AboutGary Crooks

Originally from Dartmouth, Nova Scotia, one would think that Gary Crooks would have gotten caught up in a traditionally winter sport, but it was racing that has not only been a passion but a career for some time now.

Since the time of working for his father’s Crooks Racing business in 1981, Gary has emerged as one of today’s most sought after crew chiefs in short track racing. From Canada to Florida Crooks has lead drivers to success, wins, and championships all over the map.

In 1991 Gary took over his father’s racing business which specialized in the maintenance, repair, and building of various types of short track race cars. Gary then added a new element to the Crooks Racing business as he himself took his own shot of climbing behind the wheel of an IMCA modified over the next four years capturing many feature wins and various honors such as Rookie of the Year. Soon after, Gary made the decision that working on the cars was the wisest career choice to make and spent the 1995 season with King Racing in Pictou, Nova Scotia building and maintaining the team’s fleet of NASCAR Busch North and super late model cars.

Easily being recognized as the go-to-guy for race car knowledge throughout the Maritimes, Gary made the major decision to head south and relocate to the Charlotte, North Carolina area often referred to as “Race City USA”. After spending a year as a fabricator for Leading Edge Race Cars hanging bodies on NASCAR Camping World trucks, NASCAR Nationwide cars, as well as ARCA Remax cars, Crooks landed his first crew chief job with S&S Motorsports and driver Sean Studer. The team competed full time in the NASCAR All-Pro series in 1997 and 1998 and again in 1999 on a part time basis.

In late 1999 Crooks made the switch to Brian Smith Motorsports, another Nascar All-Pro series team. This became the turning point in Gary’s career as he became both crew chief and team manager until 2002 when an up and coming driver named Travis Kittleson nabbed Gary as his crew chief in the ASA National touring series for the next three seasons. To this day Gary still works with Kittleson along with other drivers such as Justin Drawdy, and Lonnie Sommerville. In 2008 Gary guided NASCAR Nextel cup driver Regan Smith to victory lane at Canada’s biggest race of the season at Riverside Speedway as part of the Carquest Maritime Pro Stock tour.


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2011 - Present - Mulkern Racing -- Oxford, ME

Crew chief and team manager where Crooks Racing is responsible for maintenance, preparation, housing, and setup of race vehicles. The team competes in the PASS South series and various super late model events across the Northeast U.S.


2010 - 2013: BKR Driver Development Program -- Mooresville, NC

Crew chief and team manager where Crooks Racing is responsible for maintenance, preparation, housing, and setup of race vehicles. The team competes in the PASS South series and various super late model events across the Southeast U.S.


2009 - 2014: Trey Mitchell Racing/Trey Mitchell -- Mooresville, NC

Crew chief and team manager where Crooks Racing is responsible for maintenance, preparation, housing, and setup of race vehicles. The team competes in the PASS South series and various super late model events across the Southeast U.S.


2009 - 2014: Matt Harris Racing -- Mooresville, NC

 Crew chief and team manager where Crooks Racing is responsible for maintenance, preparation, housing, and setup of race vehicles. The team competes in the PASS South series and various super late model events across the Southeast U.S.


2008 - 2014: Lonnie Sommerville Racing/Lonnie Sommerville -- St. John, New Brunswick-Canada

Crew chief and team manager where Gary is responsible for maintenance, preparation, and setup of race vehicles. The team competes in various super late model events across the U.S. and full time on the Carquest Maritimes Pro Stock tour.
 


2005 - 2010: Just-N-Uff Racing-Justin Drawdy -- Ft. Pierce, Florida

Crew chief and team manager where Crooks is responsible for maintenance, preparation, and setup of race vehicles. The team competes in various super late model events across the Southeast U.S. along with some part time starts in the ARCA Remax series.
 


June 1999 - March 2001: Brian Smith Motorsports-Brian Smith -- Mooresville, NC

Crew chief and team manager where Crooks was responsible for maintenance, preparation, setups, training of pit crew, ordering parts and changing the front tires. The team competed for a full season in 2000 on the NASCAR All Pro Series tour, with part-time schedules in 1999 and 2001
 


1997 - 1999: S&S Motorsports-Sean Studer -- Concord, NC

Crew chief that was responsible for the building, maintenance, and setups of two race cars, along with building an in house Nationwide car as well. The team raced a full season in 1997 and 1998 in the NASCAR All Pro Series, with part-time schedules in 1999


1996 - 1997: Leading Edge Race Cars -- Concord, NC

Fabricator and body hanger for various types of steel body race car including NASCAR Camping World trucks, NASCAR Nationwide cars and ARCA RE/MAX Series cars 


1995 - King Racing -- Pictou, NS

At King Racing, Crooks fabricated, built and maintained the team's fleet of NASCAR Camping World east series cars and super late models, along with being the rear tire changer.


1991 - Crooks Racing -- Dartmouth, NS

Became owner of Crooks Racing after taking over his father's business of building and repairing race cars. Gary also began racing himself when he built and raced his own IMCA Modified and over the next four years, winning several different features and honors including Rookie of the Year.