Thomas To Wheel Famed Hoffman No. 69

As Mean Green returns for sixth season

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Kevin Thomas Jr. will wheel the Mean Green-sponsor Hoffman No. 69 sprint car next season. (Dick Ayers photo)

LOVELAND, Ohio — Kevin Thomas Jr. will be behind the wheel as Mean Green Cleaner and Degreaser return to Hoffman Racing for its sixth season as sponsor of the USAC Nationals Sprint Car Series operation.

With Thomas, who won seven races in the series this year, steering the familiar No. 69, the team will be chasing its unprecedented 12th USAC national championship.

“I’m grateful to be able to add my name to the long list of people that have driven for Hoffman Racing,” Thomas said. “When Mr. Hoffman approached me, I was kind of shocked. It’s a great opportunity, and I’m incredibly thankful to get to be a small piece of their history. We’re going to make a run at the sprint car championship.

“I think it’d be cool to get them their 12th title,” he added. “I was fortunate enough to have an amazing season this past year, and I hope we can duplicate in 2018. I’m really looking forward to driving the No.69.”

Thomas won 20 races in all in 2017.

“We were thrilled to be able to work out a partnership with KT to acquire his considerable driving talents for 2018. We are confident that this combination will keep us in the hunt for the 2018 season to win races and that 12th USAC National Sprint Car Championship we are pursuing,” said Richard Hoffman, owner and president of Hoffman Racing.

“Mean Green is excited to return as a partner with Hoffman Auto Racing. We are grateful for the support we have received from the Hoffman Team and fans throughout the years and we are proud to extend our partnership for another winning season” commented Mariely De La Fuente, brand manager of Mean Green Cleaner and Degreaser.

Returning as associate sponsors will be Lykins Energy Solutions, Hoosier Tire and XYZ. HAR will continue to fly the flag of The Military Order of The Purple Heart as an official MOPH Race Team.

Highlights of the team’s history include: -1929-1960 Gus campaigned sprint cars and Midgets, his drivers included Eddie Sachs, and Don Branson – 1964 Gus’s son Richard became co-owner of the Team – 1973-1984 HAR fielded Indy Cars, including 7 Indy 500 starts – 1989 HAR won the first of 11 USAC National Sprint Car Championships with Rob Hoffman as the crew chief.

Drivers from the past 88 years reads like a who’s who of racing including Jeff Gordon, Tony Stewart, Tracy Hines, J.J. Yeley, Kasey Kahne, Kenny Irwin Jr., Rich Vogler, Dave Darland, Johnny Parsons Jr., Tim Richmond, Jay Drake, Brian Tyler, Robbie Stanley, Eric Gordon, Steve Butler, Jerry Coons Jr. Ryan Newman, Dave Steele, George Snider, Tom Bigelow Shorty Templemen, Don Branson, Eddie Sachs, Bill Puterbaugh, Elmer George, Pancho Carter, Roger Ward, Andy Michener, Kyle Larson and Brady Bacon.