PETERSEN MEDIA- Enduring mechanical issues during heat race competition on Friday night to open the Nor*Cal Posse Shootout, Willie Croft came out strong during Saturday’s finale as he finished 10thto close the season at the ¼ mile bullring.
“We had a really fast car all night long,” Willie Croft said. “My guys worked hard, and although we slipped back at the end of the feature I felt pretty good all night long.”
Timing in fastest in his qualifying group, Croft hooked up in quite the battle with Rico Abreu in heat race action. Exchanging the top spot lap after lap, Croft would ultimately finish second, which was good enough to transfer him into both the Dash and the feature event.
Finishing fourth in the Dash, Croft would line the Holey Smokes BBQ/ButlerBuilt/Brown and Miller backed No. 29 machine up in the second row to start the 40-lap Nor*Cal Posse Shootout feature event.
Amidst a torrid battle up front when the race came to life, Croft would find himself battling with the likes of Kyle Hirst, Rico Abreu, and Shane Golobic. As the track changed with each lap after some pre race work, Croft continued to stay in the hunt as laps clicked off quickly.
Working through traffic in the closing laps, Croft would lose some track position as he faded inside the Top-10. When the checkered flag flew, Croft crossed under it in the 9thposition to record his 20thTop-10 of the 2019 season.
“We had some tough luck on Friday night, but we came back and had a good showing on Saturday night,’ Croft said. “We would have liked to have finished back up on the podium, but it was a tough field of cars and we faded a little at the end.”
Willie Croft Racing would like to thank Holey Smokes BBQ, ButlerBuilt , Brown and Miller, FK Rod Ends, Factory Kahne, Schoenfeld, Team Simpson, Stilo, Smith Precision Products, Kaeding Performance, AL Drivelines, XYZ, Vortex Wings, Amerikote, DoTerra and GUTS for their support in 2019.
2019 BY THE NUMBERS: Races-45, Wins-0, Top 5’s-9, Top 10’s-20.
ON TAP: Willie Croft heads to Silver Dollar Speedway in Chico, CA this Friday and Saturday for the Fall Nationals.
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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