The Wild Child Is Mercer All-Star
MERCER, Pa. — Just 24 hours earlier, Jac Haudenschild chased Lee Jacobs to the finish of the UNOH All Stars Circuit of Champions event at Lernerville Speedway, but Saturday at Mercer Raceway Park, it was Haudenschild who was the rabbit being chased by Jacobs.
While Jacobs turned in another impressive performance, he was unable to close the gap on the streaking white No. 9w wheeled by Haudenschild.
“I think we’re going to have a good year, you know, we’ve been up and down a little bit,” Haudenschild said. “It wasn’t easy. The Jacobs boys ran really good here and Lee’s coming really fast. The lapped traffic is really tough here, you’re in it really quick and there are a lot of cars.”
Haudenchild put himself in position for the win by taking second in his heat before winning the dash. That put him on the pole for the 30-lap feature. To his outside was Trey Gustin, with Jacobs and Cole Duncan occupying row two.
Haudenschild powered off turn four with the lead, but Jacobs slipped past Gustin to take second. Haudenschild began to open up a comfortable lead when track favorite Rod George spun in turn two with just four laps in the books. George was racing in the top 10 at the time.
On the restart Haudenschild jumped out to a five car length lead and he stretched his advantage in the 21 lap green flag run. During this stretch, Dean Jacobs started to press his nephew, Lee, for second. Danny Holtgraver advanced to fourth, and he was trying to close in on the Jacobs duo, while Gustin held his own in fifth.
Unfortunately, Holtgraver’s bid for a podium finish ended in turn one on lap 25 when he popped the right rear tire. At the same time as Holtgraver was coming to a stop, Scott Priester did the same thing at the opposite end of the speedway. Priester, however, lost the left rear wheel entirely. Holtgraver was able to duck into the pits for a new shoe, but Priester was finished for the night.
That set up a five lap dash to the finish. Haudenschild had a lapped car separating him from second place runner Lee Jacobs. Dean Jacobs was still on his tail, but several more lapped cars were placed before Dale Blaney and others still on the lead lap.
Haudenschild sped away as the green flag waved and he completed the final five rounds without incident. Lee Jacobs led his uncle Dean to the wire for second. Dale Blaney was fourth at the finish, with Ed Lynch, Jr. logging his first top five run of the season. It was only his second outing of the season.
Michael Bauer captured his second straight win in the Bonnell’s Rod Shop Outlaw Sprint Warriors. It was his third in four tries this season. Tim Bish outdistanced Trusty Rusty Moore to capture the Precise Racing Products Open Stocks. Jeff Teeters took the nightcap for the Rock Concrete Modified Lites.
Jac Haudenschild, Lee Jacobs, Dean Jacobs, Dale Blaney, Ed Lynch Jr., Tim Shaffer, Trey Gustin, Chad Kemenah, Cole Duncan, Caleb Helms, Jack Sodeman Jr., Dan Kuriger, Adam Kekich, Brandon Matus, Danny Holtgraver, Andrew Palker, Rod George, Ralph Spithaler, Eric Williams, Brad Howard, Francis Sesco, Dennis Wagner, Brent Matus, Scott Priester, Carl Bowser.