PETERSEN MEDIA- Bouncing back from a sub-par showing at the Dave Bradway Memorial, Willie Croft would battle up front during Saturday night’s KWS-NARC Fujitsu Racing Series feature event before taking the checkered flag in the fifth spot.
“It was great to come back and run up front after not even making the show last week,” Willie Croft said. “The track was pretty fun and we were right in the mix all night long and ended up finishing fifth.”
Timing the Willie Croft Racing No. 29 mount in second fastest in qualifying time trials, Croft would finish third during heat race action and earn a spot in the all important KWS-NARC Dash.
With the inversion draw going his way, Croft would line up on the front row of the six-lap shootout. Finishing in the second spot, Croft would then find himself on the front row of the feature event as he started alongside Gio Scelzi.
The waiving of the green flag would see Croft settle into the second spot as he chased after Sean Becker who jumped out to the early lead. The early goings of the feature event would be slowed by stoppages, though Croft would continue to run second on the slick surface.
When things got going, traffic instantly came into play as the lead drivers moved all over the speedway navigating slower cars. Going both high and slow, Croft would take a couple of shots at Becker, though he would have his hands full with Kyle Hirst, Bud Kaeding and Gio Scelzi at times.
Aside from the leader, the lead pack seemed to trade spots in every corner on the racy ¼ mile speedway. During the final two restarts, Croft would lose a couple of positions as he tried to make something happened and it would result in him finishing in the fifth spot.
“Obviously starting on the front row you want to finish a little bit better than fifth, but we will take the top-five an move on,” Croft added. “We didn’t quite get the car how I wanted it, but it was a fun night, and we got done early which is always a bonus.”
Willie Croft Racing would like to thank Holey Smokes BBQ, ButlerBuilt , Brown and Miller, FK Rod Ends, Hinchman Indy, Factory Kahne, Schoenfeld, Smith Precision Products, Kaeding Performance, AL Drivelines, QTM, XYZ, Dan Olson Products, Vortex Wings, Amerikote, and GUTS for their support in 2017.
2017 BY THE NUMBERS: Races-16, Wins-1, Top 5’s-4, Top 10’s-6.
ON TAP: Willie Croft will return to action on Saturday night as he travels to Tulare, CA with the King of the West Series.
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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