WORLD OF OUTLAWS RESULTS
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.
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.
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.
"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 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.
"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."
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.
A-main (35 laps) - Starting Position [#]
1) R19-Jac Haudenschild [$10,000]
2) 15-Donny Schatz [$5,500]
3) 14-Jason Meyers [$3,200]
4) 20-Kraig Kinser [$2,800]