Bark River, Michigan (August 10, 2003)-Curt LeDuc and his Skyjacker Ford picked the perfect opportunity to claim his first Pro-4 victory of the year. LeDuc's victory in Round 10 was the 12th of his CORR career. The Bark River Off-Road Raceway...
Bark River, Michigan (August 10, 2003)-Curt LeDuc and his Skyjacker Ford picked the perfect opportunity to claim his first Pro-4 victory of the year. LeDuc's victory in Round 10 was the 12th of his CORR career. The Bark River Off-Road Raceway has been kind to LeDuc. Four of LeDuc's career wins have taken place in Bark River. LeDuc held off the hard charging Rancho Ford of Scott Douglas in Round 10. Carl Renezeder kept a portion of his Pro-4 lead with a second-place finish in Round 9 and a third-place finish in Round 10.
The championship point standings continue to remain tight in the elite division, with eight points separating the top-four drivers. LeDuc and Renezeder are tied with 132 points, defending champion Johnny Greaves has 129 points, and Scott Douglas, who is currently fourth, has 124 points.
Johnny Greaves returned to the winner's circle for the first time since Round 2 when he took the checkers in Round 9. Greaves' third win of the season moved him up a position into third. Josh Baldwin had two top-five finishes, placing third in Round 9 and fifth in Round 10.
Scott Taylor and his Mobil1 Ford continue their quest to win the Pro-2 championship for the fifth consecutive year. Taylor now has 33 career wins in 88 starts. In nine rounds of competition, Taylor has 5 wins and nine top-four finishes.
Despite being penalized two times during the race, Taylor was able to win the race in Round 9. In Round 10, Taylor had to pull into the pits to repair a tire. Even by stopping on the first lap, Taylor finished fourth, and has a commanding 158 to 120 lead over Renezeder with four rounds remaining.
Dan Vanden Heuvel returned to his Kumho Tire Chevrolet for the first time since his horrific crash in Round 8 and finished 10th. Vanden Heuvel's intent was to take the green flag and allow another driver to take his place on the first lap, but when he took the lead from the start, that plan became an afterthought. Vanden Heuvel remained up front for most of the race, but a broken right front tire knocked him off the track.
Carl Renezeder claimed his second Pro-2 win in Round 10, holding off Evan Evans. Renezeder's win with his Lucas Oil Chevrolet moved him back into second place, two points ahead of Evans (120 to 118). Rookie Steve Barlow powered his Red Bull Ford to two third-place finishes, which were his best finishes of the year. Larry Gourlie's second-place finish in Round 9 and fifth place finish in Round 10 allowed his Quick 'n Brite Chevrolet to go from sixth to fourth overall in the standings (93 points).
Jeff Kincaid entered Round 9 facing an eleven point deficit over Rick Huseman. When the Forest County Potawatomi Team left Bark River, they had a 134 to 124 lead over Huseman. Kincaid's fourth win of the 2003 season in Round 10, coupled with a fourth-place finish in Round 9, capped a weekend in which Steve Federico became the fifth different driver to win in the Pro- Lite division.
In Round 9, Federico's Ingle's Market/Mountain Dew Toyota took advantage by taking the lead in the first turn. At one point, Jeff Kincaid passed Federico, but was given a black flag penalty for passing under a yellow- flag. Chad Hord's BOSS Snowplow Toyota finished second, and Art Schmitt placed third.
Both Hord and Kyle LeDuc captured their best finishes of the season during the weekend. Hord finished second in Round 9, and in Round 10, LeDuc gave Kincaid a great battle, but time was not on his side. In Round 10, the Nissan Frontier team of Joe Wutke III, Art Schmitt, and Mark Krueger, placed third, fourth and fifth successively. With 107 points, Schmitt maintained his third-place position in the standings.
With his third victory of the 2003 season, Dan Baudoux leads the Sportsman 2 division 131 to 124 over Mike Oberg. Oberg and his Dynomax Chevrolet placed second in both rounds.
Ross Hoek took home his first victory in the Sportsman 2 division, when his Superlift Ford won in Round 9. Hoek finished third in Round 10. Michael Savage maintained third place with 109 points.
In Stock, Mark Kleiman moved from third-place to first with two rounds remaining. Kleiman, the two time defending Stock champion, has a 121 to 117 lead over Jeff Lutzow. Two Stock drivers won for the first time in their CORR careers in Rounds 9 and 10. In Round 9, Rookie Dave Waldvogel won, beating Lutzow to the checkers, as Rhonda Konitzer finished third. In Round 10, Rod Wells was able to hold off Kleiman, with Victor Anderson placing third.
Aaron Hawley continues to lead the Super Buggy division, 120 to 98 over Scott Schwalbe. In Round 9, Corry Heynen won for the second time in the last four starts, holding off Hawley. In Round 10, Schwalbe won for the third time in 2003, with Hawley placing second. Tim Christensen finished third in both rounds, giving him his best finishes of the season.
Steve Socha remains on top of the Single Buggy standings after Round 10. Michael Seefeldt moved to within one point of Socha, 117 to 116 with a win in Round 10. In Round 9, Brad Erickson won for the second time in 2003, while Seefeldt placed second. Point's leader Socha had a fourth-place (Round 9) and a third-place (Round 10) finish. Adam Guberud is in third- place with 100 points.
In the Light Buggy division, defending champion Josh Hintz took over first place following Round 10, and now has a 107 to 101 lead over Jeff Virnig. Ben O'Connell is third with 85 points. Hintz had a second-place finish (Round 9) and a fourth-place finish (Round 10) over the weekend. Jamie Kleikamp won for the second time in a row in Round 9, and Tra-C Fleischman won for the first time in 56 career starts in Round 10. Rookie Gerald Kleikamp finished second in Round 10.
The 2003 CORR Lucas Oil Series is at a crucial stage in the season. With championships to be determined, the Pro Series has four rounds left, and the Sportsman Series will conclude at the Crandon International Off-Road Raceway during Rounds 11 and 12 on August 30-31.