Hoffman Hustles To Modified Score

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Nick Hoffman in victory lane Saturday at Volusia Speedway Park. (Chris Seelman photo)
Nick Hoffman in victory lane Saturday at Volusia Speedway Park. (Chris Seelman photo)
Nick Hoffman in victory lane Saturday at Volusia Speedway Park. (Chris Seelman photo)

BARBERVILLE, Fla. — In the first qualifying night for Monday’s Gator Championship, Nick Hoffman became the fifth different DIRTcar UMP Modified winner of the week, getting the jump on Kyle Strickler after a caution-filled start to the main event.

Hoffman had been on the podium at Volusia all but one night in the first week of action, but on Saturday night he broke through for a win with a dominating performance, holding off Kyle Strickler and Ty Dillon in the qualifying race to put himself in a prime position for Monday night’s $5,000-to-win special event for UMP Modifieds.

“The track was in my favor tonight, starting on the pole,” said Hoffman. “I think the plan is take every one of these Gators back to North Carolina between me and Kyle and the Dillon boys.

“I’ve won here on the bottom and it’s been good, and that’s just what I did tonight, held it right on the bottom, make sure to hit the moisture, and that’s all she wrote. It all comes down to the pill draw. I’ve won the Gator from seventh before so it can be done from further back, but it’s going to be tough with the guys we’ve been running against, and the Dillons being so tough.”

The finish:

Nick Hoffman, Kyle Strickler, Ty Dillon, Jason Beaulieu, Josh Rice, Evan Taylor, Garret Stewart, Jake Hawkins, Brandon Green, Josh Harris, Ray Bollinger, Larry Burkins, Paul Miles, Rich Pratt, Gene Nicholas, Jeff Thomas, Ernie Gingerich, Matt Johnson, Bobby Milers, Cory Daugherty, David Baldwin, Jeff Mathews, Dalton Lanich, Jason Intoppa, Michael Stratton.