Willie Croft 5th at Placerville Speedway

PETERSEN MEDIA- Willie Croft was back racing after taking a few weeks off recovering from an injury, and turned in a nice performance that saw him finish fifth with the King of the West Series on Saturday night at the Placerville Speedway.

“It was good to get a top-five finish, but I did not have our car good enough to win,”  Croft said.

Hitting the Placerville Speedway on Saturday night for the Gold Country Shootout with the King of the West Series, Croft bested the 31-car field in time trials, as he earned quick time honors.

Following a second place finish in his heat race, Croft’s poor Dash draw luck would continue as the seven pill put the Holey Smokes BBQ/ButlerBuilt/Brown and Miller No. 29 machine in the fourth row of the dash, where he would ultimately go on to finish.

Lining up in the fourth row of the 30-lap feature event, Croft would battle in the Top-Five for a majority of the race, as he battled with the likes of Tim and Bud Kaeding in the early stages of the race.

Working around the racy Placerville Speedway, Croft continued to look for a way to get his machine moving forward, but on this night he just could not make it happen. Slipping back as far as the seventh spot at one point in the race, Croft would get back to fifth as the checkered flag flew on the feature event.

“Big thanks to everyone who helps me on this car,” he added. “We had good speed, but like I said, I did not do a good enough job getting the car ready for the feature event, and it showed. It was good to be back in a car racing, and I am excited for some pretty cool races this week.”

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-10, Wins-0, Top 5’s-2, Top 10’s-2.

ON TAP: Croft will be back in action with the World of Outlaws this week as he will be at the Placerville Speedway on Wednesday night, and at the Calistoga Speedway on Saturday and Sunday night.

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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