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Haudenschild Wins Thriller in World of Outlaws Debut at Lucas Oil Speedway Wheatland, MO-- September 14, 2008-- Jac Haudenschild has been involved in a lot of thrilling races during his storied career, and he added another chapter to this on...

Haudenschild Wins Thriller in World of Outlaws Debut at Lucas Oil Speedway

Wheatland, MO-- September 14, 2008-- Jac Haudenschild has been involved in a lot of thrilling races during his storied career, and he added another chapter to this on Sunday night in the Advance Auto Parts World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series inaugural event at Lucas Oil Speedway in Wheatland, Missouri, as he and Craig Dollansky traded the lead five times, as they battled for the top spot. Haudenschild would come out ahead in thrilling fashion as he used every inch of the race track to pick up the win.

Haudenschild took the lead for the first on the 18th lap, charging around Dollansky in traffic in turn four. Dollansky powered his way down the front straightaway and retook the lead heading into turns one and two on the very next lap. He then opened a slight lead as he sliced his way through traffic. Haudenschild caught him again on the 24th lap and took the top spot. Dollansky battled right back and on the next lap again was back out front. Haudenschild snagged the lead for the final time on the 26th lap as he powered his way around Dollansky on the front straightaway and completed the pass in turns one and two with a couple of wheels in the air.

"The car felt good tonight and has been fast all year long," said Haudenschild. "Leonard Lee (Crew Chief) has had the car working real good. We just can't ask for more, and we have everything we need to win."

The race began with Dollansky leading from the pole and Jason Meyers moving into the second spot. Dollansky had a sizeable lead on the fourth lap when the first caution flag of the night flew.

On the ensuing restart, he again charged to a comfortable lead, while Haudenschild began to battle Jason Meyers for the second spot. Haudenschild moved into second on the 11th lap in traffic and quickly began to gain ground on Dollansky.

Haudenschild and Dollansky then began their epic battle in traffic, over the next 15 laps. The pair sliced in and out of traffic, often using lapped cars as picks as they battled for the top spot.

"You were in traffic the whole race tonight," noted the winner. "You have to get through it and I had a couple of close calls. The track got a little rough in the middle of the race, but we were getting through there pretty good. The track was really racy."

With the laps winding down Donny Schatz began to reel in Haudenschild when the caution flag flew with three laps remaining. Haudenschild used a strong restart to hold off Schatz down the stretch and pick up the $10,000 win.

"You never really like to see a restart with three to go," Haudenschild said. "They know where you are going to start and know where you are running on the track. They know everything you are going to do. You just have to drive your race and see what happens."

For Haudenschild it was his third A-Feature win of the season aboard the Owens-Corning Fiberglass Maxim and the 49th of his Advance Auto Parts World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series career. He won his first race this season at Castrol Raceway in Edmonton at the end of August and followed that up with a $50,000 triumph in the Gold Cup Race of Champions at Silver Dollar Speedway in California.

"It's nice to get that first win off your back and then you can relax a little bit," explained the native of Wooster, Ohio. "Maybe they come a little easier after that. Outlaws races are hard to get, so we're happy to get it."

Schatz started fifth and wound up second in the Armor All J&J. He fell back to eighth on the second lap and steadily worked his way back to the front. First he got around his teammate Kraig Kinser before charging around Lucas Wolfe and Sam Hafertepe Jr. to moved into the Top-Five. Once there, he got around Terry McCarl and then Jason Meyers.

"My car was really good, and I just wasn't running it through the middle hard enough," said Schatz. "We had a good shot at him at the yellow and I just pushed too hard and got my corners all messed up. If he would have made a mistake, I would have been by. He didn't make any mistakes the last three laps."

Meyers finished third for the 13th time this season in the GLR Investments KPC, after beginning the night by setting fast time for the 12th time this season. He quickly moved to second on the opening lap of the race, getting around Haudenschild. On the final restart with three laps to go, he got around Dollansky to move into third.

"It was a solid night, but not the night we were hoping for," said Meyers. "We just could not get our car to go through the slick part of the race track tonight. It's still a podium finish and a respectable finish for the team. These guys worked hard tonight and we just didn't get it quite right tonight."

Kraig Kinser continued a strong month of September picking up his fifth consecutive Top-10 finish as he finished fourth in the Bass Pro Shops Maxim. Dollansky led 23 laps and wound up fifth in the Snap-on Tools Maxim. Terry McCarl was sixth in the Big Game Treestands Maxim. Joey Saldana came from 14th to finish seventh to earn the KSE Racing Products Hard Charger Award in the Budweiser/Open Joist Mopar-powered JEI.. Steve Kinser, the 20-time World of Outlaws champion was eighth in the Q Oil Maxim. Kerry Madsen was ninth in the TK Concrete Maxim, with Lucas Wolfe rounding out the Top-10 in the Allebach Racing Maxim.

Schatz was able to gain a lot of ground in traffic as he tracked down Haudenschild and Dollansky late in the race. He dove under Dollansky in turns three and four on the 30th lap to move into second. Prior to the lap 33 caution, he had closed to within a couple of car lengths of Haudenschild.

"Traffic is what everybody comes to watch at these races," noted Schatz. "It takes traffic to be able to pass and it takes traffic to be able to move around. I don't know it worked for us or against us. It is what it is. We used it to our advantage. I would have liked to have not seen that yellow, but the yellow happened and it did what it did. We still had a shot at him. It was a respectable finish on a type of track that our cars are not normally as good at. We are going to some places we are generally good at and we are pumped about that."

Schatz, who has been competing full-time with the World of Outlaws since 1997, has been to countless tracks in his career in the United State and Australia and ranked Lucas Oil Speedway as one of the nicest facilities the Advance Auto Parts World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series has ever competed at.

"The facility is awesome," shared the two-time defending series champion. "You drive down the road and you definitely can't miss this place. They have done a superb job and work very hard and are very organized. They do a great job with this place and I am glad that we were able to keep Mother Nature away tonight."

Meyers searched high and low to see where his car would work best on Sunday night and had to negotiate a couple of big ruts late in the race. He ran in the Top-Four all night, as he was second for the first 10 laps of the 35-lap event.

"They (the turns) were all kind of tough to negotiate," explained the native of Clovis, California. "It was slick and then there were parts that were sticky and you had holes. We just couldn't get our car to maneuver through it quite right. For the race car we feel like we had a good finish. Hopefully we learned a few things tonight and will be better next time."

Like Schatz, Meyers was thoroughly impressed with the World of Outlaws debut at Lucas Oil Speedway.

"I heard them call it the 'Diamond of the Dirt Tracks' tonight and they absolutely hit the nail on the head," said Meyers. "What an incredible place. Lucas Oil has done amazing things for motorsports all around. What they have done here is certainly second to none. What a beautiful facility and I am looking forward to coming back."

The Advance Auto Parts World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series returns to action on Friday, September 19 at the famed Eldora Speedway.

LUCAS OIL SPEEDWAY NOTEBOOK

* FAST QUALIFIER: Jason Meyers paced the 26 cars that took time with a record setting AMB i.t. timed lap around the high-banked 3/8-mile oval at 13.019 seconds at 103.695 mph. For his qualifying effort, Meyers earned five bonus points. The next four fastest qualifiers also earned bonus points, including: Donny Schatz (4), Paul McMahan (3), Terry McCarl (2), and Jac Haudenschild (1).

* QUALIFYING WINNERS: Kraig Kinser, Craig Dollansky and Lucas Wolfe won heat races... Craig Dollansky won the Crane Cams Dash... Chad Kemenah won the B-Main.

* UP NEXT: The final visit of the season to the legendary Eldora Speedway in Ohio on Friday, September 19.

Advance Auto Parts World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series Statistical Report; Lucas Oil Speedway; Wheatland, MO; September 14, 2008

Qualifying
1) 14-Jason Meyers 13.019
2) 15-Donny Schatz 13.037
3) 6-Paul McMahan 13.068
4) 24-Terry McCarl 13.088
5) R19-Jac Haudenschild 13.090
6) 55-Kerry Madsen 13.110
7) 20-Kraig Kinser 13.148
8) 11-Steve Kinser 13.157
9) 5W-Lucas Wolfe 13.193
10) 11T-Tyler Thompson 13.241
11) 2-Craig Dollansky 13.289
12) 15H-Sam Hafertepe Jr. 13.313
13) 21-Daryn Pittman 13.319
14) 9-Joey Saldana 13.327
15) 14X-Randy Martin 13.330
16) 7S-Jason Sides 13.337
17) 8K-Chad Kemenah 13.393
18) 18-Tony Bruce Jr. 13.465
19) 21X-Brian Brown 13.471
20) 5C-Chad Hillier 13.475
21) 1P-Curtis Evans 13.639
22) D1-Dan Oswalt 13.774
23) 21H-Stu Snyder 13.791
24) 7C-Chris Morgan 13.874
25) O4-Brad Graham 14.240
26) 19S-Steven Cross 14.257

Heat 1 (8 Laps, top 6 finishers transferred to A-feature)
1) 20-Kraig Kinser
2) 14-Jason Meyers
3) 24-Terry McCarl
4) 7S-Jason Sides
5) 21-Daryn Pittman
6) 21X-Brian Brown
7) 11T-Tyler Thompson
8) O4-Brad Graham
9) D1-Dan Oswalt

Heat 2 (8 Laps, top 6 finishers transferred to A-feature)
1) 2-Craig Dollansky
2) R19-Jac Haudenschild
3) 15-Donny Schatz
4) 11-Steve Kinser
5) 9-Joey Saldana
6) 5C-Chad Hillier
7) 21H-Stu Snyder
8) 8K-Chad Kemenah
9) 19S-Steven Cross

Heat 3 (8 Laps, top 6 finishers transferred to A-feature)
1) 5W-Lucas Wolfe
2) 15H-Sam Hafertepe Jr.
3) 55-Kerry Madsen
4) 6-Paul McMahan
5) 18-Tony Bruce Jr.
6) 7C-Chris Morgan
7) 14X-Randy Martin
8) 1P-Curtis Evans

Crane Cams Dash (6 laps, finishing order determined first 10 starting positions of A-feature)
1) 2-Craig Dollansky
2) R19-Jac Haudenschild
3) 14-Jason Meyers
4) 15H-Sam Hafertepe Jr.
5) 15-Donny Schatz
6) 24-Terry McCarl
7) 20-Kraig Kinser
8) 5W-Lucas Wolfe
9) 6-Paul McMahan
10) 55-Kerry Madsen

B-main (10 laps, top 6 finishers transferred to A-feature)
1) 8K-Chad Kemenah
2) 14X-Randy Martin
3) 1P-Curtis Evans
4) 11T-Tyler Thompson
5) 21H-Stu Snyder
6) O4-Brad Graham
7) 19S-Steven Cross [$200]
8) D1-Dan Oswalt [$180]

A-main (35 laps) - Starting Position [#]
1) R19-Jac Haudenschild[2] [$10,000]
2) 15-Donny Schatz[5] [$5,500]
3) 14-Jason Meyers[3] [$3,200]
4) 20-Kraig Kinser[7] [$2,800]
5) 2-Craig Dollansky[1] [$2,500]
6) 24-Terry McCarl[6] [$2,300]
7) 9-Joey Saldana[14] [$2,200]
8) 11-Steve Kinser[11] [$2,100]
9) 55-Kerry Madsen[10] [$2,050]
10) 5W-Lucas Wolfe[8] [$2,000]
11) 7S-Jason Sides[16] [$1,500]
12) 21-Daryn Pittman[13] [$1,200]
13) 6-Paul McMahan[9] [$1,100]
14) 8K-Chad Kemenah[17] [$1,050]
15) 18-Tony Bruce Jr.[18] [$1,000]
16) 1P-Curtis Evans[21] [$900]
17) 21H-Stu Snyder[23] [$800]
18) 15H-Sam Hafertepe Jr.[4] [$800]
19) 5C-Chad Hillier[20] [$800]
20) 11T-Tyler Thompson[12] [$800]
21) 21X-Brian Brown[19] [$800]
22) 14X-Randy Martin[15] [$800]
23) 7C-Chris Morgan[22] [$800]
24) O4-Brad Graham[24] [$800]

Lap Leaders: Craig Dollansky 1-17, 19-23, 25; Jac Haudenschild 18, 24, 26-35

Chicken Hawk Hot Lap Award: Craig Dollansky
Penske Power Position Award: Jason Meyers
SuperClean Start of the Night Award: Lucas Wolfe
KSE Hard Charger Award: Joey Saldana

-credit: woo

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Series World of Outlaws
Drivers Donny Schatz , Steve Kinser , Brad Graham , Craig Dollansky , Brian Brown , Daryn Pittman , Jason Meyers , Jason Sides , Joey Saldana , Kerry Madsen , Kraig Kinser , Paul McMahan , Lucas Wolfe , Jac Haudenschild , Chris Morgan , Chad Kemenah , Sam Hafertepe Jr. , Tony Bruce Jr.