ATTICA, Ohio — Sheldon Haudenschild doesn’t just want to win at Eldora Speedway; he feels like he needs to.
The half-mile speedway, located in Rossburg, Ohio, is a home track for the Wooster, Ohio-native. It’s also a track his father, Jac Haudenschild, has won at nine times with the World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series — including three Kings Royal victories.
“Every year, Eldora is on my win list,” Sheldon Haudenschild said. “I feel like I need to win there. I feel like I’m capable of it. I just need to make it happen.”
After racing Tuesday in the Ohio Logistics Brad Doty Classic at Attica Raceway Park, he’ll have four attempts at an Eldora Speedway win this week — the #LetsRaceTwo makeup on July 17, the Jokers Wild on July 18, the Knight Before the Kings Royal on July 19 and the $175,000-to-win Kings Royal on July 20.
To win, he’ll have to compete against his hero — his dad.
“I love racing with my dad,” Haudenschild said. “Just having him at the track, I feel like my mood is better. It’s hard not to be happy around my dad, he’s always happy.”
The sentiment is shared by Jac. While he doesn’t run many races with his son, Jac Haudenschild said when he does it’s always fun.
And when he does, you’re guaranteed to find the two together.
“It’s definitely good to have another guy to talk to and see what he’s feeling on the track and what he sees, too,” Sheldon Haudenschild said.
But on track, both Haudenschilds see each other as just another driver.
“He’s definitely just another guy out there,” Sheldon Haudenschild said. “I know he’s definitely not going to cut me any slack, and I can’t (cut him any slack) either.”
For Jac, he said he races everyone the same. He’ll race them how they race him, no matter who it is.
He doesn’t always lend much advice to Sheldon, either. Not because he’s trying to withhold something, but because he knows Sheldon already has the knowledge he needs.
“He’s watched me race for years,” Jac Haudenschild said. “He’s been around racing all of his life. He’s paid pretty close attention. He’s doing a pretty good job.”
Sheldon spent his rookie year in the World of Outlaws in 2017 driving for his dad. He finished seventh in points and earned the Kevin Gobrecht Rookie of the Year award.
The following year, he was hired by Stenhouse Jr.-Marshall Racing to drive the NOS Energy Drink No. 17 car and picked up five wins.
The first half of his 2019 season saw highs and lows with a few podium finishes, but no wins. He changed that at the start of the second half by outrunning 10-time Outlaw champion Donny Schatz to win at Cedar Lake Speedway — his sixth career series victory.
“It’s been fun watching him,” said 72-time World of Outlaws winner Jac Haudenschild. “He’s got a good ride.”
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