CHILLICOTHE, Ohio — official release — Mike Campbell photo — Jac Haudenschild lived up to his nickname — “The Wild Child” — at Atomic Speedway Wednesday night.
The Wooster, Ohio, driver blasted around Dale Blaney with five laps to go and claimed victory in round three of the 32nd Annual Ohio Sprint Speedweek for the University of Northwestern Ohio All Star Circuit of Champions.
Haudenschild used the concrete wall in turns three and four as a cushion to rim-ride to his second All Star win of 2014. It is his 28th career series victory.
“That was really fun. The track was awesome. The fastest way was around the top. I was running up there pretty high. It was a little easier running second. Dale was definitely fast but I was able to see his line and we got there at the end,” said Haudenschild. “We’ve been getting better every week and hopefully we can keep it up. The car is feeling good and the guys have worked their tails off.”
For Blaney, who came into the night leading the UNOH All Star national and Ohio Region points and the 2014 Ohio Sprint Speedweek points, it was another solid night with a second-place finish despite leading the first 25 laps.
“It was my mistake. I moved to the middle there a little bit. It almost felt like it was starting to lock down there in the middle and I probably ran a little too conservative there to try and stay in it.,” Blaney said. “He just got a run on me there and after that he was running pretty hard. My mistake for running a little too easy in one and two and being conservative. The guys gave me a great car and I just brought it home in second. Every night we’ve been really good and put ourselves in a good position and that’s what it takes.”
Randy Hannagan came home third.
“Car came on really good the last 10 laps. I missed that corner that one time that I didn’t need to miss it,” said Hannagan. “Ed Neumeister gives me an awesome car and my guys, Kent Karhoff and Jonathan Karhoff work their butts off for me. They make me look good.”
Blaney was the fast qualifier for the 62-car field with a lap of 12.368 seconds.