There’s No Hiding Crooks Racing on Track Success So Far in 2012

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There’s No Hiding Crooks Racing on Track Success So Far in 2012

Gary Crooks knew that the 2012 season would be a busy one for he and his Crooks Racing company which builds and maintains cars for teams amongst the short track racing community many of which he acts as a the driver’s crew chief. One thing he didn’t know was how well his stable of young drivers would perform to kick off the 2012 season.

So far this season, drivers Landon Cling, Nate Caruth, and Austin Theriault, all of whom drive for Brad Keselowski Racing, and independent driver Trey Mitchell have combined for four top five finishes and eight top tens in a combined ten total starts amongst the four drivers. Two of those top five finishes came when Cling and Mitchell battled for the lead against one another before both had to settle for podium finishes in the PASS South Easter Bunny 150 at the Hickory (NC) Motor Speedway on April 7th. That same race, which many consider one of the toughest in the country, Caruth finished a solid twelfth in his fourth career pavement race after a career on the Iowa dirt tracks.

“Hickory was really special to see all three cars perform as well as they did at such a competitive race. Each one of them ran a hell of race that they should be proud of. I’m a competitive person and I want to go out and win every race, but sometimes that’s not what it’s about. Sometimes it’s about developing these kids into professional racecar drivers for the future, and when you see them doing so under your toot ledge it says a lot about what Crooks Racing is doing right. I would say at the rate we are going we’ll get that win soon enough,” noted Gary Crooks.

As the young drivers Crooks works with down south are dishing out positive results as they learn along the way; several of the older drivers competing in the PASS North Series are getting prepared to kick off their 2012 season. Lonnie Sommerville, Scott Mulkern, and Matt Harris will all compete in the PASS North Series in 2012. With all of the drivers south of the Mason Dixon line that Crooks leads into action every race under the age of twenty-three having the success they are, it puts high expectation on the veteran northern drivers going forward.

“The kids in the south have performed really well and have progressed faster than I expected. I’ve got some high expectation for my northern drivers this year. Obviously experience goes a long way and both Lonnie (Sommerville) and Scott (Mulkern) have plenty of experience in the PASS North Series and beyond so we are hoping for a big year. Last year we came up one spot short of winning the championship with Lonnie so we’ve still got a bad taste in our mouth finishing second. Our goal this year without a doubt is winning the PASS North championship,” said Crooks.

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