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NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series GM Goodwrench/Delco Battery 300 Preview: #14, Rick Crawford

30 October 1997

 #14 Rick Crawford, Circle Bar Motel & RV Park 
 NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series
 GM Goodwrench/Delco Battery 300K Advance
 Phoenix International Raceway
PHOENIX, AZ - Round twenty-five of the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series, The GM 
Goodwrench/Delco Battery 300, will run 186 laps/186 miles in the traditional 
two-segment format. The race, Saturday 1 November 1997, will start 36 trucks 
based on fastest times plus up to four provisional starting positions. The 
posted awards total $313,319.  

Phoenix International Raceway is a one-mile paved asphalt oval with 11 
degrees of banking in the first two turns, nine degrees of banking in turns 
three and four, and two degrees in the dogleg. There is no banking on either 
of the straights. The frontstretch is 1,179 feet long and the backstretch is 
1,551 feet long. Phoenix, the only circuit in the 26-race season which hosts 
the Trucks twice, is south-west of town at the foot of the local mountains. 

Two weeks ago at the No Fear Challenge at California Speedway in Fontana, CA, 
Rick Crawford qualified ninth in a field of 42, and had moved up to sixth 
when it was thought that a tire was going flat. Crawford dropped to the back 
of the field in anticipation of making an unscheduled pit stop for a tire 
change.  However, in cruising around the two-mile paved super speedway, 
Crawford determined that it wasn't a flat tire after all and started his 
charge back through the field from 36th to tenth. He was able to race cleanly 
and maintain tenth place despite being pushed into the wall, surviving 
without a crash.

This weekend Crawford returns to PIR, a circuit he has raced on before in the 
Southwest Tour series years ago. For the third race this summer, Crawford's 
Circle Bar Team will operate without their crew chief, Roland Wlodyka, who is 
again back in North Carolina repairing the team's brand-new super speedway 
Truck which hasn't yet raced. After the last race, Wlodyka and crew member 
Travis Holt were transporting the new truck when they had a road accident 
resulting in the hauler, race truck and all crashing down a deep ravine.  
Wlodyka suffered fractured ribs, cuts, bruises and a concussion. Holt is 
alright. The race truck was badly damaged and the hauler destroyed.  

The plan at this point is for Wlodyka, a veteran of years with the NASCAR 
Winston Cup circuit, to repair the new truck so that Crawford can race it 
next weekend at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway's season's finale Truck race. 
The rest of the Circle Bar Team has been working in Phoenix on preparing the 
backup truck for the one-mile super speedway.

Crawford and crew, despite all the setbacks, are looking forward to the 
high-speed fast track race. Crawford excels on the faster race tracks, having 
finished third this summer at Texas Motor Speedway. 

Rick Crawford, with 202 points, remains in second place in the Cintas Rookie 
point standings and is 18 points behind the leader. Crawford has been first 
or second of 22 drivers in the Cintas field all season. He has one top-five 
and nine top-ten finishes so far, with 14 of the 26 finishes counting for the 
Cintas award.   

Rick Crawford, with 2891 points, remains 12th in the points, out of 155 
drivers in the 1997 NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series driver standings; he now is 
eleventh in winnings, earning $214,495 so far this season. Crawford is the 
top-running independent privateer in the series.

The GM Goodwrench/Delco Battery race will broadcast live on NASCAR Truck 
Racing Network at 3:15 pm EST and telecast live on TBS at 3:35 pm EST. 
Arizona is on Mountain Standard Time all year long.

                RICK CRAWFORD  #14 CIRCLE BAR FORD F150

                                            LAPS    LAPS
 Jan 19  Disney World           24    11      0    200/200  10,800   Running  
 Mar 1   Tucson                 18    12      0    200/200   5,775   Running
 Mar 16  Homestead              22    18      0    159/167   8,750   Running
 Apr 20  Phoenix                14    21      0    147/150   4,480   Running 
 May  3  Portland               11     8      0    200/200   7,225   Running 
 May 11  Monroe                 16    23      0    201/203   6,200   Running 
 May 24  Odessa                  6    15      0    199/200   7,175   Running
 May 31  Loudon                  9     6      0    200/200   8,375   Running 
 Jun  6  Texas                   6     3      0    167/167  30,850   Running 
 Jun 21  Bristol                25     6      0    200/200  11,900   Running
 Jun 29  Nazareth               19    18      0    197/200   7,125   Running
 Jul  5  Milwaukee               8    34      0     33/200   6,425   Clutch
 Jul 12  Louisville             16     5      6    219/225   6,675   Running
 Jul 19  Colorado                6     6     14    250/250   1,400   Running 
 Jul 27  Topeka                 10     8      0      81/81   8,200   Running 
 Aug  9  Flemington             24    15      0    200/200   7,920   Running
 Aug 16  Nashville              10     8      0    255/256   7,275   Running 
 Aug 24  Watkins Glen           10    14      0      62/62   7,875   Running 
 Sep  4  Richmond               31    34      0     61/180   5,600   Engine
 Sep 27  Martinsville           34    24      0    235/256   5,825   Running
 Oct  5  Sears Point            32    25      0      49/60   5,975   Running 
 Oct 12  Mesa Marin             23     6      0    300/300   7,200   Running 
 Oct 18  Fontana                 9    10      0    100/100   9,350   Running

By Circle Bar Motel & RV Park Racing Public Relations