GREAVES, RENEZEDER AND HORD ARE DOUBLE TROUBLE FOR COMPETITORS IN WSORR ROUNDS V & VI BARK RIVER, MICH - - Top guns Johnny Greaves, Carl Renezeder and Chad Hord all pulled off the rare "double" in fast and furious Lucas Oil World Series of ...
GREAVES, RENEZEDER AND HORD ARE DOUBLE TROUBLE FOR COMPETITORS IN WSORR ROUNDS V & VI
BARK RIVER, MICH - - Top guns Johnny Greaves, Carl Renezeder and Chad Hord all pulled off the rare "double" in fast and furious Lucas Oil World Series of Off-Road Racing (WSORR) action at Bark River International Raceway this weekend.
Johnny Greaves drove his Potawatomi Monster BFG Toyota to the winner's circle for the third time in a row in WSORR PRO 4x4 racing and the hot streak has pushed him into the third spot in the season points battle. In Round V, Greaves fought off challengers Carl Renezeder in the Lucas Oil BFG Sobe Nissan and Adrian Cenni in his Atrium Staffing BFG Chevrolet for the win. Cenni grabbed the hole shot in Round VI, but ended up on his lid on the second turn and Greaves slipped by followed by Scott Douglas in the Amsoil Kumho Ford and Renezeder in his Nissan. Greaves ran away from the field and when Renezeder pulled off the track with motor problems, Kent Brascho in his Goodyear Chevrolet slipped into the third spot.
Al Drews in his Kumho Ford came out of the weekend atop the PRO 4x4 standings with a solid fourth and sixth place finish respectively, and is now followed by Brascho and Greaves in the points.
The PRO 2WD Round V contest was a great one as Kevin Probst in his Simply Wow Toyo Chevrolet claimed the hole shot and then swapped the lead back and forth with Renezeder in the Lucas Oil BFG Nissan Titan before Renezeder eventually pulled away for the win. Evan Evans, in the Potawatomi BFG Chevrolet lost a cylinder and fell well off the pace but fought his way back through the field to finish third.
The race was also marked by a spectacular fire in the Skyjacker BFG Ford of Scott Taylor when his transmission line broke and the veteran was forced to bail out of the truck as rescue crews doused the flames. Round VI was also hotly contested as Rhonda Konitzer, in her Goodyear Chevrolet took the early lead battling hard with Evans, Renezeder and Taylor. Eventually, Renezeder got the inside track and pulled away, again chased by Probst. Taylor brought his newly repaired Ford in for third to salvage his weekend. Kevin Probst leads the PRO 2WD points and Taylor is now tied for second with Mike Oberg.
There was plenty to cheer about for nearby Felch, Mich., native Chad Hord as the Lucas Oil BOSS Snowplow Kumho Nissan driver won his third WSORR PRO Light Pickup race in a row and he now enjoys a commanding lead in the points chase. That is a remarkable achievement considering the competitive nature of this class where at least five or six of the trucks seem to run nose to tail lap after lap each race.
In Round V, Steve Federico in the Invisible Glass P F Chang's Sticker Dude Hankook Toyota grabbed the hole shot, followed by Jeff Kincaid's Potawatomi BFG Toyota and Marty Hart's Bomb Squad Maxxis Ford. Kincaid took the lead after a few laps but pulled off the track with mechanical issues. Hord had worked his way through the field and assumed the top spot. Art Schmitt in his Goodyear Nissan and Jim Kandel in a Kumho Toyota followed Hord to the finish line. In Round VI, Federico again put the Toyota out in front early and Kincaid again tracked him down to take the lead until he was sidelined with problems. Hord patiently and effectively worked his way through his competitors again to take the top spot. Federico was second and Mark Oberg in a Goodyear Ford was third. Hord leads the points with Hart and Randy Eller chasing.
Another hometown hero provided fireworks in the Super Stock Truck class as Bark River's Ben Wandahsega in his Potawatomi Toyo Chevrolet had a wild weekend. Round V set the stage and it was a thrilling race as Dave Waldvogel took the lead in his Bendix Toyo Chevrolet followed by Keith Steele in the Monster Goodyear Chevrolet and Wandahsega. Steele and Wandahsega had a great battle going until Wandahsega rolled the truck. Steele then tracked down Waldvogel for the lead and the win. Don Williams, in his Revtek BFG Ford and Dan Baudoux in the Mole Lake Casino BFG Ford also got by Waldvogel and finished second and third. In Round VI, Steele again battled Wandahsega for the lead until Steele pulled off with mechanical problems. Wandahsega cruised home for the win to the delight of local race fans followed by Williams and Waldvogel. Wandahsega leads the points chase followed by Waldvogel and Williams.
There is a change at the top of the Super Buggy points race, as former class leader Aaron Hawley in his Kumho sponsored machine had a rough weekend and Gary Nierop, also racing for Goodyear, used his Round V win to move into the top spot. Corry Heynen, with BFG's was second and Tim Lemons on Toyo's was third on Saturday. Lemons was the Round VI winner followed by Scott Schwalbe on BFG's and Craig Biesek on Kumho's. Lemons and Hawley now trail Nierop in the points chase.
Scott Beauchamp, another Bark River racer, widened his points lead in the Stock Truck class with a first and a second in his Goodyear Chevrolet during the weekend. Al Konitzer, in a Goodyear/Dodge swapped those positions with Beauchamp to grab the win in Round VI. Don Demeny moved into second in the Series points race by virtue of his third place finish in both rounds with Konitzer in third.
Mark Steinhardt and John Fitzgerald each had a win at Bark River in the hotly contested 1600 Buggy class. Steinhardt, on BFG's, took the Round V win followed by Terry Fitzgerald on Goodyear's and Bob Blaney on BFG's. John Fitzgerald, on Goodyear's, was first in Round VI followed by Michael Notary on Goodyear's and Steinhardt. Steinhardt leads Fitzgerald by only 4 points in the Series points chase.
It is even tighter at the top of the 1600 Light Buggy class with Goodyear drivers Matt Gerald and Greg Stingle tied for the top spot. A single point back sits Todd Lemke on BFG's. With 31 competitive Light Buggy drivers racing at Bark River, none of the top three could crack into the winner's circle but Gerald did manage a third place finish In Round VI. The Round V winner was Craig Metz on BFG's, followed by Chad Dewall on Goodyear's and Steve Oman on Nokian's. Mike Vanden Heuvel on Toyo's was the Round VI winner followed by Metz and Gerald.
Tim Moeller driving a Goodyear Ford won the Round V Formula 4x4 race with Jerry Conrad in a Pit Bull Ford in second and Dave DeMaegd in a Jeep third. Round VI winner was points leader Larry Maciosek in a Goodyear Ford followed by DeMaegd and Moeller. Don Demeny, in a Goodyear Dodge was the Round V Enduro Truck winner, followed by Bob Rinehart in a Goodyear Ford and Larry Manske in a Yokohama Ford. On Sunday, points leader Manske was first, followed by Craig Rogaczewski and Marc Rogaczewski both in a Goodyear Ford. Classix points leader Rob Weiland in a Goodyear Chevrolet was the Saturday winner followed by Bill Groboski in a Chevrolet and Ken Wilson. Sunday's winner was Kurt Schuch in a Kumho Chevrolet with Jeff Tomlin in a Goodyear Chevrolet second and Jeremy Forbes third.
This weekend's races marked the first two of five consecutive race days at the famous Upper Peninsula of Michigan track. WSORR racers in 11 classes will return to Bark River International Raceway for WSORR Rounds VII, VII and IX for PRO classes and two rounds of SRT racing August 10-12 where drivers will once again be vying for a record $100,000 purse. Ticket information is available online at www.upoffroad100.com.
The Lucas Oil World Series of Off-Road Racing will appear on SPEED Channel later in 2007 as part of a comprehensive television package featuring 18 hours of prime time coverage. WSORR is the largest short-course off-road racing sanctioning organization in the U.S.