A Perfect Fit: River Cities Speedway Suits Haudenschild Just Fine Grand Forks, ND-- June 26, 2008--If ever there was a track that was perfectly suited for Jac Haudenschild's always aggressive, no holds barred, take no prisoners driving style,...
A Perfect Fit: River Cities Speedway Suits Haudenschild Just Fine
Grand Forks, ND-- June 26, 2008--If ever there was a track that was perfectly suited for Jac Haudenschild's always aggressive, no holds barred, take no prisoners driving style, it would River Cities Speedway in Grand Forks, North Dakota. The high-banked three-tenths-mile bullring lends itself to side-by-side racing with blazing fast speeds as the drivers run just inches off of the wall, with all of this happening in just about 10 seconds each lap.
Haudenschild will visit River Cities Speedway for the second consecutive season with the Advance Auto Parts World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series on Friday, June 27 in the opener of the Gerdau Ameristeel Northern Tour which will encompass a total of four events in the state of North Dakota this weekend, along with the final two races in August. This weekend's race will be part of the Duel in the Dakotas which will wrap up at Red River Valley Speedway on Saturday, June 28. Haudenschild won the overall title for the Duel in the Dakotas last season, after finishing second at River Cities Speedway and winning at Red River Valley Speedway.
"Short tracks are always fun to race on," said the veteran driver in regards to his return to River Cities Speedway. "They have always put a good show on there in the past and I imagine it will be the same way this year. We can't wait to get up there."
River Cities Speedway is one of just three tracks on the 2008 Advance Auto Parts World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series schedule at which the drivers turn sub-10 second laps. Last season, the quickest lap in time trials at the high-banked track was 9.952 seconds, while the track record is 9.66 seconds. Haudenschild would like nothing more than to break the track record on Friday night, as the best sprint car drivers in the world invade the track for a full night of racing, capped off by a 40-lap main event.
"It does feel quick pretty behind the wheel," noted the native of Wooster, Ohio. "At the short tracks you get around them pretty fast. The track over there is usually pretty tacky and very racy. We look to get the (No.) R19 up front there."
The event at River Cities Speedway will be one of three events this season for the World of Outlaws on three-tenths-mile tracks, which is the same number of races the series had on that size track last season. The series has competed a couple of times on 1/3-mile tracks this year, with Haudenschild finishing sixth or better in both of those events. Behind the wheel, things happen a lot quicker on bullrings and a few subtle changes are made when the teams are preparing to run a smaller track.
"You put a short track set-up on the car and run more stagger," explained Haudenschild. "Usually the car gets around tracks like that pretty good. We have been good on the small tracks and the big tracks this year. We look to keep that up this weekend."
Haudenschild won in his debut at River Cities Speedway in 1999, holding off fellow World of Outlaws driver Craig Dollansky for the triumph in weekly competition. In four career starts at the three-tenths mile track, he has four finishes of seventh or better, with three of those being in the Top-Three. He made a late charge on Joey Saldana last season to make a bid for the win, coming up just inches short at the line in a photo finish that had the capacity crowd on their feet. He liked up 13th for that event and passed more cars that anyone else in attendance, to earn the KSE Racing Products Hard Charger Award.
"We like going up there," Haudenschild shared. "There are a lot of good fans up there. This will be our first trip to North Dakota in the Lon Carnahan car, so hopefully we can put it in victory lane."
The veteran driver has been close to winning a number of times this season. In his first year behind the wheel for the Carnahan Motorsports team aboard the Owens-Corning Fiberglass Maxim, he is fifth in World of Outlaws championship points on the strength of 15 Top-10 finishes, with eight of those being in the Top-Five.
"Sometimes it is toughest to get that first win of the year," he admitted. "We have been pretty quick on most nights and we plan to get a win here pretty quick."
Haudenschild is very proud of how hard his crew has worked this season and how quick he has gelled with crew chief Leonard Lee. He also has been thrilled at how fast the team has been each and every night out of the box. He has raced his way into the Crane Cams Dash in 10 of the last 13 events, which have helped him earn Top-10 starting positions in all of those A-Feature events. He also has won the Crane Cams Dash twice this season to earn pole positions, and he also has been quickest in time trials once this season.
"Leonard (Lee) and Marie (Lapointe) have been doing a great job," said Haudenschild of his crew. "The car has been fast every time out and we have a very competitive motor. Every thing is going pretty good right now. We'll just keep at it and keep working hard."
Haudenschild enters this weekend's trio of events beginning at River Cities Speedway riding a streak of five consecutive finishes of seventh or better, as he closes in on his first A-Feature win of the season. He is currently 10th on the World of Outlaws all-time win list with 46 A-Feature triumphs and looks to add to his success in the state of North Dakota.
"We have been close and had a lot of Top-Five finishes," he stated. "I think we'll definitely have a good chance of winning there."
On Friday, June 27 at River Cities Speedway, adult general admission tickets will be $30 if purchased in advance or $32 the day of the race, with general admission tickets for children (ages 6-12) $15, and kids 5-under will be admitted free of charge in the general admission seating. Adult reserved tickets will be $33 in advance or $35 the day of the race, with reserved tickets for children 12-under $15.
Two-day tickets for the Duel in the Dakotas, including the event at Red River Valley Speedway on Saturday, June 28 are also available by calling SLS Promotions at: 815-344-2023 or visiting www.slspromotions.com.
There will also be a Meet & Greet at the Canad Inn located at 1000 South 42nd St. in Grand Forks, on Thursday, June 26 from 5-8 p.m. Central, featuring several World of Outlaws drivers who will be on-hand to sign autographs and meet with fans.