Kentucky: Rick Crawford preview

Crawford ready to represent Ford Dealers in Kentucky Sparta, KY - Rick Crawford driver of the ...

Crawford ready to represent Ford Dealers in Kentucky

Sparta, KY - Rick Crawford driver of the #14 Strategic Air Command Circle Bar Ford F-150 is ready to tackle the Kentucky Speedway Saturday, July 12 for the Built Ford Tough 225 Presented by the Cincinnati Ford Dealers. Crawford, Ford's highest ranked driver in the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series looks forward to returning to the high speed oval.

"Kentucky Speedway is one of the nicest race tracks that we visit each year," said Crawford. "This year is even more important for us to have a good performance because Ford and the Greater Cincinnati Dealers are sponsoring the event. With the launch of the new F-150 closing in, we would love to show the fans and the other brands what to look forward to in 2004"

Green flag coverage of the Built Ford Tough 225 Presented by the Greater Cincinnati Ford Dealers can be seen on SPEED beginning at 8:00 pm EST. A live radio broadcast can be heard on MRN affiliates starting at 7:45 pm.

Circle Bar Notes

Circle Bar Racing is pleased to announce that veteran crew chief Ray Stonkus will return to action this weekend at the Kentucky Speedway. Stonkus has missed three races due to health concerns, but returns to the helm for the Built Ford Tough 225 Presented by the Greater Cincinnati Ford Dealers.

Stonkus:

"I'm excited about coming back to the track. I'm still not going to get on an airplane for quite a while, but since this stretch of races is within driving range, I'm going to get to as many as I can. I appreciate all of the calls I've gotten concerning my health and all. Circle Bar Racing is concentrating on winning a championship in 2003 for owner Tom Mitchell, so I need to get back to the track and do all I can to help support the team."

In Stonkus's absence, veteran NASCAR crew chief Fred Wanke helped the team to an 11th place finish in Memphis after an early race accident, third in Milwaukee and 2 rd in Kansas City after a blown engine ended the teams day.

Last weekend at the Kansas Speedway Rick Crawford drove the #14 Strategic Air Command Circle Bar Ford to a 23rd place finish after blowing a motor on lap 106. Crawford was in contention through the first 100 laps, leading lap 79. The afternoon started with a hurdle for the team as Brendan Gaughan missed a shift on the start, causing Crawford to damage his right front headlight after lite contact. The finish dropped Crawford to fourth in points, 51 out of first place.

Rick Crawford started his 158th-consecutive NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series event last weekend finishing 23 rd. Crawford currently has more consecutive starts than any active driver in the series and will surpass Jack Sprague for the most career starts (170) in the series this October in Martinsville.

Circle Bar Racing continues to show its support for the United States Military Service Men and Women by running a patriotic paint scheme. The team has been running the Stars and Stripes since last season and this year shows their support for the Strategic Air Command, the division that team owner Tom Mitchell served under in the early fifties.

After ten races in the 2003 NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series season, Rick Crawford finds himself fourth, 51 points out of the first position. Crawford began last weekend one-point out of the top spot, but suffered a blown engine in Kansas dropping him to fourth in the points. However, the Craftsman Truck Series has the closest point's race of any motorsports series in America, proving that the tough trucks and tougher drivers are putting on an action packed competitive show.

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Series NASCAR Truck
Drivers Jack Sprague , Rick Crawford , Brendan Gaughan