PETERSEN MEDIA- Putting a tough Friday night behind him, Willie Croft and the Willie Croft Racing team would have a strong showing on Saturday night that saw him close his weekend out with a fifth place finish.
“Friday night we were all pretty down with how it went,” Willie Croft said. “We changed around a lot of stuff on Saturday and we seemed to be much better and came away with a Top-Five which gives us a little momentum heading into Fall Nationals.”
Saturday night at Placerville Speedway, Croft opened his night up by timing the Holey Smokes BBQ/ButlerBuilt/FK Rod Ends backed No. 29 machine in fastest overall in his qualifying group before finishing second in his heat race.
Making his way into the Dash by way of his qualifying effort and his heat result, Croft would finish sixth and take the green flag from the third row to open up the 35-lap finale.
Slipping back to 10th in the early goings of Saturday night’s feature event, Croft would soon settle in on the slicked off racing surface as he began carving his way forward and seemingly getting better and better with each passing lap.
A lap 15 restart would really see Croft make up some ground as he was able to work his way up to sixth before the caution flew just four laps later on the 19th circuit. The final 16 laps saw Croft battle with the likes of Mitchell Faccinto and Kyle Hirst for position as Croft would close his weekend out with a fifth place finish just one night after a tough 15th place finish.
“We were able to see our changes pay off since we finished fifth compared to 15th, but we want to be up fighting for wins,” Croft said. “I fell back a little to far early in the race, but things felt really good late, and I am looking forward to Chico, CA this weekend.”
Willie Croft Racing would like to thank Holey Smokes BBQ, ButlerBuilt , Brown and Miller, FK Rod Ends, Factory Kahne, Schoenfeld, Simpson Race Products, Smith Precision Products, Kaeding Performance, AL Drivelines, XYZ, Vortex Wings, Amerikote, DoTerra and GUTS for their support in 2018.
2018 BY THE NUMBERS: Races-54, Wins-6, Top 5’s-17, Top 10’s-21.
ON TAP: Willie Croft returns to action for another busy two-race weekend as he will be in Chico, CA for the Fall Nationals on Friday and Saturday night.
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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