Sauter and Hoffman Trying for Repeat ASA Midwest Tour Appleton Win The question many fans are asking is will the ASA Midwest Tour George Appleton Memorial/Echo Power Blower 100 be a repeat winner, either for the Appleton Memorial or for the...
Sauter and Hoffman Trying for Repeat ASA Midwest Tour Appleton Win
The question many fans are asking is will the ASA Midwest Tour George Appleton Memorial/Echo Power Blower 100 be a repeat winner, either for the Appleton Memorial or for the ASA Midwest Tour, or a first-time champion?
In the eight years the George Appleton Memorial has been run, six drivers have won. Pat Kelly, JR Roahrig, Boris Jurkovic, Jeremy Lepak, and Johnny Sauter all have one win in the event, and Eddie Hoffman has three wins.
"Fast Eddie" Hoffman of Wheaton, Illinois, has been winning races for 14 years. Before getting behind the wheel he helped his father Ed Hoffman prepare his racecars. Ed Sr. won 13 championships in the Chicagoland area. Ed Jr. got his start in the Mid-American Stock Car Series winning the Series championship in 1993, 1994, and 1995 with a cumulative 23 feature wins over the 3 years. He progressed to the RE/MAX Challenge Series and was named Rookie of the Year over Neil Knoblock and Al Schill Jr. in a season where 220 unique drivers competed in Series events. He went on to win the championship in 1997. The following year he won the year-end Bud Pole Award with four pole positions. He is also the only driver in ARTGO history to win Rookie of the Year one year (1996) and the series championship the next (1997). Hoffman capped off the 1998 season by winning two features in one day at Oktoberfest at the LaCrosse Fairgrounds Speedway. Eddie made his ASA debut in 1999 driving the No. 5 Thunderbird for Don Fanetti. He had one pole that year and a third place finish at DeSoto Speedway in Florida. Hoffman joined TK Racing in 2000 driving for Tom and Lisa Kmak. Hoffman has excelled in every series and division he has competed in to this day and is looking for his fourth win in the ninth annual George Appleton Memorial/Echo Power Blower 100 Friday night July 13 at Grundy County Speedway.
Johnny Sauter is also hungry for another victory in the prestigious Super Late Model race after his big win in 2003. NASCAR Nextel Cup teammate Jeff Green described, "Johnny is really excited about this race. He loves going home and he grew up racing against a lot of those guys." Johnny Sauter will be racing the Super Late Model No. 70 sponsored by Five Star Race Car Bodies and owned by Fran Prestay. "We ran really well in this race a few years ago in a car prepared by Richie Wauters and the set up Fran has for this car was given to him by Richie also. We should be good, I am confident I'll be able to just get in and run well. The American Speed Association Midwest Tour is the place to be this year and for many years to come, I just wish I could run the whole deal," stated Johnny Sauter.
Hoffman and Sauter headline an entry list full of the biggest names in Midwest racing. The George Appleton Memorial/Echo Power Blower 100 program will begin with qualifying at 4 pm and racing at 7 pm. Posted awards top $40,100.