Defending champion Jeff Kincaid ties for first in all time Pro-Lite wins with 21 as he and Rick Huseman continue their duel in the division. Bark River, MI (July 14, 2002) With the Bark River Off Road Raceway providing great race conditions at...
Defending champion Jeff Kincaid ties for first in all time Pro-Lite wins with 21 as he and Rick Huseman continue their duel in the division.
Bark River, MI (July 14, 2002) With the Bark River Off Road Raceway providing great race conditions at the BOSS Snowplow Off Road Challenge, the drivers in the CORR Lucas Oil Series gave their best shot during three rounds of racing as the series heads to the second-half of the season.
One year after Jeff Kincaid narrowly beat Rick Huseman for the Pro-Lite championship (205 to 198), it appears that the two drivers are destined to go head-to-head during the last four rounds in the division. Jeff Kincaid's Forest County Potawatomi Toyota had two dominating performances in Rounds 8 and 10, giving him three wins on the year and 21 in his Pro-Lite career. Kincaid tied former Pro-Lite driver John Greaves with 21 Pro-Lite wins, first overall in the division.
Rick Huseman's Fabtech Ford won for the fourth time on the year in Round 9, finishing ahead of Kincaid. In Round 8, Huseman went to the far outside after the very difficult land-rush start, which knocked him off-line, but he recovered, moving up three positions into second place. In Round 10, with Kincaid well ahead, Huseman Huseman's 10 career Pro-Lite wins moved him into third all-time. In Round 10, Steven Federico's Ingles Market Mountain Dew Toyota was giving Huseman a tough battle throughout the race before Federico spun out, giving the place to the Fabtech Ford.
When the dust settled and after Kincaid and Huseman provided a great show, they are tied at 155 points a piece with four rounds remaining in the 2002 CORR Lucas Oil Series. Art Schmitt stands in third place, 27 points behind the co-leaders.
Scott Taylor's Mobil 1 Ford returned to the winner's circle in Round 10, giving him his third win on the year, and moving him back into the Pro-2 points lead by five points over Evan Evans, 148 to 143. Following a disappointing 10th place finish in Round 8, Taylor came back to place second in Round 9. It took Taylor several laps and a lot of patience to finally pass Dan Vanden Heuvel's Kumho Tire Chevrolet in Round 10, but when he made his move, he held his lead throughout the rest of the race.
Evan Evans, who was 18 points out of the lead following Round 7 in Crandon, finished the weekend with a win in Round 9, and two second-place finishes in Round 7 and 10. Evans has three wins and seven top-five finishes in the division, and has placed him in position to challenge Taylor for the championship.
Carl Renezeder's Lucas Oil Chevrolet broke through a slump to win his second race of the year in Round 8. Renezeder debuted a new Pro-2 truck for the race, giving him the power he needed to beat the other drivers to the first turn. Near the end of the first lap, Evans passed Renezeder, which started a great battle between the two. Evans was maintaining his lead throughout, but Renezeder chose the right time to make a move, passing Evans with two turns to go on the last lap.
Kevin Probst, the Pro-2 points leader heading into the BOSS Snowplow Off Road Challenge, had a difficult weekend, finishing fourth in Round 8, 10th in Round 9 and 9th in Round 10. Although Probst dropped from first to fourth in the standings, he is only 14 points behind Taylor. Even though he does not have a win in 2002, Dan Vanden Heuvel now has eight top-three finishes in ten rounds, including six straight. Vanden Heuvel had three third-place finishes in Rounds 8 through 10, and his eight points behind Evans, and 13 behind Taylor.
After Round 6 in Crandon, is was evident that Jason Baldwin was having a rough season. Baldwin was hovering near the bottom of the division when all of a sudden, everything starting working. He's been victorious in three out of the last four Pro-4 races, winning in Rounds 7, 8 and 10. He moved into fifth place, one point behind Scott Douglas. It took every ounce of effort and speed that his Filger Manufacturing Ford had to beat Scott Douglas' RANCHO Ford in Round 8 and 10. Douglas' RANCHO Ford was on the heels of Baldwin in both of those rounds, but he could not find a clear path to pass Baldwin.
In Round 9, John Greaves opened a 13 second lead when he moved ahead of the field on the first lap. Greaves' Forest County Potawatomi finished in front of Carl Renezeder's Lucas Oil Chevrolet (second-place) and Curt LeDuc's NAPA Skyjacker Ford (third). LeDuc finished third in Rounds 9 and 10 even though he had to borrow an engine from a Sportsman 2 driver.
In the Pro-4 standing, LeDuc kept his lead after the three rounds of racing, staying just ahead of Greaves by two points, 141 to 139. Renezeder's consistency in Rounds 7 through 10 (one second-place, two thirds and a fourth) kept him in third place with 130 points, well within striking distance of first place.
Tommy Bradley continues to overwhelm the competition in Sportsman 2. He picked up two more wins in Round 6 and 8, and finished second behind Mike Oberg in Round 7. On the year, Bradley has four wins, two second-place finishes and one seventh-place, building a 34-point lead over Oberg. Oberg's Dynomax Chevrolet was able to move from fourth place following Round 5 in Crandon to second overall with his second win of 2002 in Round 7, and two second-place finishes in Round 6 and 8.
Two more drivers claimed their first wins of the year in the Stock division. In Round 6, Ross Hoek's Superlift Ford took the lead from Don Williams' Jasper Engine Ford for his first win in 2002. Williams countered Hoek in Round 7, where he won for the second time in his Stock career. Williams' only other Stock victory came in 2000 in Round 10 at Bark River. In Round 8, Mark Kleiman took home his fourth win of the year, finishing ahead of Rhonda Konitzer and Don Williams. Kleiman moved into first place in the division, leading Keith Steele 128 to 121.
After Round 5 in the Super Buggy division, defending champion Scott Schwalbe held a slim six-point lead over Aaron Hawley. Hawley struggled through Rounds 6 through 8, with a best finish of 14th in Round 6. On the other hand, Schwalbe took home his fourth win on the year in Round 8, and finished third in Round 6. After three rounds at the BOSS Snowplow Off Road challenge, Schwalbe gained an astounding 37 points over Hawley, and now leads the division by 43 points. In Round 6, Michael Hester won his first CORR Super Buggy race, and Corry Heynen moved into third place with a win in Round 7 and a second-place finish in Round 8.
In the Single Buggy division, Michael Seefeldt had a comfortable 17-point lead over Steve Socha after Round 5 in Crandon. Although Seefeldt was victorious in Round 7, he was less fortunate in Round 6 (17th place), and Round 8 (12th place). Steve Socha turned his 17-point deficit into an eight-point lead over Seefeldt after Round 8 with a win (Round 8), and a second and third-place finish. On the year, Socha now has two wins and seven top-four finishes in eight rounds. Seefeldt's win in Round 7 was his fourth of 2002 and his 15th career win in the Super Buggy division. In Round 6, Todd Crump picked up his first career Championship Off Road Racing win in 53 starts. Ironically, Todd was followed to the finish line by his wife Tracy (2nd place), who had her best finish of the year.
Josh Hintz and Ben O'Connell continue to battle with each other for the Light Buggy points lead. Hintz had his second win of the year in Round 7, finished second in Round 6, and third in Round 7 to increase his overall lead over O'Connell to 14 points, 117 to 103. In Round 6, Jason Bort had his first win of 2002, finished in front of both Hintz and O'Connell. After surviving minimal damage both to himself and his buggy following a horrific flip, Jeff Virnig bounced back to claim his first win of the season in Round 8.
In the Manufacturer's Championship, Ford leads the Pro-4 division with 180 points, Chevrolet is leading the Pro-2 division 188 to 157 over Ford, and Toyota is holding a slim seven-point lead over Ford, 178 to 170 in the Pro-Lite division.
The 2002 CORR Lucas Oil Series will return to the Bark River Off Road Raceway August 10-11 for the U.P. Off Road 100.