PETERSEN MEDIA- Mother Nature has wreaked havoc on racing from Coast to Coast, and that was the case over the weekend as the scheduled two-day Peter Murphy Classic in Tulare, CA was relegated to a one night show with the finale being pushed to June 8th.
“We were in a good spot early in the feature event, and I tried to make something happen on a restart, and it didn’t work out and I gave up a handful of positions and fell back to 13th,” Willie Croft said. “The rubber was pretty dominant at this point, and I couldn’t recoup any of the lost spots.”
Timing the Holey Smokes BBQ/ButlerBuilt/Brown and Miller backed No. 29 machine in sixth quickest during qualifying with 40-cars packed into the pit area, Croft would line up in the sixth starting spot during heat race competition.
Making up ground in his heat, the Roseville, CA driver would advance from his third row starting position to garner a third place finish which would put him the 13th starting position for the 30-lap feature event on a surface that was extremely slick and proved to be abrasive.
After a couple of early wrecks trying to get the race going, Croft would stay out of harms way and find himself just outside the Top-10 when the race finally was able to go green.
Working into the ninth position as drivers jockeyed for position on the rubber down surface, a late restart would put the field nose to tail. Restarting ninth, Croft would look to get a couple of positions on the late restart but he would catch the notorious turn one bump and get out of shape.
Giving up a handful of positions, Croft would slip back to 13th where he would go on to finish.
“I felt like we had good speed, but its really had to judge when the track takes rubber so fast,” Croft said. “I got a little bold on a late restart, and it didn’t work out for us. Thank to my guys for all of their hard work.”
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-13, Wins-0, Top 5’s-0, Top 10’s-1.
ON TAP: Willie Croft is slated to be in action on Saturday night in Stockton, 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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