PETERSEN MEDIA- Making his second and final start of the season at Kern County Raceway Park on Saturday night, Willie Croft found himself in the same spot he was back in April; battling with Shane Golobic for the win and ending up with a second place finish.
“Like anyone, you go to the track to win and we had a shot on a late restart but ended up second,” Willie Croft said. “I thought we had good speed all night. Battling with Shane early, I messed up in traffic and we slipped back but we were as fast as anyone I felt.”
Croft got off to a great start on Saturday night as he timed the Holey Smokes BBQ/ButlerBuilt/Brown and Miller backed No. 29 machine in fastest overall during time trials and found himself in the fourth starting position in heat race competition.
Running fourth in his heat, Croft would have enough points to qualify for the Dash where he would take advantage of his front row starting position and pick up the win.
By way of winning the Dash, Croft had lane choice for the feature event and with the way the surface was he made the call to start in the outside lane and it would pay off as he got off to the early lead.
Looking strong out front as he stayed glued to the cushion, Croft would quickly find the back of the pack and his pace would slow a touch and it would allow Shane Golobic to close in on him.
Lap seven saw Croft slide up in front of a slower car, and as he tried to get back to the cushion, Golobic was able to carry more speed and driver past him as Dominic Scelzi and Bud Kaeding took advantage and put Croft back to fourth.
Continuing to run well in fourth, Croft would move into second with a few to go as a couple of cars tangled in front of him. The ensuing restart would see Croft take a couple of shots at Golobic for the race lead, but on this night Croft would hang to and collect a second place finish.
“We will take our second and move forward,” Croft said. “There are some fun races ahead and we will look to keep our car up front and hopefully even one spot better.”
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-57, Wins-6, Top 5’s-18, Top 10’s-23.
ON TAP: Willie Croft and his team are set for a busy Saturday night where they will be in action with both the King of the West and Sprint Car Challenge Tour at Keller Auto Speedway in Hanford, CA taking part in the Cotton Classic.
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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