Jac Haudenschild to Return to World of Outlaws

WOOSTER, OH (December 21) - Jac Haudenschild, one of the most popular drivers in Pennzoil World of Outlaws Series history, announced Tuesday his plans to return to the series in 2000. "We missed racing with the Pennzoil World of Outlaws...

WOOSTER, OH (December 21) - Jac Haudenschild, one of the most popular drivers in Pennzoil World of Outlaws Series history, announced Tuesday his plans to return to the series in 2000. "We missed racing with the Pennzoil World of Outlaws Series last year," Haudenschild said. "We had a meeting with (car owner) Jack Elden recently, and decided to come back with the series full-time. We bounced around last year, and really didn't like that. We're going to start the year without a sponsor and hope to pick one up along the way." Despite racing in only 38 of the Pennzoil World of Outlaws Series' 69 events last season, "The Wild Child" finished 16th in the point standings. He recorded top-10 finishes in 16 "A" Features, including nine in the top five. The highlight of his season was driving Elden's #22 Maxim to victory in the Gold Cup Race of Champions at Silver Dollar Speedway for the second consecutive year. He also won "A" Features at I-55 Raceway and San Jose Speedway. When asked how the arm he injured at Battleground Speedway in October was feeling, he said, "It's fine now. They put another plate in it, so now my left arm is one big plate. I rehabilitated it on my own, and I'm ready to go racing again." Dean "Banzai" Bruns will remain with Elden Motorsports as the team's crew chief. Haudenschild enjoyed a career year in 1998 despite a mid-season shoulder injury that knocked him out of the battle for the Pennzoil World of Outlaws Series championship. He led the series with $367,690 in purse earnings and 14 Channellock Dash pole victories. "The Wild Child" also won a career-high 11 "A" Features. Among his more notable victories that year were his third Kings Royal championship at Eldora Speedway and his first Gold Cup Race of Champions title at Silver Dollar Speedway. He also won five straight feature races at legendary Knoxville Raceway, including the Ethanol Classic. He finished seventh in the point standings with 47 top-10 finishes, including 34 in the top five.

-Richard Day

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Series World of Outlaws
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