Crawford's 2003 NCTS Daytona Victory Unforgettable

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It's one of the most memorable finishes in Daytona International Speedway history and Rick Crawford never stops thinking about it. In the 2003 Chevy Silverado HD 250 at Daytona International Speedway, Crawford nipped Travis Kvapil and Robert Pressley in a three-wide photo finish that mirrored the inaugural Daytona 500 in 1959. "I think about that daily," said Crawford of the closest three-way finish in NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series history. "I really do. It was a pretty neat deal to be able to pull that one off." In recalling that finish, Crawford, who still drives the No. 14 Circle Bar Racing Ford today, credits his drafting partners for his victory that day. "I had some good friends racing with me that day," Crawford said. "Me and him (Brendan Gaughan) and Mike Wallace had a plan all day long. Up until 10 laps to go, he (Gaughan) ran out of gas, Mike dented up his nose on his truck and that left me out there to do it all. We made that decision that we would race with 10 laps to go but during that whole race, you would see all three of us together out here." For 2007, Circle Bar Racing is expanding to a two-truck team with veteran David Starr. The deal finally came together last week and Crawford is hoping expansion will be a big benefit for the entire Circle Bar Racing team. Said Crawford: ¿Like everybody says, I've never had a teammate, but the evolution of racing has changed a big deal, and one selling point I had to Dan Davis of Ford Motor Co., I said, 'John Force is your baby in NHRA Drag Racing.' I asked, 'Would you expect John Force and the Castrol Ford Mustang team to win the NHRA Funny Car championship with one car?' I said, 'It¿s going to be hard for Rick Crawford to do it with the 14 truck.¿ ¿ During this weekend¿s test session, Crawford is already seeing the two teams develop some chemistry. ¿I can see both teams getting along and both teams working hard together as one team, and I see them making some accomplishments,¿ Crawford said. ¿As far as growing pains are concerned, I think once the 10 (Starr¿s truck) and the 14 (Crawford¿s truck) reach Daytona, I believe the growing pains will be over. The growing pains will be in the next two weeks, and that¿s to get the ¿07 trucks prepared.¿ Fastest of the day: Travis Kvapil is proving his No. 6 Roush Racing Ford is going to be tough to beat in the Chevy Silverado HD 250. After being fastest in both sessions on Friday, Kvapil backed it up on Saturday by being the fastest in both sessions again. Kvapil posted the two fastest times in the Saturday morning session - 179.354 mph in the No. 6B Ford and 179.186 mph in the No. 6A Ford. In the Saturday afternoon session, Kvapil was fastest with 184.756. ¿He¿s going to have a lot of friends come time for Daytona. He¿s flying,¿ Rick Crawford said. ¿He¿ll have a lot of friends to tuck up under that 6 truck.¿ Gaughan going through changes: It¿s been a year of change for Brendan Gaughan. Gaughan, a former Craftsman Truck Series Rookie of the Year, is switching from Dodge to Chevrolet and is changing the team name from Orleans Racing to South Point Racing - a move to reflect the family¿s realignment in the Las Vegas gaming industry. ¿It¿s been not just a change for the team but for the family,¿ Gaughan said. ¿The reason we went from the Orleans Casino to the South Point Casino is that we don¿t own the Orleans anymore. The race team is small compared to some of the changes that have happened around the Gaughan family.¿ Speedweeks 2007 tickets available: Tickets for Speedweeks 2007 events, including the 49th annual Daytona 500, are available by calling 1-800-PITSHOP or by logging onto

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