'Wild Child' sweeps Short Track Nationals. EAGLE, NE (September 21) -- Jac Haudenschild won another classic battle with Donny Schatz Saturday at Eagle Raceway to complete his sweep of the Pennzoil World of Outlaws Series' 1/3-Mile Short Track ...
'Wild Child' sweeps Short Track Nationals.
EAGLE, NE (September 21) -- Jac Haudenschild won another classic battle with Donny Schatz Saturday at Eagle Raceway to complete his sweep of the Pennzoil World of Outlaws Series' 1/3-Mile Short Track Nationals.
Haudenschild, who exchanged the lead five times with Schatz and Mark Kinser in Friday's Preliminary Feature, passed Schatz three times in the caution-free 40-lap main event to claim the $12,000 first prize.
"We hurt a motor on the last lap of the (O'Reilly Auto Parts) Dash, so Guy (Forbrook)went right to work on the car, and the Goodyear tires were just awesome tonight," Haudenschild said. "Donny kind of jumped out there on the start, and we went back and forth a couple of times. He ran a great race. We were just trying to be careful in traffic and not do anything stupid like spin out.
"I'm a little tired right now. Forty laps here in traffic with no cautions gets to you a little bit. We've been fast all year long, it just seems like we haven't been able to get the wins we should have. Getting the sweep here feels great."
The double-feature sweep was the fifth of Haudenschild's career. "The Wild Child" pulled off his last sweep almost two years ago in the Cornhusker Outlaws Showdown at nearby Nebraska Raceway Park.
Schatz was philosophical after running his first event in two years without Kenny Woodruff as his crew chief.
"We ran pretty good all weekend, but we just came up a little bit short," Schatz said. "The car wasn't as maneuverable as I needed it to be at the end, and Jac did a great job in traffic. Sometimes running second lets you try to go where the other guy doesn't in traffic, but I guess we should be glad to run second tonight.
"Calling the shots and making my own decisions with the car this week felt pretty good. That's one of the things I've kind of admired about Sammy Swindell, how he's able to do everything with the car. I'm getting some learning experience with that right now, and hopefully it will pay off down the road."
Haudenschild and Schatz started on the front row after running 1-2 in the O'Reilly Auto Parts Dash. They raced wheel-to-wheel down the front straightaway as the green flag fell in the "A" Feature, and Schatz surged ahead in the high groove between turns one and two.
Craig Dollansky, whose engine problems caused him to drop out of the O'Reilly Auto Parts Dash during its final lap, raced into fifth place early in the main event. The 2000 World of Outlaws Gumout Series champion passed fast qualifier Stevie Smith and Mark Kinser during the second and fourth laps.
Schatz was a half-second ahead of Haudenschild when he entered lapped traffic early in lap five. "The Wild Child" caught him the next time around, however, and almost passed him with an inside move between the first and second corners.
Haudenschild battled for the lead for eight more laps before riding the rim around Schatz in turn four. "The Wild Child" was in first place for only half a lap before Schatz passed him deep in the second corner.
The 1997 Kevin Gobrecht Rookie of the Year opened a .83-second advantage during lap 20, only to have Haudenschild narrow the gap to .2 seconds within four laps. "The Wild Child" jumped the cushion in the fourth corner late in the 28th lap, however, allowing Schatz to increase his lead to .7 seconds.
The relentless Haudenschild regained the lead with another rim-high pass in turn four late in lap 32. Schatz raced into first place with a slide move between the first and second corners early in the 34th lap, but Haudenschild turned sharply under the #15 Parker Stores J&J and surge ahead in turn two a split-second later.
Haudenschild increased his advantage to .43 seconds midway through lap 35 by threading the #5 Wirtgen Maxim between Terry McCarl and Brooke Tatnell on the back straightaway.
Gumout Series points leader Tyler Walker exchanged fourth place with Dollansky during the 36th and 39th laps while Haudenschild maintained a comfortable advantage. "The Wild Child" took the checkered flag with .8 seconds to spare.
Johnny Herrera finished in third place, ahead of Walker, Dollansky, 11th-starting Tim Shaffer, Kinser, Smith, Brad Furr and Pennzoil World of Outlaws Series points leader Steve Kinser.
Daryn Pittman drove Sher-Don Motorsports' #21 Hop & Sac J&J past nine cars to finish 12th.
Smith set quick time for the 10th time this season, pacing the 37-car qualifying session with a 103.261-M.P.H. lap around the high-banked, 1/3-mile oval.
The Pennzoil World of Outlaws Series will run a $51,600 event at Hagerstown Speedway Thursday, then sanction the 40th Annual Williams Grove National Open at Williams Grove Speedway Friday and Saturday.