PETERSEN MEDIA- Saturday night in Stockton, CA, Willie Croft would grab the headlines as he took command of the feature event early and went on to earn his third win of the season and take home the cool $5,000 that was offered up.
“It is great to come out and win a big money race,” Willie Croft said. “Wayne Priddy and my guys really have a good car underneath me right now and it is a lot of fun to drive.”
With 18 cars on hand for the unsanctioned event on the San Joaquin County Fairgrounds, Croft would open Saturday night up by timing the Holey Smokes BBQ/ButlerBuilt/Factory Kahne backed No. 29 entry in third quickest in qualifying time trials.
Lining up in the second row of his heat race, the Roseville, CA driver would race his way to a second place finish which would be good enough to lock him into the evening’s Dash.
The three-pill lined Croft up in the second row of the Dash where a third place finish would then put him in the second row of the 30-lap feature event. The start of the feature got a little tense with a car in front of the field getting out of shape, but Croft would avoid all contact and live to see the second restart.
Jumping into second when the race came alive, Croft would chase after DJ Netto who ran just ahead of him. Able to get by Netto in the early laps of the feature event, Croft would then begin finding some patchy rubber that began going down on the speedway.
Hitting his marks, Croft would do a great job of keeping Netto, Hirst, and Shane Golobic at bay as he worked the tricky Stockton Dirt Track racing surface. When the checkered flag was displayed to the field, Croft got to it first and enjoyed the spoils of victory lane with his Willie Croft Racing team.
“I have to thank everyone who continues to support this team, and I have to thank the team at Stockton for giving us a place to race,” Croft added.
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-17, Wins-3, Top 5’s-7, Top 10’s-10.
ON TAP: Willie Croft is now scheduled to travel to Tulare, CA on Saturday night to take on the King of the West Series during their final visit of the season to Thunderbowl Raceway.
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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