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Willie Croft Records Eighth Place Finish in Tulare, CA


PETERSEN MEDIA- Traveling to Tulare, CA on Saturday night for the King of the West Series’ final visit of the 2017 season at Thunderbowl Raceway, Willie Croft would record a Top-10 finish.

“We were a little off early in the night and that put us behind on a track that ended up taking rubber early,” Willie Croft said. “I have to thank Aaron Colburn for filling in and helping Eric and myself out this weekend.”

Timing the Holey Smokes BBQ/ButlerBuilt/Brown and Miller backed No. 29 sprinter in ninth fastest on Saturday night, Croft would line up in the fifth position during heat race action.

Finishing fifth after an exciting battle with Mitchell Faccinto, the Roseville, CA driver would line the FK Rod Ends/Hinchman/Factory Kahne entry up in the fourth row of the 30-lap feature event.

A very slick Thunderbowl Raceway surface would present itself to the field for the 30-lap feature event and as things got underway, Croft would get up to the sixth spot in the opening five laps before the lone stoppage came by way of the red flag.

When the action picked back up, rubber would soon start going down on the speedway as Croft battle with Kyle Hirst and Cory Eliason. The trio of heavy hitters would battle hard until they were forced to get into single file formation with Croft on the short end of the stick and back in eighth.

Laps would click off and passing would be non existent on the single file track, as Croft was stuck back in eighth where he would ultimately take the checkered flag.

“It certainly gets frustrating racing on tracks where rubber goes down so soon and you aren’t able to do anything,” Croft said. “It’s part of the sport at times, and we all have to deal with it, but hopefully we can get the issues fixed and put on some good racing for the fans ASAP.”

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-20, Wins-1, Top 5’s-6, Top 10’s-9.

ON TAP: Croft is tentatively scheduled to take part in the Tarter Memorial on Friday night in Chico, CA before traveling to Antioch, CA on Saturday with the SCCT.

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