2001 and '05.

* Ford has now won 75 NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series races all time, and five in 2006.

* Ford's win tonight is its fourth truck series victory at ORP (Cook, Biffle Edwards).

* The last Ford truck series triumph at ORP occurred when Carl Edwards won this event in 2003.

RICK CRAWFORD -14-Circle Bar Truck Corral Ford F-150 (Finished 1st)

"I'll tell you what, I've been listening to Carl Edwards after he wins some races - and I'm not going to do a back flip - but when Carl Edwards says, 'Hey, this was a blast,' I know exactly what he means right now. Congratulations to Dennis and Ron or running a good race behind me. This Circle Bar Truck Corral race did a great job, and I couldn't ask for more. Ford Motor Co. and the Ford F-150, super. Do you know what this race is for? This race is for everybody that's turned a wrench or given Rick Crawford a dollar. I appreciate it."

THAT WAS ONE TOUGH FORD THE WHOLE RACE.

"It sure was. Built Ford tough, this race team is. We came on strong. Our short-track program has been lacking a little bit. Kevin Starland (crew chief) and the whole Circle Bar Truck Corral race team, Ford F-Series pickup, we've done some testing. We've got an engineer on board, a shock specialized, and Roush-Yates under the hood made it complete tonight. We did our homework. Work smart and not hard."

YOUR TRUCK WAS STRONG ON THE RESTARTS. DID YOU HAVE ANY WORRIES AT THE END?

"Well, it was on the short restarts and we got them, and that played in our favor. My buddy Ron was working on my other buddy Dennis on that last restart, and I said if I can keep them side-by-side then I've got it licked; we're in good shape."

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Series NASCAR Truck
Drivers Rick Crawford , Carl Edwards