By Kevin Ramsell
Wednesday, August 30, 2006 (West Salem, WI) – Eddie Hoffman, a three-time Oktoberfest champion can’t wait to return to the fall event and get himself back into victory lane. Hoffman will make the trek from Illinois to compete at the 2006 Oktoberfest Race Weekend at the La Crosse Fairgrounds Speedway.
Hoffman, from Wheaton, IL, won Oktoberfest in 1998, 1999, and 2001. “It’s a neat track,” Hoffman recently stated. “The cars and things have changed the last few years, setups and that sort of things. We will have to do some things to get the car better. Everyone else caught up and passed us.”
Hoffman’s wins came when he competed in the NASCAR Autozone Elite Division – Midwest Series. Last year, he finished second to Tim Schendel. He also competed in the ASA Late Model Series event where he finished fourth behind winner, Charlie Menard. He also placed a fourth place finish in the ARTGO Reunion 100 which was won by Steve Holzhausen.
Hoffman is having a successful 2006 season. He has one win in the ASA Late Model Series Challenge division and two wins in the ASA Late Model Series North Division. He is also in a great battle for the track championship at Grundy County Speedway in Morris, IL.
Hoffman plans on competing in the Wisconsin Late Model and ASA Late Model Series North Division events at Oktoberfest. But, don’t be surprised if he finds rides to compete in the Big 8 Series and the Midwest Series.
When asked about what is the first thing that comes to his mind about Oktoberfest, he says, “Good Dinners.”
He also likes the format, “It’s a long weekend but you make plans for that. You go up there for two or three days and bring the family along which is good. You are able to do some things with them and watch more than one division of racing.”
He easily sums up his feelings of Oktoberfest like many others, “Anybody and everybody from racing come so it’s pretty cool,” Hoffman stated. “It’s definitely one that you know you are going to. You see when the date is and its something like taxes, God and Oktoberfest.”
The 2006 Oktoberfest Race Weekend is scheduled for October 5-8 at the La Crosse Fairgrounds Speedway. It will be a busy four days of racing with 15 different divisions competing. For more information, please visit the track’s website at www.lacrossespeedway.com. As Dick Trickle says, “It’s truly ‘Racing’s Family Reunion’.”