A Look Back At The 10th Anniversary of the Mopar Million

Jac Haudenschild hoists his $200,000 check after winning the Mopar Million (Photo Source: Haudenschild Racing Photo)

Ten years ago today on September 20, 2003 some 138 non-wing sprint car drivers made the trip to Eldora Speedway to try their hand at the now legendary Mopar Million.  The race boasted a million dollar purse with a whopping $200,000 to the winner and the feature event paid $10,000 to each of the 26 starters.  

Let’s take a minute to put that money into perspective.  A typical World of Outlaws STP Sprint Car series feature event pays $10,000-to-win which is the same amount that the Mopar Million paid to start.  Ryan Newman earned $160,460 for winning the NASCAR Sprint Cup race at Dover on September 21, 2003 while the Mopar Million paid $200,000 to winner Jac Haudenschild which is also more than the $150,000 that 2013 Knoxville Nationals winner Donny Schatz.

It was truly a once in a lifetime event for non-wing sprint car racers and fans who flocked to Eldora for the event that has been described as the “Woodstock of non-wing sprint car racing.”  The two day event featured qualifying and heat races on September 19th with an alphabet soup of main events on September 20th which started with an F-Main event.  

The event was televised on the now defunct Speed Channel that rarely featured non-wing sprint car racing.  At the end of the night two World of Outlaws regulars found there way to the front as Jac Haudenschild held off a hard late race charge from Stevie Smith to earn the biggest prize in the history of non-wing sprint car racing.  The Mopar Million was unfortunately a one time event that has not been held since 2003.  Enjoy the complete video of the feature event and check out how your favorite driver finished in this historic event.

Complete Mopar Million Results

 QUALIFICATIONS: 1. Tracy Hines, 69, Dynamics-15.918; 2. Tyler Walker, 35, Ledford-16.190; 3. J.J. Yeley, 20, Stewart-16.580; 4. Jay Drake, 67, Kunz-16.590; 5. Jac Haudenschild, 4, Woodworth-16.594; 6. Shane Cottle, 5G, Goacher-16.714; 7. Dean Jacobs, 29, Pullins-16.809; 8. Boston Reid, 2B, Davis-17.022; 9. Russ Gamester, 2, Reid-17.030; 10. Troy Cline, 11, Cline-17.036; 11. Dave Darland, 71, Kunz-17.050; 12. Danny Smith, 4, Smith-17.055; 13. Brian Tyler, 6, K & D-17.057; 14. Brent Kaeding, 29x, BK-17.117; 15. Jon Stanbrough, 57, Hazen-17.148; 16. Todd Kane, 1W, McClain-17.161; 17. Eric Gordon, 62, BWB-17.161; 18. Bud Kaeding, 29, BK-17.225; 19. Travis Rilat, 29, Rilat-17.238; 20. Matt Westfall, 23s, Simon-17.252; 21. John Heydenreich, 57B, Burkey-17.255; 22. Derek Scheffel, 21s, Scheffel-17.319; 23. Stevie Smith, 19, Smith-17.325; 24. Marc Jessup, 14J, Jessup-17.350; 25. Dickie Gaines, 69, Dynamics-17.380; 26. Jonathan Vennard, 54, VRT-17.405; 27. Levi Jones, 38, Crossno-17.413; 28. Jimmy Stinson, 84, Stinson-17.416; 29. Jerry Coons, Jr., 10c, R & B-17.423; 30. Hud Cone, 20, Cone/Daugherty-17.440; 31. Kevin Huntley, 5, Briscoe-17.452; 32. Kevin Doty, 25, Chrisman-17.466; 33. Greg Wilson, 63, Hampshire-17.478; 34. Bill Rose, 6R, Rose-17.479; 35. Mike Hess, 8F, Freed-17.501; 36. Damion Gardner, 45, Willis-17.543; 37. Mike Brecht, 20, Hammons-17.579; 38. Mitch Wissmiller, 7, Mahan-17.630; 39. Brian Gerster, 42G, Jackson-17.638; 40. Ricky Gaunt, 6G, Rose-17.645; 41. Nick Naber, 22, Jarrell-17.667; 42. Critter Malone, 97, Seeling-17.710; 43. Roger Rager, 51, Miller-17.735; 44. Tim Cox, 320, Kissel-17.751; 45. Don Droud, Jr., 75, Stanton-17.795; 46. John Scott, 83, Scott-17.804; 47. Sean Walden, 97, Walden-17.810; 48. Rob Chaney, 9x, SC-17.815; 49. Richard Griffin, 50, Chaffin-17.819; 50. Brad Noffsinger, 11A, Wilkerson-17.828; 51. Brian Hayden, 2H, MPHG-17.841; 52. Jeff Bloom, 1S, Stroud-17.877; 53. Mat Neely, 17, Reinoehl-17.926; 54. Bryan Stanfill, 21x, Roberts-17.930; 55. Dustin Smith, 77s, Smith-17.937; 56. Johnny Parsons, 5, Nolen-17.963; 57. John Ivy, 8s, Sabo-17.984; 58. Rick Ziehl, 20z, R & R-18.071; 59. Jerrod Wilson, 7J, Wilson-18.077; 60. Brandon Petty, 3ac, Desalle-18.084; 61. Cory Kruseman, 21, Stewart-18.110; 62. Jesse Hockett, 26, Pearce-18.123; 63. Josh Slone, 4x, Slone-18.153; 64. Tony Elliott, 11, Walker-18.154; 65. Kent Christian, 1c, Christian-18.157; 66. Corey Smith, 66s, Smith-18.171; 67. Ryan Howard, 9, Howard-18.196; 68. Sean Robinson, 1R, Robinson-18.201; 69. Kevin Briscoe, 21R, Roberts-18.207; 70. Steve Surniak, 17H, Hagemier-18.221; 71. Kyle Wissmiller, 2k, Wissmiller-18.238; 72. Casey Shuman, 3, Shuman-18.266; 73. Dean Franklin, 42, Franklin-18.315; 74. Derek Davidson, 10T, R & B-18.351; 75. Travis Whitney, 15, McCarl-18.369; 76. Troy Rutherford, 7, Priestley-18.405; 77. Tim Clark, 9, Clark-18.422; 78. Jimmy Laser, 8L, Laser-18.456; 79. Alex Shanks, 1c Cravens-18.493; 80. Chris Coers, 71, Indy Race Parts-18.501; 81. Ted Hines, 12, Hines-18.511; 82. Terry Pletch, 29P, Pletch-18.522; 83. Sport Allen, 1, Stinson-18.557; 84. Chris Gentry, 3H, Gentry-18.559; 85. Scott Orr, 88, Orr-18.580; 86. Tony Beaber, 3T, Beaber-18.583; 87. Joe Roush, 11, Roush-18.583; 88. Justin Marvel, 47, Marvel-18.631; 89. Travis Welpott, 54, Westfall-18.655; 90. Rick Hayden, 5H, Hayden-18.656; 91. Mike Miller, 77, Law-18.691; 92. Marv Pifer, 32, Pifer-18.705; 93. J.D. Turner, 53, Turner-18.723; 94. A.J. Anderson, 10E, Edison-18.730; 95. Leonard Lee, 2k, Kevlar-18.772; 96. Jerry Nemire, 66, Beaber-18.792; 97. J.T. Stapp, 3M, Botkin-18.793; 98. Dave Steele, 26, BWB-18.817; 99. Mark Hery, 82, Hery-18.844; 100. Kent Wolters, 1, Wolters-18.851; 101. Brandon Ferguson, 98, Robenault-18.855; 102. Brett Pool, 9, Pool-18.866; 103. Michael Burthay, 26P, Pearce-18.892; 104. Kenny Carmichael, Sr., 92, Williams-18.908; 105. Mitch Cunningham, 39, Cunningham-18.953; 106. Scott Hatton, 15, CDS-18.993; 107. Josh Cunningham, 47T, Cunningham-19.038; 108. Andy Pierce, 21, Hajduk-19.082; 109. Eric Shively, 3R, Rock Steady-19.090; 110. Brad Vogler, 4v, Vogler-19.098; 111. Terry Starks, 13, Starks-19.119; 112. Al Thomas, 72, Thomas-19.160; 113. Todd Allen, 1A, Allen-19.165; 114. Marc Longworth, 4M, Schroeder-19.176; 115. Dwayne Spille, 71, Spille-19.260; 116. Randy Fink, 41, Fink-19.293; 117. Danny Sheridan, 21A, Dorathy-19.382; 118. Aaron Mosley, 27, Mosley-19.399; 119. Cary Faas, 44, Staab-19.423; 120. Duffy Smith, 38k, Smith-19.437; 121. Ricky Vaughn, 22, Grayson-19.468; 122. Steve Buckwalter, 25, Buckwalter-19.475; 123. Steve Wilmot, 73, Wilmot-19.477; 124. Jimmy Davies, 99, Schaibley-19.497; 125. Mark Boyer, 11B, Boyer-19.670; 126. Kevin Besecker, 15, Besecker-19.722; 127. Dave Peperak, 77, Ram-19.832; 128. Kurt Gross, 70, Gaines/Luebbert-19.861; 129. Craig Dori, 38, Shoestring-19.938; 130. Rodney Stone, 16, Stone-19.970; 131. Ray Kenens, K9, Kenens-20.090 132. Aaron Fry, 14, EA-20.400; 133. Tom Paterson, 11, Jenkins-20.958; 134. Brent Matus, 5G, Matus-21.318; 135. Kenny Carmichael, Jr., 92C, CW-NT; 136. Mike Hunnicutt, 34, Hunnicutt-NT; 137. Kurt Winker, 48H, Hartnell-NT; 138. Bryan Ruble, 38, Ruble-NT.

FIRST HEAT: (12 laps – Held Sept. 19) 1. Huntley, 2. Darland, 3. B.Hayden, 4. Naber, 5. Kruseman, 6. Miller, 7. Ted Hines, 8. Ferguson, 9. Vaughn, 10. Heydenreich, 11. Kenens, 12. Tracy Hines, 13. K.Wissmiller, 14. Starks. NT

SECOND HEAT: (12 laps – Held Sept. 19) 1. Malone, 2. Doty, 3. Danny Smith, 4. Scheffel, 5. Walker, 6. Shuman, 7. Pletch, 8. Pifer, 9. Pool. 10. Thomas, 11. Fry, 12. Buckwalter, 13. Hockett, 14. Bloom. NT

THIRD HEAT: (12 laps – Held Sept. 19) 1. S.Smith, 2. Yeley, 3. Tyler, 4. Franklin, 5. Rager, 6. Slone, 7. S.Allen, 8. T.Allen, 9. Turner, 10. Wilmot, 11. Burthay, 12. Neely, 13. G.Wilson. NT

FOURTH HEAT: (12 laps – Held Sept. 19) 1. Rose, 2. Jessup, 3. Cox, 4. Brent Kaeding, 5. Stanfill, 6. Davidson, 7. Elliott, 8. Gentry, 9. Carmichael, Sr., 10. Anderson, 11. Longworth, 12. Davies, 13. Matus, 14. Drake. NT

FIFTH HEAT: (12 laps – Held Sept. 19) 1. Haudenschild, 2. Gaines, 3. Stanbrough, 4. Droud, 5. Dustin Smith, 6. Christian, 7. Hess, 8. Whitney, 9. Lee, 10. Orr, 11. M.Cunningham, 12. Boyer, 13. Spille. NT

SIXTH HEAT: (12 laps – Held Sept. 19) 1. Vennard, 2. Kane, 3. Gardner, 4. Scott, 5. Parsons, 6. Cottle, 7. C.Smith, 8. Hatton, 9. Nemire, 10. Beaber, 11. Ruble, 12. Rutherford, 13. Fink, 14. Besecker. NT

SEVENTH HEAT: (12 laps – Held Sept. 19) 1. Jacobs, 2. Brecht, 3. Gordon, 4. Jones, 5. Ivy, 6. Clark, 7. Walden, 8. Howard, 9. Roush, 10. J.Cunningham, 11. Stapp, 12. Peperak. NT

EIGHTH HEAT: (12 laps – Held Sept. 19) 1. Chaney, 2. Stinson, 3. Bud Kaeding, 4. Ziehl, 5. M.Wissmiller, 6. Reid, 7. Robinson, 8. Steele, 9. Mosley, 10. Laser, 11. Marvel, 12. Gross, 13. Pierce. NT

NINTH HEAT: (12 laps – Held Sept. 19) 1. Gamester, 2. Griffin, 3. Rilat, 4. Shanks, 5. J.Wilson, 6. Briscoe, 7. Coons, 8. Gerster, 9. Hery, 10. Welpott, 11. Shively, 12. Dori, 13. Faas. NT

TENTH HEAT: (12 laps – Held Sept. 19) 1. Noffsinger, 2. Gaunt, 3. Westfall, 4. Surniak, 5. Petty, 6. Cone, 7. Coers, 8. Cline, 9. Wolters, 10. R.Hayden, 11. Duffy Smith, 12. Stone, 13. Vogler. NT

F-MAIN: (15 laps – Held Sept. 20) 1. Marvel, 2. Shively, 3. Neely, 4. Rutherford, 5. Stapp, 6. Gross, 7. Buckwalter, 8. Duffy Smith, 9. M.Cunningham, 10. Davies, 11. Longworth, 12. Boyer, 13. Peperak, 14. Stone, 15. Ruble, 16. Burthay, 17. Dori, 18. Kenens, 19. K.Wissmiller. NT

E-MAIN: (15 laps – Held Sept. 20) 1. Laser, 2. Beaber, 3. Rutherford, 4. Shively, 5. Welpott, 6. Wolters, 7. Turner, 8. Marvel, 9. Hery, 10. Anderson, 11. Carmichael, Sr., 12. Neely, 13. R.Hayden, 14. J.Cunningham, 15. Mosley, 16. Orr, 17. Lee, 18. Thomas, 19. Wilmot, 20. Fry, 21. Vaughn, 22. Roush, 23. Nemire, 24. Heydenreich. NT

D-MAIN: (15 laps – Held Sept. 20) 1. Cline, 2. Coons, 3. Elliott, 4. Gerster, 5. Walden, 6. Hess, 7. Howard, 8. C.Smith, 9. S.Allen, 10. Whitney, 11. Robinson, 12. Shively, 13. Rutherford, 14. Gentry, 15. Hatton, 16. Ted Hines, 17. Beaber, 18. Steele, 19. Ferguson, 20. T.Allen, 21. Pool, 22. Laser, 23. Pifer. NT

C-MAIN: (20 laps – Held Sept. 20) 1. Reid, 2. Cottle, 3. Kruseman, 4. Cline, 5. Cone, 6. Elliott, 7. Parsons, 8. J.Wilson, 9. Christian, 10. Stanfill, 11. Miller, 12. Ivy, 13. Slone, 14. Dustin Smith, 15. Davidson, 16. M.Wissmiller, 17. Gerster, 18. Coons, 19. Shuman, 20. Pletch, 21. Rager, 22. Clark, 23. Petty, 24. Briscoe. NT

B-MAIN: (20 laps – Held Sept. 20) 1. Tyler, 2. Stanbrough, 3. Bud Kaeding, 4. Danny Smith, 5. Brent Kaeding, 6. Jones, 7. Gordon, 8. Westfall, 9. Rilat, 10. Naber, 11. Droud, 12. Cox, 13. Scheffel, 14. B.Hayden, 15. Kruseman, 16. Cline, 17. Gardner, 18. Reid, 19. Shanks, 20. Scott, 21. Ziehl, 22. Franklin, 23. Surniak, 24. Cottle. NT

A-MAIN: (40 laps – Held Sept. 20) 1. Jac Haudenschild, 2. Stevie Smith, 3. Dickie Gaines, 4. J.J. Yeley, 5. Rob Chaney, 6. Bill Rose, 7. Dean Jacobs, 8. Tracy Hines, 9. Jonathan Vennard, 10. Russ Gamester, 11. Kevin Doty, 12. Dave Darland, 13. Ricky Gaunt, 14. Marc Jessup, 15. Danny Smith, 16. Mike Brecht, 17. Todd Kane, 18. Tyler Walker, 19. Richard Griffin, 20. Critter Malone, 21. Jon Stanbrough, 22. Brad Noffsinger, 23. Kevin Huntley, 24. Brian Tyler, 25. Bud Kaeding, 26. Jimmy Stinson. NT

About the author

Chris McWilliams

Chris McWilliams grew up watching his dad race go-karts around his Southern Indiana home and started racing junior dragsters when he was 10 years old. Chris drove a UMP Mini Stock for two seasons until he totaled his racecar in an accident at Western Kentucky Speedway. He is currently a college student at Oakland City University working on a degree to pay the bills for his dirt racing addiction.
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