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ERIN CROCKER TO VISIT PHOENIX INTERNATIONAL RACEWAY IN THE NO. 4 CHEERIOS/BETTY CROCKER DODGE RAM STATESVILLE, NC (November 8, 2005) -- Erin Crocker will head to Phoenix International Raceway this weekend ready for her NASCAR Craftsman ...

ERIN CROCKER TO VISIT PHOENIX INTERNATIONAL RACEWAY IN THE NO. 4 CHEERIOS/BETTY CROCKER DODGE RAM

STATESVILLE, NC (November 8, 2005) -- Erin Crocker will head to Phoenix International Raceway this weekend ready for her NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series debut at the 1.0-mile racetrack on the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series circuit.

For the first time as her primary sponsor on a Dodge Ram, Crocker will team up with fulltime 2006 sponsor General Mills and its Cheerios® and Betty Crocker® brands. The No. 4 Dodge Ram will take the green flag on Saturday

Crocker will pilot her No. 4 Dodge Ram nicknamed "Mini Me". This chassis has raced six previous times this season, including a win at Mansfield in May piloted by NASCAR Craftsman Truck Champion Bobby Hamilton.

The No. 4 team will be fielded by a partnership between Evernham Motorsports and Bobby Hamilton Racing. Crew chief Randy Seals from Bobby Hamilton Racing will make the calls this weekend, and the No. 4 crew from the BHR stable pitting the car.

Erin Crocker Quotes:

"The only time I've been to Phoenix is when I raced a Silver Crown car there this January for Kasey Kahne. I think it's hard to set expectations when I haven't raced a truck before.

"We made a few laps last week at Nashville Fairgrounds to get at least a feel for the truck. I think it's going to be better after the first few practices to set a goal for myself.

"For right now, it's just to go and get in the truck and make laps. Again, that's Ray's goal to get me some experience in a truck, especially since we are going to run the full truck series schedule next year.

"It's Bobby Hamilton's equipment, which is very good equipment, but it's still hard between my lack of experience and not really knowing the equipment to make a fair goal."

"When we tested in Nashville I was able to spend some time with Bobby Hamilton and we just talked about the differences between a stock car and the trucks.

"I was also able to work with the crew chief I'll be working with the next two weeks, Randy Seals. He has an engineering background, which obviously fits well with mine, and in the short time we were together I think we worked well together."

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Series NASCAR Truck
Drivers Bobby Hamilton , Kasey Kahne , Erin Crocker