BLOOMINGTON, Ind. – Erin Crocker-Evernham, the first woman to win a feature in the World of Outlaws STP Sprint Car Series, will make her debut in the POWRi Lucas Oil National Midget Series in the Ford EcoBoost Challenge Weekend at Bloomington (Ind.) Speedway on Friday and Tri-State Speedway in Haubstadt, Ind., on Saturday.
Crocker’s win in the WoO feature at Thunderbowl Raceway in Tulare, Calif., in 2004 became a springboard for her to drive stock cars in 27 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series, 25 ARCA presented by Menards and 10 Nationwide Series races from 2005 to 2007.
In 2009, the 32-year-old native of Wilbraham, Mass., returned to WoO Sprint Cars to run partial seasons. She was 18th in the feature of the famed 410 Sprint Car Knoxville (Iowa) Nationals in 2010, the event where she became the first woman to reach the A-main and was Rookie of the Year in 2003.
Crocker has driven in one Midget event in her career, finishing 10th in the E main in the 2003 Lucas Oil Chili Bowl in Tulsa, Okla., and her interest in Midgets was sparked by a visit to the famed event last January.
“I went to the Chili Bowl and as soon as I was at the race with all the excitement, I immediately wanted to be a part of it—it is in my DNA,” Crocker explained. “Bryan Clauson, who is a Midget racer, and Tim Clauson, who is my car owner, also convinced me to sit in a Midget when I was at the race and once I did that, it was over. As soon as I got back from the race, I started making plans to get back in racing.”