CRANDON, WI -- Professional off-road racing action at Crandon International Off-Road Raceway over Labor Day weekend included competition for annual World Championship titles in various off-road truck, buggy and sedan classes at the annual 2002 BorgWarner World Championship Off-Road Races. Titles were earned in 13 different classes ranging from high performance off-road trucks to Classix American Sedans.
For the first time in the modern history of off-road racing, a driver won back-to-back World Championship titles in the high performance, high horsepower pickup truck racing classes. That driver was Carl Renezeder, Laguna Beach, CA. Renezeder's Lucas Oil/BFG team competes on the Championship Off-Road Racing circuit in both the Pro 4 4x4 truck class and the Pro 2 2-wheel drive (2WD) class. Renezeder claimed the annual Pro 4 World Championship in his 4x4 Chevrolet and then turned right around and took the checkered flag in the Pro 2 2WD pickup truck class, also in a Chevy, to take back-to-back wins.
At stake were special Crandon International Off-Road Raceway sterling silver and blue firestone World Championship rings. Crandon Raceway annually presents rings to World Champions. World Championship Off-Road Races is a registered trademark of the track. This is the 18th consecutive year of the award, valued at $500 each.
The race with the most notoriety over the weekend was the 8th annual BorgWarner Shootout, which pits 4x4 trucks against similarly configured 2WD trucks in a heavy metal challenge race. Scott Taylor, Belvidere, IL, won his first BorgWarner Shootout, the World Championship Shootout ring and $37,100 in cash purse and prizes. Taylor is a long-time competitor at Crandon and becomes the first 2WD high performance pickup truck racer to win the Shootout. His victory earned Ford Trucks its sixth consecutive win in the Shootout and the prestigious $100,000 BorgWarner Manufacturer's Challenge Cup. Earlier in the year, Taylor took the checkered flag in the annual Forest County Potawatomi Governor's Cup race, presented by Precision Gear, at Crandon Raceway in June. He has now put together a two-race win streak in his Mobil One/BF Goodrich/Ford F-150 in the two most important and prestigious races in short course off-road racing. Taylor will reign as the mythical "King of Off-Road Racing" until the 2003 season at Crandon.
In the Sportsman 2 pickup truck racing class, Tommy Bradley, Jr., Henderson, NV, pulled off the "three-peat" and won his third consecutive World Championship title in his Powerade/Goodyear Chevrolet.
"We are proud to honor Scott Taylor, Carl Renezeder, Tommy Bradley, Jr., and all drivers who won 2002 World Championship titles at Crandon this past Labor Day weekend," said Cliff Flannery, track president. In addition to the ring, each driver that won a title also received a complimentary product from Wisconsin Aluminum Foundry, Manitowac, WI.
The 2002 BorgWarner World Championships also featured another first when Jimmy Nuckles, Raleigh, CA, took the Goodyear Protruck World Championship title. Protrucks are essentially desert race trucks that can also compete on short course tracks.
Listed below are 2002 World Champions by off-road class:
Scott Taylor, Belvidere, IL, 2002 BorgWarner Shootout "King of Off-Road Racing" Crandon World Champion
Carl Renezeder, Laguna Beach, CA, 2002 Pro 4 4x4 pickup truck Crandon World Champion
Carl Renezeder, Laguna Beach, CA, 2002 Pro 2 2-wheel drive pickup truck Crandon World Champion
Jerry Bundy, Tolland, CT, 2002 Johnsonville Sausage Formula 4x4 truck Crandon World Champion
Jeff Kincaid, Argonne, WI, 2002 Pro Lite compact pickup truck Crandon World Champion
Tommy Bradley, Jr., Las Vegas, NV, 2002 Sportsman 2 pickup truck Crandon World Champion ("Three-peat")
Mark Kleiman, Wilson, MI, 2002 Sportsman Stock pickup truck Crandon World Champion (Repeat)
Jimmy Nuckles, Raleigh, CA, 2002 Goodyear Protruck pickup truck Crandon World Champion
Rob Weiland, Hortonville, WI, 2002 Schaefer's Food Mart American Sedan Classix Crandon World Champion
Josh Hintz, Green Bay, WI, 2002 Light Buggy Crandon World Champion
Michael Seefeldt,Jr., Sussex, WI, 2002 Single Buggy Crandon World Champion
Scott Schwalbe, Rhinelander, WI, 2002 Super Buggy Crandon World Champion
Don Demeny, Abrams,WI, 2002 Enduro Trucks Crandon World Champion
The 13 off-road World Champions will reign until the 2003 BorgWarner World Championship Off-Road Races at Crandon International Off-Road Raceway to be held next Labor Day weekend, August 29 - 31, 2003. Crandon opens the 2003 off-road race season with the annual Forest County Potawatomi Brush Run Races June 21-22.