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Beyond the Cockpit: Catching up with Rick Crawford

_Rick Crawford spent 2008 as one of Frontstretch.com’s Driver Diary contributors, and through this relationships fans got to keep up with Crawford not only on the track, but off the track as well. While he no longer contributes a regular diary, Crawford knows fans enjoyed hearing about some of the things he likes to do in his spare time and thought everyone might like an update on some of his ongoing activities, as well as the inside scoop on the 2009 season at Circle Bar Racing._ _Toni Montgomery recently visited with Crawford at his race shop just behind Turn 2 at Lowe’s Motor Speedway. Crawford’s shop has a lot of history. It was once home to NASCAR champion Alan Kulwicki and Crawford works out of the same office Kulwicki once used._

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Tearing Apart the Trucks: Pit Road Rules Save Money – Are They Worth the Savings?

As the Camping World Truck Series rolls into Memphis Motorsports Park for another weekend of great racing, I find myself looking back at the major rule change for the series this season. Prior to the season opener at Daytona International Speedway, NASCAR announced major pit road rule changes that would affect every team and their race strategies. In an effort to help teams save money, NASCAR changed the number of crew members allowed over the wall during a pit stop. Only five crew members are allowed over the wall, and teams are not permitted to get fuel and tires on the same stop. In addition, the crew chief must choose only 12 active crew members to travel with the team.

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Five Points to Ponder: NASCAR Notes From The Week

*Claritin unclear* Apparently, this whole Jeremy Mayfield soap opera isn’t going away anytime soon. The latest episode saw Mayfield in the infield at Lowe’s Saturday night for the Sprint Showdown, a violation of the terms surrounding his indefinite suspension. He was eventually escorted off the premises... but not before taking some more shots at the sport that banned him in the first place. A defiant Mayfield claimed he is considering legal action to override his suspension, and currently has no plans to go through the rehab process -- a requirement in order for reinstatement to be considered.

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Tearing Apart the Trucks: News Around the Series

After the longest break on the 2009 schedule, the Camping World Truck Series returns to the track this weekend at Kansas Speedway. There are 37 trucks listed on the entry list, and despite preseason fears of short fields, this will be the fifth consecutive full field this season. Last season the Truck Series saw short fields in their second and third races. Before the trucks hit the track, I want to take a little time to recap the news around the series over the last couple weeks.

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Tracking the Trucks: 2009 American Commercial Lines 200 at Atlanta

*In a Nutshell:* Kyle Busch took the checkered flag 0.122 seconds ahead of Kevin Harvick to win the American Commercial Lines 200 Saturday afternoon at Atlanta Motor Speedway. Busch overcame gear problems on a late race pit stop to rocket to the front and score his fourth win in five starts at Atlanta. Todd Bodine, Mike Skinner, and Terry Cook rounded out the Top 5.

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Big Six: 2009 Kobalt Tools 500 at Atlanta

Who… gets my shoutout of the race? It’s no small feat to finish in the top 10 in a NASCAR Sprint Cup race. But to do it less than 24 hours after being rushed to the hospital for a painful kidney stone is even tougher. Yet that’s exactly what Martin …

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Tearing Apart the Trucks: AMS, Matt Crafton and Rick Crawford Celebrate Milestones

After taking an early season weekend off, the Camping World Truck Series returns to action Saturday afternoon at Atlanta Motor Speedway. This weekend marks 50 years of racing at the 1.5 mile oval, and two of the Truck Series drivers will be celebrating milestones of their own. Matt Crafton, driver of the No. 88 Menards Chevrolet will make his 200th career Camping World Truck Series start this weekend. Crafton debuted in the season finale at Fontana in 2000 behind the wheel of the No. 88 for ThorSport Racing. After starting 17th, Crafton had managed to work his way into the ninth position for his first of 90 career top 10 finishes. And Rick Crawford will make his 300th Camping World Truck Series start behind the wheel of the No. 14 Circle Bar Truck Corral / International Ford when the green flag flies over the American Commercial Lines 200.

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NASCAR News for Tuesday, March 3, 2009

Rusty Back Behind the Wheel at Bristol ESPN/ABC commentators (and a pretty good driver and crew chief) Rusty Wallace and Ray Evernham are teaming and will enter the Saturday Night Special at Bristol Motor Speedway next month. Wallace will be driving the No. 2 Chevy outfitted the popular Miller Genuine …

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Rick Crawford Hopes to End Winless Drought Tonight in Daytona

You can’t fault Rick Crawford for being anxious to start tonight’s NextEra Energy Resources 250. After all, Crawford hasn’t won a Camping World Truck Series race in over two years, has only been behind the wheel for two practice sessions since the 2008 season finale at Homestead and is at the track where he has accumulated the most points of any driver over the past six seasons. While most fans associate Crawford with Daytona for his three-wide win in 2003, he has consistently been one of the series’ strongest drivers at the 2.5-mile track, scoring six top 10s in nine starts.

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