Lonnie Wheatley, BROKEN ARROW, Okla. (June 26, 2022) – It could very well be the title of a new hit sitcom or perhaps a blockbuster movie coming soon to a theater near you.
But, instead, it means that Sprint Car racing’s month of money is off to an early jumpstart.
While the Sprint Car world has been accustomed to July and August offering up humongous purses, this year’s final Saturday of June offered up a pair of massive paydays along with the second round of Pennsylvania’s Speedweek headlining the night’s action.
With 410’s in full song in South Dakota, Washington and Pennsylvania, it was Sheldon Haudenschild, “Sunshine” Tyler Courtney and “The Concrete Kid” Anthony Macri taking premier wins to add to already stellar seasons for each.
Haudenschild scored a dramatic last-lap win to take the $100,000 winner’s share in the World of Outlaws “High Banks Nationals” at South Dakota’s Huset’s Speedway, Courtney checked out in the closing rounds to pocket $76,000 in the NARC-sanctioned 50th Annual “Dirt Cup” at Washington’s Skagit Speedway while Macri made it two wins in as many nights of Pennsylvania Speedweek at Lincoln Speedway to run his winnings through the first two rounds to $16,201 with another potential $74,099 in winners’ shares up for grabs over the next eight nights.
Haudenschild’s $100K score came in the most improbable of fashions, rallying from sixth to victory lane over the final four laps at Huset’s Speedway, squelching the dreams of Brad Sweet, Carson Macedo, David Gravel and then Buddy Kofoid and James McFadden on the final round.
In Haudenschild-esh fashion, Sheldon ripped the cushion over the final rounds to rally into the top spot in spectacular fashion.
“I don’t even know what to say,” Haudenschild summed up in victory lane. “I completely almost gave up on myself at one point, I thought I had a tire going flat but when I realized I didn’t then I knew it was time to go.”
At Washington’s Skagit Speedway, Tyler Courtney chased down Dominic Scelzi on the 25th of 50 laps to take command. And after an open red flag to make any and all changes after 35 laps, Courtney checked out leaving Kerry Madsen to battle past Scelzi for runner-up honors.
Courtney pocketed the $50,000 winner’s share along with another $1,000 per each of 26 laps led to increase the total to $76,000, the largest payday in Winged Sprint Car history on the West Coast.
“That’s one helluva of an off weekend,” the current All Star Circuit of Champions points leader commented in victory lane after picking up the win aboard the potent No. 57 Sprint Car wrenched by Paul Silva.
Meanwhile in Pennsylvania, Anthony Macri continued his reign of terror upon victory lane by reeling off his nation leading 14th win of the season by wiring the field at Lincoln Speedway in the second leg of Pennsylvania Speedweek action by beating top STIDA Winged Power Rankings contenders Justin Peck and Brent Marks to the stripe.
The “Kevin Gobrecht Memorial” triumph was worth $9,200 after scoring a $7,001 victory in Friday’s opener at Williams Grove Speedway. It was the second night of establishing quick time in qualifying and backing it up with the feature win.
“Yeah we started on the pole, but f#@k, you gotta get through lapped traffic,” Macri commented afterward. “I’m just tired of everyone saying we suck at Lincoln and that we can’t pass cars. But that’s win number 14 on the year, we’ll let our success do the talking and continue on the rest of the week.”
World of Outlaws High Bank Nationals at Huset’s Speedway (Brandon, SD):
NOS Energy Drink Feature (40 Laps): 1. 17-Sheldon Haudenschild; 2. 83-James McFadden; 3. 11-Michael Kofoid; 4. 2-David Gravel; 5. 41-Carson Macedo; 6. 49-Brad Sweet; 7. 3Z-Brock Zearfoss; 8. 18-Giovanni Scelzi; 9. 55-Hunter Schuerenberg; 10. 1A-Jacob Allen; 11. 15-Donny Schatz; 12. 11P-Parker Price Miller; 13. 9-Kasey Kahne; 14. 5-Spencer Bayston; 15. 24-Rico Abreu; 16. 15H-Sam Hafertepe Jr; 17. 7S-Robbie Price; 18. 16-Brooke Tatnell; 19. 88-Austin McCarl; 20. 1S-Logan Schuchart; 21. 22-Riley Goodno; 22. 27-Carson McCarl; 23. 81-Jack Dover; 24. 13-Mark Dobmeier
NARC/KWS “Dirt Cup” at Skagit Speedway (Alger, WA):
A Feature (50 Laps): 1. 57W-Tyler Courtney; 2. 83-Kerry Madsen; 3. 41-Dominic Scelzi; 4. 17W-Shane Golobic; 5. 18-Jason Solwold; 6. 14-Corey Day; 7. 55-Trey Starks; 8. 42X-Tim Kaeding; 9. 29-Willie Croft; 10. 2X-Justin Sanders; 11. 18T-Tanner Holmes; 12. 46JR-Joel Myers Jr; 13. 83T-Tanner Carrick; 14. THE0-Jonathan Allard; 15. 21-Jesse Schlotfeldt; 16. 96-Greg Hamilton; 17. 26R-Zeb Wise; 18. 69-Bud Kaeding; 19. 26C-Cory Eliason; 20. 38B-Blake Carrick; 21. 88N-DJ Netto; 22. 2L-Logan Forler; 23. 21T-Mitchell Faccinto; 24. 2XM-Max Mittry; 25. 8R-Tony Gomes; 26. 7-Tyler Thompson
Pennsylvania Speedway Round Two (Lincoln Speedway):
A Feature (30 Laps): 1. 39m-Anthony Macri, 2. 13-Justin Peck, 3. 19m-Brent Marks, 4. 8r-Freddie Rahmer, 5. 39-Chase Dietz, 6. 19w-Troy Wagaman, 7. 69k-Lance Dewease, 8. 11T-T.J. Stutts, 9. 5w-Lucas Wolfe, 10. 27-Devon Borden, 11. 59-Jim Siegel, 12. 45-Jeff Halligan, 13. 44-Dylan Norris, 14. 48-Danny Dietrich, 15. 75-Tyler Ross, 16. 1x-Chad Trout, 17. 87-Alan Krimes, 18. 21-Paul McMahan, 19. 16a-Aaron Bollinger, 20. 35h-Zach Hampton, 21. 99m-Kyle Moody, 22. 19L-Landon Myers, 23. 67-Justin Whittall, 24. 8-Billy Dietrich.