LAS VEGAS, Nev. (March 5) -- "The Wild Child" Jac Haudenschild struck the mother lode in Nevada, making a last turn pass on race leader Stevie Smith to win the Pennzoil World of Outlaws' Silver State Shootout at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. For ...
LAS VEGAS, Nev. (March 5) -- "The Wild Child" Jac Haudenschild struck the mother lode in Nevada, making a last turn pass on race leader Stevie Smith to win the Pennzoil World of Outlaws' Silver State Shootout at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.
For Goodyear, the results were four times as good. Haudenschild and Smith were followed across the line by Sammy Swindell and Joey Saldana, giving the tire maker a 1-2-3-4 finish. Haudenschild earned $20,000 for his first feature win of 2000 and moved to the top of the points standings.
Haudenschild was racing on Goodyear Eagle Dirt Track Specials. His win gives Goodyear two feature wins in the first three Outlaws events of 2000. Johnny Herrera won the season opener at Kings Speedway in Hanford, Calif., also on Goodyear Eagles.
Haudenschild decided to run a harder compound Goodyear Eagle in the feature, a decision that may have been a deciding factor in the race. "It wasn't until the last couple of laps that I thought I had a chance at catching Stevie," Haudenschild said. "We had some lapped cars in between us and we didn't know if we were going to be in a position to catch him, he was running that good.
"The track was pretty rough tonight and you had to run up top to stay away from the rough stuff. Most of the week the track was smoother and we just had to get used to running in the rough. We saw what the track was like during the hot laps and thought the car would like a little bit harder tire. It felt better on our car, so we went with it."
Smith, who led the first 29 1/2 laps, was pleased with his performance…until the final lap. "It was all my fault. I wanted to be smoother after I got the white flag and I took a different line through 1 and 2 and blew it. I couldn't keep the momentum going and lost the race to Jac in the next turn. I can't say enough about the tires, they were there for us all weekend long. I just should've stayed down low; that's what cost us. This was one of our best showings during a three-day event and coming like it did so early in the season has got to give us and Goodyear a lot of confidence for the rest of the year."
Johnny Herrera continued to show his hot hand in qualifying, winning the pole for Thursday's preliminary event, his third pole in three nights. Haudenschild broke Herrera's string, but not Goodyear's as he set the fast time in Friday's session.
While there was little passing among the leaders, several Goodyear racers made significant advances from the back. After a poor heat race performance on Friday, Haudenschild carved his way through the consolation races to start 21st in the A main, finishing sixth. In the feature race Donny Schatz carved his way through the pack, passing "The Wild Child," Mark Kinser and Danny Lasoski on consecutive laps before getting caught up in Dennis Moore Jr.'s accident that also claimed several other front runners. WoO