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Hoffman returns to Grundy winners’ circle

Published: Monday, Aug. 4, 2014 9:23 p.m. CST

MORRIS – Eddie Hoffman’s previous late-model feature victory at Grundy County Speedway was June 27.

After capturing his fourth main event win overall Friday night, Hoffman chuckled in the tech line at the suggestion that it’s been a while.

Hoffman did it with precision, following closely behind leader John Nutley from laps 16 through 25 before pouncing on an opportunity when a gap opened on the bottom in turns 3 and 4.

By the time they were in Turn 1, the pass was complete. Nutley tried to battle back, but Hoffman eventually wound up beating Brett Sontag to the finish line by 0.656 seconds.

Nutley, who after contact with Brett Sontag spun out in Turn 4 while leading a week earlier, yielded second place to Sontag on the final lap this time. Ricky Baker was fourth, followed by Billy Knippenberg (who led laps 3 through 14) and Brandon Clubb.

The 33-lap Ed Mahoney Candy Man Special memorial race went to Jake Bradley. Bradley, fast earlier in the night in winning a heat race, tracked down and passed Jacob McKown on lap 13, only to have a yellow flag negate the move. On the restart, Bradley followed McKown for one lap before passing him again, this time for good.

Bradley beat Eddie Ligue to the line by 2.082 seconds. Chris Woodall was third, followed by McKown, John Senerchia, Rita Fields and Christy Penrod.

A wild and yellow flag-filled Mid-American feature saw Kenny Benson pass Chuck Yuris on the final lap. Yuris led from Laps 17 through 24 before Benson emerged from a three-wide battle that also included Joe Vinachi.

Benson beat Vinachi by 0.313 seconds. Kevin Murphy scrambled to third, while Tom Knippenberg, Yuris and Kevin Gentile completed the top six.

Zach Sontag made a late pass of Jim Gross and won his second pure stocks feature. Dan Schmeissing was third, followed by Chet Hartley, Austin Blackwell and Spencer Leake.

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