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Sheldon Haudenschild (17) fights Jacob Allen (1a) and Logan Schuchart at Atomic Speedway. (Photo by Mike Campbell)

WAVERLY, Ohio – For more than four decades, the Haudenschild name has graced the road to victory throughout the great state of Ohio.

The only difference between today and 1980 is that the next generation is now the winner.

Passing the torch from father to son continued on Saturday night as Sheldon Haudenschild claimed his third win in the World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series in his home state. The fan favorite from Wooster, Ohio is following in the footsteps of his legendary father, Jac, who has had 11 of his 72 career wins within state lines.

It was only fitting that Jac himself was there to witness his boy put in a great performance at Atomic Speedway.

The win took Sheldon and Stenhouse Jr./Marshall Racing to four wins in 2022, along with Carson Macedo and Jason Johnson Racing for most on the Tour at 22 of 77 races.

His 26th career win at World of Outlaws was also good as Haudenschild was forced to fend off Shark Racing duo Jacob Allen and Logan Schuchart.

Haudenschild led 27 of 30 laps in the series’ long-awaited return after a 13-year absence from the track. Allen, who continues to put together a spectacular season, led rounds 18-20 and chased Haudenschild in front of a full crowd during the closing stages.

“It was such an explosion,” said Haudenschild. “I love the Shark boys and man they were there tonight. I knew the 1a and 1s would be there on a track like this and they really gave me their all. So much fun coming back home to Ohio. The track crew did a great job. I know it wasn’t ideal to start the night but they brought it back to life and gave us a great place to race.

“I can’t thank my boys enough for how hard they work. [Kyle] Reisser, Stefan [Hamm-Reilly] and Jacob [Weaver] are why this boat is turning around and going so fast.”

With his first Dash win of the year, Haudenschild earned the right to start on pole alongside Cole Duncan. The Atomic ace alongside him was chasing his first career win with the series, but the No. 17 NOS energy drink won the race at turn one.

Things got intense midway as traffic became a factor, allowing the Shark duo of Allen and Schuart to pull things on. Allen took advantage of a brief error to lead three laps before more traffic allowed Haudenschild to get right past him.

Haudenschild overcame all the challenges and won by a margin of 0.430 seconds.

“I knew I had to limit my mistakes in traffic and I still made a few. but I was able to regain my momentum when Jacob caught me,” Haudenschild added. “The lappers were difficult to deal with tonight. I really had to stay on the bench to keep my pace going. Against these guys you can be up one night and down the next so we’re going to enjoy this one and hopefully build on that next week.”

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Sheldon Haudenschild (photo by Mike Campbell)

Second was Schuchart with a pass on the last lap and the last corner to his uncle.

“It’s always really fun when you can race so cleanly but so hard with guys like that,” said Schuchart. “I’ve never been to the Atomic tonight but this place was really cool, the racing was great and we saw a full crowd. Ohio fans are never disappointed. We put this new Triple-X together in front of Bristol and were up front almost every night. That shows how tough my boys are Ron [Helmick]Death [Berkheimer]my grandpa [Bobby Allen]and Bill [Klingbeil] are working on.”

Allen finished third.

“It was a great time,” Allen said. “You have Haud’s son and Bobby Allen’s son. He’s up, I’m down. Both of our dads are down here on the front straight, which is pretty awesome. I want to win and I had a good chance, but doing races like this is just so much fun. If I can’t win I’m happy to share the podium with a great group like this.”

Championship leader Brad Sweet extended his lead with a fourth place finish in the #49 Kasey Kahne Racing. Duncan was fifth.

The end:

Feature (30 turns) – 1. 17-Sheldon Haudenschild [1][$10,000]; 2. 1S-Logan shoe style [4][$6,000]; 3. 1A-Jacob Allen [5][$3,500]; 4. 49-Brad Sweet [6][$2,800]; 5. 22 – Cole Duncan [2][$2,500]; 6. 101-Cale Thomas [9][$2,300]; 7. 2-David Kies [10][$2,200]; 8. 15-Donny darling [14][$2,100]; 9. 11K Kraig Kinser [12][$2,050]; 10. 9-Kasey Kahne [8][$2,000]; 11. 5T-Travis Philo [19][$1,600]; 12. 41-Carson Macedo [15][$1,400]; 13. 83-James McFadden [21][$1,200]; 14. 49X-Ian Madsen [7][$1,100]; 15. 3Z-Brock Zearfoss [11][$1,050]; 16. 7S-Robbie Price [17][$1,000]; 17. 11-Buddy Kofoid [13][$1,000]; 18. 5-Spencer Bayston [3][$1,000]; 19. 97-Greg Wilson [22][$1,000]; 20. 8D Josh Davis [20][$1,000]; 21. O8-Brandon Conkel [24][$1,000]; 22. 20G-Noah Gass [23][$1,000]; 23. A79 – Brandon Wimmer [18][$1,000]; 24. 4-Danny Smith [16][$1,000]. Lap Leaders: Sheldon Haudenschild 1-17, 21-30; Jacob Allen 18-20. KSE Hard Charger Award: 5T-Travis Philo[+8]

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