PETERSEN MEDIA- Getting right back in the thick of things with the World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series, Willie Croft would have and up and down trip to the Thunderbowl Raceway in Tulare, CA.
“It was an interesting weekend for us,” Willie Croft said. “We would have really good speed one time on the track and struggle the next. If we can get consistent I think we will be right up front.”
Friday night kicked off the two-night extravaganza in Tulare, CA, and the Roseville, CA resident would kick things off by timing in 12th fastest in qualifying time trials.
Lining up in the second row of his heat race, Croft would battle with Carson Macedo and Brent Marks for position before settling for fourth and transferring the Holey Smokes BBQ/ButlerBuilt/Brown and Miller backed entry into the ‘A’ main event.
On a track that was choppy in places, the action would pick up during the feature event. Battling for position inside the Top-10, Croft would catch the notorious Tulare rut in turns one and two and when his machine came back on all fours he would lose power and come to a stop.
Not sure of the issue, Croft would push back off and tag the rear of the field but something wasn’t quite right and Croft would pull into the infield and go to work under his hood following the race.
Back in action on Saturday night, Croft’s night would not get off to the start he was looking for as he would find himself on the back end of the speed chart following time trials.
Finishing seventh in his heat race, “Double Down” would be forced into the night’s Last Chance Showdown where he would grid the field from the 12th starting spot.
In the LCS, Croft came alive and began picking off cars at will. Getting into the fifth spot, Croft would need just one more position to transfer into the feature event. Battling with Brian Brown in the closing laps, Croft’s transfer bid would come up just short and his night would end with no transfer position.
“We got better and better on Saturday night, and just ended up one spot short of the ‘A’, Croft added. “Tulare is a place we typically run well at, so it was a little frustrating to struggle there. My guys are working hard, and we will try and do better this weekend in Stockton (CA).”
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-6, Wins-0, Top 5’s-1, Top 10’s-11.
ON TAP: Willie Croft will follow the World of Outlaws to Stockton, CA this weekend for a two night program slated for Friday and Saturday night.
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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