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JAW-DROPPING: Sheldon Haudenschild Stuns 'Em for $100,000 Payday on Last Lap at Huset's Speedway
NOS Energy Drink #17 Drove 3rd-to-1st on Final Lap with Spectacular Outside Pass
BRANDON, SD - June 25, 2022 - In fitting fashion, Sheldon Haudenschild did what no other driver dared to do with $100,000 on the line Saturday night at Huset's Speedway's inaugural High Bank Nationals.
Running sixth with four laps left, many assumed the Stenhouse Jr. / Marshall Racing, NOS Energy Drink #17 had no shot at the big payday. But if there is anything to have been learned through 45 years of World of Outlaws history, it's that you never, ever count a Haudenschild out.
Taking a page out of the book written by Hall of Fame father, Jac, Sheldon throttled up and ripped the "Haud Line" around the outside of Brad Sweet for fifth, then Carson Macedo for fourth, then David Gravel for third, and that was only the beginning of his miraculous charge.
With the white flag waving, Haudenschild went to the faithful cushion one last time and made a two-for-one move, storming by both Buddy Kofoid and James McFadden in one swift swing to steal the $100,000 paycheck out of turn two on the 40th and final lap.
With the entire crowd on their feet in disbelief, the 28-year-old Wooster, OH native crossed the checkered flag to claim the biggest win of his life. Collecting his thoughts in victory lane, The Wild Child's Child could only express his gratitude for the Stenhouse Jr. / Marshall Racing team that has believed in him for five years now.
"I don't even know what to say," Haudenschild thought. "[Kyle] Ripper is the man. This would not be possible without Ripper. He's been there from the start for me, and I can't begin to tell you how thankful I am for him and everybody that took a chance on me. Lauren [Albano], Ricky [Stenhouse], Richard & Jennifer [Marshall] trusted me from the beginning. I was a rookie with zero wins and they hired me, and that was five years ago now.
"We've been putting in the work for a long, long time. This wasn't an easy week for us, but we never gave up. I thought what the hell, I had nothing to lose there at the end. I realized my tire was holding on and remembered it wasn't a points race, so I figured I had to send it.
"I honestly almost gave up on myself when Brad [Sweet] got me and pushed me out of the top-five. I just started sending it into the cushion and realized this is what we had been doing all week long, passing cars. I think it was a blessing in disguise with how much we had to work because we learned how/when/where to pass guys while most of these cars were up front all week."
Long before Sheldon's breathtaking last-lap heroics, Carson Macedo controlled the opening 34 laps of a rather calm battle at the front aboard the Jason Johnson Racing, Albaugh #41. However, the business quickly picked up in the latter stages of the race as Budd Kofoid and James McFadden took him three-wide for the race lead on Lap 35.
Kofoid, who won his first-career World of Outlaws race on Thursday, briefly held the top spot while sneaking below Macedo in his Crouch Motorsports #11. It didn't last long, though, as McFadden blasted the outside in the Roth Motorsports #83 and barely beat Kofoid to the stripe by 0.041-seconds.
While Macedo faded, it appeared to be one-vs-one for the paycheck between McFadden and Kofoid, but they were snookered on the final lap as Haudenschild went full send on the cushion and took it through turns one and two to pass them both.
Ultimately, McFadden finished 0.671-seconds behind Haudenschild on the dramatic last lap and claimed $30,000 for his runner-up efforts. It was his second, second-place finish of this week, this one in the most heartbreaking of fashions as $100,000 and his first win of the season slipped through the Australian's grasp."
"I'm just disappointed," a dejected McFadden said. "I got the lead when it started taking rubber I thought I should just play it safe in traffic, but I should've known better. We really needed that win for myself, this team, and Dennis & Teresa [Roth]. Second is alright, but leading to the last lap for $100,000 and losing it just sucks. We'll keep putting ourselves in this position to contend for wins and they'll eventually come."
Capping off a career week in third place was Buddy Kofoid in the Crouch Motorsports #11 with $20,000 in earnings. The Penngrove, CA 20-year-old opened many eyes this week against The Greatest Show on Dirt.
"Besides losing $80,000, I guess third isn't too bad," Kofoid kidded. "All in all, what a week for us. Brad [Alexander], Blade [Kearns], and I have run less than 10 races together and now we've won, ran fourth, and finished third in my first real big World of Outlaws race. It kind of stings, though. I got by Carson and thought I could really win, but then I had to fight James, and in the middle of that Sheldon somehow snookered us both on that last lap."
Rounding out the top-five at Huset's was David Gravel in the Big Game Motorsports #2 with a $15,000 payday, and early leader Carson Macedo collecting $10,000 for a fifth-place finish in the Jason Johnson Racing #41.
Closing out the top 10 on Saturday was Brad Sweet, Brock Zearfoss, Giovanni Scelzi, Hunter Schuerenberg, and Jacob Allen.
NOS NOTEBOOK (HUSET’S SPEEDWAY, 6/24/22)
Sheldon Haudenschild's 30th career World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series victory brings him into a tie with Bobby Allen for 21st on the All-Time Win List. It was his eighth win of the season, already matching his career-best through only the first 32 races.
For the fourth consecutive race in as many nights, a Huset's Speedway Feature offered three different leaders with Macedo leading Laps 1-34, McFadden controlling Laps 35-39, and Haudenschild only commanding the 40th and final lap.
Spencer Bayston and CJB Motorsports earned their first KSE Hard Charger Award of the season on Saturday by advancing eight spots from 22nd-to-14th.
Huset's General Manager, Doug Johnson, announced during opening ceremonies that the second annual High Bank Nationals will offer the richest payday in Sprint Car Racing history. The World of Outlaws will return to the Brandon, SD oval on June 21-24, 2023 with a $250,000 top prize on the line.
UP NEXT (Fri-Sat) – The World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series head back to Wisconsin next weekend for an Independence Day Spectacular on Friday & Saturday, July 1-2 at New Richmond's Cedar Lake Speedway. Fans can BUY TICKETS HERE, or watch every lap LIVE on DIRTVision.
NOS Energy Drink Feature Results (40 Laps) - 1. 17-Sheldon Haudenschild [$100,000]; 2. 83-James McFadden [$30,000]; 3. 11-Buddy Kofoid [$20,000]; 4. 2-David Gravel [$15,000]; 5. 41-Carson Macedo [$10,000]; 6. 49-Brad Sweet [$7,000]; 7. 3Z-Brock Zearfoss [$6,500]; 8. 18-Giovanni Scelzi [$6,000]; 9. 55-Hunter Schuerenberg [$5,500]; 10. 1A-Jacob Allen [$5,000]; 11. 15-Donny Schatz [$4,000]; 12. 11P-Parker Price-Miller [$3,400]; 13. 9-Kasey Kahne [$3,300]; 14. 5-Spencer Bayston [$3,200]; 15. 24-Rico Abreu [$3,100]; 16. 15H-Sam Hafertepe [$3,000]; 17. 7S-Robbie Price [$3,000]; 18. 16-Brooke Tatnell [$3,000]; 19. 88-Austin McCarl [$3,000]; 20. 1S-Logan Schuchart [$3,000]; 21. 22-Riley Goodno [$3,000]; 22. 27-Carson McCarl [$3,000]; 23. 81-Jack Dover [$3,000]; 24. 13-Mark Dobmeier [$3,000]. Lap Leaders:Carson Macedo 1-34, James McFadden 35-39, Sheldon Haudenschild 40. KSE Hard Charger Award: 5-Spencer Bayston[+8]
FOREVER 41: Carson Macedo Earns Emotional Win for Jason Johnson Racing at Huset's Speedway
Gravel, Macedo, Kofoid & Zearfoss Locked-In for Saturday's $100,000/Win Finale
BRANDON, SD - June 24, 2022 - Exactly four years to the day of Jason Johnson's passing, Carson Macedo brought the famed #41 back to victory lane.
With some help from above, the Lemoore, CA superstar used a little late-race magic to steal the lead away from Brian Brown on Lap 33 of 35 with $20,000 on the line in Friday's Feature at Huset's Speedway. His win tallied enough points to lock-in for Saturday's $100,000-to-win High Bank Nationals finale along with David Gravel, Buddy Kofoid, and Brock Zearfoss.
It was a symbolic win in many fashions for the Albaugh #41 team. Friday marked the first-ever trip to victory lane for Jace Dietz, the newborn son of owners Philip & Brooke Dietz, who ironically enough was originally due on June 24 of all dates. With Jace in arms, a little bit of Jason was taken to the winner's circle.
As championship leader Brad Sweet suffered more carnage, Macedo made the most of his opportunity and cut the championship lead down to a mere 12 points with his sixth World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series win of the 2022 season.
More importantly, he's put himself and the JJR squad in a prime position to contend for $100,000 on Saturday night at the state-of-the-art Brandon, SD facility. It's the first of four six-figure paydays for The Greatest Show on Dirt this summer and would top the National Open ($75,000) as the richest win of Macedo's career at 26 years old.
"I think I had a co-pilot in there tonight," Macedo said. "Winning today on June 24th, four years after we lost Jason, is pretty special. He was an incredible man and built an incredible team, and I'm privileged to continue honoring his legacy with these guys. From Craig & Deborah and Bobbi & Jaxx to now Philip & Brooke, carrying on this legacy means a lot to all of us."
Winning it from the fifth spot, Macedo was far from the story early on in Friday's 35-lapper.
Knoxville, IA native Riley Goodno, in his seventh-career World of Outlaws start, earned the pole position in his family-owned #22. The 19-year-old quickly deterred any "fluke" narratives as he beat Brian Brown on the opening lap and ensued to lead the first eight circuits while only building his advantage over the best Sprint Car drivers in the world.
Goodno's pace was erased when Brad Sweet & Rico Abreu brought out the red flag on Lap 8 and created a double-file restart. This time, Brown wasn't messing around and throttled around the top to put the Casey's General Stores, FVP Parts #21 in command of the race lead on Lap 9.
Brownie, of Higginsville, MO, controlled the top spot for another 24 laps until Macedo tossed a big move his way and made it stick to steal the lead with three laps left.
"Once I got behind Brown, I was hustling extremely hard, probably too hard," Macedo contained. "I finally calmed myself down and set up that big slider on him in turns one and two. I know it was a big flyer to throw, but this is for a lot of money this week so I had to try it. It feels good to just finally get a win at Huset's after this place had my number for so long."
Blackjack Brian Brown completed a miraculous turnaround with a runner-up finish for the #21, finishing 1.046-seconds behind Macedo. In only 24 hours, the Knoxville Raceway ace took his 1/4-mile program from struggling into the Last Chance Showdown to competing for the $20,000 victory.
"A lot of the credit goes to Danny [Lasoski] tonight," Brown said on his comeback. "He made a ton of big changes to this car from last night, and I just let him do his thing and kept my nose out of it. It's no secret this is a place that has always had my numbers over the years. We were 16th in the LCS last night, I mean terrible honestly, and tonight we almost won it. We've got a lot of work left to do tomorrow, though."
Rounding out the podium was the feel-good story of the night with Riley Goodno claiming a career-best third-place finish with the World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series. It was a drastic improvement for the 19-year-old, who entered Friday with a career-best of 18th in six starts with the Series.
"This is a dream come true," Goodno said on the frontstretch. "I can't thank my mom and my dad enough for everything they've done for me. Driving me up and down the road allowing me to chase my dreams is something I appreciate so much. My dad and I have always wanted to travel as much as possible, learn as much as possible, and be the best team that we could be, I think that is starting to show."
Closing out the top-five at Huset's was Spencer Bayston in fourth-from-11th aboard the CJB Motorsports, TrueTimber #5, and David Gravel in fifth in the Big Game Motorsports #2. The Watertown, CT native collected 852 total points across the two preliminary nights (6th Thursday, 5th Friday) to earn high point man honors and guarantee himself a front row start in the $100,000-to-win Feature on Saturday.
Finishing the top-10 on Friday was Logan Schuchart, Sheldon Haudenschild (from 25th), Donny Schatz, Giovanni Scelzi, and Brock Zearfoss.
NOS NOTEBOOK (HUSET'S SPEEDWAY, 6/24/22)
Carson Macedo's 23rd career World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series victory brings him one away from Ron Shuman (24) for 27th on the All-Time Win List. In his eighth start at the track, Friday marked Macedo's first-career win at Huset's Speedway, the 17th different track he's won a World of Outlaws race at.
For the third consecutive night, a driver earned his first-career World of Outlaws podium finish. It was Kasey Kahne (3rd) on Wednesday after leading lap, then Buddy Kofoid (1st) winning for the first time on Thursday, and now Riley Goodno (3rd) leading laps and finding the frontstretch on Friday.
David Gravel, Carson Macedo, Buddy Kofoid, and Brock Zearfoss are locked-in for Saturday's King of the Hill, already guaranteeing a top-five starting spot for each of them in tomorrow's $100,000-to-win High Bank Nationals finale.
The likes of James McFadden, Logan Schuchart, Giovanni Scelzi, and Hunter Schuerenberg are expected to lead Saturday's four Qualifiers to the green flag with each winner earning a spot in the King of the Hill alongside the locked-in drivers.
Macedo earned his sixth Slick Woody's QuickTime Award of the season, the most on tour. He was followed by six new NOS Energy Drink Heat Winners Riley Goodno, Matt Juhl, Jack Croaker, Paige Polyak, Carson McCarl, and Marcus Dumesny.
For the second consecutive night, Sheldon Haudenschild earned the KSE Hard Charger Award, his Series-best sixth of the season. This one came with a monumental 25th-t0-7th run, the largest of the season at +18 positions after he needed to take a provisional.
UP NEXT (Thur-Sat) – The World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series will conclude the inaugural High Bank Nationals on Saturday with a $100,000-to-win finale awaiting racers at Huset's Speedway in Brandon, SD. Fans can BUY TICKETS HERE, or watch every lap LIVE on DIRTVision.
NOS Energy Drink Feature Results (35 Laps) - 1. 41-Carson Macedo [$20,000]; 2. 21-Brian Brown [$10,000]; 3. 22-Riley Goodno [$7,000]; 4. 5-Spencer Bayston [$6,000]; 5. 2-David Gravel [$5,500]; 6. 1S-Logan Schuchart [$5,000]; 7. 17-Sheldon Haudenschild [$3,000]; 8. 15-Donny Schatz [$4,000]; 9. 18-Giovanni Scelzi [$3,500]; 10. 3Z-Brock Zearfoss [$3,000]; 11. 49-Brad Sweet [$2,500]; 12. 83-James McFadden [$2,400]; 13. 11-Buddy Kofoid [$2,300]; 14. 1A-Jacob Allen [$2,200]; 15. 55-Hunter Schuerenberg [$2,100]; 16. 88-Austin McCarl [$1,500]; 17. 15H-Sam Hafertepe [$1,500]; 18. 16-Brooke Tatnell [$1,500]; 19. 1AU-Marcus Dumesny [$1,500]; 20. O9-Matt Juhl [$1,500]; 21. 7S-Robbie Price [$1,500]; 22. 19-Paige Polyak [$1,500]; 23. 24-Rico Abreu [$1,500]; 24. 11P-Parker Price-Miller [$1,500]; 25. 27-Carson McCarl . Lap Leaders: Riley Goodno 1-8, Brian Brown 9-32, Carson Macedo 33-35. KSE Hard Charger Award: 17-Sheldon Haudenschild[+18]
NEW Championship Standings (After 31/77 Races): 1. Brad Sweet (4,266); 2. Carson Macedo (-12); 3. Sheldon Haudenschild (-24); 4. David Gravel (-46); 5. Logan Schuchart (-54); 6. Donny Schatz (-148); 7. Spencer Bayston (-156); 8. James McFadden (-214); 9. Jacob Allen (-354); 10. Brock Zearfoss (-486).