PETERSEN MEDIA- Willie Croft looked to be well on his way to the 2017 Short Track Nationals feature event on Saturday night, but a part failure while leading the ‘B’ Main would dash his hopes.
“The end result wasn’t what we wanted but it was a really fun trip, and I am thankful to get back and have the opportunity to come at the Short Track Nationals,” Willie Croft said.
The three day event kicked off on Thursday night, a night that just did not go in favor of Croft. Starting on the front row his heat race, a questionable start would see him slip back and finish in the fourth spot.
Moving into the ‘C’ Main, Croft would take care of business as he picked up the win and moved the Holey Smokes BBQ/ButlerBuilt/Brown and Miller backed No. 29 machine into the back of one of the twin ‘B’s’.
Lining up in the eight row of his ‘B’, Croft continued to flex his muscle as he came forward in a hurry. Working into the top-five, Croft would overtake fourth and sat in the catbird’s seat on a final restart. Moving into the third and final transfer spot into the ‘A’ coming to the checkered flag a spinning car in turn two would cause a yellow checkered and they would revert back and Croft would he held out of the feature event.
Back in action on Friday night, Croft would line up seventh in his heat race and would make some noise as he carved his way forward to finish fourth. Moving into a qualifier, Croft and Morgan Turpen would put on a memorable show that would see Croft finish in the second position which was good enough to put him in the Friday night feature.
Lining up 10th for the 25-lap feature event, Croft would battle the likes of Jonathan Cornell and Brian Bell on the extremely slick racing surface as he fought for position inside the Top-10. Taking the checkered flag in the 11th spot, Croft sat 10th in event points heading into Saturday night’s finale.
Finishing sixth in his Saturday night Showdown heat race, Croft would find himself 11th in overall points which placed him on the front row of one of two ‘B’ mains.
Getting off to a great start, Croft would power into the lead before heartbreak would hit and a part failure would derail him and end his Short Track Nationals.
“It was very cool to get out there and run well,” Willie Croft said. “The fans were awesome, and overall it was a good time.”
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-45, Wins-1, Top 5’s-10, Top 10’s-18.
ON TAP: Croft is now slated to pilot the Rudeen Racing No. 26 at the 24th Annual Trophy Cup Thursday-Saturday night in Tulare, CA.
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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