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Rick Crawford

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Born: 26 July 1958

A former NASCAR driver.

Biography

The following section is an excerpt from Wikipedia's Rick Crawford (racing driver) page on 2 November 2018, text available via the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported License.

Richard Hoyt Crawford Jr. is an American former professional stock car racing driver. Crawford competed in the Craftsman Truck Series full-time from 1997 to 2009, He is the former promoter and manager of Mobile International Speedway.

Crawford began his racing career as a short-track racer in the southeastern United States. He won the 1989 running of the prestigious annual short track Snowball Derby race. He also won the track championship at Five Flags Speedway in 1981 and 1984, and won the championship at Mobile International Speedway in 1981, 1982, and 1984. After that, he moved to the Slim Jim All Pro Series, where he collected sixty-one top tens, and earned five victories. In 1993 and 1994, he attempted four Winston Cup Series races in the #84, but did not qualify for any of them.

Crawford holds the current record for most starts in the Camping World Truck Series. He raced in 210 consecutive races before missing the 2005 Built Ford Tough 225 race at Kentucky due to injuries sustained from a hard crash in practice. He had not missed a race since that date until failing to qualify at Daytona in February 2011. Prior to 2011, Crawford was one of the few drivers in the history of the sport with more than 50 starts who has never raced in any major series in NASCAR other than the Truck Series. However, that statistic was ended in 2011, when Crawford made his Nationwide Series debut driver for Jennifer Jo Cobb Racing at Chicagoland Speedway.

On March 2011 Crawford entered a multi-year contract to be the promoter and manager at Mobile International Speedway, his home track, in Irvington (Mobile), Alabama.

In March 2014 it was announced that Crawford would serve as crew chief for Team Stange Racing and driver Maryeve Dufault in the ARCA Racing Series.

On March 1, 2018, Crawford was arrested in Florida; he was charged for "attempted enticement of a minor." He plans on pleading his innocence and was released into the custody of his family until his trial. Crawford was convicted by a jury on August 30, 2018.


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Rick Crawford U.S. Navy photo by Damon J. Moritz
Naval Air Station Sigonella, Italy
January 30, 2003
Aviation Structural Mechanic 1st Class Charles Weeks gets and autograph from NASCAR driver Richard Crawford, during a NASCAR Rally held on board Naval Air Station Sigonella, Italy. NASCAR drivers and crewmembers came out to support the active and reserve forces in the European theater as part of a joint DOD-ESGR Goodwill Tour. The ESGR is the Employer Support of the Guard and Reserves, located in Arlington, Virginia. NAS Sigonella provides logistic and fleet support to U.S. military and NATO forces throughout the Mediterranean and Middle East, while ensuring the highest quality of life for our Sailors and their families.
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Rick Crawford 2008 Camping World RV Sales 200
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Rick Crawford 2008 Camping World RV Sales 200
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Circle Bar Racing Rick Crawford Pit Stop 2008 Camping World RV Sales 200
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Article Index

DateArticleAuthor/Source
11 May 2004NASCAR Media Conference: Most Memorable MomentsRichard Childress
Rick Crawford
Jonathan Gibson
Jeff Hammond
Larry McReynolds
Rusty Wallace
Humpy Wheeler
Robert Yates
16 November 2007NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series: Ford 200Rick Crawford
15 July 2008NASCAR Media ConferenceRick Crawford
17 January 2009NASCAR Preseason Fan FestivalRick Crawford
30 August 2018Former NASCAR Driver Convicted Of Attempted Enticement Of A MinorU.S. Attorney’s Office, Middle District of Florida


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