(photo courtesy jayski.com)
This Friday at Dover will mark the first time since 2005 that Rick Crawford of Mobile won’t be starting in a NASCAR Camping World truck series race.
Since 1997 Crawford has started 327 Truck races, missing just the one in 2005 at Kentucky after a hard crash during practice. But that streak comes to an end this week as his familiar No. 14 Ford has been parked for lack of a critical part — a logo on the hood.
Crawford and Circle Bar Racing owner Tom Mitchell have soldiered through this season without sponsorship, footing the bills out of pocket and hoping a new sponsor deal would come through. But it hasn’t happened.
Crawford isn’t calling it quits. He’s even considering the unthinkable — switching from his beloved Ford to another manufacturer.
Rick Crawford in a Toyota? That’s one of those events often compared to the likelihood of ice skating in hell!
And while it might cause heart flutters for fans of the Blue Oval, it should be remembered that Crawford hasn’t left Ford. Ford, when it cut its support of truck teams, left Crawford. (jayski.com)
The economy is really having a big affect on all of the NASCAR touring series, not just the Sprint cup series. It is a shame that a competitor like Rick Crawford is sitting out a Truck race. This former Daytona Truck race winner is not happy about watching the Dover race versus competing in that race!
Nevertheless, the truck race in Dover this Friday night should be quite an exciting race!
TIL NEXT TIME, I AM STILL WORKING ON MY REDNECK!