ESS star Erin Crocker to make Modified debut at Fonda. (Eden, NY) Rookie sprint car sensation, Erin Crocker from Wilbraham, Massachusetts,, who has four wins on the ESS circuit and five wins all told, will add modified racing to her resume,...
ESS star Erin Crocker to make Modified debut at Fonda.
(Eden, NY) Rookie sprint car sensation, Erin Crocker from Wilbraham, Massachusetts,, who has four wins on the ESS circuit and five wins all told, will add modified racing to her resume, when she climbs into the No. 93 MAGSARUS Big Block on October 20th, for the Super Dirt Series McDonald's 200 at Fonda Speedway. The car, owned by MAGSARUS CEO, Ed Monger from Albany, NY, was formerly driven by Bobby Varin, who is unavailable, as he is committed elsewhere. The deal came together after a conversation between Erin's sprint car owner and teammate, Mike Woodring and Monger who supplies the ignitions for the Woodring team. Monger, who is a big Erin Crocker fan, and was on hand to see her victory at Albany- Saratoga earlier this season, is excited about putting Crocker in the car, a brand new Troyer SLR with a Gary Waters Chevy power plant, which would have sat idle otherwise. The car only been run three times, with the most recent driver of the No. 93, Jack Johnson, who steered the car at Canandaigua.
Woodring explained that it was a great chance for Erin to experience diversity in different kinds of cars, something which he sees as good for her overall racing career. It will also give him the opportunity to work on the radio with her in a longer race. Crocker, who has never even sat in a modified, much less driven one, was in Albany recently to get fitted for the car. She had these comments about the prospect of driving a modified, "I am obviously very excited about the opportunity. I'm a little nervous, like anyone would be in a totally new type of race car, with no practice, but I'm sure I'll be fine as soon as I make a few laps. At this point in my career, I think it is very important for me to get as much seat time and exposure as possible. Being able to drive various types of cars in different situations can only help me become a better driver. The 200 lap race will certainly help prepare me for next year's Silver crown races and beyond. I'd like to thank Ed, Mike, and Dick Spadaro for giving me this chance."
It will be an intriguing challenge for the young lady who has taken the current racing season by storm with the incredible performance in her rookie year in 360 sprint cars, including a win in the Sweet Sixteen at the prestigious Bully Hill Nationals at Black Rock. Unless things change, her only experience in the car will be hot laps earlier in the day. Her goal is to make the show and have a respectable finish. Judging by the way she has adapted to the rough and tumble world of sprint car races and the quiet confidence she exudes, don't bet against the precocious 22 year old RPI engineering student with loads of talent.