JACKSON HOLE, WYO \u2013 Perennial racer and local bikesmith Tim Hoff said he\u2019s finally able to check off a big box in his \u201cJackson Hole Bucket List.\u201d He\u2019s won the Teton County Fair Figure 8 Race after 12 years of trying.\r\n\r\nTen days of fair culminated Sunday night in a signature event that still packs \u2018em in to capacity. The Figure 8 Race took the place of Demolition Derby way back in 2005 after derby entries dwindled due to a lack of available cars. Since then, the 8s have been crazy popular with both record participants and spectators swelling to get in.\r\n\r\n\u201cThere\u2019s still tons of enthusiasm for this event every year,\u201d fair manager Rachel Grimes said. \u201cThe bleachers hold around 2,500 and it\u2019s always a sellout. We have to cap the entries at 30 or we would be going all night. As it is, we start at seven and end at almost eleven.\u201d\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\nRacing fans are never disappointed as Figure 8 races combine the highspeed thrills of racing with plenty of rough and tumble paint-trading as cars lean on each other in the turns, and meet up for potentially disastrous consequences at the intersection.\r\n\r\nFor winner Hoff, it\u2019s been a long time coming. A dozen times he\u2019s paid his entry fee only to trailer home a banged-up #1 car \u2014settling for 3rd in 2016, and 2nd place in both 2017 and 2018.\r\n\r\nThis time around, Hoff was able to put together the perfect run when he needed it thanks to a little savvy early on in the night.\r\n\r\n\u201cI breezed through the 1st heat, hammered down all the way and was way ahead,\u201d Hoff told Buckrail.\r\n\r\nThat win moved Hoff straight to the semis where he was in a heat with the winners of each preliminary heat. Hoff said he held back and saved his car a bit in the semis knowing he was up against the night\u2019s best in that round with the finals still to go.\r\n\r\n\u201cI knew it was going to be a hard round. This one kid in #67 (Kobe Piatek) had a super fast car. And you had Joel Tate killin\u2019 it for Buckrail. Hiltbrunner, he\u2019s the man. He\u2019s such a good racer,\u201d Hoff said.\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\nHoff said he and Hiltbrunner seemed to be on opposite laps in the semi round, meaning they kept meeting up at the dangerous intersection. But the veteran racers avoided devastating collisions that could have wiped out both cars.\r\n\r\n\u201cWe both waited on each other when we had to. You smash in the intersection and you blow your radiator and trash the other guy\u2019s car. Nobody wins in that.\u201d Hoff said. \u201cThere was plenty of contact in the corners. Rubbin\u2019 is racin\u2019. But I was laying back just trying to finish in the top three.\u201d\r\n\r\nHoff was among the top three finishers in semis where he moved on to the final round. In the finals, Tate blew an axle to put him and the Buckrail car out of the running. Hoff raced hard after that, believing he was in second place when the checkered flag flew.\r\n\u201cThe last two years I thought I won only to find out I finished second,\u201d Hoff said. \u201cThis time I thought I was in second place until they told me I won.\u201d\r\nDon\u2019t expect Hoff to hang it up, though. The bikesmith, who spends his days at the shop he owns tinkering with bicycles, says his car is in too good a condition to park.\r\n\r\n\u201cThe car is completely perfect and ready to go,\u201d Hoff said, already eying a run in 2020.\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\n1st place - Tim Hoff (#1).\u00a0 Payout $1,850. Hoff Bikesmith, Melvins Brewing, Todd Williams Photography, VH Builders. Exposure Signs.\r\n2nd place - Eric Hiltbrunner (#00). Payout $1,110. Moose hockey.\r\n3rd place - Tyler Wallace (#9). Payout $740. \u00a0Jackson Towing Partners, Flat Creek Repair.\r\nBest Paint Job - Kobe Piatak. Payout $200. Teton Motors, Rob Piatek Inc., Reaction Photo, Hunt Construction.