Madison: NASCAR Truck stars named starter, grand marshall

NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series drivers thrilled to be part sf Sears Craftsman NHRA Nationals: Terry Cook and Rick Crawford to serve as honorary starter and grand marshall for drag race in St. Louis. ST. LOUIS - The rumbling of the motors and the...

NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series drivers thrilled to be part sf Sears Craftsman NHRA Nationals: Terry Cook and Rick Crawford to serve as honorary starter and grand marshall for drag race in St. Louis.

ST. LOUIS - The rumbling of the motors and the high-speed action on the race track won't end for two NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series drivers when the checkered flag falls at The Milwaukee Mile on June 28.

Following the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series race, Team Craftsman drivers Terry Cook and Rick Crawford will travel to Gateway International Raceway in St. Louis to taste the thrill of another kind of racing - drag racing.

Both drivers will be part of the Sears Craftsman NHRA Nationals and its festivities. Cook, driver of the No. 29 Power Stroke® Diesel Ford and defending winner of the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series race in St. Louis, will serve as the Honorary Starter for the event. Crawford, driver of the No. 14 Circle Bar Motel & RV Park Ford and runner-up in last season's NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series point championship, will be honored as the event's Grand Marshall.

The NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series drivers will be introduced to the NHRA fans and drivers during ceremonies prior to the start of final eliminations on Sunday, June 29. Cook and Crawford also will try their hand at drag racing in a special match race in street cars to be staged immediately prior to the championship rounds.

"I have been a fan of drag racing, and I have always wanted to try my hand at it," Crawford said. "It's quite unique that a NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series driver can fulfill part of his dream at one of the NHRA's biggest events through the match race and by being selected as Grand Marshall."

For Cook, being part of the action at the Sears Craftsman NHRA Nationals on Sunday night will be exhilarating.

"Being Honorary Starter for the Sears Craftsman Nationals is huge because I'm such a fan of NHRA drag racing," Cook said. "To be standing on the starting line when those Top Fuel cars take off is incredible - there's a rumble in your chest and your whole body is shaking. This is really a big thrill for me."

Both drivers are anxious to see and feel the power of the drag cars up close at the Sears Craftsman NHRA Nationals, and both agree that being part of the event is an honor. However, neither is willing to make a prediction on who will come home with bragging rights from the drag strip grudge match.

Of course, Cook already has a victory in the win column at Gateway and Crawford will be looking for his first.

"Gateway is a special track for me because it was my first win with the Power Stroke® Diesel team," Cook said. "Hopefully, I can go back there and repeat - on the drag strip and later in July."

Cook and Crawford will return to Gateway International Raceway for the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series Ram Tough 200 on Sat., July 19.

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Drivers Terry Cook , Rick Crawford