BY MARVIN HOLMAN
Jac Haudenschild’s nickname is the 'Wild Child' and he had a little bit of mild and wild on Sunday.
Haudenschild almost ended his night with his car skidding against the wall at Vermilion County Speedway on Sunday during the dash race to determine the top starters in the Midwest Open Wheel Association winged sprint feature, but would rebound to win the dash and later the feature.
“Yes it was pretty close,” Haudenschild said. “But we were able to avoid anything serious and we held on to win.”
During the dash, Jerrod Hull, who won a MOWA event last year at VCS, was flipped over when he was entangled with Lucas Wolfe. Hull eventually went on to race in the feature and took 12th.
Haudenschild, from Wooster, Ohio, dominated for most of the feature, even making restarts after cautions anticlimactic.
“We were able to get a hold on the track early and we never let up,” Haudenschild said. “We had a tire that was going low on air by the end, but we were able to overcome that.”
Haudenschild is not a regular of MOWA, but was coming off a bad night in Haubstadt, Ind.
Shane Stewart was second, followed by AJ Bruns in third, Randy Hannagan was fourth and Kody Kinser was fifth.
The first night for the season at VCS also had non-winged sprints racing and Kokomo, Ind.’s Shane Cottle, a former Larry Cannon Memorial winner, was able to beat the field.
“It has been a long time and I always like racing here,” Cottle said. “I have raced here every since I was a kid, so it is always good to come back and get a win.
“There were some talented racers out there and in some ways it was like a race in the USAC.”
With the win, Cottle continues a trend where he is continuing to improve.
“We started out slow and we had some bad luck, but we have started to do well and we have had some top 10 finishes as of late,” Cottle said.
Levi Jones was second, while Derrick Myers took third, Justin Grant was fourth and Seth Parker ended up fifth.
Another racer on a hot streak is Nick Allen. The racer from Wheatfield, Ind. won his third straight UMP modified race by winning on Sunday.
“We won on Saturday at Charleston and that was my first time racing there,” Allen said. “We started sixth in the feature and got the win and won last weekend at Brownstown Speedway.”
Allen, who was the UMP national points runner-up last season, got a new car for this season and he is starting to get the feel for the car.
“We had some time to get some things worked out with the car and we have done very well the last few weeks,” Allen said. “So hopefully, we are going to make another run at the title.”
Kenny Carmichael was second while Randy Shuman ended up third, Brock Bauman took fourth and Jay Ledford was fifth.
Maybe the most competitive feature race of the night was the street stock race, where Danville’s Jesse Simmons held off Jerrad Krick in the last few laps with both racers bumping into each other in the last lap.
“When that white flag is out, that is when you have to everything you can to win,” Simmons said. “It was close, but that is racing and if any racer says different, they are lying.
“It was a great race and it was tough because I had Krick to the side and Jordan (Smith) also trying to come at me.”
Like Allen, Simmons also has a new car for the season.
“Me and my brother, John, has put the money in for it,” Simmons said. “It is better to have two incomes in a car than one.”
Simmons hopes the new car will see more action during this new season at the track.
“I am glad that Danville is back racing,” Simmons said. “We are going to be here five times and I hope that next year, we can do this every week.”
Krick was second, Smith was third, Scott Hufford placed fourth and Lee J. Hall took fifth.
Racing returns at VCS on May 19 for the first Salt Fork Shootout with the Sunoco American Super Late Model series with UMP late models, UMP modifieds and street stocks.