PETERSEN MEDIA- Saturday night, Willie Croft was in action with the Sprint Car Challenge Tour as they made their lone appearance of the season at Fernley 95A Speedway where he had another good points night that saw him finish in the eighth spot.
“The track was pretty tricky, and fortunately we put ourselves in position to run inside the Top-10,” Willie Croft said. “We had a late restart that saw us on the outside, and we lost a spot late and ended up finishing eighth.”
Timing the Holey Smokes BBQ/ButlerBuilt/Brown and Miller backed No. 29 machine in third fastest in his qualifying group, Croft would take advantage of a front row starting spot in his heat race and pick up the win.
By way of his win, Croft would earn a spot in the six-lap Dash, where a third place finish lined him up in the second row for the 35-lap feature event.
On a slick surface that saw much of the field use the bottom groove, Croft would slip back to fourth as the field jockeyed for position in the opening laps. With not much passing going on as the leaders chased after the rear of the field, Croft would try to get around slower traffic and would end up losing a couple of spots in the process as he ran sixth.
Getting back in the preferred grove, Croft would chase after the likes of Cory Eliason and Justyn Cox who ran in front of him until the caution flew on the 33rd lap and lined the field back up in double file formation.
Lining up on the outside as he ran in sixth, Croft would drop back two more positions as he fought to get back to the bottom of the speedway. Back in eight, Croft would take a couple of shots under Mitchell Faccinto in the final two laps, but would end his night in the eighth position.
“The breaks just didn’t go our way on Saturday night,” Croft said. “I tried to get around a couple cars in traffic and it bit me, and then being on the outside of the restart hurt us a little bit too. We fought our engine a little as well, so to still come away with a Top-10 isn’t a bad night, and we will just focus on our next race now.”
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-29, Wins-1, Top 5’s-8, Top 10’s-14.
ON TAP: Croft is slated to invade Placerville Speedway on Saturday.
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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