CORR Lucas Oil Sportsman Series drivers ready to seal 2005 championships at Crandon Indianapolis, Ind. (August 30, 2005)-For four of the five 2005 CORR Lucas Oil Sportsman Series championships, it will come down...
CORR Lucas Oil Sportsman Series drivers ready to seal 2005 championships at Crandon
Indianapolis, Ind. (August 30, 2005)-For four of the five 2005 CORR Lucas Oil Sportsman Series championships, it will come down to the BorgWarner World Championships this weekend at the Crandon International Off Road Raceway in Crandon, Wis. With two rounds and 40 points available, anything is possible for those trying to clinch a championship in 2005.
One driver, though, will sit back and enjoy the ride. Super Buggy driver Aaron Hawley secured his second division championship after sweeping Rounds 9 and 10 in Bark River. Hawley (also won the division in 2003) has a 161- 107 lead over Scott Schwalbe heading into Round 11. After Round 10, Hawley has 4 wins and 9 top-three finishes in 10 starts.
The battle will be for second-place, as Corry Heynen (103 points) trails Schwalbe by four points. Todd Wallace (95 points) and Gary Nierop (94 points) round out the top-five.
In the Sportsman 2 division, Ben Wandahsega has been able to hold a double- digit lead over two time defending champion Dan Baudoux for much of the season. Wandahsega entered the 2005 season with 3 career Sportsman 2 victories. After 10 rounds in 2005, The Forest County Potawatomi/Toyo Tires Ford has 4 wins (Rounds 2-3; 7-8) and 9 top-three finishes.
With Baudoux capable of winning two straight at Crandon, Wandahsega will need all of his 17 point lead (162-145) to hold off Baudoux in the final two rounds. The consistent driving of Mike Savage, including nine top-five finishes in the first 10 rounds gives him possession of 3rd place with 129 points.
Keith Steele is the only defending champion in the Sportsman Series who currently leads in their division. Steele, of Madison, Wis. has 3 wins (Rounds 2, 5, 8) and nine top-four finishes in 10 starts, helping him maintain a 155-141 lead over Dave Waldvogel. Scott Beauchamp is third in the division with 132 points.
Two drivers in the Single Buggy division have won 5 of the 7 division championships in CORR history. Together, they have 48 career division wins (after the 2004 season). Once again, Michael Seefeldt and Mark Steinhardt are locked on top of the standings. Currently Seefeldt holds a slim 146- 143 edge.
On the season, Seefeldt (Single Buggy champion in 1998, 2002-2003) has 4 wins (Rounds 2-4, 10) and 9 top-five finishes. Steinhardt (division champion in 2001 & 2004) has one victory (Round 6) and 8 top-four finishes in 10 starts.
In the six seasons he has competed in the Light Buggy division heading into the 2005 season, Jeff Virnig has finished in the top-four five times, including two second-place finishes (1999, 2003). With two rounds to go, Virnig has a 128-108 lead over defending champion Ben O'Connell. Craig Metz (106 points) is currently third in the standings). Virnig, the career leader in Light Buggy victories (15-including three in 2005) will attempt to hold off O'Connell and Metz this weekend.