PETERSEN MEDIA- Saturday night in Calistoga, CA, Willie Croft would overcome some mid-race adversity to finish in the 11th spot after being forced to the tail end of the field.
“We just don’t seem to have the best of luck on our side right now, but glad we had the speed to move forward like we did,” Croft said.
Taking on both the Sprint Car Challenge Tour and King of the West Series on Saturday night in Calistoga, CA, Croft would time the 360 car in third fastest in his time trial group.
Turning in a strong performance in his heat race, Croft would pick up the win aboard the Holey Smokes BBQ/ButlerBuilt/Brown and Miller backed No. 29 machine and punch his ticket to the Dash.
Lining up on the front row of the Dash, Croft’s second place finish would put him on the front row of the 30-lap $10,500-to-win feature event alongside Dominic Scelzi.
Not getting the start he was hoping for, Croft would lose a few positions but was able to race his way back up to the second spot in the first five laps of the race. Running in second when the race’s first yellow flag flew on the 15th lap.
Falling back to third when the race came back to life, debris would get into the hood of Croft and it would result in broken body panels and a slowing No. 29 machine.
Restarting from the tail end of the field with just 10-laps to go, Croft would get everything he could out of his machine as he was able to work his way back up to the 11th spot at the checkered flag.
In 410ci action, ‘Double Down’ would time in seventh quickest in time trials before record a fourth place finish during heat race competition.
Missing the Dash by just one position, Croft would grid the field from the 11th starting spot for the 25-lap ‘A’.
On the slick ½ mile, passing would prove to be tough in the feature event, but Croft would get a couple of positions early as he ran in the ninth spot.
A yellow with five laps to go would see the leader and second place cars each have issues and Croft would take advantage of the track position as he went on to close his night out with a seventh place finish in the 410 program.
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-24, Wins-1, Top 5’s-6, Top 10’s-11.
ON TAP: Croft returns to SCCT action on Sunday night as he is scheduled to compete at Stockton Dirt Track.
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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