PETERSEN MEDIA- Kicking the Sprint Car Challenge Tour’s second season off on Saturday night in Placerville, CA, Willie Croft turned in a strong showing that saw him pocket a ninth place finish amongst the 46 cars that checked in for the event.
‘These are tough shows, and with the track a little technical all night it was good to get started with a Top-10 with the SCCT, but obviously we want to be up front more battling for the win,” Willie Croft said.
In the third qualifying time trials group, Croft got his night started by timing the Holey Smokes BBQ/ButlerBuilt/Brown and Miller backed No. 29 machine in third quickest and found himself on the front row of his heat race.
Lining up alongside Mitchell Faccinto in heat race action, Croft would fall back to second but would keep the race leader within striking distance as the win also came with a Dash berth.
Unable to find away around Faccinto, Croft’s second place finish would safely put him in the impending 35-lap feature event where he would take the green flag from the 11th starting position.
A super fast racing surface in the feature event would prove to be challenging to make up ground on, though Croft was able to do a little moving and shaking as he battled inside the Top-10 for all 35-laps.
Working on the tricky cushion that was built up at both ends of the Speedway, Croft was able to work into ninth where he then began to battle Carson Macedo and Andy Forsberg who ran just ahead of him.
With all the front-runners laying down quick laps, Croft would be unable to grab anymore positions in the closing laps as he ended his night with a ninth place finish.
“It was good to get to another new track with (Crew Chief) Wayne, and I think we are creeping up on some things,” Croft noted. “I have to thank all of my guys for their hard work, and all of our partners for their support.”
Willie Croft Racing would like to thank Holey Smokes BBQ, ButlerBuilt , Brown and Miller, FK Rod Ends, Hinchman Indy, Factory Kahne, Schoenfeld, Simpson Race Products, Smith Precision Products, Kaeding Performance, AL Drivelines, XYZ, Vortex Wings, Amerikote, and GUTS for their support in 2018.
2018 BY THE NUMBERS: Races-7, Wins-0, Top 5’s-1, Top 10’s-3.
ON TAP: Willie Croft will watch the weather this weekend, but as of now will be in action during the King of the West Series’ opening event on Saturday night at Kern County Raceway Park in Bakersfield, CA.
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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