With Stadium Super Trucks taking a break until the weekend of August 24-25 at Road America, we take a weekly look back at the series’ top drivers and their results so far! Check in every Sunday for a new driver!
#47 Jeff Hoffman // 5th overall, 235 points
12 starts, 1 win, 4 podiums
The past few years of Stadium Super Trucks action have seen a number of talented young drivers jump into the sport. It’s no surprise, of course, that a racing series featuring short burst of high-flying, mixed-surface action would attract a younger demographic behind the wheel just as much as it does in the grandstands.
Jeff Hoffman is one of SST’s young guns, currently in the midst of his second full season after moving over from the Pro Lite class in Lucas Oil Off Road. A two-time podium finisher as a rookie, he placed sixth in last year’s championship standings, with sights set on improving that in 2018.
So far, so good: Hoffman earned his first SST victory in Australia and has tallied four podiums so far this season. For his efforts, he’s ranked fifth in the standings through the first 12 rounds of the year.
The season started with controversy in Lake Elsinore due to a scoring error with the joker lane, but when the dust settled, Hoffman was awarded co-second place with Matt Brabham after official review. He’d knock on the door for another podium at Adelaide with a pair of fourth place runs, but last place runs in the other Adelaide race—as well as in both Long Beach rounds—set him back significantly in the championship.
Fortunately, a return down under proved the catalyst for a strong rebound at Barbagallo Raceway. After placing second in the first race of the weekend, Hoffman held off rookie Cole Potts for his first career victory in the second round, making him the overall top performer of the event.
Finishes of eighth and fourth in Detroit, and third and eighth in Texas, have Hoffman within range of a podium spot in the championship. He’s only 16 points back of Arie Luyendyk Jr. in third, and 13 behind series founder and off-road legend Robby Gordon in fourth. And with a couple additional victories in the second half of the season, there’s a good chance that Hoffman just might be able to catch them before the year is out.