CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. – Originally, the two-day venture out to the Volunteer State for some DIRTcar Summit Racing Equipment Modified Nationals action wasn’t even on defending champion Nick Hoffman’s projected schedule.
After all, only a driver’s best eight finishes count toward the overall points standings.
But it’s the drive to win and passion for competition that makes a champion a champion, and Hoffman showed exactly what that looks like Sunday night, as he completed the weekend sweep of the modified action with his second win in two days at Clarksville Speedway.
“We weren’t really planning on coming here as of last week, so to come here and win both nights is pretty good,” Hoffman said in victory lane. “It says a lot about the guys that help me and put this thing together for me. We’ve been working out tails off to get this thing right and I think we’re really close right now.”
Fifty feature laps were contested over the two days in Tennessee, 50 laps led for the Mooresville, N.C.-native. He’s now tied with fellow championship contender Mike McKinney for most wins overall this season at three, and it’s shaping up to be a dogfight for the points championship.
In what was almost a mirror image of Saturday night, Hoffman jumped out to the early lead and went 25 laps virtually unchallenged for the lead by the rest of the top-five, which included names like Trent Young, Josh Harris, McKinney and Will Krup.
In the laps before the final caution late in the race, Hoffman had drawn-up a lead of almost two seconds around the quarter-mile. Using the middle of the track as his preferred lane, Hoffman and his Elite Chassis seemed to just float around the red clay high banks where others just chased.
“It felt better out there than it did on the bottom, and I didn’t know where them guys were running. I would just open up my [corner] entry and kinda make it hard for someone to pass me if they had a run,” Hoffman said.
After suffering his second DNF of the season early in Saturday night’s Feature, McKinney was able to rebound Sunday night with a fourth-place finish behind Trent Young and Josh Harris. Harris, who made the trip down for Sunday only, tied his best finish of the year with the Summit Modifieds in third.
1. 7-Nick Hoffman ; 2. 7D-Trent Young ; 3. 22-Josh Harris ; 4. 96M-Mike McKinney ; 5. K19-Will Krup ; 6. 55-Michael Lee ; 7. 99-Hunt Gossum ; 8. 16C-John Clippinger ; 9. 12-Lucas Lee ; 10. 24-Zeke McKenzie ; 11. O2-Chris Cook ; 12. 98-Zac Harris ; 13. 15-Clayton Miller ; 14. 13-Charlie Mefford ; 15. 2-Peyton Walker ; 16. 43-Ricky Knight ; 17. 55M-Blaze Melton ; 18. 94-Cory Balkey