PETERSEN MEDIA- Competing with both the King of the West Series and the Civil War Series on Saturday night in Calistoga, CA, Willie Croft would pick up second a fourth place finishes respectively.
“It was a good night of racing,” Willie Croft said. “I had the pleasure of driving the Mike Phulps 56 with the Civil War Series as well as the WCR 29 with the King of the West Series as both cars were really good and I have to thank everyone who worked hard on them.”
In King of the West action, Croft timed the Holey Smokes BBQ/ButlerBuilt/Brown and Miller backed No. 29 entry in with the quickest lap in qualifying time trials, putting him in the second row of his heat race.
Jumping into third when his heat race came to life, Croft would hold down the show position, as he would punch his ticket into the Dash by doing so. Finishing second in the Dash, Croft would grid the field from the front row for the 25-lap feature event as he started alongside Shane Golobic.
Falling into second when the race came to life, Croft would soon battle for the spot with Kyle Hirst as he found himself in third when the first caution flew on the sixth lap.
The restart would see Croft drift up the track in turns one and two and allow Matt Dumesny to sneak past him as he found himself in fourth. Continuing to run fourth, the final restart would come following a lap 14 caution and it would put the lead pack bumper to bumper.
Battling with Dumesny in the closing laps, Croft would be unable to steal the final spot on the podium as he took the checkered flag with a fourth place finish.
In Civil War action, Croft was the hired gun for the potent Mike Phulps No. 56 machine.
Timing in 11th fastest in time trials, Croft would find himself on the front row of his heat race. Taking advantage of the starting spot, Croft would adapt well to the Phulps entry as he would win the heat and go on to win the Dash.
Leading the field to green for the 25-lap Civil War Series feature event, Croft would run in the second spot early in the race as he chased after Colby Copeland. Getting into traffic around the race’s halfway point, Croft would sit in the cat bird’s and pounce on Copeland in traffic and take the race lead on the 15th circuit.
Out in front, Croft would take a liking to the high side of the speedway as he opened up a lead on the field until the caution flew on lap 19 and bunched everyone back up.
While running out front, Croft would jump back up top, but second running Copeland would dive low and make it stick and grab the race lead. Unable to get back by, Croft would take the checkered flag with a second place finish.
“In the Civil War race, Copeland did a great job on that restart and gambled on trying to find some rubber and it paid of,” Croft said. “Times like that is when it is better to be in second. Thanks to Mike, Ryan, and his guys for the opportunity. In the 410 side of things we had a good car we just couldn’t get up to battle those guys. Still a great night on the ½ mile.”
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-24, Wins-3, Top 5’s-10, Top 10’s-14.
ON TAP: Willie Croft will again do double duty this weekend, as he will be at Placerville Speedway with the King of the West Series and the Sprint Car Challenge Tour.
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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