Sprintcar legend Jac Haudenschild Touches Down for Valvoline Raceway International Season

Jac Haudenschild. Image: www.flickr.com

50 of Australia’s best sprint car drivers are getting a shot at the title. Sprintcar legend Jac Haudenschild, now 55, has set down in Australia, after a 20-year absence, for the Valvoline Raceway’s International season.

To say this man is a legend is an understatement.

Standing only 5 feet 5 inches, what Haudenschild lacks in height he more than makes up for in courage and skill. During his 40-year racing career he has amassed an incredible 300+ career main event wins.

Hailing from Woster, in America’s Midwest, Haudenschild joins Californians Tim Kaeding and Brad Sweet as they line up against Australia’s best.

Both Kaeding and Sweet are car racing rockstars in their own right. Both are full time drivers on the rich American racing circuit, coming to Australia during our summer.

“Sprintcar racing is a brutal sport,” Haudenschild smiles. “It can pay you handsomely sometimes and sometimes it can really punish you.”

And he’s not kidding.

Haudenshcild won $200,000 at the Eldora Speedway, in Ohio in the 1990s. at that time it was the highest prize money every offered for sprintcar racing.

He’s also managed to dodge death during racing more times than he cares to count.

When asked if he feels the pressure of being top dog on Australian soil Haudenschild replied with another wry grin, “That’s okay. We’re kinda used to that. They roll out the welcome mat at the airport and then they take it away at the racetrack.”

No quarter will be expected or given from any driver at the Valvoline Raceway International season. Be ready for high speed, courage, and carnage.

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