UPDATE #1 - FACT - (7-20-14 @ 1:40 pm CST) - Roger contacted me over the weekend and explained his side of the story. As expected, his version is a lot different than that of the BWW team. So with all of the drama surrounding this event, differences of opinions on what happened, the negative emails I'm getting...and I'm not going to take sides...the only thing I'm reporting is that Roger Crockett is no longer with the BWW team and no replacement has been named, to my knowledge.
FACT - (7-18-14 @ 10:20 pm CST) - There has been a driver changed made this afternoon for the Buffalo Wild Wing #82 team. Initially, what was to be a combination through the Knoxville Nationals has now ended. Roger Crockett has been released by the BWW team effective immediately. The team has had its ups and downs and has won a World of Outlaws feature (on three tires none-the-less) but success on the track isn't everything.
The Todd and Susan LaHaise owned team had expectations on and off of the track laid out for Crockett when he accepted the ride. The team owners didn't feel those expectations were being upheld by Roger and after an obligation wasn't met on Friday early afternoon, they felt they had no choice but to go in a different direction. The owners informed Roger of the change this afternoon while he was in Fairmont, Minnesota where they planned on racing.
Eric Lutz got the call to jump in the car for tonights JSTS race at Jackson Speedway in Jackson, MN. For those not familiar with Lutz, he is a 360 driver from South Dakota. Not sure how long he will be in the seat but with him having limited 410 experience, I would guess they will have someone else in the car for the Knoxville Nationals...just my hunch.
So some of you are going to hate for this decision but don't judge until you know the story...and most of you will not know the story, just what it appears on the outside looking in. I know one side of the story and I do have my own opinion....you have to make up your own mind. The numerous driver changes that this team goes through is what is good for this team. Would I do it that way or would you do it that way, doesn't matter but it is what this team wants to do and is doing. They have moderate success with it as well. Many different drivers have won races in this car and it is usually very fast...it works for them. Anyway, enough of me on my soap box...you decide for yourself. Good luck to Eric Lutz and good luck to the BWW #82 team.