Story By: TYLER ALTMEYER / HOBAUGH MOTORSPORTS – CHICORA, PA – Like so many others in the open wheel world, Chicora, Pennsylvania’s George Hobaugh made the long tow south to the Sunshine State, joining the All Star Circuit of Champions for a two-day stint at East Bay Raceway Park in Tampa, Florida, on February 14-15.
Despite a tough start to his winter escape, failing to qualify for main event action on Monday, the Western Pennsylvania traveler rebounded and cashed in for an A-Main starting position on Tuesday, finishing third in his respective heat race to earn a spot in the 30-lap, $6,000-to-win program. Still shaking off the off-season rust, Hobaugh maintained respectable track position and concluded the evening 17th in the final rundown; there were 38 cars in attendance.
“Not a bad way to get our year started. At the very least, we got to escape the Pennsylvania winter for a few days, so I’ll take that any day,” George Hobaugh stated, driver of the Hobaugh Motorsports, Krill Recycling, Laskowski Plumbing, Ridgeview Security, Hobaugh’s Auto Parts, Colliers Custom Kitchen and Bath, No. 40 sprint car. “I can’t thank my wife enough for all of her help and support. She was the crew this week, so it would have been pretty much impossible to make that trip without her. We’ll spend the next few weeks getting ourselves prepared for Port Royal.”
George Hobaugh and Hobaugh Motorsports will continue their 2022 campaign with a trip to the “Speed Palace.” Port Royal Speedway in Port Royal, Pennsylvania, will open their gates for the first time this season on Sunday, March 6. The program is slated to begin at 2 p.m.