Hoffman is set to drive the No. 0 starting Tuesday
Scott Bloomquist just competed in the Silver Dollar Nationals at I-80 Speedway. However, the driver will be jumping out of the seat for this coming weekend.
Bloomquist was involved in a motorcycle accident back in 2019. He suffered a leg injury in the crash. The injury led to hip replacement surgery in January 2020.
Since the crash, Bloomquost has suffered from a loss of sensation in his right leg. That’s caused the multi-time dirt late model champion to battle in recovery.
The Silver Dollar Nationals is an 80-lap event on the the 4/10-mile oval at I-80 Speedway. During the main event, Bloomquist suffered leg tingles.
This weekend, Fairbury Speedway is hosting the famed Prairie Dirt Classic. The main event is a 100-lap race paying $50,000 to the winner.
Bloomquist will exit the seat of the No. 0 machine. Nick Hoffman will step in to fill the seat of the Scott Bloomquist Racing machine.
29-year-old Nick Hoffman has won 17 of 18 races on the Summit Racing Equipment Modified Nationals.
Cody Sommer is co-owner of Scott Bloomquist Racing. He made the call to Hoffman…
“I’ve got a long relationship with Nick, for years, and everybody knows what he’s been doing [in a modified],” team co-owner Cody Sommer told DirtonDirt.
“So, when we decided to put somebody in the car for Scott, I made the call and said, ‘I know you’ll be at Fairbury, are you interested in driving the Zero car?’ Of course, he wanted to, so that’s our plan.”
On Monday, Nick Hoffman was fitted for a seat. And, racing will begin before the weekend at Fairbury. Hoffman is set to pilot the No. 0 machine on Tuesday night at Davenport Speedway. He’ll race for $5,000 with the MARS Racing Series.
“He obviously has something going on with his nerves,” Sommer said of Bloomquost.
“Just before heading to I-80, he was out on the lake on his boat, he jumped out of it and hit the concrete pretty hard. He skinned his knee real bad and I guess he tweaked [his hip]. At I-80, we started to see that something had flared up.”
Nick Hoffman has a lot of experience in a dirt late model. In his most recent run, he raced a Team Zero machine at Eldora Speedway, out of the Hatcher Racing stable.