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RIGHT AT HOME: Sheldon Haudenschild Rips the Eldora Cushion to Victory on Home Turf

Sheldon Haudenschild was right at home in more ways than one on Friday night at Eldora Speedway.

First, he was literally on home turf as the Rossburg, OH oval is only a few hours from his hometown of Wooster, OH. Second, he used the part of the racetrack where he feels right at home to drive to Victory Lane.

Haudenschild started on the pole and drove a masterful 30 laps inches from the intimidating fence at the fast half mile. The 30-year-old sliced his way through traffic and held off multiple challenges from Donny Schatz and Giovanni Scelzi to claim the checkered flag. A proud crowd enthusiastically welcomed one of their own to Victory Lane as Haudenschild climbed atop the Stenhouse Jr.-Marshall Racing #17 and took a celebratory swig of NOS Energy Drink.

Back in 2021 Haudenschild picked up his first Eldora win during #LetsRaceTwo, but he felt that Friday’s triumph validated the prior victory.

“I don’t really ever count first wins,” Haudenschild said. “I feel like they don’t mean much until you back them up. I’ve been really good here in the past. The Kings Royal I ran behind (Kyle) Larson. Even last year I was pretty good here but just haven’t finished the job off. I feel like we just struggled to make a full Feature really smooth, and we did it tonight. I feel like that was a perfect race. A perfect race car. (Kyle) Ripper busts his ass all the time. We were up until two in the morning last night fixing stuff like old times and running on very little sleep. It feels good. Luke (Vaughn), Kinzer (Dussel), everybody has been putting in the work. Can’t ask for much more.”

The fourth win of the season for Haudenschild already elevated his total beyond the three reached in 2023. He’s up to 38 for his career, and Eldora is the eighth track where he’s won multiple times with The Greatest Show on Dirt. It also marked Haudenschild’s fourth victory in his home state of Ohio.

The path to victory required an incredible early effort from Haudenschild before the Feature even started. His Qualifying effort left him starting fifth in a stacked Heat Race. The two rows ahead of him consisted of nothing but star power – Donny Schatz, Giovanni Scelzi, Logan Schuchart, and Michael “Buddy” Kofoid.”

But Haudenschild did what Haudenschild does. He put on a show with a great start to get to third by Lap 3. And then he snatched the final transfer to the Toyota Racing Dash from Scelzi on the final lap of the Heat.

In the Dash, Haudenschild lined up third and drove by David Gravel and Schatz to earn the pole for the 30-lap Feature.

Even though he had the best seat in the house for the green flag of the main event, it would prove to be no easy drive to the winner’s circle. He pulled ahead of David Gravel in the early part of the race, but it wasn’t long before traffic became a factor.

But traffic didn’t seem to phase Haudenschild. While the top was his preferred line, he could move the NOS Energy Drink #17 anywhere necessary to pass cars. At one point he stared down lapped cars racing three-wide ahead and made a daring move to split between two and give himself a little more breathing room from those in pursuit.

Sheldon Haudenschild stands next to his father - Jac Haudenschild
Sheldon Haudenschild delivered an Eldora drive that no doubt made his legendary father, Jac, proud (Trent Gower Photo)

The red flag flew with 11 laps remaining for a flipping Garet Williamson. Under the red, heartbreak struck the runner-up Gravel as his right rear tire went down, forcing him to the Federated Car Care Work Zone for a new one.

On the ensuing restart Schatz blasted from fourth to second and hung right with Haudenschild looking to challenge. Schatz kept the Tony Stewart/Curb Agajanian Racing #15 rolling through the middle while Haudenschild never wavered from the top. After nearly pulling alongside Haudenschild multiple times, Schatz began to slip back as the laps faded.

Scelzi ripped by Schatz to take over second on the white flag with Haudenschild within sight, but it was too little, too late as Haudenschild crossed the finish line with half a second advantage to make his home state proud.

“Hats off to this whole NOS Energy Drink team,” Haudenschild said. “All these guys have been putting in the work. Happy to be in this.”

Scelzi brought the KCP Racing #18 home P2 for his fourth podium of the season and first since Arrowhead Speedway a month ago. The Fresno, CA native used the low line to make up most of his ground as he moved forward from ninth but found himself wishing he would’ve moved to the cushion sooner after finding speed there late in the race.

“The motor we put in was incredible,” Scelzi said. “I’m kicking myself because I wish I would’ve moved up a couple laps sooner because I think I would’ve maybe slid Sheldon for the lead. But he did his job in the Heat Race and did a great job all night. I tried to do my best Greg Wilson impression around the bottom for most of the race and gave up on it there with two to go and should’ve done it sooner.”

Rounding out the top three was Donny Schatz. The 10-time Series champion put together a productive night for his sixth podium of the 2024 World of Outlaws campaign.

“I thought we were going to have a chance at them there at the end,” Schatz said. “And then as we went by the end, they’d left us hanging again. Either way it was a decent finish. Started there and finished there. Went back and came back forward again.”

Logan Schuchart and Carson Macedo completed the top five.

After going to a backup car, Logan Schuchart drove from 24th to fourth to earn the KSE Racing Hard Charger.

David Gravel claimed his third Simpson Quick Time of 2024 and the 113th of his career.

NOS Energy Drink Heats One and Three went to David Gravel (251st Heat Race win of career) and Donny Schatz (523rdof career). Milton Hershey Heat Two went to Carson Macedo (120th of career).

Sheldon Haudenschild topped the Toyota Racing Dash.

Logan McCandless won the Micro-Lite Last Chance Showdown.

After a flat tire derailed a potential challenge for the win and left him with an ninth place finish, David Gravel was awarded the Smith Titanium Brake Systems Break of the Race.

UP NEXT: The World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Cars are back at Eldora Speedway on Saturday, May 4 for the #LetsRaceTwo finale. For tickets, CLICK HERE.

If you can’t make it to the track, catch every lap live on DIRTVision.

FEATURE RESULTS:

NOS Energy Drink Feature (30 Laps): 1. 17-Sheldon Haudenschild[1]; 2. 18-Giovanni Scelzi[9]; 3. 15-Donny Schatz[3]; 4. 1S-Logan Schuchart[24]; 5. 41-Carson Macedo[4]; 6. 83-Michael Kofoid[14]; 7. 70-Kraig Kinser[11]; 8. 23J-Cale Thomas[7]; 9. 2-David Gravel[2]; 10. 7S-Landon Crawley[6]; 11. 42-Sye Lynch[19]; 12. 27-Emerson Axsom[5]; 13. 101-Kalib Henry[8]; 14. 99-Skylar Gee[10]; 15. 29-Logan McCandless[18]; 16. 3Z-Brock Zearfoss[21]; 17. W20-Greg Wilson[20]; 18. 17B-Bill Balog[15]; 19. 55T-McKenna Haase[16]; 20. 5T-Travis Philo[17]; 21. 6-Bill Rose[23]; 22. 15K-Creed Kemenah[22]; 23. 23-Garet Williamson[12]; 24. 21H-Brady Bacon[13]

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Results  
Feature Results
POSStart+/-#DriverLapsBehindLedStatusPointsMoney
11017Sheldon Haudenschild 300.00030Running150$12,000
29+718Giovanni Scelzi 30-0.599Running146$8,000
33015Donny Schatz 30-1.090Running144$5,000
424+201SLogan Schuchart 30-2.912Running142$3,200
54-141Carson Macedo 30-3.764Running140$2,800
614+883Michael Kofoid 30-5.107Running138$2,600
711+470Kraig Kinser 30-5.421Running136$2,400
87-123JCale Thomas 30-6.137Running134$2,300
92-72David Gravel 30-7.173Running132$2,200
106-47SLandon Crawley 30-8.003Running130$2,000
1119+842Sye Lynch 30-8.064Running128$1,800
125-727Emerson Axsom 30-9.323Running126$1,600
138-5101Kalib Henry 30-11.928Running124$1,400
1410-499Skylar Gee 30-12.730Running122$1,200
1518+329Logan McCandless 30-13.599Running120$1,200
1621+53ZBrock Zearfoss 29-1 LapsRunning118$1,200
1720+3W20Greg Wilson 29-1 LapsRunning116$1,200
1815-317BBill Balog 29-1 LapsRunning114$1,200
1916-355TMcKenna Haase 29-1 LapsRunning112$1,200
2017-35TTravis Philo 29-1 LapsRunning110$1,200
2123+26Bill Rose 28-2 LapsRunning108$1,200
2222015KCreed Kemenah 28-2 LapsRunning106$1,200
2312-1123Garet Williamson 19-11 LapsRunning104$1,200
2413-1121HBrady Bacon 14-16 LapsRunning102$1,200
KSE Hard Charger: Logan Schuchart
Last Chance Showdown 1 Results
POSStart+/-#DriverLapsBehindLedStatusPointsMoney
12+129Logan McCandless 00.000Running0$0
21-142Sye Lynch 0-1.651Running0$0
34+1W20Greg Wilson 0-4.541Running0$0
47+33ZBrock Zearfoss 0-4.988Running0$0
59+415KCreed Kemenah 0-6.176Running0$0
68+26Bill Rose 0-9.283Running0$0
75-224DDanny Sams III0-10.736Running90$500
810+214Sean Rayhall 0-13.112Running90$450
93-649XTim Shaffer 036.773Running90$400
106-432Bryce Lucius 035.286Running90$350
Dash 1 Results
POSStart+/-#DriverLapsBehindLedStatusPointsMoney
13+217Sheldon Haudenschild 00.000Running0$0
21-12David Gravel 0-2.881Running0$0
32-115Donny Schatz 0-3.691Running0$0
45+141Carson Macedo 0-4.979Running0$0
54-127Emerson Axsom 0-5.638Running0$0
6607SLandon Crawley 0-8.389Running0$0
Heat 1 Results
Pos.Start+/-#DriverLaps CompletedBehindLaps LedStatus
1102David Gravel 00.000Running
22027Emerson Axsom 0-2.850Running
35+223JCale Thomas 0-3.848Running
49+599Skylar Gee 0-4.554Running
56+123Garet Williamson 0-6.868Running
63-317BBill Balog 0-7.786Running
74-342Sye Lynch 0-9.711Running
880W20Greg Wilson 0-10.440Running
97-23ZBrock Zearfoss 0-11.664Running
1010014Sean Rayhall 0-12.392Running
Heat 2 Results
Pos.Start+/-#DriverLaps CompletedBehindLaps LedStatus
11041Carson Macedo 00.000Running
23+17SLandon Crawley 0-3.008Running
32-1101Kalib Henry 0-5.904Running
48+470Kraig Kinser 0-7.839Running
55021HBrady Bacon 0-9.326Running
64-255TMcKenna Haase 0-10.156Running
76-129Logan McCandless 0-11.128Running
87-124DDanny Sams III0-12.236Running
9906Bill Rose 0-13.366Running
Heat 3 Results
Pos.Start+/-#DriverLaps CompletedBehindLaps LedStatus
11015Donny Schatz 00.000Running
25+317Sheldon Haudenschild 0-2.226Running
32-118Giovanni Scelzi 0-2.344Running
43-11SLogan Schuchart 0-3.837Running
54-183Michael Kofoid 0-5.343Running
6605TTravis Philo 0-9.398Running
77049XTim Shaffer 0-10.191Running
88032Bryce Lucius 0-10.248Running
99015KCreed Kemenah 0-12.001Running
Qualifying Flight 1 Results
POSStartCarDriverHometownTimeDifference
182David Gravel Watertown, CT13.4780.000
22841Carson Macedo Lemoore, CA13.563-0.085
3315Donny Schatz Fargo, ND13.645-0.167
42227Emerson Axsom Franklin, IN13.648-0.170
514101Kalib Henry Sacramento, CA13.676-0.198
62118Giovanni Scelzi Fresno, CA13.735-0.257
71317BBill Balog North Pole, AK13.738-0.260
8167SLandon Crawley Benton, AR13.749-0.271
9151SLogan Schuchart Hanover, PA13.759-0.281
10142Sye Lynch Cowansville, PA13.766-0.288
11455TMcKenna Haase Des Moines, IA13.795-0.317
121083Michael Kofoid Penngrove, CA13.801-0.323
132023JCale Thomas Fairland, IN13.849-0.371
14621HBrady Bacon Broken Arrow, OK13.874-0.396
151917Sheldon Haudenschild Wooster, OH13.884-0.406
16223Garet Williamson Columbia, MO13.907-0.429
171129Logan McCandless Mercer, PA13.909-0.431
1895TTravis Philo Waterville, OH13.952-0.474
1953ZBrock Zearfoss Jonestown, PA13.961-0.483
202724DDanny Sams IIINorth Port, FL14.005-0.527
212649XTim Shaffer Aliquippa, PA14.021-0.543
2225W20Greg Wilson Benton Ridge, OH14.078-0.600
231770Kraig Kinser Bloomington, IN14.093-0.615
242432Bryce Lucius Findlay, OH14.095-0.617
251899Skylar Gee Leduc, AB14.163-0.685
26236Bill Rose Plainfield, IN14.187-0.709
27715KCreed Kemenah Alvada, OH14.191-0.713
281214Sean Rayhall Boston, MA14.275-0.797
Hot Laps Results
POSStartCarDriverHometownTimeDifference
182David Gravel Watertown, CT13.6120.000
21083Michael Kofoid Penngrove, CA13.623-0.011
31917Sheldon Haudenschild Wooster, OH13.658-0.046
42841Carson Macedo Lemoore, CA13.735-0.123
5151SLogan Schuchart Hanover, PA13.830-0.218
62227Emerson Axsom Franklin, IN13.924-0.312
72118Giovanni Scelzi Fresno, CA13.928-0.316
81317BBill Balog North Pole, AK13.931-0.319
92023JCale Thomas Fairland, IN13.958-0.346
10223Garet Williamson Columbia, MO13.976-0.364
112649XTim Shaffer Aliquippa, PA13.984-0.372
1295TTravis Philo Waterville, OH14.009-0.397
13142Sye Lynch Cowansville, PA14.016-0.404
141770Kraig Kinser Bloomington, IN14.037-0.425
15621HBrady Bacon Broken Arrow, OK14.039-0.427
1653ZBrock Zearfoss Jonestown, PA14.050-0.438
172432Bryce Lucius Findlay, OH14.163-0.551
18167SLandon Crawley Benton, AR14.168-0.556
192724DDanny Sams IIINorth Port, FL14.168-0.556
201129Logan McCandless Mercer, PA14.170-0.558
211899Skylar Gee Leduc, AB14.174-0.562
2225W20Greg Wilson Benton Ridge, OH14.239-0.627
23715KCreed Kemenah Alvada, OH14.293-0.681
2414101Kalib Henry Sacramento, CA14.422-0.810
251214Sean Rayhall Boston, MA14.437-0.825
26455TMcKenna Haase Des Moines, IA14.441-0.829
27236Bill Rose Plainfield, IN14.581-0.969
28315Donny Schatz Fargo, ND0.00013.612
DIRTVision Highlights  
Event Info  

#LetsRaceTwo
Friday, May 03, 2024
Eldora Speedway
13929 State Route 118
Rossburg, Ohio 45348 

Event Description
The Greatest Show on Dirt makes a doubleheader trip to "The Big E" in this #LetsRaceTwo weekend.

Series Racing
World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series

To Win Amount
$12,000.00

Event Schedule

Friday, May 3rd:
1:30 PM Ticket Sales Begin (Main Gate, Turn 4, Pit Gate)
2:00 PM Spectator Gates Open
6:00 PM Hot Laps
World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Hot Laps
World of Outlaws Sprint Car Qualifying
USAC Sprint Car Hot Laps
USAC Sprint Car Qualifying
Opening Ceremonies
World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Non-Qualifier Race(s) (8 Laps)(If Needed)
USAC Sprint Car Heat Races
World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Heat Races (8 Laps)
USAC Sprint Car C-Main (If Needed)
World of Outlaws Sprint Car Toyota Dash Draw
USAC Sprint Car B-Main
World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car C-Main (10 Laps)(If Needed)
World of Outlaws Sprint Car Toyota Dash (6 Laps)
World of Outlaws Sprint Car Micro-Lite Last Chance Showdown (12 Laps)
USAC Sprint Car Feature
World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Feature (30 Laps)

Saturday, May 4th:
1:30 PM Ticket Sales Begin (Main Gate, Turn 4, Pit Gate)
2:00 PM Spectator Gates Open
6:00 PM Hot Laps
World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Hot Laps
World of Outlaws Sprint Car Qualifying
USAC Sprint Car Hot Laps
USAC Sprint Car Qualifying
Opening Ceremonies
World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Non-Qualifier Race(s) (8 Laps)(If Needed)
USAC Sprint Car Heat Races
World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Heat Races (8 Laps)
USAC Sprint Car C-Main (If Needed)
World of Outlaws Sprint Car Toyota Dash Draw
USAC Sprint Car B-Main
World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car C-Main (10 Laps)(If Needed)
World of Outlaws Sprint Car Toyota Dash (6 Laps)
World of Outlaws Sprint Car Micro-Lite Last Chance Showdown (12 Laps)
USAC Sprint Car Feature
World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Feature (30 Laps)


*All times Eastern

Event Hashtag
#LetsRaceTwo

Ticket Options  
Ticket Phone
937-338-3815

Options And Prices
Friday
General:
AGES 14 & UP: $35
AGES 13 & UNDER: Free

Reserved:
AGES 14 & UP: $40
AGES 13 & UNDER: $10

PIT PASS: $45 (2-DAY $85)

Saturday
General:
AGES 14 & UP: $35
AGES 13 & UNDER: Free

Reserved:
AGES 14 & UP: $40
AGES 13 & UNDER: $10

PIT PASS: $45 (2-DAY $85)


Handicapped Seating Location
The top row of main grandstand and terrace sections. Reserved seats are recommended. Companion seating is available, please request when ordering tickets. Chair not provided.

Pit Pass Price
$45
2-Day Pit Pass: $85

Pit Age Requirement
Must be 14 years of age or older. Minors aged 14 through 17 require fully completed Minor Waiver & Parental Consent form.

Parking Cost
$10 or FREE

Handicapped Parking Location
Main parking lot (entry off of State Route 118) and outside of the Turn 4 admission gate.

Camping Availability
non-electric, onsite, showers, waste services

Camping Cost
$49

Frequently Asked Questions  
To Win Amount
$12,000.00

Stadium Seating
Seat cushions are permitted. Stadium style seats may NOT exceed 18 inches, cannot have arms/armrests. No high back seats.

Handicapped Seating
The top row of main grandstand and terrace sections. Reserved seats are recommended. Companion seating is available, please request when ordering tickets. Chair not provided.

Handicapped Parking
Main parking lot (entry off of State Route 118) and outside of the Turn 4 admission gate.

Pit Age Limit
Must be 14 years of age or older. Minors aged 14 through 17 require fully completed Minor Waiver & Parental Consent form.

Personal Coolers
Yes, personal coolers are allowed in the track. Maximum size is 14" in any direction. Glass items are prohibited. Fans cannot bring in their own alcohol.

ATMs
1

Alcohol Sales
Alcohol is available at the track

Smoking Policy
State law prohibits smoking in all spectator areas, buildings, structures and lines. Smoking permitted in designated areas only.

Parking Cost
$10 or FREE

Camping Availability
non-electric, onsite, showers, waste services

Camping Cost
$49

Track Info  

Eldora Speedway
13929 State Route 118
Rossburg, Ohio 45348 

Track Phone
(937) 338-3815

Ticket Phone
937-338-3815

Track Email
[email protected]

Track Size
0.5

Track Type
High banked

Closest Airport
Dayton, OH (DAY / KDAY) James M. Cox Dayton International Airport

Other Airport
Fort Wayne, IN (FWA / KFWA) Fort Wayne International Airport

Track Map
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