CORR: Edmeston: Season opener final summary

Renezeder and Huseman steal the show at the inaugural CORR Lucas Oil Series event in Edmeston, New York. Edmeston, NY (May 26, 2002)The premiere of the CORR Lucas Oil Series debuted at the Unadilla Valley Sports Center in Edmeston, New York ...

Renezeder and Huseman steal the show at the inaugural CORR Lucas Oil Series event in Edmeston, New York.

Edmeston, NY (May 26, 2002)The premiere of the CORR Lucas Oil Series debuted at the Unadilla Valley Sports Center in Edmeston, New York with drivers and fans looking forward to the start of the fifth anniversary season of Championship Off Road Racing. CORR drivers Carl Renezeder and Rick Huseman picked up two wins each as they begin their quest for the 2002 championship.

For Renezeder, who will be competing full time in both the Pro-4 and Pro-2 divisions, won a race in both divisions. In his first career Pro-4 start in Round 1, his Lucas Oil Chevrolet took the lead from John Greaves' Forest County Potawatomi Toyota when Greaves' left rear tire started losing air. Greaves took the lead from Renezeder, and held it for several laps, but could not hold it while his tire was losing air, but finished second. Renezeder's victory in the Pro-4 division came after he crashed his truck during practice on Friday. During Round 2 of the Pro-2 division, Renezeder was able to take the lead on the first lap and did not relinquish the lead to Scott Taylor. Three-time defending Pro-2 champion Scott Taylor and his Mobil 1 Ford crept closer to Renezeder's Lucas Oil Chevrolet near the end of the race, but was unable to track down his truck.

Pro-2 driver Kevin Probst started 2002 like he ended the 2001 seasonwith a win. In Round 1, Probst's Quick `n Brite Chevrolet led from wire to wire, holding off Taylor and Dan Vanden Heuvel for his 6th career Pro-2 win. Renezeder and Probst are tied at 32 points each after two rounds, while Scott Taylor trails by two points with 30.

Rick Huseman used a lot of speed and a little luck to win the first two rounds of the Pro-Lite division in his Fabtech Ford over defending champion Jeff Kincaid. In Round 1, Huseman started from the front row, next to Kincaid. Huseman beat Kincaid to the first turn, never looking back. His lead grew to as much as 12 seconds, while the rest of the field battled to move closer to Huseman, which they could not.

In Round 2 of the Pro-Lite division, Huseman was knocked off-line at the start, which enabled 66 year-old Jimmie Crowder and Kincaid to race toward the front. Crowder maintained his lead for several laps until he stalled, letting Kincaid get by. Kincaid's lead grew to 9 seconds over Huseman halfway through the race, but Huseman was slowly gaining ground on the two-time champion. On the final lap, Kincaid still had a comfortable lead, and in order for Huseman to win, he needed a lucky break, which he got. Kincaid's Forest County Potawatomi Toyota stalled nearing the end of the race, and Huseman raced by for the win. Kincaid started his truck, but could not regain the lead, and finished second.

Following Renezeder's impressive win in Round 1 of the Pro-4 division, Round 2 was quite an adventure for the entire division. Curt LeDuc's NAPA Skyjacker Ford was one of the few trucks that survived a major pile-up at the first turn. The pile-up knocked out Scott Douglas' RANCHO Ford and Josh Baldwin's Filger Manufacturing Ford from competition. As LeDuc was on his way to his 9th career Pro-4 win, John Greaves' was focused on catching Steve McCrossan's Toromont CAT Chevrolet. Greaves' Forest County Potawatomi Toyota was one of the trucks hurt by the pile-up, but he recovered to finish second. With two second-place finishes in Round 1 and 2, Greaves is on top of the Pro-4 standings by two points over LeDuc and Renezeder, 32 to 30. With two third-place finishes, McCrossan stands four points behind Greaves.

The CORR Lucas Oil Series Super Buggy and Single Buggy drivers competed in two invitational rounds at the Unadilla Valley Sports Center. The 2001 Super Buggy champion, Scott Schwalbe, won in the second round, and last year's second-place driver, Corry Heynen, picked up a win in Round 1. In the Single Buggy competition, 2001 champion Mark Stenhardt tested a new buggy and won the race in Round 2, while Todd Crump won in Round 1.

The 2002 CORR Lucas Oil Series will next visit the Langlade County Fairgrounds in Antigo, Wisconsin for the Mole Lake Regency Casino Off Road Championships June 8-9. The Sportsman divisions will be racing for the first time in 2002.

-www.corracing.com

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Series Offroad
Drivers Scott Douglas , Curt LeDuc , Scott Taylor , Jimmie Crowder , Rick Huseman , Kevin Probst , Jeff Kincaid