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Racer Spotlight: Landon Crawley

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PHOTO BY SETH LACEWELL

“So, you’re saying I’m slow, you think you can go faster than me?” Crawley exclaims with his hands on his hips and his chest stuck out.

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PHOTO BY JONES SPORTS MEDIA

No, not that Crawley named Tim, but rather his son, the fired up, 9-year-old version named Landon. Affectionately known by his ever growing fan base as “The Craw-Puppy,” Landon has that look in his eye, and it was omnipresent that Saturday afternoon in April 2017 at Little Rock’s I-30 Speedway.

Landon had just made the transition from the Go-Kart ranks, where he’d sometimes compete in three divisions in one night, to the super-tough 600cc Micro-Sprint class.

“I wanted to get him some practice laps in before we turned him loose in the car to actually race, and man, he looked good,” father Tim explains.

To which Landon responds, “What did you think would happen?” while signing an autograph for a new fan. I recently spoke with Landon — and his parents, Tim and Lora — to get know him better:

What grade are you in, and what do you like most about school?

I am in the fourth grade, and I like reading, recess, and lunch.

Why dirt track racing?

So that I can go racing with my dad, whenever he races his Sprint car. It’s a lot of fun to spend time with him at the track. It’s a bonus that I get to race now too.

How did you get started?

When I was 6 years old, I went to Branson, Missouri, and rode Go Karts with a friend. I came home and told my dad I wanted to try and race Go Karts. Once I got comfortable with the Go Kart [about two years later], my dad bought me the Mini Sprint so that we could travel and race together.

Other than your dad, who is your favorite Sprint Car Driver?

Steve Kinser is my favorite because he’s better than Donny [Schatz].

Note: Comically, a painful expression on Lora’s face was the non-verbal response to her son’s answer. Full disclosure, I already knew the answer to this question, I just wanted Lora to eternally see it in print here in OneDirt.

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PHOTO BY SETH LACEWELL

Do you want to keep racing when you grow up?

Yes, because it is fun. I would love to race for a living with the World of Outlaws one day.

What’s the one big race you hope to win one of these days?

The Tulsa Shootout because all of the fast guys are there. I want to be able to say that I beat them all and got a Golden Driller trophy.

Is there anyone you’d like to thank for helping you along so far?

My parents, Doug Wright with Built Wright Engines, Butler Heat and Air, Southern Renovations, Big Jakes Complete Auto Care, Mid-State Golf Cars, Xtreme Towing, Stealth Recovery, XRG, James Autobody, Deatherage Optical, EFR, AMC, and Senter Farms. All of these people help me to do what I love most, which is race.

Spend five minutes with Landon and you’ll quickly see he has two different personalities. He’s a free-spirited, fun-loving kid that does the normal 9-year-old kid things.

However, once the helmet goes on, he has a look in his eyes that reminds this old guy of that same look racers of past have had. Racers who would rather race than eat; racers that would race whenever and wherever.

Time will tell how far this young racer can/will go. I’m betting it’s a long way.


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