Nick Hoffman won three of the first four Southeast Dirt Modified Series races to kick off the 2016 season, but when the series heads to its next race this weekend at County Line Raceway in North Carolina he’ll be in Illinois.
After dominating the Dirt Modified world in January and February, Hoffman is taking some time off from the Modifieds to participate in some other forms of racing.
“We’re actually going to Du Quoin, Illinois to run an Outlaw Kart for Indy Race Parts with Kevin Swindell,” Hoffman told Speed51.com powered by JEGS.
Hoffman said right now he doesn’t plan on running another Modified race until maybe the middle of April with his main focus placed on big events in the middle of the summer. So for right now Hoffman is all about the Outlaw Karts.
The 23-year-old driver most recently got behind the wheel of the low-slung high-powered dirt kart at North Carolina’s Millbridge Speedway. He was running in the top five for much of the race before he was caught up in a mid-race crash.
Hoffman said there’s quite a few reasons why he races Outlaw Karts, and one of those reasons is because of how much they help him for other cars.
“I tell a lot of people that I’ve raced a lot of stuff and the Outlaw Kart in speed is probably the fastest thing because of the weight,” he said. “Everything happens so quick. It happens way quicker in those things than pretty much anything else I’ve driven. I’ve ran everything pretty much on asphalt and dirt. They’re just wild. They’re 450-pounds and close to 100 horsepower so they’re pretty wild. It’s just a lot of fun.”
Hoffman said he’s hoping to continue to ride the momentum from a stellar Florida/Georgia Speedweeks that saw him score seven victories at Golden Isles Speedway (GA) and Volusia Speedway Park (FL). Hoffman also took home to Mooresville the big gator for winning the DIRTcar Nationals championship at Volusia.
“We’ve won a lot of big races throughout the years, but to win that many big races in that short amount of time was pretty huge,” Hoffman said. “It was all just momentum. You start winning a couple big races and then they just come easier and you keep clicking them off. Especially when you’re racing 14 races in 18 nights basically.”
After having so much success last month, Hoffman believes he has a great shot of running strong at the UMP Summer Nationals, and he said picking up a championship there would be the ultimate.
“My biggest goal right now is if we can do that Summer Nationals deal and click off some wins in the Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky areas and somehow come home with the championship there that would be really big,” he said. “That’s my next big feat that I feel like we need to go after.
“That was the first time I had won the points deal at Volusia, which was huge. I’ve finished second twice, once to Austin Dillon and once to Schrader. So to finally win that and get my second Gator was big. So I think now I need to put my focus towards the Midwest and knock out some more wins there.”
-By Rob Blount, Speed51.com Southeast Editor – Twitter: @RobBlount
-Photo Credit: DIRTcar Nats photo