ATTICA, Ohio – At the end of last year Sheldon Haudenschild showed he was going to be a force to be reckoned with at Attica Raceway Park.
Though he crashed while battling for the lead then, he came out swinging in 2013 and last week scored a second place at the track against the All Stars.
On Saturday, the Wooster, Ohio, native would take the lead on lap 14 and would hold off Dale Blaney – who beat him the week before – to score his first ever Attica 410 sprint victory on Fisher Performance Night.
“Again Ripper had the car awesome and I’m really comfortable right now and I feel like I can do this every weekend. It’s pretty awesome,” said Haudenschild. “I knew Blaney would have a hard time passing me in one and two because of how fast the top was and he couldn’t pass me on the top of three and four because it was too slick. It was a hard track to pass on. I got by the O9 (Craig Mintz) for the lead and I felt good after that and had a clear track.
“Happy birthday to Dad (Jac) tomorrow. He’s getting old,” joked Sheldon, who is 19.
The late model feature was fantastic, with four and five cars battling for the lead throughout the 25 laps. Dona Marcoullier of Houghton Lake, Michigan, would battle side by side with Jon Henry the last five laps before driving to the checkered, the second career win of his career at Attica.
“This is a brand new race car. This is the second night out in it. I can’t thank Doug Findley (owner) and the crew and Dowker Engines,” said Marcoullier. “The first start there I went to touch the brakes and shut the car off. I had to regroup…the car was just awesome.”
In the 305 sprint feature, defending track champion Nate Dussel survived several cautions that kept him from getting into lapped traffic and cruised to his sixth career Attica win.
“It helps to start up front but the guys had the car really good. The cautions helped keep me out of traffic and that was a huge help because everyone was racing on the bottom. We bought this GF1 chassis from Craig Mintz and it feels fast. I think we’re going to have a great year,” said Dussel.