Pencil artist brings NASCAR to life

By Kristen Hampton - bio l email


Ron Crawford makes reality look mediocre. His life-like renderings of NASCAR's most famous figures hang at the entrance to Charlotte Motor Speedway's Smith Tower.

In 1993 Ron didn't know the first thing about NASCAR, except for the images he brought to life as an artist for the Charlotte Observer.

"I can't believe myself that I create what I create or do what I do," said Ron.

His lack of NASCAR knowledge turned into a love affair its images. His depictions look so much like the real thing, you might believe you're staring right into those intimidating eyes of the late Dale Earnhardt.

Ron's ultimate goal is to display his work in the NASCAR Hall of Fame in Uptown Charlotte. He also hopes his non-NASCAR drawings might one day end up flashed across the world.

Ron has sent a drawing of Oprah Winfrey to the show's producers, but he hasn't heard back from anyone.

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