impressive group of family, friends and Team members
assembled at Knoxville Iowa on June 1st to witness the induction of
Richard Hoffman into the prestigious National Sprint Car HOF
in Knoxville Iowa. Those of us who have the honor of counting Richard as
a family member or friend know that no one deserves this honor more than
him. He has dedicated the majority of his life participating, competing
at the highest levels and promoting the sport he loves with a passion.
It was an honor for us to witness this great moment in his and the
Hoffman Family's storied history. A video will follow in the upcoming
days. Now back to winning races and championships.
on About Hoffman Racing Page)
Brady Bacon & "The Mean Green 69 Machine" in Victory Lane at
Port Royal 2014. Giving Hoffman Racing its 84th USAC National Win in its
85th Year of Racing.
News and Racing Results
Founder August "Gus" Hoffman
inducted into the usac hall of fame. Also making the hall of fame class of
2014 are former hoffman drivers, Roger Ward, don branson and eddie sachs.
pretty good company!
The August edition of Sprint Car & Midget magazine is in part a tribute to
Hoffman Racing. Our friends at DMI ran an ad on the inside of the front
cover featuring a great picture of the car and information on the Team.
Then in the racer on racer section, the first of a 2 part series on
Richard and Hoffman Racing appears . This is great reading for fans of the
history of the sport and those who appreciate the "inside story". Who is
that young man in the picture with Jim Hines?
Xia Xianna Bacon
WHO JUST announced that THEY are expecting THEIR first Bacon Bit! Baby
Bacon due 2014!
THE SPRINT CAR SMACK-DOWN AT KOKOMO
2014- HOT HOT HOT WET WET WET-THANKS TO THE O'CONNORS
The planned 3 day smack-down ended up
being a 4 day event, causing the Hoffman Team to stay on the road
another night and some crew members running out of clean clothes (they
will go unnamed ). I think I have this straight. Thursday night's
event got hot laps in, qualifying in and 2 heat races before torrential
rains hit. That program was scheduled to be completed on Saturday
afternoon before the Smack-down finals Saturday night. The Friday night
program went off as scheduled. Thursday night's race was completed
Saturday afternoon, but once again an unbelievable amount of rain fell
again causing the final to be scheduled Sunday afternoon. Confused ? I
We were fast in hot laps Thursday, but a guess on stagger for qualifying
was a little off and we qualified a disappointing 11th. The car looked
much better in the heat race , Brady bringing it home 2nd on Saturday.
The day race made for tricky conditions with the sun drying the track
out and making it rough. A 7th place finish in the A main was not what
we had hoped for.
The Friday show saw Brady turn a sizzling qualifying lap of 12.843, not
good enough to beat DD but good for 2nd fast.We also ran a good 2nd in
the heat race. Starting 6th in the A main, we were only able to pick up
one spot for a 5th place finish.
To show how tough the racing was, our
total points for the 2 prelims had us 3rd in smack-down points. That
allowed us to skip the prelims Sunday and participate in King Of The
Hill. Always a fan favorite and great fun to watch, bur crews hold
their breaths. Brady was matched with Chris Windom in round one ,
getting a great start and winning. Round 2 saw a wheel banging 3 laps
with Jon Stanbrough, Brady didn't give an inch and won by
a narrow margin. Round 3 was the matchup with DD, king of Kokomo. Brady
made a statement with a win and winning The King of the Hill 2014.
Starting on the pole for the 40 lap A Main, Brady led laps 1-5 before DD
passed us for the lead. Brady ran 2nd for the majority of the race and
at mid-point was closing in on DD. Yellows didn't help our cause as a
RR going down slowed the Mean Green machine. Robert got by us and a
yellow with 3 laps to go was a killer. The 8 or so laps under this
yellow saw the RR go down even further, coming in at 1/3 the out going
pressure. Bryan got by us as the green flew and we hung on to a 4th
We left Kokomo 2nd in the USAC national points standings, with a 5 point
deficit. A big shout out to the O'Connor family for a great job
preparing the track and the pits under very difficult conditions.
We had a great time showing the Mean Green machine at a Kokomo Kroger
store before the race Thursday. Thanks to all the fans who came out.
On to one of our favorite tracks, Terre Haute.
VP Marketing/Public Relations Hoffman Racing
RESULTS FROM THE FINAL 4 RACES OF
INDIANA SPRINT WEEK 2014
The 2014 ISW will go down as the
hardest the Hoffman Team has worked with results that did not reflect
the effort. Below you will find the details of a tough final 4 races.
One of our favorite race tracks, we
are always fast here with great results. This time was no exception ,
after a hurdle was presented to the Team. Brady felt a vibration in hot
laps , with qualifying quickly approaching there was no time for deep
analysis. Brady qualified 3rd with a vibration that got dramatically
worse. The thrash that ensued involved a u joint , drive line, and
rear end change. The issue was corrected for the heat race as Brady
came from 6th to 3rd in the green to checkered 3rd heat. Brady fought
hard in the A main and worked his way to 3rd when his forward momentum
stalled. It appears that the left rear was going down since it
was completely flat when he pulled on the front stretch with a 3rd
place finish. we found a huge hole in the tire.
Putnamville is not one of our favorite
tracks as we seem to struggle there. We set our 8th quick time out of 21
races and then struggled with a 6th place finish in the heat. We
started on the pole for the B main and won by a comfortable margin over
Jon Stanbrough. The last laps of the B main it was obvious that we were
on 7 cylinders. What followed was a remarkable motor change that was
finished in about 15 minutes. Having gone to USAC for some
consideration of the motor change and a little more time before the A
Main, we were denied . We were 3 minutes late to the time cone, putting
us back 2 rows. A 9th place finish was not reflective of the effort
from the Team. We want to thank everyone who helped in the motor
change, the USAC Teams are fierce competitors, but always willing to
help each other.
A bad pill draw resulted in a 13th
quick qualifying time. Brady won the 1st heat and the car looked good.
When Brady came in it was apparent that we had a water leak. The water
pump needed to be changed. Another great job by the Team with the
invaluable help from engine builder Roger Williams. Roger also repaired
the motor that was hurt the night before, so we had a spare motor. Brady
worked his way up to 6th and things looked promising until the left rear
stared going down during a yellow flag period. Hoping to build heat back
up in the tire , Brady was on the gas when he was struck from behind by
a competitor and spun out. He then pitted and the crew made a tire
change and sent him back out. Another great job!!! Another promising
finish went away with a 17th place finish. We found that the bleeder
malfunctioned and broke, so without a bleeder it was difficult for Brady
to advance in the remaining laps. We lost the National points lead for
the first time in many weeks.
One of our favorite tracks, fast and
usually multiple lanes so fast cars can make passes. It looked like we
had our 9th quick time of the year until we were beat late by Jon. We
transferred to the A Main with a 3rd place finish in heat 2. We had a
good car and if we would have started up front , we had a chance. The
car was not good enough to advance in the A Main and finished 6th. We
closed the National points deficit to 5 points.
Thanks to the fans who turned out in
record numbers and were very enthusiastic. We wish we had a better
performance for our loyal fans. Some time off now to recuperate and
regroup before The Smack Down at Kokomo. See you there.
VP Marketing/Public Relations Hoffman Racing
RESULTS FROM THE FIRST 3 RACES OF SPRINT
Gas City opened Sprint Week 2014 with 53
cars taking times and a packed house. We drew the number 45 pill and
thought we were in big trouble going out so late with the track
deteriorating . We had a great car and Brady did an amazing job qualifying
3rd . That put us in the 3rd row of heat race 3. I believe every vehicle
but the pace truck hit the car in the heat. Brady was advancing on the
very tight track when he got caught up in another mess not of his making.
The crew changed a flat right front tire and sent it back out. Little did
we know that the left front was going flat as well. Brady did a great job
pressing along with a hurt car , passing cars but ran out of time to
transfer. The accident caused some extensive damage to the car.
The list includes: The front axle, damage to the frame holding the front
bar which required bending it back in shape and welding, the drag link,
steering arm and both front tires which had holes. The crew did an amazing
job getting the car ready in time for the B Main. Brady led the Semi every
lap and transferred to the A Main starting 7th. The one lane race track
made it almost impossible to pass. Some tried the high groove to no avail,
it was on the bottom and if you got off the bottom you had a great chance
of loosing a number of positions. Our 6th place finish was good
considering the challenges of the night.
We went out late to qualify at Kokomo as well and set another new track
record at 12.589. Our 8th fast time of the year was denied by the next
driver , DD, who ran a blistering 12.405. Brady had a heck of a race with
Justin Grant for the transfer spot in heat 2 . From there we lost the
handle on the car for the A Main and ran a very disappointing 8th. Brady
tried everywhere on the track, but the car just was not working .
Our home track was up next and we drew an early pill. But as things turned
out a late pill was better. An 11th fast time was another disappointment.
A 4th in the heat transferred us to an A Main which never happened.
Threatening weather all night finally moved in and the race was called
with no reschedule date. The fact that you get all the equipment muddy and
don't get to race is a bummer.
One of the pictures is what most race fans don't get to see. The car wash
trip after a race, followed by a arrival at a hotel between 1- 3 am with
turn around the next morning. See you at Terre Haute.
THE 4TH OF JULY IS A BOOM AND BUST FOR
THE HOFFMAN TEAM
Our luck at Lincoln Park Speedway has
not been the best in the recent past and continued that way on the 4th of
July. The car was good in hot laps and a few changes were made for
qualifying . Going out in the back third in the qualifying order we were
able to only run 10th quick time . This ended up being a hurdle too high
The car was very good in the heat, Brady battled with Daron Clayton , as
the two put distance between them and the rest of the field. A second
place finish in heat 1 transferred Brady to a 10th place starting position
in the A main. Brady got a good start only to be caught up in a "mess" not
of his making on lap 3. Cars stacked up in front of him and he got punted
and turned. This delegated us to the tail of the field. Brady drove hard
to come back with a 13th place finish.
While we kept the points lead, our margin over second place DD has
narrowed to 29 points.
On to the most important 2 weeks of the season. Indiana Sprint Week. We
look forward to a great Sprint Week and seeing you there.
VP Marketing/Public Relations Hoffman Racing
BEAUTIFUL STATES OF WISCONSIN AND
MINNESOTA, THE HOFFMAN GREAT ADVENTURE,7TH QUICK TIME AND ANOTHER
The 13 hour trip to Superior Wisconsin resulted in a FOG OUT, yes a FOG
OUT. On the way we saw on our phones there was fog in Superior and the
temp was 45 degrees. We figured that can not be right. Unfortunately it
was correct and the wind chill I suspect was in the mid 30's. After a trip
to Walmart for warmer clothes and a valiant try by track officials the
race was fogged out. You could not see one end of the track from the
Another long trip to beautiful Deer Creek Speedway in Spring Valley
Minnesota. The facility is fantastic and the fans were enthusiastic .
Another very fast car, qualifying second to Tracy, only missing our 7th
quick time of the year by .008. Brady had worked his way up to the 2nd
position in heat #2, when he did a masterful job of avoiding a car that
parked it in front of him on the last lap and somehow recovered the car
for a 4th place finish and transferring. Starting 5th in the A Main,
another case of starting back a little too far. Lapped traffic was a real
problem, Brady missing another possible disaster when a lead car tangled
with a back marker. Another podium finish for The Mean Green Team,
Next up was historic Angel Park Speedway in Sun Prairie Wisconsin. You can
feel the history and tradition there. Rain interrupted proceedings after
qualifying had begun. Great job by the track crew getting the surface back
in shape quickly and qualifying began anew. Brady caused the locals to
shake their heads by running a lap under 14 seconds at 13.880 for our 7th
quick time in 14 races and another new track record. Brady did a great job
running 2nd in the heat race and transferring to the A Main. The track got
narrow as the cushion ended up close to the wall in the feature. Brady
worked his way up to 3rd when the motor started to go away and we prayed
that it would last the 30 laps. Brady brought the car home with a 4th
place finish and a motor bill.
We retained our points lead and remained fast every night. 1300 miles, we
are now recovering!!!
RECORD SETTING NATIONAL WIN #84, AN
EASTERN STORM CHAMPIONSHIP, OUR 6TH FAST TIME , ANOTHER TRACK RECORD AND
BUILDING ON OUR USAC NATIONAL POINTS LEAD HIGHLIGHT OUR WEEK
is unfortunate that 2 of the 5 scheduled races were rained out on The
Eastern Storm Tour for 2014. However we made the most of the 3 races that
were run. The enthusiastic race fans of PA and NJ turned out in big
numbers to see the non-winged sprint cars of USAC. The reception we and
Brady receive there is very rewarding and encouraging. Also the enthusiasm
they express for our sponsors. The trip netted a record setting 84th USAC
National Sprint car win at Port Royal Pa., our 2nd of the year, in a
convincing manner Saturday night. Brady did a masterful job passing fast
cars and maneuvering through heavy lapped traffic. NASCAR rookie star Kyle
Larson and ex-Hoffman driver attended , it was great to catch up with
Another highlight was our 6th fast time out of 12 National races run so
far this year and our 2nd track record , we have finished in the top 5 ,9
times. The lap of 15.655 seconds at New Egypt NJ set the new standard. A
5th, 3rd and 1st netted the Team the Eastern Storm Championship. We also
were able to pad our USAC National points lead. Our thanks to the great
folks at The Eastern Museum of Motor Racing in York Springs Pa for hosting
us and the kindness of a great our through the facility. A little time for
the Team to catch our breath before we head out to Minnesota and Wisconsin
for a 3 race weekend next week. Look forward to seeing all our great
RESULTS FROM THE 2014 LITTLE 500
Saturday night was a culmination of a
ton of work and preparation , great results after 5 years of no pavement
racing and not receiving the results that we deserved. Bryan pushed Aaron
Pierce, the early leader early, and got the lead with a dominating car.
Our early result was to be taken out by a lapped car. This could have
ruined our night but with a Team that never quits and a driver who doesn't
know quit and 5 laps down ,we recovered. A great drive by Bryan ,with
fading brakes from lap 200 on, he showed the true meaning of a champion.
We worked our way back up to 4th late in the race only to be taken out by
a car over 50 laps down.
A 12th place finish by no way showed what a dominating car and driver we
had. A big Hoffman thank you to all the help we got. A special thanks to
Josh Shaw(fueler) ,Jeremy Perdue (right front tire changer) and Jake
Simmons, our ex-teamate . Great pits stops by the crew!!! Way to go guys.
Another great night in the legacy of Hoffman Racing. Rob, we are truly
proud to cal you "our crew chief".
It was such a joy to get to know Bryan Clauson, Tim Clauson and Lauren
Stewart as people rather than fierce competitors. Our admiration for Bryan
as a driver only grew . Now back to doing our best to beat you every race.
LOL !! Thanks for giving 1000% Now a week to prepare for The Eastern
AN INCREDIBLE 24 HOURS IS CAPPED OFF BY
THE POLE POSITION FOR THE LITTLE 500
life of a racer was epitomized by the 24 hours The Hoffman Team had
starting with the Terre Haute race:
- Load for the Terre Haute race at noon Wednesday and depart by 1:00 p.m.
-Arrive at The Action Track by 4:30 p.m.
- Race and depart TH by 10:00 p.m.
- Arrive at the shop at 2:00 a.m. Thursday
- Meet at the shop at 6:30 a.m. to unload the dirt car and all equipment
and load the pavement car and equipment.
- Travel to Anderson and arrive by 9:30 a.m.
- Practice and qualify for The Little 500 and depart for home at 4:00 p.m.
- Arrive home and work until 9:00 p.m.
The great thing was 2 incredible results. A podium at TH and the pole for
the Little 500. The crew overcame an early technical issue and at Anderson
and got out for 3 practice sessions. We were quick on every set of tires.
We went out early to qualify and Bryan Clauson did an incredible job with
all 4 laps in the 11.1 's for the pole. Not bad for a group of "dirt
racers". Great job by Bryan and the crew. We look forward to the race
tomorrow . Pit practice is tonight.
A NEW TRACK RECORD AND A PODIUM FINISH
HIGHLIGHT ANOTHER GOOD NIGHT AT THE ACTION TRACK
Terre Haute has been one of our
favorite tracks for many years. We were very fast again in hot laps and
backed that up by setting a new track record of 19.225, 0.2 faster than
the second quick car. Starting in position 6 in the first heat, a very
tough heat, Brady was able to advance to second place in a race that
went from green to checkered.
We knew we had a good car for
the A Main. The track was very fast and narrow, making passing a real
challenge. Brady passed more cars in the leader group than anyone
finishing 3rd and retaining the points lead for the USAC National
Championship. A big thank you to the Terre Haute track management and
track prep crew for getting the race in under threatening weather
conditions. Our next races in the USAC series is the annual trip for The
Eastern Storm. We look forward to seeing all our fans there.
THE TRIP TO "THE CORN HUSKER STATE"
REAPS A BOUNTIFUL HARVEST FOR THE HOFFMAN TEAM, 2 PODIUM FINISHES AND THE
NATIONAL POINTS LEAD
The over 24 hours we spent traveling
to and from Nebraska was well worth it for the Hoffman Team. It was
amazing to see 2 beautiful, well prepared racing facilities among the
thousands of acres of corn fields. The USAC National Sprint Car
contingent did not disappoint the large crowds with great racing and
lots of passing.
We were 3rd quick in hot laps at Eagle
Raceway , but that did not transfer to qualifying, as we missed the set
up and Brady could only manage a 12th quick time. The Team went to work
and finished a strong second in the 3rd heat race. Then Mr Bacon put on
another show in the A Main, using all of the track, he worked his way up
to a podium finish at 3rd. All this with a bent front axle from a bad
start with a car in front of us not taking off. A great come back for
With a little sleep the Team turned
the car around, making an engine change and replacing a damaged front
end . We still had time for a trip to an amazing place. "Speedy" Bill
Smith's Speedway Motors and museum in Lincoln . Wow ,is all we could
say, we got to meet and talk with "Speedy" himself. Needless to
say Richard, Rob and Bill had a very entertaining conversation.
Off to McCool Junction, a big fast,
banked, wide race track, beautiful facility. We have excelled at this
type track in the past and McCool was no exception. Fast in hot laps
this time converted to our 4th fast time of the year.
We transferred through the heat and started 6th in the A Main. Wow
what a race. Brady put on another show , using all the track again,
high , low, we were fast. Passing Darland, Hines, Stanbrough , Brady
got under winner Hunter Schuerenberg a few times but could not pull off
the pass for the win. The 2nd place finish put us in the National points
A great trip, next up for USAC is
Terre Haute and for us The Little 500, lots to be done.
RESULTS FROM GAS CITY & HAUBSTADT 18-19
Another very fast car and we came so close to the very rare "sweep" of the
night. A very fast car in hot laps was followed by our 3rd quick time 5
races. We were in the first heat and started 6th in a very loaded heat.
Gas City can be a tough place to pass, but Brady made short work of the
field and won the race going away. Brady got off to a great start in the A
Main from the 6th starting spot, ran high and took the lead on lap 7. To
say that the cushion was nasty would be an understatement. It caught many
veterans out and got us on lap 15, Brady bounced off the cushion,bicycled
and came to a stop in turn 4. Many positives from the night, a bad break
ruined a great night, thought we had them covered.
We as a crew let Brady down and he missed hot laps due to a motor glitch.
The crew discovered the problem and got it fixed quickly. But we missedhot
laps so Brady had to go out and qualify without any laps. That resulted in
an 11th quick time. Brady looked great winning another heat race .
Starting 11 in the A Main Brady put on another show, advancing through the
field. He road the cushion, ran low and mid-track, wow he was fast. Once
he got out of lapped traffic, he was off after leader Daron Clayton. The
late race yellow we were hoping for didn't happen.
Don't know if we had anything for Daron, but it would have been
interesting. A second place finish advanced us in the points and we are
"right there" in the battle. A big road trip this weekend, we look forward
to seeing our fans in Nebraska.
RESULTS FROM THE BIG E ,19 APRIL 2014
We always look forward to going
back to one of our favorite tracks, Eldora Speedway. We have had much
success over the years there. Brady pulled an early pill, number 3. We
were fast in hot lap session 1, the car looked very stable and launched
off the corners and roared down the straight aways. The track got
faster as the hot lap sessions progressed. Going out third to qualify,
Brady ran a 15.069, a good 0.2 seconds faster than Mr. Clauson, who
ended up 2nd quick.
The track crew reworked the track ,
watered it after qualifying and the car that qualified 17th ran away
with the race on a tough to pass track. We had to settle for 5th in the
heat race and did not transfer. Brady started on the pole for the B
main and ran away from the remainder of the pack for an easy win.
We started 7th in the A Main on another tough to pass surface and ended
up 5th. Rolled in back in the trailer, which is always a good thing.
Hoped for more, but a good finish none the less. two big races this
weekend. See you there !!!
RESULTS FROM "THE BURG" USAC RACE # 3
FOR 2014, 5 APRIL
First of all a big thank you to
everyone at Lawrenceburg that made this race happen in very difficult
conditions. The heavy rains we had was a big challenge in track prep, they
did a great job. We drew a pill which put us in the middle of the
qualifying order. We were fast in hot laps and that carried over to a 6th
quick time, 0.2 off the quick time.
A big opportunity to start in the front row went away
in the heat race when an issue in the motor would not allow Brady to
attain full throttle and we finished one spot out of a transfer. We led
every lap of the B Main to earn our 7th starting spot on the grid for the
30 LAP A Main.
The racing was hot and heavy in the A Main. We dropped to 8th early on and
then Brady began his charge. Jon had us all covered until a very late
yellow allowed for a wild restart which saw Brady move up to 4th when the
The good news, we had a very fast car again. Looking forward to returning
to one of our favorite tracks, The Big E in a couple of weeks.
Hoffman Racing will return to the
Little 500 this year. The pavement sprint car is coming out of moth
balls , after being parked for 4 years. The race will be run on
Saturday May 24th. HAR will enter a car to be driven by Bryan Clauson ,
two time defending USAC National Sprint Car Champion. Details of
sponsorship and schedules will be released at a later date. Brady Bacon
continues as the driver for HAR in pursuit of our 10th USAC National
Sprint Car Championship for 2014.
THE SEASON STARTS IN OCALA WITH
A BIG WIN, OUR 83RD USAC NATIONAL WIN
Wednesday was practice night and we took
advantage of the allotted time. We took the primary car out 8 times and
the back up car 1 time. I am sure we put in more laps than any other
Team there. We learned a lot , especially that we had a fast car.
was the season opener. It is hard to believe that there
could have been a better way to start the year. We drew pill 2 and we
were out first to qualify. Normally
that would make us nervous, but
Brady blistered the track turning a fast time of 14.564, good enough for
fast time. Brady fought a blocked track most of the
heat race , but was able to transfer for the feature by
finishing 4th. The A Main was a good one. Brady fought his way from
the 6th starting spot, battling the best in the business. He earned the
victory by passing , among others, Darland and Hines. Brady got the lead
on lap 18 and put considerable distance between himself and the rest of
the field. The historic win was #83 for the Hoffman Team. A very proud
Friday was a rain out. The younger folks went out. The
more experienced crew members watched the truck race with pizza,
wings , wine and beer.
brought clearing weather and plenty of sun for night 2 of
the Winter Nationals. Bubba and his crew did a good job preparing the
track after heavy rains Friday. After drawing pill #17 , a tough two
qualifying laps sealed our fate for the night. To be clear , we had a
fast car , as shown in the heat race. By feature time the track got
narrow and basically one lane. Starting 13th , Brady was able to work
his way to 10th. There was little passing in the A main.
We left Florida confident that we have the pieces in
place to have another championship year.
Hoffman Racing Makes the January 2014 Cover
of National Speed Sport News
With a heading reading "What is Good Racing"
National Speed Sport News picked the Hoffman Mean Green #69 Sprint Car
as a example. But I guess I am preaching to the Choir. If you are here
you already know that the non-wing traditional Sprint Car racing
delivers some of the most exciting side by side action in motor sports.