NASCAR Camping World Truck Series veteran Rick Crawford has entered into a multi-year agreement to manage and promote Mobile International Speedway in Mobile, Alabama. Crawford’s career began at MIS, driving for car owners Lee and Ida Fields, and has now come full circle with his return to the Speedway.
“I am truly humbled that Ida Fields has chosen me to takeover her and Lee’s baby. Growing up, I thought winning at Daytona was just a dream and that dream came true. Today, another dream has become a reality,” said Crawford. “We’ve got a lot of work to do and I hope our fans and racers will be patient with us as we get started.”
Ida Fields commented on Crawford's new endeavor, saying, “I had a great partner in Lee, and we were able to build the track into something special. I see a lot of Lee in Rick, and Lee would be so proud that Rick has come back to Mobile International Speedway.”
Known as the fastest half mile in Alabama, Mobile International Speedway will host racing every other Saturday night in 2011, featuring six different classes of competition: Island Motors II Bombers, Bob’s Speed Shop Sportsman, Praytor Realty Super Stocks, Alabama Pipe and Supply Modifieds, Midwest Cooling Towers Pro-Late Models and Miller Lite Super Late Models. The Winged Sprint cars will make a special appearance on July 9th. Crawford’s new management team is already in place, and is preparing for the speedway’s annual Swap Meet this Saturday, with the Miller Lite Super Late Model series season opener scheduled for March 26.
The track will run under the Rick Crawford Performance, L.L.C. banner, with operations based out of Concord, North Carolina. Rick Crawford Performance provides promotion, entertainment and racing performance consulting services, ranging from local racing to the upper levels of NASCAR. Currently, RCP field an ARCA team, two NASCAR Camping World Truck Series teams and a NASCAR Sprint Cup Series operation from its North Carolina Facility.
For more information, including a 2011 season schedule, visit www.mobilespeedway.net.