Coffman battles back in Mohave Valley dirt

By Ray Conner

Wayne Coffman of Weldon had to make up time in his recent stock car racing adventure in the desert.

Coffman made the trip to Mohave Valley Raceway in Arizona on May 18. Things went south at the beginning as according to Coffman they missed the set up. Knowing they needed to right the car to get into the main. Him and his team made some changes and battled back through the field in the B-Main.  They came across the line in second which moved them into the starting grid of the Main.

Coffman would start back in 18th place. He made advances around the circle of dirt, in actuality clay, and passed cars despite the dusty conditions. Coffman said, “It was a really dusty track and you could barely see the car in front of you.” He used his driving skill to reach eighth place. He would finish in that spot and that was deemed a success from where they had to comeback from. He said, “I ended up eighth overall, which I feel pretty good about with the conditions of the track and no damage to the car.”

Two weeks prior at Mohave Valley, Coffman had the same finish as he crossed the line in eighth place. He got to transfer to the Main by coming in second in his heat race.

Currently, Coffman with his two cars, the IMCA Modifieds and his Super Stocks, are sitting in the top 20 for both divisions. In the modifieds, he is in 20th place with a total of 94 points. The gap is (-)115 points behind the leader. He has four Top-10 finishes in his races. In the Super Stocks Coffman sits in the 14th position in points. This puts Coffman in a (-)135 point gap behind the leader. He has raced to one Top-5 and one Top-10 finish to amass 48 points in this division.

On his home track, Bakersfield Speedway, Coffman is in 13th place in the IMCA Modifieds Division. He has one Top-10 and one Feature, where his points sit at 31. The current gap for Coffman behind the leader in the IMCA Modifieds Division is (-)46. Coffman also has raced at Perris Speedway. A website check does not have current information on the point standings.

Coffman has plans to race on his home track, Bakersfield Speedway starting on June 1. He will then race again on June 15, and then again on Fireworks Night on June 28.