Crawford Gains Ground On Benson


Alabama native Rick Crawford made up 63 points on NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series point leader Johnny Benson with a sixth place finish at Las Vegas.  While the strong run allowed Crawford to close the distance to Benson, he actually lost two positions in the point standings, falling from fourth to sixth, after race winner Mike Skinner and second-place finisher Erik Darnell both jumped two positions to leapfrog him (Darnell to fourth and Skinner to fifth).

The good news for Crawford is that with Las Vegas in the rearview mirror, it’s now full steam home to Alabama.  The NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series will enjoy a weekend off before tackling the high banks of Talladega, the scene of one of Crawford’s favorite NASCAR memories.
“Just being able to race there, have fun and put on a great show for the fans is one of my favorite memories,” said Crawford.  “I came across the start-finish line last year in a three-wide finish and placed second to Todd Bodine.  That memory will last, no matter the outcome.”
Race fans no doubt remember last year’s finish where Bodine, Crawford and Johnny Benson took the checkered flag side-by-side-by-side.  Bodine nipped Crawford by .014 seconds, with Benson’s truck just past Crawford’s door. 
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