PETERSEN MEDIA- Coming alive late in Saturday night’s Sprint Car Challenge Tour feature event in Stockton, CA, Willie Croft would make some late moves and score a second place finish.
“We had to be patient early in the race, but as the laps clicked off we really got going,” Croft said. “It was a fun battle with Kyle Hirst late in the race, and we did everything we could to get to the 37 at the end.”
Timing the Holey Smokes BBQ/ButlerBuilt/Brown and Miller backed No. 29 machine in fastest in his qualifying flight, the Roseville, CA driver would line up in the second row of his heat race.
Finishing fourth in his heat, Croft would advance to the feature event where he would grid the field from the 10th starting position. On the slick Stockton Dirt Track surface, Croft would bide his time early as he was a little on the tight side in the opening laps of the feature event.
Chasing after the likes of Michael Kofoid and Bradley Terrell, Croft would get going during the back half of the race as he was able to start maneuvering around the 4/10 mile facility.
Avoiding a couple of incidents that took place in front of him, Croft would work his way into the Top-Five as the laps continued to click down. Getting into the fourth spot as the leader ran out of fuel with just three laps to go, Croft would use a late restart to make up even more ground.
Getting around Kyle Hirst to take over the second spot, Croft would then chase after Mitchell Faccinto for the race lead before the final caution flew. Hanging with Faccinto during the final laps, Croft would just not get close enough to take a shot for the win, and would end his night with a second place finish.
“I was glad the fuel issues, and some of the other things that went on didn’t involve us for a change,” Croft noted. “We had a good car at the end, and it is nice to move forward and land on the podium.”
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-18, Wins-1, Top 5’s-5, Top 10’s-7.
ON TAP: Willie Croft will return to action with the King of the West Series this coming Saturday night as they invade Antioch Speedway.
STAY CONNECTED: Stay connected with Willie Croft Racing by visiting www.williecroftracing.com. You can also follow him on Twitter @WillieCroft29.
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