|Haudenschild takes Speedweek victory at Limaland|
|Monday, July 01, 2013 12:02 AM|
LIMA — 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 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 Jac, 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 #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.
“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,” said Holtgraver beside his Canton Erectors/Berlin Natural Bakery/DKW Transport/Classic Ink-backed #45. “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.”
After having to change a tire and go to the tail just seven laps into the race, 4-time UNOH All-Star champion Tim Shaffer charged to a third-place finish.
“I think the tire went flat right off the bat; it was laying on the right rear hard. I was telling Cody (Jacobs, crew chief) on that yellow ‘I think my tire is low’ and then when that red came out I asked that guy and he said it was really low,” recalled Shaffer beside his Aaron Call/Janet Holbrook-owned machine with sponsorship from J&J Auto Racing, Kistler Engines/VRP Shocks and Champion Oil. “I didn’t know what to do: either we try to stay out or go get it fixed. It worked out great. I’m really proud of my guys, the whole CH Motorsports team. We’re banging on the door and getting closer and closer to getting a win. We’ll keep working harder.”
Sheldon Haudenschild and Stewart brought the field to the green for the 40-lap feature with Stewart bolting into the lead with Sheldon Haudenschild, Jac Haudenschild, Holtgraver, Danny Smith, Dale Blaney and Randy Hannagan in tow.
Just three laps into the race, Stewart jumped the cushion in turn one and flipped, handing the lead to Sheldon. Sheldon led on the restart over Jac, as Holtgraver and Blaney battled hard for third with Hannagan, Byron Reed, Smith and Cole Duncan staying close.
As they came out of turn four on lap five, Sheldon jumped the cushion, flipping his mount. That handed the lead to Jac with Holtgraver, Blaney, Hannagan, Reed and Duncan in tow.
On the restart, D.J. Foos crashed. A lap later a multi-car pile-up involving Greg Wilson, Caleb Helms, Bryan Sebetto and Dallas Hewitt necessitated a fuel stop, during which time Shaffer went pit-side to change the flat right rear tire.
The restart order was Jac Haudenschild, Holtgraver, Blaney, Hannagan, Reed, Smith, Duncan, Dean Jacobs, Brandon Martin and Cap Henry.
With a clear track on the restart, Haudenschild rocketed away, Holtgraver battled with Blaney for second and behind them Hannagan and Reed were locked in a tremendous duel for fourth. The race went non-stop the remaining distance. Haudenschild moved into lapped traffic on lap 15 and began picking them off one at a time as Holtgraver got a little hung up and couldn’t gain ground. At the half-way point, Haudenschild encountered heavy lapped traffic that was racing side-by-side in front of him. Holtgraver closed quickly with Blaney, Reed and Hannagan also making up ground. Once clear of the traffic with 15 laps remaining, Haudenschild pulled away. Meanwhile Shaffer, who had restarted on lap 7 in the 17th position, had worked his way up to fifth by lap 30. With five to go Haudenschild had a comfortable lead over Holtgraver, with Blaney, Hannagan and Shaffer giving chase. Shaffer moved into fourth with just three laps remaining and took third as they raced to the white flag. Haudenschild rim-rode to the checkered over Holtgraver, Shaffer, Blaney and Hannagan.
Maybe the most notable outcome of the evening was veteran Todd Sherman’s all-time LMP record 35th career feature win in the K & N UMP Modified division. Sherman is the track’s 3-time defending champion and the odds-on favorite to make it four in a row with this latest triumph. It also marks the Indiana racer’s second consecutive win and third of the 2013 season.
Starting on the inside of the fifth row for the 20-lap feature, Sherman quickly put himself into a contending position. A pair of early-race caution periods allowed him to move into the sixth position by a lap 4 restart. As Sherman was steadily moving up towards the leaders, the actual front of the field produced an exciting side-by-side battle between Jerry Bowersock and Chad Rosenbeck. Sherman had moved into the third running position in time for a lap 12 restart. Sporting his usual preference for the inside or bottom groove on the track, Sherman was sticking the nose of his #65 machine to the inside of Bowersock and executed the defining pass for the lead on lap 16. From there, it was familiar territory for the current track points leader through the final laps and onto his record win.
“The easy part for me is the driving,” said Sherman afterwards. “It’s the work in the shop during the week that is important for us as our car hardly ever breaks down.”
On the matter of breaking the previous tie with Terry Hull on the all-time win list for Modifieds, Sherman remained humble: “It’s a neat milestone as you kind of shoot for a goal like that but I sure wish Terry Hull was here.”
Hull is expected to return from medical issues later this season.
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All Star Circuit of Champions (34 Cars)
Qualifying - Kistler Engines: 1. 97-Dean Jacobs, 10.752; 2. W20-Greg Wilson, 10.790; 3. 54-Cap Henry, 10.829; 4. 40-Caleb Helms, 10.851; 5. 3G-Shane Stewart, 10.852; 6. 33M-Sheldon Haudenschild, 10.869; 7. 2-Dale Blaney, 10.901; 8. 45-Danny Holtgraver, 10.902; 9. 59-Jac Haudenschild, 10.926; 10. 4-Danny Smith, 10.988; 11. 7K-Cole Duncan, 10.993; 12. 11N-Randy Hannagan, 10.993; 13. 83-Tim Shaffer, 11.023; 14. 5R-Byron Reed, 11.064; 15. 11X-Brandon Martin, 11.074; 16. 53-DJ Foos, 11.099; 17. 24H-Bryan Sebetto, 11.118; 18. 35R-Ronnie Blair, 11.174; 19. 99-Brady Bacon, 11.193; 20. 9W-Brandon Wimmer, 11.214; 21. 9Z-Duane Zablocki, 11.221; 22. 55-Brad Bowman, 11.236; 23. 80-Trey Gustin, 11.253; 24. 2M-Dallas Hewitt, 11.280; 25. 5T-Travis Philo, 11.363; 26. 46AU-Stuart Williams, 11.371; 27. O-Justin Henderson, 11.416; 28. 94-Jack Sodeman Jr., 11.493; 29. 35-Stuart Brubaker, 11.518; 30. 69-Scott Curren, 11.621; 31. 29T-Robin Dawkins, 11.940; 32. 27-Brad Lamerson, 11.969; 33. 92-Sam Ashworth, 12.080; 34. 96AU-Bruce White, 12.104.
Heat 1 - Kears Speed Shop Heat (10 Laps - Top 5 finishers transfer to the A-feature): 1. 9Z-Duane Zablocki; 2. 59-Jac Haudenschild; 3. 24H-Bryan Sebetto; 4. 83-Tim Shaffer; 5. 3G-Shane Stewart; 6. 97-Dean Jacobs; 7. 5T-Travis Philo; 8. 35-Stuart Brubaker; 9. 92-Sam Ashworth.
Heat 2 - All Pro Aluminum Heads (10 Laps - Top 5 finishers transfer to the A-feature): 1. 55-Brad Bowman; 2. 5R-Byron Reed; 3. 4-Danny Smith; 4. 35R-Ronnie Blair; 5. 33M-Sheldon Haudenschild; 6. W20-Greg Wilson; 7. 46AU-Stuart Williams; 8. 96AU-Bruce White; 9. 69-Scott Curren.
Heat 3 - Dragon Race Fuel (10 Laps - Top 5 finishers transfer to the A-feature): 1. 99-Brady Bacon; 2. 11X-Brandon Martin; 3. 7K-Cole Duncan; 4. 2-Dale Blaney; 5. 80-Trey Gustin; 6. O-Justin Henderson; 7. 54-Cap Henry; 8. 29T-Robin Dawkins.
Heat 4 - Kinsler Fuel Injection (10 Laps - Top 5 finishers transfer to the A-feature): 1. 2M-Dallas Hewitt; 2. 11N-Randy Hannagan; 3. 9W-Brandon Wimmer; 4. 53-DJ Foos ; 5. 45-Danny Holtgraver; 6. 94-Jack Sodeman Jr.; 7. 27-Brad Lamerson; 8. 40-Caleb Helms.
Dash - Outerwears Performance Products (6 Laps, finishing order determined first 6 starting positions of A-feature): 1. 33M-Sheldon Haudenschild; 2. 3G-Shane Stewart; 3. 45-Danny Holtgraver; 4. 59-Jac Haudenschild; 5. 4-Danny Smith; 6. 2-Dale Blaney.
B-Main - MSD Ignition (12 Laps - Top 4 finishers transfer to the A-feature): 1. 97-Dean Jacobs; 2. 40-Caleb Helms; 3. 54-Cap Henry; 4. W20-Greg Wilson; 5. 5T-Travis Philo; 6. O-Justin Henderson; 7. 94-Jack Sodeman Jr.; 8. 29T-Robin Dawkins; 9. 96AU-Bruce White; 10. 46AU-Stuart Williams; 11. 27-Brad Lamerson; 12. 92-Sam Ashworth; 13. 69-Scott Curren; 14. 35-Stuart Brubaker.
A-Main - University of Northwestern Ohio (40 Laps): 1. 59-Jac Haudenschild; 2. 45-Danny Holtgraver; 3. 83-Tim Shaffer; 4. 2-Dale Blaney; 5. 11N-Randy Hannagan; 6. 5R-Byron Reed; 7. 97-Dean Jacobs; 8. 7K-Cole Duncan; 9. 55-Brad Bowman; 10. 54-Cap Henry; 11. 99-Brady Bacon; 12. 11X-Brandon Martin; 13. 9W-Brandon Wimmer; 14. 4-Danny Smith; 15. 9Z-Duane Zablocki; 16. 35R-Ronnie Blair; 17. 80-Trey Gustin; 18. W20-Greg Wilson; 19. 40-Caleb Helms; 20. 24H-Bryan Sebetto; 21. 2M-Dallas Hewitt; 22. 33M-Sheldon Haudenschild; 23. 53-DJ Foos; 24. 3G-Shane Stewart.
Hard Charger: 55-Brad Bowman[+13].
K&N UMP Modifieds
Heats (8 Laps - Top 7 Transfer)
Heat 1: 1. 69-Tommy Beezley; 2. 19B-Brandon Ordway; 3. 22T-Tony Anderson; 4. 53-Hillard Miller; 5. 20-Kody Weisner; 6. 20K-Bill Keeler; 7. 22B-Andy Bibler.
Heat 2: 1. 65-Todd Sherman; 2. OO-Dwight Niehoff; 3. 5X-Jerry Bowersock; 4. 93-Tyler Stump; 5. L5-Casey Luedeke; 6. 18N-Derrick Noffsinger; 7. 17N-Dillon Nusbaum.
Heat 3: 1. 7B-Jeff Babcock; 2. 54-Matt Westfall; 3. 28-Chad Rosenbeck; 4. 23J-Greg Wilson; 5. 6-David Sibberson; 6. 21S-Mike Hohlbein.
A-Main - (20 Laps) [#]-Starting Position: 1. 65-Todd Sherman; 2. 5X-Jerry Bowersock; 3. OO-Dwight Niehoff; 4. 28-Chad Rosenbeck; 5. 22T-Tony Anderson; 6. 69-Tommy Beezley; 7. 7B-Jeff Babcock; 8. 54-Matt Westfall; 9. 20-Kody Weisner; 10. L5-Casey Luedeke; 11. 93-Tyler Stump; 12. 20K-Bill Keeler; 13. 6-David Sibberson; 14. 53-Hillard Miller; 15. 21S-Mike Hohlbein; 16. 23J-Greg Wilson; 17. 19B-Brandon Ordway; 18. 18N-Derrick Noffsinger; 19. 17N-Dillon Nusbaum.