Rick Crawford strung together a professional driving career that spanned over two decades. The bulk of that time was spent as a truck series driver for NASCAR, where he experienced some success. However, Crawford’s life turned completely upside down in retirement after attempting a grotesque crime that landed him a lengthy federal prison sentence.
Rick Crawford’s NASCAR career
Rick Crawford began his racing career as a short-track racer, which included winning the 1989 Snowball Derby race.
According to Snowball Derby, Crawford found much success in that realm with track championship wins at Five Flags Speedway in 1981 and 1984. Following his move to the Slim Jim All Pro Series, he won five races and finished in the top 10 61 times.
Crawford continued as a short-track racer before joining the Craftsman Truck Series in 1997. He spent 16 years in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series, where he competed in 336 races with five wins, six poles, and 160 top 10 finishes.
Crawford participated in 210 consecutive races before missing his first in 2005 due to injuries he suffered from a hard crash in practice, according to the Sun Journal. His career extended nearly two decades that features a few notable highlights along the way.
His entire reputation and life completely changed for the worst after his disgusting involvement in a sex crime.
Rick Crawford is serving 11 years for an attempted sex crime
Rick Crawford retired from NASCAR racing in 2012, and his life quickly took a dark turn.”
Crawford life took a grotesque turn in August 2018 after he was arrested for attempting to pay for underage sex, according to ESPN. The former NASCAR driver became involved in a troubling situation. ESPN reported it began after he responded to a Craigslist ad in which a federal agent posted as a man looking for people who “are looking for that dark taboo experience.”
The agent then informed Crawford that he could pay to have sex with his 12-year-old daughter, who was fictitious. The then-60-year-old then agreed to pay $50 to $75 for those criminal actions.
It didn’t take long for that case to run through the court system as a jury convicted him of one count of enticing a minor. In addition to his 130-month prison sentence, Crawford will serve 10 years of supervised once he gets out of prison, and was also fined $5,000.
He attempted to file a case against his conviction length. Crawford stated that he thought the person he spoke to was engaging in a fantasy. ESPN’s reporting also showed that he “did not believe there would be a minor present; instead, he thought there would be an adult woman.”
As expected, Crawford was unsuccessful in his bid to shorten his prison sentence. Beyond that, his entire life and image suffered irreparable damages.
Reputation and life ruined forever
Rick Crawford has put the rest of his life down the drain due to his dark and twisted crime.
The 62-year-old has tarnished his image with his criminal conduct that forever stain his public reputation. His actions quickly lost him his role as a member of the NASCAR’s Motorsports Appeals Panel and any association with NASCAR.
The rest of his life remains tied directly to the disgusting case. His attempt to entice a minor has made him a disgraced former NASCAR driver that the sports will avoid acknowledging any connection.
Crawford went from a long respectable professional racing career with some success to a life in ruins.