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Willie Croft Races in Las Vegas, NV and Chico, CA During Extremely Busy Week


PETERSEN MEDIA- While competing with the World of Outlaws in Las Vegas, NV last week, Willie Croft decided that he and his team would leave following Friday night’s event and head to Chico, CA and take part in the 2017 Silver Cup.

“I really have to thank my guys for all they did last week,” Willie Croft said. “After two nights of racing in Las Vegas, NV, they busted their butt’s to get us to Chico, CA on Saturday night to close out our weekend.”

Taking on the World of Outlaws on Thursday and Friday, Croft would open the two-day program up by timing the Holey Smokes BBQ/ButlerBuilt/Brown and Miller backed No. 29 entry in 15th fastest in his qualifying flight.

Lining up in the eight starting spot of his heat race, Croft would grab a seventh place finish and move into the night’s Last Chance Showdown. Gridding the field from the 10th starting position on an extremely rough track, Croft would battle with fellow West Coast drivers, Bud Kaeding and Jason Solwold, before ending his night with a 10th place finish.

Friday night would get off to a much better start for the Roseville, CA driver, as he timed his machine in ninth fastest during his qualifying flight.

Starting and finishing fifth in his heat race, Croft would punch his ticket into the night’s feature event where he would line up in the 17th starting spot.

As the race came to life, Croft would find himself in a bit of mayhem as he dodged a car spinning as well as other drivers trying to avoid the situation and lost several spots as a result.

Able to gather himself back up, Croft would ultimately pull into the pit area on the fifth lap and get prepared for the trip to northern California.

Driving through the night, Croft and his team would get back to the shop with enough time to change tires, and load the 360ci car up and hit the road to Chico, CA.

In action with the Civil War Series presented by Flowmaster on this night, Croft get open the night up by timing in fifth fastest in qualifying time trials.

Running third in his heat race, Croft would just miss out on a berth in the night’s heat race and would grid the field from the ninth starting spot for the 30-lap feature event.

A rough and tumble Silver Dollar Speedway would make things tricky for drivers at times. On the fourth lap, Croft would get over the edge in turns one and two and keep his machine powered and ultimately return to the surface just as the caution would fly for a car that had stopped.

What looked like a break for Croft turned into a questionable call that resulted in Croft not getting his spot back and opting to head back to his pit and end his night.

“It was a busy week of racing, but it was nice to get back into the mix,” Croft added. “Vegas was tough, but it’s a tough place with a tough field of cars. We had a good car on Saturday night, but really got the short end of the stick on an early call and I decided to call it a night.”

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-4, Wins-0, Top 5’s-1, Top 10’s-11.

ON TAP: Croft returns to action with the World of Outlaws on Friday and Saturday night in Tulare, CA.

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

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