Engine Problems End Crawford's Day Early Milwaukee, WI- Rick Crawford and the ...
Engine Problems End Crawford's Day Early
Milwaukee, WI- Rick Crawford and the #14 Milwaukee Electric Tool Ford visited the home track of their primary sponsor, The Milwaukee Mile, and finished in 25th place.
The #14 Ford started the GNC Live Well 200 in 13th, after Friday's qualifying effort.
The race proved to be exciting for the estimated crowd of 30,000 screaming NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series fans.
The race started with the #24 truck bringing the field across the start/finish line. On lap four the #43 truck was involved in and accident. The #14 Milwaukee Electric Tool Ford piloted by Rick Crawford did a great job of missing the spin. He moved into the 11th position once he crossed the line. Crawford was holding his own during the race, moving in and out of the top ten. "I felt like we had a good truck today, we missed an early accident that could have ended our day on lap four," stated driver Rick Crawford.
The first pit stop for the #14 Ford came on lap 41. The #34 truck hit the wall and left debris on the track to bring the caution out for the third time. The Heavy Duty Crew went to work on the #14 Milwaukee Electric Tool Ford. The stop included changing right side tires, topping off with 76 racing fuel and removing tape from the front grill to try and cool off an engine that was starting to run hot. The engine running hot was to be the beginning of the end for #14 team. Another caution on lap 91 brought the #14 Ford back in for service to change tires, top off with fuel and to remove more tape off of the front grill in order to cool the motor down. The green flag dropped on lap 98 with Crawford in 11th place. By lap 104 Crawford called crew chief Ray Stonkus on the radio reporting that, "the engine was still running hot and at the next pit stop we need to take all of the tape off of the grill to try to cool the motor off." On lap 165 the caution flag flew and Crawford called in on the radio that the motor dropped two cylinders and he was coming into the pits. The Heavy Duty Crew went to work on the motor to try and find and fix the problem but had no luck doing so. Crawford went back on the track and a few laps later NASCAR officials black-flagged the #14 truck for dropping oil on the track, which would ultimately put an end to the teams day and a 25th place finish. "We are disappointed, we wanted a top finish for our sponsor Milwaukee Electric Tool, but we are a strong team and we will be ready for Kansas next week," stated Crawford.