PETERSEN MEDIA- With Mother Nature interfering with much of the 2014 Dirt Cup in Alger, WA, Willie Croft took care of business when he was able to, and as the rain soaked the speedway on Saturday night, Croft ended his weekend with a third place finish.
“We had a really good car both Thursday and Saturday night, and I can’t thank my guys enough for all of their hard work,” he said. “It was kind of a bummer to have it rain out a little early, but we were pleased with our weekend.”
Kicking the Dirt Cup off on Thursday night, Croft was very strong aboard his Holey Smokes BBQ/Christian Stover Foundation/ButlerBuilt entry as he was the second fastest driver in time trials, giving himself valuable event points.
Finishing fourth in his heat race, Croft gridded the field from the 15th spot in the preliminary night feature event as the field was inverted off of points.
Continuing to show speed, Croft searched around the Skagit Speedway as he worked his way forward.
Taking advantage of a few scattered cautions, Croft was able to work his way up to a seventh place finish at the stripe, putting him fifth in Dirt Cup Points.
With Friday’s event being rained out on Friday, and then also being rained out of it’s Saturday morning make-up, Croft went into the Saturday night program locked into the A Scramble, and the $20,000 to win feature event.
Finishing in the fifth spot in the Scramble, Croft rolled off of the grid in the fifth spot for the 40-lap feature event. When the action went green, Croft held his own as he raced with Brock Lemley and Rico Abreu, only to see the caution flag fly on the fifth lap.
With cautions falling each of the next three laps, Croft continued to run in the fifth spot Croft continued to run fifth, but continued to battle hard with fellow California drivers, Abreu and Kyle Hirst.
Following a red flag on the 20th lap that officials opened up, Croft was able to get past Hirst, and take over the fourth spot, before the yellow flew on the 21st lap for the race leader, putting Croft into the third spot.
As the skies began to open up, Croft chased after Abreu and Brock Lemley, and when the yellow flew on the 24th lap, the rain picked up, and the race was red flagged.
With the rain not going away, officials deemed the race over, and official as it was past the half-way point, and Croft ended his Dirt Cup with a third place finish.
“It was a tough race to really get any rhythm going with a lot of yellows, and red’s,” he said. “We were pretty good, and were right there battling all night, and at the end of the day it is pretty cool to get a third place finish.
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-14, Wins-1, Top 5’s-6 Top 10’s-8.
ON TAP: Croft now will take a weekend off before returning to action with the King of the West Series on July 12th at the Ocean Speedway for the Fourth Annual Howard Kaeding Classic.
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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