Plainfield, IN - Chad Boespflug ended his first full Amsoil USAC National Season by picking up yet another win on the road. Night #1 of the 21st Annual Oval Nationals at Perris Auto Speedway added one more to his win column, this win coming in his home state of California. Thus totaling 6 Amsoil USAC National Wins in five different states across the country. The added pressure of long hours in the truck to and from venues did not phase Boespflug and his newly assembled team. In fact they performed the best on their long tows. Boespflug parked his NineEight Motorsports / EZR 98e Maxim chassis in victory lane once in Ohio, New Jersey, Nebraska, and California and twice in South Dakota sweeping the inaugural Rock and Roll Gold Cup at Badlands Speedway in August.
The 21st Annual Oval Nationals started with the highest of highs as Boespflug earned his first career USAC National Win in his home state of California on none other than a stage he had longed for from the age of 16. At 16 Boespflug attempted to make his first ever Oval Nationals start when he was turned away for being "too young". Twelve years and numerous Oval Nationals appearances later Boespflug was dealt the hand he had been waiting for since that young age. Everything went his way beginning with a decent qualifying effort and a heat race win leaving him with a front row starting position for the main. Boespflug jumped out to an early lead, but a hard charging Chris Windom closed in on his rear bumper in the early laps of the caution filled main event. 30 laps of close racing between Boespflug and Windom made for an exciting race for the crowd on opening night of Ovals. Boespflug capitalized when Windom bobbled ass he continued to pound the cushion down to pull away and win his 6th feature of the season.
Night #2 of Ovals appeared to be a carbon copy of Night #1 for Boespflug with another 7th place qualifying lap and another front row starting position for the main after transferring through the heat. Once again Boespflug captured the early race lead and held his own until Dave Darland stepped out of the freight train line around the bottom and tried to make the top work. Darland quickly gained track position passing his way to the runner up position in a lane no one had tried up until that point in the main. Darland drove around Boespflug on the top to take away the lead. A few laps later Boespflug followed suit moving up the race track and tried to close the gap between he and the new leader. With six laps remaining in the feature Boespflug clipped the wall exiting turn two and went for a ride. A disappointing way to end what had been such a successful weekend until that point for Boespflug, the good news to go with the bad was he emerged from the destroyed 98e uninjured. Shortly after the mangled car returned to the pits the team went to work to strip it down and begin preparing the backup car for the final night of Ovals.
"We had another good run going and its always disappointing to end a night with a torn up race car. I am thankful to be surrounded by exceptional safety equipment in times like these, but hate it for my guys that our night ended on driver error. I go up into the wall exiting two and the right front just grabbed and I went for a ride. I cant thank my team enough for the long hours that night and morning after that they put in to get things tore down and the back up car race ready so I could take it easy Saturday." - Chad Boespflug
Boespflug bounced back and added another heat race win and another top 10 finish Night #3 finishing 7th in the Oval National finale and the final USAC National race of the season. Shortly after the final fans made their way through the pits Saturday night Boespflug hit the road to tackle the 2,100 mile trek home to Indiana. Once arriving home the team assembled to wash, tear down, and begin maintaining the cars. There really is no "off season" in racing, there is always room from improvement and work to be done to stay current with the always evolving sport. The 2017 season is fast approaching and the start of the 2017 Amsoil USAC National Season in Florida is less than three months away.
"This year has been more than I ever dreamed it would be. When I put the final pieces of the puzzle together to build this team over the winter our goal was to go racing and have fun. We have done all of those things and then some. Starting out the year with the win at Eldora I was content. That win quickly moved to the top of what I would call the biggest accomplishment of my career. Then to add two wins and a track record more before sweeping the Rock and Roll Gold Cup I would have been happy with that. Picking up the win and another new track record on our west coast swing was the icing on the cake for the already incredible year we have had. Winning in Indiana eluded us this year, but I am more than pleased with the results we have had in our first full season competing against the USAC National Series. We have already been working hard to regroup and rebuild to get things ready for Florida. It is going to be a very busy off season, but I am excited to see what 2017 has in store." - Boespflug reflects on his 2016 accomplishments.
Special Thank You to All West Coast Swing Supporting Partners:
Beaver Stripes, Capitol Renegade and Custom Trailer Sales, Malvern Bank, and Manvel Motorsports.
Thank You to All Continued Supporting Partners:
Amsoil, Bell Helmets, Butlerbuilt Seats, B & W Auto Mart, Capitol Renegade and Custom Trailer Sales, Claxton Engines, Creative Finishing, DLG, DMI, FK Indy, HRP, Indy Race Parts, InTech Trailers, Malvern Trust & Savings Bank, Manvel Motorsports, Maxim Racing, Midwest Shades, PAC Racing Springs, RevvedUp Industries, Rockwell Time, Saldana Racing Products, Schroeder Torsion Bars, Shaws, Schoenfeld Headers, Simpson Race Products, STIDA, Walker Performance Filters, and Wilwood.
Thank You to All of the Fans who have supported Chad Boespflug and the NineEight Motorsports / EZR Team.
11/10 - Perris Auto Speedway - Cars: 44 Qualifying 7th - Heat Race S: 5th F: 1st - AMain S: 1st F: Win
11/11 - Perris Auto Speedway - Cars: 44 Qualifying 7th - Heat Race S: 5th F: 2nd - AMain S: 1st F: 21st
11/12 - Perris Auto Speedway - Cars: 43 Qualifying 10th - Heat Race S: 2nd F: 1st - AMain S: 7th F: 7th
2016 Amsoil USAC National Season Recap:
-6 USAC National Wins-
May 7th - Eldora Speedway - Rossburg, OH
June 9th - New Egypt Speedway - New Egypt, NJ
June 24th Eagle Raceway - Eagle, NE
August 20th Badlands Speedway - Brandon, SD
August 21st Badlands Speedway - Brandon, SD
November 10th Perris Auto Speedway - Perris, CA
-4 ProSource USAC National Quick Times-
July 15th - Bloomington Speedway - Bloomington, IN
August 26th Kokomo Speedway - Kokomo, IN
November 4th - Arizona Speedway - San Tan Valley, AZ
November 5th - Arizona Speedway - San Tan Valley, AZ
-2 New Track Records-
July 15th - Bloomington Speedway - Bloomington, IN 10.737
November 5th - Arizona Speedway - San Tan Valley, AZ 14.625
-6th in USAC National Driver Points-
-6th in USAC National Owner Points-
Victory Lane Photo Credits: Collin Markle Photography, The Wheatley Collection, Tim Aylwin, and Rich Forman.