Californian Daffern looks to turn Boone luck around at Super Nationals

Thomas Daffern
Thomas Daffern is doing double duty at the 39th annual IMCA Speedway Motors Super Nationals fueled by Casey’s, racing a Hobby Stock and promoting the 2022 Winter Nationals at home track Cocopah Speedway. (IMCA Photo)

BOONE, Iowa (Sept. 6) – Thomas Daffern knows the feeling of running up front at Boone Speedway. 

He’s hoping to stay up front in Monday Hobby Stock qualifying at the IMCA Speedway Motors Super Nationals fueled by Casey’s.

The Brawley, Calif., driver and Cocopah Speedway regular led the first five laps of his Sunday night Prelude heat race at Boone before his motor let go. He was replacing both the power plant and transmission in the car borrowed from son James, who turns 15 on Tuesday, this morning.

“I want to make the show,” stated the first-time Super Nationals competitor. “The car has already proven itself. My driving ability is there. Making the show would make the whole trip worth it.” 

Daffern is talking up Cocopah’s 2022 Winter Nationals while he’s in town. Older brother Steven ran a Modified at Super Nationals a decade ago while Thomas made the trip last year to help crew.

“I love the environment here,” he said before turning his attention back to that new motor. “And I love how everything is run here.”