Flying High: Haudenschild Looks to Master High Banks at Tri-State Speedway For over 30 years, Jac Haudenschild has thrilled fans with his rim-riding, hold no prisoners driving style, especially on high-banked bullrings. He has won on Â¼-mile...
Flying High: Haudenschild Looks to Master High Banks at Tri-State Speedway
For over 30 years, Jac Haudenschild has thrilled fans with his rim-riding, hold no prisoners driving style, especially on high-banked bullrings. He has won on ¼-mile and 1/3-mile tracks from coast-to-coast with the Advance Auto Parts World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series, but one track that has escaped him during his storied career is the high-banked Tri-State Speedway in Haubstadt, Indiana.
Haudenschild had the fans on their feet last season at the track as he ran just inches off the wall, as he chased down 20-time series champion Steve Kinser, who led all 40 laps of the A-Feature at the high-banked ¼-mile. He even bounced off the wall a couple of times late in the going, as he did everything he could to battle Kinser for the win.
The native of Wooster, Ohio will have another chance to score his first win at the ¼-mile this week, as the Advance Auto Parts World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series will contest a full night of racing on Saturday, April 19 at Tri-State Speedway. Haudenschild was one of the fastest cars last season at the track, turning in the second quickest lap in time trials, running strong in the second heat race to earn a spot in the Crane Cams Dash and recording a runner-up finish in the A-Feature.
"I really enjoy going to Tri-State," said Haudenschild, who pilots the Owens-Corning Fiberglass Maxim. "It's a real nice track. I like the short tracks and they are usually pretty racy. It's always good competition going there."
The staff at Tri-State Speedway led by Tom Helfrich always prepares one of the best racing surfaces the series competes on all season long. Haudenschild and his fellow drivers are very appreciative of this and know that they will be able race side-by-side on the high banks for 40 laps for with $10,000 on the line for the winner.
"That's one of the tracks where they work on the track all night," Haudenschild noted. "They'll work on it in between races a little bit. That's one of the things that keeps the track real nice, is that they are not afraid to go work on it in the middle of the night."
After competing at Eldora Speedway last weekend, one of the biggest and fastest tracks on the World of Outlaws schedule, the drivers will show their versatility this week as they head to Tri-State Speedway which is one of the smallest. This will mark the series first stop at a ¼-mile track this season. Last year on tracks that size, Haudenschild had seven Top-10 finishes, with five of those being in the Top-Five, including a win in the Brad Doty Classic at Limaland Motorsports Park in his home state of Ohio.
"You really don't have to change how you think or driver or anything," he said of going from a half-mile to a ¼-mile. "There will be a lot more cars around you and it's a lot tighter, but it's pretty much the same thing. It will be tough competition."
Haudenschild is in his first season driving for the Carnahan Motorsports team, led by veteran crew chief and former driver Leonard Lee. He began the season tied for ninth on the World of Outlaws All-time win list, with 46 A-Feature victories. The team earned a season best fifth-place finish at I-55 Raceway in Missouri on April 5, and also was sixth in the finale of the Alltel DIRTcar Nationals at Volusia Speedway Park in Florida to open the season. They were also was running up from at Manzanita Speedway last month and at Eldora last weekend when bad luck befell them.
"Leonard (Lee) and I have been working well together," noted the fan favorite. "Everything has been going pretty decent. The car has been quick and we are definitely looking forward to it. Things are clicking pretty good right now."
Haudenschild is excited for the next couple of weeks, as the Advance Auto Parts World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series schedule picks up. Beginning this weekend at Tri-State Speedway, the series will compete each and every weekend through November 1, with a number of mid-week events sprinkled in during the late spring and summer as well.
"It's been a little slow to start the season, but things will start happening in a hurry," he said. "We're definitely looking forward to all of the races that are coming up."
While the A-Feature will be 40-laps on Saturday night at Tri-State Speedway, Haudenschild is quick to point out that being patient is usually not an option at the high-banked ¼-mile where things happen in a hurry. Last season he lined up sixth for the main event and quickly gained two positions on the opening lap. With just ten laps remaining he moved into second and began his pursuit for the lead.
"You have to go for it pretty good there," shared the veteran driver. "It is 40 laps, but with the competition that we have this year, there is not much pacing yourself. You have to get right on it and go."
Haudenschild has four consecutive finishes of eighth or better at Tri-State Speedway as he closes in on his first win at the storied track. He has 10 career Top-10 finishes at the track, with most of those coming in World of Outlaws events.
"We have to position ourselves and get a good starting spot," he said of what it will take to run up front this weekend. "If we do that, I think we'll be right in there."
On Saturday, April 19, General Admission tickets for adults will be $30, with general admission tickets for children ages 6-12 just $15 and kids five-under will be admitted free of charge. For ticket information visit: www.tristatespeedway.com or call 812-768-6025.
There will be an autograph session beginning at 4:30 p.m. on Saturday, with Chad Hillier, Kerry Madsen and Joey Saldana.