Monday, October 8th, 2007 9:57pm UTC
By Marc, Thunder Lounge
Published on Thunder Lounge.
Just as he did a couple months back Ray Evernham has “come clean” over his workplace dalliance with ARCA RE/MAX driver Erin Crocker.
Crocker competed at Talladega in Evernham’s Mac Tools Dodge finishing 18th and wrapped up the series’ Superspeedway Challenge Title that includes events held at Daytona, Nashville, Kentucky, Pocono, Michigan, Kansas, Gateway, Chicagoland and Talladega.
After the event Evernham said Crocker still is trying to put together a deal to run next season in the Craftsman Truck,
Busch Nationwide or ARCA series.
“There could be some partnerships for her to run the whole ARCA series,” Evernham said. “We’re going to do everything we can to help her move on, and hopefully people will take her more seriously when she’s off on her own.”
Ok Ray, for the second time we get it. You’re sorry for being an asshat on the job and your sorry. As a result you’re attempting to make amends by assisting her in her job search for 2008 and beyond.
But I question his dedication to the job at hand. Look at what Ray provided for Crocker to compete with at Talladega:
“The car we brought was not a great car and not a great engine, and we didn’t have time to prepare or work on it,” Evernham said. “We knew we had to finish 20th or better, and we rode around the back and that didn’t work for us. And 40 laps to go, she had to get up there and race. It was pretty nerve wracking.
“I hope that people take notice of the things she has done.”
Ray… what else did you have to do? It’s not like you had one, two or three cars in NASCAR’s Chase.
Granted last Friday there were still 7 events left in the NASCAR year and Dodge provides millions to GEM to compete in and that part of his operation should take priority.
I’ll also concede Crocker only needed to place 20th or higher to clinch the ARCA Superspeedway title, but still, wouldn’t it have been better to provide the best possible equipment to run during one of the premier events on the ARCA schedule?
I’m of the opinion Crocker could have had “people take notice” in a far more favorable light if she could have won at Talladega vice riding around the back.
Crocker’s job search equation breaks down this way; What would gain more press coverage, an ARCA Superspeedway Challenge Title or the first ever female winner in a major stock car circuit on one of the showcase ovals in America?
Something doesn’t compute.
Ray, you’re not even trying and Erin got screwed again! This time with her firesuit on!
Cross posted @ Full Throttle.