PETERSEN MEDIA- One week removed from a second place run with the King of the West Series, Willie Croft turned in another strong showing on Saturday night that saw him finish second with the Sprint Car Challenge Tour at Stockton Dirt Track during the Jimmy Sills Classic.
“We are really getting better each night, and I think that is showing,” Willie Croft said. “These have been tough fields the last couple of weeks and to be right in the mix is where we want to be. We will keep working at it and hopefully these podiums will start turning into wins.”
Saturday night in Stockton, CA Willie Croft opened his night up by timing the Holey Smokes BBQ/ButlerBuilt/Brown and Miller backed No. 29 machine in second quickest overall with 53 cars checking into the pit area.
Being the fastest in his qualifying group, “Double Down” would line up in the second row of his heat race and his third place finish would move him safely into the night’s Dash.
Scoring a third place finish in the six-lap shootout, Croft would grid the field from the second row for the 30-lap feature event. When the green flag was displayed to the field, Croft would settle into third as he chased after Gio Scelzi and Tim Kaeding who raced in front of him.
In a tight pack of cars, Croft would fall as far back as fifth on the fifth lap, but would settle into a nice flow as he surged back to third and now had a pair of Scelzi brothers in his crosshairs.
Rolling the bottom in one and two and using the cushion in turns three and four, Croft would close in on the race for the lead, as the Scelzi brothers waged war on each other for the top spot.
A late restart would see Croft race past Gio Scelzi to take over the runner-up position as he gave a valiant effort to reel in Dominic Scelzi in the closing laps.
Running out of time, Croft would cap his night off with a second consecutive runner up finish.
“It’s great to be on the podium, and I have to thank my guys for their hard work,” Croft added. “We will come back next week and look to be even better.”
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-9, Wins-0, Top 5’s-3, Top 10’s-5.
ON TAP: Willie Croft will battle with the King of the West Series on Friday night at Ocean Speedway and will then take part in the inaugural Asparagus Cup at Stockton Dirt Track on Saturday night.
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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