If It’s Banked, It’s Haudenschild
LIMA, Ohio — There’s just something about high-banked race tracks with a cushion inches off the wall that brings out the best in Jac Haudenschild.
The Wooster, Ohio, driver took over the lead on lap six after the previous two front runners — Shane Stewart and Jac’s son, Sheldon — crashed, and drove away the remaining 33 laps for his second win of the 31st annual Ohio Sprint Speedweek.
For Haudenschild, who won Saturday at Eldora Speedway which also featured a slick groove inches from the outside wall, it was his 25th career University of Northwestern Ohio All Star Circuit of Champions victory.
The win was Haudenschild’s second career All Star win at Limaland which has now hosted the series 28 times since 1983.
“The car felt good and the track was definitely the way I like it…slick and to the wall. My mechanic Bonsai had the car really good tonight. Tom Leidig…I just want to thank him for putting me in a car this year. It’s nice to have a good ride,” said Haudenschild beside his Auto Electric backed No. 59. “It really is nice to be in Ohio racing during speedweek. I love racing around here. It’s where I started. It’s great to win at Limaland.”
For Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania’s Danny Holtgraver second place continues his hot streak during speedweek of top 10 runs and puts him in contention to claim the Ohio Speedweek championship. It all will come down to Saturday’s $10,000-to-win finale at Fremont as Holtgraver and Tim Shaffer are within a handful of points of one another.
“I had a little bit of trouble getting through traffic…I got caught up behind one. This place is like a mini-Eldora and Jac’s best at Eldora so why not be good here. It was a fun race. I just wish I could have gotten closer at the end. The car was awesome. I have to thank my guys, Brian, Chris, Rob, my dad, Rob Hunter and Bryan Grove…a lot of awesome people who have given me a great opportunity and I’m having a good time here,” said Holtgraver beside his Canton Erectors/Berlin Natural Bakery./DKW Transport/Classic Ink backed No. 45.