Series countdown to 2009 - part five

Countdown to 2009: A Look Back at Five Memorable World of Outlaws Races from 2008 Concord, NC-- December 31, 2008--With one day remaining in 2008, the final of the five of most exciting races of the World of Outlaws season will be ...

Countdown to 2009: A Look Back at Five Memorable World of Outlaws Races from 2008

Concord, NC-- December 31, 2008--With one day remaining in 2008, the final of the five of most exciting races of the World of Outlaws season will be re-visited.

The last event that will be featured will be the October 18 race from Thunderbowl Raceway in Tulare, California. The race saw Jac Haudenschild and Steve Kinser battle for the win for the second consecutive night on a bullring, with Haudenschild coming out on top after getting around the 20-time series champion in heavy lapped traffic at the high-banked 1/3-mile.

"It is very fun to race with Steve," shared Haudenschild after the win. "The car felt good all night. We ran second to him last night and we are happy to win tonight. Leonard (Lee) has the car really fast right now. We really enjoy running these tight bullring tracks out here. We've always had good luck in California and I have always enjoyed racing out here."

Haudenschild started the A-Feature in third and worked on second-year driver Sam Hafertepe Jr. for a number of laps, especially in lapped traffic. Haudenschild got a run on Hafertepe and Kinser on the 20th lap as the trio exited the second turn. Using the high side of the track as he did on Friday night, Haudenschild went from third to first by the time they leaders hit the middle of the back straightaway.

He pulled away late in the race in lapped traffic before the final caution flew with three laps to go. On the ensuing restart Haudenschild used a good jump to charge to a comfortable lead in turns and two, with Kinser and Sam Hafertepe Jr. chasing him.

It was the second career win at Thunderbowl Raceway for Haudenschild and the 30th victory of his career in the Golden State. He won $50,000 earlier in the season in California, picking up his third Gold Cup Race of Champions win.

After taking the lead in traffic on the 20th lap, the caution flag flew giving the leader clean track to operate with. The final caution of the night flew with just three laps remaining, giving Kinser and Hafertepe one last shot at Haudenschild.

"It was a good race," said Kinser after the race. "I was a little bit tight in (turns) one and two and couldn't get through there as fast as I wanted to. I couldn't really pass any cars because I was tight. I should have made a stab at it, and I was waiting for a yellow."

The 2009 World of Outlaws season opens on February 6 at Volusia Speedway Park in Florida, with the 38th Annual Alltel DIRTcar Nationals by UNOH.

-credit: woo

Be part of something big

Write a comment
Show comments
About this article
Series World of Outlaws
Drivers Steve Kinser , Jac Haudenschild , Sam Hafertepe Jr.