PETERSEN MEDIA- Taking on the King of the West Series on Saturday night in Antioch, CA to kick off a busy month of June, Willie Croft would come away with a fifth place finish. “It wasn’t to bad of night of a night for our team,” Croft said. “I made a mistake in the heat race and cost us a Dash spot, but we were able to get a couple of positions in the feature before it got really single file and ended up fifth.”
Timing his Holey Smokes BBQ/ButlerBuilt/Brown and Miller backed No. 29 machine in second fastest in qualifying time trials, Croft would run into problems on the start of his heat race.
Trying to make the top side work in turns three and four, Croft would spin out and wind up finishing fifth. Missing out on a Dash spot, the Roseville, CA pilot lined up seventh in the feature event on what was an extremely slick surface.
With cautions falling on lap two and lap five, Croft would use the two single file restarts to his advantage as he would pick up a spot both times as he took over the fifth spot.
Chasing after Kyle Hirst and Cory Eliason who ran in front of him, rubber would continue to go down on the track lap after lap, and passing would become more and more difficult.
Spending much of the race running through slower traffic, Croft would get to Hirst’s bumper on a couple of occasions but didn’t take too many risks as he kept himself in the rubber as the laps clicked off.
A late restart with five to go would give Croft a shot at picking up a couple more positions but he couldn’t make anything stick as he closed the night out with a fifth place finish at the checkered.
“The rubber started to go down pretty early, and I was able to find it on the early restarts and get up into fifth,’ Croft added. “It got more difficult to make up ground as the laps clicked on, but it was tough for everyone so we take this and move on.”
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-19, Wins-1, Top 5’s-6, Top 10’s-8.
ON TAP: Willie Croft will return to action with the King of the West Series this coming Saturday night as series takes over Thunderbowl Raceway in Tulare, CA for one final time this season.
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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