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Willie Croft 13th at Howard Kaeding Classic


PETERSEN MEDIA- Making the tow to Ocean Speedway over the weekend for the 7th Annual Howard Kaeding Classic, Willie Croft would take a bad tumble during the Dash on Friday night that essentially ended his night before finishing 13th on Friday night.

“It was a tough weekend,” Willie Croft said. “We flipped pretty good in the Dash on Friday night and that essentially ended our night, and then Saturday night we just really couldn’t get going anywhere after the track work.”

Taking on the Civil War Series pres. by Flowmaster on Friday night, Croft would time the Holey Smokes BBQ/ButlerBuilt/Brown and Miller No. 29 machine in 14th quickest in time trials.

Lining up on the front row of his heat race, the Roseville, CA pilot would pick up the heat race win and move into the six-lap Dash. The Dash would not go well for Croft as he would flip wildly down the backstretch. With the damage pretty extensive, Croft would do what he could to make it out for the feature event.

Not quite 100%, Croft would take the green flag and pull his machine back to the pit area and continue to get his machine ready for the Saturday night event.

Again timing in 14th quickest in time trials, Croft would again pick up the heat race win aboard the FK Rod Ends/Hinchman Indy/Factory Kahne backed machine. Moving into the Dash, Croft would line up in the 11th position and finish 11th and line up in the sixth row for the 30-lap feature event.

With the track holding up a little too good after pre-race track work, Croft, like much of the field, would have a hard time moving around on a the fast surface. Trying to make something happen during the 30-lapper, Croft would end up with a 13th place finish.

“I have to thank everyone that helped us out on Friday,” Croft said. “My guys work hard for me, and it wasn’t the weekend any of us were hoping for.”

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-28, Wins-1, Top 5’s-8, Top 10’s-13.

ON TAP: Croft returns to SCCT action on Saturday July 29th in Fernley, NV.

STAY CONNECTED: Stay connected with Willie Croft Racing by visiting You can also follow him on Twitter @WillieCroft29.

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