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2017 News and Racing Results

    


A NEW LINK TO THE TONY STEWART LITTLE 500 RACING SUIT
The racing suit worn and autographed by Tony Stewart to a third place finish in this year’s Little 500 has a new link.  The suit is still available for bid until 15 August on E bay.  This is a once in a lifetime opportunity to own a piece of racing history.  All proceeds go to The Military Order Of The Purple Heart Foundation.  The mission of the MOPH is to serve all Veterans. 
http://www.ebay.com/itm/Tony-Stewart-Autographed-Racing-Suit-/202009246141?ssPageName=STRK:MESE:IT 
Tim Waechter
VP Marketing/Public Relations /Social Media Hoffman Racing
 11 Time USAC National Sprint Car Champions
twbigt69@gmail.com
 513-284-1519
Little 500 - 21ST TO 3RD DOESN’T TELL THE WHOLE STORY
I usually write these articles and tell the inside story of a Hoffman race.  I will briefly do that, the important part of this story doesn’t involve on the track news.  After a private test day, then practicing Wednesday last week, qualifying Thursday with a disappointing 21st starting position, we returned Friday to take advantage of more practice time.  We found something for Tony Friday, did a full tank run and knew Tony was comfortable in the car and we had something for them.

  Tony was patient early in the race, worked his way through traffic and several accidents , running in the top 10 with about 100 laps in the books.  Getting “on the board” and running as high as 4th.  Anyone who saw Tony run the last 100 laps knows without a question that he is one of the most talented, competitive and versatile drivers of all time in the world.  He put on a show running down the leaders and passing them.  With a few breaks,  we could have won the race.  A 3rd place finish was one heck of an accomplishment, from 21st starting spot.
   
The true story here is Tony Stewart the man.  Unfortunately not many people get to see that side of him. He stopped to talk to fans when he was busy and trying to focus on driving.  His kindness in the autograph session to a lady critically ill and young fans was very telling about the man he is.  He has figured out that being a celebrity brings with a chance to touch lives in a positive way and make people happy.  He has not forgotten where he came from and truly enjoys open wheel grass roots racing and the people around it.  Thank you Tony for giving the Hoffman Team memories that will last for a lifetime. Thank you Penny, so great to meet you and Max.  Tony’s Team was a pleasure to work with, Jared Frood , Eddie Jarvis and especially Misha Geishert.  Without you Misha, we could not have pulled off this entire adventure, your efficiency, follow through and kindness will not be forgotten. We love you !!!
SHOUT OUTS
Unless you have run the Little 500 you cannot appreciate the amount of work and coordination it takes to make pits stops , logistics and time it takes to run the race.   First of all to Mean Green and CR Brands, without you this could not have happened.  Machine Gun Ken, without you this would not have happened. Your friendship to Hoffman racing and especially myself is a real plus to this race.   The core Team of Richard and Rob Hoffman and myself (Tim Waechter) could not have run the race.  The addition of 9 time race winner Eric Gordon was genius by Richard and Rob.  Thank you Eric for your expertise and helping Tony and Team.   Shout out to Josh Shaw, aka Spider Man for your friendship and fueling ability, Jake Simmons(ex-Hoffman crew member), Kevin Doran, Jake Gordon, August Hoffman and Tim Wollfrum.  Time to rest a bit and appreciate the accomplishment and memories of the 2017 Little 500
Tim Waechter
VP Marketing/Public Relations /Social Media Hoffman Racing
 11 Time USAC National Sprint Car Champions
twbigt69@gmail.com
 513-284-1519
     
Pavement Car for "Little 500" with "Smoke" behind the wheel is Progressing Well
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NIGHT TWO OF “#LETSRACETWO” AT THE BIG E
Night two unfortunately was a mirror of night one.  Qualifying well,(5th), transferring in the heat race (4th) , starting up front in the A main(3rd) and falling back in the feature(finishing 11th).  Lack of side grip as the track dried out was the culprit once again.  We think we found the issue and are ready to go get um this weekend at Granite City and Pevely Missouri.  Come out and see us .  Visit Christine at the merchandise trailer, play corn hole and win a prize from Mean Green and pick up a t-shirt, hat etc.
         
NIGHT ONE OF “#LETSRACETWO” AT THE BIG E 
The pill draw wasn't kind to us , as Chad went out third from last in qualifying on a track that was drying up quickly and becoming slick.  The cushion was already up against the wall when he hit the track, but Chad put together two great laps, qualifying 6th.
It is always a guessing game with the track conditions.  A gear change and a few other minor adjustments before the heat race saw Chad charge from 5th to a chance at a heat race win, but the car started to fade at the conclusion of the 8 lap race , still finishing 3rd and transferring.
A front row start disappeared when 2 cars didn’t transfer through their heats.  We started outside row 2 in the A Main.  It was a race of comers and goers.  Unfortunately a lack of side grip was a big issue in the A main and we steadily dropped through the field.  Forth to 17th wan’t the game plan, but this happens in competitive racing.  The only thing you can do is learn and go forward at 100%, which the Team will do going into tonight at The Big E.  Go get um Chad and crew !!!!
Tim Waechter
VP Marketing/Public Relations /Social Media Hoffman Racing
 11 Time USAC National Sprint Car Champions
twbigt69@gmail.com
 513-284-1519
 
THE CHAD AND CHRIS SHOW 2 X AS HAR NATIONAL WIN #102 COMES AT BLOOMINGTON
Some of the best USAC National Sprint Car Racing in recent memory occurred at Bloomington and Haubstadt Friday and Saturday.  The drivers involved were our Chad and Chris Windom. They could seem to separate themselves from each other and all of us are happy they didn’t. 
BLOOMINGTON 
One of our favorite racer tracks, we have held the one lap track record many times over the years.  Chad could only manage a 13th place qualifying time, but it turned out to be very lucky.  After placing P2 in the 1st heat, enough cars that out qualified us didn’t transfer that we were able to start on the front row for the A main.  A lightning quick track all night , Chad hopped(pun intended) on the lead and built a comfortable 1 second lead when he felt the right side of the car soften up about half way through

About halfway through, the car got really soft on the right rear,” Boespflug explained.  “I wasn’t sure if I had a tire going down or a shock broke.  I had to rally through and not worry about that.  I just had to worry about my race.”

Chris Windom was coming and passed for the lead on lap 22.  Chad got up in the saddle and ran high throwingthe car in the turns , caught and passed a bottom running Chris on lap 28.  Chris made 1 last attempt to pass Chad on lap 29 to no avail.  Hoffman USAC National Sprint Car win # 102 would not be denied.

“It’s actually better when you’re racing somebody because you forget about everything you’re thinking about,” Boespflug said.  “You just drive the hell out of the racecar, really.  You’re just focusing on what you have to do and hitting your marks.  Chris raced me as clean as can be and I felt I did the same thing.  He ran the bottom and I ran the top for five laps, side-by-side and didn’t touch each other at all.

HAUBSTADT
Another one of our favorite tracks saw a repeat of Friday’s torrid action at Bloomington with a different outcome.  A much better qualifying run of 6th  and winning heat race 2 set us up on the front row again.  Chad jumped to the lead but relinquished it on lap 4.  Many times during the 30 laps Chad showed Chris the nose of the Mean Green Hoffman machine and a late yellow made for a one lap shoot out.  It was not to be for us on this night, but a second place finish keeps the consistency of the season going.  So far Chad has finished 2nd, 4th, 2nd, 2nd, 1st and 2nd in the USAC A Mains. 
 

“We’re just continuing to put good nights together,” Boespflug said.  “Chris (Windom) and I dueled it out last night and I thought we were going to get him again there in lapped traffic tonight.  It was a great night overall to come back with a second and be back on the podium, especially here.  The three of us up here on the podium have never run worth a darn here.  We were talking before the feature how we’re never any good here.  For us three to be standing up here is pretty cool.”

We are hoping all of our fans had a blessed Easter and we will see you next week.
 
Tim Waechter
VP Marketing/Public Relations /Social Media Hoffman Racing
 11 Time USAC National Sprint Car Champions
twbigt69@gmail.com
 513-284-1519
 
ANOTHER PODIUM FINISH AT OUR HOME TRACK, LAWRENCEBURG 
The car was good in practice , Davey and Chad made a few changes for qualifying.  The lap of 13.7 was good enough for 9th quick, 0.5 off the fast time set by Justin Grant.  A solid 3rd place finish in the heat set us up for a possible up front starting spot.  The track was very fast in the heat races and was difficult to pass.  We thought we had a shot at 3 cars not transferring from the heats and that is exactly what happened.  

The track widened out considerably in the A main and had at least 2 passing lanes.  A big shout out to the Burg crew for giving us a great track to race on as the feature produced great, close racing.  Chad started on the pole and drove his heart out , but no one had anything for Chris Windom and the Mean Green Hoffman car finished 2nd.  Great job, Chad, Davey and crew.

Meanwhile back at the pavement shop, the motor is in the car after a test in a dirt car at the Burg on practice day, all is good for 500 laps at Anderson.  
Tim Waechter
VP Marketing/Public Relations /Social Media Hoffman Racing
 11 Time USAC National Sprint Car Champions
twbigt69@gmail.com
 513-284-1519
 
CHAD MAKES A BIG CHARGE TO HIGHLIGHT THE FINALE OF WINTER DIRT GAMES VIII
A 12th place qualifying run put the Team a little behind the 8 ball to start the night. However things looked good in heat race with Chad finishing 3rd and catching the lead cars when the 8 laps were complete. This set up a huge charge in the A main from 12th to a 4th place finish. Chad and Brady seemed to be with each other all weekend. The tricky D shaped track and it’s surface is a constant challenge and this year was no exception. Looking back at the 2 nights in Florida, it is a successful start to the season . We look forward to seeing all of our fans on 1 April at our home track of Lawrenceburg.
Tim Waechter
VP Marketing/Public Relations /Social Media Hoffman Racing
 11 Time USAC National Sprint Car Champions
twbigt69@gmail.com
 513-284-1519
 
THE 2017 USAC SEASON GETS OFF TO A GREAT START IN NIGHT 1 AT BUBBA RACEWAY, OCALA FLA
The reengineered Hoffman Mean Green Team got off to a quick start in race one. The track was very slick for hot laps and we were a full second off the fast time in hot laps. A better track , adjustments on the car and a great run by Chad helped the team qualify 5th . Starting deep in the second of three heats, Chad was patient and worked his way into a transfer spot by finishing 4th in the second heat. Moisture seemed to keep working it’s way to the surface during the A Main and Chad took advantage. Starting 3rd, he dropped back a few spots initially and then put the push on. Driving an aggressive but smart race Chad was there for the win. Dueling with Justin Grant , Chad got under him several times, they raced each other clean and Chad finished a hard fought 2nd place . Great job by Chad, Davey and the crew . Striving for one more spot tonight!!!
Tim Waechter
VP Marketing/Public Relations Hoffman Auto Racing
twbigt69@gmail.com 513-284-15
 
 HOFFMAN RACING MOURNS THE LOSS OF A GREAT PERSON, COMPETITOR, AND HOFFMAN DRIVER
We are thankful for the time we got to spend with Bryan and Tim Clauson at The Little 500 ,as a Hoffman driver . What a competitor Bryan was and one of the best open wheel/USAC drivers in history. Our admiration for The Clauson's only grew as we got to know them more personally. Tim, I am giving you a virtual bro-hug and we are sending our love. God bless and God speed Bryan. We are honored to call you a "Hoffman Driver"

Tim Waechter
VP Marketing/Public Relations Hoffman Auto Racing
twbigt69@gmail.com 513-284-151
 

HOFFMAN RACING ANNOUNCES MEAN GREEN RETURNS AS PRIMARY SPONSOR AND CHAD BOESPFLUG WILL DRIVE THE ICONIC #69 IN THE 2017 USAC NATIONAL SPRINT CAR SERIES

Loveland, OH (Dec 5, 2016) – The one thing constant in life is change. Coming off a banner Year for Hoffman Racing (HAR), winning the Team’s unprecedented 11th USAC National Sprint Car Series Championship, winning Indiana Sprint Week for 2016, the first ever Little 500 win and reaching 100 National USAC Sprint Car wins, major changes are in store for 2017.

Staying the same are the return of our major sponsor, Mean Green Cleaner & Degreaser, associate sponsors Lykins Energy Solutions, XYZ, and the addition of EZR. HAR remains an Official Military Order of The Purple Heart Race Team.

What is changing? Of the five “core Team members” of HAR, only Richard Hoffman and Tim Waechter are remaining. Dan Launderville is moving on to a business opportunity, Rob Hoffman is retiring, after a lifetime of racing, to concentrate on family and his business career in banking. Brady will not be able to run the entire schedule due to other racing conflicts and will concentrate on wing sprint cars.

“The loss of Dan, Rob and Brady necessitated a restructuring of the Team. I want to wish Dan, Brady, and my son, Rob, the best. We had one heck of a Team, as evidenced by results. Without the backing of Mean Green, Lykins, XYZ, Hoosier Tire, and now EZR, it would have been difficult to continue. As it is we are excited to carry on our legacy with Chad. He will drive the 69 car. Chad’s career is taking off and with the addition of Davey Jones as the crew chief, that makes us a threat every night, and for our 12th USAC National Sprint Car Championship,” said Richard Hoffman, President of Hoffman Racing. The Team will be headquartered out of Indianapolis, Indiana.

Chad Boespflug commented “I am looking forward to working with Dynamics Inc. Hoffman Racing. With the help of EZR we will be chasing another championship in 2017. It’s a tall feat to follow in the footsteps of their accomplishments over the years, but also a huge honor to help carry on the Hoffman Racing legacy of excellence and championship. They have truly helped evolve the sport of racing." Chad began racing micros in 1998 in his home state of California. He graduated to sprint cars in 2004. He won the SCRA championship in 2005 and made the big move to Indiana in 2007. He became the Lawrenceburg track champion in 2011. Chad began his own team with the help of Chuck Eberhardt and Fred Zirzow and ran the entire USAC National Sprint Car schedule. They racked up 6 USAC National wins in 2016. “Mean Green is America’s #1 heavy duty, all purpose cleaner and degreaser that provides consumers with the toughest clean at a great value. Independent lab tests prove that Mean Green out cleans other brands on the tough grease and grime. It works better because it contains more cleaning ingredients than other brands. It’s the Toughness you can Trust, for when getting it clean matters most. Great for dirty jobs inside and out, from the kitchen countertop, tile and toilet, to outdoor furniture, greasy grills and engine parts. Visit www.MeanGreenDegreaser.com for more information.

Highlights of Hoffman Auto Racing's (HAR) 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 11 USAC National Sprint Car Championships with Rob Hoffman as the crew chief (’92,’93,’96,’97,’99,’02,’04,’08,’14,’16).

With 100 USAC National Sprint Car wins and 11 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 and one USAC midget win, for a total of 108 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 owner's points 20 times since 1989..

Highlights of Hoffman Auto Racing's (HAR) 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 11 USAC National Sprint Car Championships with Rob Hoffman as the crew chief (’92,’93,’96,’97,’99,’02,’04,’08,’14,’16).

With 100 USAC National Sprint Car wins and 11 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 and one USAC midget win, for a total of 108 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 owner's points 20 times since 1989.

Drivers from the past 87 years read 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 and Clark and Shorty Templemen. Two brother combinations - Larry and Steve Cannon, Pancho Carter and Johnny Parsons Jr. HAR also had a step grandfather and step grandson combination of ElmerGeorge and Ed Carpenter.

   

Tim Waechter
VP Marketing/Public Relations Hoffman Auto Racing
twbigt69@gmail.com 513-284-15
     
HOFFMAN RACING CELEBRATES AN UNPRECEDENTED 11TH USAC NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP AT THE BUDWEISER OVAL NATIONALS IN THE DESERT OF PERRIS CALIFORNIA
The Mean Green/Lykins Energy Solutions/Hoosier Tire/Purple Heart Hoffman Race Team set another record by winning an unprecedented 11th USAC National Sprint Car Championship. The title comes in a year that included The Championship of Indiana Sprint Week and The Little 500. The title was won by a whopping 314 point margin. We were disappointed in only 2 National wins this year, but consistent finishes due to great driving by Brady and reliable equipment due to incredible work by owner Richard Hoffman, son Rob Hoffman, Dan Launderville and Tim Waechter with help from Tom Hoffman and Jeremy Perdue , led to a no doubter .

A subdued ceremony on the front stretch before the A Main Saturday night was overshadowed by a raucous champagne celebration instigated by Brady’s Mom, Kelly Bacon, after the race. The pure joy of such an accomplishment is a feeling few get to celebrate. The championship is even more special knowing that major changes are in store for Hoffman Racing in 2017, the last hurrah for this core Team was sweet. A big shout out to our web master and friend Paul Gretzinger for traveling from Florida and super fan and friend Larry Wood for making the trip as well. The event was even more special with the presence of super supporter Ken Keiholz and. an appearance by my wife, Mrs. Mean Green.
     
Tim Waechter
VP Marketing/Public Relations Hoffman Auto Racing
twbigt69@gmail.com 513-284-15
 
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