MacCachren returns to victory lane, Huseman closing ranks in Pro-Lite division, Taylor's consistency paying off Crandon, Wis. (September 2, 2001)--The champions in the 2001 CORR EXXON Superflo Pro Series will have to wait until the O'Reilly...
MacCachren returns to victory lane, Huseman closing ranks in Pro-Lite division, Taylor's consistency paying off
Crandon, Wis. (September 2, 2001)--The champions in the 2001 CORR EXXON Superflo Pro Series will have to wait until the O'Reilly Finals at Heartland Park Topeka to be crowned. Tour 2000 champions Rob MacCachren (Pro-4), Scott Taylor (Pro-2) and Jeff Kincaid (Pro-Lite) lead their divisions heading into Rounds 15 and 16.
Great weather and electrifying racing highlighted The 2001 BorgWarner World Championships at the Crandon International Off-Road Raceway over the holiday weekend. Three Sportsman champions were crowned at the BorgWarner World Championships, as Mike Oberg (Sportsman 2), Mark Kleiman (Stock), and Scott Schwalbe (Super Buggy) won their first Championship Off-Road Racing championships. Even though they were crowned champions, several battles remain for positioning during the final two rounds in each division.
In the Pro-4 division, Rob MacCachren's sweep in Rounds 13 and 14 increased his lead over Curt LeDuc's NAPA Chassis Ford to 38 points233 to 195. MacCachren and his TrailMaster Ford won for the first time since Round 8 when he held-off LeDuc for the victory in Round 13. Returning to the CORR EXXON Superflo Pro Series for the first time since Round 5, Adrian Cenni finished third in Round 13 in a new Atrium Staffing Chevrolet.
MacCachren's improbable victory in Round 14 occurred when five of the nine starters were involved in an early accident. MacCachren, Jason Baldwin, Johnny Greaves, Scott Douglas, and Curt LeDuc were involved in a collision in turn one following the land rush start. Cenni came through unscathed, blistering around the track in his Atrium Staffing Chevrolet. Damaged, MacCachren's TrailMaster Ford got back on track, but was far behind Cenni's pace.
MacCachren was set back once again, when he collided with LeDuc and Baldwin near the finish line. As the race neared the end, MacCachren was all but forgotten, as Cenni was holding a sizable lead. Behind by nearly seven seconds to Cenni at one point, MacCachren gained four seconds with two laps to go. On the white flag lap, MacCachren made a charge toward the front. Amazingly, MacCachren caught up to Cenni, and passed him on the final turn. With eight wins this season, MacCachren now has 21 career wins in 64 starts.
MacCachren became the first three-time winner of the BorgWarner World Championship Manufacturers' Challenge Cup when he beat fellow Pro-4 driver Scott Douglas. In the last two years, MacCachren has won seven consecutive races at the Crandon International Off-Road Raceway (including the 2001 Governor's Cup and the 2000 and 2001 BorgWarner Challenge Cup). Pro-4 driver Jason Baldwin's Filger Manufacturing Ford set the track record during the TrailMaster Time Trials. His single lap record of 1:24.50 was set after both MacCachren and Scott Douglas broke the three-year old record. Carl Renezeder broke the single lap 2 wheel-drive record with a time of 1:26.64 in his Lucas Oil Chevrolet.
By sweeping Rounds 13 and 14 in the Pro-Lite division, Rick Huseman's Fabtech Ford moved into second-place ahead of Steve Federico. With four wins in his last six starts, Huseman trails point leader Jeff Kincaid by 13 points, 185 to 172. Huseman continues to take advantage of maintaining strong starts that enable his Fabtech Ford to finish at the top. Kincaid's Forest County Potawatomi Toyota finished second in Round 13, but struggled in Round 14, placing 10th. In his BOSS Snowplow Toyota, Rookie Chad Hord had a successful weekend, finishing third in Rounds 13 and 14.
Heading to the final two rounds of the 2001 season, five drivers in the Pro-Lite division are in contention for the championship. Kincaid leads the group with 185 points. Hord, who is now in fifth place, has 153 points, 32 behind Kincaid.
The drivers in the Pro-2 division put on a spectacular show in Rounds 13 and 14. With his seventh victory of the year in Round 13, Scott Taylor and his EXXON Superflo Ford is on the verge of claiming his third consecutive Pro-2 championship. With two rounds and 40 points remaining, Taylor's lead over second-place Evan Evans is 37 points231 to 194.
Evan Evans' GM Hydra-Matic Chevrolet recovered from a 12th place finish in Round 12 to finish second in Round 13. In Round 14, Evans won for the fifth time this year, barely holding off Carl Renezeder's Lucas Oil Chevrolet to the finish line.
Taylor recovered from eighth place following the first turn, placing third. Renezeder, who maintained his third-place position after Round 14, had his fifth top three finishes in his last six rounds when he finished behind Evans.
In 14 rounds, Taylor's consistent driving has led him to seven wins, four second-place finishes and three third-place finishes. Trailing Taylor by 37 points, Evans is the only Pro-2 driver who can catch Taylor for the Pro-2 championship heading to the O'Reilly Finals at Heartland Park Topeka for Rounds 15 and 16. Renezeder has 168 points, twelve points ahead of Quick `n Brite/GM Hydra-Matic Rookie Larry Gourlie.
With two third-place finishes in Rounds 13 and 14, Mike Oberg clinched the 2001 Sportsman 2 championship in his Dynomax Chevrolet. In 14 rounds, Oberg has six victories and thirteen top-five finishes. Oberg finished behind Dan Baudoux and Tour 2000 champion Tommy Bradley, Jr., who swept the 2001 BorgWarner World Championships. Bradley, Jr. returned to the CORR EXXON Superflo Series to compete in the BorgWarner World Championships.
In the Stock division, Mark Kleiman dominated the last nine races, claiming eight wins, including a sweep in Rounds 13 and 14. In 14 rounds, Kleiman has 9 wins and 10 top-five finishes. Overshadowed by Kleiman's success, Don Williams moved past Eric Dawson for second-place in the division. Williams has five consecutive top-three finishes, including a second-place finish in Round 13 and a third-place finish in Round 14.
Scott Schwalbe was the third Sportsman driver to clinch a 2001 championship when he captured the Super Buggy championship. Schwalbe took two second-place finishes at the BorgWarner Championships. In his 14 rounds, Schwalbe has five wins and 11 top-five finishes (209 total points). Corry Heynen claimed his third victory of the year in Round 13, and finished third in Round 14. Heynen moved into second place with 135 points, three points ahead of third-place driver Todd Wallace. Aaron Hawley's first two rounds of racing in the CORR EXXON Superflo Series included a victory in Round 14, finishing just ahead of Schwalbe and Heynen.
In the Single Buggy division, Mark Steinhardt took over first-place from Michael Seefeldt when he swept Rounds 13 and 14. Steinhardt's dominance over the last six rounds (all victories) moves him eleven points ahead of Seefeldt, 219 to 208. Seefeldt had his eighth second-place finish of the year in Round 13, and finished sixth in Round 14. Tom Surace had a third (Round 13) and second-place finish (Round 14).
In the Light Buggy division, point's leader John Huven leads by 28 points, 174 to 146. Huven does not have a victory in 2001, but his consistency has him on the brink of a championship.
In Round 13, Ben O'Connell claimed his third victory of the year in Round 13. O'Connell and Paul Bort are tied for second-place, each with 146 points.
Curt Gerald bounced back from two tough starts in Rounds 11 and 12 by claiming his second victory of the year in Round 14, and placing third in Round 13.