American cruises to sprintcar victory

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American cruises to sprintcar victory

American superstar driver Sheldon Haudenschild dominated the 13th running of the Mainline DynoLog Dynamometers All Star Challenge at Heytesbury Stockfeeds Simpson Speedway on Saturday night.

A record crowd in excess of 2100 people packed in to watch Haudenschild – the son of sprintcar legend Jac, driving for Jack Lee Racing of Terang, cruise to a payday of $15,000.

Haudenschild, 29, of Wooster in Ohio is a World of Outlaws regular and last raced in Australia in 2015.

He led home fellow American Chase Randall of Texas and Grant Anderson of Albury finished third.

After setting a time of 12.663 seconds in time trials behind quick-time winner Paul Solomon (12.606), Haudenschild proceeded to grab a second and a win in his two heats, including one from position nine and started from the front row next to the fast Rusty Hickman of Bendigo for the 35-lap feature.

Hickman, who also won both his heats, got the jump on Haudenschild and led for the opening 10 laps until he suffered fuel issues in the Dave Challons-owned J&J which forced him from the lead and the race.

As Haudenschild was lapping cars at will, Randall had worked through from seventh position to challenge for a podium and quickly was into second while Anderson jumped into third.

Back in the pack, last year’s Challenge winner Brendan Quinn got sideways on turn four and collected Charles Hunter and Chris Campbell.

James McFadden got as high as fifth and was also a victim when Todd Moule spun in turn three.

McFadden blew a right rear tyre and careered towards the concrete wall and Daniel Scott rolled trying to avoid the carnage.

Up front it was still Haudenschild out front and he had lapped the field up to sixth place while Chris Solomon was into fourth from 10th and burgeoning driver Chris Temby was fifth in a solid result for the youngster.

With 10 laps left to run Michael Tancredi’s front end collapsed, then at the restart B-Main winner Brett Milburn who was up to seventh spun before cars got to commence the restart lap and Matthew Reed careered into him and rolled and withdrew.

Haudenschild was in control and led Randall and Anderson to the finish line in a race marred by many unusual incidents and just seven cars finishing from the 20 starters.

“We knew it was going to be a long race and just had to survive,” Haudenschild said.

“The 45 (Hickman) was good and I was happy with the line I wanted to run when I was behind him.

“It’s great to be here finally as we have had some late nights trying to get paperwork done.

“It’s great to be here finally in Australia.”

Final placings: Sheldon Haudenschild, Chas Randall, Grant Anderson, Chris Solomon, Chris Temby, Paul Solomon, Mark Caruso, Ricky Maiolo, Brett Milburn, Brenten Farrer.

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