Greaves (Pro-4) and Renezeder (Pro-2) sweep their way to division leads in the CORR Lucas Oil Series
Crandon, WI (September 4, 2005)-John Greaves (Pro-4) and Carl Renezeder (Pro-2) each swept Rounds 11 and 12 at the BorgWarner World Championships at the Crandon International Off Road Raceway, enabling both to take over the division lead with two rounds remaining in the 2005 CORR Lucas Oil Series season.
Johnny Greaves returned to the hometown track of his main sponsor, taking two straight wins in his Forest County Potawatomi Toyota at the BorgWarner World Championships to extend his Pro-4 winning streak to five. In the midst of his winning streak, which started in Round 8 (Topeka), Greaves turned a ten-point deficit into an 11-point lead, 182-171 over Carl Renezeder.
In Round 11, Greaves initially moved ahead of Renezeder when he was able to finish ahead of Jason Baldwin and Curt LeDuc. Renezeder was slowed with mechanical problems, which dropped him into 8th place for the race.
In Round 12, Greaves trailed Jason Baldwin during the first five laps, but on the sixth lap, Greaves passed Baldwin. Jason Baldwin was attempting to chase down Greaves, but flipped when he was approaching to make a turn. Josh Baldwin took over second, and Curt LeDuc placed third. In the Pro-4 standings, Greaves and Renezeder are 1-2, followed by Jason Baldwin (169 points) and Josh Baldwin (153 points).
Capping off a solid weekend, competing in both the Pro-4 and Pro-2 divisions for the first time, Jason Baldwin became the 9th driver in Crandon International Off Road Raceway's history to win the World Championship BorgWarner Shoot-Out. Jason joined his brother, Josh in claiming one of the esteemed shoot-out championships at Crandon in 2005. Jason Baldwin held off his brother-in-law Carl Renezeder in the race that pits the Pro-4, Pro-2 and Sportsman 2 trucks competing at the same time.
With back to back wins in Rounds 11 and 12, Carl Renezeder has positioned himself to do something no Pro-2 driver has done since 1999; dethrone Scott Taylor as the division champion. Scott Taylor entered the weekend with a 12-point lead over Renezeder, but it was a treacherous Round 11 for Taylor, who had to pull off the track on the fourth lap. With Renezeder winning Round 11 and Taylor placing 14th, Renezeder moved in front 153-144.
In Round 12, Renezeder came through Turn 1 unscathed, but contact dropped Taylor near the back of the field on the first lap. Renezeder took the lead from Brian Hinman on Lap 4, holding on to win for the fourth time in 2005. Taylor battled back to finish third behind Scott Douglas. Douglas' RANCHO Ford had two second-place finishes, moving him from 7th in the Pro-2 standings following Round 10 into 3rd after Round 12. With two rounds left in the season, Renezeder leads Taylor 173-158, with Douglas in third-place with 138 points.
The BorgWarner World Championships introduced the first Nissan Titan to compete in Championship Off Road Racing. The Pro-2 truck was shared by Art Schmitt, who competed in the Pro-2 division for the first time in his career, and Carl Renezeder, who had to race the two-wheel drive Titan in the Pro-4 division since his Pro-4 truck was unavailable due to mechanical problems.
In the Pro-Lite division, Chad Hord's lead was trimmed to one point over Jeff Kincaid entering the weekend. In Round 11, Hord won for the fourth time in 2005 by holding off Kyle LeDuc and Steve Federico. Kincaid was running close to Hord, but fell back because of mechanical problems and placed 16th. Federico's 3rd place finish was his 9th top-five finish in 11 rounds.
In Round 12, division leaders Hord and LeDuc became entangled in Turn 1, allowing Randy Eller, Steve Federico, and Jeff Kincaid to lead the field on the first lap. Before he finished his first lap, Federico had to pull off the track, allowing Kincaid's Forest County Potawatomi Toyota to take the lead from both Federico and Eller. Holding his lead from the third lap on, Kincaid won for the first time since Round 4 (Antigo).
The Nissan Frontier's of Art Schmitt and Mark Krueger finished second and third respectively in Round 12. Although Hord fell back to 10th place in Round 12, he maintained his division lead 159-153 over Kincaid, with defending champion Kyle LeDuc in third-place with 144 points.
The 2005 BorgWarner World Championships was also the conclusion of the 2005 CORR Lucas Oil Sportsman Series season. Ben Wandahsega (Sportsman 2), Dave Waldvogel (Stock), Aaron Hawley (Super Buggy), Mark Steinhardt (Single Buggy) and Ben O'Connell (Light Buggy) claimed the 2005 CORR Lucas Oil Sportsman Series championships.
Coming into the weekend with a 17-point lead, the Forest County Potawatomi/Toyo Tires Sportsman 2 Chevrolet of Ben Wandahsega needed a solid finish in Round 11 to secure his first career CORR championship. By finishing behind Mike Oberg in Round 11, Wandashega secured the 2005 Sportsman 2 championship. With Round 12 a formality for Wandahsega, he finished the season with a 3rd place finish. Baudoux won Round 12 with Oberg finishing 2nd. Winning the division 192-173 over Baudoux, Wandahsega finished with 4 wins and 11 top-three finishes in 12 starts.
Keith Steele, the defending Stock champion, entered the weekend 14 points ahead of Dave Waldvogel. After a 9th place finish in Round 11, along with Waldvogel finished 5th, his lead was trimmed to 10 points. In Round 12, Waldvogel was able to finish 2nd, while Steele was unable to finish one lap, enabling Walvogel to take the 2005 championship 168-163 over Steele. Al Konitzer won his second race of the season in Round 11 by holding off Rod Wells, and in Round 12, Scott Beauchamp capped the season with a win.
With Aaron Hawley already securing his second career Super Buggy division championship, pride was on the line for the drivers in the division. In Round 11, Corry Heynen picked up his third win of the season, holding off fellow Canadian Gary Nierop. In Round 12, it was Nierop's turn to take the checkers, winning for the second time in 2005. In the final Super Buggy standings, Hawley won with 165 points, followed by Scott Schwalbe (137) and Gary Nierop (130).
With Mark Steinhardt and Michael Seefeldt battling all year long in the Single Buggy division, the two separated themselves again in Rounds 11 and 12, however it was Steinhardt who took the championship. Steinhardt swept both rounds, and Seefeldt finished in second-place in Rounds 11 and 12, allowing Steinhardt to successfully defend his championship from 2004, and claim his third career CORR championship, 183-178.
In the Light Buggy division, defending champion Ben O'Connell swept Rounds 11 and 12, and with Jeff Virnig receiving a DQ in Round 12, O'Connell won the Light Buggy championship 148-144 over Virnig. Mike Vanden Heuvel had a season best finish of 2nd place in Round 12.
The 2005 CORR Lucas Oil Pro Series season will conclude at the inaugural Nissan Off-Road Nationals presented by Lucas Oil September 24-25 in Chula Vista, Calif. For more information, visit www.corracing.com.