LOVELAND, Ohio — Hoffman Auto Racing announced Monday that Alabama sprint car standout Kevin Thomas Jr. will take over driving duties for the famed No. 69 entry, competing full-time in the 2018 USAC National Sprint Car Series.
Long-time team backer Mean Green Cleaner and Degreaser will return to the squad for the sixth-straight season, with additional backing from Lykins Energy Solutions, Hoosier Tire and XYZ.
In addition, HAR will continue to fly the flag of The Military Order of The Purple Heart as an official MOPH Race Team.
Thomas, who replaces Chad Boespflug behind the wheel of the Hoffman mount, comes to the team fresh off a season that included seven USAC National Sprint Car wins, including triumphs during Eastern Storm at Williams Grove Speedway, Indiana Sprint Week at Bloomington Speedway and the Budweiser Oval Nationals at Perris Auto Speedway.
“I’m grateful to be able to add my name to the long list of people that have driven for Hoffman Racing,” said Thomas. “When
Mr. Hoffman approached me, I was kind of shocked. It’s a great opportunity, and I’m incredibly thankful to get to be a small piece of their history.”
“We’re going to make a run at the sprint car championship. I think it’d be cool to get them their 12th title. I was fortunate enough to have an amazing season this past year, and I hope we can duplicate in 2018. I’m really looking forward to driving the No. 69.”
Thomas started racing at an early age and was the BMX bike champion in the state of Alabama by age eight. After running mini-sprints, he graduated to sprint cars in 2007. Thomas’ breakout 2013 season included seven USAC sprint car feature wins and the Most Improved Driver Award.
After seeing what Thomas could do driving his own equipment in 2017, team owner Richard Hoffman is excited to have the 26-year-old Cullman, Alabama native behind the wheel of the famed Hoffman No. 69 next season.
“We were thrilled to be able to work out a partnership with KT to acquire his considerable driving talents for 2018,” said Hoffman. “We are confident that this combination will keep us in the hunt for the 2018 season, both to win races and claim that 12th USAC National Sprint Car championship we are pursuing.”
CREDIT: Hoffman Auto Racing