WRIGHT STUFF: Haudenschild Gives Car Owner First World of Outlaws Victory Osborn, MO -- May 5, 2006 -- Fast high-banked tracks are exactly what Jac Haudenschild knows best. U.S. 36 Raceway is certainly high-banked. He also knows how to win races...
WRIGHT STUFF: Haudenschild Gives Car Owner First World of Outlaws Victory
Osborn, MO -- May 5, 2006 -- Fast high-banked tracks are exactly what Jac Haudenschild knows best. U.S. 36 Raceway is certainly high-banked. He also knows how to win races on the World of Outlaws circuit. The odds played in his favor on Friday night. The Ohio veteran rolled to the 41st World of Outlaws victory in his career on the grueling circuit at the Missouri High-Banked Nationals Presented By Weld Wheels.
For car owner Rick Wright, a long-time sprint car supporter, it was his first Outlaws win.
"Rick will be very happy with it," said Haudenschild, a Mean 15 racer from Wooster, Ohio. "He's been giving us everything we need this year to race with. I'm very glad to be driving for him. I have real good racecars and he hired good guys to work on them. We're looking forward to the whole year."
Haudenschild was on the pole for the second time this year with Becca Anderson on the outside for her first front row start of the season in front of a huge crowd in the World of Outlaws inaugural appearance at U.S. 36 Raceway. Then it got wild with everybody still trying to gain a feel for the best line around the incredibly high-banked and fast oval.
After a couple of red flags, Wayne Johnson jumped out to lead the first seven laps before Haudenschild tracked him down and dove under him in Turns 1 and 2 to swipe the lead on Lap 8 in the Wright One Construction Maxim. From there, he had to endure a couple of cautions, but on each restart Haudenschild quickly raced out to a commanding lead and powered his way to the RacinSoles Victory Lane.
"The car felt good and it was handling really well," Haudenschild said. "The track was heavy, but you could race anywhere on it. It was a good track to run on tonight."
Craig Dollansky continued his impressive streak to post a runner-up finish in the Karavan Trailers Maxim with Terry McCarl in the Big Game Treestands Eagle coming from 14th to finish third. Chad Kemenah in the Underground Utilities Inc. Eagle and Paul McMahan in the Bass Pro Shops Eagle rounded out the top five. McMahan also was one of seven drivers to break the previous single-lap record on the 3/8-mile oval to earn a $1,000 bonus from Bruce and Debi Cox of Cox Design and Metal Fabrication.
Daryn Pittman drove to a sixth-place finish in the Titan Garages & Carports Maxim followed by Tim Shaffer in the Casey's General Stores Maxim, Stevie Smith in the Team RAACE J&J, Wayne Johnson in the Clark Construction J&J and Brooke Tatnell in the Race Outfitters/Garlic Jim's Pizza Eagle.
Haudenschild got into lapped traffic a couple of times, but nothing slowed him down on the blistering fast 3/8-mile oval.
"You can see a lot better [in the lead], without the mud flying around," Haudenschild said. "It definitely helped to be out front. We had lapped cars real quick so we were always behind somebody."
Dollansky gave it everything he had in finishing second after starting fifth. He weaved in and out of traffic and ran down Haudenschild at the end, charging hard through the checkered flag on the inside to pass a couple of cars at the flagstand with a move that sent him airborne as the huge crowd roared with approval.
"Those last couple of laps, I was running him down pretty hard," Dollansky said. "He got crossed up coming off Turn 4 for the checkers and we got right beside him. We scrambled all night long. We had trouble with the motor in the heat race and then in the dash. We changed motors after the heat race, thinking that would cure it, but it didn't. It really put us behind the eight ball. We were just trying to keep up with the racecar and do the right things. I would have liked five more laps out there."
Dollansky, who was coming off a win in the last race at Tri-State Speedway in Haubstadt, Ind., helped his cause in the standings by being patient on a track unfamiliar to many of the Mean 15 racers.
"I feel very good about things right now with the Karavan team," Dollansky said. "We'll continue to work on things each week, and continue to gain on them. We weren't perfect tonight, with what we had to do with out car, but we are learning. This is pretty much a rookie crew and these guys are doing a great job."
McCarl not only had his hands full as a driver on Friday night, charging through the field trying to pull out the win, but also as a promoter. McCarl teamed up with SLS Promotions and Mike Frank and his U.S. 36 Raceway staff to put on an event that left people wanting a quick return to the track about an hour north of Kansas City.
"I care a lot about the promotion end," McCarl said. "I want the fans and racers to be happy. It's unfortunate that a lot of guys got stuff tore up tonight. It's been raining for two weeks and we haven't raced. Whenever you put rain on dirt tracks, this stuff happens. It's dirt track racing and when you get rain for two weeks the track will be rough, but the fans saw an awesome show."
For McCarl, who believes he may have had a broken wheel toward the end of the race, the event was mainly about finishing, knowing two more nights of racing await this weekend.
"It's a long season," he said. "We had some tough days at Eldora and Pevely, and it catches up with everyone over the long season. It's how you deal with adversity, and it shows what kind of person you are. After starting 14th and running top three, that is a great accomplishment for my team. It might have helped us to run the "B" main because we knew we were not quite right with the car and had to go a little further. My guys did a great job and I was just out there hanging on."
Chad Kemenah started the feature in eighth and worked his way up to fourth, a result that helped to bolster his lead in the chase for the Kevin Gobrecht Rookie of the Year Award Presented By Maxim Racing and ButlerBuilt.
"We struggled really bad early in the night in the heat race," Kemenah said. "We were so tight we couldn't turn. This wet heavy stuff is not really what we are accustomed to. My team did a great job working together, and that says a lot about my crew. To start eighth at a place like this where it is hard to pass and come home fourth, we are very fortunate."
Points leader Donny Schatz lost 20 points in the championship standings after getting upside down twice, once in the dash, once in the feature, when he made contact with other cars. Schatz was able to restart the feature at the rear of the field but retired shortly after with mechanical trouble, settling for a 21st-place finish. He was the second-fastest car in time trials in the ParkerStore J&J and therefore did earn four bonus points to lead the series into Wichita on Saturday.
Becca Anderson had a tremendous start to her night in the Woodring Racing machine as she was the fourth quickest qualifier with a lap of 9.909 seconds and earned the her first dash win as a Mean 15 driver.
"You just go out and try to click off the best lap you can get," said Anderson after being one of the drivers to break the track record. "Things went our way in the dash. We drew the six invert, and after the wreck we were able to pull away."
Anderson who was coming off of a ninth-place finish at Tri-State Speedway is looking forward to heading back East in a couple of weeks to some tracks she is very familiar with. At the same time, she is making the most of what she is learning day in and day out on the Outlaws trail.
"You go out there and try to get some luck and get the best finishes that you can," Anderson said. "The biggest thing is getting laps and seat time. That's the name of the game."
Following this incredibly busy weekend, the World of Outlaws Sprint Series begins its first Eastern Swing with events May 12 at Attica Raceway Park in Attica, Ohio, and the Ohio Challenge II on May 13 at K-C Raceway in Chillicothe, Ohio. The series then rolls into Pennsylvania Posse Country for the first time in 2006 for Thunder on the Hill May 16 at Grandview Speedway in Bechtelsville, Pa. before heading to Western Pennsylvania and the Commonwealth Clash on May 19 at Lernerville Speedway in Sarver, Pa., that sets the stage for the $50,000 Challenge on May 20 at Sharon Speedway in Hartford, Ohio.
The World of Outlaws Sprint Series is brought to the fans across the country by several sponsors and partners, including series sponsors Hoosier Racing Tire and The Outdoor Channel. Promotional Partners include AMB i.t. and The University of Northwestern Ohio. Associate sponsors are ButlerBuilt Motorsports Equipment, Maxim Racing, RacinSoles and Snap-on. Contingency sponsors include DART Machinery, MSD Ignitions and Wrisco Industries.
U.S. 36 RACEWAY NOTEBOOK
* FAST QUALIFIER: Paul McMahan paced the 39-car field in the Bass Pro Shops Eagle with a lap around the 3/8-mile oval in 9.846 seconds at 120.658 mph. For his qualifying effort, McMahan earned five bonus points. The next four fastest qualifiers also earned bonus points, including Donny Schatz (4), Daryn Pittman (3), Becca Anderson (2) and Brooke Tatnell (1). U.S. 36 Raceway is a high-banked clay oval, and Paul McMahan now owns the track record.
"You can't beat that," McMahan said with the bonus check in his hand. "Usually it doesn't pay anything to qualify or be fast. Tonight there was a little bit more incentive."
* MAIN-EVENT WINNERS: Jac Haudenschild's win Saturday night at U.S. 36 Raceway was his first World of Outlaws A-feature victory this season. There have been eight different winners in 12 race nights to visit the RacinSoles Victory Lane with the World of Outlaws this season. The win list also includes Sammy Swindell (April 8 at Eldora Speedway and March 10 at the Dirt Track at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, as well as a preliminary victory April 7 at Eldora), Donny Schatz (March 9 at the Dirt Track at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, March 31 at Batesville Speedway and April 1 at I-55 Raceway), Craig Dollansky (April 15 at Tri-State Speedway), Paul McMahan (March 4 at USA Race Park), Danny Lasoski (March 3 at Manzanita), Joey Saldana (Feb. 10 at Volusia) and Chad Kemenah (Feb. 9 at Volusia).
* 3/8-MILE WINNERS: U.S. 36 Raceway is a 3/8-mile oval. The series has now raced three times this season on a track that size. Winners include: Jac Haudenschild (U.S. 36 Raceway), Donny Schatz (Batesville) and Paul McMahan (USA Race Park).
* ON TELEVISION: The Outdoor Channel will air at 8 p.m. (ET) on May 10 the World of Outlaws event from U.S. 36 Raceway. The Outdoor Channel is available nationwide through the DISH Network (Channel 153) and DIRECTV (Channel 606).
* ON THE WEB: The Official World of Outlaws Sprint Series Web site is at www.dirtmotorsports.com/sprint. Among the features are updated driver biographies with individual statistics and pictures, race-by-race statistics, detailed track information and race coverage, series news and team press releases. Also, links to the Media Guide and 2006 Official Rulebook can be found at the bottom of the home page.
* UP NEXT: The Third Annual Wichita Twister Showdown scheduled for Saturday at 81 Speedway in Park City, Kan., was postponed early Saturday morning because of overnight rain. On Sunday the World of Outlaws help launch Huset's Speedway's 2006 season in Brandon, S.D.
* LISTEN ONLINE: If fans can't get to a track to see the series, they can experience the excitement of the World of Outlaws Sprint Series live on Dirtvision.com through the DIRT Radio Network. To listen to the audio broadcasts, log on to www.dirtvision.com and click on the DIRT Radio Network logo. Listeners will need Windows Media Player 9 or higher to listen to the DIRT Radio Network. For technical support or questions, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
* LOOKING AHEAD: Following this incredibly busy weekend, the World of Outlaws Sprint Series begins its first Eastern Swing with events May 12 at Attica Raceway Park in Attica, Ohio, and the Ohio Challenge II on May 13 at K-C Raceway in Chillicothe, Ohio. The series then rolls into Pennsylvania Posse Country for the first time in 2006 for Thunder on the Hill May 16 at Grandview Speedway in Bechtelsville, Pa. before heading to Western Pennsylvania and the Commonwealth Clash on May 19 at Lernerville Speedway in Sarver, Pa., that sets the stage for the $50,000 Challenge on May 20 at Sharon Speedway in Hartford, Ohio.
* SPONSOR SUPPORT: The World of Outlaws Sprint Series is brought to the fans across the country by several sponsors and partners, including series sponsors Hoosier Racing Tire and The Outdoor Channel. Promotional Partners include AMB i.t. and The University of Northwestern Ohio. Associate sponsors are ButlerBuilt Motorsports Equipment, Maxim Racing, RacinSoles and Snap-on. Contingency sponsors include DART Machinery, MSD Ignitions and Wrisco Industries.
NOTE: The Wichita Twister Showdown scheduled for Saturday night at 81 Speedway in Park City, Kan., was postponed on Saturday morning because of overnight rain and a forecast that calls for continued rain the rest of the day. A release this morning will follow this race report on the rainout and it will contain updated World of Outlaws championship standings through Friday night's event.