Croft Wings It On Stockton Dirt

Willie Croft (29) races under D.J. Netto at the Stockton Dirt Track. (Joe Shivak photo)

STOCKTON, Calif. — Willie Croft won the open competition winged sprint car feature at Stockton Dirt Track on Saturday night.

Aboard his familiar black No. 29 family owned car, the Sacramento veteran bested D.J. Netto and Kyle Hirst in the 30-lap affair on the four-tenths-mile oval at the San Joaquin County Fairgrounds.

The duo of Netto and Mitchell Faccinto led an 18-car field to the green flag but the red flag waved before the cars made it thru the second turn.

Faccinto who started outside the front row got crossed up in front of the whole field causing a massive pileup which not only took himself out of the race but also the cars of Matt Petersen and Buddy Kofoid.

The restart moved Croft up to the outside of Netto and the two waged war until the race’s first yellow night came on for a Matt Dumesny spin in the fourth turn.

Croft would pass Netto shortly after the restart with a move coming off the second turn. The two reeled off a long green flag stint while Hirst and Shane Golobic were battling for the third position. The track soon took rubber resulting in a single file groove.

The race would slow for a second Dumesny spin, but this time at the opposite end of the track from his first miscue. The caution bunched the field back up, but did little change to the running order. The sixth running car of Tim Kaeding was the driver who tried the high groove and eventually advanced one position.

The race went caution one last time for the stopped car of Kyle Offill in turn one. Croft once again pulled away on the restart with the advantage of a clear track.

Michael Faccinto won the Joe Hunt Magneto wingless sprint car 30-lap feature, while Golobic easily won the BCRA midget main event.