By Matt Levins The Hawk Eye MIDDLETOWN — Josh Schneiderman is perhaps best known for his remarkable run in the first-ever World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series show at 34 Raceway in 2008. That year Schneiderman, then a student at the University of Northern Iowa, finished third in the A-Main, much to the delight of the crowd estimated at 5,000, the largest in track history, Schneiderman has matured in leaps and bounds in the five years since, both on the track and off.
Schneiderman hopes the changes will pay big dividends tonight when he competes in the World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series show at 34 Raceway. “Right now things are pretty exciting. We’ve got our 360 program rolling good at Burlington and we feel like we’ve hit on a good setup with the 410,” Schneiderman said. “Now we hope to combine the two efforts and have a good showing (tonight).” Schneiderman, who works full-time at Morning Sun Farm Implement and Sales, is scheduled to be married in October. Between his job and his honey-do list, Schneiderman spends all his spare time in the shop, working on the cars for Deuce Motorsports. That team, headed by his father, Bart Schneiderman, also includes Josh’s brother Jarrod. Jarrod Schneiderman will try to do double-duty tonight, racing in both the World of Outlaws show and the 305 sprints on the under card.
Schneiderman said many things have changed with the car and the team in the five years since that magical run in 2008. “A lot of stuff has changed since then. We are running different tires and we have a completely different engine,” Schneiderman said. “It takes a lot for a driver to keep adapting as things move forward. I feel like we are more competitive at 34 Raceway now and more competitive everywhere we’ve been. The most important part is you have to keep level-headed about the experiences.” Schneiderman knows he will have to be on top of his game against the best sprint car drivers in the world.
Tony Bruce, Jr. won the first World of Outlaws feature at 34 Raceway in 2008. Joey Saldana edged Donny Schatz to win the last one in 2009. This year, Daryn Pittman leads the points standings and has won five World of Outlaws features. He brings a 167-point lead over Schatz into tonight’s action following Wednesday night’s race in Kokomo, Ind. Tim Kaeding of California won that feature race. Pittman finished sixth in the World of Outlaws feature in 2008 at 34 Raceway, but did not compete at the show in 2009. Pittman, who has 19 top-five finishes and 25 top-10 showings, is one of the favorites at every stop. “It’s a neat place. I really like the shape of it,” Pittman said of 34 Raceway. “We raced there the first time and it was a really good track. I’m really looking forward to it.”
Schatz is the defending series champion and has five feature wins, 14 top-fives and 22 top-10s this season. Veteran Sammy Swindell also will be in the field. He is fourth in the World of Outlaws points and has one feature win this year. “I hope we can get a win. We’re coming there to win. That’s what we do,” Swindell said. The field also will include 20-time World of Outlaws champion Steve Kinser.
Schneiderman knows to have a chance to make the A-Main and top his 2008 showing, he will have to be on top of his game from the start of time trials through the A-Main. He is hoping his maturity over the last five years will give him an advantage he didn’t have in 2008. “These guys are coming in here to knock you on your backside. You’ve got to be spot-on with these guys. You’ve got to have your game face on every single race or you won’t have a chance,” Schneiderman said. “When I first started in 410 racing, it was very intimidating. You are racing against guys you grew up watching and looking up to. That was very intimidating. If you go out there and re in awe of them, you’re not going to have any chance against these guys. “If you mess up on one lap, you are going to lose two or three spots right away. It’s hard to catch back up after that. You have to keep the car as straight as possible and you have to be as consistent as possible every single lap.” Schneiderman, who currently is 18th in points at Knoxville Raceway, is looking forward to competing with the greatest sprint car racers in the world with his brother. The two compete head-to-head at Knoxville on a weekly basis. Despite being on the same team, that can create some interesting moments “It’s a neat experience, but at the same time it’s a tough experience,” Schneiderman said of racing against his brother. “You’re out there to do the best you can, but by the same score you want what’s best for him, too. You don’t want to mess up and not only take out one race car, but both cars. I am really looking forward to (tonight). I hope to put on another good show for the fans.”
Filed Under: News