PETERSEN MEDIA- Trophy Cup has been good to Willie Croft since climbing aboard the Rudeen Racing entry a couple years ago. The magic continued during the 25th edition of the event as Croft was dominant during the second half of the Saturday night feature and closed the weekend out fifth in the overall points after winning the feature.
“It was great to get this Rudeen Racing entry back in victory lane at the Trophy Cup,” Willie Croft said. “Kevin Rudeen has been so good to me the last few years, it is great to get the win for him and his team with how much he backed the event all week long.”
Following a tough feature event on Thursday night that saw Croft and team fight a part failure that relegated them to an 18th place finish, though they would have a chance on Friday night to erase that night overall with how the format played out.
Friday night would see Croft time the Rudeen Racing machine in third quickest in his qualifying group before advancing from the third row to finish second in his heat race and earn a spot in the feature event.
Sitting second in points heading into the feature event, Croft would grid the field from the 11th starting position alongside Gio Scelzi. With the way the track was on this night, wheel-to-wheel action was prevalent but it made working through the field a little more difficult which would not be good for the high point earners.
Croft would take the checkered flag with a 12th place finish and found himself 15th in Trophy Cup points heading in the Saturday night finale.
Lining up in the third row of his Saturday night heat race, Croft would end up finishing in the eighth position with dropped him back to 19th in Trophy Cup points which would put him on the front row of the feature event as he would simply focus on trying to win the race and see how the points shook out.
Lining up on the front row of the feature event alongside 2018 All Star Series Champion, Aaron Reutzel, Croft would settle into second as he chased after the leader.
With the opening laps clicking off quickly, drivers would approach the back of the pack which would be a gaggle of really strong cars as the high point earners were fighting to stay on the lead lap.
In traffic, Croft would close in on Reutzel and would be right there to capitalize on a mistake as the leader would get into the wall.
Taking the top spot, the caution flag would then turn into the open red allowing crews on track to make changes for the second half of the race.
Croft would continue to have a strong machine underneath him in the last 25 laps of the feature as he would keep the likes of Colby Copeland and Ryan Bernal at bay as he went on to pick up his seventh feature event win of the 2018 season.
“It is always a pleasure to work with Shane Anderson, and all these Rudeen Racing guys,” Willie Croft added. “It is a great event, and it is cool leave here with some more hardware. Thanks again to Kevin Rudeen for a great opportunity.”
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, DoTerra and GUTS for their support in 2018.
2018 BY THE NUMBERS: Races-62, Wins-7, Top 5’s-20, Top 10’s-26.
ON TAP: Willie Croft returns to action on November 3rd in Stockton, CA to take part in the season finales with both the Sprint Car Challenge Tour and the King of the West Series.
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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