Lady Driver Races With World Outlaws at The PAS! (FEBRUARY 22, 2004) From Knoxville Nationals Rookie of the Year to the World of Outlaws Kevin Gobrecht Rookie of the Year in one year? That's "First Lady" Erin Crocker's dream. She ...
Lady Driver Races With World Outlaws at The PAS!
(FEBRUARY 22, 2004) From Knoxville Nationals Rookie of the Year to the World of Outlaws Kevin Gobrecht Rookie of the Year in one year? That's "First Lady" Erin Crocker's dream. She will continue to pursue that dream at the Snap-On Tools Shoot Out featuring the World of Outlaws at Perris Auto Speedway this Saturday night.
The 22-year-old driver of Mike Woodring's #16 Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (where she attended college) J&J, who became the first female to qualify for the Knoxville Nationals championship feature last August, has decided to race with the World of Outlaws in 2004.
"I would really like to be the World of Outlaws Rookie of the Year in 2004," Crocker said. "This is really a dream come true. I never thought this would happen back when I was watching the World of Outlaws race at Lebanon Valley Speedway and Syracuse (New York State Fair Speedway).
"I started driving quarter-midgets and mini-sprints before driving sprint cars. It's something I really enjoy. One of my goals has been to race with the World of Outlaws. I have been racing sprints for Mike for two years. The week before last year's Nationals was the first time we put a 410-engine in the car."
The rest is history. Crocker finished 22nd in sprint car racing's premier event and became the first driver 0x2022 male or female 0x2022 to receive the Wild Card Awards for exciting sprint car performances in the 360 and 410-cubic inch sprint car sprint car polls in the same year. Now Erin wants to make history as the first female driver to receive the Kevin Gobrecht Rookie of the Year Award with the World of Outlaws. Woodring, who has dominated the Empire Super Sprints 360-sprint car division in recent years, winning 50 feature races on his way to eight series championships, believes she can do it.
"Erin is a natural in sprint car racing," Woodring said. "She really enjoys it. She has always wanted to race the World of Outlaws tour so, after last year's success at the Nationals, we decided to race with the series in 2004. She is a good driver. I think she will turn some heads again with the World of Outlaws. We have good sponsorship and four J&J Chassis and three motors to start with."
At last week's "Cactus Classic" at Manzanita Speedway in Phoenix, Crocker was ninth fastest qualifier in a 32-car field on Friday night. She was running sixth in her heat race when mechanical ills forced her not only out of that race, but for the remainder of the night as well. At Saturday's finale, Crocker qualified for the main event through the B main, but she smacked the turn four wall and flipped early in the main event.
Spectator gates will open at 4:00 PM on Saturday and the first race will begin at 6:00.
Advance tickets are on sale now by calling 1-800-595-4849, (909) 940-0134 or on the Internet at www.tix.com or www.perrisautospeedway.com.
Perris Auto Speedway is conveniently located on the Lake Perris Fairgrounds, home of the Southern California Fair, approximately one hour east of Los Angeles. Take the 215 Freeway, exit at the Ramona Expressway and go east two and a half miles to the fairgrounds.