Indianapolis – Buddy Kofoid continues to do amazing things.
The USAC NOS Energy Drink National Midget Series champion raced from sixth on the grid to win Thursday night’s doomed DrivenToSaveLives BC39 at Dirt Track at IMS.
Kofoid led 67th in the Keith Kunz Motorsports race, taking the lead from fellow Toyota driver Cannon McIntosh on lap 38 and driving the last two laps of the quarter-mile track to take the $15,000 grand prize.
“This is the biggest dwarf win of my career,” said Kovoid. “She was so special, she didn’t sink into it yet. I almost gave her up on the last reboot. I wanted to kiss the bricks this weekend. I just started tearing up the fence, and if I say it upside down, I put it upside down. It’s amazing To see a house packed and pay homage to Brian Clauson, it’s hard to find words.
“I owe everything to these guys Keith Koons to Motorsport. I couldn’t have done it without Keith Koons and Pete Willoughby, and we certainly couldn’t have done it without Toyota Racing and Mobil 1 on the side of this car. Hats off to Canon. Racing was so much fun with him. It was probably the funniest race I’ve ever been in.”
This victory was Kovoid’s eighth in the USA competition this season and his 36th victory at the National Dwarf, which saw him overtake Kyle Larson for the second place all-time dwarf drivers driving Toyota. Kofoid won 10 or more features in each of his three full seasons of dwarf racing.
McIntosh started from pole, but it was Mitchell Mulls who would take the lead early as McIntosh slipped back to third during the first eight laps before moving to second on lap nine. Then one turn the Macintosh will move past the moles for the lead, only to see the warning signal wave and return the field to its previous lap order. On the reboot, McIntosh would quickly lock in Moles, passing him to the lead on lap 11, only to see the yellow flag wave again, forcing him to drop the lead.
The third time proved to be Macintosh’s magic as he passed the moles on the outside coming out of the fourth turn to take first place on lap 13. He soon began withdrawing away from the field. Khaldun followed, Ethan Mitchell in third, Zach Daum in fourth, and Kofoed climbed to fifth.
By lap 21, Macintosh had opened nearly two seconds ahead before another warning came to the stadium crowd. At the start of the second half, Macintosh again extended his lead to 1.4 seconds on lap 26, when the yellow flag waved again. Behind him, Kofoid mastered the top and moved to second place. After yellow, McIntosh had a 0.81sec lead over Kofoid as Moles flipped while finishing third to take out the red flag on lap 29.
This would create an epic late race battle over the last 11 laps. McIntosh would continue to hold the top spot on laps 29 and 30 as the two would throw non-stop slides to each other, but Kofoid would lead the field to the flag on lap 31. The battle with McIntosh to regain the lead officially continued on laps 33 and 34, before Kofoid regained the lead on lap 35 with the slider celebration still going.
The final yellow will collect the field again heading into the last three laps. Kofoid brought the field into the green, but McIntosh would have moved him up front in the third turn, only to have Kofoid back in for a point position.
Finally, on lap 38, Kofoid would pull a little cushion and be able to hold it through the last two laps for victory.
McIntosh finished second aboard the #08 Dave Mac Dalby Motorsports.
“I think Buddy found something out there struggling through traffic early on, he found something through the first two,” Macintosh said. “I couldn’t get past one or two as he could. I found what worked for me early on and was able to get enough speed to get into the lead. We were really good at the bottom and if she stayed there I think she would probably have worked out.”
“We had a big fight there and had the best fight we could have. It was fun racing with friends.”
Thomas Misiraul, Justin Grant, who raced across the C and B main lines, Larson wrapped up the top five.
USAC NOS Energy Drink Midget National Championship, The Dirt Track at Indianapolis Motor Speedway, Speedway, Ind. August 4, 2022
Simpson Reese’s First Qualification Products: (10 laps, passing points) 1. Jacob Denny, 2. Dominic Jordan, 3. Michael Pickens, 4. Thomas Missiroul, 5. Chris Windom, 6. Ricky Stenhouse Jr., 7. Nick Drake, 8. Kyle Jones, 9 Timmy Buckwalter, 10. Austin Barnhill, 11. Braden Chiaramonti, 12. Ryan Thomas, 13. Jim Jones, 14. John Heidenrich.
Suspension of Competition (CSI) Qualification II: (10 laps, passing points) 1. Jess Park, 2. Mitchell Moles, 3. Kyle Larson, 4. Hayden Reinbold, 5. Kyle Cummins, 6. Ryan Timms, 7. Isaac Chappell, 8. Grayson Springer, 9. Michelle Decker, 10. Ian Krieger, 11. Adam Taylor, 12. Zack Fitch, 13. JJ Yelly.
PIT STOP USA 3rd Qualification: (10 laps, passing points) 1. Canon Macintosh, 2. Ethan Mitchell, 3. Chase McDermand, 4. Jade Avedisian, 5. Chance Krum, 6. Chase Briscoe, 7. Ross Gamester, 8. Maria Eddy, 9. Donnie Shatz, 10. Shannon McQueen, 11. Jimmy Quinn, 12. Peter Paulson (#Q32 Valentino), 13. Josh Hodge, 14. Kyle Keaton.
End of supply of the fourth qualification: (10 laps, passing points) 1. Buddy Kofoid, 2. Jerry Coons Jr. , 3. Zach Daum, 4. Brenham Crouch, 5. Emerson Axsom, 6. Jordan Kinser, 7. Anton Hernandez, 8. Travis Buckley, 9 Riley Kressel, 10. Alex Watson, 11. Barry Valentino, 12. Chris Paw, 13. Bill Rose.
Simpson Race Produces Qualifier V: (10 laps, passing points) 1. Bryant Wideman, 2. Brady Bacon, 3. CJ Leary, 4. Jason McDougall, 5. Kidd Lewis, 6. Michael Facinto, 7. Brian Stanville, 8. Ryan Newman, 9 Justin Dickerson, 10. Alex Nalon, 11. Maria Cover, 12. Justin Grant, 13. Taylor Reimer.
Suspension of Competition (CSI) Sixth Qualification: (10 laps, passing points) 1. Kylie Bryson, 2. Sheldon Creed, 3. Tree Group, 4. Carter Sarf, 5. Tyler Courtney, 6. Blake Brannon, 7. Dillon Welch, 8. Rylan Gray, 9. Zack Bowden, 10. Jeff Schindler, 11. Scott Orr, 12. Colby Copeland, 13. Logan Sevi.
First D major: (12 laps, Top 3 move to C-Main) 1. Mariah Ede, 2. Timmy Buckwalter, 3. Travis Buckley, 4. Colby Copeland, 5. JJ Yeley, 6. Taylor Reimer, 7. Chris Baue, 8 Ian Krieger , 9. Bill Rose, 10. Ryan Newman, 11. Kyle Keaton, 12. Adam Taylor, 13. Kyle Jones, 14. Alex Watson, 15. Shannon McQueen, 16. Alex Nalon, 17. Jim Jones.
second d main: (12 laps, going from top 3 to C-Main) 1. Rylan Gray, 2. Riley Kreisel, 3. Donny Schatz, 4. Logan Seavey, 5. Braden Chiaramonte, 6. Justin Dickerson, 7. Ryan Thomas, 8 Jamie Quinn, 9. Josh Hodge, 10. Zach Boden, 11. Austin Barnhill, 12. Zach Fitch, 13. Jeff Schindler, 14. Barry Valentino, 15. Scott Orr, 16. Peter Paulson, 17. Maria Cover, 18 Michelle Decker .
C main: (15 laps, top-6 transition to half) 1. Ryan Thames, 2. Justin Grant, 3. Ricky Stenhouse Jr., 4. Kidd Lewis, 5. Chase Briscoe, 6. Nick Drake, 7. Anton Hernandez, 8 Dillon Welch , 9. Brian Stanville, 10. Ross Gamester, 11. Timmy Backwalter, 12. Riley Kressel, 13. Rylan Gray, 14. Donnie Schatz, 15. Grayson Springer, 16. Maria Eddy, 17. Travis Buckley, 18 Blake Brannon, 19. Jordan Kinser, 20. Isaac Chapel.
Trailers and trains for ELLIOTT SEMI: (20 laps, top 6 move to advantage) 1. Chase McDermand, 2. Justin Grant, 3. Emerson Aksum, 4. Kyle Cummins, 5. Jason McDougal, 6. Ricky Stenhouse Jr., 7. Jerry Koons Jr. , 8. Sheldon Creed, 9. Kidd Lewis, 10. Chase Briscoe, 11. Brenham Crouch, 12. Chance Crum, 13. Nick Drake, 14. Jess Park, 15. Jade Avedisian, 16. Tyler Courtney, 17. CJ Leary , 18. Hayden Reinbold, 19. Ryan Thames, 20. Michael Faccinto.
Property: (39 laps, starting positions in brackets) 1. Buddy Kofoid (6), 2. Cannon McIntosh (1), 3. Thomas Meseraull (11), 4. Justin Grant (18), 5. Kyle Larson (10), 6 . Chris Windom (9), 13. Emerson Axum (19), 14. Taylor Reimer (24-U), 15. Tree Group (7), 16. Jason McDougall (21), 17. Tyler Courtney (25-P), 18. Chase McDermand (17), 19. Ricky Stenhouse Jr. (22), 20. Carter Sarf (13), 21. Chase Briscoe (26 – P), 22. Michael Pickens (16), 23. Mitchell Moles (2) , 24. Jacob Denny (12), 25. Ethan Mitchell (4), 26. Kyle Cummins (20).