Plainfield, IN - Chad Boespflug leaves Florida after the conclusion of the 9th Annual Winter Dirt Games at Bubba Raceway Park in the Top 5 in AMSOIL USAC National Sprint Car Standings. Averaging a 6th place finish in the opening 3 nights of the USAC National Schedule with a pair of 8th's and a 3rd place podium finish Boespflug currently sits 4th overall as the series heads to the Midwest.
Struggling early in qualifying put Boespflug behind right off the bat on Night 1, but he rallied back and earned the KSE Racing Products / ProSource Hard Charger award advancing 10 positions finishing 8th after starting 18th. As the weekend progressed so did Boespflug in the NineEight Motorsports Howard Law 98 Maxim. With each night qualifying runs improved which in return made for better starting positions in the mains. Boespflug raced his way to a transfer position each night through heat race competition including earning a heat race win. A 7th place qualifying run the final night of Winter Dirt Games IX put Boespflug in the invert for the main earning him a front row starting position. The initial start of the WDG finale showed the outside line was not the preferred groove on the start, as Boespflug shifted back to 5th. As the race progressed with minimal cautions Boespflug's car began to dig harder and came to him. The NineEight Motorsports 98 gained more speed in the last half of the race as he was able to hold off hard charging competition when pressured from behind to earn his first podium finish of the 2018 season, finishing 3rd.
"Thursday the cautions hurt my runs, but I could have used a few Saturday. Each night the car got better as the race went on and that will pay off throughout the season. Overall I am pleased with the way this Florida trip went, we made gains with the new maxim each time it hit the track. Thankful for all who made the trip to Florida possible. I am proud of what we accomplished and had fun doing it. Now we'll truck back to Indy to get things ready for the start of the Midwest season. " - Chad Boespflug
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AMSOIL USAC Winter Dirt Games Results at Bubba Raceway Park - Ocala, Florida
2/15 31 Cars - Qualified 18th - Heat Race S: 2nd F: Won - AMain S:18th F: 8th
2/16 39 Cars - Qualified 14th - Heat Race S: 3rd F: 2nd - AMain S:12th F: 8th
2/17 28 Cars - Qualified 7th- Heat Race S: 5th F: 4th - AMain S: 2nd F: 3rd