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2015 News and Racing Results

August, 8th 2015 - National Win "92" is at Cedar Lake Speedway, Wisconsin

Vince Peterson  - Track Rat Photos

THE NORTHERN SWING BRINGS A VICTORY, A FAST CAR EVERYNIGHT AND A HOFFMAN RACING RECORD
Our Northern travels first took us to the Amsoil planet in Superior Wisconsin. We displayed the car with 4 other USAC cars for the public and Amsoil employees. Thanks to everyone who came out to enjoy the radio remote and discussions about the cars. It seems that we bring fog to Superior since we have had dense fog two years in a row. We qualified 5th on a very tacky and tricky track. We transferred through the heat and started 5th in the A Main. Brady was fighting for 2nd place with Ballou ,when the two made contact sending Brady into a spin. Fortunately the car stayed on all 4 tires and didnít get hit by oncoming traffic. From our point of view Brady got chopped and hit. We restarted 17th and in very few laps Brady drove his way to a 7th place finish. We deserved much better.

The second night was a new track for us, Cedar Lake Speedway, a very nice and racy facility Another very fast car as Brady qualified 3rd and transferred through the heat. A torrid fast race followed with Brady once again moving forward , passing Darland before setting sail for Ballou. The two again putting on quite a show , seeing Brady as he charged past Ballou on lap 24. The fight continued until Robert almost collected the wall in turn 3 on lap 27. Brady was tremendous in winning number 6 for the year. That victory set an all time wins record for Hoffman Racing in one USAC National Sprint Car season with 6, eclipsing the previous record of 5 jointly held by two greats in the sport, Rich Vogler(1989) and Robbie Stanley(1993). Check out the great picture with young race fans doing the Mach Man pose with Brady.

Unfortunately with a race the next night not much time to celebrate, as we partied at the car wash. LOL

We set a new track record last year at Angel Park and were fast again qualifying 4th. In a transfer spot in the heat race with 4 laps to go , the motor let go in turn 2. The motor drill ensued with the team completing the motor switch in about 20 minutes. In time to lead the way in the B Main and winning going away. Great job gentlemen. Brady dropped back a little as the green dropped from his 7th starting spot. He got in his groove and moved forward making great passes along the way, Darland, Stockon and Leary. He caught the leader Ballou on lap 24 but could not make the pass. Another great run by the Team.

Thanks to all the enthusiastic fans of Wisconsin , thanks for coming by and visiting. That made the 25 hours in the hauler worth while. Next up the Smack Down in Kokomo. See you there!!!

Tim Waechter
VP Marketing/Public Relations Hoffman Racing
10 Time USAC National Sprint Car Champions
twbigt69@gmail.com
513-284-1519

    
 
INDIANA SPRINT WEEK 2015, TWO WINS, A TRACK RECORD AND THIRD IN I.S.W. POINTS
Although ISW 2015 didnít finish the way we hoped,  Hoffman Racing and Brady Bacon had  a very successful  I.S.W. Early in the week pill draws hurt our efforts.  Drawing , out of 60 pills, a 60, a 55 and a 40 didnít help.  
At Gas City Brady battled after a start deep in the pack to a 9th place finish in the A Main.  
Kokomo saw a 3rd in qualifying , a transfer through the heat and a postponement due to rain ,which plagued  us all week.  The race will be completed  as a part of Smackdown 2015 in August.  

Our home track was good to us with the Teamís 90th National Sprint Car win coming in a hotly contested A Main.  Brady fought Robert Ballou in a late race dual, then got by lapped cars and finished with the win.
One of our favorite tracks, Terre Haute, was disappointing for us .  Only able to qualify 20th quick, saw us start deep in the A Main.  Brady put on a charge and finished with a 7th place.  Great determination and drive by The Macho Man.

Our nemesis has been Putnamville.  Not so this time around.  Brady qualified 8th  and after a heat race win, started in the front row for the 
A Main.  What a race , as Jerry Coons Jr and Kevin Thomas challenged Brady for the lead.  Jerry actually got the lead briefly, but Brady was not to be denied, crossing the line with out 91st USAC National Sprint Car win.

Bloomington saw Brady accomplish a remarkable feat.  Setting a new track record of  10.854, this one might stand for awhile.  We transferred through the B Main, but a torrential storm hit and the race was cancelled, not to be rescheduled.  We were stuck in the pits for awhile until the great track crew pulled

us out with the massive watering truck .  Points were awarded  for the completed races.  
We went into the finally with a 3 point lead over Ballou for the S.W. title.  No excuses, we just missed  it and finished 3rd in Sprint Week points.  Brady fought hard , but to no avail.
  
We have some well deserved time off before traveling tho Wisconsin in a few weeks. 

Tim Waechter
VP Marketing/Public Relations Hoffman Racing
10 Time USAC National Sprint Car Champions
twbigt69@gmail.com
513-284-1519
 USAC National Win "90" comes at our Home Track Lawrenceburg Speedway July 12th, 2015

HAR'S 90th USAC National Sprint Car win came on July 12th at our home track of Lawrenceburg Indiana. That followed a hard fought top10 finish at Gas City seeing Brady win the hard charger award for passing 9 cars in the A Main. More details when time allows, Indiana Speed Week is very busy
A DISAPPOINTING EASTERN STORM 2015
The Eastern Storm was a frustrating time for the Mean Green Hoffman Team. We were just a few miles from Grand View Speedway when we got the word that the race had been rained out. A good call given the rain falling and the forecast for the evening. We had lunch with our friend Tracy Hines, which is always entertaining. It was a big surprise when night two at Lincoln was called off , it ended up not raining at all. Enough has been said about that decision.

That left the first race at New Egypt Speedway in New Jersey. Poor draws for the three events didnít help our usual top tier qualifying effort . Eighth quick time at New Egypt and a second place finish in heat race #4 had us starting a little deeper in the field than we are used to. Our 9th place finish didnít start the week off the way we wanted . We licked our wounds and had a day off before heading to Port Royal.

Being defending race winners at this event gave us some optimism . Qualifying 13th put us in a hole immediately. The car looked good in winning heat race one. But starting 13th in the A Main was too much to overcome. Brady passed cars and was closing on the leaders late in the race when the tires went away and finished 7th, as it ends up our best finish for the Eastern Storm.

Doing maintenance after New Egypt, the crew found water in the engine and attempted a fix on the road. After Port Royal it was obvious that the fix didnít work and an engine swap was in order. A newly refreshed motor was installed in the car for Susquesanna . When it came time to fire the motor, it didnít run properly. The crew tried three times to correct the problem to no avail. Time was running out and a substitute car was in order. A late draw didnít help on a dry slick track and we were in a hole again, 13th quick. We again won heat race one beating some very good cars, Ballou, Stanbrough, Boespflug. But we struggled in a dusty ,dry and slick track and could only garner a 12th place finish.

We did have a little time to relax. We let our crew chief beat us in two games of bowling so he would take it easier on us the next day, LOL. We also visited the Harley Davidson factory in York Pa. Since 4 members of the crew have Harleyís, I was so impressed with the tour that I wanted to buy a TRIKE, which is built there. But my fellow crew members told me a TRIKE is not a real motorcycle and I couldnít ride with them. Bummer !!! Guess I will settle for driving my car.

Re-grouping and getting ready for Putnamville on 4 July. See you there.

Tim Waechter
VP Marketing/Public Relations Hoffman Racing
10 Time USAC National Sprint Car Champions
twbigt69@gmail.com
513-284-1519

USAC National Win 89 comes at Gas City Speedway May 15th 2015!

The championship caliber of Hoffmann Racing and Brady Bacon was never more evident than on Friday May 15th at Gas City I69 Speedway. After a totally tough weekend at Eldora last weekend, the Team worked hard to prepare the car and rebuild inventory on parts during the week.
We were fast time in practice and backed that up by Bradyís fast time in qualifying of 11.855, one of only 3 cars under the 12 second mark.Starting 6th in heat number 1 , Brady finally cleared traffic and closed on the two lead cars when the checkered flag flew. A green to checkered heat. We knew we had a good car, so Rob and Brady studied the track in the B Main, made a few adjustments, nothing drastic ,and took the track for the A Main.

In the early laps of the race it appeared that it would be a follow the leader event with little passing. Brady worked his way to 5th after starting 6th when he decided to try the high line. He got the car going and passed to 3rd when a yellow came out and he had to give up those 2 spots. It was no secret that Brady was going top shelf, but the competition could not stop him. He took the lead on lap 17 with a great move under Dave Darland for the pass. Traffic became a real issue late in the race. Brady did a masterful job passing high and low maintaining the lead. The 2nd place car moved in on Brady late in the race due to traffic holding up Brady. A determined defending National Champion would not be denied and the Team would not be denied.

Some great pictures showing Levany in victory lane again. Of course she was there in Phoenix shortly before she was born when Dad claimed the 2014 USAC National Championship.

On to Terre Haute , one of our favorite tracks.

Tim Waechter
VP Marketing/Public Relations Hoffman Racing
10 Time USAC National Sprint Car Champions
twbigt69@gmail.com
513-284-1519

RESULTS FROM USAC OUTLAWS DOUBLE HEADER MAY 8TH AND 9TH
No one on the Team can remember a night at the race track filled with such bad luck. The night showed the championship caliber metal that this Team has to overcome all these obstacles:
 - We had an early draw on a very slimy track.
 - The newly refreshed motor in the car didnít make a lap of hot laps.
 - The crew changed motors in 15 minutes and was ready for qualifying 
 - The early draw and no practice handicapped us and we qualified 12th
 - The first lap of our heat race, a fellow competitor decided to start in the lower to middle    part of turn one and then end up at the top of the track.  Unfortunately we were there, leading to a bad flip. The important thing was that Brady was okay.
 - Now the Team had to decide to try and fix the car in time for the B main, or go to a back up and have to start last in the A Main.
 - The Team , Rob and Dan welded and pushed the front end back in shape in time for the     B  main.
 - Brady felt the car out and finished 2nd in the B Main.
 - Starting 12th in the A Main, the car was good.  Brady was making his way up to 5th and looked like he may gain a few more positions before the checkered flag. That is when the RR tire blew sending him into the backstretch fence.  
 
Getting home at 2:30 a.m., the Team unloaded at the shop and met at 9:00 a.m. to regroup. We found the the motor mounts were broken in the primary car from crash #2 and the frame bent.  So we went with the back up car for night 2. 

NIGHT 2
Another early pill draw put us in the hole again. The combination of not having a great car and a slimy track put us 12th in qualifying of 19 cars. The car still wasnít hooked up in the heat race and we finished a transferring 5th.  We have no excuse for being late for the A main, we got moved back 2 rows and started 16th instead of 12th.  We had a very good car in the A Main.  Brady moved up to 8th and had a heck of a battle with Jon, Dave and Chase.  We finished a hard fought 8th.

A beat crew got home at 2:30 and unloaded. 

 
A big thank you to our sponsor Mean Green for shooting video and photos the two nights for upcoming promotional material.  They are doing a tremendous job activating the sponsorship. Good for Mean Green, Hoffman Racing, Brady Bacon and the sport of sprint car racing.
Thank you to Eldora Speedway for putting on a tremendous two nights of sprint car racing in front of huge crowds each night. Also thank you for accommodating  the film crew . See you at Gas City. 

Tim Waechter
VP Marketing/Public Relations Hoffman Racing
10 Time USAC National Sprint Car Champions
twbigt69@gmail.com
513-284-1519

RESULTS FROM THE NEBRASKA AND MISSOURI TRIP
Two of the three scheduled events were run, with the McCool Junction race being rained out. So what does a high profile race team do when all the work is done and you have a night off. Yes you guessed it, rest and are so bored that we watched the movie Godzilla in a hotel room with beer pizza and a 10:30 bed time. Glamorous right?

EAGLE RACEWAY APRIL 24TH 2015
Our fate was sealed early this night with an early pill draw. A slimy track early caused a disappointing 9th quick time, the track improved almost half a second during qualifying. Track position was critical this night with heavy traffic and lapped cars causing some tense moments. Brady finished 2nd in heat race one and started 9th in the A main. After clearing traffic Brady ran down the pack with a few laps left. No place to pass resulted in a 5th place finish. We were very fortunate to get the race in with a threat of rain all night and the skies opening up shortly after the race finished.

LAKESIDE SPEEDWAY APRIL 26 2015
Unlike Eagle, an early draw was critical in qualifying. We put a new RR on for hot laps and after a few hot laps it and the LR were ruined. The track was eating tires all night and made for an expensive tire bill for owners. Brady ran a 17.7 time good enough for 2nd quick. There was almost a 4 second differential in qualifying time from the fastest to the 32nd qualifier. As was the case the previous night, with such a differential in speed, passing was interesting to say the least. Brady finished 3rd in heat number 2 and started 5th in the A main. We had nothing for Robert this night. Brady raced hard all night, moving up to 3rd and catching Chase Stockon . The two put on a heck of a dual with Brady briefly moving into 2nd only to have Chase pass us again. It was great to see such intense, clean racing, you can tell the two have a lot of respect for each other. A hard fought 3rd place , podium finish rounded out the long trip, in front of a huge crowd.. We drove straight home after the event . Now we are looking forward to a 2 night event at the Big E with The Outlaws. See you there!!!

Tim Waechter
VP Marketing/Public Relations Hoffman Racing
10 Time USAC National Sprint Car Champions
twbigt69@gmail.com
513-284-1519

USAC NATIONAL SPRINT CAR WIN #88 COMES ON NIGHT TWO OF A TWO RACE SWING THROUGH SOUTHERN INDIANA
Bloomington

Over the years we have had a very fast car on the 1/4 mile high banked red clay track. This race was no exception. Brady ran a blistering fast time of 11.056 for fast time and close to the track record. Brady drove an amazing heat race moving from the 6th starting spot to a dominant win. He made some great moves on the tight track. We started 6th in the A Main and early on it looked like we had something for them, but mid-race we dropped to 7th and struggled. The car got better as the race went on , Brady getting as high as 4th place. We were coming on late but settled for a 5th place finish. We learned something in that race that payed off the next night.

TRI-STATE SPEEDWAY HAUBSTADT INDIANA
This has always been one of our favorite tracks and Bradyís as well. We qualified 3rd which put us in the 3rd heat of 3 heats run . As he did in Friday night, Bradyís performance in the heat race was a thing of beauty. He won with another dominating performance. Applying a few things learned on Friday, Brady started 3rd in the A Main and with some aggressive, smart driving he took the top spot on lap 4. We with Kyle Cummins and Robert Ballou ran away form the rest of the field. As Brady got into heavy traffic with lapped cars, Ballou pressured Brady. He even got the lead on the back stretch of lap 22 only until the two got into turns 3 & 4. You could tell Brady would not be denied. The dual continued the rest of the race , giving the packed house an exciting event and Brady a very popular win. In the short time Brady has been racing in USAC, he has built a huge fan base and growing as evidenced by the long impromptu autograph line that formed when the fans were allowed to enter the pits(picture). The long trip home was a happy drive for an excited albeit a tired crew.
We are heading to Nebraska and Kansas next weekend for a 3 race swing. See our Midwest fans there.

Tim Waechter
VP Marketing/Public Relations Hoffman Racing
10 Time USAC National Sprint Car Champions
twbigt69@gmail.com
513-284-1519

OBJECTIVES FOR RUNNING THE WEEKLY SHOW AT LAWRENCEBURG MET 
We ran the weekly show at our home track of Lawrenceburg ,Saturday 11 April with the following objectives:
- Test out a new XXX car to make sure everything is sound if we run the car in a USAC race
- Try to improve on our inconsistent performances at our home track
- And it would be nice to win the race

All objectives were met. The new car was solid , as are all XXX cars we have had. We were quick time in hot laps . The pill draw had us starting inside row 2 for the second heat. Brady quickly grabbed the lead and never looked back. The Burg then has a redraw of the top 2 finishers in each heat. They have young race fans draw for each Team and a young man drew number 1 for us. Brady grabbed the lead from the pole position and led every lap in a race that went green to checkered. I believe that he lapped up to the 8th position. Brady caught the end of the pack by lap 8 and did a masterful job weaving through traffic. It was a popular win at our home track made even more so when Brady called the young man who drew the pill from the stands and gave him the trophy.

Back to USAC National competition this weekend at Bloomington and Haubstadt.
Tim Waechter
 VP Marketing/Public Relations Hoffman Racing
 10 Time USAC National Sprint Car Champions
 twbigt69@gmail.com
 513-284-1519
RESULTS FROM LAWRENCEBURG APRIL 4 2015
We have been inconsistent at our home track the last several years, some good nights, some not so much.  Unfortunately ,Saturday fell in the latter category.  

The night started out great as The Mean Green Hoffman car was quick time in hot laps with a time under the 14 second mark. The track dried up a bit more than we thought before we went out to qualify and the result was that we slowed up by almost a half second and qualified a disappointing 14th.  That put us in a hole which we really didnít climb out of the rest of the night.  

We transferred to the A main with a 3rd place finish in heat #2, a tough heat.  We started 11th in the A Main.  We moved up to 8th in a long green flag run that ended with a yellow with 9 to go.  Brady tried high , low, middle on the track.  We caught cars 3-6 at the restart, but passing was difficult and due to a disqualification, finished 7th.  

We will probably take a new style XXX to the weekly show a The Burg this Saturday to test it out and try to find more consistency at out home track.  The next USAC race is in two weeks with a double header at Bloomington and Haubstadt.
Tim Waechter
 VP Marketing/Public Relations Hoffman Racing
 10 Time USAC National Sprint Car Champions
 twbigt69@gmail.com
 513-284-1519

Brady Bacon, Crew & "The Mean Green 69 Machine" at Bubba's Ocala Speedway 2/21/2015, Ocala Fl.  It was a real nail-biter! Brady got the lead right from the Green Flag and held it for 30 laps. About the 20th lap Brady's lead was starting to erode. Chase Stockon's car was clearly getting faster and Brady had his hands full for the final 10 laps. The race came down to the last turn of the last lap when Chase Stockon made a attempt to pass. Brady held his line and came out the Winner.  It was quite a race, and I am glad I was there to see it. Did I mention that Brady opened the 2015 Season on Friday night with a 3rd place finish? One more night to go at Ocala then on to East Bay next weekend. This was a Historic 87th National Win! (more later)
RESULTS FROM THE FLORIDA SEASON OPENING TRIP FOR 2015
It could be called the trip from hell if you were looking at all that went wrong. But the Hoffman Team showed its grit and championship determination in Florida. Frankly I can not remember everything that happened, but here are the primary happenings:

- After only 9 laps or so the primary, newly refreshed motor blew in practice night at Ocala
- The second motor blew night 3 in Ocala when we had a top 5 or better locked.
- The 4 wheeler locked up and could not be used the 2 nights in East Bay, a lot of pushing   by hand. Thanks to USAC and fellow racers for use of their 4 wheelers. Did I mention that we pitted out of the infield , requiring a lot of help to move everything.
- The crew , expecting to have a day or 2 to relax, worked 9am-9pm or later daily. We changed the entire fuel system on the primary car to assure no fueling problems were causing motor problems.
- Trips back and forth from Tampa to Ocala to pick up a spare car .
- Had to replace the front right tire on the truck, due to foreign object in-bedded.( Picture)
- Got totally soaked cleaning the car in the rain before heading home .
- All time win #87 came in night 2 at Ocala.
- 2 quick times at Ocala
- Top 3 finishes in every race where we finished or were not taken out by a fellow competitor.

Night 2 at East Bay while running 2nd, with a chance at another win, the 3rd place car decided to take us out by ramming into our rear bumper and spinning us out. Of course he kept going. Apologies rang very hollow.
- A very fast car every night .

It was great to see our friends Stush and Toni in East Bay. We owe a big thank you to Captain Jack Nowling for his hospitality and kindness in sharing his home with the racers.

Looking forward to racing at our home track, Lawrenceburg on April 4th. Taking a deep breath and back to work for now.


Tim Waechter
VP Marketing/Public Relations Hoffman Racing
10 Time USAC National Sprint Car Champions
twbigt69@gmail.com
513-284-1519

 
 

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