Rick Crawford · Thursday November 20, 2008
Since the last time I was here, we went to Talladega, Martinsville, Atlanta, Phoenix, Texas, and then ended up at Homestead. During that stretch, we showed some signs of greatness as a team — and then we showed signs of faltering a little bit. Talladega was just a mishap that we didn’t see coming on pit road, and I think it cost us the race there. As we went on through the season, Martinsville had a happy ending with a third place finish — so that was an upswing. We had an OK race in Atlanta, and another in Phoenix. We also sat on the pole with the fastest truck in Texas in the Ford Power Stroke Diesel by International F-150. That was probably the beam of light throughout the 2008 season that we were looking for. We didn’t get quite the chance to show it throughout the event, but we still came home with a decent finish.
We ended the year in Homestead at Ford Championship weekend without the finish we were looking for at all.
Rick Crawford · Thursday October 2, 2008
We’ve been to New Hampshire and Las Vegas since the last time I was here, and we had decent runs in both races. We went to Loudon, which is one of my favorite tracks, for the one-mile flat oval and finished in the Top 5 there. Then, we went to Vegas, which is one of my favorite towns to race in, and one of my favorite towns to enjoy the relaxing part of at the South Point Casino. We finished sixth out there with a pretty solid run. So, we got two solid runs under our belt with our Ford, and now we head to the great state of Alabama for our Talladega race.
Racing at Talladega is pretty neat. This is Rick Crawford’s home state and home race track, so a lot of friends and people who have helped you throughout your career will be there to cheer you on and come by to talk and show you some Southern hospitality. Hopefully, we perform well on the race track.
Rick Crawford · Friday August 29, 2008
We were on our way to Nashville last time I was here, and that weekend did not turn out at all the way we were hoping. Nothing went the way we wanted it to, and we just had one of those weeks where we were just off all weekend with our Power Stroke Diesel by International Ford F-150. We figured out pretty fast that we weren’t going to be bringing home that guitar trophy. We still finished on the lead lap, so it could have been worse — but it wasn’t at all the weekend we were looking for.
The next race we had was another Tennessee race, and Bristol went a whole lot better for us.
Rick Crawford · Friday August 1, 2008
I had some folks in from out of town for my birthday that used to help me early in my racing career and we still remain friends today. I wouldn’t have it any other way. I had some friends come in from Mr. Mitchell’s family from southwest Texas, and Lisa and Michael Mitchell attended the birthday party. We had over 100 guests, I believe, and had a really nice time. Even the King performed in my back yard and that was cool. Not everybody can say that Elvis has performed in their back yard! We had a private band and we had a good time.
Rick Crawford · Friday July 18, 2008
Before I head to Kentucky this week, I’ve got a meeting with the city planners in Montgomery, Alabama. I’m trying to buy a race track there. If we can get it under a city permit to open it back up since it’s been closed for a few years, Rick Crawford will try his first venture into promoting a race track. I’d like to give it a shot. This is something I’ve been looking forward to doing for the past 10 years. I’ve got an idea and the track has potential. It’s been there for over 50 years, running NASCAR tradition racing, and I’m looking forward to opening it back up if the city will approve it. It’s a half mile high banked oval. I look forward to having all my NASCAR friends and fans coming to join us sometime in Montgomery, Alabama.
Rick Crawford · Friday June 6, 2008
We’re paired up with the IndyCar Series this weekend and it doesn’t really present any unusual challenges for us and hopefully we don’t bring up any challenges for them. One of the neat things about it is that our Ford F-150s haul the mail and get the job done with Ford Powerstroke Diesel under the hood. We are really running, but what the fans need to understand is the IndyCars get out there and they’re running 50 MPH faster than we are. To a race car driver to have the sensation of what we’re running at 180 MPH and those guys are running 220 MPH, it’s really unbelievable!
Rick Crawford · Friday May 9, 2008
I went to the NHRA drag races while we’ve been off. I got to see Ashley Force win in her final round in funny car and that was pretty neat to see that. She’s a nice young lady driving a Ford Mustang and she actually beat her dad in that one. How about that?! It was a good day for John Force Racing and Ford Motor Company. I got to hang out with my friend Cory McClenathan. He was actually number one qualifier that day. I can’t get enough RPM.
Rick Crawford · Thursday April 17, 2008
Since the last time we talked, our team did a NASCAR official Truck Series test at Martinsville. The Ford Powerstroke Diesel ran well for two days, and the Maxx Force Diesel ran well for two days with Brendan Gaughan. Even Adam got a shot at driving the Ford Powerstroke Diesel for the first time, and handled it like a veteran. He put some speed up on the charts. I'm real proud of Adam, and I'd really like to thank everybody for having the confidence in him and the team for working behind him.
Rick Crawford · Friday March 14, 2008
We ended last time by starting at Daytona. We were ready to go racing. Daytona Speedweeks is always exciting. It’s always great to be at the world center of racing. Leading up to the race, the Circle Bar Truck Corral Ford F-150 was running great with Ford Power Stroke Diesel by International. We got ready to qualify, and qualified a little bit better than we expected because the truck that we took to Daytona is really good in race trim, and we knew how good it was. At the beginning of the race, I sort of got boxed in and there was no where to go. The inside line I was in sort of pushed me toward the back, so we hung around there for a little while. At Daytona, with the intake reducer on it, the racing is really close there for the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series so at the beginning of the race we just kind of let the ranks get sorted out. That’s not necessarily my style, but we did. I even watched my teammate, Brendan Gaughan, go by me in the MaxxForce Diesel by International pickup and I thought “Wow! Look at him go!” He was going to the front and I think he actually got up to about third, fourth, or fifth before the big accident happened on the back straightaway.
Rick Crawford · Thursday February 14, 2008
The biggest thing I probably learned since I’ve been here in Daytona is why the Daytona races are run in February. I’d bet a lot of people reading this probably don’t know why the Daytona 500 is run in February and so why we are here in February too. But I’ve got the answer! I learned something new today. I don’t claim to be the smartest guy in the world but I’m running real close to the guy who’s running second! I finally found that answer out and that’s my history lesson of Speedweeks 2008. The answer is because the month of February is when the tide is out the furtherest here in Florida and it leaves the racers more room to race on the beach.
Rick Crawford · Friday December 14, 2007
2007 was a good year for the Circle Bar Racing team and the No. 14 Power Stroke Diesel Ford by International. It was a great year for Circle Bar Racing to have two of its trucks, with our teammate David Starr in the Top 10 in the points and the No. 14 truck in the Top 5 in the points. We had a good strong finish at Homestead with third place, and it was just a good year for us. My hat's off to Hornaday for winning the championship and Skinner for second. Those guys had great years, and earned top finishes all year, and ultimately deserved to battle it out for a championship.
The banquet was painless. It was short and sweet. My owner's daughter, Lisa Mitchell, received the top finishing Ford award for the No. 14 truck from Ford Racing. That was a pretty neat moment for her. She gave a speech thanking everybody at Ford Motor Company and International and all of our sponsors and everybody that worked on the crew for a great year – and especially from her Dad. I received a Top 5 award in the year end points and that was pretty neat. I got to be on stage and that's a good place to be at the end of the year, on stage. That's what everybody shoots for, so I'd say it was a good year for us.
Rick Crawford · Thursday November 15, 2007
I've been in Florida all week doing some interesting things. Tuesday we kicked it off with the Ford Ride n'Drive where we give rides around Homestead Miami Speedway in the Ford Cup two-seaters to over 30 South Florida Ford dealers. One of the sales managers got in the car with me and wanted to video tape the deal with a handheld video camera. He caught me laughing in my helmet when he started up the video camera and I just kept laughing and by the time we got to the end of pit road the video camera was in his lap so that didn't work out too good. It was funny. I guess he thought he'd have home video so he could show it at Christmas time or something but it didn't work out. Maybe he got he sound on the inside of the car anyway.