Haudenschild Becomes World of Outlaws Ironman at Federated Auto Parts Raceway


(Photo Credit: Trent Gower – World of Outlaws Racing)

While Brad Sweet has been all the rage in the World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series this season, the newest name on fans and officials’ lips is that of the newest dirt racing sprint car ironman Sheldon Haudenschild. On Saturday night, the Wooster, OH native wrote his new chapter of success at Federated Auto Parts Raceway for his second Ironman 55 title after surviving an intense battle for the top spot and seven lead changes. In front of the largest crowd in the history of Federated Auto Parts Raceway at I-55, Haudenschild took a start inside the top five chasing down the No. 2 David Gravel. Although the No. 83 of Parker Price-Miller took his third-place start to a race lead on Lap 6, in just his second start aboard his new ride, a cut right rear tire on Lap 15 sent him into the turn four wall, flipping upside down and bringing out the red flag. After the race restart, Gravel re-inherited the lead and paced another five laps before Haudenschild came to play and slid by him on Lap 21 just as the caution flew. Capitalizing on the restart, Gravel would drive back to the lead on Lap 22, which he would hold for 11 more laps.

As the race would continue under green, Haudenschild would continue to chase down the No. 2 of Gravel and would finally find his way back to the race lead on Lap 33. He retained the spot for nine laps until another red flag on Lap 41 created another challenging restart for the future second-time Ironman. Once again, Gravel took advantage and went back to the lead as the field re-fired on Lap 42. The next five laps were an all-out war between the two race leaders all while McFadden, red hot Brad Sweet and Schuchart began to enter the picture. Ultimately, Haudenschild returned to the lead on Lap 44 and commanded the final 12 laps before crossing the finish line for his second Ironman 55 title, which put the driver in an elite class with Craig Dollansky and Rico Abreu as the only multi-time winners in event history.

Thanks to his 21st World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series victory Haudenschild is also tied with fellow Ohian Rick Ferkel for 27th on the All-Time Wins List.

“I just love this place. It suits my driving style so well and to win this difficult race for a second time it is amazing,” said Haudenschild. “We definitely had to get our elbows up for this victory and I am so glad that we can carry this momentum into Knoxville next week.”

Haudenschild will have a chance to repeat his latest victory as the World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series heads to The Sprint Car Capital of the World for the NOS Energy Drink Knoxville Nationals, presented by Casey’s General Stores, at Knoxville Raceway. Stay tuned to RacingJunk.com for the latest news from the dirt.

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