Croft Sixth at Copper Classic Opener Before Flat Right Rear Knocks Him Off Podium Late in Saturday F
PETERSEN MEDIA- Sneaking in one more weekend of racing in 2017, Willie Croft made the trip to Arizona Speedway for the 2nd Annual Copper Classic. Finishing sixth in the Friday night feature event, Croft would have a great night going on Saturday night before a flat right rear tire late in the race knocked him out of the second spot.
“It was great to get to Arizona and get another couple of nights in,” Willie Croft said. “We had a good car all weekend, and it is just a bummer we had some bad luck with a couple to go on Saturday night.”
The two-night Copper Classic kicked off on Friday night, and Croft got his weekend underway by timing the Holey Smokes BBQ/ButlerBuilt/Brown and Miller backed No. 29 machine timed in fifth quickest in qualifying time trials.
Picking up a fourth place finish during his heat race, the Roseville, CA resident would move directly into the 25-lap feature event where he would take the green flag from the 14th starting position.
On the racy Arizona Speedway, Croft showed speed aboard his immaculate black No. 29 machine. Able to search around the speedway during the 25-lap affair, Croft would come away with an extremely strong charge that saw him finish in the sixth position.
Saturday night saw Croft continue to show speed with the ASCS Southwest Series as he established a new Arizona Speedway track record during qualifying time trials. Racing to a heat race win, Croft would move into the Copper Classic feature event where he would line up in the second row.
Jumping up to second when the green flag dropped, Croft challenged early leader DJ Netto during the opening two laps before setting into second on the extremely slick racing surface.
Getting into traffic early, Croft continued to stick to the cushion as he kept Netto in his crosshairs. As Netto was able to pull away, Croft would soon find himself in a battle for second with Justin Sanders.
With Sanders able to get the spot, Croft would come right back and take over and pull away as the first 21-laps went caution free.
Following a restart on the 21st lap, Croft would experience misfortune as his right-rear would pop on the exit of turn two, and his strong showing at the Copper Classic would come to an end.
“It was a fun year, and I have to thank everyone that made it possible,” Croft added. “I have a great group of partners, as well as a great group of guys that help me on the car, and I really want to thank all of them for everything they do for the race team.”
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-51, Wins-1, Top 5’s-12, Top 10’s-23.
ON TAP: Croft’s 2017 season has come to a close.
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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