OPEN WHEEL STANDOUT ERIN CROCKER TO MAKE NASCAR DEBUT AT RICHMOND NEXT WEEK RICHMOND, VA- August 30, 2005- Erin Crocker, who last year became the first woman to win a World of Outlaws race and this season is part of the driver development...
OPEN WHEEL STANDOUT ERIN CROCKER TO MAKE NASCAR DEBUT AT RICHMOND NEXT WEEK
RICHMOND, VA- August 30, 2005- Erin Crocker, who last year became the first woman to win a World of Outlaws race and this season is part of the driver development program at Evernham Motorsports, will make her NASCAR Busch Series debut at Richmond International Raceway on Friday, September 9 in the Emerson Radio 250.
Crocker's career is on the rise, as she has racked up three top-five and four-top 10 finishes in just five ARCA races this year. She has also run a handful of USAC Silver Crown Series races for NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series driver Kasey Kahne this season, including the Richmond Times-Dispatch 100 at Richmond International Raceway in June.
The 24-year old spent yesterday at Richmond International Raceway shaking down the car she will drive in the Emerson Radio 250 next weekend. "I think I'm about as ready as I'm going to be," she said. "I know it's going to be a big step up (from ARCA and Silver Crown cars) and there's going to be tough competition, but you have to start somewhere."
Crocker, who finished 29th in the Richmond Times-Dispatch 100, feels that the learning curve for her might be shorter in the NASCAR Busch Series. "To be honest, I've never excelled in a Silver Crown Car at Richmond. Maybe it has something to do with the team or maybe me in the car. For some reason I seem to learn quicker in the stock car. We had a good test at Dover last week, too, and I'm really excited to come back to Richmond next week for the race."
Despite this being her first NASCAR race, Crocker is confident in her ability. "My goal right now is to qualify on time and not have to use the owner's points, to finish on the lead lap, and to learn," she said. "It's a big jump for me. I've only run five ARCA races and it's a huge difference between ARCA competition and the Busch series. So, I just have to take it one step at a time."
Crocker began her racing career in a Quarter Midget at the age of seven. Her career has included wins in numerous sprint car series, and in 2003, Crocker became the first woman in the 43-year history of World of Outlaws competition to qualify for the Knoxville Nationals. She was named the 2003 Nationals' Rookie of the Year. Last year, she competed for a full season in the highly-competitive World of Outlaws Series, driving for Woodring Racing. Her feature-event win came at Tulare, Calif.
In addition to her racing background, Crocker has worked hard on her education. She earned a bachelor's degree in Industrial and Management Engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, N.Y. in 2003.
Tickets are still available for the Emerson Radio 250 on Friday, September 9 "under the lights" by calling 1-866-455-RACE (7223) or by logging onto www.rir.com. Included as part of Friday's activities are practice and Fas Mart Pole Qualifying for Saturday's sold out Chevy Rock & Roll 400 NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series race. Reserved tickets are only $45 and general admission tickets are just $35. Children 12 and under are free with a ticketed adult in the general admission sections.
Fans can also still purchase tickets to the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series/Crown Royal IROC Series doubleheader on Thursday, September 8. All tickets are general admission and cost $30, with children 12 and under admitted for free with a ticketed adult.