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Team Stange Racing Taps NASCAR Veteran Rick Crawford as Crew Chief
Posted by: newsla on Mar 10, 2014 - 05:34 PM
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Team Stange Racing Taps NASCAR Veteran Rick Crawford as Crew Chief


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.

 

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"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. "

The next scheduled race for the No. 46 Team Stange Ford Fusion and Maryeve Dufault will be the ARCA Mobile 200 at Mobile International Speedway on Saturday, March 22, 2014.

Team Stange Racing: John and Ashley Stange of Forest Park, IL formed Team Stange in 2004. Their ARCA Racing Series stock car program began in 2013 when they purchased the nine-time ARCA championship winning team of Larry Clement Racing. They plan to field a Ford Fusion in all the events in the ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards in 2014 with driver Maryeve Dufault. Team Stange is especially adept at creating business-to-business programs for corporate partnerships and brand development.

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