Nick Hoffman is best known for his success in full-size race cars, both as a driver and as a chassis builder with Elite Chassis. The four-time DIRTcar Nationals Champion also has another title on his resume – 2017 Speed51 Open winner.
A frequent competitor at Millbridge Speedway (NC) in the Outlaw Karts, Hoffman will once again compete in Millbridge’s marquee event, looking for another $5,151 payday.
Hoffman has raced weekly at Millbridge this season, including last Wednesday’s Prelude to the Speed51 Open, gaining track time ahead of the QRC Speed51 Open.
“We’ve been racing here every week, but as you get further into the summer the track changes a lot,” Hoffman told Speed51. “Just trying to get geared up for next week.”
Along with the adjustments with the track as the temperatures in the Tar Heel State increase for the summer, Hoffman noted the competition increases this time of year at the Salisbury, North Carolina oval as drivers show up preparing for the big race.
“Keeping up with the race track, what it’s doing,” said Hoffman. “That, and you get a couple guys who come in this week to get ready for next week. See what we’ve got. You just want to stay sharp and have a really good shot at it next week.”
Despite the increased level of competition in the event, which routinely draws more than 40 Outlaw Kart racers from all over the country, Hoffman says it is key to have faith in your equipment and ability rather than getting distracted by the number of racers around you.
“You’ve got to go out there and know your stuff’s good,” said Hoffman. “Do everything you can to get the job done. Phantom’s given me a good kart the past few years, and we were fortunate enough to win this race two years ago.”
It’s also a confidence booster for Hoffman and his Phantom Racing Chassis team that he is a former winner of the event, knowing what it takes over 51 laps around Millbridge’s 1/6-mile oval to be in position for the victory.
“We’ve been good enough to do it,” said Hoffman. “That’s always in the back of your head. We’ve done it before, we can do it again.”
Hoffman also has a pretty sharp teammate in his corner, as both he and Max McLaughiln will be in the Phantom Racing Chassis camp for the event.
“Max being my teammate, me and him have raced a lot together,” said Hoffman. “Being able to bounce feedback back and forth, whether it’s the race track or the race car.”
The QRC Speed51 Open presented by HMS Motorsport takes place May 21-22. Fans unable to make the trip to Millbridge for the event can watch Hoffman and the rest of the star-studded field live on Speed51 via a pay-per-view broadcast of the event.
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