The “Wild Child” Jac Haudenschild certainly lived up to his nickname on Friday night at Attica Raceway Park, and at 60 years of age, the Wooster, Ohio, native is still padding a racing resume that now includes 31 Arctic Cat All Star Circuit of Champions presented by Mobil 1 victories.
Despite starting from the pole position, Haudenschild’s path to Arctic Cat All Star Circuit of Champions presented by Mobil 1 victory lane during the Core & Main Spring Nationals presented by Fisher Performance did not come effortless, ultimately surviving multiple challenges during a mid-race battle with Lemoore, California’s Carson Macedo, and a late-race surge by second generation racer, Lee Jacobs, to claim his first victory of the season.
“This feels really good. The car was great all night,” Haudenschild explained, pilot of the Haudenschild Racing/Southern Pacific Farms/Finzer Farms/No. 3. “That was a lot of fun. I had an opportunity to watch Carson (Macedo) race when he was younger out in California. He is a talented racer and he is going to win a lot of races.”
By the time the final checkers flew, Haudenschild gained the top spot, or lost the top spot, on five occasions, most of which occurring during a near-20 lap battle with Macedo. Interestingly enough, it was not the famous “haud line” around the outer edge of the speedway that gave Haudenschild the winning edge, it was the bottom.
Right from the drop of the green flag, Haudenschild was strong, eventually leading the first 16 circuits undisrupted. It was not long before Macedo came into the picture, utilizing his second row starting position to keep a close eye on Haudenschild. Macedo drove around Haudenschild on lap 17, but just two circuits later, Haudenschild propelled himself back to the lead, squeezing underneath Macedo at the exit of turn four on lap 19.
Despite Haudenschild’s attempt to run away from his fellow front-runners in lapped traffic, Macedo stayed glued to the Hall of Famer’s back bumper, soon joined by Holmesville, Ohio’s Lee Jacobs. Macedo regained the lead from Haudenschild to officially control lap 23, but the lead swapping did not stop there. Haudenschild reeled Macedo back in, eventually executing a perfect slider between turns one and two to lead lap 32.
Unfortunately for Macedo, his battle with Haudenschild would come to an end on lap 35, coasting to a stop on the edge of the speedway due to a flat rear tire.
Forced to survive a last-ditch effort by Lee Jacobs, the “Wild Child” held strong, winning a drag race to the finish by .144 seconds over Jacobs, Craig Mintz, Max Stambaugh, and defending All Star champion, Chad Kemenah.
Haudenschild’s triumph at the Attica highbanks was a first-ever accomplishment during Arctic Cat All Star Circuit of Champions presented by Mobil 1 competition, now earning All Star victories at 19 different facilities.
The Arctic Cat All Star Circuit of Champions presented by Mobil 1 will conclude their two-day sweep through the Buckeye State with a visit to Wayne County Speedway in Orrville, Ohio, on Saturday, April 21. Like Attica’s Core & Main Spring Nationals, the All Star visit to “Orrville’s Historic Oval,” the first of four visits in 2018, will award a $5,000 top prize.
Wayne County Speedway in Orrville, Ohio, will swing open pits gates at 3 p.m. on Saturday, April 21. Hot laps will hit the speedway at 6 p.m., followed by racing at 7 p.m., sharp. Those seeking additional news and notes should visit Wayne County Speedway live on the Web at www.waynecountyspeedway.com.
-All Star Circuit of Champions Press Release
-Photo credit: Paul Arch
A-Main Results (40 Laps)
1. 3-Jac Haudenschild ; 2. 81-Lee Jacobs ; 3. 11N-Craig Mintz ; 4. 5M-Max Stambaugh ; 5. 10H-Chad Kemenah ; 6. 22C-Cole Duncan ; 7. 87-Aaron Reutzel ; 8. 17-Caleb Helms ; 9. 70-Dave Blaney ; 10. 4-Parker Price-Miller ; 11. 97-Broc Martin ; 12. 39-Spencer Bayston ; 13. 3J-Trey Jacobs ; 14. 13-Bryan Sebetto ; 15. 7K-Cale Conley ; 16. 49X-Tim Shaffer ; 17. 5R-Byron Reed ; 18. 5T-Travis Philo ; 19. 35S-Stuart Brubaker ; 20. 98-Carl Bowser ; 21. 51-John Garvin ; 22. 3G-Carson Macedo ; 23. 7-Shawn Valenti ; 24. 9Z-Duane Zablocki ; 25. 22B-Ryan Broughton ; 26. 16-Chris Andrews  Lap Leaders: Jac Haudenschild (1-16), Carson Macedo (17-18), Jac Haudenschild (19-22), Carson Macedo (23-31), Jac Haudenschild (32-40)