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Landon Crawley Gets First Taste Of California Racing with C&M Motorsports at Silver Dollar Speedway

PETERSEN MEDIA- The Crawley name is synonymous with racing in the Mid-South. Over the weekend, fans in California got a glimpse at the newest Crawley on the block as 15-year-old Landon Crawley, son of Tim, made his debut in the Golden State as he teamed up with C&M Motorsports and competed at the Fall Nationals in Chico, CA.

“I felt like my first trip to California was a very successful one,” Landon Crawley said. “Driving for Cody and Mandi Geaney was such an honor, and I hope they were happy with my results against a very top-notch field on California locals.”

Friday night, Crawley got thrown into the proverbial deep end, as 59 cars packed into the pit area to take part in the tracks’ final event of the 2023 season. Using qualifying/heat race group format, Crawley timed the Lund Construction/Anrak/Sam Rhodes backed No. 7c in 12th fastest in his group, but with on the Top-11 going into heats, the Benton, AR youngster was forced into the Non-Qualifier race.

Lining up third, Crawley needed to finish in the Top-Four to advance to a heat race, and he did just that as he continued to adapt to a very heavy surface. Finishing third, Crawley was back in a heat as he lined up last in heat race No. 2.

Working his way forward, each car passed improved his starting position in the semi, as he charged towards a transfer spot into the feature. Coming up short of moving directly to the ‘A’, Crawley’s seventh place finish put him in the ‘A’ as he rolled off the starting grid from the fourth row.

As the C&M Motorsports team continued to work on their car to get Crawley comfortable, Crawley continued to make big strides during his first night in Chico, CA and that was evident as he had his elbows up in the ‘B’. Working his way forward from eight, Crawley raced into second when the checkered flag was displayed and capped a very memorable run from the Non-Qualifier race all the way into the night’s feature event.

Lining up 22nd in the ‘A’, Crawley continued to pass cars as his comfort level grew with each and every lap. Working his way into the top-15, Crawley capped his night off with a 14th place finish.

With one night at Silver Dollar Speedway under his belt, Crawley was back in action with a bit of confidence on Saturday night. Much slicker track conditions greeted the field on this night, as Crawley got off to a great start as he timed in second fastest in his qualifying group.

Battling with Shane Golobic in his heat race for the second and final lock in spot into the night’s Dash, Crawley’s third place finish moved him directly into the 40-lap feature event, which meant a much easier night was in store for him and the C&M Motorsports team.

Rolling off the starting grid from 10th, Crawley quickly moved into ninth before he got up off the edge of the speedway and fell back to 24th on the race’s third lap.

Trying to work his way back forward against a stout field of cars, Crawley made contact with a fellow competitor and ultimately called it a night at the race’s halfway point as he pulled into the infield and was officially scored 21st.

“After our night on Friday, I felt so much more comfortable and confident heading in Saturday night, and I think that showed in our early results,” Crawley added. “Unfortunately, we had a couple of things not go our way in the feature and it ended up causing us not to finish. Again, it was a great weekend out West, and I am extremely thankful that Cody and Mandi gave me such a great opportunity. I want to thank their team for working so hard all week, and hopefully I can get back out there in 2024. We tried to work a deal out to get to Trophy Cup, but it wasn’t in the cards, so I will get some racing in closer to home the next few weeks.”

The C&M Motorsports team would like to thank Lund Construction, Anrak, Sam Rhodes, Alturas Tires, Swartz Diesel, Adrian Blanco Jewelry, Kings Meats, American Paving Systems, PT Shocks, Creason Enterprises, and all of their product sponsors for their continued support.

ON TAP: C&M Motorsports now turn their attention to Trophy Cup as they head to Tulare, CA Oct. 19-21.

BY THE NUMBERS: Starts-20, Wins-3, Top 5’s-8, Top 10’s-9

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