Elden Hires Gressman to Drive ...
Elden Hires Gressman to Drive #22
By Richard Day
VERMILLION, OH (December 18) -- After nine years of running up front with the Pennzoil World of Outlaws Series, Jack Elden has decided to race closer to home with Ohio driver Phil Gressman.
"We're going to race in the Midwest with Phil next year and see how we do," Elden said Monday. "If we do well, we'll be back with the Pennzoil World of Outlaws Series the following year. We'll race most of the World of Outlaws Gumout Series races. I want him to run some Pennzoil World of Outlaws Series races, too, at Williams Grove and Eldora. I think he needs the experience."
Gressman is pleased Elden hired him to go racing with sprint car racing's premier series, even on a part-time basis.
"We're very excited to go racing with Jack," Gressman said. "He's been with the Pennzoil World of Outlaws Series for nine or 10 years and we're really looking forward to it.
"When you get started, you set your goals really high. We've always wanted to end up with the World of Outlaws. We look forward to racing with the best in sprint car racing and find out where we stand."
Gressman raced 360 sprints in and around Ohio with Junior Holbrook for four years before graduating to the 410 class last season.
"We probably ruffled a few feathers when we set quick-time at Eldora Speedway (at the Eldora Clash) last July," Gressman said. "It was good to get off the right foot there. If you can run good with those guys, you're going to get plenty of recognition."
Gressman and Elden said they will race a mixture of Pennzoil World of Outlaws Series and World of Outlaws Gumout Series events.
"I'm glad Jack will give us chance to get going before we get thrown in there with the big series and get disappointed," Gressman said. "We really look forward to next season."
Jac Haudenschild was Elden's driver for nine years before taking the reins of Dennis Roth's #83 Beef Packers Eagle in mid-November. He won the Silver State Shootout at Las Vegas Motor Speedway last March in typical "Wild Child" style, pulling off a last-lap pass for the $20,000 victory. A broken radius rod is all that kept Haudenschild from winning all three Harvest Classic features at Calistoga Speedway.
He also won a Pennzoil World of Outlaws Series "A" Feature at I-55 Raceway last July.
Haudenschild and Elden finished in the top 10 in the point standings eight of their nine years together. The only exception was 1999, when Haudenschild missed quite a few races due to an injury.