Plainfield, IN - After struggling to find speed during numerous events at Lawrenceburg Speedway Chad Boespflug scored his first podium finish with the Amsoil USAC National Series at "The Burg" Saturday. A track where Boespflug holds a track championship has eluded him the past few seasons. The test session Boespflug and the Hoffman Auto Racing Team had just a few weeks ago was just what he and his team needed to gain the confidence and skills needed to earn a podium position. A field of 35 Amsoil USAC National cars was on hand Saturday to fight for 1 of 22 starting positions in the AMain.
Boespflug was 9th quick in ProSource Qualifying before advancing one position from 4th to 3rd in Heat Race #1 earning him a transfer position into the AMain. The field inverted the top 6 starting positions of the highest 6 qualifiers who transferred through a heat race. This placed Boespflug on the pole for the 30 lap AMain. The initial start saw Boespflug take the early race lead over Chris Windom before being stopped due to a red flag before completing a lap. The second start did not go as smoothly as the first and Windom won the drag race into turn one. Boespflug attempted the slide Windom multiple times throughout the race to regain the lead, but came up short finishing 2nd to Windom. Boespflug has not finished outside of the top 5 in Amsoil USAC National events in 2017 with two seconds and a fourth.
"I fought some throttle issues as the race went on, having to pickup the pedal, so naturally my focus shifted when I should have solely been concentrating on tracking down Windom I had other things to deal with. However this is the strongest I have ran at The Burg in a few years. I wish we would have finished one spot higher on the podium, but a 2nd place finish at a track I haven't had the best results at is still a strong finish for us as a team. Consistency is what we lacked last season and this year we are headed in the right direction with two seconds and a fourth in the first three races." - Chad Boespflug
Tentatively Boespflug will return to California Saturday to race the Cheney Racing #42 at Thunderbowl Raceway in Tulare, CA in USAC/CRA competition, weather permitting.
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Saturday 4/1 USAC at Lawrenceburg Speedway - Lawrenceburg, IN
35 Cars Qualified: 9th Heat Race S: 4th F: 3rd - AMain S: 1st F: 2nd
TBD Weather Permitting
Saturday 4/8 USAC/CRA at Thunderbowl Raceway - Tulare, CA 42
Chad chatted with Ryan Kent Jr. at Mansfield Motor Speedway before Sunday's cancellation.