By: Lindsay Premo
AMSOIL Sprint Car driver Chad Boespflug has had an impressive run this summer, including a win at historic Eldora Speedway and a $50,000 payout. Rolling into the home stretch of the racing season, Boespflug has amassed five feature wins and is currently sitting sixth in the national points standings. And the Plainfield, Ind. native is no stranger to hard work. Boespflug balances being a project manager for a local Indianapolis company when he hangs up his driver suit.
We caught up with Boespflug on his way to do some testing in Pennsylvania before the National Championship’s final Midwest stop of the 2016 season in Terre Haute, Ind.
AMSOIL Racing: How do you balance a full-time “real” job with a busy racing schedule?
Chad Boespflug: It can be a real chore at times, especially being a project manager [for The Dalton Groups in Indianapolis]. I am very fortunate to work for a company that is understanding of my racing career. But when it’s time to work, I make sure I get done what needs to be done before I leave for the weekend to head to the track. When on the road for a period of time, I’m able to work through the week from my phone and email. Late nights at the race track and early mornings at work can be hard, but I really enjoy my day job.
What is your favorite track to race at?
My favorite track to race would have to be between Lincoln Park Speedway in Putnamville, Ind. and Badlands Motor Speedway in Brandon, S.D. I know I’m a little biased with the Badlands track, but it was a really fun new racetrack. And the payday was good too. Really looking forward to going back in 2017.
Describe your driving style.
Man, that’s tough. I definitely like to charge a cushion; I can be very aggressive, but I try to race smart. It pays better to still be standing at the end of the race.
What AMSOIL product can’t you live without?
The DOMINATOR® 15W-50 Racing Oil would have to be the AMSOIL product we can’t live without. It provides such superior protection. Just a few weeks ago we had an oil filter O-ring malfunction blowing 80 percent of the oil out of the engine before I was able to get it shut down. We went to the backup car for the night since we were not sure of the damage that may have been caused. Sent the motor to Jeff Claxton at Claxton Racing Engines, and once he tore the motor down, there was no damage to the bearings, rods or anything. Everything was still as good as could be, and I put a lot of that on the quality protection AMSOIL DOMINATOR® 15W-50 Racing Oil provides in our racing engines.
This has been a tough year for USAC Racing, especially with the loss of Bryan Clauson and now with the injury of Robert Ballou. How has it brought the racing community together?
This season has definitely been tough. Racing is a big family, and when one is down, the entire racing world feels the heartbreak. Coming together and pressing on is what we do to get past the bad. It definitely makes everyone appreciate the people around them more and to not sweat the small things for too long; maybe only that night after an altercation. Ha-ha.
What’s your most memorable moment on a racetrack?
Getting my second AMSOIL USAC National career win this summer at Eldora after wondering if I would only ever be a one-hit wonder definitely ranks up there on my list of memorable moments. To do it with this new team that I co-own made it even more special, and to win the night after Bryan Clauson won is really special to say I stood on that same winner’s circle that weekend with one of the best means a lot. Sweeping the Rock n Roll Gold Cup weekend is pretty close to a tie with the Eldora win. And getting to dedicate it to the Clauson family after all they had been through made it an emotional win.
What’s your ultimate goal in racing?
My ultimate goal in racing is to continue to win races and further my career into other avenues of racing. In 2017 I hope we can become much more consistent and compete for the AMSOIL USAC National Title.
Who’s had the biggest influence on your career?
If it wasn’t for my grandfather footing a lot of the bills for my racing for so long when I was younger, I wouldn’t be where I am today. He, my grandma and parents sacrificed a lot in the beginning of my career, and for that I am very thankful.