HOME STATE ADVANTAGE: Haudenschild Captures World of Outlaws Victory At Sharon Speedway Hartford, OH -- May 20, 2006 -- Jac Haudenschild enjoys racing in his home state of Ohio. He enjoys even more winning World of Outlaws Sprint Series races....
HOME STATE ADVANTAGE: Haudenschild Captures World of Outlaws Victory At Sharon Speedway
Hartford, OH -- May 20, 2006 -- Jac Haudenschild enjoys racing in his home state of Ohio. He enjoys even more winning World of Outlaws Sprint Series races. To do both on Saturday night at Sharon Speedway made it a perfect evening for the veteran driver.
After starting on the pole in the 40-lap feature, Haudenschild, driving the No. 35 Wright One Construction Maxim, ran in the top-three for the entire feature. On a restart on lap 23, he used a text book slide job to get around Jeremy Campbell for the runner-up spot, and a lap later, he sliced past Brooke Tatnell in the low groove to take the lead, and secure his second win of the season.
Tatnell, piloting the No. 8 Race Outfitters/Castrol Eagle, made Haudenschild earn his win with a late charge and he nearly caught him at the finish line, coming up 0.12 of a second short. Randy Hannagan, onboard the No. 1X Terry Hannagan Racing Maxim, charged from the eighth starting spot to finish third. Campbell recorded a posted a solid fourth-place in the Americas Best Value Inns Maxim with Daryn Pittman in the No. 21 Titan Garages/ Hop-n-Sac Convenience Stores Maxim, rounding out the top-five.
"The Rick Wright car felt very good tonight," said Haudenschild a native of Wooster, Ohio. "The guys had the car running well. We had to chase Brooke down, he was going pretty good, and we got him on the bottom. We haven't won at Sharon for years and years, so it feels good to win here."
Tatnell started beside Haudenschild on the front row of the feature got a great start. He opened a convincing lead that at times stretched to about a half a straight-a-way. When the caution flag flew on lap 22, Tatnell was setting a blistering pace and had half of the field at least one lap down.
"We were glad to see the cautions," Haudenschild said. "He (Tatnell) got away from us a little bit, but we got him at the end."
On the night, Tatnell ended up leading 23 laps, and used a gutsy drive to bring his car home in the runner-up spot. With his steering failing him, the car was more than a handful to jockey around the fast 3/8-mile oval.
"We had a race car that was good enough to win, but the front end got bent in one of the holes," Tatnell said. "It toed the steering out, so you could not turn the steering wheel. After that we were in a bit of trouble. I had to slide the car around to make it work. We were still as good as Haudenschild when we got going, but the restarts killed us."
Many of the drivers were wondering what would happen to the track in the feature with 24 cars pounding down on it. The track had taken rain for the past 10 days. Sharon Speedway officials had a helicopter hover over the track for more than two hours in the afternoon to help dry out the racing surface.
"It wasn't that rough," Tatnell said. "I feel fine. I have raced on much rougher tracks. I grew up on this rough stuff, give me this sort of racetrack every night of the week, and I'll never complain once."
One of the best drives of the night came from Randy Hannagan, who sliced and diced his way through traffic to reach the front. He looked inside and outside of Campbell for a number of laps before making a move around the rookie late in the event. Seeing the leaders right in front of him, the San Jose native got along side Tatnell a number of times over the final five laps.
"The racetrack was real racy in the feature," Hannagan said. "You have to thank the Blaneys and their crew at Sharon Speedway, they did a good job. When we got here earlier, it didn't look to promising that we would race, but I think the fans saw a really good race. We were able to go on places of the racetrack where other guys couldn't. I could turn and run in the middle, or stay on the top or bottom. My crew did a good job giving me everything I needed to finish in a good position."
Campbell ran as high as second for a good portion of the feature, eventually claiming fourth. The contender for the Kevin Gobrecht Rookie of the Year Award Presented by Maxim Racing and ButerBuilt was all smiles after the race.
"We had an awesome first start," Campbell said. "I was running second on the first lap. We went through lapped traffic pretty good. The last couple restarts I had a couple of bad ones, and that's how Haudenschild got around me. All in all, it was a real good night. It was a top-five in the books and that is real good."
Even for Campbell, who at 22 is the youngest of the Mean 15 drivers, the track was a handful. Though he knows that it provided some exciting racing for the throngs of fans that packed the grandstands on a clear and -- more importantly -- dry Saturday night.
"It (the track) wore you out," Campbell said. "After about five laps, my hands started going numb. I was just trying to hang on to the steering wheel and keep going. I just have to stay in shape when I am not racing and keep it up."
Daryn Pittman is closing in on his first win of the year, and in the process continued his string of top-five finishes. He ran in the top-five for the entire feature, after turning the fourth quickest lap in qualifying.
"All in all, our car wasn't bad," Pittman said. "We made big gains on it. It's in one piece, so we have to start from scratch and go to Charlotte and make sure we don't have any failures there. This place was pretty hard on equipment."
Donny Schatz, who accepted the $50,000 Challenge and started the A-main from 24th for a shot at the monster bonus, gave it a valiant effort, gaining 14 spots in the first 10 laps before sustaining suspension damage to his No. 15 ParkerStore J&J and retiring for the evening. One the first lap alone, he powered past four cars. He remains on top of the point standings over Haudenschild.
Rounding out the top-10, were Justin Henderson driving the No. D1 Jolt Energy Gum/Race Girl Schnee in sixth, Terry McCarl in the No. 24 Big Game Treestands Eagle in seventh, Joey Saldana in eighth aboard the No. 9 Dodge/Curb Records JEI out of the Kasey Kahne stable, Ed Lynch Jr. driving the No. 2L Howard Concrete J&J was ninth, and Dion Hindi was 10th in the No. 11D Realtruck.com/Sniper Tuning J&J.
The series returns to action Wednesday night in the Eckerd Outlaw Showdown at The Dirt Track @ The Lowe's Motor Speedway in Concord, N.C., followed May 26-27 by another intimidating event at historic Williams Grove Speedway.
SHARON SPEEDWAY NOTEBOOK
* FAST QUALIFIER: Brooke Tatnell paced the 44-car field with a lap around the 3/8-mile oval in 12.954 seconds. For his qualifying effort, Tatnell earned five bonus points. The next four fastest qualifiers also earned bonus points, including Terry McCarl (4), Craig Dollansky (3), Daryn Pittman (2), and Jac Haudenschild (1). Sharon Speedway is a semi-banked 3/8 mile oval and Danny Lasoski holds the track record at 12.844 seconds.
* PRELIMINARY WINNERS: Ed Lynch Jr. won the first heat. Joey Saldana crossed the finish line first in the second heat. Donny Schatz bested the third heat, and Bill Rose won the final heat. In the new 10-car dash, it was Jac Haudenschild picking up the win. Scott Bonnell won the "C-Main," while Chad Kemenah won the "B-Main."
* MAIN-EVENT WINNERS: Jac Haudenschild's win Saturday night at Sharon Speedway was his second World of Outlaws A-feature victory this season. There have been nine different winners in 14 race nights to visit the RacinSoles Victory Lane with the World of Outlaws this season. The win list also includes: Donny Schatz (March 9 at the Dirt Track at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, March 31 at Batesville Speedway, April 1 at I-55 Raceway, and May 16 at Grandview Speedway), Sammy Swindell (April 8 at Eldora Speedway and March 10 at the Dirt Track at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, as well as a preliminary victory April 7 at Eldora), Jac Haudenschild (May 6 at U.S. 36 Raceway and May 20 at Sharon Speedway), Brooke Tatnell (May 7 at Huset's Speedway), Craig Dollansky (April 15 at Tri-State Speedway), Paul McMahan (March 4 at USA Race Park), Danny Lasoski (March 3 at Manzanita), Joey Saldana (Feb. 10 at Volusia) and Chad Kemenah (Feb. 9 at Volusia).
* NEW DASH: Always looking to improve the show for the fans, the World of Outlaws introduced a single 10-car dash on Saturday night at Sharon Speedway. The dash was used to set the first five rows of the feature event. The Mean 15 drivers were excited for the format change, and look forward to bringing the fans, the best racing in the world. "I'm for anything that will make for a better show for the fans," said Terry McCarl. "There's a couple of things about it that should be more fan friendly. It should be easier for the fans to understand how our program works. Sometimes two dashes can be a little confusing to people. The Outlaws in 2006 are all about making changes and making a better show for the fans."
* 3/8-MILE WINNERS: Sharon Speedway is a 3/8-mile oval. The series has now raced four times this season on a track that size. Winners include: (Sharon Speedway), Jac Haudenschild (U.S. 36 Raceway and Sharon Speedway), Donny Schatz (Batesville) and Paul McMahan (USA Race Park).
* ON TELEVISION: The Outdoor Channel will air the $50,000 Challenge at 8 p.m. (ET) on May 24. The Outdoor Channel is available nationwide through the DISH Network (Channel 153) and DIRECTV (Channel 606).
* UP NEXT: The Eckerd Outlaw Showdown on Wednesday May 24, as the World of Outlaws invade The Dirt Track @ Lowe's Motor Speedway. May 26-27 the series head back to Pennsylvania for two shows at Williams Grove Speedway, to battle the Pennsylvania Posse. As the end of the month of May draws near, the Outlaws thunder into New York, on May 29 at Orange County Fair Speedway and May 30 at Rolling Wheels Raceway Park. To wrap up the month, the Mean 15 will roll into Lernerville Speedway on May 31 to make up the Commonwealth Clash that was postponed by weather on May 19.