Eagle II: Preliminary race report

EAGLE, NE (September 20) -- Jac Haudenschild pulled off a spectacular third-to-first move past Donny Schatz and Mark Kinser, then exchanged the lead with Schatz two more times on his way to winning the Preliminary Feature as the Pennzoil World of...

EAGLE, NE (September 20) -- Jac Haudenschild pulled off a spectacular third-to-first move past Donny Schatz and Mark Kinser, then exchanged the lead with Schatz two more times on his way to winning the Preliminary Feature as the Pennzoil World of Outlaws Series opened the 1/3-Mile Short Track Nationals Friday at Eagle Raceway.

"The Wild Child," the 1989 Eagle Nationals champion, beat Schatz under the checkered flag by 1.5 seconds for his first Preliminary Feature victory of the year.

"We had a great car tonight," Haudenschild said. "Guy (Forbrook) had the Wirtgen car right on the money. We got into traffic there in (turns) one and two, and I was able to get a pretty good run on those guys and get them both at the same time. We got caught in traffic a little later, and Schatz got back by us for a little bit, but we were able to get out front again.

"This place is definitely one of the best race tracks in the country. It's nice and wide, and really fast, and it's just a lot of fun to run here."

Haudenschild, the 13th-fastest qualifier in the 38-car field, followed Schatz across the finish line in the Fourth Heat Race and earned the right to start the 30-lap feature inside the fourth row finishing behind Kinser, Johnny Herrera and Brad Furr in the First O'Reilly Auto Parts Dash.

Kinser, who has won six Pennzoil World of Outlaws Series main events at Eagle Raceway, drove the #5M Mopar Maxim into the lead from the pole as the green flag fell in the feature. Haudenschild raced past Tim Shaffer and Furr during the opening lap, then passed Herrera for fourth place high in turn four the next time around.

Schatz challenged Second Heat Race winner Craig Dollansky for 3 ¼ laps before taking over second place with a high move through turns one and two early in the fourth lap. "The Wild Child" rode the rim around Dollansky in turn four several seconds later.

The leaders were approaching lapped traffic late in the fifth lap when Knoxville Raceway champion Terry McCarl stopped in turn two with mechanical problems. Blake Feese lost 16th place as the race resumed, hitting the restart cone on the front straightaway.

Schatz battled Kinser for two laps before driving his #15 Parker Stores J&J into the lead in the low groove between the third and fourth corners late in lap 11. Kinser regained first place half a lap later, however, passing Schatz deep in turn two.

Haudenschild raced into the lead early in the 14th lap, taking the inside line through the first and second corners to pass Kinser and Schatz. Schatz also passed Kinser for second place.

"The Wild Child" was right behind the back-markers the next time around when Jeremy Campbell brought out the second caution flag, stopping in turn two.

World of Outlaws Gumout Series points leader Tyler Walker raced past eight cars during the first half of the race. He rode the rim around Furr between the third and fourth corners for ninth place as the green flag replaced the yellow.

Haudenschild was 1.2 seconds ahead of Schatz when he entered lapped traffic during lap 20. Walker raced into sixth place two laps later, threading C&W Motorsports' #35 Maxim between Pennzoil World of Outlaws Series points leader Steve Kinser and Stevie Smith entering turn one.

Schatz passed "The Wild Child" in the low groove between the first and second corners early in lap 24, only to have Haudenshild pull off an identical move to regain the lead one lap later. "The Wild Child" opened a comfortable advantage within several laps and cruised to the $5,000 victory.

Kinser finished in third place, ahead of Herrera, Dollansky, Walker, Steve Kinser, Smith, Furr and Shaffer.

Joey Saldana, who leads the Pennzoil World of Outlaws Series with 19 fast times, sliced .132 seconds off the single-lap record Jeff Shepard set at Eagle Raceway last on August 14, 2000. Saldana drove the #17 Eagle Raceway/HEM Saw Eagle around the high-banked, 1/3-mile oval in 11.124 seconds, an average speed of 107.875 M.P.H.

Mechanical problems in the #6 Casey's General Stores Maxim cost Danny Wood fifth place in the Second Heat Race. The 2000 Kevin Gobrecht Rookie of the Year failed to qualify for a feature race for only the fourth time this season when he finished fifth in the "B" Feature.

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Series World of Outlaws
Drivers Tim Shaffer , Brad Furr , Mark Kinser , Donny Schatz , Steve Kinser , Blake Feese , Craig Dollansky , Tyler Walker , Joey Saldana , Jac Haudenschild , Johnny Herrera