Haudenschild Carrying Pennzoil Colors For Farewell Tour | SPEED SPORT

Jac Haudenschild will carry Pennzoil sponsorship and a throwback scheme throughout his closing season of dash automotive racing. (Jacob Seelman picture)

BRISTOL, Tenn. — As he kicks off his forty eighth and closing season of dash automotive racing, Jac Haudenschild will likely be again behind the wheel of, maybe, his most iconic colours ever.

Unveiled Thursday afternoon at Bristol Motor Speedway upfront of the World of Outlaws NOS Power Drink Dash Automotive Collection Bristol Throwdown, Haudenschild will carry sponsorship from Pennzoil throughout his farewell tour with Rico Abreu Racing.

The scheme is paying homage to the look Haudenschild carried when driving for automotive proprietor Jack Elden through the Nineteen Nineties, and “The Wild Little one” may even make the most of the identical automotive quantity — Elden’s No. 22.

It’s a becoming throwback for one of the vital legendary dash automotive drivers of all time and Thursday’s unveiling was made much more particular as a result of Haudenschild had no thought it was coming. The automotive got here straight from California to Bristol and was stored out of sight from its driver.

“That was fairly cool,” Haudenschild stated after the automotive was rolled out of the trailer. “I wasn’t anticipating that in any respect. He (Abreu) stored {that a} good shock.”

“That is all for Jac, man,” Abreu added. “It is a particular second for dash automotive racing. We had been simply grateful for the chance to convey an organization like Pennzoil again into this facet of the game. It’s an iconic automotive and I simply actually thought it was meant to be for Jac to be within the Pennzoil No. 22 this 12 months. It’s the automotive that he ran for the longest interval of his profession … and it’s only a particular second proper now.”

Abreu credited Frank Bolter — a businessman, advertising and marketing knowledgeable, former NASCAR spotter and the founding father of cellular pit go app Pit Pay — because the driving pressure behind touchdown Haudenschild’s Pennzoil backing for this season.

“Frank helped construct all this up. He was a key a part of making this partnership (attainable), in addition to my Rowdy Power partnership,” tipped Abreu. “He’s the person. He really noticed for me a couple of instances within the (NASCAR Tenting World) Truck Collection and the Ok&N (Professional) Collection, again once I obtained my first win at Columbus (Ohio) Motor Speedway. I’m grateful for Frank and his power to maintain grinding on this stuff.

“These partnerships are laborious to return by these days and he’s the one which made this all occur for us.”

In Bolter’s eyes, wheeling a Pennzoil No. 22 dash automotive was “the one means” for Haudenschild to wrap up his Corridor of Fame driving profession.

“To me, that was the one means that he ought to end issues off,” stated Bolter, who was available for Thursday’s unveiling. “By way of the concept of Rico, I noticed I had a contact with their (Pennzoil’s) company … and we instructed him the story and educated them on Jac’s historical past with Pennzoil.

“That was a very long time in the past, lengthy sufficient now that nobody’s nonetheless with the corporate that even remembers that, however they beloved the story and that sort of pulled all of it collectively.”

Jac Haudenschild in motion at Eldora Speedway in 1998 behind the wheel of Jack Elden’s No. 22. (Paul Arch picture)

Haudenschild grew to become one among dash automotive racing’s legendary drivers throughout his authentic stint behind the wheel of the Pennzoil-backed, Elden-owned No. 22.

In 1993, the primary 12 months Haudenschild and Elden teamed up, the Wooster, Ohio, veteran drove to a $100,000 victory within the inaugural Historic Huge One at Eldora Speedway in Rossburg, Ohio.

He added a pair of Kings Royal triumphs at Eldora in 1994 and ’98, in addition to a $50,000 Gold Cup Race of Champions rating on the wheel of Elden’s iconic mount.

Haudenschild’s finest World of Outlaws season with Elden got here in 1995, when he completed as runner-up within the standings to Dave Blaney on the energy of 4 victories.

Requested if he had a favourite reminiscence from his time driving the unique Pennzoil automotive, Haudenschild admitted “there’s so many,” however added he hopes to have a couple of extra particular moments this season.

“I’m hoping we’ve got a couple of extra moments in us,” he stated. “I’ve obtained to carry out, however you realize, I nonetheless really feel fairly good. Final 12 months, I felt fairly good. So I’m wanting ahead to working with Rico this 12 months.”

The unique plan was for Haudenschild to pilot a Rico Abreu Racing entry in choose races, with a considerably heavy schedule in California.

Nevertheless, Abreu revealed Thursday that Haudenschild and the Pennzoil No. 22 will run “about 30 races” this season, together with a few of the greatest reveals in dash automotive racing.

“We plan to take Jac to the Kings Royal, the Brad Doty Traditional … we’re going to go to Eldora in Might, we’ll do the Ironman (55) in Pevely, Mo., and some different huge races,” Abreu stated. “I sit up for seeing this automotive on observe and, hopefully, within the winner’s circle. That’s the final word objective.”

In Haudenschild’s eyes, nonetheless, it’s an honor simply to return to his legendary colours for yet one more 12 months.

“It’s actually, actually particular to have the ability to do that,” he stated, emotion evident in his voice. “That is cool.”

The World of Outlaws NOS Power Drink Dash Automotive Collection will check at Bristol Thursday night time earlier than two full packages take heart stage on Friday and Saturday night time at The Final Nice Coliseum.

It’s the primary time dash automobiles have competed on Bristol’s dirt-covered excessive banks since 2001.

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