Tulare Crash Sidelines Croft


PETERSEN MEDIA- Returning to the scene of his 2014 Trophy Cup Championship, Willie Croft continued his love-hate relationship with the Thunderbowl Raceway in Tulare, CA as a mid-race wreck took him out of not only the rest of Friday’s race, but the rest of the weekend.

“I love Tulare, but it is one of those things where I run really well there, or it bites me, and this weekend it unfortunately bit me,” Croft said.

Timing his Holey Smokes BBQ/ButlerBuilt/Brown and Miller No. 29 machine in 21st fastest against the 46 drivers checked into the event, Croft would finish sixth in heat race action.

Lining up on the front row of the Last Chance Showdown, Croft would get the jump, and drive away from the field, as he won the race, and transferred into the feature event.

With the track staying rough and heavy during most of the night, Croft slowly was working his way forward from his 21st starting spot.

Running in the 15th spot, a wild wreck broke out on the 15th lap.  As Bud Kaeding flipped cars behind him began checking up, and as that happened three more cars flipped, including Croft’s, and his night was over.

Getting checked out at the hospital later that night with some discomfort, it was discovered Croft fractured some ribs, and his weekend was over.

“It was frustrating to crash, and to get a little dinged up from it even makes it worse,” Croft said. “I will take it easy for a couple of weeks, and hopefully feel good enough to race the Mini Gold Cup at the end of the month. I want to thank all of my guys for their hard work all weekend long.”

Willie Croft Racing would like to thank Holey Smokes BBQ, ButlerBuilt , Brown and Miller, FK Rod Ends, Hinchman Indy, Schoenfeld, K&N, Smith Precision Products, Kaeding Performance, Dan Olson Products, Vortex Wings, Amerikote, and GUTS for their support in 2015.

2015 BY THE NUMBERS: Races-9, Wins-0, Top 5’s-1, Top 10’s-1.

ON TAP: Croft is hoping to return to action when the World of Outlaws invade the Silver Dollar Speedway on March 28th.

STAY CONNECTED: Stay connected with Willie Croft Racing by visiting www.williecroftracing.com. You can also follow him on Twitter @wcroft29.

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