Plainfield, IN - Chad Boespflug and the Hoffman Auto Racing Mean Green Cleaner 69 Team traveled to southern Indiana for two days of Amsoil USAC National racing. The famed red clay of Bloomington Speedway and the paperclip tight Tri-State Speedway played host to the best in non wing sprint car drivers in the country Friday and Saturday. Strong fields of over 30 cars entered both nights of competition.
The red clay of Bloomington Speedway has defeated Boespflug more often than not, so a mid pack qualifying lap of 13th quick was about standard for him. However on Friday that mid pack qualifying lap would earn him a front row starting position for the 30 lap AMain after transferring through Heat Race #1. On a typical night against the USAC National drivers 13th qualifying spot rarely earns your those honors, but Friday the odds were in favor of Boespflug. Starting second outside veteran Dave Darland Boespflug quickly took the lead and held it over Darland and Chris Windom through halfway. A restart on lap 22 saw the lead slip away from Boespflug and into the reigns of Windom. As the elbows went up inside the cockpit of the HAR 69 so did Boespflug's line on the track. He chose to run the high line as Windom settled in on the bottom. The hunt was on with 5 laps remaining in the AMain. Boespflug on the top and Windom on the bottom the duo raced side by side wheel to wheel. A similar sight from last falls Jim Hurtubise Classic at THAT except slide jobs was not the name of the game Friday instead the pair would race side by side in more of a drag race still coming within inches of each other, but never making contact. As the white flag fell Boespflug took the lead over Windom to gain that edge he needed to hold him off and earn his first Bloomington Career feature win and HAR their 102nd USAC National win.
"Wow, what a battle. Windom raced me clean and hard, but never raced me dirty, and I respect him for that. Being able to finally win a race here is pretty cool and to do it in the HAR Mean Green Cleaner 69 is even cooler. This place has eluded me for so long, heck almost ten years of racing in Indiana. To get a USAC win as my first here against this tough field of cars is pretty special." - Chad Boespflug
Following the win and celebration Boespflug and the HAR Team headed even further south to Tri-State Speedway, yet another track that has been less than a favorite for Boespflug. They traded in the red clay for the black tricky paperclip surrounded by cornfields in Haubstadt, IN. A better qualifying lap of 6th quick placed Boespflug in the 5th starting position in Heat Race #2 leaving him one spot outside of a transfer position as they threw the green. A great start for Boespflug and huge momentum made it possible for him to race his way into the 2nd position at the conclusion of lap 1. Boespflug tracked down heat race leader Chris Gentry, a Haubstadt local, before the checkered fell to pick up the heat win. Once again Boespflug found himself on the front row for the 30 lap AMain following the inversion. Boespflug grabbed the early race lead, but quickly found himself in what seemed like a deja vu battle with that orange #5 of Chris Windom once again. After being passed he continued to show Windom a nose lap and lap again, but it was just not enough to regain the lead as the duo that has recently been named the "Chad and Chris Show" by USAC swapped positions on the podium for night two in southern Indiana. Boespflug has yet to finish outside of the top 4 in Amsoil USAC National Competition and he kept that consistency going finished 2nd to Windom.
"Tonight it was Windom's turn, he and Derek have been fast lately, but to be even on the podium at Haubstadt is like a win for me as I have struggled here time and time again. Heck the whole podium has. I think this is a taste of what fans have to look forward to this year. Windom and I have had many close races, but it seems to be becoming a nightly thing. This year is going to be tough like I said before he and Derek have that thing figured out and are in the hunt every night." - Boespflug reflects after his second podium finish of the weekend.
Boespflug will follow the Amsoil USAC National tour as they head to northern Indiana this weekend with Plymouth Friday and Montpelier Saturday.
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Friday 4/14 USAC at Bloomginton Speedway - Bloomington, IN
34 Cars Qualified: 13th Heat Race S: 3rd F: 2nd - AMain S: 2nd F: Won
Saturday 4/15 USAC at Tri-State Speedway - Haubstadt, IN
31 Cars Qualified: 6th Heat Race S: 5th F: Won - AMain S: 2nd F: 2nd
Friday 4/21 USAC at Plymouth Speedway - Plymouth, IN 69
Saturday 4/22 USAC at Montpelier Speedway Montpelier, IN 69
Photo Credits: Collin Markle Photography & Josh James Artwork