PETERSEN MEDIA- Willie Croft capped a very strong 2017 Sprint Car Challenge Tour season with a fourth place finish at Stockton Dirt Track on Saturday night. With his finish, Croft also solidified a very strong second place finish in the series standings in its inaugural season.
“We would have liked to have been a few spots better on Saturday night, but it was a really tough field of cars, so to come away with a Top-Five and finish second in the final point standings really made for a nice Saturday night,” Willie Croft said.
Timing the Holey Smokes BBQ/ButlerBuilt/Brown and Miller backed No. 29 in second fastest overall and second fastest in his qualifying group, Croft would line up in the second row of his heat race.
Finishing fourth in his heat, Croft would move directly into the 35-lap feature event, but do to a very good qualifying effort he would also earn a berth into the six-lap dash.
Finishing fourth in the Dash, Croft would grid the field from the second row for the final 35-lap SCCT feature event of the 2017 season. On an extremely fast racing surface, Croft would move into third right away as he chased after Cory Eliason and Dominic Scelzi who ran ahead of him.
With cars turning in extremely fast lap times, Croft would fall in line as the first 16 laps reeled off in non stop fashion. Once the first caution flew, the flow of the race was slowed drastically and the field would see a handful of double file restarts in the second half of the race.
Continuing to run in the lead pack, Croft would see Shane Golobic get by him and put back to fourth briefly before the leader ran into issues on the 18th lap, and Croft moved back up into the third position.
As the race moved along, the leaders would find themselves in traffic in the home stretch of the race, and this would allow Kyle Hirst to battle with Croft for the final spot on the podium.
In the race’s closing laps, Croft would see his brother-in-law sneak by him and Croft would close his 2017 SCCT campaign with a fourth place finish.
“I have to thank all of the people who made this entire year possible,” Croft said. “We had a string of some bad luck, but nobody got down, and we continued to battle. A good night to end our 2017 SCCT season.”
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-49, Wins-1, Top 5’s-12, Top 10’s-22.
ON TAP: Croft will take a couple weeks off before bringing his 2017 season to a close at Arizona Speedway for the 2nd Annual Copper Classic November 24th and 25th.
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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