Douglas, Renezeder and Kincaid earn their first victories of 2003 in Round 3; Round 4 postponed due to foul weather. Antigo, WI (June 8, 2003)-The drivers in the CORR Lucas Oil Series battled an opponent that they could not defeat at the Mole...
Douglas, Renezeder and Kincaid earn their first victories of 2003 in Round 3; Round 4 postponed due to foul weather.
Antigo, WI (June 8, 2003)-The drivers in the CORR Lucas Oil Series battled an opponent that they could not defeat at the Mole Lake Regency Casino Off Raod Championships. Mother Nature cooperated for Round 3 of the 2003 CORR Lucas Oil Series, but Round 4 was wiped out by treacherous conditions caused by rain. CORR Officials will make an announcement at a later date regarding the cancellation of Round 4.
Over 130 CORR drivers in eight divisions started in Round 3, and the winners of each division posted their first victories of the 2003 season. The competitors moved from the short course in Dresser during Rounds 1 and 2 to the 1.2 mile course at the Langlade County Fairgrounds in Antigo, Wisconsin.
In the Pro-4 division, defending champion Johnny Greaves swept the first two rounds of the 2003 season, and he was looking to keep his momentum for Round 3. By starting in the front row on the two-by-two start, Carl Renezeder's Lucas Oil Chevrolet took advantage of his position to jump into the lead on the first lap. The main encounter during the first half of the race was for second-place. Jason Baldwin and Scott Douglas battled for several laps and Douglas' RANCHO Ford was finally able to pass Baldwin to move into second.
With Renezeder maintaining a sizable lead nearing the half-way point, he lost his transmission. In addition, he lost control of his truck, causing him to slide while coming back onto the oval portion of the track. At that time, Douglas' RANCHO Ford took the lead and went on to claim his 6th career Pro-4 victory. Dating back to 2002, Douglas has won three out of four races in Antigo. Renezeder recovered to finish second. Curt LeDuc's Skyjacker Ford had his third straight top-four finish, placing third in the Round. With a 5th place finish, current Pro-4 points leader Johnny Greaves has a one point lead over Douglas, 51 to 50.
In the Pro-2 division, Carl Renezeder, doing double-duty, rebounded to pick up his 8th career Pro-2 victory in Round 3. Kevin Probst had the lead starting from the Pole Position and maintained the lead until Renezeder's Lucas Oil Chevrolet took over the lead with four laps remaining. Early in the race, Probst's truck started to smoke from a leak in his oil line, which sparked a fire. On the final lap, Scott Taylor's Mobil 1 Ford was moving fast, closing in on Renezeder.
Taylor nearly took the lead on the final turn when Renezeder went too far inside, almost losing control of his truck. The two trucks raced down the straight-away, with Renezeder crossing the finish line with a half-truck lead. Renezeder and Taylor are tied for first-place in the division with 50 points a piece. Dan Vanden Heuvel is in third with 42 points.
18 drivers started in Round 3 of the Pro-Lite division. Jeff Kincaid started the race in the fourth position, behind Rookie Stacey Pike and Don Ponder. When the green flag dropped, Kincaid's Forest County Potawatomi Toyota drove between the two drivers, taking the lead immediately. Kincaid was challenged by Art Schmitt's Nissan Frontier for the remainder of the race, but he could not catch Kincaid, who went on to post his first win of the 2003 season and his 24th career Pro-Lite victory.
Schmitt earned his second, 2nd place finish in a row, after placing 17th in Round 1. Pro-Lite points leader Rick Huseman finished third, and maintains a 45 to 41 lead over Kincaid, who moved from a tie for fourth-place to second. With a third consecutive top-five finish, Chad Hord's BOSS Snowplow/Lucas Oil Toyota is in third-place with 39 points. Schmitt moved up to fourth-place with 33 points. Steve Federico and his Ingles Market Toyota finished 4th, his first top-five finish of the year.
In the Sportsman 2 division, Dan Baudoux took the checkers for the 13th time in his Sportsman 2 career. Baudoux is the current Sportsman 2 points leader, two points ahead of Mike Oberg. Seven points separate Baudoux from 6th place driver Ben Wandahsega, who finished second in Round 3.
Jeff Lutzow and his Repel Ford picked up his second career Stock win in Round 3, holding off Mark Kleiman and Keith Steele. With one victory and two second-place finishes, Kleiman continues to lead the division by four points, 52 to 48, over Lutzow. Keith Steele is in third with 46 points.
In the Super Buggy division, Steve Krieman earned his first career Super Buggy win in Round 3, where he beat out defending champion Scott Schwalbe. Tim Lemons took over as the points leader with a third-place finish. Aaron Hawley, who was in first after Round 2, broke a CV Joint in his axle, dropping out of the race on the second turn of the first lap. Mike Geiser, who was making his first start of the season, finished fourth.
Mark Steinhardt started 16th in the 18-vehicle Single Buggy field and moved into first place, where he would finish ahead of John Fitzgerald and Michael Seefeldt. With his 19th career win, Steinhardt is in first-place, leading Seefeldt 46 to 42. Steve Socha finished 8th in Round 3, and has 40 points after three rounds.
Jeff Virnig earned his 7th career Light Buggy victory by winning in Round 3. Ben O'Connell finished fourth, maintaining his first-place position in the division by one point over Matt Gerald, 39 to 38. Virnig (third-place) stands two points behind O'Connell with 37.
After the first three rounds of the 2003 CORR Lucas Oil Series, the current Manufacturer Championship standings remain close. In the Pro-4 division, Toyota has 51 points, one point ahead of Ford (50). Chevrolet has 43 points. Chevrolet leads Ford in the Pro-2 division, 56 to 50. Toyota also leads the Pro-Lite division with 54 points. Ford is in second with 46, and Nissan has 42.
The next two rounds of the 2003 CORR Lucas Oil Series will take place June 21 and 22 at the Crandon International Off Road Raceway in Crandon, Wisconsin. For more information on the event, visit www.corracing.com or www.crandonoffroad.com