PETERSEN MEDIA- Coming off of a big win at Stockton Dirt Track a week ago, Willie Croft returned to action with the King of the West Series where a late race restart would propel him to a fourth place finish at the Chris and Brian Faria Memorial.
“The guys did a nice job of giving me another great car, and it is good to be consistently up front,” Willie Croft said. “It got a little tricky to make up ground in the feature, but we were able to make something happen on the lone restart.”
Timing the Holey Smokes BBQ/Butlerbuilt/Brown and Miller No. 29 machine in third fastest in qualifications, the Roseville, CA pilot worked his way to a third place finish during heat race competition.
Acquiring enough points via time trials and his heat, Croft would find himself in the six-car Dash where a fifth place finish placed in in the third row of the 30-lap feature event.
With the preferred groove on this night right up on the fence, Croft would find himself racing in fifth and sixth much of the night as passing would prove to be challenging on this night, especially with no traffic in play.
Turning in some very strong laps on the cushion, a late restart would bunch the field up and give drivers one final shot to make up some ground. When the green lights turned back on, some drivers would dive low looking to move up but Croft would stay committed to the cushion.
Able to get a position late, Croft would take the checkered flag with his eighth top-five finish of the season by way of a fourth place finish.
“It was a good night, but we definitely want to be up fighting for wins,” Croft added. “We are looking forward to Petaluma on Saturday night after running very well there with our 360ci engine a few weeks back.”
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, and GUTS for their support in 2018.
2018 BY THE NUMBERS: Races-18, Wins-3, Top 5’s-8, Top 10’s-11.
ON TAP: Willie Croft will follow the King of the West Series to Petaluma Speedway on Saturday night.
STAY CONNECTED: Stay connected with Willie Croft Racing by visiting www.williecroftracing.com. You can also follow him on Twitter @WillieCroft29.