BARBERVILLE, Fla. — Nick Hoffman inherited the lead after Matt Cooper had mechanical issues on lap 11, and drove to his first victory of the 2013 UNOH DIRTcar Nationals Presented by Summit Racing Equipment Friday night at Volusia Speedway Park.
“I got a pretty good draw and I’m not usually good at the draw deal,” said Hoffman. “Cooper got the jump on me and he was running right through the middle, but once I found the cushion I knew we’d be in pretty good shape. It was just hard to keep control of it and hit your marks every lap.”
Hoffman, who drew the pole position for the 20-lap main event, battled side-by-side with Kyle Bronson for the victory with Bronson finishing second. Bronson started 10th and charged to third in only four laps. Bronson also finished as the runner-up to Rodney Sanders on Tuesday’s opening night of the UNOH DIRTcar Nationals.
“We got pretty lucky he showed me the top,” Hoffman said. “The next restart I just went up top and blazed the cushion and I felt like it was pretty much game over after that.”
Dale Mathison finished third for the second consecutive time during his 2013 UNOH DIRTcar Nationals. NASCAR Nationwide driver Justin Allgaier finished fourth and Kelly Shryock rounded out the top five.
Nick Hoffman, Kyle Bronson, Dale Mathison, Justin Allgaier, Kelly Shryock, Kenny Wallace, Ty Dillon, Kody Weisner, Dave Wietholder, Ken Schrader, Brendan Gaughan, Denny Schwartz, Bryce Jewell, David Reutimann, Bart Hartman, Tyler Nicely, Austin Dillon, Shon Flanary, Matt Cooper, Brian Ruhlman, David Stremme, Collin Thirlby, Jeff Babcock, Corey Seckerson.