Milwaukee: Rick Crawford preview

Notes/Quotes Growing up three blocks from the Milwaukee Mile, Milt Bishop dreamed of one day being part of the action. From his home, he could hear the rumble of race cars, but was never able to get a close look. When he was 12 years...

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Growing up three blocks from the Milwaukee Mile, Milt Bishop dreamed of one day being part of the action. From his home, he could hear the rumble of race cars, but was never able to get a close look. When he was 12 years old, he decided it was time to take action.

"While riding my bike, I discovered a large storm drain," said Bishop. "It was large enough for me to ride my bike into, so in I went. I quickly realized that it went under the track and I knew it was my chance to get a closer look."

Much to the surprise of the fans in the infield, he emerged from a storm drain.

"The people in the infield were stunned when a 12-year-old boy came out of the storm drain," said Bishop. "At first nobody said a word. Then they started clapping. From that day on, I knew that I was destined to be a part of racing."

As time went on, Bishop developed relationships with the teams which raced on the historic one-mile oval. He frequently volunteered his time and would perform whatever duties they asked. On several occasions he helped Alan Kulwicki who, at the time, he was competing in ASA. He even tried his hand at driving, racing a Late Model at Hales Corner (WI) Speedway.

Today, Bishop is the transport driver and spotter for the Circle Bar Truck Corral Racing team which fields the No. 14 Ford F-150 for driver Rick Crawford in the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series team. He returns to his hometown this weekend to compete in Saturday's Milwaukee 200.

"I always look forward to coming back to Milwaukee," said Bishop. "It gives me the chance to visit family and friends, stop by Yester Years Pub & Grill and enjoy some great Brauts and roasted corn."

With 15 races remaining in the 2005 NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series season, Rick Crawford remains a contender for the year-end championship. The driver of the No. 14 Circle Bar Truck Corral Ford F-150 sits in 15th position, only 288 points behind championship leader Bobby Hamilton.

"We've had some great performances in qualifying but have had a lot of bad luck during the race," said Crawford. "We had a strong sixth place finish in Michigan and are looking to continue on that path. Everyone - the Circle Bar Racing team, Ford Motor Company, Roush/Yates Engines - is still focused on winning the championship. It remains our goal, one which we can achieve."

The No. 14 Circle Bar Truck Corral Ford F-150 which Rick Crawford will pilot in the Milwaukee 200 at the Milwaukee Mile is chassis CB-9. Earlier this season, Crawford drove CB-9 at Martinsville, Mansfield and Dover.

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Series NASCAR Truck
Drivers Bobby Hamilton , Rick Crawford , Alan Kulwicki