Erin Crocker

American racing driver
NASCAR driver

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Erin Crocker Evernham

Crocker at Daytona in 2008
Born Erin Mary Crocker
(1981-03-23) March 23, 1981 (age 43)
Wilbraham, Massachusetts, U.S.
Achievements 1993–1996 Quarter Midgets of America Northeast Regional Champion
Awards 1993–1995 Quarter Midgets of America Female Driver of the Year
2003 Knoxville Nationals Rookie of the Year
NASCAR Xfinity Series career
10 races run over 2 years
Best finish 67th (2006)
First race 2005 Emerson Radio 250 (Richmond)
Last race 2006 Ford 300 (Homestead)
Wins Top tens Poles
0 0 0
NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series career
29 races run over 3 years
Best finish 25th (2006)
First race 2005 Chevy Silverado 150 (Phoenix)
Last race 2008 San Bernardino County 200 (Fontana)
Wins Top tens Poles
0 0 0

Erin Mary Crocker Evernham (born March 23, 1981) is an American race car driver and broadcaster with the Motor Racing Network‘s Winged Nation. In the past, she played soccer, tennis, and varsity lacrosse on both her high school and college teams.[1] She eventually moved to focus more on building a family after starting a personal relationship with her team owner and superior, Ray Evernham, whom she eventually married.[2]

Early career[edit]

Crocker first started racing quarter midgets at the age of 7 in the Custom Quarter Midget Club, based in Thompson, Connecticut, and the Silver City Quarter Midget Club from Meriden, Connecticut and was named the Most Improved Novice during her first year of competition. She then moved on to win several awards and three Northeast Regional Quarter Midgets of America championships from 1993 to 1996 while in middle and high school. In 1997, Crocker began running Mini Sprints at Whip City Speedway in Westfield, MA. She became the youngest driver and the first female to win a race at the track. In 1998 she again competed in a 1200cc Mini sprint at Whip City and also with the Central New York Mini Sprint Association (CNYMS). In 1999, she moved to the Eastern Limited Sprint Series, and was named Rookie of the Year.

Crocker started racing professionally in the World of Outlaws while attending Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, New York, where she graduated with a bachelor’s degree in industrial and management engineering in 2003.[1] In 2002, Crocker signed with Woodring Racing to drive a 360 winged sprint car. She won five feature races as well as twelve heat events, earning her the National Sprint Car Hall of Fame Outstanding Newcomer Award. The following season, she switched to 410 Dirt Sprints, and became the first woman to qualify for the Knoxville Nationals. She won the 410 division’s Rookie of the Year honors at season’s end.

NASCAR and ARCA[edit]

2004[edit]

In 2004, Crocker won an opportunity to drive for Ford Motor Company‘s driver development program, and tested a Ford sprint for Bob East (racing) and Steve Lewis that season. She also became the first World of Outlaws driver to win a feature race that year in Tulare, California.

2005[edit]

The following season, she left Ford to join Evernham Motorsports‘ driver development program. During the season, she raced in the ARCA RE/MAX Series and collected three top 5s, including a second-place finish, five top 10s, and two poles in six starts. She also made her NASCAR debut that season at Richmond International Raceway driving the No. 6 Dodge for Evernham in the Busch Series. She started 42nd after a wreck in qualifying, and proceeded to finish 39th after another wreck. In her next start at Dover International Speedway, she qualified ninth, but wrecked eleven laps into the race after being tapped by Justin Labonte. Crocker sustained a cracked rib from the incident forcing her to sit out some races she was scheduled to compete in. She ran two more races that season, one for Evernham and the other for FitzBradshaw Racing, her best finish coming at Memphis Motorsports Park, where she finished 29th for FitzBradshaw in the No. 40 Dodge Charger. She also ran a pair of Truck races for Bobby Hamilton Racing, at Phoenix and Homestead-Miami Speedway. Crocker crashed in both races.

2006[edit]

In 2006 Crocker drove the No. 98 full-time in the Truck Series. She finished 25th in the Craftsman Truck standings. After struggling during the 2006 season, Evernham decided to close the No. 98 team.

During her tenure as a Truck Series driver, a dispute between then-Evernham Cup driver Jeremy Mayfield and Ray Evernham resulted in a series of lawsuits between Mayfield and Evernham.[3] In Mayfield’s legal filings, he asserted that the No. 19 team’s lack of on-track success was due in large part to Evernham’s attention being focused on his personal relationship with an unnamed female driver. At the time, Crocker was the only female driver employed by Evernham Motorsports. Evernham confirmed in an interview with ESPN that the relationship exists and has hurt Crocker’s career.[4]

2007[edit]

In 2007, Crocker ran a select number of ARCA Series events.[5] She won the pole for the season-opening ARCA race at Daytona International Speedway in 2007. She however struggled, finishing 20th in the race.[6]

2008[edit]

Following the fall 2007 ARCA race at Talladega Superspeedway, it was confirmed that she had left Evernham Motorsports. She ran a limited two-race schedule in the truck series for Morgan-Dollar Motorsports, before she was replaced by Red Bull drivers A. J. Allmendinger and Scott Speed. For the ARCA/REMAX race on September 6, 2008, she joined the broadcast booth for SPEED.[7]

Personal life[edit]

Crocker and former boss/team owner Ray Evernham were wed on August 26, 2009 in Las Vegas.[8][9]

On July 25, 2015, Crocker gave birth to a daughter, Cate Susan Evernham.[10]

Motorsports career results[edit]

NASCAR[edit]

(key) (Bold – Pole position awarded by qualifying time. Italics – Pole position earned by points standings or practice time. * – Most laps led.)

Busch Series[edit]

NASCAR Busch Series results
Year Team No. Make 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 32 33 34 35 .mw-parser-output .tooltip-dotted{border-bottom:1px dotted;cursor:help}NBSC Pts Ref
2005 Evernham Motorsports 6 Dodge DAY CAL MXC LVS ATL NSH BRI TEX PHO TAL DAR RCH CLT DOV NSH KEN MLW DAY CHI NHA PPR GTY IRP GLN MCH BRI CAL RCH
39
DOV
35
KAN CLT TEX PHO
40
HOM 90th 223 [11]
Fitz Racing 40 Dodge MEM
29
2006 Evernham Motorsports 98 Dodge DAY CAL MXC LVS ATL BRI TEX NSH
37
PHO TAL RCH DAR CLT DOV NSH KEN MLW
28
DAY CHI NHA MAR GTY
19
IRP
26
GLN MCH BRI CAL RCH DOV KAN CLT MEM TEX PHO
30
67th 474 [12]
Curb-Agajanian Motorsports 43 Dodge HOM
28

Craftsman Truck Series[edit]

NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series results
Year Team No. Make 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 NCTC Pts Ref
2005 Bobby Hamilton Racing 4 Dodge DAY CAL ATL MAR GTY MFD CLT DOV TEX MCH MLW KAN KEN MEM IRP NSH BRI RCH NHA LVS MAR ATL TEX PHO
36
91st 55 [13]
05 HOM
30
2006 Evernham Motorsports 98 Dodge DAY
27
CAL
27
ATL
26
MAR
25
GTY
22
CLT
18
MFD
28
DOV
24
TEX
33
MCH
24
MLW
25
KAN
16
KEN
27
MEM
30
IRP
27
NSH
29
BRI
35
NHA
32
LVS
24
TAL
20
MAR
26
ATL
23
TEX
36
PHO
16
HOM
34
25th 2113 [14]
2008 Morgan-Dollar Motorsports 46 Chevy DAY
14
CAL
27
ATL MAR KAN CLT MFD DOV TEX MCH MLW MEM KEN IRP NSH BRI GTW NHA LVS TAL MAR ATL TEX PHO HOM 60th 203 [15]

ARCA Re/Max Series[edit]

(key) (Bold – Pole position awarded by qualifying time. Italics – Pole position earned by points standings or practice time. * – Most laps led.)

ARCA Re/Max Series results
Year Team No. Make 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 ARSC Pts Ref
2005 Evernham Motorsports 98 Dodge DAY NSH
12
SLM KEN TOL LAN MIL POC MCH
7
KAN KEN
2
BLN POC
3
GTW LER NSH
3
MCH ISF TOL DSF CHI SLM TAL
4
33rd 1285 [16]
2006 DAY
15
NSH
14
SLM WIN KEN TOL POC MCH
4
KAN
2
KEN
27
BLN POC GTW
8
NSH
36
MCH ISF MIL TOL DSF CHI SLM TAL IOW 36th 1110 [17]
2007 DAY
20
USA NSH
3
SLM KAN
7
WIN KEN
2
TOL IOW POC
20
MCH
3
BLN KEN
5
POC
4
NSH
6
ISF MIL GTW
17
DSF CHI
5
SLM TAL
18
TOL 21st 2240 [18]

References[edit]

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