‘Wild Child’ Conquers Attica Dirt

Jac Haudenschild (3) battles Buddy Kofoid at Attica Raceway Park. (Mike Campbell photo)
Jac Haudenschild (3) battles Buddy Kofoid at Attica Raceway Park. (Mike Campbell photo)

ATTICA, Ohio — It was patented Jac Haudenschild.

The National Hall of Fame inductee utilized Attica Raceway Park’s extreme high line to pass Joey Saldana coming to the white flag of the 410 sprint car feature Friday and went on to score his third career victory at the third-mile dirt track.

The victory was worth $4,000 for Haudenschild on an All Pro Aluminum Cylinder Heads/Kistler Racing Products Attica Fremont Championship Series Presented by the Baumann Auto Group point night.

Haudenschild grabbed the early lead of the Callie’s Performance Products 410 Sprint A-main, battling early with Buddy Kofoid who took the point on lap six. Kofoid seemed to have things in hand as Craig Mintz and Saldana battled with Haudenschild.

Kofoid suffered some sort of issue with eight laps to go, dropping to fourth as Saldana inherited the lead over Mintz and Haudenschild right before the caution flew.

Saldana, Mintz and Haudenschild battled for the lead with “The Wild Child” driving into second with four laps to go and blasted around Saldana exiting turn four coming to the white flag and driving to the close win.

“Joey and Craig and Buddy got me pretty good there at the start…I was searching around a little bit because when you start on the front row I didn’t really know where to run for sure. I had to get up on the cushion and go there at the end. Zach (Ames) had the car pretty good. We are a little loose in the heat but Zach worked on it and had the car really good any where on the track,” said Haudenschild.

Saldana finished second, followed by Kofoid, Craig Mintz and Chris Andrews.

The Summit Racing Equipment UMP Late Models saw a tremendous battle between Doug Drown and Rusty Schlenk – who ironically came into the night tied with 25 career Attica wins to sit atop the division all-time victory mark. The duo raced side by side, slicing through lapped traffic the final five laps with Drown prevailing for his second win of the year and the 26th of his career at Attica on an Attica/Wayne County Speedway Challenge Series point night.

To finish out the exciting night, John Ivy used the low groove to get around race-long leader Jimmy McGrath with just four laps to go to score his second Fremont Fence 305 Sprint feature win and the $1,000 Gressman Powersports check. It was Ivy’s 17th career 305 victory at Attica putting him seventh on the division’s all-time victory list.

The finish:

Jac Haudenschild, Joey Saldana, Buddy Kofoid, Craig Mintz, Chris Andrews, Cap Henry, Greg Wilson, Tony Stewart, Dale Blaney, D.J. Foos, Travis Philo, Broc Martin, Spencer Bayston, Byron Reed, Max Stambaugh, Stuart Brubaker, Caleb Griffith, Skyler Gee, John Ivy, Brian Smith, Jess Stiger, Ricky Peterson, Brian Lay.