Alabama native Rick Crawford earned an eighth-place finish at Gateway International Raceway, Saturday night. The top-10 finish was enough to keep Crawford sixth in the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series point standings, but he lost 28 points to series leader Johnny Benson. Benson has been able to post an outstanding 11 top-5 finishes this year, more than twice as many as Crawford, although Crawford has nearly as many top-10 finishes as Benson (9 to Benson’s 13).
The top-10 in points remained mostly unchanged this week, with the biggest move being Dennis Setzer taking ninth place from Terry Cook.
With only two races to go before Talladega, the Mobile, Ala. native is predicting another exciting race in the Mountain Dew 250 Fueled by Winn-Dixie.
“It’s going to be a close, tight race,” said Crawford. “The Trucks are putting on the best shows in NASCAR, I believe. TV ratings are up, SPEED Channel is up, and Talladega always produces a great race. When the trucks finally came to Talladega, I was probably the proudest guy on the planet. The fans can come out and see one fine show, but they’ll also see a very proud Alabamian. ”
Up next for the veteran driver is New Hampshire Motor Speedway, where last year he finished sixth.
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