Haudenschild Looks for Another Win at Pike County Speedway Magnolia, MS--March 15 2007-- Jac Haudenschild only led one lap in the World of Outlaws event at Pike County Speedway in 1996, but it was the most important lap of the race, the last one.
Haudenschild Looks for Another Win at Pike County Speedway
Magnolia, MS--March 15 2007-- Jac Haudenschild only led one lap in the World of Outlaws event at Pike County Speedway in 1996, but it was the most important lap of the race, the last one. He took the white flag in the fifth position, but when the four leaders all got together, he pounced on the opportunity to take the lead, and powered away on the final restart to take the win, despite losing a cylinder earlier in the 30-lap event.
On Saturday, Haudenschild returns to the always fast high-banked 3/8-mile in Magnolia, Mississippi with the World of Outlaws to do battle for the $10,000 winner's share of the purse. This will mark the series first visit to the facility since 2005.
"It's been quite a while since we won there," said Haudenschild, driver of the Wright One Construction Maxim. "We're looking forward to getting back there. Hopefully we can have another good run."
Saturday's race will mark the only time the Outlaws will pay a visit to the state of Mississippi this season. For the many sprint car fans in the area, it will be their only chance all season long to see 410-sprint cars battle wheel to wheel.
"It's always good racing down there," he shared. "It's a nice short track, and they always mix it up there. Short tracks are fun and hopefully we'll be up front in the Rick Wright car."
Haudenschild is anxious to strap back into the cockpit after having last weekend off. He also is excited to race on a 3/8-mile track. He won twice last season on tracks that size, as he picked up four total wins to bring his career mark with the series to 44. That has him 10th on the All-Time list.
"It doesn't hurt anything to have a week off," explained the veteran driver. "We just got started, and we're just racing on the weekends. Once we get started, then it gets pretty busy."
The fan favorite enters the event at Pike County, just 15 points out of the Top-10 in the championship standings. He has three Top-10 finishes, with one of those being a second-place effort in California on February 23, an event that saw him lead the most laps, but sustain a quickly deflating left rear tire late in the going, that relegated him to the runner-up spot. After a couple of races in the Arizona desert on two vastly different tracks, Haudenschild is confident heading into this weekend's pair of races on two bullrings.
"I think we have things going in the right direction," he stated when assessing the first month of the season.
With a record number of cars traveling full-time with the World of Outlaws this season, Haudenschild knows that every lap on the track counts and drives as hard as he can on every single one of them. One of his most impressive runs of the year for the native of Wooster, Ohio came on February 24 at Thunderbowl Raceway in California. After finishing second the night before, he charged from 19th to come home sixth, in an event that did not see many yellows flag to bunch the field. He knows the importance of turning two good laps right off the bat each night, and how that often sets the tone for the rest of the evening.
"Qualifying is the toughest thing for us each night," Haudenschild admitted. "If we can get by qualifying, then we can usually do pretty good."
Being a veteran of the sport, Haudenschild knows that it is important to look at the big picture and pace himself with nearly 90 races on the always demanding schedule that stretches from February until early November. While he receives a lot of the accolades for driving the car, he is quick to point out that without the hard work of his crew, none of that would be possible.
"It takes good crew guys to keep the car going all year," he said. "You have to drive good as well and keep your motor program great."
The always optimistic driver is paired again this season with longtime Crew Chief Bonzai Bruns. The duo has many numerous races together, and often can communicate what needs to be done on the car without having to say a word. It is this trust and respect that helps keep the entire team motivated and in good spirits over the course of season.
"You definitely have to get along with your crew guys, or you're not going to do anything," said the always focused driver. "The crew is everything. We race so much, that you definitely have to have the crew and the car right all the time."