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Ben Rhodes captured his second career NASCAR K&N Pro Series East pole this afternoon at the Bristol Motor Speedway. Rhodes won the pole with a fast time of 16.036 seconds, 119.656 mph. Today’s pole will mark his second consecutive pole in the division. This will be his third start this year inside the top-five in 2014.
Starting second on Saturday afternoon will be Brandon Gdovic after posting a 16.045 seconds, 119.589 mph. in two lap qualifying. Gdovic will be making his first start inside the top-10 in two races so far this season. He hopes to finish inside the top-five for his first time this season as his best finish this year is ninth at New Smyrna back in February. He was just 0.009 seconds off of the pole.
Austin Hill held onto the pole early on in qualifying, but ended up in third when qualifying was completed. Hill had a fast lap of 16.059 seconds, 119.484 mph. in the two lap qualifying session. He will make his third start this weekend from the top-10 at the Bristol Motor Speedway. He goes into this weekend hoping to score his second win in the division.
Current point’s leader, Daniel Suarez, has dominated the first two East division races by winning them both. Suarez comes into Bristol with a 18 point lead over Lee Pulliam. Though, if Suarez wants to make it three-for-three, he will have some work to do Saturday evening after qualifying in the 17th position.
The PittLite 125 will run Saturday afternoon just after the NASCAR Nationwide Series race. You can follow with live coverage via the Race Central Live, powered by Speed51 on NASCARHomeTracks.com. You can watch it on March 22nd 2014 on FOX Sports 1 at 11:30 a.m. Et, no live radio coverage avalible.
The story of NASCAR's hottest driver, K&N East Pro Series driver Daniel Suarez, would be extraordinary even if Suarez had not won his first three races this year -- and four consecutive touring events dating back to last season.
Suarez, 22, didn't grow up idolizing Dale Earnhardt or Richard Petty or Jimmie Johnson. In fact, a native of Monterrey, Mexico, he never even knew NASCAR existed until he was 17.
Now, Suarez is en fuego ... and on a track to stardom.
"In NASCAR, stars are exposed, not made, and he's a true star of the series," says his crew chief Skip Eyler.
"I think he's a well-rounded candidate for the upper series. I don't know that he even needs to spend time in truck. With what he brings from a personal standpoint, a professional standpoint as well as being such a well-rounded racer, I think he has tremendous potential -- and as he spends more time in the U.S., I think it will only get better for him."
A product of NASCAR's Drive for Diversity program and currently driving the Sunoco Racing Fuel Toyota for Rev Racing in the K&N Pro Series East, Suarez has designs on following in Kwasniewski's path by racing in one of NASCAR's top series -- possibly the Nationwide Series -- before the end of 2014.
Leading 222 of 300 laps in dominating victories at New Smyrna and Daytona to open this season, Suarez and Eyler will celebrate one year together this weekend at Bristol Motor Speedway.
After winning his 2013 Mexico Toyota Series finale to finish second in series points, Suarez also won that series' opener at Phoenix, making him the only driver to simultaneously lead two NASCAR touring series since Kyle Busch led the Nationwide and Camping World Truck series early in the 2009 season. His next race in the Mexico Toyota Series will be April 5 at Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez in Mexico City.
"Everything started working very good the second half of last year," says Suarez, who entered 2014 with one victory and 15 top-10 finishes in 30 K&N starts. "The opportunity to again drive in the Drive for Diversity program, our hard work and better communication is paying off. We've opened the season in the best way we can. I can't complain."
It's all heady stuff for a kid whose concerted efforts to master the English language have coincided with his learning curve on the track. In fact, those around him acknowledge that Suarez's improved ability to communicate, in and out of the race car, has been a major reason for his fast start.
Eyler, a former Sprint Cup car chief for Mark Martin and crew chief for multiple Cup drivers at Roush Fenway Racing, happened to be studying Spanish with Rosetta Stone lessons before he knew he'd be teaming with Suarez.
"But it wasn't long after I'd met Daniel, I realized that he needed to speak 'red-neck' English better than I needed to speak Spanish," Eyler said. "He didn't know what 'red-neck' meant, but that's an example of the slang and phraseology people use.
"We needed to debrief better. With a young person who has the upside potential of Daniel, we try to help them say the things they need to say to me as well as the things they will need to say at the next level. I also knew Daniel needed to know he could trust me and not be embarrassed asking about things like pronunciations.
"For example when we used the word 'patience,' he would be saying 'passion.' I remember telling him, 'Dude, you are passionate about racing, but you need to be more patient.' Then he laughs and punches me on the shoulder. He understands. It's interesting, but that's one of the ways you become friends and learn to have that trust in somebody."
Eyler says he "tears up," when hearing stories about how Suarez, with help from his parents and NASCAR's Drive for Diversity program, has come so far, so fast in the U.S.
"I can't imagine dropping a 21-year-old son of mine into the middle of Mexico and saying, 'Fish or cut bait,'" Eyler says. "You need a special maturity and confidence to be out there and he looks very comfortable."
Although it's not terribly unusual for a driver in his early 20s to begin making his mark in NASCAR's touring series, most begin their racing careers driving go-karts about the time they enter elementary school. Some advance in the sport thanks in part to family ties or privileged upbringings.
Not so with the roots of Suarez's career.
"When I was 11," Suarez recalls, "I didn't know it existed to be a race car driver. A very good friend invited me to watch him race go-karts. A couple months later, he invited me to race. He talked with my dad and told him I wasn't so bad, so my dad bought a go-kart and we started doing some races."
Although never a racer, his father, Alejandro, recognized that his son had talent.
"When he was 13 and got running really well with the kart, he was starting on the pole every week," Eyler says. "So, his father made Daniel start races at the rear of the field to learn car control. He didn't pout. He just accepted the challenge and I know that made him a better racer."
Suarez's go-kart success brought him an offer to compete on the open-wheel circuit in Europe about the same time the NASCAR opportunity presented itself.
"To be honest, when I started racing, my goal was open-wheel," says Suarez, who has moved to Charlotte, N.C., bringing him closer to his shop but further from his family, which included his mother, Rosy, and two younger sisters. "NASCAR didn't exist in Mexico (hardly) at all. But after I start talking with NASCAR, (I saw) that the best drivers in the world are here. It's crazy how good they are.
"I knew they wanted a Mexican driver to compete in NASCAR and I'm really happy that I made the decision. I love what I'm doing right now. I'm thankful for my family to support me all the time. This opportunity is hard to get and I really feel lucky to be one of those guys. I feel humble."
The short track at Bristol figures to present an interesting test. Suarez has run at the high-banked half-mile twice, finishing 15th and 26th. But he says he likes the track and his chances to keep his winning streak alive.
"The half-mile is the fastest in the world, so I love this track," he says. "The first time we went we struggled with suspension. Last year we had a problem with the engine (faulty oil line). But we have run decent. I feel like we are good there. Small things make a difference. Right now, our car is getting to the race track more close to the setup we need.
"The only thing I'm thinking about is trying to be competitive every single weekend and keep the awesome momentum we are carrying now. I think I have a winning personality. I love to win and I always want to be the driver to beat.
"We know it's going to be impossible to win every single race. But for sure, if I have a shot to win, I'm going to take it. If not, we're going to run for the top three or, if we can, the top five so that we're still adding points to our championship (quest)."
Rev Racing returns to action on Saturday, March 15, for the PittLite 125 at Bristol Motor Speedway. Rev Racing has been in Victory Lane for the first two races of the season and our drivers are looking to continue this historic beginning to the 2014 season at the .533-mile concrete oval.
Daniel Suarez (No. 6 Rev Racing Toyota) – After two wins in Daytona to kick off the season, Suarez is the current points leader in the series standings with a discernable lead. He is looking to continue his dominance and bring home his third trophy in three races. Last season, Suarez finished 26th at Bristol after starting the race 24th.
Ryan Gifford (No. 2 UTI/NTI Toyota) – Gifford is currently 24th in the series standings. After competing in his back-up car for the first two races of the season, Gifford is eager to make up for lost ground now that he is reunited with his primary vehicle. Last year, Gifford garnered a 3rd place finish at Bristol after starting the race in 8th.
Sergio Peña (No. 4 Toyota) – Peña is currently 18th in the series point standings. Peña competed at Bristol Motor Speedway two years ago, but will be competing in Bristol for the first time as a member of Rev Racing.
Jay Beasley (No. 42 Rev Racing Toyota) – Beasley, who will be making his first appearance at Bristol Motor Speedway, is currently 22nd in the series standings.
Mackena Bell (No. 21 Special Smiles Toyota) – Bell is currently 12th in the series point standings. After garnering a top 10 finish in her first outing of the 2014 season, she is eager for another with the hope of moving into the top 10 of the point standings after this weekend. In her last outing at Bristol, Bell started 25th and finished 29th.
Two-lap qualifying for the PittLite 125 will be on Thursday, March 13 at 5:00pm and the race will be on Saturday, March 15 at 4:45pm. Follow @RevRacin on Twitter for live race updates.
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Akinori Ogata (@AkinoriOgata) will open up his 2014 NASCAR K&N Pro Series East (NKNPSE) season by attempting to qualify for Saturday’s PittLite 125 at Bristol (Tenn.) Motor Speedway.
Ogata, 40, is optimistic about making his NASCAR debut at the “World’s Fastest Half-Mile”, but the Kanagawa, Japan native is leaning on organizational changes he’s made during the off-season to pay off in his first race of a limited K&N Pro Series East schedule this season.
“We’ve worked extremely hard to get to Bristol, so I’m hoping for a good result,” said Ogata, who resides in Troutman, North Carolina. “Without hesitation, Bristol will be one of the biggest challenges of my career, but I believe with hard work and utilizing the practices to our advantage, our chances look good for Saturday.”
ENEOS motor oil will return as the primary marketing partner of Ogata’s No. 56 Toyota Camry this weekend. ENEOS Motor Oil provides a line of engine and transmission fluid with both performance eco-friendliness in mind. With their racing heritage and OE pedigree, ENEOS motor oil is redefining the meaning of synthetics.
To assist in his official launch of Akinori Performance, the former NASCAR Whelen All-American Series competitor has turned to Tracy Norman to lead his team’s efforts.
“I’ve been very grateful to have a lot of support in my transition to NASCAR, but with Tracy’s leadership, guidance and confidence in me, I feel like he has guided this team in the right direction of having a respectable in our No. 56 run.”
In addition to ENEOS, WPC, WINMAX and WRD will serve as associate marketing partners for the third race of the 2014 NASCAR K&N Pro Series East season.
Ogata has nine career NKNPSE starts to his credit. He made his debut in 2012 at Gresham (Ga.) Motorsports Park, the site of his career-best finish of 15th after starting 26th. He also produced a 16th-place effort at New Hampshire Motor Speedway (NHMS) last year.
The PittLite 125 is set for Saturday, March 15 from the “World’s Fastest Half Mile.” The 125-lap feature will commence shortly after 4:45 p.m. upon the conclusion of the NASCAR Nationwide Series’ Drive To Stop Diabetes 300. The race will be tape-delayed on FOX Sports 1 with an air date of Saturday, March 22 at 11:30 a.m. (Eastern).
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The NASCAR Foundation will kick off the Fourth Annual Betty Jane France Humanitarian Award nomination process with a call for applicants whose generosity and compassion have positively impacted the lives of children in racing communities throughout the country.
Since the award was created, The NASCAR Foundation has utilized the award to donate a combined $525,000 to charities reflecting the commitment Betty Jane France, The NASCAR Foundation chairwoman, has demonstrated with her charitable works and community efforts.
With the annual award presentation – which takes place during the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Awards in Las Vegas – The NASCAR Foundation honors passionate volunteers and NASCAR fans who work tirelessly to turn kids into winners, no matter the challenges they face. More than 50,000 children have been helped through the combined efforts of finalists over the first three years the award has been presented.
“The nomination process, in and of itself, is very inspiring, as we are introduced to the good works of so many individuals who personify what the foundation – and the award – are all about,” said The NASCAR Foundation Chairwoman Betty Jane France.
“This process leads to a challenging next step: determining the four finalists for the award. And that should be a challenge, as that reflects the fact there are many, many NASCAR fans doing some great things in their respective communities.”
Last year, The NASCAR Foundation announced Don Post, event chairman of the March of Dimes Kansas City chapter’s “Bikers for Babies” motorcycle ride, as the winner of the Third Annual Betty Jane France Humanitarian Award.
Post’s $100,000 donation was used to help grow and develop existing March of Dimes programs, including research on how to improve the health of newborns, funding for educational initiatives and community programs such as support groups that help parents cope with their baby’s hospitalization, transition home and even death. Building on the momentum of community support surrounding Post’s win, Kansas Speedway matched the donation with a $100,000 contribution.
The four nominated finalists will be announced in the fall of 2014, after which voting will open on NASCAR.com/Award. Each finalist will receive a minimum $25,000 donation toward the charity they support, a VIP experience at a NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race and a trip to the 2014 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Champion’s Week in Las Vegas.
The finalist who secures the most online votes will be announced as the winner during the 2014 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Awards in Las Vegas. The winner will receive a $100,000 donation to their children’s charity.
Family, friends and colleagues may nominate an outstanding volunteer at www.NASCAR.com/award. The deadline for submitting nominations is Friday, May 16, 2014, at midnight ET.
Motorcycle races at Daytona. Sports cars at Watkins Glen. Modifieds at Langley.
For race fans, if they couldn’t make it to the track and the event didn’t have television coverage, there hasn’t been an option to watch all the action. Until now.
AMA Pro Racing, IMSA and NASCAR announced today the launch of FansChoice.tv, a ground-breaking collaborative digital platform that will live stream various races not covered by broadcast television, giving fans new opportunities to follow their favorite series. It also will enhance fans viewing experience at the track with the ability to watch multiple cameras on their tablet or mobile device, and access archived broadcasts on demand.
On-track coverage for AMA Pro Flat Track racing will begin on Thursday from the quarter-mile dirt oval at Daytona International Speedway (opening ceremonies begin at 7:30 p.m. ET). Coverage of DAYTONA 200 Week will continue with both AMA Pro Flat Track and AMA Pro Road Racing Divisions on Friday, and will conclude with the 73rd running of Daytona 200 for AMA Pro Road Racing set for Saturday at 1 p.m.
FansChoice.tv will be the official home for AMA Pro Road Racing and AMA Pro Flat Track events in 2014. The site also will provide coverage of selected IMSA and NASCAR’s touring and weekly series events.
“This is a great opportunity to bring all the action from the track right to the fans,” said Michael Gentry, chief operating officer for AMA Pro Racing. “FansChoice.tv is a revolutionary platform that gives race fans all over the world unprecedented access to watch their favorite series wherever we race. This is fantastic news for all of our AMA Pro Road Racing and AMA Pro Flat Track fans.”
FansChoice.tv is a free site that puts fans in the director’s chair, allowing them to choose from multiple viewpoints alongside Live Timing & Scoring data and audio commentary from the track’s PA system. During selected AMA Pro events, produced streaming coverage of race sessions will be offered as an added bonus to the fans.
IMSA coverage will include streaming of its developmental and single-make series, as well as selected practice and qualifying sessions for the two IMSA national sports car series, TUDOR United SportsCar Championship and Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge that are part of the recently-announced five-year agreement with Fox Sports.
“FansChoice.tv will be a good additional resource, and possibly home, for some of our series,” said David Pettit, IMSA vice president, marketing. “We’re looking forward to exploring the platform this week during our Sebring event and ultimately this site will serve as a diverse home for motorsports.”
Several NASCAR Whelen All-American Series tracks already have committed to live streaming their weekly events, including Langley Speedway in Hampton, Va., Lake County Speedway in Painesville, Ohio, and Evergreen Speedway in Monroe, Wash. Fans will have the ability to select from multiple cameras positioned around the tracks during these events.
“This really is going to be ‘Fan’s Choice,’” said George Silbermann, NASCAR vice president of regional and touring series. “The partnership between AMA Pro, IMSA and NASCAR means the fans will have access to more racing than ever before. They will be able to choose from a variety of series and tracks, and be able to follow their favorite drivers virtually wherever they race.”
FansChoice.tv will also carry select NASCAR K&N Pro Series, NASCAR Whelen and Whelen Southern Modified Tour races, as well as off-track events such as the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series Awards and NASCAR Night of Champions Touring Series Awards in December.
More tracks and events are expected to be announced at a later date.
Up-and-coming driver, 15 year-old Trey Hutchens, is set to tackle one of NASCAR’s toughest tracks this weekend in his fourth NASCAR K&N Pro Series start.
The fourth-generation racer returns to the track for the first time in 2014 behind the wheel of the No. 14 Borla Exhaust Chevrolet in Saturday’s PittLite 125 at Bristol Motor Speedway. “It has been an extremely long off-season for me,” Hutchens said. “Waiting since September to get back in a race car has been difficult for me, but it also has afforded us a lot of valuable time to work on our cars. Hopefully, those hours in the shop pay off for the Borla Exhaust Chevrolet on Saturday.”
Hutchens was introduced this season to Alex and Alyse Borla, Co-founders of the Johnson City, TN based company who have built one of the most recognizable exhaust brands in the automotive aftermarket. They were impressed with his maturity and determination and decided to sponsor his team at a track close to their headquarters. “Trey is impressive on many fronts, he brings with him a pedigree of racing along with the determination of a champion as demonstrated by his academic achievements,” said Alex Borla.
Trey Hutchens Racing is fielding the entry with additional sponsorship assistance from Technique Engineering Chassis Components. “I am honored to have these sponsors on-board our car this weekend,” Hutchens said. I hope to be able to exceed their expectations this Saturday and give them a reason to come back.”
Hutchens notched an eighth-place finish in his last series start in September 2013 at Dover International Speedway in only his third race. He also scored a top-15 finish at New Hampshire Motor Speedway and a top-20 finish at Langley Speedway last season.
In addition to his three NASCAR K&N Pro Series East starts, Hutchens finished 19th in the prestigious Denny Hamlin Short Track Showdown at Richmond International Raceway in 2013, and posted a 14th-place finish in the inaugural UNOH Battle at the Beach in Daytona as the youngest competitor.
The high school sophomore began his stock-car career in 2012 in the American Speed Association (ASA) Late Model Series at Ace Speedway in Altamahaw, N.C. In just 18 starts, he accumulated seven top-five and 14 top-10 finishes with a best finish of second on two occasions. Hutchens earned Rookie-of-the-Year honors and completed the season fourth in the point standings, simultaneously scoring three top-10 finishes in four starts in the NASCAR Whelen All-American Modified Series.
As a fourth generation racer, Hutchens came to his passion honestly. His great-grandfather, Claude Hutchens and grandfather, Bud Hutchens owned Modified cars that raced all over the Southeast. His father, Bobby Hutchens drove and owned Modified cars, worked for Richard Childress Racing for 20 years and is currently Competition Director for Sprint Cup Team JTG Daugherty Racing. Trey and his father build all their own K&N cars.
Off-the-track, the Lexington, N.C., native completed his freshman year in high school ranked first out of 425 students with a GPA of 5.25.
As the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East heads to Bristol (Tenn.) Motor Speedway for the PittLite 125 on Saturday, Cole Custer and Nick Drake aim to carry momentum with them from their early success this year.
Custer is coming off a big win in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series West season opener last month at Phoenix International Raceway, while Drake finished third there in his series debut.
The two Bill McAnally Racing drivers will be joined by Patrick Staropoli as they head to the high-banked, half-mile Bristol track for the third K&N East race of the season. Custer will be behind the wheel of the No. 00 NAPA AUTO PARTS/HAAS Automation entry, while Drake drives the No. 15 NAPA AUTO PARTS Toyota and Staropoli pilots the No. 99 PEAK Toyota. The race is slated to be broadcast on FOX Sports 1 on March 22 at 11:30 a.m. ET.
“We’re excited about our start to the season,” said BMR President Bill McAnally. “Our teams are working hard to continue their success and to keep the spotlight on our partners at NAPA AUTO PARTS and Toyota. The competition is fast and tight at Bristol and we know it will be a big challenge, but we have confidence in our preparation.”
Several special NAPA events will highlight the Bristol weekend for the BMR drivers. NAPA pre-race appearances are slated in Kingsport, Tenn., and Johnson City, Tenn., on Wednesday. And 50 NAPA VIPS from the Knoxville NAPA Distribution Region, who will be attending the race on Saturday, will get a special pre-race garage tour.
In addition, race fans will get an opportunity to meet the drivers and get their autographs during a special Meet & Greet hosted by Bristol Motor Speedway in the hospitality area outside the track behind Turn 4 on Friday between 4 - 9 p.m.
This marks Custer’s first race this year in the K&N East. The 16-year-old driver from Ladera Ranch, Calif., finished 24th as a rookie last year in his only previous start at Bristol. He went on to score two wins and two poles in 2013, while finishing eighth in the championship standings for the K&N East.
Custer is competing in select events in the East and West divisions of the K&N Pro Series this year, while also planning a limited schedule in making his debut in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series.
As a series rookie, meanwhile, Drake will be getting his first look at the high banks of the Bristol track. He finished 15th in the K&N East season opener at New Smyrna (Fla.) Speedway and fourth in the UNOH Battle At The Beach at Daytona International Speedway in Daytona Beach, Fla. He is tied for second in points in the chase for the Sunoco Rookie of the Year Award and is tied for seventh in the overall championship standings for the K&N East.
Drake – an 18-year-old from Mooresville, N.C. – is transitioning to stock cars from open-wheel racing, where he competed in the USAC National Sprint Car Series last year.
Staropoli of Plantation, Fla., has also had a successful start to the 2014 season, in which he will compete in select events in the East and West divisions of the K&N Pro Series. The 24-year-old finished 11th at New Smyrna and eighth at Daytona.
With two races quickly in the books for the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East, drivers are quickly setting an agenda for capturing this season's championship.
One of those drivers is series defending Sunoco Rookie of the Year, Jesse Little.
Bristol Motor Speedway is one of Little's favorite racetracks on the circuit and a place where the 16-year old has posted a top-5 effort in NASCAR K&N Pro Series qualifying.
"We're really excited to be heading to Bristol and do some short track racing," Little said. "Bristol is one of those places that every racer wants to compete at because it's one of the premier short tracks in our sport with so much history. I really like racing on the half-mile tracks and our team has some of the best equipment out there for short track competition."
Setting a car up to handle the high-banked corners of Bristol while also having the grip upon exiting the corner is one key to success this weekend, he added.
"We believe we have a excellent setup package in the car that will really help us get in and out of the corners and I know our Penske Shocks are dialed in to get the car handling in this short 125-lap race."
Little aims to nab his first top-5 finish of the season Saturday afternoon with a solid run in the PITT LITE 125.
"This team has always been after solid runs and gaining maximum points. We showed that last year when we needed to get after it for the points towards the championship and the rookie title. We're doing nothing different in our approach to this weekend's PITT LITE 125. We're just going to go in there and take care of our business and keep moving forward in our goals of winning this season's NASCAR K&N Pro Series (East) championship."
Short track racing is one of many strengths for Little and the No. 97 NASCAR Technical Institute Chevrolet crew, he noted. To be successful at Bristol Little will tap into another strength he brings to the race-qualifying.
Posting the fourth quickest lap in qualifying last year gave Little the chance to run in the front of the field for most of the afternoon. He will look to duplicate that accomplishment this weekend, he explained.
"To run up front at Bristol you've got to start up there," Little said. "Last year we posted a top-5 qualifying effort and that had us off to a good start. We'll bring a good balance to the car for qualifying and our race trim and look to capitalize on track position to get a top-5 or top-10 finish."
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Team Stange Racing owners John and Ashley Stange have announced they have hired Rick Crawford as crew chief for Team Stange for the 2014. Effective immediately, Crawford will be taking on duties of crew chief for Team Stange and their driver Maryeve Dufault in the ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards. Crawford, a veteran of the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series began his racing career as a short-track racer in the southeastern United States. As a Mobile, Alabama native, he accumulated several championships at local area tracks including Five Flags Speedway and Mobile International Speedway and collecting sixty-one-top 10’s, and five victories in the Slim Jim All Pro Series. In 1997, Crawford made the move to the Craftsman Truck Series now known as the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series racking up five wins, six poles, seventy five-top 5’s and one hundred sixty-top 10’s and currently holds the record for the most starts (336) in the series.
“We couldn’t be more thrilled that Rick has made the move to Team Stange”, comments team owner John Stange, “He brings a wealth of experience and knowledge with him that our newly formed ARCA team can learn from, putting us at the desired level of competition that we set out for our team and sponsors.” Co-owner Ashley Stange stating, “We are new to this series, we were very satisfied with our results at Daytona, Maryeve and the team had great communication and seemed to gel the very first race. Rick is bringing strong leadership skills to Team Stange; it should really help create a strong level of constant communication and positive work attitudes with everyone. Both John and myself are looking forward to having him mold our team into the best it can be.”
Dufault, excited about moving forward with Crawford quotes, “I think Rick has proven himself at many levels of racing and also has an understanding being a driver himself. We started the season on a high note, running up front at Daytona in the season opener this past February was what we wanted, having Rick on board will keep us moving forward and on the right track as a new team.”
Crawford currently settling in his new role is happy for the opportunity that John and Ashley have given him within their new team, commenting, “I am ready to keep the momentum with the team moving forward in the same direction that they left with in Daytona. The Stange’s have been involved in other forms of racing and they have a vision and an understanding of what it takes to be a competitive team. They are fully committed to Team Stange and I am happy to be a part of that vision. I am looking forward to working with Maryeve, getting to know her and learning about what she wants out of her racecar to be able to have that competitive edge. 2014 will be a good year for Team Stange and we are all ready to make sure we are the best we can be. “
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