Douglas captures first victory since 1999, Taylor and Kincaid extend lead with six rounds remaining Fort Dodge, Iowa (July 29, 2001) - When heavy rain and inclement weather hit Midwest Off-Road Raceway in Round 2 of the 2001 CORR EXXON ...
Douglas captures first victory since 1999, Taylor and Kincaid extend lead with six rounds remaining
Fort Dodge, Iowa (July 29, 2001) - When heavy rain and inclement weather hit Midwest Off-Road Raceway in Round 2 of the 2001 CORR EXXON Superflo Series on May 20, the round was rescheduled to take place during the Kawasaki Iowa Challenge July 27-29. 60 points and three rounds of intense racing action at the halfway point of the 2001 CORR EXXON Superflo Series can change the season as six rounds remain.
After renewing acquaintances with former (and now current) Crew Chief Ted Kendall, Scott Douglas' Pro-4 RANCHO Ford won for the first time since 1999 (Round 11-Indianapolis). Douglas battled current Pro-4 points leader Rob MacCachren and his TrailMaster Ford both days, coming up short in Round 2, where Douglas placed second behind MacCachren. In Round 10, MacCachren took the lead from Douglas and was running a strong race before he eventually fell out of the race. Douglas' victory in Round 10 was his third in 60 career Championship Off-Road Racing starts.
MacCachren remains the man to beat in Pro-4. He took the checkered flag in Round 2, giving him six victories on the year. He came across bad luck in Round 9 when his right rear tire went flat early in the race, but he was able to come back and finish fourth. In Round 9, Johnny Greaves' Forest County Potawatomi Toyota Tundra and Curt LeDuc's NAPA Chassis Ford staged an epic battle. Greaves' Toyota Tundra had the lead throughout the duration of the race, but LeDuc was moving in as the laps continued. Going into the first turn on the white-flag lap, LeDuc attempted to go inside on Greaves. When he did, he hit Greaves on the driver's side. LeDuc was penalized, which allowed Greaves to take the win.
Rick Huseman and his Fabtech Ford became the sixth different winner in the Pro-Lite division this year. Every time Huseman's Ford Ranger takes the track, it is one of the fastest, and he was able to avoid bad luck and take his first victories of 2001 in Round 2 and 9, beating Jeff Kincaid both rounds. Kincaid's Forest County Potawatomi Toyota Tacoma powered him to victory in Round 10. Kincaid's victory in Round 10 was his fourth in 2001 and his first since Round 6 (Crandon). With his victory and two second-place finishes, Kincaid took back the Pro-Lite lead from Rookie Steve Federico, 139 to 123. Rookie Chad Hord moved into third-place with 110 points.
In the Pro-2 division, Scott Taylor's EXXON Superflo Ford picked up two more victories in Rounds 9 and 10 along with a second-place finish in Round 2 to increase his overall lead to 46-points over Evan Evans, 180 to 134. Carl Renezeder's Lucas Oil Chevrolet had two second-place finishes in Rounds 9 and 10, and a third-place finish in Round 2 to enable him to move back to third-place in the standings with 117 points.
In Round 2, Evans' GM Hydra-Matic Transmission Chevrolet took the lead when the drivers went 4-wide into a tight turn one. When Evans sustained front-end damage over the mogul section, Taylor closed in, decreasing Evans' lead during the second-half of the round. Heading down the front straightaway on the last lap with both drivers full-throttle, Evans' Chevrolet beat Taylor's Ford by one-half a truck length. The win was Evans' third this year.
Dan Baudoux picked up two victories in Rounds 2 and 10 to move into fifth place in the overall point standings in the Sportsman 2 division. Debuting Dynomax as his new sponsor, point's leader Mike Oberg took the checkered flag in Round 9, and finished second in Rounds 2 and 10. Ben Wandahsega took three third-place finishes this weekend, and is fourth overall. Andy Morter and Michael Savage are tied in second-place, trailing Oberg 171 to 121.
Stock driver Mark Kleiman moved from fifth place following Round 8 in Bark River to second-place, five points behind leader Eric Dawson by sweeping Rounds 2, 9 and 10. With his five victories in 2001, Kleiman tied Keith Steele with 10 career victories in the Stock division. Dawson was able to hold onto his overall lead by finishing second in Rounds 2 and 9, and fourth in Round 10.
Scott Schwalbe continues to control the Super Buggy division. Schwable swept the event weekend by winning Rounds 2, 9 and 10. He now has five victories in 2001, increasing his lead to a monstrous 61 points over Scott Powell. Schwalbe took over Chad Hord as the career leader in victories (Super Buggy division) with 10 in 40 starts.
Mark Steinhardt moved into second place in the Single Buggy division with a dominating performance by winning Rounds 2, 9 and 10. His three victories give him five on the year, and he trails point's leader Michael Seefeldt 158 to 139. With a second-place finish in Rounds 9 and 10, Seefeldt has one victory, six second-place finishes and three third-place finishes in ten rounds of racing. With Steinhardt's three victories at Fort Dodge, he and Seefeldt are tied atop the Single Buggy career wins list with 11 victories apiece.
John Huven maintained his slim Light Buggy points lead over Paul Bort after ten rounds of racing. Huven now leads Bort 136 to 119. Ben Andrews (Round 2) and Josh Hintz (Round 10) won for the first time this year. Andrews' win was his first career CORR victory, while Hintz won for the second time in 33 career starts. In Round 9, Ben O'Connell took the checkered flag for the second time in 2001, holding off Paul Bort and Huven. O'Connell and Hintz are in a tie for third with 99 points.
The Bark River Off-Road Raceway will host the U.P Off-Road 100 Dynomax Shootout August 11-12. Rounds 11 and 12 will be a crucial point of the season, as the drivers look to make a surge during the last six rounds.
For more information on the U.P. Off-Road 100 Dynomax Shootout, visit www.upoffroad100.com or www.corracing.com.