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Blaine Craft’s Sprint Car Career Gets Underway



PETERSEN MEDIA: Set to pilot Vern Morrison’s Moxie Motorsports No. 97 Winged Sprint Car in 2024, Blaine Craft was forced to wait even longer as Mother Nature delayed the start to his Sprint Car Career. That all changed Saturday night, as Craft was able to make his debut at the track he grew up spectating at; Placerville Speedway.


“Saturday night was an absolute dream come true, and it was a night I will cherish forever,” Blaine Craft said. “With all of the weather delaying the start to the season, I was chomping at the bit to get the season underway, and the emotions and excitement I felt finally loading up and heading to the track on Saturday were something I don’t know that I can ever quite explain.”


Finally able to strap into the Moxie Motorsports entry on Saturday night, Craft tabled any expectations as he simply focused on making laps, getting comfortable, and rolling his car back into the trailer.


“I’m a competitive person, but I didn’t put any expectations on myself, and really wanted to have fun and enjoy the moment, which we were all able to do,” Craft added.


With the deck stacked against him with a star-studded field on hand on Saturday night, Craft timed the Moxie Mechanical/Kuzinich Custom Homes/All Phase Plumbing backed No. 97 in 16th fastest in his qualifying group.


Moving into his heat race, Craft lined up in the eighth starting position and needed to race his way into the Top-Four to transfer directly into the 30-lap feature event.


When his first career heat race went green, Craft was extremely patient as he focused on getting comfortable with other cars on the track around him, as well as continuing to acclimate to the winged 360ci car.


Finishing seventh in his heat, Craft found himself in the ‘B’ Main where he would look to keep his night alive and transfer into the “A”.


From the 12th starting position, Craft held his own as he battled back for the 10th spot as he raced against some fellow rookies and even some seasoned veteran drivers.


When the 12-lap shootout came to an end, Craft capped his Sprint Car debut off with a 13th place finish in the semi.


“Making my first start at the track where my Grandpa Keith is two-time champion at is very cool as well,” Craft noted. “I want to thank my family for all of their support as well as my Uncle Vern, Billy, Spencer, my Dad, my wife, and all of the people who support our team in various ways.”


Craft would like to thank Moxie Mechanical, Kuzinich Custom Homes, and All Phase Plumbing for their support in 2024.


BY THE NUMBERS: Starts: 1, Wins: 0, Top 5’s: 0, Top 10’s:0


ON TAP: Craft and Moxie Motorsports will return to action back at Placerville Speedway on Saturday night.


STAY CONNECTED: Stay connected with Blaine during the week and on race day by following him on Instagram @bcraft394 or on Facebook at


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