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Circle Bar Racing call Texas home Ft. Worth, TX -- NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series driver Rick Crawford will pilot the ...

Circle Bar Racing call Texas home

Ft. Worth, TX -- NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series driver Rick Crawford will pilot the #14 Strategic Air Command Ford F-150 this Friday at the Texas Motor Speedway for the eleventh time in his truck series career. The team heads to the Lone Star State with high expectations as they race at the home track of owner Tom Mitchell.

"Circle Bar Racing is based in Concord, North Carolina but we consider ourselves a Texas team," said Crawford. "Mr. Mitchell has supported my racing career since 1991 from Ozona, Texas and I can not begin to describe how important he has been in my career. I would like nothing more than to score a victory here at the Texas Motor Speedway, so I can make the five hour trip to Ozona and present him with the winner's trophy."

Texas Motor Speedway Notes

* Rick Crawford has ten starts at the Texas Motor Speedway with a best finish of second in the 2002 fall event. In ten starts Crawford has an average starting position of 14th, with an average finishing position of 10.8. He has completed 1557 laps out of a possible 1598.

* Rick Crawford led for 70 laps during the MBNA Armed Forces Family 200, more than any other driver in the field. Leading the most laps helped Crawford score his second Gatorade Front Runner award of the 2003 season. To date, Crawford has led a total of 127 laps of a possible 1094 laps run.

* Rick Crawford scored his 14th - consecutive top-ten finish Friday at the Dover International Speedway. The streak started last season at the Nashville Superspeedway where Crawford finished in the second position. With 14 consecutive top-ten finishes Crawford has more than any current driver in the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series. The series record for consecutive top-ten finishes is 19 set by Ron Hornaday between 1995 and 1996.

* Rick Crawford started his 154th consecutive NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series event Friday at the Dover International Speedway. Crawford currently has more consecutive starts than any active driver in the series and will surpass Jack Sprague for the most career starts in the series at Martinsville October.

* 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 support for the Strategic Air Command the division that team owner Tom Mitchell served under in the early fifties.

* Circle Bar Racing welcomes children from the Scottish Rite Hospital this weekend at the Texas Motor Speedway. The children will have an opportunity to meet with the drivers of the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series on Thursday afternoon prior to qualifying and then move to a Texas Motor Speedway suite where they will have the chance to cheer on their favorite driver as he qualifies for the O'Reilly 400.

* After six races in the 2003 NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series season, Rick Crawford currently finds himself in the second position, 43 points out of first place. Last year at this point in the season, Crawford was fourth in the series standings. With one victory, two top-fives and six top-ten finishes, the team is solidly in contention for the 2003 title.


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Series NASCAR Truck
Drivers Ron Hornaday Jr. , Jack Sprague , Rick Crawford