Prepare to cringe over what this former NASCAR driver allegedly did to a child Photo by Todd Warshaw/Getty Images
FORT WORTH, TX - NOVEMBER 03: Rick Crawford, driver of the #73 Trans Pecos Trucking LLP/County Building Centers Chevrolet, looks on during qualifying for the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series WinStar World Casino 350 at Texas Motor Speedway on November 3, 2011 in Fort Worth, Texas. (Photo by Todd Warshaw/Getty Images)

The world is a crazy place, where heroes can fall in seconds thanks to one horrible decision. Yet, when that hero is from the sports world, their fall from grace seems to hit fans even harder.

Such is the case with former NASCAR driver Rick Crawford, who has been accused of trying to have “inappropriate relations with a minor,” according to a federal complaint reported on by various media sources. The 59-year-old was arrested on March 1 in Lake Mary, Florida, and is currently being held in jail with no bond. NASCAR fans will recall that Rick raced primarily in the NASCAR Truck Series from 1997 through 2013, starting 336 races and coming home with five wins.

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According to various reports, the former NASCAR driver attempted to entice a minor for sex. What he did not know was that he actually had been communicating with an undercover deputy since Feb. 10. The deputy was posing as the girl’s father. From there, the details get even more disturbing, with media outlets reporting  that, for two weeks, Rick communicated his hopes to not only meet the child, but also how much money he would pay for the encounter.

He was willing to pay — and ultimately ruin the life of what he believed to be a young girl — for an amount somewhere in the range of $50 to $75.

According to court reports, Rick went to a Wendy’s parking lot near Florida’s Interstate 4 to meet the young girl and her father, where he was taken into custody.

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And yes, the story gets worse.

Apparently, Rick said at the time of his questioning by authorities that he “found it hard to believe” a 12-year-old would be involved in the meeting, and said he wouldn’t have followed through if the girl was underage. Reports also say that Rick admitted to authorities that this wasn’t the first time he had participated in such an awful act.


We pray that Rick finds the help he needs and that everyone involved finds a way to heal.

Tricia Despres is a senior correspondent for Rare Country, based out of Chicago. Join the conversation on Twitter at @RareCountry. We would love to see y’all there.
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