On a weekend where the World of Outlaws racing organization celebrated their one-year anniversary of returning to racing, following a pandemic that brought the sports world to a screeching halt, two drivers would race to impressive victories that have reignited the fire behind the dirt racing world this weekend. Beginning with Saturday’s World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series Lets Race Two finale, where 27-year-old Sprint Car phenom Sheldon Haudenschild finally achieved one of his biggest personal goals – winning at Eldora Speedway – after taking down his legendary father, Jac Haudenschild in the final laps of the 30 Lap feature. World of Outlaws Morton Buildings driver Chris Madden also made history on Saturday night at The Dairyland Showdown at Mississippi Thunder Speedway after taking down three-time and defending champion Brandon Sheppard to race to his second win of 2021 and his 30th series victory.
World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series
After growing up only two hours away from one of the most famous ½-mile dirt tracks on the circuit, the young son of former Sprint Car Series driver Jac Haudenschild, who won three Kings Royal’s, the Mopar Million, and countless other features in his heyday, got a chance to shine at the house that his father built on Saturday night. While racing against his father in his farewell season aboard his No. 17 NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car, Sheldon Haudenschild would start inside the top five at the wave of the green flag, while father would have to chase down son from the 13th position.
Along with a race against his illustrious father, Sheldon would also have to take down 10-time World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series champion and easily the greatest Eldora icon of his era – Donny Schatz, who has won at the Rossburg, OH facility almost 20 times prior to Saturday’s race. Despite both drivers starting outside the top three from the outset, Haudenschild and Schatz were definitely the two drivers to watch in the Lets Race Two finale. In fact, after the first two laps of this 30-lap feature Schatz somehow picked his way from seventh-to-second. Despite this Haudenschild blasted by the former king of Eldora and leader Ian Madsen thanks to a monster slide job into turn one. The No. 17 paced the following four laps before Schatz perfected the low line and cruised into command on Lap 8. Although Schatz seemed to have the race in the bag, with each passing lap Haudenschild cut into the lead and withered it away until he was hounding Schatz with three to go. The next time around, he was all over the back bumper of Schatz’s No. 15 and was able to take the lead as the white flag waved with Haudenschild driving away to officially claim his first Eldora triumph by 0.930-seconds over Logan Schuchart, who stole second from Schatz on the final lap.
“We finally did it,” said the son of the legendary Jac Haudenschild. “Donny is the best in the business, and he schooled me early in the race, so I just fell into second and watched him for a bit. Sometimes it’s better to not be out front. I just kept telling myself to hit my marks and stay smooth. This win is at the top of my list, and it would not come without my guy’s Kyle Ripper, Nickolas Goodfliesch and Drew Brenner. I can’t wait for our big July shows here.”
World of Outlaws Morton Buildings Late Model Series
Haudenschild would not be the only history maker this weekend. At this weekend’s World of Outlaws Morton Buildings Late Model Series Dairyland Showdown, at Mississippi Thunder Speedway, Chris Madden took the lead from three-time and defending champion Brandon Sheppard early in this race to earn his second victory of the 2021 season.
Despite starting on the pole for Saturday night’s 60 Lap feature, Madden was not left with much room to breathe after being challenged from start-to-finish. Along with Sheppard, Rookie of the Year contender Ryan Gustin also put in his best effort to steal this race’s top spot. Although both Sheppard and Gustin made their best efforts to take the victory, Madden continued to use his experience to keep both drivers in his rear view to lead every lap of this race to earn his 30th career World of Outlaws victory.
“This race was tough, but I just had to do the best I could do,” said Madden. “I just had to make sure I hit my marks, and not slip my wheels when to make sure that these guys couldn’t get around me.”
The World of Outlaws and its top series will continue racing this week, with the NOS Energy Drink Sprint Cars heading to Lincoln Speedway, in Abbottstown, PA, (May 12th) and Williams Grove Speedway, in Mechanicsburg, PA, for the Morgan Cup (May 14-15) while the Morton Buildings Late Models will be back on track at Port Royal Speedway, in Port Royal, PA, May 21-22, 2021.
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