Crawford's Engine Woes Continue, Exits Race Early Loudon, NH- Rick Crawford and the ...
Crawford's Engine Woes Continue,
Exits Race Early
Loudon, NH- Rick Crawford and the #14 Milwaukee Electric Tool Ford's day ended early for the second week in a row. The trouble began on lap 88 and ended when he brought the #14 Ford into the pits on lap 91 with a seized motor. The #14 Ford, powered by Roush Racing Engines, ended up finishing a disappointing 27th place in the New England 200 in Loudon, New Hampshire.
The #14 Ford had a strong qualifying effort on Friday and started the race in fifth place. "We are extremely disappointed with the way our day ended. We qualified 5th for the race, and I know the Milwaukee Electric Tool Ford had at least a top ten finish coming our way," stated driver Rick Crawford.
The track at Loudon is a very tough place to pass. Crawford drove the wheels off of the truck. The #14 Ford was as good as anybody in and out of the corners. "Crew chief Ray Stonkus and the Milwaukee Heavy Duty Crew did a great job preparing the race truck. I feel bad for the team and our primary sponsor, Milwaukee Electric Tool, and for Lennox Industries who has come on board as well. We have blown three motors in the last four races. The motors were durable the first half of the season. We pay top dollar for our motors from Roush Racing and we expect them to perform," stated Crawford.
Rick Crawford and the Milwaukee Electric Tool Ford slip to tenth in the championship point race after being as high as fifth earlier in the season. There are ten races left in the 2001 NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series season and regaining a top five in the point standing is not out of the question.