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Friday, December 9, 2016

Easler and Dietz Battle Highlights 1st Annual TDN Night at the Races



It may have been a cold, snowy night outside, but the action on the track was scintillating to say the least Thursday night at Steel City Indoor Karting as area stock drivers Aaron Easler and Tyler Dietz put on a clinic in the fourth and final feature, much to the delight of spectators assembled around the track.  It was a night full of great racing, food, camaraderie, some outstanding door prize giveaways and much more as the inaugural TDN "Night at the Races" took place.

Pat Miller Photo


10 lap qualifying races were used to determine the starting grid for the four, 12 lap feature events. And as the surface warmed, lap times went into the 28 second range by the time the final main event, featuring the fastest drivers on the night took place.

Pat Miller Photo


After lining up in a Formula One style grid start, Easler and Dietz gained separation from the rest of the field and went about the business of trading the lead back and forth, patiently looking for the fastest way around the surface. The two ran nose to tail and side by side at various points.



Behind them, late model pilot Tommy Beck was making a charge forward, but was not able to threaten the leaders as the laps wound down and took the third place on the podium overall on the night. Beck kept a pack of pursuers behind him in the process consisting of  Austin Brezinski, Ryan Moyer, Jeff Compton and Jayme Beck behind him in the 12 lap feature. But out front, Easler found his way around Dietz with a lap 11 pass in the hairpin section and was able to hang on, taking the checkered flag a couple of kart lengths ahead of Dietz at the line.

Pat Miller Photo


In other racing action. Mike Anderson was able to hold off a hard charging Brian Compton who made his way through the field like a man on a mission in the 3rd feature (Bmain). Compton put down the fastest lap of the feature in the process. Area Modified driver Shayne Izzo took the honors in feature 2 (CMain) while Lernerville Pick'Em Champion Phil Swartzlander picked up the win in the first feature of the night (DMain).

Nearly 30 drivers took part in the event and some spectators came out to the enjoy the evening as well as there was Pizza from Fox's Pizza Den, and assorted drinks and snacks to enjoy in the large and spacious Pocono Conference Room reserved for the group as a whole. Everyone in attendance also took part in a door prize raffle, courtesy of our sponsors as R and R Racewear, Keyser/Integra Manufacturing and DirtonDirt.com provided a tremendous amount of hoodies, tshirts, hats and other items for everyone in attendance.

Pat Miller Photo


The night was made possible through John Gongas and his entire staff at Steel City Indoor Karting who did a tremendous job keeping the night rolling along, and accommodating our needs with some amazing customer service. Steel City will be offering leagues in January and have gift cards available for the racing or karting fan in your family.



Their state of the art karts were amazing to drive and very safe and the the facility as a whole is something to see.  Be sure to get some practice time soon as we'll be doing another TDN Night at the Races in 2017 that promises to be even better!



We'd like to take the opportunity to say thank you to all who came out and supported the evening which featured a great mix of area drivers, fans, and family members! We look forward to seeing you next year and had a great time this year!

Wednesday, December 7, 2016

Haudenschild Weighing Options for 2017


He's still around. And still ready to win..

The author of one of the most legendary careers in Sprint Car racing which spans 42 years and includes over 300 feature victories, still figures he's got a lot yet to do before all is said and done and judging by recent seasons, he's completely right.

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Wooster, OH native Jac Haudenschild will be out and about in 2017, though where and when and driving for whom are still up in the air at this point. He's done just about everything in his career shy of winning a Knoxville Nationals title or a World of Outlaw championship, and all over the world too.  His trophy room contains hardware from the multiple King's Royal and Gold Cup wins, to wingless wins like the Mopar Million at Eldora and even a few Grand Australian Sprint Car trophies to boot. And age 58, still relishes the opportunity to drive at a high level once again.

"Drivers nowadays can race until they're 65 with no problem, Haudenschild said in a recent interview with us at TDN.  "I'm not 60 years old yet and I know I can still run with anybody and still win races."

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To do so though will take support, and that's something that hasn't come easy for him in recent years, as well as for many other drivers who make a living racing 60 nights a year or more. And even though support hasn't been consistent, when it's been provided, Haudenschild has risen to the occasion, collecting wins and podium finishes for a variety of owners. He can win in different cars, with different crew chiefs and in his own car as well. When he's in another car, he straps in ready to win, needing very little in the way of adjustment time.  But consistent support or ownership situation could take him to an even higher level.

Dan McFarland Photo


"For years I've been in and out of different cars and if you're familiar with them, the car is handling or not handling. You just have to figure out what kind of car you've got and talk it over with your mechanic good.  It all comes down to communicating with your mechanic mostly and we just try to figure stuff out. I wouldn't mind running my own team next year if I could find some help. The ideal thing for me now is run my own car and get a good sponsor behind us and run our own deal. I'd like to run the Outlaws a couple more years if I could, maybe finish out my career with them. You have to have some pretty good backing to do that though. The All Stars would be good too, it's still mostly in Ohio and it's well run.  Picking and choosing, I wouldn't mind doing that either and do all the big races."



In 2016, Haudenschild found victory lane seven times as he saw action with the Leidig Racing #59, the Miller Racing #6 and also the Paul Silver/Abreu Vinyards #57 where he saw some action on the west coast that included podium finishes with the World of Outlaws and some wingless action as well.  It's a journeyman's schedule, but Haudenschild drives at a higher level as his wins came running with the All Stars and OSCS (Ohio Sprint Car Series)

"I started running at those Ohio tracks when I started racing back in 1974.  I raced all those tracks for so many years that I just got comfortable on them. When I first started, we'd race without the wing one night, and with it the next. I think I've raced about all of those Ohio tracks both ways over the years. I've always felt comfortable there, there's a lot of great tracks there."

Haudenschild Racing.com


It was in his native Ohio that Haudenschild earned the nickname "The Wild Child", a name that has stuck with him for years, adding to the legacy that has seen him has his own line around the famed Eldora Speedway surface. "The Haudenschild Line". It refers to the groove that appears mere inches from the wall, the most dangerous way around the speedway. and also the fastest. Haudenschild discovered the need to go up top more often than not, as a necessity to make forward progress in the early stages of his career.

"I just always felt comfortable running up there and I started out like that. When I first started, a lot of guys just ran the bottom and that was it. So I had to try somewhere else to get to the front which is what I did. I always felt comfortable up there for some reason."

Racing close to home has granted him the opportunity to watch his son Sheldon develop into an extremely competitive driver at an early age. Haudenschild has been helpful, but insists that the student hasn't required much in the way of instruction to this point.

"He started racing when he was three or four years old. I've watched him race all my life, he's always been pretty smooth. And at 16 he was in the Sprint Car and was smooth right off the bat, and ran hard too. I just tell him bits and pieces of what I could, what I knew, and helped him out as much as I could but he just figured out stuff on his own so quick."

Haudenschild admits it's a good bit tougher to find support these days. A tighter economy, less interest in racing from the business world, and a large influx of youth into the sport has made competition for support dollars or rides capable of handling large amounts of touring very tight.

"It's harder now.  It was a little easier to find rides back then. But still, even when I was racing and I started out it was hard to find a World of Outlaw ride or commit to 100 races which was what we always ran back then. It was hard to find somebody back then to help with all 100, so you had to drive for a couple different guys. It's a lot harder today. You've got a lot of young kids out there that started out in quarter midgets and they're coming up through. These kids definitely get good quicker than we used to.  I raced three years and probably didn't race 60 races either one of them. And they do that right off the bat anymore. They definitely get good much faster than we did coming up through the ranks."

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The Wild Child approaches 2017 as a true wild card. One that would make a young team credible and competitive instantly, or one that could make the right sponsors or partner stand out on a winning car. And he brings 42 years of winning under his belt. It's been a while since we've seen Haudenschild with equal cars and equipment consistently on the stage with national tour drivers week in and week out.  The Sprint Car world should get to experience this again, the younger fans that never got to see him could use more opportunities to do so. And the longtime fans would like to see more of him altogether. Haudenschild has been one of the more popular drivers over the years, and seemingly finds his way into conversation at dirt tracks all over the country when the all time greats are discussed. "Remember that one time that Haud_______" has become a part of many different conversations over the years.  However, he's still here, still ready to win, and hasn't lost the competitive fire or the passion for the sport and has a lot left to give.

 "I've always felt if I was in equal equipment that I could win on any night. I bring a lot of experience and I still feel like I can get those wins on any night."

Potential sponsors or any interested parties can contact Haudenschild Racing for more information on how to become involved in the 2017 season.

Official Haudenschild Racing Website


Tuesday, December 6, 2016

National Media Sprint Car Poll Top 40 Countdown: Pos. 1-5

After a long season of racing from coast to coast, here are the top 5 winged 410 Sprint Car drivers as voted on by our media panel. This concludes our 2016 "Top 40 Countdown". Thanks to everyone who tuned in to our Weekly Top 25 Rankings over the summer/fall, and the thousands that visited our site over the past week as we counted down the Top 40.

I would like to send a special thank you to the members of our voting panel that our mentioned below. They all graciously donated time each week to fill out their Top 25 ballot. TDN and our readers appreciate it more than you know because without you guys none of this would have been possible.

Point tallies were summed up from our nineteen Weekly Sprint Rankings as voted on by our qualified panel of voters. Our esteemed panel of voters consisted of Blake Anderson, Bobby Gerould, Shawn Miller, Mike Leone, Mike Mallett, Brian Liskai, Tony Bokhoven, Kyle Symons, Anthony Corini, and Tyler Beichner.


1. Donny Schatz [4,732 points]


Hometown: Fargo, ND
Wins: 25
Points: 1st (WoO)
Weeks in Top 25: Nineteen
High Rank1st    Low Rank1st
Key Wins: Kings Royal, World Finals





2. David Gravel [4,170 points]



Hometown: Watertown, CT
Wins: 9
Points: 3rd (WoO)
Weeks in Top 25: Nineteen
High Rank2nd    Low Rank10th
Key Wins: Jokers Wild, Silver Cup, Skagit sweep







3. Daryn Pittman [4,090 points]



Hometown: Owosso, OK
Wins: 8
Points: 2nd (WoO)
Weeks in Top 25: Nineteen
High Rank2nd    Low Rank10th
Key Wins: Knight Before the Kings Royal






4. Greg Hodnett [3,794 points]



Hometown: Spring Grove, PA
Wins: 23
Points: 1st (Williams Grove), 2nd (PA Spdwk)
Weeks in Top 25: Nineteen
High Rank2nd    Low Rank9th
Key Wins: Wins at 7 different tracks






5. Shane Stewart [3,792 points]



Hometown: Bixby, OK
Wins: 12
Points: 6th (WoO)
Weeks in Top 25: Nineteen
High Rank2nd    Low Rank10th
Key Wins: Gold Cup, 4-Crown






>> Link to stats for Pos. 6-10
>> Link to stats for Pos. 11-15
>> Link to stats for Pos. 16-20
>> Link to stats for Pos. 21-25
>> Link to stats for Pos. 26-30
>> Link to stats for Pos. 31-35
>> Link to stats for Pos. 36-40


Remaining Rankings
6.   Brad Sweet [3,693]
7.   Dale Blaney [3,246]
8.   Danny Lasoski [2,701]
9.   Joey Saldana [2,640]
10. Chad Kemenah [2,563]
11. Sheldon Haudenschild [2,200]
12. Kerry Madsen [2,152]
13. Lance Dewease [2,068]
14. Rico Abreu [1,778]
15. Jason Johnson [1,728]
16. Danny Dietrich [1,462]
17. Brian Brown [1,448]
18. Craig Dollansky [1,334]
19. Mark Dobmeier [1,321]
20. Logan Schuchart [1,138]
21. Terry McCarl [1,016]
22. Ian Madsen [885]
23. Stevie Smith [848]
24. Lucas Wolfe [808]
25. Sammy Swindell [743]
26. Brent Marks [621]
27. Dusty Zomer [556]
28. Kyle Larson [394]
29. Tim Kaeding [386]
30. Byron Reed [365]
31. Jamie Veal [306]
32. Danny Holtgraver [302]
33. Kyle Hirst [255]
34. Bill Balog [221]
35. Brian Montieth [163]
36. Bryan Clauson [128]
37. Ryan Smith [114]
38. Christopher Bell [111]
39. Doug Esh [107]
40. Cole Duncan [89]
41. Alan Krimes [88]
42. Parker Price-Miller [84]
43. Tim Shaffer [82]
44. Jac Haudenschild [76]
45. Bud Kaeding [73]
46. Greg Wilson [62]
      Willie Croft [62]
48. Kraig Kinser [57]
49. Cap Henry [53]
50. Justin Henderson [52]
51. Jason Sides [41]
52. Shane Golobic [33]
53. Brady Bacon [32]
54. Dean Jacobs [30]
      Paul McMahan [30]
56. James McFadden [28]
57. Randy Hannagan [25]
58. Chris Andrews [23]
59. Jack Sodeman, Jr [22]
60. Brock Zearfoss [21]
      Aaron Ott [21]
      Sean Becker [21]
63. A.J. Flick [16]
64. Aaron Reutzel [15]
65. Carson Macedo [14]
66. Jason Meyers [13]
67. Brooke Tatnell [12]
      Craig Mintz [12]
69. Dave Blaney [11]
      Jonathan Allard [11]
71. Zach Daum [10]
      Jacob Allen [10]
      Cory Haas [10]
74. Brandon Rahmer [9]
      Cory Eliason [9]
      Jerrod Hull [9]
77. Steve Meyer [8]
78. Steve Buckwalter [6]
      Travis Philo [6]
80. Scott Neitzel [4]
      Danny Mumaw [4]
      Austin Hogue [4]
      Brian Smith [4]
84. Brad Loyet [3]
      Scott Thiel [3]
      Cale Thomas [3]
87. Andy Forsberg [1]
      D.J. Netto [1]
      Danny Smith [1]
      Gerard McIntyre, Jr [1]
      Jeff Swindell [1]
      Jim Siegel [1]
      Lee Jacobs [1]
      Rob Chaney [1]

Monday, December 5, 2016

National Media Sprint Car Poll Top 40 Countdown: Pos. 6-10

Here we are one week later...and it's time to break into the Top 10 drivers in our Winged 410 Sprint Car "Top 40 Countdown". These drivers were a threat to reach victory lane every night they hit the track. Check back tomorrow night to see the Top 5 drivers as voted on by our media members.

Point tallies were summed up from our nineteen Weekly Sprint Rankings as voted on by our qualified panel of voters. Our esteemed panel of voters consisted of Blake Anderson, Bobby Gerould, Shawn Miller, Mike Leone, Mike Mallett, Brian Liskai, Tony Bokhoven, Kyle Symons, Anthony Corini, and Tyler Beichner.


6. Brad Sweet [3,693 points]


Hometown: Grass Valley, CA
Wins: 8
Points: 4th (WoO)
Weeks in Top 25: Nineteen
High Rank3rd    Low Rank10th
Key Wins: Won 3 of first 4 WoO races





7. Dale Blaney [3,246 points]


Hometown: Hartford, OH
Wins: 8
Points: 2nd (All Stars)
Weeks in Top 25: Nineteen
High Rank4th    Low Rank14th
Key Wins: 7 ASCoC wins







8. Danny Lasoski [2,701 points]



Hometown: Dover, MO
Wins: 7
Points: 1st (Knoxville & NSL), 2nd (Jackson)
Weeks in Top 25: Nineteen
High Rank2nd    Low Rank18th
Key Wins: 3 NSL wins, 5 wins at Knoxville








9. Joey Saldana [2,640 points]



Hometown: Brownsburg, IN
Wins: 5
Points: 5th (WoO)
Weeks in Top 25: Nineteen
High Rank6th    Low Rank15th
Key Wins: Las Vegas, Devil's Bowl






10. Chad Kemenah [2,563 points]



Hometown: Findlay, OH
Wins: 2
Points: 1st (All Stars)
Weeks in Top 25: Nineteen
High Rank7th    Low Rank17th
Key Wins: Fremont (WoO), 1 ASCoC win






>> Link to stats for Pos. 11-15
>> Link to stats for Pos. 16-20
>> Link to stats for Pos. 21-25
>> Link to stats for Pos. 26-30
>> Link to stats for Pos. 31-35
>> Link to stats for Pos. 36-40


Remaining Rankings
11. Sheldon Haudenschild [2,200]
12. Kerry Madsen [2,152]
13. Lance Dewease [2,068]
14. Rico Abreu [1,778]
15. Jason Johnson [1,728]
16. Danny Dietrich [1,462]
17. Brian Brown [1,448]
18. Craig Dollansky [1,334]
19. Mark Dobmeier [1,321]
20. Logan Schuchart [1,138]
21. Terry McCarl [1,016]
22. Ian Madsen [885]
23. Stevie Smith [848]
24. Lucas Wolfe [808]
25. Sammy Swindell [743]
26. Brent Marks [621]
27. Dusty Zomer [556]
28. Kyle Larson [394]
29. Tim Kaeding [386]
30. Byron Reed [365]
31. Jamie Veal [306]
32. Danny Holtgraver [302]
33. Kyle Hirst [255]
34. Bill Balog [221]
35. Brian Montieth [163]
36. Bryan Clauson [128]
37. Ryan Smith [114]
38. Christopher Bell [111]
39. Doug Esh [107]
40. Cole Duncan [89]
41. Alan Krimes [88]
42. Parker Price-Miller [84]
43. Tim Shaffer [82]
44. Jac Haudenschild [76]
45. Bud Kaeding [73]
46. Greg Wilson [62]
      Willie Croft [62]
48. Kraig Kinser [57]
49. Cap Henry [53]
50. Justin Henderson [52]
51. Jason Sides [41]
52. Shane Golobic [33]
53. Brady Bacon [32]
54. Dean Jacobs [30]
      Paul McMahan [30]
56. James McFadden [28]
57. Randy Hannagan [25]
58. Chris Andrews [23]
59. Jack Sodeman, Jr [22]
60. Brock Zearfoss [21]
      Aaron Ott [21]
      Sean Becker [21]
63. A.J. Flick [16]
64. Aaron Reutzel [15]
65. Carson Macedo [14]
66. Jason Meyers [13]
67. Brooke Tatnell [12]
      Craig Mintz [12]
69. Dave Blaney [11]
      Jonathan Allard [11]
71. Zach Daum [10]
      Jacob Allen [10]
      Cory Haas [10]
74. Brandon Rahmer [9]
      Cory Eliason [9]
      Jerrod Hull [9]
77. Steve Meyer [8]
78. Steve Buckwalter [6]
      Travis Philo [6]
80. Scott Neitzel [4]
      Danny Mumaw [4]
      Austin Hogue [4]
      Brian Smith [4]
84. Brad Loyet [3]
      Scott Thiel [3]
      Cale Thomas [3]
87. Andy Forsberg [1]
      D.J. Netto [1]
      Danny Smith [1]
      Gerard McIntyre, Jr [1]
      Jeff Swindell [1]
      Jim Siegel [1]
      Lee Jacobs [1]
      Rob Chaney [1]