PETERSEN MEDIA- Willie Croft would run well at Placerville Speedway on Friday and Saturday night as he took part in the Nor-Cal Posse Shootout. Finishing fifth on Friday and just missing out on a lock in spot, Croft would end up with an 11th place finish during Saturday night’s finale.
“It was kind of a bummer to just miss out on a lock in spot on Friday night, but we were in a tight pack of cars and we were in the mix all night long,” Croft said. “Saturday night we were a little too free and we slipped back and finished 11th.”
With 41 cars checked in for the event, Croft would time the Holey Smokes BBQ/ButlerBuilt/Brown and Miller No. 29 entry in seventh quickest in qualifying time trials.
From the second row of his heat race, Croft would pick up the win in a photo finish. Getting his car repaired after getting upside down after the checkered, Croft would make it out for the shuffle where he would fall to Cory Eliason and line up third in the feature event.
Running fourth in the early stages of the race, Croft would slip back after a restart and fall as far back as the eighth spot just before the race’s halfway point. Battling with Sean Becker, Dominic Scelzi, and DJ Netto, Croft would look for a lock in position as the end of the race drew to a close.
A lap 29 restart would see Croft go for it, but he would end up finishing fifth and be in action for the complete show on Saturday night.
Still sitting in a really good spot, Croft would pick up the win from the front row in his first heat before finishing sixth in his second heat race. Moving into the shuffle, Croft would defeat Steven Tiner, Dominic Scelzi, and Cole Macedo, before falling to Cory Eliason, which placed him fifth in the starting grid.
On the slick Placerville Speedway surface Croft held down the fourth spot for the first part of the race until falling back to fifth on the 11th lap. Looking strong in fifth, Croft ran there until the race’s halfway point when he would slip back a few positions.
Falling back to 10th, Croft would battle with Colby Copeland in the final five laps before taking the checkered flag 11th.
“It was a little disappointing to lose spots like that, but it was still a pretty good weekend for our team,” Croft said. “I have to thank y guys for all their hardwork, and hopefully we can better our results this weekend.”
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-40, Wins-1, Top 5’s-10, Top 10’s-17.
ON TAP: Croft is set for another two-race weekend this Friday and Saturday in Chico, CA as part of the Fall Nationals.
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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