Haudenschild Spins and Wins Wild Sprint Feature
Pevely, Mo. (July 22) -- Jac Haudenschild bounced off the front straightaway wall, spun completely around but kept going to take the lead and win his second Pennzoil World of Outlaws sprint car feature at I-55 Raceway. Haudenschild took the lead from Sammy Swindell with six laps remaining in the feature to bring a standing-room-only crowd, one of the largest in track history, to its feet.
Mark Kinser turned the fast lap in qualifying at 10.768 seconds. The spotlight then switched to Donny Schatz, who won his heat and the dash. Also winning sprint car heats were Danny Wood, Stevie Smith and Sammy Swindell, the all-time track record holder at I-55.
Schatz took the lead at the start of the feature, which was red-flagged on the second lap for a crash that involved Dale Blaney. Blaney, who won last weekend's $50,000 Kings Royal race at Eldora, Ohio, was knocked out of the race.
Schatz continued leading when the race was restarted but eventually gave way to Swindell, a three-time winner at I-55. But Swindell's tires appeared to give up in the late stages of the race. After Haudenschild's spin on the front straight, he took the lead and survived a late-race dual with Steve Kinser and Mark Kinser, who finished close by in second and third.
John Seets Sr. conquered a 51-car UMP Modified field, winning his heat and the feature. Seets led all 20 laps of his feature but was hounded by Bobby Bittle all the way. The battle for third place was also contested hotly. At the finish Dean Hoffman took third and Jim Shereck and Scott Weber rounded out the top five.
The large field of modifieds, the largest ever entered at the track, required six heat races which were won by Seets, Weber, Bittle, Keith Grider, Tom Ratajczyk and Casey Pearson. Rusty Griffaw and Ray Wagner won the modified semi-features.
The track posted a sign advising late-arriving fans that all seating at the track was taken. Co-promoter Ray Marler promised during the evening that additional seating will be built before the Outlaws return in 2001.
Other Cars Present:
3S Dan Schlup
C4 Chris Soutiea