Crocker will run in approximately eleven ARCA
and four Busch races in 2007. She won
the pole for the season-opening ARCA race at
Daytona International Speedway in 2007. She would
struggle, finishing 20th in the race.
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Crocker and Ray Evernham
Fisher could be NASCAR's
Q&A: Taking on
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is NASCAR's Danica?
The leading candidates are Erin Crocker and
Sarah Fisher, both 24. Another to watch is Allison
Duncan, 26. Duncan, also part of Childress'
developmental program, drives in the NASCAR Dodge
Weekly Series at Stockton (Calif.) 99 Speedway,
where she became the first woman to win a late
model feature event. She has a little farther to
climb but shows talent.
Born: March 23, 1981
Weight: 115 lbs.
Home: Wilbraham, Mass.
Lives: Charlotte, N.C.
Hobbies: Skiing, running,
Married to Ray Evernham
Erin Crocker grew up in
Wilbraham, Massachusetts, a suburban town in the
western part of the state. The youngest of 5
children and daughter of Susan Crocker and the late
William Crocker, Erin spent most of her time
tagging along after her older siblings, especially
her brothers. Her father introduced the children to
racing at a young age. Erin spent her earliest days
watching her brothers race and asking when it
was her time to get in the seat.
At the age of seven, Erin
got her chance and ran a quarter midget in the
Custom Quarter Midget Club out of Thompson,
Connecticut and the Silver City Quarter Midget Club
out of Meriden, Connecticut. That year she brought
home Most Improved Novice and found her love of
racing. The next few years brought many
accomplishments with the Quarter Midgets of
America. Erin was Female Driver of the Year in
1993, 1994 and 1995 as well as a Northeast Regional
Champion from 1993 to 1996.
From there she balanced
racing with her high school career. Erin was a
member of a number of varsity sports including
soccer, tennis, lacrosse, and ski team as well as
Vice President of her class and a National Honor
Society affiliate. In 1997, during her sophomore
year, Erin ran a mini sprint where she was awarded
Rookie of the Year and became the first female and
youngest driver to win a feature at Whip City
Speedway. In 1999, Erin drove a sprint car in the
Eastern Limited Sprints (ELS) where again she took
home Rookie of the Year honors.
Erin went on to attend
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, New York
where she just recently graduated from in the
spring of 2003. She received her bachelors
degree in Industrial and Management Engineering.
Beyond racing, Erin kept busy at RPI by joining Pi
Beta Phi sorority and playing for the varsity
womens lacrosse team.
Other than running a PRO
Tour truck in four races, 2000 did not bring much
full time racing. In 2001, Mike Woodring, then 7
time Empire Super Sprints (ESS) champion, was
looking to add a second car to his 360 winged
sprint car team. Erin, familiar with the league,
was asked to drive for Woodring racing for the 2002
season. The year was full of success. Driving the
#16 360 Sprint, Erin finished with five A-feature
wins, twelve heat wins, and one New Track Record
and was awarded the 360 Wild Card
award from the National Sprint Car Hall of Fame for
her exciting performances and the ESS Outstanding
Newcomer award. The team was also honored as the
360 Team of the Year by the National Sprint Car
Hall of Fame.
After attempting to run
the United States Auto Clubs (USAC) Silver
Crown series in the early stages of the 2003
season, Mike and Erin realized it was not working.
With a minimal budget and very little knowledge and
pavement experience between the two of them, they
decided to concentrate on what was more familiar to
them, dirt winged sprint cars. In August, Erin got
behind the wheel of a 410 sprint car for the first
time. In only her third night with the new power
plant, Erin became the first women, in the 43 year
history, to qualify for the famed Knoxville
Nationals. She was named the 2003 Nationals Rookie
of the Year for her remarkable performance.
Throughout 2003 Erin had six Fast Times, set two
New Track Records, had eleven top fives, and had
many strong finishes at World of Outlaw (WoO) and
All-Star Circuit of Champion (ASCoC) events. Erin
was ranked 14th in the mid season 360 Sprint Car
Driver Poll. At the end of the 2003 season, she was
announced as the National Sprint Car Hall of Fame
410 Rookie of the Year and was honored with the 360
and the 410 Wild Card awards from the
National Sprint Car Hall of Fame.
In 2004, Erin has
continued with 410 winged sprint cars driving for
Woodring Racing as she is competing with the
prestigious and highly competitive World of Outlaws
series. She has been racing against names such as
Steve Kinser and Danny Lasoski every night. Erin
has also been seeking other driving opportunities
to diversify her skills. With a long term goal
including either the Indy Racing League (IRL) or
the NASCAR Nextel Cup, Erin hopes to gain
experience and knowledge that will help prepare her
for her future.
Erin was selected by Ford
Motor Company for their new Womens Driver
Development Program after a test in Indianapolis
this spring. She has tested a Bob East/ Steve Lewis
owned Ford USAC National midget and may be
competing in a few races for them later this fall.
There is no set plan with Ford and no contractual
agreement as of yet.
Erin has an incredible
amount of natural talent in a race car. She is very
athletic and keeps herself in great physical
condition. She possesses the drive, the commitment
and the determination to make it to the top in her
chosen field. She finds great pleasure in most
everyone she is involved with including her fans,
her team members and her competitors. She is well
spoken, attractive and poised.
Erin Crocker has the
opportunity to do some very special things over the
next few years. If Knoxville was any indication,
this kid has just the right mix of ability, desire
and personality to truly make her mark on the
sport. ~Dave Argabright, Sprint Car and
Midget Magazine, November 2003
In Dodge's prepared by
Evernham Motorsports, won 2007 Superspeedway
Challenge championship becoming the first female
driver to earn the honor. Only female driver in
ARCA RE/MAX Series history with three runner-up
finishes at Kentucky Speedway '07 & '05 and
Kansas Speedway '06. Only female driver in series
history to earn 5 SIM Factory Pole Awards at
Daytona Int'l Speedway '07, Kentucky '07, '06 &
'05 and Nashville Superspeedway '05. In 25 career
starts since 2005, has 12 top-5 finishes and 16
top-10s. Also finished 3rd at Nashville '07, 3rd at
Michigan Int'l Speedway '07, 3rd at Pocono Raceway
'05, 3rd at Nashville '05, 4th at Pocono '07, 4th
at Michigan '06, 4th at Talladega Superspeedway
'05, 5th at Kentucky '07, 5th at Chicagoland
Speedway '07, 6th at Nashville '07, 7th at Kansas
'07, 7th at Michigan '05 and 8th at Gateway Int'l
Raceway '06. Has led 124 laps in 8 races. Veteran
of NASCAR Nationwide Series and Craftsman Truck
Series. Veteran of World of Outlaw sprints,
All-Star sprints, ESS sprints, ELS sprints,
mini-sprints and quarter midgets. First female to
win an A-main feature event in World of Outlaws
competition '04. First female in history to qualify
into the Knoxville Nationals at Knoxville Raceway
IA '03. Named Knoxville Nationals Rookie of the
Year '03. Won 5 ESS A-main feature events '01. 360
Team of the Year by the National Sprint Car Hall of
Fame '01. ELS sprint Rookie of the Year '99.
Mini-sprint Rookie of the Year at Whip City
Speedway '97. Graduated from Rensselaer Polytechnic
Institute in Troy, New York with bachelor's degree
in Industrial & Management Engineering in
Crocker appears in 18 month Women in the
Winner's Circle 2007 calendar along with 17 other
women throughout the motorsports field.
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Kansas Speedway - 7/2/06 - Erin Crocker became
the first female driver in ARCA Re/Max Series
history to earn two second place finishes, despite
a spin on lap 60. I was hoping that wed
catch Frank there, said Crocker. We
were able to pick up four fresh tires on that final
pit stop which helped us. But we probably tightened
the car up a little too much.
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Erin Crocker finished 4th in the ARCA race this
Friday afternoon at Michigan International
Speedway. This strong finished coupled with Erin's
second fastest speed in the final practice in the
Evernham Dodge Craftsman truck are good signs of
team performance. The series heads to Kansas
Speedway in Kansas City, Kansas for the Kansas
Lottery $200 Grand on Saturday, July 1, 2006. The
event will be broadcast on SPEED at 3:00 pm on
Sunday, July 2nd.
time at the beach brings back memories
Erin Crocker is stepping up a
program that she hopes will land her in a full-time
Nextel Cup ride by driving in the Busch, Truck and
ARCA Series for Evernham Motorsports. The youngest
of five children, Crocker has been sharing weekly
with NASCAR.COM readers the ups and downs of her
life on and off the track through staff writer
Crocker 2006 Stats
2006 Busch Series
I'm spending Tuesday and
Wednesday at a big beach house that my mom rents on
the Outer Banks of North Carolina for all of my
siblings and their families.
I can't even tell you the
last time I went to the beach just to
Usually, I don't get a
break from racing. I get one day a week off to kind
of regroup, do laundry and get ready for the next
weekend. That's my choice because I love racing and
that's my career.
But this is nice. Right
now we're in a stretch where I'm running a lot of
double-header weekends with the ARCA, Truck and
Busch Series and could use a few days
I really haven't taken
what I consider a vacation since I was a kid. When
I was growing up we used to go to Florida every
year as a family deal, and it usually was around
the Daytona race.
We spent a little time in
the Florida Keys. My parents had a house there and
we used to go there for my father's birthday before
he passed away.
But my oldest sibling is
11 years older than me, so by the time she
graduated high school we didn't do the typical
family vacations anymore.
I really don't have a
dream vacation. I love to travel. I've been in 46
of the 50 United States. I've still got to go to
Hawaii, Alaska, Idaho and Iowa.
The year I traveled all
over in the Sprint car series, the team went
through Idaho and Iowa, but each time I had to go
home. One time I flew to Darlington to meet with
somebody, and another time I had to attend my
So I can't count
At some point I'd like to
travel Europe. I'd like to go to China and see Hong
Kong. I enjoy seeing different cultures. When I'm
through with my career, I'd like to travel a
Right now, I'll take the
beach. The family has been going for several years,
but I haven't been able to join them because of my
schedule. I've called them to say hello and you
hear them having fun on the beach.
It makes you feel left
I need a break. Last
weekend was pretty tough. I finished 28th in the
Busch race and 25th in the Truck race in Milwaukee.
Every day you had to get up early to practice,
qualify and race, so there was a lot going
I finished the Busch race,
which was kind of an accomplishment since it was
only the second one I had finished in my five or
six career Busch races.
When you say it that way,
it makes me look like I haven't done that well in
the series. Afterwards, I was on the radio saying,
"This is the first time I've driven an Evernham
Busch car home without needing a tow
The only other Busch race
I finished was the time I drove the Fitz-Bradshaw
car. Ray [Evernham] has always given me a
hard time about that.
So finishing is a start.
It was a good learning weekend.
And after the race a good
friend, Kelley Gray, from high school called from
Boston to ask me to be in her wedding. I was pretty
excited about that.
I flew out to Milwaukee
early to do an autograph session at a grocery
store. On Sunday, I flew from Milwaukee to
Minneapolis, the headquarters of my sponsor General
While we were there we
went to a local short track called Shakopee
[Minn.] Raceway Park, where I ran in a
match race in Legends cars against Bruce Allen of
I beat him, and we joked
about that in Victory Lane. I was thinking, "Maybe
I should have let the sponsor beat me.''
Before that I went to the
Mall of America [once the largest mall in the
United States]. I had been there before, but it
was the first time I got to spend a few hours
I didn't ride the
rollercoaster inside the mall. I'm a shopper. It's
an amazing place. We were only there for two and a
half hours, and that's really not time to cover it
But I did buy a few things
to take to my mom at the beach.
Crocker, June 28, 2006 www.nascar.com/2006/news/headlines/truck/06/28/ecrocker_daytona/index.html
Shes the first female to qualify for the
Knoxville Nationals and to win a World of Outlaws
race. Crocker is moving through the ranks under the
watchful eye and protection of NASCAR team owner
Ray Evernham. "I don't compare myself to other
women drivers; I compare myself to all drivers,"
says Crocker, the only woman ever to win a World of
Outlaws (sprint car) race. The 24-year-old
Wilbraham, Massachusetts, native made her NASCAR
Busch Series debut September 9 at Richmond,
Virginia, International Raceway. See the January,
2006 issue of Car
and Driver, page 120.
Crocker had 4 starts in
the 35 race Busch Series in 2005 and finished 90th
out of 149 with $69,400 in earnings. Two other
women qualified in 2005: Kim Crosby and Shawna
Robinson. Erin also had two starts in the NASCAR
Craftsman Truck Series. Kelly Sutton and Deborah
Renshaw also participanted in that series in
Crocker, Fisher could
be NASCAR's Danica
Chris from Latham, N.Y.: Who will be
NASCAR's Danica Patrick and become the best female
stock-car driver in the future?
Larry McReynolds: It doesn't matter if
you're a woman or a man, you're only as good as the
equipment that you're in. Uunfortunately a lot of
the women who have been in NASCAR have not had
top-notch equipment. But two names to watch closely
are Erin Crocker and Sarah Fisher.
Crocker is a developmental driver for Ray
Evernham who will put her in some Busch races this
season. She's running some ARCA races right now.
She sat on the pole at Nashville and ran right up
front. And she's in top-notch equipment.
An open-wheel driver like Patrick, Fisher was
signed by Richard Childress, and she's running
races on the West Coast for Bill McAnally. I'm sure
Childress has plans of moving her to the East Coast
and running her in some ARCA and Busch races. But
whether you're a man or a woman, and whether you
weigh 150 pounds or 250 pounds, you're only going
to be as good as the equipment you're in.
FOX race analyst Larry McReynolds has more than
25 years of NASCAR experience as a mechanic, crew
chief and broadcaster. He and his fellow Crew Chief
Club members take you behind the wall at
Q&A: Taking on Talladega
Erin Crocker makes her first visit to the Talladega
Superspeedway on the ARCA RE/MAX circuit (SPEED,
Sat. 9:30 p.m. ET).
Crocker enters this weekend's race after an
impressive third place start/finish in her second
visit to Nashville. Team Director Chris Andrews
will continue to call the shots from the pit box
this week. In her five career ARCA RE/MAX Series
starts, Crocker has two poles, three top-five and
four top-10 finishes. She's led a total of 86 laps
in both Nashville Superspeedway races and the
Kentucky Speedway race this year.
How would you describe your first experience
on the high banks of Talladega?
Erin Crocker: "We were second quick on
the board in practice (Thursday), but it's hard to
tell because with others on the track it can affect
the draft and it makes your time a little better
than it was. I think we are going to do fairly
Have you had an opportunity to run in the
draft in a stock car?
Erin Crocker: "I haven't had the
opportunity to run in a draft yet, this will be my
first true superspeedway race. (Friday) morning we
have another practice, and we are going to try and
do a little drafting which will be good, but I
really haven't had the experience."
What kind of tips have Bill Elliott and your
team given you about navigating the draft at
Erin Crocker: "I'm planning on sitting
down with Jeremy (Mayfield on Friday); and I had
the chance to talk to him for a few minutes after
the test last week, so hopefully I can get some
good advice from him. I haven't had the chance to
talk with Bill or Kasey (Kahne) at all, but I know
that they are both available to help if I need
How has testing at the superspeedway help
your race efforts?
Erin Crocker: "We tested at Talladega
about a week and half ago and after practice
(Thursday) morning it's been a lot of fun. When you
are testing you are by yourself on the track, and I
think the biggest challenge of the weekend is the
race and dealing with the draft and the other cars
around me. When I'm out there by myself it's kind
of fun, you can just put your foot to the floor and
hold on and hit your lines every lap."
What are your goals for this weekend in your
sixth ARCA start?
Erin Crocker: "My goal for this weekend
is to have a strong run and learn a lot. The last
two weeks, things have kind of gotten side-tracked
with disappointing finishes in the Busch Series. I
just want to get back in the swing of things and
have a good finish. I would love to win no doubt,
but more to finish the race, and get some valuable
experience that I can take to Daytona in
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