posted March 05, 2002 02:42 PM
Jimmy Hawley steps down from heralded Crawford #cIII Sprint Car
West Middlesex, PA…Jimmy Hawley announced late Monday night, March 4, 2002
that he has stepped down from the Dr. John and Debbie Crawford-owned #cIII
sprint car. While the news may be shocking to many race fans and local
enthusiasts, it was something that Hawley has been thinking about for some
"I have been contemplating this move since last year," said the West
Middlesex, Pa. resident. "There have been some problems that have went on
for a few years– the split is a mutual understanding."
"For a while I wasn’t sure if I even wanted to race," said Hawley two days
after accepting his Lernerville Speedway Track Championship. "I wish the
Crawfords the best and I think it’s best that we both move on."
Hawley had just completed his fourth year running for the Clymer, Pa.
husband-wife team The records speak for themselves as he amassed 62 wins and
five track championships over that span. He finished 2001 with sixth
straight wins at Mercer Raceway Park including the $5,000 Chuck Marsh
Memorial win. The highlight was in 1999 when Hawley reeled off a career-high
21 wins and won an unprecedented three track championships at Lernerville
Speedway, Mercer Raceway Park, and Tri-City Speedway.
"I’m looking for something different," said the 36-year-old owner of Hawley
Diversified. "I’ve already got a few calls placed in to some car owners. I’d
like to try to move up to the next level instead of racing locally and have
a good time."
Hawley remarked that he might start a second business and have his own car
for next season if nothing else. Jimmy lives with his wife Denise and three
kids at 705 New Bedford Road, West Middlesex, PA 16159.