Eldora race report 2005-08-05

Haudenschild Motors to World of Outlaws Sprint Series Victory at Eldora Speedway Rossburg, OH -- August 5, 2005 -- One of the most intimidating aspects to racing at historic Eldora Speedway is having the nerve to put your car up against the ...

Haudenschild Motors to World of Outlaws Sprint Series Victory at Eldora Speedway

Rossburg, OH -- August 5, 2005 -- One of the most intimidating aspects to racing at historic Eldora Speedway is having the nerve to put your car up against the concrete wall at ridiculous speeds all in an effort to carry as much momentum around the high-banked, half-mile oval as possible.

Nobody was more daring when it counted in the 30-lap World of Outlaws Sprint Series feature Friday night during Eldora's Mopar Thunder weekend than Jac Haudenschild. After sliding into the lead on Lap 15 in heavy traffic, Haudenschild drove his No. 83 Beef Packers Eagle as high as it would go on the track and pulled away to earn his first victory of the season and the Mean 15 team's second win in 2005.

Haudenschild became the 16th different A-feature winner on the Outlaws circuit this season, and the 20th different winner including preliminary events. It also was his fifth Outlaws victory at Eldora and his first since 1998 when he won there three times, including a sweep of the Kings Royal weekend.

Haudenschild, who climbed into the No. 83 machine July 19 at Lernerville Speedway, seemed to be hooked up from the middle of his heat to the checkered flag in the main event. After winning the second Dash to earn the outside pole in the feature, Haudenschild tailed pole-sitter Danny Lasoski on the cushion, waiting and watching to make his move.

While the action throughout field was intense, with side-by-side racing and slide jobs back and forth just to crack the top 10. After a caution with seven laps down, Lasoski motored back to the lead with Haudenschild in tow. Terry McCarl and Joey Saldana were sitting in third and fourth, watching the action and waiting for a chance to surge past them. When the two leaders hit heavy traffic on Lap 15, Haudenschild quickly shot through and grabbed the lead. McCarl quickly followed before Lasoski slid up in front of Saldana as the top four would race in that order to the finish with Haudenschild collecting the checkered flag worth $10,000 followed by McCarl, Lasoski, Saldana and Tim Kaeding, who once again at Eldora started deep in the field and made a crowd-thrilling surging to the front.

It was the sixth Outlaws race of the season at Eldora, including a preliminary in April, and in each case the route to victory was very different from the others. McCarl believes Haudenschild won Friday because he could put his car barely higher on the track than the others.

"Your car has to feel good to you," said Haudenschild, of Wooster, Ohio. "You can run up against the cushion pretty good if you're car's handling good. This is a big, fast racetrack so the main thing is just getting the car to feel good underneath you.

"There really wasn't much of a cushion. It was right on the fence. You had a couple feet in some places and it was right on it in a couple of other places so you just try to follow it around as good as you can. We were getting through traffic real good. The car was handling good. We had maybe two close calls the whole race. We got a little tight passing a couple of guys on the outside but we got through."

Like many of the tracks the Outlaws have returned to more than once this season, McCarl has steadily improved at Eldora in his No. 24 Big Game Treestands Eagle. His second-place run helped him solidify his top-10 points standing.

"I've learned a lot this year," said McCarl, a six-time Knoxville Raceway champion who is geared up for the Nationals beginning on Wednesday. "I think we can run the bottom really good here and I can run right on the fence. I love banging the fence. Actually, Haud showed me at the beginning, I don't think Danny was high enough and neither was I. Haud was about a foot or so higher than us. On that yellow I really thought about what I was doing wrong and I started driving more like Jac, right on the fence. I thought had something for him and then it started laying rubber down there in Turn 3 and we were too tight. I'm racing at Eldora more than 100 mph trying to take left rear weight out of it while I'm driving. It was pretty brutal, but we had a great car. If it hadn't laid rubber we could have had something for him, but as it were he was gone and we were happy to run second.

"It's a game of inches and really you wouldn't think that would mean much but he was about a foot or six inches higher than Danny. I was watching them and he was catching Danny as we got to that yellow and I was kind of losing some ground to him and I knew on the yellow what I needed to do. We just moved up about a foot and we both started running Danny down."

Early on, McCarl wasn't so confident. He was the eighth-fastest driver in time trials. With the six fastest drivers being inverted in the heat race and only the top five earning an automatic berth in the main event, McCarl had his hands full starting in the fifth spot.

"Really, I felt kind of bad on my warm-up lap in the heat race," McCarl said. "We were starting in the third row next to Steve [Kinser] with [Paul] McMahan behind us. I was like, 'Man, I'm not going to make it out of this heat race. This car is too loose.' Then I drove right by them. I thought the yellow would come out. I drove right by them. They all missed the bottom and we stuck it."

Joey Saldana put his No. 2 Volcano Joe's Coffee Maxim in the top five at Eldora for the second time this season. In another demonstration on the importance of the qualifying events in Outlaws competition, Saldana started on the pole in the second Dash but wound up fourth, putting him on the outside of row four in the main event.

"There are 24 guys out there who want to win," Saldana said. "Tonight, we had a shot at it. We were out of motors and Charlie [Fisher] just brought us a motor tonight and we stuck it in. On the start of the Dash we were fighting it taking off. It bit us so we worked on it some more for the feature and it ran fine. But the start of that Dash, going from first to fourth killed me. I think we had a good enough car to run top three but starting eighth, I got to fourth early. Once everybody got in line it was tough. Then Haud got Danny in lapped traffic and it didn't really seem like there was much lapped traffic after that affecting us.

"When we got to lapped traffic, they were running high. It seemed like as soon Lasoski got to the lapped cars and tried to lap them, Haud went to the bottom and the lapped cars went to the middle to the bottom. For us running in the top five, there weren't any lapped cars to affect us to where we could get a run on the guy. Sometimes that happens. It's nice when the lapped cars move out of your way, but tonight everybody was so fast you needed them to stay in your way and it didn't work out that way."

The victory in the final event before the $140,000-to-win 45th Annual Knoxville Nationals, combined with Kaeding's top-five in the team's second car, gives Dennis Roth's teams major momentum.

"It's real good," Haudenschild said. "This is our first [Outlaws] win in a while. We're just going to try to get a rhythm going. It's a big deal to win at Eldora, it's a big deal to win anywhere because it's hard to win.

"It really helps. Everybody's pumped up. The crew guys are pumped up. Everybody involved is pumped up. We should carry this on for a while."

The World of Outlaws drop the green flag on the Knoxville Nationals on Aug. 10 in Knoxville, Iowa.

ELDORA NOTEBOOK

* Jac Haudenschild won Eldora for his first Outlaws victory of the season, making him the 16th different A-feature winner in 2005 and the 20th different winner including preliminary events. -- Steve Kinser earned his series-leading 16th A-feature victory by winning Saturday night at Princeton Speedway. Kinser, the Kings Royal winner, also has a preliminary feature victory this season in the Eagle Nationals at Eagle Raceway. -- Kraig Kinser won at Lawrenceburg for his fifth A-feature victory of the season. He also has a preliminary feature win at Las Vegas. -- Jason Meyers earned his fourth win of the season July 2 at Red River Valley Speedway in West Fargo, N.D. -- Donny Schatz also has four A-feature victories, winning most recently on July 8 in Joliet, Ill. -- Tim Shaffer's victory July 19 in the Silver Cup was his third of the season, going with wins Lake Ozark Speedway and Thunderbowl Raceway. -- Brian Paulus won June 28 at Huset's Speedway for his second victory of the season, and picked up a preliminary feature win in the following race at Red River Valley Speedway. -- Craig Dollansky has won two features, most recently at Powercom Park, and he also has two preliminary feature wins. -- Brooke Tatnell has two A-feature victories, winning at Cedar Lake and Fulton speedways, as well as a preliminary feature win at Princeton Speedway. -- Sammy Swindell won his second A-feature of the season June 4 at Eldora Speedway. Swindell also has a preliminary feature win April 8 at Eldora. -- Single-event winners include Fred Rahmer July 23 at Williams Grove Speedway, Stevie Smith July 13 at Attica Raceway Park, Tim Kaeding June 11 at Sheboygan County Fair Park, Daryn Pittman April 23 at 81 Speedway in Wichita, Chad Kemenah July 9 at I-55 Raceway, and Jeff Shepard Feb. 11 at Volusia Speedway Park. -- In preliminary features, Danny Lasoski has won twice while Joey Saldana, Paul McMahan and Jason Johnson have each won once.

* Eldora Speedway is a half-mile oval. Including preliminary features, the series has raced 25 times this year on half-mile circuits with Steve Kinser winning seven times (Volusia, Eldora three times, Knoxville, Williams Grove and Hartford), Sammy Swindell winning three times (twice at Eldora, once at Hagerstown), Craig Dollansky winning twice (Manzanita and Williams Grove), Kraig Kinser winning twice (Las Vegas, Knoxville), Jason Meyers winning twice (Granite City and Red River Valley), Donny Schatz winning twice (Las Vegas and Route 66 Raceway), and Brian Paulus (Red River Valley), Danny Lasoski (Knoxville), Jeff Shepard (Volusia), Jason Johnson (Williams Grove), Paul McMahan (Williams Grove), Fred Rahmer (Williams Grove), and Jac Haudenschild (Eldora) each winning once.

* In the Stacker 2® Dash that set the inside top six rows of the main event, Danny Lasoski raced to the front and drove away from the field to earn his second pole of the season. Donny Schatz finished second ahead of fast-qualifier Steve Kinser, Butch Schroeder, Ryan Coniam and Brian Paulus.

* In the second Dash that set the outside top six rows of the feature, Jac Haudenschild shot to the lead and drove off with the win. Terry McCarl finished second, followed by Craig Dollansky, Joey Saldana, Kraig Kinser and Tim Shaffer.

* In the B-main, Jason Meyers and Randy Hannagan were fighting for the lead off of Turn 4 with eight laps completed when the two touched, sending both into a spin and collecting Chad Kemenah. Daryn Pittman took advantage on the restart and earned the victory ahead of a wild scramble for the remaining transfer spots, which went to Jeremy Campbell, Brandon Wimmer and Danny Smith.

* In the first heat, Jason Sides grabbed the lead in the second corner before Terry McCarl blasted to the front on the bottom and drove away to the checkered flag. Tim Kaeding slid into second with Sides, Steve Kinser and Ryan Coniam earning the remaining transfer spots.

* In the second heat, Cody Geldart grabbed the early lead but Todd Kane powered past Geldart one lap later and powered his way to victory. Joey Saldana rode the cushion to finish second, with Geldart, Tim Shaffer and Craig Dollansky earning the other transfer spots.

* In the third heat, Brooke Tatnell raced to the front with Jason Solwold in tow. Tatnell and Solwold cruised along the high side to finish first and second while Danny Lasoski was fast on the bottom and finished third ahead of Donny Schatz. Chad Kemenah and Butch Schroeder were racing hard for the final transfer spot and tangled in the final corner with Schroeder emerging from a spin to grab the position.

* In the fourth heat, after three false starts Brandon Wimmer motored to the lead and was driving away from the field when his car's oil filter let go sending him to the pits and bringing out a caution at the midpoint of the race. Kraig Kinser led the field back to green, holding off Jac Haudenschild at the checkered flag. Rob Chaney wound up third with Brian Paulus and Kevin Huntley picking up the final transfer spots.

* Steve Kinser paced the 37 cars that went through time trials with a lap around the half-mile oval in 13.845 seconds at 130.011 mph. Craig Dollansky established the track record in a World of Outlaws Sprint Series race when he turned a lap around Eldora in 12.707 seconds on April 13, 2002.

* Next up for the World of Outlaws is the $140,000-to-win 45th Annual Knoxville Nationals on Aug. 10-13 in Knoxville, Iowa.

* The Outdoor Channel will broadcast the Silver Cup from Lernerville Speedway at 8 p.m. (ET) on Aug. 10. The Outdoor Channel will then air the Cleveland Brothers Summer Nationals from Williams Grove at 8 p.m. (ET) on Aug. 17 and the Polydome Princeton National from Princeton Speedway on Aug. 24.

-woo-

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Series World of Outlaws
Drivers Tim Shaffer , Danny Lasoski , Donny Schatz , Steve Kinser , Sammy Swindell , Craig Dollansky , Brian Paulus , Brooke Tatnell , Daryn Pittman , Jason Meyers , Jason Sides , Joey Saldana , Kraig Kinser , Paul McMahan , Randy Hannagan , Jac Haudenschild , Chad Kemenah , Tim Kaeding , Jason Johnson
Teams Williams