A gentleman and his “full figured” companion walk up to Al’s pit. I met him once, at a rod run in Pigeon Forge Tenn. Hofmann acquired major sponsorship backing for the season from Western Auto. He raced in the National Hot Rod Association. Hofmann’s season ended with a fourth-place points finish.

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He’s always been his own boss.

Al Hofmann

His comeback peaked eight months later with a win at the Revell Nationals in Dallas in October. Hofmann was the second Funny Car driver to exceed mph. When it does, it will join the rest of the cars in the category that are capable of winning races.

Hofmann appeared to have regrouped when he won the Gatornationals with the backing of Pontiac and rookie crew chief “Jimbo” Ermalovich, but a fiery crash in the shutdown area left Hofmann with a broken arm. This is Jim’s 50th anniversary in this sport and it’s a real hoofmann for me to be driving for him.

He was a gritty, scowling racer who had little time for the media.

We ended up winning a lot of races together. Al Hoffman died today March 20th, I met him once, at a rod run in Pigeon Forge Tenn. Al Hoffman died today best wishes and prayers to his family, may he rest in peace. His highest season points finish was second in when he won five races. The poor fan and his girlfriend who were offering friendship and support with a visit to his pits, most likely walked away devastated by their then hero.


Al Hoffman died today – The Forums

The best part is that there’s not as much parts breakage and as a result there’s less down time. In at the Gatornationals in Gainesville, Fla. His highest season points finish was second in when he won five races.

That allowed me to hire Tom Anderson as a crew chief, one of the best moves I ever made. Views Read Edit View history. Definitely no BS with him.

Houston Al Hofmann – Jim Dunn; double threat

The last thing he worked on was the exhaust system for the Gremlin that’s in my buddy’s garage as we That was Al Hofmann. When I sent my bus to take him home from the hospital, Bob Fisher told me hlfmann when he took him home [to Umatilla, Fla. Previous article Las Vegas Comp Eliminator round two qualifying. ReadingPa Good Guys rodders rep. Continue to like Al Hoffman because he was a great race car driver, he was.


Five reasons Man City’s title defence is showing strain 1d Michael Cox. Hofmann ran with the nhrs of GM Performance Parts through the end of the decade and was hired to drive Jim Dunn’s Mooneyes car for the season.

He acquired major sponsorship backing from Western Auto inwhich set the stage for his dream season of In addition to his national event victories, Hofmann won the Winston Invitational in and and the Budweiser Shootout in, and Al and I had nine wonderful years together. It was the classic good guy versus bad guy. The engine let go just before the lights, turning the car into a rolling inferno.

To quote his friend Bill Stephens:. He finished third in and and fourth in and In he started driving for Jim Dunn.

We never had a disagreement between us, but there were a lot of distractions, and we failed to qualify nine times.