Plainfield, Indiana’s Chad Boespflug continues to make the balancing act between a full-time job and a racing career look simple. Boespflug started the season with a trio of top-10s in Florida. Shortly after, he notched his first win of the 2015 season in Putnamville, Ind., last month. A return trip to Lincoln Park Speedway a couple weeks later netted another checkered flag.
Not that winning is anything new. The native Californian grabbed seven feature wins last season. Plus, he boasts a lengthy resume that includes HARF Most Improved Driver, a USAC National feature win, six feature wins in 2013 and several more accomplishments.
AMSOIL Racing caught up with Boespflug prior to the May 8-9 AMSOIL Sprint Car series races in Rossburg, Ohio.
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 via phone and email. Late nights at the race track and early mornings at work can be hard, but I really enjoy my day job.
Chad Boespflug: Those two wrecks were some pretty trying times. I am very lucky that both wrecks were not any worse than what they were. After the first wreck in 2007 I really stared to be a firm believer in ‘live for today’, and realized how fortunate I was, not only to fully recover, but how fortunate I am to get to do what so many would love to do. A year to the date in 2008, after having some success early in the season, things went south again. After this wreck, which felt a lot harder than the first one, I really began to take my time and pick my battles on the track. There is a time and place to push the issue and a little patience can really pay off. Life is too short – live in the moment.
AMSOIL Racing: What’s your most memorable moment on a racetrack?
Chad Boespflug: Winning my first career AMSOIL USAC race, which was my car owner Paul Hazen’s 10th USAC race, but it had been 10 years since he had won one. It was a career high for me, especially after the two nearly career-ending crashes. And to win it on the 4th of July added a little more flare. Now I just have to get my second one so I’m not just a one-hit wonder…haha!
AMSOIL Racing: Describe your driving style.
Chad Boespflug: 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.
AMSOIL Racing: What’s your ultimate goal in racing?
Chad Boespflug: My ultimate goal in racing is to continue to win races and further my career into other avenues of racing. I would like to have the chance to focus on chasing an AMSOIL USAC National Sprint Car title.
AMSOIL Racing: Who’s had the biggest influence on your career?
Chad Boespflug: 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.
Images courtesy of http://chadboespflugracing.com/.