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PETERSEN MEDIA- 2018 is off and running for Sacramento, CA driver Willie Croft. Making the trip to Las Vegas, NV to battle with the World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series, Croft would endure a mechanical failure on Wednesday night before finishing 21st on Thursday night.
“There was definitely some positives that came form ‘Vegas, and some stuff for us to build on,” Willie Croft said. “It was good to make both feature events, and it was good to get to the track with new Crew Chief, Wayne Priddy.”
Wednesday night, Croft would get things started by timing the Holey Smokes BBQ/ButlerBuilt/Brown and Miller backed No. 29 machine in 11th quickest in his qualifying flight before finishing fifth in his heat race.
Transferring directly into the feature event, Croft would grid the field from the 18th starting position. Turning in some nice laps early in the race, Croft would endure a mechanical failure on the 19th lap and it would bring his first race of the year to an early end.
Back to it on Thursday night, Croft would time in 12th quickest on this night before working his way from sixth to fourth in his heat race and again punching his ticket directly into the 30-lap feature event.
Lining up in the eighth row on this night, Croft would battle with drivers like Daryn Pittman, Cory Eliason, and Kraig Kinser as they jockeyed for position on the slick ½ mile.
Not picking up the result he was hoping for, Croft would close out his two nights in Sin City with a 21st place finish.
“It’s always challenging to race the World of Outlaws, but I think it makes us better as a team to challenge ourselves,” Croft added. “Hopefully the weather plays nice and we can get two nights of racing in this weekend in Tulare, CA.”
Willie Croft Racing would like to thank Holey Smokes BBQ, ButlerBuilt , Brown and Miller, FK Rod Ends, Hinchman Indy, Factory Kahne, Schoenfeld, Simpson Race Prodcuts, Smith Precision Products, Kaeding Performance, AL Drivelines, XYZ, Vortex Wings, Amerikote, and GUTS for their support in 2018.
2018 BY THE NUMBERS: Races-2, Wins-0, Top 5’s-0, Top 10’s-0.
ON TAP: Willie Croft will be back in action with the World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series Friday and Saturday in Tulare, 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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