Series Brainerd spotlight - Jac Haudenschild

Haudenschild Looking Forward to World of Outlaws Debut at North Central Speedway Brainerd, MN-- October 2, 2008--From coast-to-coast, Jac Haudenschild has visited more tracks than he can remember over the last 35 years. He has won in most...

Haudenschild Looking Forward to World of Outlaws Debut at North Central Speedway

Brainerd, MN-- October 2, 2008--From coast-to-coast, Jac Haudenschild has visited more tracks than he can remember over the last 35 years. He has won in most every state he has raced in, 24 to be exact, as well as Australia and Canada, but one place missing from this list of victories is the state of Minnesota, where he has four consecutive Top-10 finishes, including two podium performances.

He will have a chance to pick up his first checkered flag in the "Lane of 10,000 Lakes" this weekend as the Advance Auto Parts World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series competes twice in the state, beginning on Friday, October 3 with their inaugural visit to North Central Speedway in Brainerd, followed by their annual stop at Princeton Speedway on Saturday night.

"I always enjoy going to tracks for the first time," shared Haudenschild. "We are definitely looking forward to it and will be glad to get back on the track. We look to do well up there for our car owner and sponsors who are from up there."

For the Carnahan Motorsports team, which is based in Minnesota the weekend will be a homecoming, as they are able to work out of their own shop for a few days and regroup for the final West Coast swing of the season over the next two weeks. Haudenschild is in his first season driving for the team, with veteran crew chief Leonard Lee turning the wrenches.

"Lon (Carnahan) is a great car owner and I am glad to be driving for him," he said. "Leonard (Lee), Marie (Lapointe) and Randy (Nygaard) have been working very hard on the car this year. I know that each night I'll have a good fast race car."

Haudenschild has been one of the most consistent drives this year, especially over the second half of the World of Outlaws season aboard the Owens-Corning Fiberglass Maxim. He has racked up four wins in the last five weeks, including his third victory in the Gold Cup Race of Champions at Silver Dollar Speedway in California which earned him $50,000. Heading into action this week, the veteran driver is sixth in the series championship standings on the strength of 41 Top-10 finishes, with 18 of those being Top-Five performances.

"The R19 has been quick all season," said the native of Wooster, Ohio. "Leonard Lee has had the car good all year long. We have been fast all year, and just weren't able to get the job done. It's all paying off now."

Haudenschild recently won his 50th career A-Feature events with the Advance Auto Parts World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series in thrilling fashion at Lebanon Valley Speedway in New York, a feat accomplished by just eight other drivers in the 30 year existence of the series. He is currently ninth on the series all-time list.

"It was great to win the 50th, he noted. "We were hoping to pick that one up this season and we did. It's pretty special to be up there. That's a place (Lebanon Valley Speedway) where I have had some bad luck over the years and even got hurt there, so to win there was good."

Haudenschild won his first World of Outlaws event on July 21, 1985 at Kokomo Speedway in Indiana. He held off Ron Shuman and Jimmy Sills for that win. He has won races in 17 different seasons with the series, including the last four consecutive. He competed with the series for the first time during their 1978 inaugural season when they visited the famed Eldora Speedway in his home state.

"I still do remember the first one," recalled the veteran driver. "It came at Kokomo and Jim McQueen was working on my car. That was back when they were still running steel block engines. I had run a lot of races with the series before I won that one."

While he has been a fixture on the World of Outlaws circuit for a number of seasons over the years, back in the early days of the series he ran a more limited scheduled as was the case for many drivers. He would race anywhere, anytime, in a sprint car, whether it had a wing on it or not and he continually won races in whatever type of machine he was driving. In his career, he has finished in the Top-10 in the World of Outlaws championship standings 13 times, including a career-best second-place finish in 1995. He is on pace to finish in the Top-Five this season.

"For years, I never ran the full deal," he explained. "It was hard to find a car owner back then that was able to run 80 or 90 races a year. You just ran as many races as you could. You just had to take whatever rides you could find. There were some guys that would run 40 or 50 races a year, but finding one to run the whole season was tough."

Entering this week's inaugural event at North Central Speedway, Haudenschild has eight Top-10 finishes in the last nine World of Outlaws events, including three wins. He has won the Crane Cams Dash five times to earn pole positions this year, and also has been quickest in time trials twice. He has finished eighth or better in all three inaugural events for the World of Outlaws, with two of those being Top-Five performances. The race at North Central Speedway will be the series final inaugural event of the season.

On Friday, October 3 at North Central Speedway, general admission tickets for adults will be $30, with general admission tickets for children $15. All reserved tickets will be $35. For tickets call (218)-829-2231.

-credit: woo

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Series World of Outlaws
Drivers Jimmy Sills , Jac Haudenschild