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PETERSEN MEDIA- One week after coming oh-so-close to a win on a pair of occasions, Willie Croft was able to make a last lap pass on Tim Kaeding Saturday night at Petaluma Speedway and score his first win of the season as he topped the loaded Sprint Car Challenge Tour field.
“It feels great to finally get back in victory lane and to win another race at Petaluma Speedway,” Willie Croft said. “We have been so close the last few weeks, Saturday night everything went out way. What a fun race with Tim Kaeding at the end.”
Saturday night in Petaluma, CA Willie Croft opened his night up by timing the Holey Smokes BBQ/ButlerBuilt/Brown and Miller backed No. 29 machine in quickest overall in his qualifying group which would line him up in the second row of his heat race.
In a spirited battle with Tim Kaeding, Colby Copeland, and Justin Sanders in heat race action, Croft would pocket a third place finish and make his way into the all important Dash which would set the field for the 35-lap feature event.
Winning the Dash, Croft would find himself on the front row of the ‘A’ Main, and would jump out to the early lead. Out front, Croft would leave the field in his wake though he would soon find lapped traffic in his crosshairs.
Battling with Tim Kaeding and Shane Golobic amidst a myriad of other cars, Croft would fall back as far as the third position on the 20th lap. A late restart would see Croft reclaim the second position and he would continue to stalk Kaeding as the leaders again found traffic with just a handful of laps left in the feature event.
With the white flag in the air, Croft would close in on Kaeding and the duo would race side by side out of turn two with dense traffic in front of them. Charging into turn three Kaeding would go high and Croft would go low and Croft would make it work as he came around to beat Kaeding to the line and claim an exciting feature event win.
“It is great to have Tim (Kaeding) back out here,” Croft added. “He is fun to race with and he pushes us all to be on top of our game. It is great to win, and I have to thank all of my guys for their hard work.”
With the win, Croft now finds himself atop the SCCT standings.
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-12, Wins-1, Top 5’s-4, Top 10’s-6.
ON TAP: Willie Croft will be in Chico, CA this Friday and Saturday night as he will take part in the Bill Brownell Memorial as well as the Dave Bradway, Jr Memorial.
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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