LEWISTOWN, Ill. — A maximum of $24,000 could be won in DIRTcar UMP Modified competition over the four major events contested in Illinois this weekend. Nick Hoffman claimed $22,500 of it.
“It’s unreal to be able to even race for that kind of money in one weekend for modifieds,” he said.
Leading flag-to-flag in the 30th running of the Plowboy Nationals at Spoon River Speedway, Hoffman completed a Friday-Saturday-Sunday sweep with his third victory in three days at three different tracks, all while boasting yet another Elite Chassis top-four finish on Sunday.
The Mooresville, N.C., chassis-builder won back-to-back Summit Racing Equipment American Modified Series shows at Farmer City Raceway and Fairbury Speedway for the first two trophies, and now his third comes in the form of $10,000 – one of those two big checks he collected this weekend.
“I think this is the biggest weekend in history for UMP modifieds,” Hoffman said. “I don’t think we’ve ever got to race two ten-thousands back-to-back, plus $2,500 and $1,500. Labor Day weekend’s always a big weekend for modified guys.”
Hoffman began his night by setting quick time in his group qualifying session, winning his heat, redrawing the pole and going virtually unchallenged for 50 laps around the three-eighths-mile high banks for what is now his 18th triumph overall in DIRTcar-sanctioned action this year.
Hoffman did face the other leaders behind him on a few restarts and was forced to slice his way through lapped traffic at points, but nothing seemed to slow down the defending DIRTcar National points champion.
Even Hoffman’s fellow Elite Chassis drivers were taking notice of the dominance.
“It’s kinda like we’re racing an IMSA race out here, where he’s in one class and the rest of us are in another,” said Mike McKinney, who finished second. “We’re just kinda on the same race track as of right now. He’s just good everywhere you go.”
Tyler Nicely, Will Krup and David Stremme rounded out the top five.
Feature (50 Laps) – 1. 7H-Nick Hoffman ; 2. 96-Mike McKinney ; 3. 25-Tyler Nicely ; 4. K19-Will Krup ; 5. 35-David Stremme ; 6. P27-Brody Pompe ; 7. 292-Josh Allen ; 8. 3L-Jeff Leka ; 9. 25W-Allen Weisser ; 10. 31-Mark Anderson ; 11. 32-Bobby Pierce ; 12. 5CS-Curt Spalding ; 13. A9-AJ May ; 14. 28M-Kevin Morrow ; 15. 36E-Dan Ems ; 16. 59R-Jacob Rexing ; 17. 3-Mike Brooks ; 18. 777-Trevor Neville ; 19. 77-Ray Bollinger ; 20. 99-Hunt Gossum ; 21. Z1-Zac Oedewaldt ; 22. 22-Josh Harris ; 23. 15-Chris Smith ; 24. 8-Kyle Steffens ; 25. 59B-Brent Weaver ; 26. 1D-Dean Hoffman