Hoffman Hustles In Carter Classic
MORRIS, Ill. — Eddie Hoffman won the ASA Midwest Tour presented by SCAG Power Equipment and Lester Buildings Wayne Carter Classic ECHO Bear Cat 100 tonight at Grundy County Speedway.
It was the first ASA MW Tour triumph for the veteran racer.
Before the start of the race, pole sitter Pat Kelly pulled into the pits with problems. This moved fast qualifier, Chris Wimmer to the point with Skylar Holzhausen on the outside and Nathan Haseleu and Eddie Hoffman in row two. Kelly did return to the track before the green flag officially fell, but because he went into the pit area he had to start at the rear.
Wimmer took the lead as Holzhausen was feeling the heat from Nathan Haseleu on the inside for the second spot. Holzhausen was able to get to the bottom in front of Haseleu to settle into the second spot. Hoffman and Eilen rounded out the top five.
With 10 laps in, the field began to stretch out single file but Eilen was trying to make an inside move on Hoffman. Chris Wimmer continued to stretch out his lead over Holzhausen and Holzhausen had a sizable lead over the rest of the field as well.
Eddie Hoffman dove to the inside of Haseleu for the third spot. Jonathan Eilen, Erik Darnell and Dave Gentile followed suit, putting Haseleu back into seventh. Jonathan Eilen was filling up Eddie Hoffman’s rear view mirror while Darnell was on the move.
While the battles were heating up for second and third, Holzhausen was slowly reeling in Chris Wimmer and both continued to stretch out the lead. With 40 laps in the leaders began to encounter lapped traffic allowing Holzhausen to continue to close the gap.
Seven laps later Skylar Holzhausen slammed into the backstretch wall at full speed sliding all the way into turn three. Hoffman moved into the second spot with a very determined Eilen third.
With the choose rule in place, Wimmer chose to start on the inside followed by Hoffman with Eilen electing to start on the outside of the front row. Wimmer took the lead and Hoffman settled himself into second followed by Eilen. Hoffman was making a solid attempt to the inside for the lead as Eilen was patiently waiting but not without some pressure from Dave Gentile.
Once again the field began to settle and Wimmer was stretching out his lead over Hoffman and Eilen but they were not letting him get to far away. As the laps began to wind down, Eilen was once again all over the bumper of Hoffman realizing he did not have much time to make a run for the lead.
With 25 laps to go Hoffman and Wimmer were side by side and Hoffman was able to go to the head of the class. Eilen took the second spot over Wimmer, but out of nowhere came Erik Darnell in fourth challenging for the spot over Wimmer. Wimmer slid up the track and Darnell took the spot.
With 10 to go Hoffman gained some ground over Eilen as Darnell got caught up in traffic. Hoffman took the checkers followed by Jonathan Eilen, Erik Darnell, Dave Gentile and Chris Wimmer.
Dann Barber won tonight’s ASA Midwest SCAG Truck Tour 50-lap feature.
Eddie Hoffman, Jonathan Eilen, Erik Darnell, Dave Gentile, Chris Wimmer, Nathan Haseleu, Boris Jurkovic, Andrew Morrissey, Nick Panitzke, Chris Wienkauf, Matt Tifft, Brandon Hill, Skylar Holzhausen, Jason Weinkauf, Erik Long, Cardell Potter, Mike White, Pat Kelly.
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