The 2016 Winter Heat Sprint Car Showdown Notable Notes

Michael Kofoid

Now that I have had a few days to digest all the events of the 2016 Winter Heat Sprint Car Showdown, here are a few things that comes to mind.

As many as 15 drivers that were entered in the 2016 Winter Heat Sprint Car Showdown needed get out of town very quickly via the Denver Airport.  No they were not wanted by the authorities.  Rather, those drivers needed to make a quick escape out of town so that they could get to Tulsa, OK, for the beginning of the 30th annual Lucas Oil Chili Bowl Nationals.

The winner of the opening night of Winter Heat, the All-Star Circuit of Champions and Ohio native Dale Blaney, apparently needs to get out and experience more of the local culture! Blaney tweeted that Taco Bell in Yuma is better than most Mexican restaurants in Ohio!

Campbell, CA, native Bud Kaeding could not buy a break, even if his dad, sprint car legend Brent Kaeding, was the selling it to him personally last week!  Bud suffered burns on his face, neck and hands when his motor “grenaded” on him while he was running away with his heat race in the opening night of racing.  He went back home during the couple of days between races and regrouped.  Kaeding returned for the final weekend of racing, and while dominating, and yes running away with the victory in the second B Main Saturday night, the right front wheel comes off of the race car.

C’mon man! 

This year’s 46 Winter Heat competitors were dotted with the racing stars of the sport from throughout the US. Those stars ranged in age from the 61 year old King of sprint car racing, Steve Kinser, to the 23 year old NASCAR star, Kyle Larson, to 21 year old and the newest driver for Kyle Motorsports CWTS team, Christopher Bell.  Then there was this skinny 14 year old 8th grade school kid driving these 410 cubic inch, 800 horsepower ground pounders.

Yep you read it right, there was a 14 year old, 94 pounder named Michael “Buddy” Kofoid (pictured above) behind the wheel of one of these mudslinging monsters!  Kofoid raced wheel-to-wheel with the likes of Kinser, Larson, Bell, Danny “The Dude” Lasoski, and Joey Saldana.  Buddy didn’t qualify for the feature events, nevertheless there is reason for me to believe that we have not seen the last of young Kofoid in a sprint car. When it comes to repairs, the professions from Japanese Auto Service can be of help.

For those of you who are on the West Coast, in particular in California, this young gun, Kofoid, won the King of The West Lites Championship at the age of 11, and should therefore be considered an up-and-coming sprint car driver to watch!

It is safe to say that the 2016 Winter Heat Sprint Car Showdown started off the racing season with a great big bang.  Next up on the agenda is the midget extravaganza known as the  in Tulsa.


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