‘Steady’ Eddie Hoffman Runs To Big ASALMS North Division Win By Jim Blacroch
Series Veteran Out Races Youngsters - Defending North Division Champ Finishes Second
Eddie Hoffman is just 48-years of age. He races in a series that is populated by 14-to-19 year olds and the 20-something set, looking for their place in the motorsports world. Hoffman of Wheaton, Ill., knows his full well. He’s been the ‘wheel-man’ for Tom Kmak and his Lisa Thomas Salon machines in Midwest Late Model racing for the past 15-or-so years.
Hoffman, Kmak and company have been running the ASALMS North Division and Challenge Series races over the past couple of seasons and in Friday nights GunBroker.com 100 presented by ASA Limited for the North Division, ASA Late Model Series at O’Reilly Raceway Park (IRP) Hoffman went out and taught the younger-set a lesson.
Snyder, who ended up second, slipped by Derek Neville for the lead on lap 28 and once Hoffman settled into second, the top-two sped away from the rest of the pack.
“We were pretty fast tonight,” related Hoffman, referring to his Ford powered machine. “Trent was quick as well, probably just as fast as we were, but the car was really good on long runs and easy on the tires, that really helped us out.”
Hoffman is also performing double-duty and will be competing in the O’Reilly Auto Parts / ASI Limited 200 presented by Gunbroker.com at Raceway Park on Saturday night.
“Hopefully, we can apply what we learned tonight for Saturday night. That’s the big goal,” referenced Hoffman to Saturday night’s ASALMS Challenge Series event. “I’ve got to thank Tom and Lisa, our car owners and all of the guys on the crew. This is a pretty big win for us tonight and hopefully, we can keep it going tomorrow.”
Snyder, who finished second, was all smiles following the event.
“Eddie (Hoffman) is a tough competitor,” stated Snyder in post-race inspection. “We wanted to win and I thought we had a shot, but Eddie just had a little bit more then me tonight. We’ll regroup and get after them at the next race.”
Jesse Saunders beat Neville to the stripe in a photo finish for third, while Alec Carl rounded out the top-five.
The ASA Late Model Series returns to action on Saturday night the running of the O’Reilly Auto Parts / ASI Limited 200 presented by GunBroker.com for the Challenge Series presented by GM Performance. The USPRO Cup Series presented by Drive Train Specialists will also be competing in the ASI Limited 50 lap event prior to the 200 lap feature.
Hoffman worked his way around defending North Division champion, Trent Snyder of Ironton, Minn., on lap 61, showed great patience in working his way to the top spot from the 7th place starting position.
“I really didn’t know if I was going to have something for Trent or not,” offered Hoffman following the event. “I was trying to save some tires, keep the momentum going, not use the car up and he was good, but the longer the run went, the better we got.”
Hoffman seemingly haunted Snyder around the spacious track during the mid-stages of the event and then, like a predator stalking his prey, he pounced on a Snyder slip exiting turn two and finished the pass on a bottom-side exit off of turn four.
“Yeah, we were just racing hard,” explained Hoffman. “But Trent’s tires went away a little bit and that left me the opportunity to get around him. It was a pretty good race for the lead for awhile.”