PETERSEN MEDIA- Kicking the Sprint Car Challenger Tour season off on Saturday night at Placerville Speedway, a good start to the night would unfortunately go south for Roseville, CA’s Willie Croft.
A strong field of 32 cars checked in to kick off the third season of Sprint Car Challenge Tour action, and Croft would open his night up by timing the Holey Smokes BBQ/BulterBuilt/Brown and Miller supported entry in fourth quickest in his time trial group.
Lining up on the front row of his heat race, Croft would get the jump as he had Shane Golobic in tow. While Golobic was able to close in on him in the closing laps, “Double Down’ would have none of it as he held him off and picked up the win.
By way of the popular heat race win, Croft would transfer into the High Sierra Industries Dash where the six pill placed him in the third row for the shootout.
After a good start to the night, the Dash would prove to be the beginning of Croft’s misfortune on this night. Getting out of shape in turn two, heavy fact to the rear of his car would ensue as he looked to get corrected and it would result in him being credited with a seventh place finish as he was forced to the work area.
Taking the green flag from the seventh starting position for the 35-lap feature event, Croft would run well inside the Top-10 during the opening stages of the race that would be riddled by cautions and stoppages.
A restart on the ninth lap would see cars bounce around in front of Croft, as he would then feel contact from the rear by another competitor and it would cause damage that forced him to stop.
The damage would prove too be too much to get repaired in the work area, and a night that started so well would come to an early end.
“It was a frustrating way to end the night and start the SCCT season,” Croft said. “Thanks my to my guys for all their hard work. Hoping the weather holds and we can start the KWS/NARC season off on Saturday.”
Willie Croft Racing would like to thank Holey Smokes BBQ, ButlerBuilt , Brown and Miller, FK Rod Ends, Factory Kahne, Schoenfeld, Team Simpson, Stilo, Smith Precision Products, Kaeding Performance, AL Drivelines, XYZ, Vortex Wings, Amerikote, DoTerra and GUTS for their support in 2019.
2019 BY THE NUMBERS: Races-6, Wins-0, Top 5’s-0, Top 10’s-0.
ON TAP: Willie Croft will kick the 2019 KWS/NARC season off on Saturday night at Kern County Raceway Park.
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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