TULSA, Okla. — Former American Sprint Car Series national champion Tim Crawley keeps getting it done.
For the second time in three rounds of Lucas Oil ASCS National Tour Speedweek action, Crawley piloted the Ronnie Pitts Motorsports/AC Sport Auto Conversion No. 1x sprint car to victory lane in Tuesday night’s 25-lap feature that made up last Thursday night’s rainout.
Gunning into the lead from the pole position at the outset, the three-time series champ (1994, 1999 and 2002) put his experience to good use atop a slick and dusty oval to keep fellow Mid-Southerner Dale Howard and Canadian Dylan Westbrook at bay throughout to secure the $3,000 payday.
“Old blind squirrel done found two nuts this week,” Crawley quipped after his 48th career series win.
“I won’t complain about the racetrack, it’s been 110 degrees all day and they’ve watered and worked hard on it,” Crawley explained. “It was slick and it was dusty and had a lot of character, these type deals aren’t the kind you can just stomp and steer, you’ve gotta make good laps and can’t makes mistakes and be patient and that’s sometimes where experience comes in.”
The experience paid off for Crawley, with fellow experienced shoe Howard settling for runner-up honors.
“I told my crew if we did good on the first two nights, we would come on out here,” Howard said. “I guess if we can run decent five nights in a row out a here and make it worth our trip, it’s a long way for us.”
After missing the opening two legs of ASCS Speedweek, Westbrook returned to action with a podium finish after surviving a heat-race skirmish that resulted in nose wing damage.
“In that heat I was just hoping that the nose wing wasn’t gonna flip up, but it stayed down and actually handled alright,” Westbrook explained. “We got that all fixed up, made some adjustments and ended up running pretty good here.”
Memphis shoe Landon Britt landed his second top-five finish of the season by climbing from ninth to fourth as Jordon Mallett rounded out the top five to give Mid-South reps four of the top five finishing positions.
Feature (25 Laps): 1. 1X-Tim Crawley; 2. 47-Dale Howard; 3. 47X-Dylan Westbrook; 4. 10-Landon Britt; 5. 14-Jordon Mallett; 6. 22S-Slater Helt; 7. 99-Blake Jenkins; 8. 22M-Rees Moran; 9. 52-Blake Hahn; 10. 55B-Brandon Anderson; 11. 10P-Dylan Postier; 12. 45X-Kyler Johnson; 13. 2C-Wayne Johnson; 14. 17-Cannon McIntosh; 15. 77-Dean Drake Jr; 16. 95-Matt Covington; 17. 22J-Jax Redline; 18. 50Z-Zach Chappell; 19. 88-Terry Easum; 20. 38-Jimmy Forrester; 21. 17B-Ryan Bickett; 22. 91-Justin Fine; 23. 2-Dylan Opdahl; 24. 36-Jason Martin; 25. 187-Landon Crawley; 26. 97-Kevin Cummings