Series 2008 drivers preview - Jac Haudenschild

2008 Advance Auto Parts World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series Preview: Jac Haudenschild The Advance Auto Parts World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series will celebrate its 30th Anniversary in 2008 and Jac Haudenschild has been a part of many of those ...

2008 Advance Auto Parts World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series Preview: Jac Haudenschild

The Advance Auto Parts World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series will celebrate its 30th Anniversary in 2008 and Jac Haudenschild has been a part of many of those seasons. The native of Wooster, Ohio will begin his 35th year in sprint car racing this year and he will look to add to his 46 career A-Feature wins with the series.

Haudenschild will open the season at Volusia Speedway Park in Florida as part of the 37th Annual Alltel DIRTcar Nationals, behind the wheel for the Carnahan Motorsports team, which he joined in the off-season.

"We're really looking forward to running the R19 this year," said Haudenschild, as he gears up for the 2008 Advance Auto Parts World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series season. "We'll have Leonard Lee (Crew Chief) working on the car and we are excited. Lon Carnahan, our car owner will be going down to Florida and we are looking forward to it."

Haudenschild will arrive at Volusia Speedway Park early to take part in the three events with the All Star Circuit of Champions, as he looks to mesh with the team. He opened the 2007 season at the half-mile with a strong 10th-place finish that saw him work his way up from the 24th starting spot.

"I like running at Volusia, and I think we should get up to speed pretty quick," he said. "We'll go down there and look to be running strong right off the bat."

Last season, the veteran driver won twice, including in the Brad Doty Classic at Limaland Motorsports Park in his home state of Ohio, an event that honors and is promoted by his longtime friend. He also was victorious at Red River Valley Speedway in North Dakota, which coupled with a runner-up finish at River Cities Speedway in North Dakota earned him the overall title for the Duel in the Dakotas.

Haudenschild finished 11th overall in the championship point standings in 2007, on the strength of 34 Top-10 finishes, with 13 of those being in the Top-Five. He was the "Hard Charger" nine times during the season. The award was given to the driver that passed the most cars during an A-Feature event. Additionally, he was among the Top-10 in laps led during the season, pacing the field for nearly 100 circuits. He looks to build on that momentum in his first season driving for the Carnahan Motorsports team.

"You have to run good each night out here," said the native of Wooster, Ohio. "If you want to have a chance at the championship, you have to run in the Top-Five each night. We hope to be consistent each night and run up front this year."

Haudenschild will be teamed with veteran World of Outlaws crew chief Leonard Lee this season. The team won once in 2007 and finished in the Top-10 in the championship standings on the strength of 41 Top-10 finishes.

"Leonard (Lee) and I have never worked together before, but I don't think we'll have too much of a problem getting hooked up," Haudenschild noted. "The main thing will be him and I working together and getting on the same page."

Following the season opening Alltel DIRTcar Nationals, the series will head to Pike County Speedway in Mississippi, before heading west for a two-night event at Thunderbowl Raceway in Tulare, California, where Haudenschild has always run strong in the past, including a runner-up finish last February. In total, the series will compete around 80 times from coast-to-coast in 2008, including at a number of new venues.

"The Outlaws have always had about that many races a year, so this will be like any other year," he said. "That's plenty of races to have."

Haudenschild will have a number of chances to race in his home state of Ohio, including in the Kings Royal at Eldora Speedway, an event that he has won three times during his career. He will also have the chance to compete at Attica Raceway Park, K-C Raceway, Limaland Motorsports Park and Sharon Speedway.

"We look forward to all the races," he said. "I like the Ohio tracks and we have always run good on them. It doesn't matter where we race, I like running anywhere in the country."

Haudenschild faced one of the toughest fields in World of Outlaws history in 2007, as 21 teams completed the entire season and each event had an average car count of 40 cars. He expects the level of competition to be the same this season, as over 20 teams are again committed to running full-time beginning with the 37th Annual Alltel DIRTcar Nationals.

"It's always tough out here that never changes," said Haudenschild. "There are always a lot of guys out there that can win the race on any night. It will be tough again this year."

Haudenschild has had one goal during his illustrious career and that has been to run up front and to win races, and he will take that same approach into the 2008 campaign, along with the rest of the Carnahan Motorsports team.

"We want to run good in the points this year and win as many races as we can," he said.

In his career, Haudenschild has earned 13 Top-10 finishes in championship points with the World of Outlaws, including a runner-up finish in 1995. He has been victorious in 16 different seasons with the tour, including a career high 11 in 1998.

-credit: woo

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