PETERSEN MEDIA- Willie Croft had a good run on Saturday night with the Elk Grove Ford Sprint Car Challenge Tour pres. by Abreu Vineyards that culminated with a sixth place finish.
“Friday night was just kind of okay, but Saturday night we were able to run pretty well until the rubber went down,” Willie Croft said. “We had a bit of a rough patch there, so to get some speed back and come away with a sixth place finish is a nice shot in the arm with some big races coming up.”
Saturday night at Stockton Dirt Track, Croft got his night jumpstarted by timing the Holey Smokes BBQ/ButlerBuilt/Brown and Miller backed No. 29 machine in third quickest in his time trial group. By way of his time, Croft would line up on the front row of his heat race.
While running second in his heat, Croft would have an engine issue force him back to hit trailer where his team would swap engines and get him ready for the semi. Going from sixth to second in the ‘B’, Croft would line up 18th for the 35-lap feature event.
On the slick Stockton Dirt Track, Croft flexed his muscle early as he carved his way to the front with precision aboard a very strong Hinchman Indy/FK/Schoenfeld sprinter. Working well into the Top-10 before the race’s halfway point, Croft would work his way into sixth as the track started to take rubber.
As the rubber continued to go down, Croft’s charge to the front would slow up a bit, but he would still take the checkered flag in the sixth spot after taking the green flag from 18th.
Friday night also saw Croft and the WCR team in action with the SCCT as they checked in at Placerville Speedway. Setting the standard in his qualifying group, Croft would be the quickest qualifier in his group as he lined up in the second row of his heat race.
Making a bid for the second and final Dash spot in his heat race, Croft would finish third and line up 11th in the 40-lap feature event. On the slick Placerville Speedway Croft just couldn’t seem to get going forward as much of the field planted their right rears on the thick cushion that had built up.
Running in a tight pack much of the race, Croft would find himself 13th when the dust settled.
“I have to thank my guys for working so hard during a pretty tough weekend,” Croft said. “We will take this week off and get ready for a couple of busy weeks on the horizon.”
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-33, Wins-1, Top 5’s-8, Top 10’s-15.
ON TAP: Croft will be back in action on Wednesday September 6th in Chico, CA as well as with the Outlaws in Chico, CA on Sept. 8th and 9th as part of the Gold Cup Race of Champions.
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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