By Bobby Sweeney
OSWEGO, N.Y. (October 13, 2019) – Kyle Coffey’s 2019 season didn’t go as he hoped. In early August, DIRTcar forced Coffey to sit out for some time following an off-track rules violation. While Coffey could run non-sanctioned events, he had to sit out at his home track of Land of Legends Raceway and Super DIRTcar Series events.
“You never want to put yourself in a bad situation that takes out most of your summer, but that’s what happened,” Coffey said. “We focused in on the small-block program at other tracks, and that helped us a lot. Thankfully, we were able to turn a terrible situation into something we can look up on. It was definitely tough going to Canandaigua and sitting in the stands knowing I should be out there.”
Coffey has been around Modified racing his whole life, but is still relatively new to driving in the division. Coffey jumped from 600 Micro Sprints to a 358-Modified in 2016, then to big-blocks the following year.
“We ran Micros for about four or five years, then my dad threw me in a 358,” noted Coffey. “With his help, I think we adapted pretty well to the high-powered Modified, especially coming from a car that’s not much bigger than a go-kart. I’m pretty happy considering this is my first try at Super DIRT Week.”
Critical to success in the top levels of dirt racing is an excellent support system. With two-time Super DIRT Week winner and father Vic Coffey and Tim McCreadie there every step of the way, that support helped Coffey qualify for the 200 in his first attempt.
“They’ve been such a big help this week,” said Coffey. “With Tim’s experience and how well he’s run here, and then everything my dad has done, there’s not too many guys around with the knowledge they do. Then, throw in guys like Matt Sheppard when he ran for us. I have a lot of people to lean on and I’m thankful they care so much about helping me run well.”