PETERSEN MEDIA- Locking into Adobe Cup V at Petaluma Speedway by way of his March 26th win, Willie Croft would see his bid for his second win at the track come to an abrupt end when a part failure sent him hard into the turn two wall late in the feature event.
“We had a really, really good car, and I thought we might have a chance to get another win, but unfortunately we had something fail and we got into the wall hard,” Croft said. “Fortunately all of my safety gear did its job, and I feel fine.”
Spending the early part of the night as a spectator, Croft would find himself in the third row of the Dash after a random pill draw. Showing he had a very strong Holey Smokes BBQ/ButlerBuilt/Brown and Miller backed entry, Croft would race his way to a third place finish and grid the field from the second row for the 30-lap feature event.
Finding himself in the fourth spot when the yellow flag flew with just one lap in the books, the ensuring restart would see Croft slip back to the seventh spot as he continued to work the top and try to get it to come in.
A lap seven restart would see Croft come to life as he work race his way up to the fourth spot, as the leaders finally found themselves in lapped traffic. With second running Andy Forsberg having troubles, Croft would move into third as the laps continued to click off.
A lap 19 restart would see Croft get around Geoff Ensign to take over the second spot, but on the 21st lap something would fail on Crofts machine as he got into turn one, and it would result in his machine going straight into the turn two wall.
Though his car was severely damaged, Croft would escape unharmed as his night came to an end.
“It was good to be locked into this event, and it was a nice change of pace to watch how the track played out before we got to racing,” Croft said. “I have to thank my guys for their hard work, and hopefully the weather cooperates and we can get to Placerville this weekend and try to change our luck.”
Willie Croft Racing would like to thank Holey Smokes BBQ, ButlerBuilt , Brown and Miller, FK Rod Ends, Hinchman Indy, Schoenfeld, Smith Precision Products, Kaeding Performance, Dan Olson Products, Vortex Wings, Amerikote, and GUTS for their support in 2016.
2016 BY THE NUMBERS: Races-23, Wins-4, Top 5’s-7, Top 10’s-11.
ON TAP: Croft will be in action at the Placerville Speedway this Friday and Saturday night for the inaugural NorCal Posse Shootout pres. by Autism Awareness.
STAY CONNECTED: Stay connected with Willie Croft Racing by visiting www.williecroftracing.com. You can also follow him on Twitter @WillieCroft29.
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