Race Story

Nick Hoffman Scores First Career Late Model Victory in Eldora Lidlifter

Jacob Hawkins Scores Modified Victory and Rob Trent Tops Wild Stock Feature

ROSSBURG, Ohio (April 15, 2017) – Nick Hoffman has been winning major modified races across the United States but Saturday night he etched his name into the Eldora Speedway record book by capturing his first Late Model checkered flag, winning the 25-lap Sunoco American Late Model Series main event in the speedway’s 64th season opener.

Jacob Hawkins dominated the 20-lap UMP Modified feature event, while two-time and defending track champion Rob Trent closed out the evening with a win in the 15-lap Stock Car chase.

Hoffman, from Mooresville, North Carolina, inherited the lead when race leader Kent Robinson jumped a restart on the second lap and Hoffman never looked back running the high-line around the high-banked, one-half mile oval to perfection to beat Robinson to the checkered flag by nearly five car lengths.

“This isn’t just my first win here in a late model, this is my first win ever in a late model,” Hoffman said. “I guess there is no better place to win one then here. This is really amazing.”

Robinson finished in the runner-up position, while defending Late Model track champion Jon Henry finished in third-place ahead of Hawkins and Jeff Babcock, who rallied to his top-five finish after a spin on the opening lap.

“I didn’t know the leader could jump a start,” a disappointed Robinson said. “But I am not sure it would have made any difference.”

Rusty Schlenk, Casey Noonan, Nick Latham, Jared Bailey and Dustin Nobbe completed the top ten.

Hawkins, of Fairmont, West Virginia, then jumped into his modified and jumped to the early lead from his outside pole starting position and never looked back picking up his 6th career win at Eldora.

“We were a little off after the heat race and the guys made a couple adjustments and they obviously were the right one’s because the car was flawless,” Hawkins said.

Jerry Bowersock finished in the runner-up position, while defending track champion Jeff Koz, Mike Learman and Jonathan Taylor completed the top five. Rounding out the top ten were Dylan Woodling, Jared Spalding, Evan Taylor, Joel Dick and Aaron Orr.

“He was really good up there in the top groove and I just wasn’t sure I want to run that close to the wall,” Bowersock said. “I was hoping I could force him up a little higher on one of the

restarts and may he would make a mistake but he was just too good. We finished second to what I consider one of the best modified teams in the country so I have no complaints.”

Trent had dropped as far back as fifth-place in the Stock Car main event but then go the break he needed when Woodard spun from the lead just three laps from the finish. Trent then moved around Craig Swartz and Paul Pardo on the restart and held off a late charge by Donnie Jeschke to pick up the opening night win.

“We were a little loose early, but the tires really came in right before that and we were hooked up those last three laps,” Trent, from Lima, Ohio said.

Jeschke finished in second-place ahead of Pardo, Craig Swartz and Ed Hounshell. Frank Paladino, Anthony Goode, Jeremy Creech and Brandon Archey rounded out the top ten.

Next Saturday night Eldora Speedway hosts the Saturday Night Speedfest featuring the UMP Modifieds, the Eldora Stock Cars and the Vores Compacts. The springtime start-times will once again be in effect with spectator gates opening at 4:00 p.m., hot laps beginning at 5:00 p.m. and show time at 6:00 p.m.

About Eldora Speedway:
Since carved from a cornfield in the natural amphitheater that existed between the Eldora Ballroom and the Wabash River by bandleader Earl Baltes in 1954, Eldora Speedway has grown to be a frontrunner in motorsports growth and stability. Baltes chose to sell the legendary high-banked clay oval to motorsports entrepreneur and NASCAR, IndyCar and USAC champion Tony Stewart in 2004. Eldora celebrates its 64th consecutive season of racing in 2017 featuring the biggest events in short-track racing, including the: $100,000-to-win Dirt Late Model Dream Weekend on June 8th-9th-10th; the $50,000-to-win Kings Royal Weekend on July 13th-14th-15th; the Camping World Truck Series’ Eldora Dirt Derby – NASCAR’s only race on dirt on Wednesday, July 19th; the 47th Annual World 100 Weekend on September 7th-8th-9th; and the historic 4-Crown Nationals on September 22nd and 23rd. The complete schedule for Eldora’s 64th consecutive season, including ticket and campsite information will be posted at www.EldoraSpeedway.com. Fans can get off-season access from Eldora Speedway by following @EldoraSpeedway on Twitter, Instagram and Snapchat, hitting ‘Like’ at www.facebook.com/EldoraSpeedway and adding to over 4.8-million views of exclusive video on www.youtube.com/EldoraSpeedway.


Race Results

Event Box Score

Sunoco American Late Models

Qualifying

1.88-Andrew Reaume, 15.968; 2.15H-Jon Henry, 16.295; 3.1N-Casey Noonan, 16.591; 4.4G-Kody Evans, 16.660; 5.7B-Jeff Babcock, 16.660; 6.5N-Dustin Nobbe, 16.702; 7.7R-Kent Robinson, 16.713; 8.2-Nick Hoffman, 16.790; 9.55-Jeep VanWormer, 16.991; 10.31-Nick Latham, 17.041; 11.1CJ-Rusty Schlenk, 17.054; 12.24-Jared Bailey, 17.081; 13.5*-Bryant Dickinson, 18.161; 14.20-Jacob Hawkins, 99.991; 15.95J-Jerry Bowersock, 99.992;

Heat 1, Group A –  (8 Laps)
1. 1N-Casey Noonan[2] ; 2. 15H-Jon Henry[3] ; 3. 5N-Dustin Nobbe[1] ; 4. 88-Andrew Reaume[4] ; 5. 31-Nick Latham[5] ; 6. 20-Jacob Hawkins[7] ; 7. 1CJ-Rusty Schlenk[6] ; 8. 95J-Jerry Bowersock[8]

Heat 2, Group B –  (8 Laps)
1. 7R-Kent Robinson[2] ; 2. 2-Nick Hoffman[1] ; 3. 7B-Jeff Babcock[3] ; 4. 4G-Kody Evans[4] ; 5. 55-Jeep VanWormer[5] ; 6. 24-Jared Bailey[6] ; 7. 5*-Bryant Dickinson[7]

A-Feature –  (25 Laps)
1. 2-Nick Hoffman[4] ; 2. 7R-Kent Robinson[2] ; 3. 15H-Jon Henry[3] ; 4. 20-Jacob Hawkins[11] ; 5. 7B-Jeff Babcock[6] ; 6. 1CJ-Rusty Schlenk[13] ; 7. 1N-Casey Noonan[1] ; 8. 31-Nick Latham[9] ; 9. 24-Jared Bailey[12] ; 10. 5N-Dustin Nobbe[5] ; 11. 5*-Bryant Dickinson[14] ; 12. 4G-Kody Evans[8] ; 13. 88-Andrew Reaume[7] ; 14. 95J-Jerry Bowersock[15] ; 15. 55-Jeep VanWormer[10]

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Eldora Stock Cars

Heat 1 –  (8 Laps)
1. 7-Jordan Conover[9] ; 2. 5W-Craig Swartz[1] ; 4. 87-Andy Welch[3] ; 5. 5G-Anthony Goode[7] ; 6. X-Red Harvey Jr.[2] ; 7. 33-Erik Skaggs[6] ; 8. 15-Drew Trick[4] ; 9. 99-Andy King[5]

Heat 2 –  (8 Laps)
1. J2-Rob Trent[2] ; 2. 01-Earnie Woodard[4] ; 3. 91-Ed Hounshell[3] ; 4. 55-Brandon Archey[1] ; 5. 410-Paul Pardo[7] ; 6. 99J-Donnie Jeschke[9] ; 7. 95-Gary Rahe Jr[10] ; 8. 17C-Jeremy Creech[6] ; 9. 23-Casey Barr[8] ; 10. 14-Ronnie Bloomfield[5]

A-Feature –  (15 Laps)
1. J2-Rob Trent[3] ; 2. 99J-Donnie Jeschke[12] ; 3. 410-Paul Pardo[10] ; 4. 5W-Craig Swartz[2] ; 5. 91-Ed Hounshell[6] ; 6. 27-Frank Paladino[5] ; 7. 5G-Anthony Goode[9] ; 8. 17C-Jeremy Creech[16] ; 9. 55-Brandon Archey[8] ; 10. 95-Gary Rahe Jr[14] ; 11. 87-Andy Welch[7] ; 12. 14-Ronnie Bloomfield[19] ; 13. 23-Casey Barr[18] ; 14. X-Red Harvey Jr.[11] ; 15. 33-Erik Skaggs[13] ; 16. 99-Andy King[17] ; 17. 01-Earnie Woodard[1] ; 18. 7-Jordan Conover[4] ; 19. 15-Drew Trick[15]

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DIRTcar UMP Modifieds

Heat 1 –  (8 Laps)
1. 13H-Jacob Hawkins[5] ; 2. 16-Jeff Koz[2] ; 3. 09D-Joel Dick[6] ; 4. 20M-Josh Morton[4] ; 5. 36-Brandon Vaughan[3] ; 6. 34X-Andy Bibler[1] ; 7. 88-Scott Orr[7]

Heat 2 –  (8 Laps)
1. 11J-Jared Spalding[2] ; 2. 188-Aaron Orr[4] ; 3. 4-Mike Learman[1] ; 4. 3W-Dylan Woodling[3] ; 5. 13-Andy Galgoci[6] ; 6. 7-Evan Taylor[7] ; 7. 5X-Tim Richardson[5]

Heat 3 –  (8 Laps)
1. 95J-Jerry Bowersock[2] ; 2. 11H-Mike Hohlbein[1] ; 3. 5-Jonathan Taylor[7] ; 4. 18-Ryan Sutter[3] ; 5. 01-Earnie Woodard[4] ; 6. 71D-Anthony Davis[5] ; 7. 52-Weasel Phlipot[6]

A-Feature –  (20 Laps)
1. 13H-Jacob Hawkins[2] ; 2. 95J-Jerry Bowersock[3] ; 3. 16-Jeff Koz[4] ; 4. 4-Mike Learman[8] ; 5. 5-Jonathan Taylor[9] ; 6. 3W-Dylan Woodling[11] ; 7. 11J-Jared Spalding[1] ; 8. 7-Evan Taylor[17] ; 9. 09D-Joel Dick[7] ; 10. 188-Aaron Orr[5] ; 11. 20M-Josh Morton[10] ; 12. 13-Andy Galgoci[14] ; 13. 18-Ryan Sutter[12] ; 14. 01-Earnie Woodard[15] ; 15. 11H-Mike Hohlbein[6] ; 16. 71D-Anthony Davis[18] ; 17. 36-Brandon Vaughan[13] ; 18. 88-Scott Orr[19]

 


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Videos

Video Highlights From The Event

4.15.17 | Feature Highlights


Archived Video

Watch 64th Season Opener Live

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Lap Charts

Lap Times And Scoring Chart

Lap chart PDF documents can be viewed below. The charts show running order, lap times and charge (+/-) for each lap crossing and each car.

Race Name Lap Chart
Sunoco American Late Models Feature Download
DIRTcar Modifieds Feature Download
Stock Car Feature Download