FOREST PARK, Ill. – Team Stange Racing has hired veteran NASCAR competitor Rick Crawford as crew chief for Team Stange Racing’s ARCA operation in 2014.
Effective immediately, Crawford will be taking over crew chief duties for Team Stange’s No. 46 Ford and their driver Maryeve Dufault. 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, Ala., native, he accumulated several championships at local area tracks including Five Flags Speedway and Mobile Int’l Speedway.
In 1997 Crawford made the move to the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series, racking up five wins, six poles, 75 top fives and 160 top 10’s and currently holds the record for the most series starts at 336.
“We couldn’t be more thrilled that Rick has made the move to Team Stange,” said Team Stange co-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.”
“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,” said Team Stange co-owner Ashley Stange. “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.”
“I am ready to keep the momentum with the team moving forward in the same direction that they left with in Daytona,” Crawford said. “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 race car 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. “