PETERSEN MEDIA- Finishing up the 2014 season with Tri-C Motorsports, Willie Croft had another strong weekend with the team in Yuma, AZ as he scored fourth and seventh place finishes against the Lucas Oil ASCS National Tour.
“It has been a great four races with this Tri-C Motorsports team,” Croft said. “We have been pretty fast, and I think it shows with three top-five finishes, and four Top-10’s.”
Heading to the Cocopah Speedway over the weekend to get some laps prior to January’s Winter Heat, Croft and his team came out of the trailer strong, as the Sacramento, CA pilot charged from fourth to finish second in heat race action, transferring directly into the feature event.
Just missing out on a berth in the Top-Eight redraw, Croft lined the Tri-C Manufacturing/ButlerBuilt/FK Rod Ends backed No. 3c machine up in the fifth row for the 25 lap feature event.
With the top-four locking into the Saturday night finale, Croft did all he could to grab a top four finish.
On a picture perfect track, Croft was very good, as he picked up positions in strides as the race came to life. Going toe-to-toe with some of the series’ stronger drivers like Jeff Swindell and Blake Hahn, Croft found himself in the top-five late in the race, as he chased after Tony Bruce, Jr.
In the waning laps, Croft felt pressure from a charging Aaron Reutzel, and as the duo battled they made a three-wide pass on TBJ, as Croft took the fourth and final lock in position.
Locking into the Saturday night feature, Croft and his team watched the track as the night progressed, to make sure they made all of the necessary adjustments to their machine for the feature event.
Lining up in the third row, after the redraw, Croft worked the slicked off Cocopah Speedway for grip as he ran in the sixth position, and felt pressure from Rico Abreu.
Breaking a brake fitting early in the race, things were a little challenging for Croft, but the veteran driver did not let it phase him, as he fought his machine for much of the race.
Duelling with Abreu late in the race, Croft would give up the sixth spot, though he would hang on to the seventh spot as he took the Clyde and Marion Lamar machine across the finish line.
“I really have to thank this entire Tri-C Motorsports team for bringing me down to race, and working so hard,” Croft said. “I am really fortunate they thought of me to finish out their season, and I am really excited to get back down to Cocopah Speedway with them in January.
Willie Croft Racing would like to thank Holey Smokes BBQ, The Christian Stover
Foundation, ButlerBuilt , Brown and Miller, FK Rod Ends, Hinchman Indy, Schoenfeld, K&N, Smith Precision Products, All Pro Cylinder Heads, Shark Racing Engines, A.R.T., M.R.O. Industrial Supply, Redline Oil, Kaeding Performance, PaPa’s Beef Jerky, Dan Olson Products, Vortex Wings, AIC Powdercoating, and GUTS for their support in 2014.
2014 BY THE NUMBERS: Races-33, Wins-2, Top 5’s-14, Top 10’s-17.
ON TAP: Croft’s 2014 season has come to a close, but his 2015 season starts the first week of January back at the Cocopah Speedway.
STAY CONNECTED: Stay connected with Willie Croft Racing by visiting www.williecroftracing.com. You can also follow him on Twitter @wcroft29.
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