PETERSEN MEDIA- Saturday night in Petaluma, CA, Willie Croft looked extremely strong as he led the early laps of the feature event. Taking evasive action and spinning to a stop in traffic on the 10th lap, Croft would rally from the back of the pack and salvage his night with an eighth place finish.
“It was definitely a disappointing way to end our night,” Willie Croft said. “My guys continue to give me a great car, and I think we had a good chance to grab another win but unfortunately things didn’t fall into place for us.”
Croft would look for his second win of the season at the bullring in the Bay on Saturday night as he kicked things off by timing the Holey Smokes BBQ/ButlerBuilt/Brown and Miller backed No. 29 machine in sixth quickest in qualifying time trials.
Finishing second in his heat race, the Roseville, CA driver would tally enough points to earn a berth in the Dash where the one pill put him on the front row and in prime position to earn a great starting spot for the feature event. Picking up the win, Croft would find himself on the pole for the 30-lap ‘A’ Main alongside Brother-in-law, Kyle Hirst.
Leading the field to green, Croft would be shot out of a cannon when the action came to life and would quickly distance himself from the rest of the field. Out in control early, Croft would soon find himself in traffic where the action would pick up.
Keeping the field at bay for the first 10-laps, trouble would soon find Croft as he would take evasive action while closing in on a slower car and it would result in him spinning to a stop in turn four.
Relinquishing the lead, Croft would be mired deep in the field as he would be forced to the back of the pack. Still with a strong car underneath him, Croft would put forth a valiant effort of charging his way back forward on the Petaluma gumbo, as he would work his way back into the Top-10.
In the closing laps, Croft would move into eighth where he would take the checkered flag.
“You take the night for what it is, and you move on to your next race,” Croft added. “We have two races scheduled for this week, and we will keep working hard and fighting for wins.”
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, and GUTS for their support in 2018.
2018 BY THE NUMBERS: Races-19, Wins-3, Top 5’s-8, Top 10’s-12.
ON TAP: Willie Croft is scheduled to return to racing action Friday night in Chico, CA and on Saturday night at Keller Auto Speedway in Hanford, 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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