Willie Croft Racing News

 
Heartbreak Hits Croft at Short Track Nationals



Willie Croft looked to be well on his way to the 2017 Short Track Nationals feature event on Saturday night, but a part failure while leading the ‘B’ Main would dash his hopes.
 
“The end result wasn’t what we wanted but it was a really fun trip, and I am thankful to get back and have the opportunity to come at the Short Track Nationals,” Willie Croft said.
 
The three day event kicked off on Thursday night, a night that just did not go in favor of Croft. Starting on the front row his heat race, a questionable start would see him slip back and finish in the fourth spot.
 
Moving into the ‘C’ Main, Croft would take care of business as he picked up the win and moved the Holey Smokes BBQ/ButlerBuilt/Brown and Miller backed No. 29 machine into the back of one of the twin ‘B’s’.
 
Lining up in the eight row of his ‘B’, Croft continued to flex his muscle as he came forward in a hurry. Working into the top-five, Croft would overtake fourth and sat in the catbird’s seat on a final restart. Moving into the third and final transfer spot into the ‘A’ coming to the checkered flag a spinning car in turn two would cause a yellow checkered and they would revert back and Croft would he held out of the feature event.
 
Back in action on Friday night, Croft would line up seventh in his heat race and would make some noise as he carved his way forward to finish fourth. Moving into a qualifier, Croft and Morgan Turpen would put on a memorable show that would see Croft finish in the second position which was good enough to put him in the Friday night feature.
 
Lining up 10th for the 25-lap feature event, Croft would battle the likes of Jonathan Cornell and Brian Bell on the extremely slick racing surface as he fought for position inside the Top-10. Taking the checkered flag in the 11th spot, Croft sat 10th in event points heading into Saturday night’s finale.
 
Finishing sixth in his Saturday night Showdown heat race, Croft would find himself 11th in overall points which placed him on the front row of one of two ‘B’ mains.
 
Getting off to a great start, Croft would power into the lead before heartbreak would hit and a part failure would derail him and end his Short Track Nationals.
 
“It was very cool to get out there and run well,” Willie Croft said. “The fans were awesome, and overall it was a good time.”
 
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-45, Wins-1, Top 5’s-10, Top 10’s-18.
 
ON TAP: Croft is now slated to pilot the Rudeen Racing No. 26 at the 24th Annual Trophy Cup Thursday-Saturday night 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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Willie Croft Holds On For Fall Nationals Top-10




Saturday night in Chico, CA, Willie Croft had a really strong racecar in the 40-lap Fall Nationals feature event. The Roseville, CA driver ran in the top-three most of the race but running on a rubber down surface, Croft would lose grip in the final laps and hang on to finish eighth.
 
“We had a really fast racecar Saturday night, but I smoked the tires off and just hung on as long as I could,” Willie Croft said. “I have to thank my guys for their hard work, and it was a promising night for us. Hopefully we can keep this speed up as we head back to the Short Track Nationals.”
 
The 25th Annual Fall Nationals kicked off on Friday night with 57 cars packing into the Silver Dollar Speedway pit area. With qualifying split into two flights, Croft would time the Holey Smokes BBQ/ButlerBuilt/Brown and Miller backed No. 29 in quickest in flight two.
 
Lining up in the second row of his heat race, Croft would do some moving and shaking as he worked his way forward to finish second and earn a spot in the Dash as well as the feature event.
 
Finishing sixth in the Dash, Croft would take the green flag for the 30-lap feature event in the third row. When the race came to life on a very tricky and treacherous surface, Croft would run in the sixth spot during the opening laps as he ran in a tight pack of cars.
 
On the sixth lap, Croft would hit the cushion wrong in turns three and four and it would result in him getting off the racing surface and losing a ton of track position as he slipped back to the 14th spot.
 
Falling back to 20th on a mid-race restart, Croft would pick up a couple of positions in the final 15 laps as he closed his night out with a 17th place finish.
 
Back in action on Saturday night, Croft again got off to a great start as he earned his second quick time award of the weekend and took home $300 courtesy of Man Camp Motorsports.
 
Working his way to a hard fought second place finish in his heat race, Croft would again move into the Dash where a fifth place finish lined him up in the third row of the 40-lap feature event for the second night in a row.
 
On a very slick surface that was also abrasive, Croft would get off to a good start and quickly find himself up in the third spot battling with second running Shane Golobic and fourth running Jonathan Allard.
 
As the laps clicked off, rubber would begin going down on the speedway and tires would become an issue. Working in the rubber, Croft seemed to be faster than Golobic at times but was unable to get by him.
 
In the race’s closing laps Croft’s tires would completely burn up and he would be unable to make grip and held on as long as he could. Slipping out of the groove, he would fall back to finish eighth.
 
“We missed it in a the feature a little on Friday, but Saturday night I thought we were really good,” Croft added. “We had good speed, but once the tires burnt off I couldn’t make grip and we slipped back a few positions.”
 
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-42, Wins-1, Top 5’s-10, Top 10’s-18.
 
ON TAP: Croft will be off this weekend due to the fact that his team will begin their trip to Little Rock, AR for the Short Track Nationals taking place at I30 Speedway October 12-14th.   
 
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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Willie Croft Fifth and 11th at Nor-Cal Posse Shootout in Placerville, CA

 
PETERSEN MEDIA- Willie Croft would run well at Placerville Speedway on Friday and Saturday night as he took part in the Nor-Cal Posse Shootout. Finishing fifth on Friday and just missing out on a lock in spot, Croft would end up with an 11th place finish during Saturday night’s finale.
 
“It was kind of a bummer to just miss out on a lock in spot on Friday night, but we were in a tight pack of cars and we were in the mix all night long,” Croft said. “Saturday night we were a little too free and we slipped back and finished 11th.”
 
With 41 cars checked in for the event, Croft would time the Holey Smokes BBQ/ButlerBuilt/Brown and Miller No. 29 entry in seventh quickest in qualifying time trials.
 
From the second row of his heat race, Croft would pick up the win in a photo finish. Getting his car repaired after getting upside down after the checkered, Croft would make it out for the shuffle where he would fall to Cory Eliason and line up third in the feature event.
 
Running fourth in the early stages of the race, Croft would slip back after a restart and fall as far back as the eighth spot just before the race’s halfway point. Battling with Sean Becker, Dominic Scelzi, and DJ Netto, Croft would look for a lock in position as the end of the race drew to a close.
 
A lap 29 restart would see Croft go for it, but he would end up finishing fifth and be in action for the complete show on Saturday night.
 
Still sitting in a really good spot, Croft would pick up the win from the front row in his first heat before finishing sixth in his second heat race. Moving into the shuffle, Croft would defeat Steven Tiner, Dominic Scelzi, and Cole Macedo, before falling to Cory Eliason, which placed him fifth in the starting grid.
 
On the slick Placerville Speedway surface Croft held down the fourth spot for the first part of the race until falling back to fifth on the 11th lap. Looking strong in fifth, Croft ran there until the race’s halfway point when he would slip back a few positions.
 
Falling back to 10th, Croft would battle with Colby Copeland in the final five laps before taking the checkered flag 11th.
 
“It was a little disappointing to lose spots like that, but it was still a pretty good weekend for our team,” Croft said. “I have to thank y guys for all their hardwork, and hopefully we can better our results this weekend.”
 
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-40, Wins-1, Top 5’s-10, Top 10’s-17.
 
ON TAP: Croft is set for another two-race weekend this Friday and Saturday in Chico, CA as part of the Fall Nationals.  
 
STAY CONNECTED: Stay connected with Willie Croft Racing by visiting www.williecroftracing.com. You can also follow him on Twitter @WillieCroft29.



Croft Eyes Nor-Cal Posse Shootout in Placerville, CA Following Tough Trip To ‘Stoga


PETERSEN MEDIA- Coming off of a tough weekend with the World of Outlaws in Calistoga, CA, Willie Croft and his team are geared up for a two-day show in Placerville, CA this Friday and Saturday night dubbed as the Nor-Cal Posse Shootout.
 
“I am very much looking forward to getting to Placerville Speedway for two nights of racing,” Willie Croft said. “I was looking forward to this event last year, but unfortunately wet weather didn’t allow that to happen.”
 
Placerville Speedway has been a track that Croft has had success at over the course of his career, but in 2017 things just haven’t gone his way at the ¼ mile bullring. With two more attempts at the high banked facility, Croft is confident his team will be in the mix all weekend long.
 
“It has been kind of a weird year for us, but things seem to be going smooth for us now,” Croft added. “We have had really good speed at Placerville at times this year just nothing to show for it, and hopefully we can stay in the mix all weekend long.”
 
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-38, Wins-1, Top 5’s-9, Top 10’s-16.
 
ON TAP: Croft will be back in action on Friday and Saturday night at Placerville Speedway for the Nor-Cal Posse Shootout.
 
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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Willie Croft 5th at Gold Cup Race of Champions



PETERSEN MEDIA- Running a very patient race on Saturday night with the World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series during the 64th Annual Gold Cup Race of Champions, Willie Croft would come on strong in the race’s final laps as he finished in the fifth spot.
 
“The track was really fast all night long, and it finally started to get where you could move around late in the race,” Croft added. “We had a good car, and really got going in those final laps and ended up finishing fifth.”
 
Timing the Holey Smokes BBQ/ButlerBuilt/Brown and Miller No. 29 entry in fourth quickest in his time trial flight, the Roseville, CA driver would run third in his heat race which locked him into the 40-lap finale.
 
From the 11th starting position, Croft would be on the of the few who was able to get some spots early in the night as he would get up to ninth by the race’s seventh lap. Racing in a tight pack of cars on the tricky quarter mile, Croft would actually drift back as far as 13th just before the race’s halfway point.
 
Using a restart, Croft would work his way back up to 11th at the halfway point, before taking over 10th on the 22nd circuit.
 
Continuing to run in 10th, Croft would use a lap 28 restart to grab two more positions as he worked into the eighth spot, and a lap 30 restart would see him continue to move forward as he worked up to sixth.
 
Croft seemed to get better as the race came to an end as he moved into fifth with just five laps to go, where he would go on to finish.
 
“It was really good to get a good finish after struggling during Friday night’s feature,” Croft said. “I was really happy with my car, and it was really good to move forward like we did.”
 
Croft was also in action on Wednesday night with the Civil War Series, and had a really good night going.
 
Timing in third quickest in time trials amongst the 44 cars that were checked into the pit area, Croft would go from fourth to second in his heat race and move into the Dash.
 
Finishing fifth in the Dash, Croft would grid the field from the third row for the 30-lap Civil War Series season finale.
 
Getting a good start, Croft would work into the third spot, where he ran when the first caution of the night flew on lap 18. With second having issues on the restart, Croft would take over the spot and promptly make a bid for the race lead when the action resumed.
 
Amidst a four-car battle for the lead, Croft would have a mechanical failure send him through the infield and bring his night to an early end.
 
“It was a disappointing end to our Wednesday night,” Croft said. “We had a car that was good enough to contend for the win, but unfortunately we broke. Good to have speed in both the 360 and 410 at Gold Cup, and hopefully we can run well with the Outlaws again at Calistoga Speedway.
 
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-36, Wins-1, Top 5’s-9, Top 10’s-16.
 
ON TAP: Croft will be back in action on Friday and Saturday night as he travels to Calistoga Speedway to battle the World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series.
 
STAY CONNECTED: Stay connected with Willie Croft Racing by visiting www.williecroftracing.com. You can also follow him on Twitter @WillieCroft29.


Croft Sixth with Sprint Car Challenge Tour at Stockton Dirt Track



Willie Croft had a good run on Saturday night with the Elk Grove Ford Sprint Car Challenge Tour pres. by Abreu Vineyards that culminated with a sixth place finish.
 
“Friday night was just kind of okay, but Saturday night we were able to run pretty well until the rubber went down,” Willie Croft said. “We had a bit of a rough patch there, so to get some speed back and come away with a sixth place finish is a nice shot in the arm with some big races coming up.”
 
Saturday night at Stockton Dirt Track, Croft got his night jumpstarted by timing the Holey Smokes BBQ/ButlerBuilt/Brown and Miller backed No. 29 machine in third quickest in his time trial group. By way of his time, Croft would line up on the front row of his heat race.
 
While running second in his heat, Croft would have an engine issue force him back to hit trailer where his team would swap engines and get him ready for the semi. Going from sixth to second in the ‘B’, Croft would line up 18th for the 35-lap feature event.
 
On the slick Stockton Dirt Track, Croft flexed his muscle early as he carved his way to the front with precision aboard a very strong Hinchman Indy/FK/Schoenfeld sprinter. Working well into the Top-10 before the race’s halfway point, Croft would work his way into sixth as the track started to take rubber.
 
As the rubber continued to go down, Croft’s charge to the front would slow up a bit, but he would still take the checkered flag in the sixth spot after taking the green flag from 18th.
 
Friday night also saw Croft and the WCR team in action with the SCCT as they checked in at Placerville Speedway. Setting the standard in his qualifying group, Croft would be the quickest qualifier in his group as he lined up in the second row of his heat race.
 
Making a bid for the second and final Dash spot in his heat race, Croft would finish third and line up 11th in the 40-lap feature event. On the slick Placerville Speedway Croft just couldn’t seem to get going forward as much of the field planted their right rears on the thick cushion that had built up.
 
Running in a tight pack much of the race, Croft would find himself 13th when the dust settled.
 
“I have to thank my guys for working so hard during a pretty tough weekend,” Croft said. “We will take this week off and get ready for a couple of busy weeks on the horizon.”
 
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-33, Wins-1, Top 5’s-8, Top 10’s-15.
Willie Croft Comes Away With Silver State Top-10

PETERSEN MEDIA- Saturday night, Willie Croft was in action with the Sprint Car Challenge Tour as they made their lone appearance of the season at Fernley 95A Speedway where he had another good points night that saw him finish in the eighth spot.
 
“The track was pretty tricky, and fortunately we put ourselves in position to run inside the Top-10,” Willie Croft said. “We had a late restart that saw us on the outside, and we lost a spot late and ended up finishing eighth.”
 
Timing the Holey Smokes BBQ/ButlerBuilt/Brown and Miller backed No. 29 machine in third fastest in his qualifying group, Croft would take advantage of a front row starting spot in his heat race and pick up the win.
 
By way of his win, Croft would earn a spot in the six-lap Dash, where a third place finish lined him up in the second row for the 35-lap feature event.
 
On a slick surface that saw much of the field use the bottom groove, Croft would slip back to fourth as the field jockeyed for position in the opening laps. With not much passing going on as the leaders chased after the rear of the field, Croft would try to get around slower traffic and would end up losing a couple of spots in the process as he ran sixth.
 
Getting back in the preferred grove, Croft would chase after the likes of Cory Eliason and Justyn Cox who ran in front of him until the caution flew on the 33rd lap and lined the field back up in double file formation.
 
Lining up on the outside as he ran in sixth, Croft would drop back two more positions as he fought to get back to the bottom of the speedway. Back in eight, Croft would take a couple of shots under Mitchell Faccinto in the final two laps, but would end his night in the eighth position.
 
“The breaks just didn’t go our way on Saturday night,” Croft said. “I tried to get around a couple cars in traffic and it bit me, and then being on the outside of the restart hurt us a little bit too. We fought our engine a little as well, so to still come away with a Top-10 isn’t a bad night, and we will just focus on our next race now.”
 
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-29, Wins-1, Top 5’s-8, Top 10’s-14.
 
ON TAP: Croft is slated to invade Placerville Speedway on Saturday.   
 
STAY CONNECTED: Stay connected with Willie Croft Racing by visiting www.williecroftracing.com. You can also follow him on Twitter @WillieCroft29.
Willie Croft 13th at Howard Kaeding Classic




Making the tow to Ocean Speedway over the weekend for the 7th Annual Howard Kaeding Classic, Willie Croft would take a bad tumble during the Dash on Friday night that essentially ended his night before finishing 13th on Friday night.
 
“It was a tough weekend,” Willie Croft said. “We flipped pretty good in the Dash on Friday night and that essentially ended our night, and then Saturday night we just really couldn’t get going anywhere after the track work.”
 
Taking on the Civil War Series pres. by Flowmaster on Friday night, Croft would time the Holey Smokes BBQ/ButlerBuilt/Brown and Miller No. 29 machine in 14th quickest in time trials.
 
Lining up on the front row of his heat race, the Roseville, CA pilot would pick up the heat race win and move into the six-lap Dash. The Dash would not go well for Croft as he would flip wildly down the backstretch. With the damage pretty extensive, Croft would do what he could to make it out for the feature event.
 
Not quite 100%, Croft would take the green flag and pull his machine back to the pit area and continue to get his machine ready for the Saturday night event.
 
Again timing in 14th quickest in time trials, Croft would again pick up the heat race win aboard the FK Rod Ends/Hinchman Indy/Factory Kahne backed machine. Moving into the Dash, Croft would line up in the 11th position and finish 11th and line up in the sixth row for the 30-lap feature event.
 
With the track holding up a little too good after pre-race track work, Croft, like much of the field, would have a hard time moving around on a the fast surface. Trying to make something happen during the 30-lapper, Croft would end up with a 13th place finish.
 
“I have to thank everyone that helped us out on Friday,” Croft said. “My guys work hard for me, and it wasn’t the weekend any of us were hoping for.”
 
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-28, Wins-1, Top 5’s-8, Top 10’s-13.
 
ON TAP: Croft returns to SCCT action on Saturday July 29th in Fernley, NV.
 
STAY CONNECTED: Stay connected with Willie Croft Racing by visiting www.williecroftracing.com. You can also follow him on Twitter @WillieCroft29.




Croft Overcomes Mid-Race Adversity to Finish 11th with Sprint Car Challenge Tour



 
PETERSEN MEDIA- Saturday night in Calistoga, CA, Willie Croft would overcome some mid-race adversity to finish in the 11th spot after being forced to the tail end of the field.
 
“We just don’t seem to have the best of luck on our side right now, but glad we had the speed to move forward like we did,” Croft said.
 
Taking on both the Sprint Car Challenge Tour and King of the West Series on Saturday night in Calistoga, CA, Croft would time the 360 car in third fastest in his time trial group.
 
Turning in a strong performance in his heat race, Croft would pick up the win aboard the Holey Smokes BBQ/ButlerBuilt/Brown and Miller backed No. 29 machine and punch his ticket to the Dash.
 
Lining up on the front row of the Dash, Croft’s second place finish would put him on the front row of the 30-lap $10,500-to-win feature event alongside Dominic Scelzi.
 
Not getting the start he was hoping for, Croft would lose a few positions but was able to race his way back up to the second spot in the first five laps of the race. Running in second when the race’s first yellow flag flew on the 15th lap.
 
Falling back to third when the race came back to life, debris would get into the hood of Croft and it would result in broken body panels and a slowing No. 29 machine.
 
Restarting from the tail end of the field with just 10-laps to go, Croft would get everything he could out of his machine as he was able to work his way back up to the 11th spot at the checkered flag.
 
In 410ci action, ‘Double Down’ would time in seventh quickest in time trials before record a fourth place finish during heat race competition.
 
Missing the Dash by just one position, Croft would grid the field from the 11th starting spot for the 25-lap ‘A’.
 
On the slick ½ mile, passing would prove to be tough in the feature event, but Croft would get a couple of positions early as he ran in the ninth spot.
 
A yellow with five laps to go would see the leader and second place cars each have issues and Croft would take advantage of the track position as he went on to close his night out with a seventh place finish in the 410 program.
 
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-24, Wins-1, Top 5’s-6, Top 10’s-11.
 
ON TAP: Croft returns to SCCT action on Sunday night as he is scheduled to compete at Stockton Dirt Track.
 
STAY CONNECTED: Stay connected with Willie Croft Racing by visiting www.williecroftracing.com. You can also follow him on Twitter @WillieCroft29.






Willie Croft Records Eighth Place Finish in Tulare, CA



PETERSEN MEDIA- Traveling to Tulare, CA on Saturday night for the King of the West Series’ final visit of the 2017 season at Thunderbowl Raceway, Willie Croft would record a Top-10 finish.
 
“We were a little off early in the night and that put us behind on a track that ended up taking rubber early,” Willie Croft said. “I have to thank Aaron Colburn for filling in and helping Eric and myself out this weekend.”
 
Timing the Holey Smokes BBQ/ButlerBuilt/Brown and Miller backed No. 29 sprinter in ninth fastest on Saturday night, Croft would line up in the fifth position during heat race action.
 
Finishing fifth after an exciting battle with Mitchell Faccinto, the Roseville, CA driver would line the FK Rod Ends/Hinchman/Factory Kahne entry up in the fourth row of the 30-lap feature event.
 
A very slick Thunderbowl Raceway surface would present itself to the field for the 30-lap feature event and as things got underway, Croft would get up to the sixth spot in the opening five laps before the lone stoppage came by way of the red flag.
 
When the action picked back up, rubber would soon start going down on the speedway as Croft battle with Kyle Hirst and Cory Eliason. The trio of heavy hitters would battle hard until they were forced to get into single file formation with Croft on the short end of the stick and back in eighth.
 
Laps would click off and passing would be non existent on the single file track, as Croft was stuck back in eighth where he would ultimately take the checkered flag.
 
“It certainly gets frustrating racing on tracks where rubber goes down so soon and you aren’t able to do anything,” Croft said. “It’s part of the sport at times, and we all have to deal with it, but hopefully we can get the issues fixed and put on some good racing for the fans ASAP.”
 
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-20, Wins-1, Top 5’s-6, Top 10’s-9.
 
ON TAP: Croft is tentatively scheduled to take part in the Tarter Memorial on Friday night in Chico, CA before traveling to Antioch, CA on Saturday with the SCCT.
 
STAY CONNECTED: Stay connected with Willie Croft Racing by visiting www.williecroftracing.com. You can also follow him on Twitter @WillieCroft29.



 
Croft 5th with KWS in Antioch, CA





PETERSEN MEDIA- Taking on the King of the West Series on Saturday night in Antioch, CA to kick off a busy month of June, Willie Croft would come away with a fifth place finish.

“It wasn’t to bad of night of a night for our team,” Croft said. “I made a mistake in the heat race and cost us a Dash spot, but we were able to get a couple of positions in the feature before it got really single file and ended up fifth.”
 
Timing his Holey Smokes BBQ/ButlerBuilt/Brown and Miller backed No. 29 machine in second fastest in qualifying time trials, Croft would run into problems on the start of his heat race.
 
Trying to make the top side work in turns three and four, Croft would spin out and wind up finishing fifth. Missing out on a Dash spot, the Roseville, CA pilot lined up seventh in the feature event on what was an extremely slick surface.
 
With cautions falling on lap two and lap five, Croft would use the two single file restarts to his advantage as he would pick up a spot both times as he took over the fifth spot.
 
Chasing after Kyle Hirst and Cory Eliason who ran in front of him, rubber would continue to go down on the track lap after lap, and passing would become more and more difficult.
 
Spending much of the race running through slower traffic, Croft would get to Hirst’s bumper on a couple of occasions but didn’t take too many risks as he kept himself in the rubber as the laps clicked off.
 
 A late restart with five to go would give Croft a shot at picking up a couple more positions but he couldn’t make anything stick as he closed the night out with a fifth place finish at the checkered.
 
“The rubber started to go down pretty early, and I was able to find it on the early restarts and get up into fifth,’ Croft added. “It got more difficult to make up ground as the laps clicked on, but it was tough for everyone so we take this and move on.”
 
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-19, Wins-1, Top 5’s-6, Top 10’s-8.
 
ON TAP: Willie Croft will return to action with the King of the West Series this coming Saturday night as series takes over Thunderbowl Raceway in Tulare, CA for one final time this season.  
 
STAY CONNECTED: Stay connected with Willie Croft Racing by visiting www.williecroftracing.com. You can also follow him on Twitter @WillieCroft29.






Willie Croft Second with SCCT at Stockton Dirt Track




PETERSEN MEDIA- Coming alive late in Saturday night’s Sprint Car Challenge Tour feature event in Stockton, CA, Willie Croft would make some late moves and score a second place finish.
 
“We had to be patient early in the race, but as the laps clicked off we really got going,” Croft said. “It was a fun battle with Kyle Hirst late in the race, and we did everything we could to get to the 37 at the end.”
 
Timing the Holey Smokes BBQ/ButlerBuilt/Brown and Miller backed No. 29 machine in fastest in his qualifying flight, the Roseville, CA driver would line up in the second row of his heat race.
 
Finishing fourth in his heat, Croft would advance to the feature event where he would grid the field from the 10th starting position. On the slick Stockton Dirt Track surface, Croft would bide his time early as he was a little on the tight side in the opening laps of the feature event.
 
Chasing after the likes of Michael Kofoid and Bradley Terrell, Croft would get going during the back half of the race as he was able to start maneuvering around the 4/10 mile facility.
 
Avoiding a couple of incidents that took place in front of him, Croft would work his way into the Top-Five as the laps continued to click down. Getting into the fourth spot as the leader ran out of fuel with just three laps to go, Croft would use a late restart to make up even more ground.
 
Getting around Kyle Hirst to take over the second spot, Croft would then chase after Mitchell Faccinto for the race lead before the final caution flew. Hanging with Faccinto during the final laps, Croft would just not get close enough to take a shot for the win, and would end his night with a second place finish.
 
“I was glad the fuel issues, and some of the other things that went on didn’t involve us for a change,” Croft noted. “We had a good car at the end, and it is nice to move forward and land on the podium.”
 
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-18, Wins-1, Top 5’s-5, Top 10’s-7.
 
ON TAP: Willie Croft will return to action with the King of the West Series this coming Saturday night as they invade Antioch Speedway.
 
STAY CONNECTED: Stay connected with Willie Croft Racing by visiting www.williecroftracing.com. You can also follow him on Twitter @WillieCroft29.




Mechanical Gremlins Slow Croft at Faria Memorial



Looking to be in prime position to contend for his first King of the West win of the season on Saturday night, mechanical issues in the feature event would pester Willie Croft to finally pull off the track on the 23rd lap.
 
“It was kind of a bummer to have a good starting spot, but have something nag us during the feature event,” Croft said. “We think we know what the issue was, so hopefully we will be just fine when we get back to KWS action.”
 
Croft got off to a nice start on Saturday night in Tulare, CA as he timed the Holey Smokes BBQ/ButlerBuilt/Brown and Miller backed No. 29 sprinter in eighth quickest during qualifying time trials.
 
Heat race action would see Croft hook up in an early battle with DJ Netto as they fought for the top spot on an extremely slick Thunderbowl Raceay surface. Holding on to second, Croft’s finish would move him into the six-lap Dash.
 
Grabbing the win, Croft would line up on the pole for the feature event as he looked to grab his second consecutive Faria Memorial feature event win.
 
Falling into the second spot when the race came to life, Croft would slowly lose positions as he struggled to make speed as he complained of issues under the hood of his car.
 
Trying to keep his wheels spinning to keep his engine running, Croft would continue to fight issues and finally pulled his machine back to the pit area on the 23rd lap when the race’s lone caution flew.
 
“It wasn’t a major issue by any means, but it just didn’t want to run and we kept losing spots,” Croft said. “I noticed it early in the night a little bit, but when it was so slick it wasn’t really a problem but after they re worked the track it became magnified in the ‘A’.”
 
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-17, Wins-1, Top 5’s-4, Top 10’s-6.
 
ON TAP: Willie Croft will get right back to racing this weekend as he set to travel to Stockton, CA on Saturday night with the SCCT.
 
STAY CONNECTED: Stay connected with Willie Croft Racing by visiting www.williecroftracing.com. You can also follow him on Twitter @WillieCroft29.
 






Croft 5th with KWS at Placerville Speedway


Bouncing back from a sub-par showing at the Dave Bradway Memorial, Willie Croft would battle up front during Saturday night’s KWS-NARC Fujitsu Racing Series feature event before taking the checkered flag in the fifth spot.
 
“It was great to come back and run up front after not even making the show last week,” Willie Croft said. “The track was pretty fun and we were right in the mix all night long and ended up finishing fifth.”
 
Timing the Willie Croft Racing No. 29 mount in second fastest in qualifying time trials, Croft would finish third during heat race action and earn a spot in the all important KWS-NARC Dash.
 
With the inversion draw going his way, Croft would line up on the front row of the six-lap shootout. Finishing in the second spot, Croft would then find himself on the front row of the feature event as he started alongside Gio Scelzi.
 
The waiving of the green flag would see Croft settle into the second spot as he chased after Sean Becker who jumped out to the early lead. The early goings of the feature event would be slowed by stoppages, though Croft would continue to run second on the slick surface.
 
When things got going, traffic instantly came into play as the lead drivers moved all over the speedway navigating slower cars. Going both high and slow, Croft would take a couple of shots at Becker, though he would have his hands full with Kyle Hirst, Bud Kaeding and Gio Scelzi at times.
 
Aside from the leader, the lead pack seemed to trade spots in every corner on the racy ¼ mile speedway. During the final two restarts, Croft would lose a couple of positions as he tried to make something happened and it would result in him finishing in the fifth spot.
 
“Obviously starting on the front row you want to finish a little bit better than fifth, but we will take the top-five an move on,” Croft added. “We didn’t quite get the car how I wanted it, but it was a fun night, and we got done early which is always a bonus.”
 
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-16, Wins-1, Top 5’s-4, Top 10’s-6.
 
ON TAP: Willie Croft will return to action on Saturday night as he travels to Tulare, CA with 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.
Willie Croft Leads The Money Lap to Score SCCT Lore




Using a green-white-checkered restart at the end of Saturday night’s SCCT feature event in Petaluma, CA, Willie Croft would get by Colby Copeland to pick up his first win of the 2017 season, and first ever with the upstart series.
 
“The F&F Racing team had a really good car all night long, but we were able to take advantage of a late restart and ended up with the win,” Willie Croft said.
 
On a picture perfect day for racing that featured brilliant sunshine and a taste of Summer, Croft got his night started off by timing the Holey Smokes BBQ/Brown and Miller/FK Rod Ends backed No. 29 machine in fastest in his qualifying group.
 
Finishing second in his heat race, Croft would move into the Dash where the eight pill would line him up in the fourth row. Making the high-side work to his advantage, Croft would work his way up to finish in the third spot and line up in the second row for the 40-lap feature event.
 
On a traditional hooked up and rough Petaluma Speedway, Croft would quickly work into the second spot as he began his race long pursuit of Colby Copeland. Feeling pressure from Shane Golobic for the second spot at times, Croft would continue a hard nosed approach that saw him reel in the leader as the race clicked off in lightening fast fashion.
 
The 33rd lap would see Copeland bobble out of turn four, and Croft was right there the pounce and take over the lead, only to see Copeland answer back on the 35th circuit.
 
A yellow on the 39th lap would bunch the field up for one last double file restart, as they were set up for a green-white-checkered shootout to the finish. When the green flag dropped, Croft was hard on the throttle and muscled his way into the lead.
 
Leaving Copeland the field in his wake, Croft would go on to pick up a very hard fought win.
 
“It was a pretty physical race with the way the track was, and I am just fortunate I had a car that was able to move forward in the Dash, and put us in position to grab a win in the feature event,” Croft added. “Thanks to my guys for the hard work, and everyone who makes this possible.”
 
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-14, Wins-1, Top 5’s-3, Top 10’s-5.
 
ON TAP: Willie Croft will now set his sights on the annual Dave Bradway Jr Memorial weekend that takes place in Chico, CA this Friday and Saturday night.
Croft 10th at Peter Murphy Classic





Willie Croft looked to be in prime position to battle up front during both night’s of the Peter Murphy Classic, but two frustrating feature events have him looking forward to Petaluma Speedway on Saturday night.
 
“Both nights we were good leading up to the feature event, but on Friday night I think we sealed up a tire under an early yellow, and Saturday night they re worked the track just before we pushed out, and we ended up being too tight and popping wheelies all night.”
 
Croft’s weekend got underway in Tulare, CA on Friday night as he timed the Holey Smokes BBQ/Brown and Miller/FK Rod Ends backed No. 29 machine in third fastest in his qualifying group.
 
Lining up on the front row of his heat race, Croft would get the jump over Steven Tiner, and proceed to pick up the win and advance into the night’s Pole Shuffle.
 
During the match race, Croft would take on Rico Abreu in the first round and would come up short and be relegated to the 12th starting position for the 35-lap feature event.
 
Getting into the 10th spot in the race’s first 11 laps, Croft looked to be one to watch from the middle of the pack as he looked to be one of the only ones who could move around.
 
With the race’s second yellow coming at the halfway point, Croft wouldn’t be quite the same when the race resumed. Struggling to make traction, Croft would slip back and end up finishing in the 16th spot.
 
Saturday night Croft and team would bolt in their 410ci engine to take on the KWS Fujitsu Racing Series in the Peter Murphy Classic finale.
 
Timing in second fastest in flight a, Croft would just narrowly miss out on bonus money that was up for grabs during time trials. Lining up in the second row of the night’s second heat, the Roseville, CA driver would make a couple of big moves to pick up the win and make himself eligible for the Pole Shuffle.
 
Defeating Michael Kofoid in his first match, Croft would then come up just short to Bud Kaeding as he tried to get on the front row but would settle for the third starting spot in the night’s 30-lap Peter Murphy Classic feature event.
 
With rubber going down on the track during the wingless feature, track crews would rework the surface during driver introductions, and it gave teams something to think about in a short amount of time.
 
Croft and company thought the work would hold up for a few laps before starting to go slick again, but unfortunately that would not be the case.
 
With the track staying fast, Croft would simply be too tight in the feature and would pull his front wheels up off the ground regularly through the night.
 
When the race came to a close, Croft would slide back and finish 10th.
 
“We were just terrible for the feature event,” Croft said. “He had to rework the track because of the rubber, and I just missed the set up. We were tight, couldn’t rotate, and did wheel stands everywhere. Thanks to Peter Murphy for working so hard to put this weekend on, and thanks to my guys for their help.”
 
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-13, Wins-0, Top 5’s-2, Top 10’s-4.
 
ON TAP: Willie Croft will follow the Sprint Car Challenge Tour to Petaluma Speedway on Saturday night.
 
STAY CONNECTED: Stay connected with Willie Croft Racing by visiting www.williecroftracing.com. You can also follow him on Twitter @WillieCroft29.


 
Willie Croft Earns Hard Charger Honors with Sprint Car Challenge Tour


Continuing to show great speed the last few weeks, Willie Croft put on a dazzling performance at Placerville Speedway on Saturday night as he worked his way forward from the 20th starting position to finish in the sixth spot.
 
“It was a pretty good night for our race team,” Willie Croft said. “It’s tough with so many cars, but we were able to transfer from the ‘B’, and charge our way forward in the A on an extremely slick track.”
 
Timing the Holey Smokes BBQ/ButlerBuilt/Brown and Miller backed No. 29 machine in third fastest in his qualifying group, Croft would find himself on the front row of his 10-lap heat race.
 
Finishing fifth in his heat, the Roseville, CA driver would be forced into the B main event. Finishing fourth in the semi, Croft would advance to the 40-lap feature event where he would grid the field from the 10th row.
 
On an extremely slick Placerville Speedway surface, Croft was able to guide his machine forward as he was able to move all over the racing surface. Simply going where there was open real estate while mired in dense traffic, Croft was showing the capacity crowd he was on a mission.
 
Taking advantage of a couple double file restarts, Croft would find himself battling with Ryan Bernal for a spot in the Top-Five during the race’s closing laps. With the duo exchanging the spot several times, Croft would end up taking the checkered flag with a sixth place finish.
 
“We definitely want to take advantage of starting up front in our heat race and making the Dash, but other than that I was pleased with how we performed in the race,” Croft said.
 
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-11, Wins-0, Top 5’s-2, Top 10’s-3.
 
ON TAP: Willie Croft will be back in action on both Friday and Saturday night in Tulare, CA for the Peter Murphy Classic.
 
STAY CONNECTED: Stay connected with Willie Croft Racing by visiting www.williecroftracing.com. You can also follow him on Twitter @WillieCroft29.
 




Heart Break Hits Croft at Kern County Raceway Park

For the second year in a row, Willie Croft looked to be well on his to winning the season opening KWS event. In 2016 a late incident in traffic knocked him out of contention, and on Saturday night he was simply dominant until issues on lap 28 forced him into the pits.
 
“It was a good night, a really good actually until about two laps to go and we ran out of fuel,” Wille Croft said. “It’s frustrating for sure.”
 
The first car to ever take a qualifying lap on the 1/3 mile facility in Bakersfield, CA, Croft would end up timing his Holey Smokes BBQ/BulerBuilt/Brown and Miller backed No. 29 machine in third quickest in the session.
 
Lining up in the second row of his heat race, the Roseville, CA wheelman would do a little moving and shaking as he would finish in the second position and advance to the nightly Dash.
 
With the inversion pill being a ‘0’, Croft would line up on the front row of the six-lap shootout and by way of the win, he would line up on the pole for the 30-lap feature event.
 
Having lane choice for the initial start, Croft would opt for the outside lane as he had taken a liking to the track’s high groove. When the green flag dropped, Croft was hard on the throttle as he jumped out to the early lead and quickly opened up a sizeable gap on the rest of the field.
 
A couple of timely cautions on laps six and 15 would get Croft out of traffic and into clean air, as he continued to show the way and simply dominate the race. Never seriously challenged in the race’s first 27-laps, Crofts machine would sputter on the 28th lap as the red flag quickly flew for an un related incident.
 
Sitting on the backstretch under the stoppage knowing his machine was empty, Croft held out hope officials would open the red to pit crews. Not quite that lucky on this night, Croft would relinquish the lead as he had his machine pushed back to the pits.
 
“We had a really good car, and being out in the lead I pushed it really hard and we ended up coming up short,” Croft added. “All we can do now is come back next week and hope it doesn’t happen again.”
 
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-10, Wins-0, Top 5’s-2, Top 10’s-2.
 
ON TAP: Willie Croft returns to action on Saturday night in Placerville, CA.    
 
STAY CONNECTED: Stay connected with Willie Croft Racing by visiting www.williecroftracing.com. You can also follow him on Twitter @WillieCroft29.


Willie Croft 4th During SCCT Opener



Willie Croft had himself a great night with the Sprint Car Challenge Tour during their first ever race on Saturday night in Antioch, CA. Besting a healthy field of 58 cars in time trials, Croft would go on to finish fourth in the feature event.
 
“It was so cool to see so many cars come out and support a new series,” Willie Croft said. “We had some good speed at a track we have not seen in a few years, and it was nice to cap it off with a fourth place finish.”
 
Croft would kick things off by timing in fastest in his qualifying group which was also the fastest lap of the night in time trials, and he would line his Holey Smokes BBQ/ButlerBuilt/Brown and Miller backed machine up in the second row of his heat race.
 
Working his way up to finish second in his heat, the Roseville, CA driver would transfer into the feature event, and would also make himself Dash eligible. Lining up in the fifth spot of Dash No. 2, Croft would finish fourth which would place in on the outside of the fourth row for the 30-lap feature event.
 
On racing surface that was less than desirable for drivers and teams alike, Croft was able to work his way forward. With several restarts bunching the field back up through the night, Croft would take advantage as he worked his way toward the Top-Five.
 
When the wild race came to a close, Croft would take the checkered flag with a fourth place finish.
 
Willie Croft and team were also in action with the World of Outlaw Craftsman Sprint Car Series on Wednesday in Placerville, CA. Having a tough go in time trials, Croft would end his night by finishing ninth in the Last Chance Showdown.
 
“It was an interesting month with the World of Outlaws,” Croft said. “Our results were not great, but I believe racing with them makes us better for when the local stuff comes to life now. We had a good night on Saturday and I am excited to get back to work this weekend.”
 
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-9, Wins-0, Top 5’s-2, Top 10’s-2.
 
ON TAP: Willie Croft will return to action on Friday night in Hanford, CA before opening up the 2017 King of the West season in Bakersfield, CA on Saturday night.   
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Croft Collected In Early Wreck in Stockton, CA


Saturday night in Stockton, CA, Willie Croft was simply in the wrong place at the wrong time. With trouble breaking out on a lap eight restart, the Roseville, CA driver would have nowhere to go and his night would ultimately come to an early end.
 
“It has not really been the start to the season that we had hoped for, but we will keep plugging away and look forward to Placerville, CA on Wednesday night,” Willie Croft said.
 
Lining up in the fourth row of his heat race at the Stockton Dirt Track, Croft would get the hard part out of the way as his fifth place finish would move him straight into the 30-lap ‘A’ main event.
 
With his heat race finish, the Roseville, CA driver would place his Holey Smokes BBQ/ButlerBuilt/Brown and Miller backed No. 29 machine in the ninth row for the feature on a lighting fast racing surface.
 
Slowly working his way forward in the early laps, things would come to a screeching halt on the eighth lap. When the field headed down the front stretch to take the green flag on a restart, a wild wreck with break out and with nowhere to go, Croft would get a piece of the action and his night would come to an end.
 
“It is a bummer to have a DNF like that, but we will fix it, and regroup for this week,” Croft added. “My guys have been working hard for me, and we are all hoping we will have some luck go our way soon.”
 
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-7, Wins-0, Top 5’s-1, Top 10’s-1.
 
ON TAP: Willie Croft will return to action on Wednesday night in Placerville, CA and on Saturday night in Antioch, CA.  
 
STAY CONNECTED: Stay connected with Willie Croft Racing by visiting www.williecroftracing.com. You can also follow him on Twitter @WillieCroft29.



Up and Down Weekend for Willie Croft

Getting right back in the thick of things with the World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series, Willie Croft would have and up and down trip to the Thunderbowl Raceway in Tulare, CA.
 
“It was an interesting weekend for us,” Willie Croft said. “We would have really good speed one time on the track and struggle the next. If we can get consistent I think we will be right up front.”
 
Friday night kicked off the two-night extravaganza in Tulare, CA, and the Roseville, CA resident would kick things off by timing in 12th fastest in qualifying time trials.
 
Lining up in the second row of his heat race, Croft would battle with Carson Macedo and Brent Marks for position before settling for fourth and transferring the Holey Smokes BBQ/ButlerBuilt/Brown and Miller backed entry into the ‘A’ main event.
 
On a track that was choppy in places, the action would pick up during the feature event. Battling for position inside the Top-10, Croft would catch the notorious Tulare rut in turns one and two and when his machine came back on all fours he would lose power and come to a stop.
 
Not sure of the issue, Croft would push back off and tag the rear of the field but something wasn’t quite right and Croft would pull into the infield and go to work under his hood following the race.
 
Back in action on Saturday night, Croft’s night would not get off to the start he was looking for as he would find himself on the back end of the speed chart following time trials.
 
Finishing seventh in his heat race, “Double Down” would be forced into the night’s Last Chance Showdown where he would grid the field from the 12th starting spot.
 
In the LCS, Croft came alive and began picking off cars at will. Getting into the fifth spot, Croft would need just one more position to transfer into the feature event. Battling with Brian Brown in the closing laps, Croft’s transfer bid would come up just short and his night would end with no transfer position.
 
“We got better and better on Saturday night, and just ended up one spot short of the ‘A’, Croft added. “Tulare is a place we typically run well at, so it was a little frustrating to struggle there. My guys are working hard, and we will try and do better this weekend in Stockton (CA).”
 
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-6, Wins-0, Top 5’s-1, Top 10’s-11.
 
ON TAP: Willie Croft will follow the World of Outlaws to Stockton, CA this weekend for a two night program slated for Friday and Saturday night.
 
STAY CONNECTED: Stay connected with Willie Croft Racing by visiting www.williecroftracing.com. You can also follow him on Twitter @WillieCroft29.





Willie Croft Races in Las Vegas, NV and Chico, CA During Extremely Busy Week



While competing with the World of Outlaws in Las Vegas, NV last week, Willie Croft decided that he and his team would leave following Friday night’s event and head to Chico, CA and take part in the 2017 Silver Cup.
 
“I really have to thank my guys for all they did last week,” Willie Croft said. “After two nights of racing in Las Vegas, NV, they busted their butt’s to get us to Chico, CA on Saturday night to close out our weekend.”
 
Taking on the World of Outlaws on Thursday and Friday, Croft would open the two-day program up by timing the Holey Smokes BBQ/ButlerBuilt/Brown and Miller backed No. 29 entry in 15th fastest in his qualifying flight.
 
Lining up in the eight starting spot of his heat race, Croft would grab a seventh place finish and move into the night’s Last Chance Showdown. Gridding the field from the 10th starting position on an extremely rough track, Croft would battle with fellow West Coast drivers, Bud Kaeding and Jason Solwold, before ending his night with a 10th place finish.
 
Friday night would get off to a much better start for the Roseville, CA driver, as he timed his machine in ninth fastest during his qualifying flight.
 
Starting and finishing fifth in his heat race, Croft would punch his ticket into the night’s feature event where he would line up in the 17th starting spot.
 
As the race came to life, Croft would find himself in a bit of mayhem as he dodged a car spinning as well as other drivers trying to avoid the situation and lost several spots as a result.
 
Able to gather himself back up, Croft would ultimately pull into the pit area on the fifth lap and get prepared for the trip to northern California.
 
Driving through the night, Croft and his team would get back to the shop with enough time to change tires, and load the 360ci car up and hit the road to Chico, CA.
 
In action with the Civil War Series presented by Flowmaster on this night, Croft get open the night up by timing in fifth fastest in qualifying time trials.
 
Running third in his heat race, Croft would just miss out on a berth in the night’s heat race and would grid the field from the ninth starting spot for the 30-lap feature event.
 
A rough and tumble Silver Dollar Speedway would make things tricky for drivers at times. On the fourth lap, Croft would get over the edge in turns one and two and keep his machine powered and ultimately return to the surface just as the caution would fly for a car that had stopped.
 
What looked like a break for Croft turned into a questionable call that resulted in Croft not getting his spot back and opting to head back to his pit and end his night.
 
“It was a busy week of racing, but it was nice to get back into the mix,” Croft added. “Vegas was tough, but it’s a tough place with a tough field of cars. We had a good car on Saturday night, but really got the short end of the stick on an early call and I decided to call it a night.”
 
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-4, Wins-0, Top 5’s-1, Top 10’s-11.
 
ON TAP: Croft returns to action with the World of Outlaws on Friday and Saturday night in Tulare, CA.
 
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Croft 4th at Mini Gold Cup Opener



A busy winter for Willie Croft saw him kick his season off Friday night in Chico, CA. On an unusually slick surface that ended up taking rubber, Croft would close his night with a fourth place finish.
 
“We had a really busy winter re-tooling for the 2017 season, and I really have to thank everyone who made it all possible,” Willie Croft said. “It was nice to finally get back racing, and it ended up being an okay night.”
 
Kicking the season off by timing the Holey Smokes BBQ/ButlerBuilt/Factory Kahne backed No. 29 machine in fastest during qualifying time trials. Lining up alongside Kyle Hirst in heat race action, Croft would settle for a second place finish and earn a place in the night’s redraw.
 
Pulling the two pill, Croft would line his potent entry up on the front row of the feature event where he would again be alongside Hirst coming to the green. As the night went on, the track would continue to slick off and be tough to get traction in the early goings of the feature event.
 
When the race went green, Croft and Hirst would battle for real estate on the bottom of the speedway as the Roseville, CA wheelman ran in the second spot. Falling back to third following an early restart, Croft would continue to stay committed to the bottom as he chased after Hirst and now DJ Netto.
 
As the laps clicked of, the track would start taking rubber on the high side of the speedway, and as Croft changed lanes to find it he now ran in fourth. Once the rubber went down, action became single file and Croft would close his opening night with a Top-Five finish.
 
“Overall it was an okay first night out,” Willie Croft added. “We have some work to do before Las Vegas (NV), but I am happy with our start.”
 
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-1, Wins-0, Top 5’s-1, Top 10’s-11.