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Willie Croft Kicks Speedweek Northwest Off in Victory Lane


PETERSEN MEDIA- Following a fifth place finish with the Sprint Car Challenge Tour on Saturday night in Stockton, CA, Willie Croft and his Willie Croft Racing team made the trip North for the opening legs of Speedweek Northwest where Croft would grab the win during opening night at Coos Bay.

“Winning is great, and anytime you can pick up a win you definitely enjoy it,” Willie Croft said. “We won the Dash last night and I didn’t feel great and we made an adjustment for the feature and stumbled on something that we will have to write down because we were awesome in the feature.”

Croft kicked Speedweek Northwest off on Tuesday night by timing the Holy Smokes BBQ/ButlerBuilt/Brown and Miller backed No. 29 machine in fourth fastest in qualifying time trials.

Finishing third in heat race competition, Croft would move into the Dash where he would pick up the win and find himself on the pole for the 30-lap Speedweek Northwest opening night feature event.

When the race came to life, Croft was shot out of a cannon as he jumped to the early lead and had full control of the feature event. Finding traffic early, Croft continued to flex his muscle as the only thing that seemed to slow him on this night were yellow flags.

Nailing each and every restart, Croft was able to race his way to his fourth win of the season and his first career Speedweek Northwest triumph.

Prior to making the trip up North, Croft and company battled with the Sprint Car Challenge Tour in Stockton, CA on Saturday night. Earning quick time honors on the slick Stockton Dirt Track surface, Croft would finish fourth in his heat race and used his qualifying time to earn a spot in the Dash.

On an extremely slick surface in the Dash, Croft’s six place finish lined him up in the third row of the feature event. Following a complete re work prior to the feature event, Croft would battle inside the Top-Five when the action came to life.

In a hard fought, gritty effort, Croft would grab a fifth place finish when the checkered flag flew on the Tribute to LeRoy Van Connett.

“You know we have lost some races lately in traffic, and my guys just told me to breathe,” Croft added. “We had a tough weekend before Stockton, but we regrouped and got back to where we needed to be. Big thanks to Wayne, Eric, Tony, Kevin, and everyone that supports us.”

Willie Croft Racing would like to thank Holey Smokes BBQ, ButlerBuilt , Brown and Miller, FK Rod Ends, Factory Kahne, Schoenfeld, Simpson Race Products, Smith Precision Products, Kaeding Performance, AL Drivelines, XYZ, Vortex Wings, Amerikote, DoTerra and GUTS for their support in 2018.

2018 BY THE NUMBERS: Races-29, Wins-4, Top 5’s-12, Top 10’s-16.

ON TAP: Willie Croft will return to action tonight in Lebanon, OR.

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

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