Plainfield, IN - Coming off a busy weekend shortened by mother nature Chad Boespflug and the Hoffman Auto Racing Mean Green Cleaner Team are confident going into the Amsoil USAC National series Midwest Opener at Lawrenceburg Speedway Saturday. Boespflug and the HAR team took advantage of the open test day at "The Burg" this past Saturday morning before making their way to Brownstown Speedway for the No Way Out 40. The test session was designed for Boespflug to get more comfortable at the high banked 3/8 mile where he has struggled to find speed at in the past few seasons. He was able to hit the track for a few hot lap sessions as he and Crew Chief Davey Jones worked to tweak things on their Maxim Chassis' before the first of three stops the Amsoil USAC National Series makes at Lawrenceburg Speedway in 2017. The first of which is this Saturday April 1st.
Wrapping up their test session just before mid day the team loaded up and hit the road about an hour and a half north west to Brownstown, IN. A chance of rain lingered over the entire state of Indiana most of the day, but with an earlier start time for the No Way Out 40 the track attmepted to get the show in, and they almost did. A field of 31 cars filled the pit area at the first non wing sprint car race in the state of Indiana in 2017. Boespflug was off to a strong start before the rain came picking up a heat race win after starting third and then taking over the race lead after starting fourth before the rain came on lap 8 of the feature. Heavy rains forced the track to postpone the event following lap 8 of the feature despite their continued efforts to keep the show moving to "beat the rain", unfortunately a race that most often is won by the dreaded "r" word. The makeup feature is scheduled to be added to the MSCS event June 24th.
As Boespflug and the HAR Team head south to Lawrenceburg Speedway, the "home" track of HAR and Mean Green Cleaner and Degreaser, they feel they made strides during their most recent test session and are ready for the Amsoil USAC National Midwest Opener at The Burg.
"We were up and out before the sun was up last weekend to get a full day of testing and then racing in before we were cut short because of the rain. The team behind me is a bunch of hard workers that never complained about the early trip to test crammed in before a night of racing. We needed to test, I haven't been fast at The Burg since the sprint week show a few years back in the Hazen 57. The USAC National schedule goes to The Burg three times this year and those are three races we can not let slip away due to lack of speed as we chase the National Championship. We tried some things and I think the changes we made will be helpful this weekend. I am looking forward to starting the USAC Midwest season Saturday at The Burg especially in the HAR 69 as it is as close to a "home' track for the Hoffman's and Mean Green as we get. So a strong showing is what our goal is. Of course we want to win, but to come out of the gate strong with a good qualifying lap will set the tone for the whole night." - Chad Boespflug
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