Hoffman makes late pass in late-model win
By Tony Baranek Sun-Times Media June 8, 2013 11:50PM
Updated: June 11, 2013 12:14PM
SCHERERVILLE — Shaun Wiltjer was having the drive of his life when he heard Eddie Hoffman coming up from behind halfway through Saturday night’s late-model feature at Illiana Speedway.
Wiltjer had held off a couple of other challengers, but Hoffman was a different animal.
“Eddie’s a very overly-talented animal,” Wiltjer said with a smile. “I could hear him picking up the throttle a car-length or two before me. I thought, ‘Well, he’s just better than me right now.’ But that’s good company to get beat by.”
Hoffman completed the pass on the bottom groove, and over the final 15 laps was in command of the 17-car field. He went on to beat Paul Shafer Jr. by 2.80 seconds.
The win was Hoffman’s second of the season at Illiana, and his second of the weekend, to go along with a victory Friday night at Grundy County Speedway.
“That wasn’t bad at all,” Hoffman said. “I had a good car, and things broke (well). You’ve just got to be patient. Once we were able to get up into second and into the lead I knew we had a pretty good car.”
The real battle over the final few laps was for third place among Wiltjer, D.J. Weltmeyer and Anthony Danta. With two laps remaining, Weltmeyer was able to get underneath and almost past Wiltjer. As they roared down the backstretch the final time, however, Danta pressured Weltmeyer just enough for Wiltjer to use the outside groove and claim third. Weltmeyer held on for fourth, ahead of Danta, Keith Tolf, Dean Patterson and Bobby Gash.
Chris King came from his third-row starting spot to eventually cruise to victory in the Legends division, his fourth of the season.
King methodically worked his way through the pack before chasing down leader Brian Tedeschi on lap 14 of the 20-lap event. After making the pass in Turn 4, he went on to beat Tedeschi to the line by 2.148 seconds. Shafer was third, followed by Jacob Melvin, Ben Fidone and Jeremy Banning.
The first leg of the three-race North Grand street stock challenge went to Jacob McKown, his second win of the season.
McKown took the lead from Bill Serviss on lap 13, and held off a persistent Ryan Moore, who was on his bumper when they crossed the finish line. Chris Woodall, Timmy Stewart, Matt Arvia and Serviss completed the top six.
Mike Wojcik passed Kyle Royster on the final lap to claim the pure stocks feature. Third went to Doug Verkaik, ahead of Ryan Gilliam, Tom Crawford Sr., and Alex Treptow.