The BorgWarner World Championships will decide the 2002 CORR Lucas Oil Series division titles. Avon, Ind. (August 26, 2002)--The drive toward the 2002 CORR Lucas Oil Series championships will come down to the final two rounds at the Crandon ...
The BorgWarner World Championships will decide the 2002 CORR Lucas Oil Series division titles.
Avon, Ind. (August 26, 2002)--The drive toward the 2002 CORR Lucas Oil Series championships will come down to the final two rounds at the Crandon International Off Road Raceway on August 31 & September 1. All eight division championships are on line as the fifth anniversary season of Championship Off Road Racing comes to a close.
Who will hold the championship trophies at the 2002 CORR Lucas Oil Series Champion's Banquet November 2 at the KI Convention Center in Green Bay? We will know after the last round is completed on Sunday, September 1.
One thing is for certain in the 2002 CORR Pro-4 division: a new driver will hoist his first CORR Pro-4 championship trophy. John Greaves' used a win in Round 12 (third victory in 2002) and a third-place finish at the U.P. Off-Road 100/waterpumps.com Challenge in Bark River to move from a two points deficit to a 12-point lead over Curt LeDuc. Six different Pro-4 drivers have wins in 2002, including Pro-4 Rookie Carl Renezeder. Renezeder (156 points) began the season with a win in Round 1 at the Unadilla Valley Sports Center in New York, and has 8 top-four finishes in 12 rounds of competition. Jason Baldwin (148 points) bounced back from a horrific start to win four out of five races in Rounds 7 through 11. Scott Douglas (145 points) returned to championship form in 2002, winning twice (Rounds 3 and 5 in Antigo) and finishing in the top-four 8 times.
Three-time defending champion Scott Taylor is leading the Pro-2 field, holding a slim five-point lead over Evan Evans, 184 to 179. As is his custom, Taylor has maintained his lead with consistent driving. In twelve starts, the defending champion has four wins and 10 top-four finishes.
Evans started the season with two wins in his first seven starts, but he has two more wins including three second-place finishes in Rounds 8 through 12 to bring him into the championship hunt. Kevin Probst (160 points) started the season with a win in Round 1, and he also claimed the checkered flag in Round 7. In his other 10 rounds of racing, Probst has eight top-five finishes. Even though he does not have a victory in 2002, Dan Vanden Heuvel (158 points) has had one of his best seasons in the Pro-2 division. In 12 rounds, Vanden Heuvel has 10 top-five finishes, including six straight top-three finishes in Rounds 5 through 10.
After being tied following Round 10 at 155 points a piece, two-time defending Pro-Lite champion Jeff Kincaid and front runner Rick Huseman have set the stage for another spectacular finish in the division. Following Rounds 11 and 12, Huseman built a 191 to 175 lead over Kincaid with his fifth win of 2002 in Round 12 and a second in Round 11. Kincaid finished sixth in both rounds. The two drivers were in a similar situation at the end of the 2001 season. With one round remaining, Kincaid led Huseman by three points, and went on to win the Pro-Lite crown by seven points, 205 to 198.
Two years removed from winning the 2000 Sportsman 2 championship along with the Sportsman Precision Gear Driver of the Year award, Tommy Bradley returned to compete full time in Championship Off Road Racing this season. Bradley immediately took control of the division, winning Rounds 1 and 2 in Antigo, and with three more victories in Rounds 5, 6 and 8, he has built a 27-point lead (166 to 139) over the 2001 Sportsman 2 champion Mike Oberg. Oberg has two wins (Round 4 and 7) and five second-place finishes in the first ten rounds. Dan Baudoux swept Rounds 9 and 10 at Bark River to take sole possession of third-place with 138 points.
It appeared that Mark Kleiman was ready for his Stock title defense in Rounds 1 and 2 at Antigo. He swept the first two rounds of the season, holding off Keith Steele both times. Steele got his revenge in Rounds 3 and 4, where he took the first both times. Steele has not finished out of the top five all season, and that has given him a chance to catch Kleiman next weekend. Kleiman (5 wins, 9 top-five finishes) currently has a 164 to 149 lead over Steele. Ross Hoek (147 points) is in third, two points behind Steele. In 2002, Hoek doubled his career victories with two wins in Round 6 (Bark River) and Round 10 (Bark River). Along with his two wins this year, Hoek has four second-place finishes and a third-place finish in ten round.
When Scott Schwalbe entered Round 9 at Bark River, he had a 43-point lead over Aaron Hawley in the Super Buggy division. If Schwalbe left Round 10 in Bark River with a 41-point lead, he would claim his second consecutive Super Buggy championship. Before Round 9, Schwalbe' s 2002 resume included four wins and seven top-three finishes. Rounds 9 and 10 were brutal to the 2001 champion, as he finished 19th and 12th. Hawley swept the event weekend, shredding Schwalbe's lead from 43 to 8 points, 136 to 128, giving Hawley a legitimate chance to make a run for the championship.
After Round 8, Steve Socha was the front-runner over Michael Seefeldt in the Single Buggy division following five straight top-three finishes. Always in the championship hunt, Seefeldt bounced back from a 12th place finish in Round 8, placing third in Round 9 and winning Round 10 to take over the division lead. Trailing by eight before Round 9, Seefeldt took back his lead over Socha, 149 to 136. Seefeldt was the 1998 Single Buggy champion, and in the last two years he finished second in the overall points behind Steve Federico in 2000 and Mark Steinhardt in 2001. The defending champion is currently in third with 115 points.
Two teammates will battle for the Light Buggy championship at Crandon. Ben O'Connell and Josh Hintz, both part of the Dedicated Racing team, are five points apart when they will take the green flag in Round 11. O'Connell has the 139 to 134 lead with two wins and eight top-three finishes. Hintz has two wins and seven top-four finishes. Both drivers are looking for their first CORR Lucas Oil Series championship.