Eddie Hoffman is getting ready to come back and once again defend his Chicago International Trucks National Short Track Championship at the Rockford Speedway.
Last year, Hoffman led wire-to-wire in the 250-lap main event. But, it wasn’t an easy task for the Chicagoland veteran. He lost his power steering within the first 25-laps of the event.
“Good thing I still pick up a hockey stick,” Hoffman recalled. “I really didn’t think I was going to make it. We really didn’t have time to make any changes. If you go to the back at Rockford, you can pretty much forget about it. So I had to decide to tough it out to make it or we weren’t going to make it. I had to drive the car differently than I wanted to.”
Hoffman held off challenges from Eddie Van Meter, Steve Rubeck, and Jeff Lane to pick up his second NSTC title in a row, third overall.
Hoffman is looking forward to the 41st Annual Chicago
International Trucks National Short Track Championships. This
year’s event returns to the traditional 200-lap format that was used
“They have shortened it this year, which I like to see the long
ones where you have to manage your tires and brakes,” Hoffman
stated. “It just puts the pressure on to get up there right away.
Rockford is a difficult track and it’s hard to pass on. There is
not a lot of grip. It’s largely a driver’s track. You got to have a
good car but the driver comes into play there quite a bit.”
A total of ten divisions will be competing over the three-day event
on September 22-24 at the Rockford Speedway. A total of 689
laps of feature racing will be taking place along with qualifying
and last chances races. The CRA Super Series, Mid-American
Series, and the Big 8 Series are among the ten divisions
Event and ticket information can be found at www.rockfordspeedway.com. To order advance tickets please visit the website or call the track office at (815) 633-1500.
Eddie Hoffman hopes to end the day in the same place as last year at Rockford.
The Wheaton, IL driver is a three-time and defending NSTC champion. Hoffman picked up the titles in 2001, 2004 and 2005. He is hoping to become the first driver since Steve Carlson to win it three years in a row. Carlson, a seven-time champion, won NSTC three times in a row from 1998-2000.
“That’s always a special race,” Hoffman recently stated. “It’s close to home and the National Short Track Championships have been around ever since I have been playing in Deery’s playground there in the back. It’s been cool, a good Series (CRA Super Series) and has paid good money over the last few years and had plenty of cars.”