By Shawn Wood
For The Daily Item
HAMBURG -- The year that Andy Haus was born, 1986, his legendary father, Scott Haus, had finished sixth in the Selinsgrove Speedway 410 sprint car point standings.
In his sixth year of racing and third in the late model, Andy Haus is still keeping the family name in the Selinsgrove record books.
A Penn State University graduate with a degree in design engineering, his regular job is designing medical devices.
"If I had my choice, I'd rather be working in the racing industry," he said.
He began his racing career in a 305 sprint car and had early success.
"I raced for Dave Best, who was my high school teacher, and we are still close to this day," he said.
Haus spent two seasons in the 305 division and won the track title at Heston before moving to the 410 sprint car ranks at Port Royal.
His father is the all-time late model career winner at the speedway with 96 wins and has eight track titles, including five in a row from 2007-2011. He won the 1983 late model championship at Selinsgrove and is 10th on the track's all-time win list with 29.
"We had a lot of engine trouble in the 410s," Andy Haus said. "We blew up four or five engines and then we decided to go late model racing."
Haus has six career wins, three in the sprint cars and three late model wins (two at Port Royal and at Bedford Speedway). He had no prior racing experience before he got in a sprint car.
"My dad asked Dave if he was sure that he wanted to put me in the car and Dave said yes," Andy Haus said.
While Haus doesn't have an early recollection of seeing his dad race, he does remember getting thrown out of the pits a few times as, back then, you had to be 16 to enter the pits. He would sneak in with the race trailer. To this day, the Hauses still use an open-trailer to tow the cars to the track.