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2016 News and Racing Results


GAS CITY 5/20/16
We entered the event as defending champions of the race from last year.  Another late pill draw but a good effort with a 6th quick qualifying time.  Brady transferred in the second heat despite being taken out and spinning to avoid a slower car.  Brady got his elbows all the way up and went from last to qualifying for the A Main in a spectacular drive in the remaining 5 laps of the heat.  Brady took the lead immediately in the A Main.  He had a nice lead until trying to over take the tail end of the field.  Evidently the “move over” flag didn’t mean much.  A timely yellow held off a charging Scotty Weir.  Brady took off again at the drop of the green.  In a recurring event, the same car that was holding us up earlier in the race got in the way again.  He was running the high line which was our fastest way around the 1/4 mile track.  With two laps to go that car blocked Brady and Weir was able to get by.  The torrid battle continued to the checkered flag , with Scotty winning.  Congrats to him and his Team.  We thought one got taken away  by a slower car that ignored the get out of the way flag
Returning to Brownstown after a 5 year absent, the pits hadn’t changed much.  The track however was much better and remained racy all night.  We just missed the set up in qualifying.  A new track record was set after we went out.  The 8th place in qualifying was the best we could do.  We needed 2 to not transfer through the heat to start on the pole, only 1 didn’t, this turned out to be significant.  Brady transferred through heat two and started 8th in the A Main.  The car was very good and Brady was on top of his game.  He could run the car high or low on the track and made some spectacular passes on his way to the front.  We needed a yellow, which never came, to catch Thomas Jr. What a drive by Brady and a great job by Rob and the crew setting up the car.  We have had a 5th, 3 seconds and a win in the last 5 races.  We hope to keep it rolling at Terre Haute on Wednesday , qualifying for the Little 500 on Thursday and the race on Saturday.  To say the least, a busy week.
The weather cooperated and the USAC/World of Outlaws double header went off without any interruptions from the rains drenching the Midwest this spring.  Great crowds both nights were treated to some torrid racing on the 1/2 mile highly banked Eldora Speedway.  Hopefully this event will be back next year , if you have not seen it yet, you owe yourself a trip for the event.  The best non-wing and winged sprint carts and drivers put on a show that is quite a “bang for your buck”. 
This was a night where a late pill surely hurt you qualifying efforts.  Going out 3 from last, Brady put together 2 beautiful laps and got everything out of the track at that point and qualified 8th.  In the heat race Brady moved up and had quite a battle with Jarret Andretti , by the time the pass was made, Shane Cottle had run away with the race and we settled for 2nd place.  Starting 8th in the A main, we struggled a bit with a track we never really got a hold of and earned a hard fought 5th place finish. 

The Big E gave us more moisture in the track the 2nd night.  We went out mid-pack to qualify and just “missed it” a bit and qualified 11th.  Unfortunately for the second consecutive year in the “Double Header” we had a motor issue. The motor went during the 3rd heat.  Due to great planning by Dan, (who has the spare motor under the cabinets prepped  and ready to be placed in the car) and coordinated team work by the crew , the motor was changed in about 25 minutes.  I was too busy to get an exact time.  We knew in the B Main that we had a great car, as Brady sailed to the victory.  We started 10th in the A Main and it was evident early that we were a threat to win.  Brady put on a clinic on running inches from the wall and slide jobs.  What a fast Mean Green , Lykins Oil, Purple Heart Hoffman car we watched.  Brady worked his way to second and we thought we had something for Chad, but multiple yellow flags hurt our efforts for the win.  It took a few laps for the car to reach top speeds.  Congrats to Chad Boespflug (ex-Hoffman driver) for a great win. The 2nd place finish was well earned and a great team effort. 
Testing Saturday for “The Little 500” and back to the USAC competition on 20-21 May at Gas City and Brownstown.  

Tim Waechter
VP Marketing/Public Relations Hoffman Auto Racing 513-284-151


Saturday turned out to be a historic race in the history of Hoffman Racing. Brady Bacon, with his 14th USAC National Sprint Car win in the # 69 Mean Green, Lykins Oil, Purple Heart Hoffman car at Montpelier Speedway in Indiana, became the winningest driver in HAR Racing history. Brady went into this year tied with Jerry Coons Jr. with 13th, followed by Tracy Hines with 12 and Dave Darland with 11.

The Hoffman score card now reads: 102 USAC National wins (all but 1 win since 1989)
10 USAC National Sprint Car Championships
94 USAC National Sprint Car wins(since 1989)
7 Silver Crown wins
1 USAC National Midget win

Montpelier Speedway is a very nice 1/4 mile track, with great facilities. It was packed with very enthusiastic fans. We had a good car in hot laps and with a few changes, Brady set his first quick time of the year. The heat race was a tough track to pass on, but Brady pulled off some good passes to transfer for the A Main. Ron, Brady and Dan kept an eye on the track and made a few very important changes right before we pushed off for the feature event.

With quick time we started 6th. The track became a very technical track, you had to hit your marks, which Brady did running the car on the low side to perfection. He passed Dave Darland for the lead on lap 12 . The car launched off turns 2 & 4 and down the straightaways. Kyle Cummins gained some ground on Brady in the closing laps, but after a yellow with 6 to go, Brady pulled away. A great team win as the crew worked hard adjusting the car and we earned it.

We look forward to our next 2 night event at Eldora with the Outlaws. We encourage every fan to attend this event, you will see non-winged and winged cars and get a great bang for your buck.

Tim Waechter
VP Marketing/Public Relations Hoffman Auto Racing 513-284-151

Our return to the red clay of Bloomington was a successful one. Qualifying mid-pack, Brady was able to run 4th quick, after being fast time in hot laps. Running in a very tough heat #4, including Darland, Clauson, Grant, Cottle and Swanson, Brady was able to move from deep in the heat to a 2nd place finish.
After a rough start, which saw 2 cars run off the track and flip, in the A main, Brady was able to pass for the lead on lap 2. He was running the high line in turns 1&2 and the low-middle line in 3&4. Of course Brady could not see that Bryan Clauson was running the high line all around the 1/4 mile and he passed us on lap 19. The 2nd place finish was disappointing after leading, but a great job by all.
When you’re the leader, it’s hard to know where to go,” Bacon admitted. “The only thing I could’ve done to hold him (Clauson) off would’ve been to go to the top earlier than when I did. But, never on Earth did I think that that was the way to go because the top was so slick all day in (turns) three and four. I just never thought it would’ve come in like it did. We were better tonight, but so was everyone else. The competition is so tough in this deal right now that everybody is pushing, pushing, pushing, and you can’t ever stop!”
This was a night where drawing the number 1 pill was not advantageous. We were once again very fast in hot laps even tough we went out in the first group. The best we could do with a track that kept getting faster was a 10th in qualifying. We finished 2nd in a very tough heat 1 and started 10th in the A Main. Passing was very some what difficult in the A Main , but Brady battled his way to a 6th place finish.

Next Saturday we are on our way to a new track for us., Montpelier Speedway in Indiana. We look forward to the challenge
Tim Waechter
VP Marketing/Public Relations Hoffman Auto Racing 513-284-151
The fact that the track started blowing dust in hot laps was an indication of things to come. A strong wing all night added to the challenges of keeping the track in good racing conditions. We were the fastest car in hot laps and Brady did a great job in qualifying the car 5th quick , even with going out relatively late. He hit his marks and took advantage of the moisture that was left in the track. In a green to checkered flag heat race one, Brady pulled off 3 text book slide jobs and transferred to the A main by finishing 3rd.

One car didn’t transfer through the heat race and we started 3rd in the A main. Falling back initially, Brady found the sweet spot on the track and started moving up to 4th then 3rd. With 10 laps to go the race became reminiscent of the last race in Florida, all cars on the bottom with RR tires starting to blow. Car after car saw cords showing in their tires and a few laps later they blew. In a race that took well over an hour to run, our RR went on lap 25 while we were running 2nd. The crew quickly changed the RR and a red flag a few laps after gave the crew an opportunity to change the bald LR tire as well. Both tires were ruined in a few short laps. The 12th place finish was no indication for how fast we were all night and how hard the crew worked. Another stellar night for Hoosier tire sales.

A big shout out and thanks to the hardy race fans who showed up and stayed in blustery , windy,cold weather . You are the best !!!

Hoping for tracks we can race on, we look forward to Bloomington and Haubstadt in 2 weeks.

Tim Waechter
VP Marketing/Public Relations Hoffman Auto Racing 513-284-151

Track condition would be the overwhelming theme of the 4 nights spent at Bubba Raceway Park.  I will let you decide how the track was or was not prepared for non-wing sprint car racing.  The attached pictures may help you decide. 
We had a plan to test a few changes to the car and shake down the new car.  All of that went out the window when the engine let go after the 7 laps of practice.  We were very fast until then.  The night became a thrash of moving shocks, tires etc. to the new car(back-up ) while part of the crew pulled the motor and placed the spare motor in the primary car.  Brady went out in the new car to shake it down and it was good to go.  With the back-up motor installed in the primary car, we had to move everything back to the primary car.  The car was good and ready for night one.  We blistered 3 tires in that short period of time.

Drawing a pill in the back half of qualifying, the track was already going away and Brady ran 11th quick.  We looked very good in heat 3 and won going away.  An 8th place finish was the best we could do on a slick track .  Again destroying tires.

The track would turn out to be the best of the three nights.  We qualified 5th and Brady put it in the show by finishing 4th in heat one.  Brady did a masterful job driving the Mean Green Lykins Oil Purple Heart Hoffman Machine on a very slick and ever changing track.  A few more laps and who knows?  Brady closed within 3 car lengths of winner Robert Ballou as the checkered flew.  

This night turned out to be a nightmare for many teams, including us. As the track was the worst of the three nights.  Brady qualified 3rd and won heat 3.  We were going through tires every time out. Starting 4th in the A Main, we dropped to 5th on a track that resembled more of a paved track than a dirt track.  Smoke was pouring off the rear tires of many cars.  Before the night was over 3 cars leading would blow right rears, ours went on lap 25.  Two of the leaders tires went on the last lap.  For some reason we went down a lap when we made the pit stop.  The crew changed both rear tires.  In 5 laps those tires were destroyed.  Pictures attached says it all.  
Total tire count of destroyed tires, 6 RR and 5 LR.  
As always is was great to spend time with the Bacon family.

On to better days at our home track when the Mid West season begins at The Burg on April 2nd.  See you there!!!

Tim Waechter
VP Marketing/Public Relations Hoffman Auto Racing 513-284-151



Loveland, OH (11 Feb,2016) -- Hoffman Racing is announcing today that HAR is being designated as a Purple Heart Race Team by The Military Order Of The Purple Heart.
“ We have always supported our Veterans , but in recent years through our VP of Marketing, PR and Social Media, Tim Waechter, we have had the opportunity to meet and entertain Veterans who were awarded The Purple Heart . They are our heroes and it is an honor for us to be recognized as an official Purple Heart Race Team. We will proudly carry The Purple Heart logo on the race car, t-shirts, autograph cards and banners. We encourage our fans to Support The Military Order Of The Purple Heart” said Richard Hoffman, President and owner of Hoffman Racing.

Tim Waechter said “ As a combat Veteran of Vietnam and honorary member of MOPH #3620 in Cheviot Ohio, I have experienced the brotherhood and dedication that we have for our Country and the fierce dedication we have for fellow Veterans. If any race fans wish to support our Veterans with financial help, I can not think of an organization more dedicated to all Veterans and where the help will actually get to the Veterans through the MOPH. Go to to make a donation to the MOPH Foundation. Every time the Hoffman Mean Green /Lykins Machine makes a lap and I see the MOPH logo, I will feel great pride”.

“The Military Order Of The Purple Heart is proud to make the Hoffman Racing Team a Purple Heart Racing Team. Hoffman racing is a premier team that races nationwide. MOPH is very honored to ally with a team of this caliber” added Tony Kohl, National Finance Officer of The Military Order Of The Purple Heart.

Chartered by an act of Congress in 1958, The Military Order Of The Purple is composed of military men and women who received the Purple Heart Medal for wounds suffered in combat. Although the membership is restricted to the combat wounded, the MOPH supports all Veterans and their families with a myriad of nation –wide programs by Chapters and National Service Officers.

Highlights of the team’s history include: -1929-1960 Gus campaigned Sprint Cars and Midgets, his drivers included Eddie Sachs, and Don Branson - 1964 Gus’s son Richard became co-owner of the Team - 1973-1984 HAR fielded Indy Cars, including 7 Indy 500 starts - 1989 HAR won the first of 10 USAC National Sprint Car Championships with Rob Hoffman as the crew chief (’92,’93,’96,’97,’99,’02,’04,’08,’14)

With 93 USAC National Sprint Car wins and 10 National Championships, HAR has won more National races and championships than any other team in USAC sprint car history. HAR also has 7 Silver Crown wins for a total
of 101 USAC National wins. In 2003 HAR was recognized for excellence by the Ohio State Senate and House of Representatives. HAR has finished in the top 3 in USAC National Sprint Car owners points 19 times since 1989.

Tim Waechter
VP Marketing/Public Relations Hoffman Auto Racing 513-284-151

"Return of the Beast - Hoffman 69 Pavement Car"

Loveland, OH (Jan 12,2016) -- “After the pavement car sat for 5 years, in 2014 we dusted off the car and decided to run the Little 500 again. The decision was made after Bryan Clauson asked if we were interested. Using his tremendous talents and the crew working extra hours , while running the entire USAC National Sprint Car Series, we were able to sit on the pole and led the race before being taken out twice by lapped cars. I have always wanted to win this race and when the opportunity presented itself to have Kody Swanson in the car , we decided to give it another go. We look forward to working with Kody and ripping off fast pit stops once again” said Richard  Hoffman, President and owner of Hoffman Racing.
 Kody Swanson added “ Last May was my first attempt at the Little 500. It was such a great event to compete in, and I’ve been looking forward to going back ever since. Hoffman Auto Racing is one of the most storied teams in open wheel racing, and their reputation for professionalism and preparation is unmatched in our sport. I’m excited to return to the Little 500, and I am thankful for the opportunity to be driving the HAR #69.”
Kody Swanson from Kingsbury California, started his career with the United States Auto Club by winning the USAC Western Sprint Car Championship in 2005. While racing, Kody continued his academic pursuits , graduating as high school Valedictorian in 2006 and graduating Magna Cum laude as a President’s Honors Scholar from California State University Fresno in 2010. Later that year, he was named USAC’s Most Improved Driver after scoring his first win in the Silver Crown Series. Since then, Kody has collected a total of 12 Silver Crown victories , tying him for 7th All-Time and the last two series championships. In addition to racing Kody and his wife Jordan have welcomed their first child, Trevor Michael and continue to work at Alt & Witzig Engineering
 in Carmel Indiana.
 Highlights of the team’s history include: -1929-1960 Gus campaigned Sprint Cars and Midgets, his drivers included Eddie Sachs, and Don Branson - 1964 Gus’s son Richard became co-owner of the Team - 1973-1984 HAR fielded Indy Cars, including 7 Indy 500 starts - 1989 HAR won the first of 10 USAC National Sprint Car Championships with Rob Hoffman as the crew chief (’92,’93,’96,’97,’99,’02,’04,’08,’14)
 With 93 USAC National Sprint Car wins and 10 National Championships, HAR has won more National races and championships than any other team in USAC sprint car history. HAR also has 7 Silver Crown wins for a total
 of 101 USAC National wins. In 2003 HAR was recognized for excellence by the Ohio State Senate and House of Representatives. HAR has finished in the top 3 in USAC National Sprint Car owners points 19 times since 1989.
 Drivers from the past 86 years reads like a who’s who of racing: Jeff Gordon, Tony Stewart, Tracy Hines, JJ Yeley, Kasey Kahne, Kenny Irwin Jr, Rich Vogler, Dave Darland, Johnny Parsons Jr., Tim Richmond, Jay Drake, Brian Tyler, Robbie Stanley, Eric Gordon, Steve Butler , Jerry Coons Jr. Ryan Newman, Dave Steele, George Snider, Tom Bigelow Shorty Templemen, Don Branson, Eddie Sachs, Bill Puterbaugh, Elmer George, Pancho Carter, Roger Ward, Andy Michener, Kyle Larson and Brady Bacon. In all approximately 131 drivers have competed in the Hoffman cars. Of those there are four father/son combinations , Dick and Dickie Gaines, Jim and Tracy Hines Kerry and Dave Norris, Clark and Shorty Templemen. Two brother combinations, Larry and Steve Cannon, Pancho Carter and Johnny Parsons Jr. HAR also had a stepgrandfather and stepgrandson combination of Elmer George and Ed Carpenter.

Brady Gives Hoffman Racing National Sprint Car Win #93 at USA Raceway Night 2 of Western World  11-20-15

 Racing at USA Raceway in Tuscon was amazing all 3 nights.  We had a great end to the season with a win and significant milestone for Hoffman racing.
The track ended up with a very treacherous ledge , which led to an amazing show of skill by Brady and several other drivers.  Brady earned his 6th quick time of the year, running a lap of 15.275.  Transferring through his heat , Brady was set for a tricky 30 laps at this high speed track.  It seemed Brady and Bryan Clauson were together all weekend , in heat races and the A Main’s.  Two drivers who trust and like each other.  Brady got by Bryan for third running with great skill running the tricky, dangerous high side.  He made his way up to 2nd place by the time the checkered flew.  A great start!!!
Brady qualified 6th and transferred through his heat.  We were hoping for a front row start, but had to settle for starting 3rd with cars not transferring through their heats.  Rossi and Hines took off from the front row with Brady in hot pursuit.  Close racing saw Brady get by Tracy  with contact with our right front and Tracy’s left rear.  Rossi was passed on lap 17 by Brady for the lead.  The remaining laps saw a torrid battle with our friend Clauson.  Contact agin in sued when Bryan tried to get by on the low side.  Brady ran the top and won for the 7th time this year.  Giving HAR the 93rd USAC National Sprint Car win and the 100th USAC National win(93 sprint and 7 Silver Crown) .  What a proud and significant accomplishment   
We were the top point getter for the two preliminary nights.  So we had hot laps, the dash and the A Main.  Bray did a remarkable job moving up to 5th in the dash from 8th starting spot in only 6 laps.  Brady moved into 3rd in the A Main on lap 3 and an incredible 27 laps were to follow.  We had a good car but not enough to catch Bryan and Ballou.  The 3rd place finish complemented a 2nd and a win.  We fell 7 points from taking 3rd in National points, a great end to the season let us close to that slim a difference. 
A great way to finish the season with momentum leading into the 2016 season. HAR finished the year with more National wins than other in the storied history of the Team, 7.  We celebrated a very special birthday.  Levany Bacon celebrated her 1st birthday bringing back great memories of last year’s championship and her birth a few days later in Phoenix.  Great cake Xia Xia !!! 

Tim Waechter

VP Marketing/Public Relations Hoffman Racing
10 Time USAC National Sprint Car Champions
Three nights of racing at PAS began the last two weekends of the 2015 season. The weather was great and the racing was amazing. Different track conditions each night made the Budweiser Oval Nationals a challenge for the big field of 48 cars, 13 from the National Series.

Night 1 we qualified 2nd quick with a time of 16.8, 0.2 off the fast time. On a track difficult to pass on early in the evening, Brady made his way to 4th and transferred. Starting 5th in the A Main, we were only able to hold our own until the last lap start-finish line when Jon Stanbrough snuck by for 5th.

Points are accumulated the first two nights and the top 6 in points did not have to qualify or heat race on night three for $25,000 to win. We were in good shape after night . Qualifying 7th and finishing 3rd in the heat race, we got help when a car that out-qualified us didn’t transfer through their heat. So we started on the front row for the A Main. Fantastic racing ensued in the feature , we fell too third and Brady was able to pass Damion Gardner for 2nd on lap 25. We had nothing for Robert Ballou ,but finished 2nd , another great points night.

We came into night three, 2nd in Oval national points ,making The Super 6, so all we had to do was hot lap, run the dash and the feature. They inverted all 6 in the dash so we started 5th. The motor started to sound sour early in the dash and Brady held on for 5th. The crew did a fantastic job diagnosing the problem ( a cracked plastic cap)and making the fix in time for the big race. We tried a new set up to try and win the big money since our National points position is rather secure. We seemed to close on the leaders, then fall back and toward the end of the 40laps were catching the leaders again. The track had multiple lanes which made for great racing. We caught Ballou on the final lap but needed another lap to complete the pass and finished 6th. Not what we wanted.

Congratulations to PAS for putting on a great event, including a special driver introduction for the big race. Thanks to Big Mike for treating the racers with such great respect. On to Tuscon this weekend to wrap up 2015.

Look out Brady, your daughter has a eye on your seat.

Tim Waechter
VP Marketing/Public Relations Hoffman Racing
10 Time USAC National Sprint Car Champions


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