CORR: Topeka: Rounds six, seven and eight summary

Johnny Greaves (Pro-4), Scott Taylor (Pro-2), and Kyle LeDuc (Pro-Lite) take leads in the 2004 CORR Lucas Oil Pro Series Topeka, Kansas (July 11, 2004)-The 2004 CORR Lucas Oil Series hit full stride at the Lucas Oil Heartland Park Topeka...

Johnny Greaves (Pro-4), Scott Taylor (Pro-2), and Kyle LeDuc (Pro-Lite) take leads in the 2004 CORR Lucas Oil Pro Series

Topeka, Kansas (July 11, 2004)-The 2004 CORR Lucas Oil Series hit full stride at the Lucas Oil Heartland Park Topeka Off-Road Championships, running Rounds 6 through 8 in the 2004 CORR Lucas Oil Series. With the final make-up round from Dresser, three rounds of racing in three days enabled many drivers to move up in the standings with 80 points available.

After Round 8 was completed, two familiar trucks stand in first place, as Johnny Greaves (Pro-4) and Scott Taylor (Pro-2) will attempt to claim another championship. Kyle LeDuc is attempting to win his first Pro-Lite championship. In order to do so, he must unseat Jeff Kincaid and several other drivers who are within striking distance in the championship points battle.

Johnny Greaves' Forest County Potawatomi Toyota came into Round 6 following a sweep in Rounds 4 and 5. Greaves' win streak in the Pro-4 division quickly went to four with victories in Rounds 6 and 7. Jason Baldwin was the only driver who held Greaves from winning his fifth consecutive race, winning for the first time of the year in Round 8. Greaves, who received a black flag penalty early in Round 8, moved back to the front, but Baldwin beat Greaves in a sprint to the checkers on the final lap.

Carl Renezeder's Lucas Oil Chevrolet finished behind Greaves in Rounds 6 and 7, giving himself a streak of three straight second-place finishes. In Round 8, the defending champion placed 8th. Following Round 8, Greaves has a 124 to 120 lead over Jason Baldwin, with Renezeder in third with 112 points. Scott Douglas and Curt LeDuc are tied in 4th place with 99 points a piece.

In the Pro-2 division, a pair of first-time winners in 2004 broke through at Heartland Park Topeka. For the Red Bull Ford of Steve Barlow, a victory in Round 6 was his first career CORR win. Evan Evans, whose Forest County Potawatomi Chevrolet is seemingly always at the top of the standings, won in Rounds 7 and 8, his first two wins of the year. Barlow and Evans saw a familiar truck lurking in their rear view mirror, but both drivers did not panic when Scott Taylor attempted to take away their wins.

Three second-place finishes in Rounds 6 through 8 allowed Taylor and his Skyjacker Ford continue to lead the division. Taylor's lead is 135 to 103 over Evans. Carl Renezeder stands in third place with 101 points.

Kyle LeDuc did not allow two bad rounds of racing in Crandon to set him back in his attempt to claim the Pro-Lite championship. With a 16th and 12th place finish in Rounds 4 and 5, LeDuc bounced back to claim wins in Rounds 6 and 8. With a second-place finish in Round 7, LeDuc's Skyjacker Ford moved back into the division lead, 121 to 104 over Rick Huseman. Huseman won Round 7, his second win in 2004. LeDuc now has five wins in eight rounds of racing.

Two Nissan Frontiers round out the top-four, as Chad Hord (96 points) and Art Schmitt (93 points) continue their move up the standings. Steven Federico had a third straight top-three finish in Round 6, giving him 88 points in the first eight rounds.

Sportsman 2 defending champion Dan Baudoux is not letting up in his attempt to defend his trophy. Baudoux swept Rounds 6-8, and now has won the last six rounds of racing in the division. With his winning streak still alive, Baudoux has a 147 to 105 lead over Mike Oberg with four rounds remaining.

In the Stock division, Mark Kleiman maintained his lead by winning Rounds 6 and 8, while Keith Steele took home a win in Round 7. Kleiman, Steele, and Rhonda Konitzer are starting to separate themselves from the rest of the division. Kleiman has a 123 to 117 lead over Steele. Rhonda Konitzer (113 points) has not finished out of the top-five in 2004.

2003 Super Buggy champion Aaron Hawley rapidly moved up in the standings by winning Rounds 6 and 7. Starting the weekend in 14th place, Hawley is now in 6th. Steve Krieman won for the second time of the year in Round 8, holding off Scott Schwalbe. Although he did not win this weekend, Corry Heynen has a dominating 112 to 93 lead over Ryan Mulder. Heynen finished behind Hawley in Round 7.

In the Single Buggy division, a two-man race for the championship is evolving between defending champion Michael Seefeldt and Mark Steinhardt. Steinhardt won for the third time in Round 8, and he now has a 123 to 115 lead over Seefeldt. In Round 6, Steve Socha won for the second time in 2004. Brad Erickson took home his first win of the year in Round 7.

In the Light Buggy division, Jeff Schulze won for the first time in 55 career Light Buggy starts in Round 6. Current points leader Ben O'Connell won for the second time of the year in Round 7, and Craig Metz won Round 8. O'Connell has a 109 to 108 lead over Greg Stingle. Metz is third with 98 points.

In the 2004 CORR Manufacturer Championship Standings, Ford leads all three divisions. In Pro-4, Ford leads 132 to 124 over Toyota; the Pro-2 lead is 144 to 142 over Chevrolet, and a 152 to 116 lead over Nissan in the Pro- Lite division. (Toyota has 112 points).

Rounds 9 and 10 of the 2004 CORR Lucas Oil Pro and Sportsman Series will take place at the Bark River Off-Road Raceway in Bark River, Michigan on August 14-15. For more information, visit www.corracing.com or www.offroad100.com.

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Series Offroad
Drivers Scott Douglas , Curt LeDuc , Evan Evans , Scott Taylor , Rick Huseman , Art Schmitt , Jason Baldwin , Johnny Greaves , Mark Stein , Jeff Kincaid , Chad Hord