PETERSEN MEDIA- Looking to be in prime position to contend for his first King of the West win of the season on Saturday night, mechanical issues in the feature event would pester Willie Croft to finally pull off the track on the 23rd lap.
“It was kind of a bummer to have a good starting spot, but have something nag us during the feature event,” Croft said. “We think we know what the issue was, so hopefully we will be just fine when we get back to KWS action.”
Croft got off to a nice start on Saturday night in Tulare, CA as he timed the Holey Smokes BBQ/ButlerBuilt/Brown and Miller backed No. 29 sprinter in eighth quickest during qualifying time trials.
Heat race action would see Croft hook up in an early battle with DJ Netto as they fought for the top spot on an extremely slick Thunderbowl Raceay surface. Holding on to second, Croft’s finish would move him into the six-lap Dash.
Grabbing the win, Croft would line up on the pole for the feature event as he looked to grab his second consecutive Faria Memorial feature event win.
Falling into the second spot when the race came to life, Croft would slowly lose positions as he struggled to make speed as he complained of issues under the hood of his car.
Trying to keep his wheels spinning to keep his engine running, Croft would continue to fight issues and finally pulled his machine back to the pit area on the 23rd lap when the race’s lone caution flew.
“It wasn’t a major issue by any means, but it just didn’t want to run and we kept losing spots,” Croft said. “I noticed it early in the night a little bit, but when it was so slick it wasn’t really a problem but after they re worked the track it became magnified in the ‘A’.”
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-17, Wins-1, Top 5’s-4, Top 10’s-6.
ON TAP: Willie Croft will get right back to racing this weekend as he set to travel to Stockton, CA on Saturday night with the SCCT.
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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