Taylor, Evans continue duel in Pro-2, Cenni sweeps in Pro-4
Indianapolis, Ind. (October 1, 2000) The largest truck show in the United States took over the Indiana State Fairgrounds this weekend for the 19th annual Advance Auto Parts Fall 4-wheel Jamboree Nationals. Drivers in the Pro-Lite, Pro-2, and Pro-4 divisions of the CORR EXXON Superflo Series treated the world's greatest racing fans with spectacular racing.
The course designed for the CORR drivers at the State Fairgrounds features a short but grueling three-quarter mile track that allows the drivers to maximize their speed in the straight-aways, and tests skill and equipment on their trucks on the monstrous jumps and mogul section.
The EXXON Superflo Ford of Scott Taylor and the Star Craft Mobility Chevy of Evan Evans dominated in Rounds 13 and 14, with each driver picking up a victory. Taylor's victory in Round 13 was his third win in a row, and increased his points lead to seven over Evans. Evans finished second, after a sluggish start. In Round 14, however, Evans took the lead from Johnny Greaves, and never let up-increasing his lead each lap. With each driver exchanging a victory and second place, they are back where they were prior to Round 13, three points apart. Taylor leads 213 to 210.
Both Taylor and Evans agree that their duel is far from over.
"Evan and I will be knocking it out and dragging it out pretty hard in Kansas," said Taylor, who jokingly asked if Evan was disqualified when he saw his three point lead.
Taylor knows it will take more than luck to win the championship, and his team has a plan. "We're going to be tough to beat there [Heartland Park]. We've got a plan. We missed it today, but we'll be set for Kansas," he said. "We are going to be on the money."
On the other hand, Evans has a feeling it will come down to Round 18. "I can guarantee it will come down to Round 18, that's for sure," he said.
Carl Renezeder's Lucas Oil Chevy is in third place with 182 points. He had a rough weekend, finishing seventh both rounds. He ran third most of the race in Round 14. This was after his crew, along with the help of his crew, they frantically installed an engine before the round. With three or four good rounds, Renezeder may be the one hoisting the Pro-2 trophy in Topeka.
In the Pro-4 division, Adrian Cenni accomplished something only Rob MacCachren has done in the division this year"sweep an event weekend. Cenni was happy that things started to fall his way.
"This weekend it all came together. We've been on the verge most of the season," said Cenni. "This is where I feel we should be-in the hunt."
Fifth place driver Scott Douglas continues to search for his first win in his Rancho Ford. His truck, equipment and skill are not the reason for zero victories in Tour 2000"it is simply bad luck. Both days Douglas took the start and maintained leads. In Round 13, a flat tire from a rough spot on the track caused him to drop to 10th. In Round 14, while battling with the Toyota of Rod Millen and the Atrium Staffing Chevy of Cenni, a collision snapped the suspension.
MacCachren's Trail Master Ford continues to remain on top in the Pro-4 division, a place where his team has been since Round 1 in Antigo. His lead, however, is 18 points over Millen, 227 to 209.
The Forest County Potawatomi Toyota of Jeff Kincaid has not let go of its strangle hold on the Pro-Lite drivers. Following a disqualification in Round 13 when a crewmember attempted to repair the truck when it was on the track, Kincaid took his frustration out in Round 14"winning his 10th race in Tour 2000.
Chris Brandt had his best event of the year, placing first in Round 13 and second in Round 14. Art Schmitt's Nissan also returned to form in Round 14, placing third. J.R. Wheeler, from nearby Martinsville, Ind., and coming off consecutive third place finishes in Rounds 11 and 12, wanted to continue his successful driving, but was unable, finishing 7th and 10th in each round.
Kincaid, who has 225 points, followed by Brandt's 195 and Schmitt's 167, looks to capture the Pro-Lite crown at Heartland Park in Topeka, Kan.
One event and 80 points. That is what remains in Tour 2000 of the CORR EXXON Superflo series. 80 points makes a 10-15 point lead look miniscule. Rounds 15 through 18 at Heartland Park in Topeka, Kan. will definitely be interesting.
The next, and last event of the 2000 CORR EXXON Superflo Series is October 21-22 at Heartland Park in Topeka, Kan. Rounds 15-18 will take place in two days of racing. Heartland Park's Off-Road course is the latest edition to the multi-purpose facility. The course was built exclusively for the EXXON Superflo Pro Series.
The event will be a challenge for all teams. Four rounds of racing to decide the championship in each division. Four rounds, two days, and 80 points"how else would you like to finish the most exciting year in CORR?
</pre> CORR EXXON Superflo Series Round 14 Results Sunday October 1, 2000
Pro-Lite: Pro-2: Pro-4:
1. Jeff Kincaid 1. Evan Evans 1. Adrian Cenni 2. Chris Brandt 2. Scott Taylor 2. Rod Millen 3. Art Schmitt 3. Johnny Greaves 3. Curt LeDuc 4. Mark Krueger 4. Dan Baudoux 4. Scott Douglas 5. Mark Koebel 5. R.J. Flanagan 5. Gerald Foster