Searching For Gold: Jac Haudenschild Looks for Third Gold Cup Win Chico, CA-September 4, 2006 - Jac Haudenschild would like nothing more than to win the Gold Cup Race of Champions for the third time in his storied career. Sure the added money on...
Searching For Gold: Jac Haudenschild Looks for Third Gold Cup Win
Chico, CA-September 4, 2006 - Jac Haudenschild would like nothing more than to win the Gold Cup Race of Champions for the third time in his storied career. Sure the added money on the line this year would be great, as would the bragging rights over the strong field of drivers that is expected, but for Haudenschild it would mean more than he can say to win a race in California for his car owner Rick Wright, who hails from the Golden State.
Earlier this season, Haudenschild picked up the first World of Outlaws Sprint Series triumph for the Wright One team on the high banks of U.S. 36 Raceway in Cameron, Missouri. For Wright who has owned sprint cars for a number of years, the win was priceless and one that will always stick out in his mind.
Haudenschild aboard the Wright One Construction Maxim currently is sixth in the World of Outlaws championship standings on the strength of 16 top-five finishes. He won his first Gold Cup in 1998. He backed that up the following year with another victory in the prestigious event on the always tough high-banked quarter-mile. He also has won World of Outlaws A-Feature events at the Silver Dollar Speedway in 1987 and 1989.
"It would be good to win a third Gold Cup," said Haudenschild. "Our car owner (Rick Wright) is from out here in California, so that would make it even better. The car has been pretty good this year, and we have been quick on short tracks. Hopefully we?ll get it done there."
Throughout the season, Haudenschild has logged plenty of minutes on the phone with his car owner, as he keep him up-to-date with how the team is doing. Wright also is able to keep up with the team online checking results when his busy schedule allows.
"It means a lot to have Rick (Wright) out here," Haudenschild said. "We like to have him at the events, rather than call back home to tell him what happened. When the car owner is here at the race track it makes it a whole lot better. If you do good, they are right there. We?re hoping to run good."
John Padjen and the organizers of the Gold Cup have doubled the winners share this year from $25,000 to $50,000. Haudenschild has his fair share of big paying events in his illustrious career, and approaches the larger events the same way he tackles any race.
"We try to run hard every time we are on the track, no matter what it is paying," he said. "It if pays big money, it is that much better if you win. We take every race and try to win it."
With well over 90 cars already pre-entered for the event, the two qualifying nights will be essential to earn a good starting spot for the finale on Saturday night. In the past, Haudenschild has had good qualifying nights at the Gold Cup, and those always set him up for success in the A-Feature. On the season so far, he has set fast time on three different occasions. He also has won dashes that have led to four pole positions.
"You know there are going to be a bunch of cars there, and if you get through the preliminary night good, then you can start the big night good," said Haudenschld. "To have a good shot, you have to usually start in the first four rows."
Known for his prowess on high-banked tracks, Haudenschild has four wins this season in World of Outlaws Sprint Series competition. In addition to his win on the high-banks of U.S. 36 Raceway, he has won at Sharon Speedway in his native state, as well as The Raceway at Powercom Park (Wisc.), a high-banked 1/3-mile, and he won on the quarter-mile at Lawrenceburg (Ind.) Speedway. This all bodes well for the always optimistic driver who is a fan favorite from coast-to-coast.
"We have a real good short track set-up right now that is working well," he said. "We have to get the big tracks and the slick tracks down a little more. We're getting closer all the time. We are looking forward to it."
Having spent a couple of weeks already on the West Coast, Haudenschild and his team have been able to relax for a couple days in between making sure the car is ready to hit the track. While they are enjoying the scenery as they drive through the wine country of Northern California, they are focused on one thing and that is winning.
"It is a little more relaxed now that we are down to weekend racing," said Haudenschild. "The guys still have to work hard to keep up with everything. The Rick Wright car has been good all year, and we are looking forward to finishing the year good."
Expect Haudenschild to live up to his nickname of "The Wild Child" when he takes to the track at Silver Dollar Speedway for the 53rd Annual Gold Cup Race of Champions. He knows the track well, and has always been fast there, and is very confident with where the team is at. Whether he is hugging the wall on every lap or sliding the car around the bottom, one thing that is certain, is that he will give everything he has, as he seeks his third win in the famed event and a win for his car owner Rick Wright as well.
For ticket information about tickets the Gold Cup Race of Champions call 916-969-7484 between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m., or visit johnpadjenmotorsports.com/silver_dollar. On Thursday reserved tickets will be $35.On Friday reserved tickets will be $35. On Saturday reserved tickets will be $45.
*Note: Three-day tickets are available for $115.