FORMER OWNER JACK ELDEN PASSES
We are deeply saddened by the loss of former Sprint Car owner and very dear friend, Jack Elden. It was Elden who assembled one of the most recognized and winningest teams of the 1990’s. An 8-year relationship with driver Jac Haudenschild produced wins from coast to coast on the World of Outlaws tour, many coming aboard the now famous #22 car that carried the bright yellow colors of Pennzoil. Elden saw his team as more than just employees. He considered them family and often referred to his team’s racing tour across the country as ‘Heaven On Dirt’.
Our thoughts and prayers are with Jack’s wife, Carol, their two children, John and Liz, and the entire Elden family.
The family will receive friends Wednesday, March 11, 2015 from 2-4 and 7-9 pm at the Riddle Funeral Home, 5345 South Street, Vermilion, OH. Funeral services will be Thursday, March 12, 2015 at 11:00 a.m. at the funeral home. Memories and condolences can be made via an online guest book at http://www.riddlefuneralhome.com/obituaries.aspx?turl=http://hosting-23391.tributes.com/obituary/show/John-Jack-Elden-102258415.
A glimpse back at the Elden Racing years of 1993-2000.
This was the first of 8 years driving for Jack Elden in the famous Pennzoil #22. Jac won the inaugural Historical Big One at Eldora, which carried a $100,000 payday. He finished 6th in WoO points.
Jac finished 6th in the World of Outlaws points with the Elden/Pennzoil team. He won his second King’s Royal, and had 25 top five and 49 top ten finishes.
Jac finished 2nd in the World of Outlaws points. His season ending stats looked like this: 10 first place finishes, 17 second place finishes, 19 third place finishes. He finished 5th or better in 60% of the races, and had four Hard Charger awards.
The Wild Child finished 10th in the World of Outlaws points, after being injured and out of action for a month. End of the season stats totaled up to 19 heat wins, 1 dash win, 4 B-mains and 1 A-main win.
Great season for Jac in the Elden sprint car. He finished 4th in the World of Outlaws point standings, and totaled up 81 top ten finishes, 55 top five finishes, 18 fast times (12 track records), 14 heat wins, 9 dash wins, 2 B-mains and 3 A-main wins.
1998 brought 11 wins, including another Kings Royal championship, and a Gold Cup victory. He finished 7th in points, despite being knocked out of competition after being injured in New York during the summer. This was the last year for Pennzoil sponsorship on the Jack Elden owned sprint car.
Jac won his second straight Chico Gold Cup championship. He also won the $50,000 prize at Oskaloosa for winning the Front Row Challenge after passing 25 cars when coming from the back. Jack Elden was unaware the team was even at the event until he got the winning call in victory lane…the team was supposed to be on their way to the Knoxville Nationals but decided at the last minute to stop in and shake down a car prior to that event!
Jac finished 10th in World of Outlaws points, in his last season running for Jack Elden. The team accumulated 2 WoO main event feature wins.
Images of Jack Elden owned Sprint Cars with driver Jac Haudenschild.