Silver Crown IRP to East - HD Staff - August 4, 2005 - Claremont, IN. - ...Bobby East won a star-studded USAC Silver Crown event Thursday night at Indianapolis Raceway Park. Driving the Klatt Enterprises #5 BEAST/Ford, East held back the challenges of Jason Leffler to secure the 100 lap win. Josh Wise regained the lead in the Racer's Racing Series point standings with a third place finish. Jason McCord, and Tracy Hines completed the top-five. Tim Barber of San Francisco drove Ken Pierson's machine to a sixth place finish. (Summary)
East, Crocker sign major NASCAR development deals - By Bobby Gerould - HammerDownUSA.com Editor - December 10, 2004 - The latest young sprint car and midget drivers to be snatched by NASCAR are Bobby East and Erin Crocker. East signed a long-term deal with Ford MotorSports, and Crocker will go the route of Kasey Kahne in inking to a Ray Evernham contract. Crocker, 23, will compete in three ARCA races and three NASCAR Busch Series races. She also will drive for Kasey Kahne's USAC Silver Crown team. Crocker recently caught the attention of Evernham when she won a World of Outlaws preliminary feature at Thunderbowl Raceway in Tulare, CA. Evernham told the Associated Press, "I'm a big fan of open wheel racing and the talented drivers who come out of those series I'm always watching the sprint car and Silver Crown series because it's exciting racing, but it's also a great place to find talented, young drivers." Crocker gained wide attention in the sprint car world in August 2003 when she qualified for the Knoxville Nationals A-Main as a rookie driver. The petite pilot from Wilbraham, Mass. has a bachelor's degree in industrial and management engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. She earned All-HammerDown! Team honors this season. "This is like a dream come true," said Crocker. "When Ray Evernham called, I was considering several options. But once that phone rang, my mind was made up. "This is a chance for me to learn as much as I can, in several different types of cars, from the best in the business." East, from Brownsburg, Ind., became the youngest USAC National champion in the series' 49-year history when he earned the National Midget title this year. Ford is calling for East to run at least one more season in the USAC while testing stock cars. East and Crocker join the likes of J.J. Yeley, Tony Stewart, Kahne, Jeff Gordon, Mike Bliss, Ryan Newman, Tyler Walker, Tracy Hines, Dave Blaney, and others that have moved on to make more money in the world of NASCAR.
EAST ADDS "TURKEY NIGHT G.P." TO IMPRESSIVE "04 LIST - By Ken Wagner - Irwindale, CA. 11/25/04 ...USAC National Midget Champion Bobby East of Brownsburg, Indiana won the 64th Turkey Night Grand Prix USAC Midget 100 lap feature at Irwindale Speedway in Irwindale, CA Thursday night. Bobby grabbed the lead from Tony Hunt on lap 26 and then battled Arron Fike, who took the lead from him on lap 59, the rest of the race. East took back the lead on lap 91 and pulled away for his 16th win of the year, making him the winningest USAC driver in 2004. with 16 total feature victories in various series. Driving the Steve Lewis, ASE Ford, Beast, Pink Ford, Bobby said "I used lap traffic like a pick in basketball after Aaron got by me. Then I moved up and found a line that was better for me and got faster." Following the leader at the checkered flag were Aaron Fike, Tracy Hines, Jason Leffler and Jerome Rodela. NASCAR veteran J J Yeley finished eighth and 2000 "Turkey Night" champ Tony Stewart was unable to secure a feature slot, encountering mechanical problems early in his qualifying race. (More)
East goes southwest for Tucson Sprint Sweep - by Bobby Gerould - Tucson, AZ. - November 20, 2004. …Bobby East of Brownsburg, Indiana ran away with the sprint car portion of the Old Pueblo Classic Saturday night at Tucson Raceway Park. The United States Auto Club Western States Sprint Car feature event win was the 15th overall for East in 2004. "This is great!" exclaimed East in the winner's circle. "My crew had this baby hooked up tonight. The Ford motor was strong, and the Penske shocks worked perfectly." The 19 year-old's winning mount was the Klatt Enterprises #5x Beast. (More)
Bobby East wins Midget Nationals at his favorite track - HD Staff - Belleville, KS. 07-31-04 ...Bobby East listed the Belleville high banks as his favorite track in the 2003 USAC Annual. Saturday night, East ran off with the most prestigious trophy in dirt midget racing when he won the Midget Nationals at the imposing high banked track. The 19 year-old from Brownsburg, IN. was driving for Steve Lewis (More)
Triple Threat Bobby East Wins Richmond Silver Crown - HD Staff - 06/26/06 - Richmond, VA. ...Bobby East of Brownsburg Indiana became the first driver in 2004 to win National events in USAC's Midget, Sprint Car, and Silver Crown series' when he captured over $15,000 at Richmond International Saturday night. (More)
Bobby East Goes West, 'Steeles' the Show – By Bobby Gerould – 03/27/04 – Baldwin Park, CA. …It was supposed to be Dave Steele’s $50,000. A story worthy of nearby Hollywood’s attention. There was no way anyone was as fast in an open track as the Tampa, Florida pavement ace was Saturday night. He out-qualified the field by over four-tenths of a second on the banked half-mile Irwindale Speedway showplace. At stake in the MOPAR Twin 25’s was a 50 grand bonus from Automotive Racing Products to anyone who could win the first 25 lap midget race, and then start 25th in the second Twin 25, and somehow win that too. When Steele dominated the dash from sixth starting spot and had the lead in two laps, the writing appeared to be on the script. Steele looked like a shoe-in. (more)