ATTICA, Ohio – California native and Indiana resident Chad Boespflug showed up for the Ollie’s Bargain Outlet All Star Circuit of Champions race at Attica Raceway Park to kick off the Memorial Day weekend on Friday evening.
It was a rough night for Boespflug, who failed to advance past the B-Main. However, it was a good learning experience for the 2011 Lawrenceburg Speedway track champion.
With more than 35 sprint car victories under his belt, Boespflug figures its time to bolt on the wing and get some winged racing experience.
“I want to do this some more,” said Boespflug. “The All Stars are a tough field, but I want to do some more wing racing, got to race with the best to get better. Definitely got better as the night went on, we had the car good, in the heat race I felt like a race car driver again. I was able to drive the car and do what I needed, we just did not make the good calls in the B-Main. We know where we need to be, just from the start of the night we got a lot better. Its fun, I was smiling, it’s something different, I been racing Sprint Cars for a while now and to do something different is just fun. No high expectations, just come have fun, get better, and make some laps. I passed some cars tonight.
With his usual crew working at the Little 500 at Anderson (Ind.) Speedway, Boespflug saw Friday’s race at Attica as an opportunity and have fun and try something a bit different.
“It’s a family affair tonight and this weekend as well,” Boespflug. “All my crew guys are busy this week at the Little 500 and stuff like that, so it was a chance to get out with my family, fiancée, and her parents as well and just have a good time.
“The track (Attica) is awesome, it’s a little dirty made it a little tuff for a guy like me who is not used to stuff like this starting in the back. Being in the back of the B-Main was a lot of dirty air, made it a little more difficult. I just don’t have much experience with this, and going from USAC to this, there’s not much that translates. I was telling Dad earlier, if the car gets really good around the bottom, that’s probably the only thing that translates from USAC is being able to turn the race car. But, typically, you don’t want to turn the race car. That’s why tracks (like) Haubstadt are tough for the a lot of those Outlaw guys, because they are not used to turning the race car and non-wing guys are used to turning the race car.”
Boespflug, who is chasing the USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car Series championship this year, said he hopes to hit a few more winged races this season as his schedule allows.
“Our primary focus is the USAC National Sprint Car tour, but we are going to keep dabbling with the wing stuff when nothing conflicts with that schedule and have some fun,” said Boespflug. “Contemplating right now going down to Nashville next week, but we will see. Just a great get away have fun weekend with the family, but learning a lot.”