TIGHT CLASS BATTLES AND HOMETOWN HEROES MARK WSORR ROUNDS V & VI BARK RIVER, MICH - It is truly "tight at the top" as the Lucas Oil World Series of Off-Road Racing (WSORR) has eight of its 11 race classes in a close points battle with...
TIGHT CLASS BATTLES AND HOMETOWN HEROES MARK WSORR ROUNDS V & VI
BARK RIVER, MICH - It is truly "tight at the top" as the Lucas Oil World Series of Off-Road Racing (WSORR) has eight of its 11 race classes in a close points battle with first and second in each class separated by less than eight points. Key class battles will be pushed into the spotlight as a number of local racers will be crowd favorites for WSORR Rounds V & VI. Race Series action moves to the Bark River International Raceway as the Island Resort and Casino presents the BOSS Snowplows Off-Road Shootout on July 13-15.
Chad Hord of nearby Felch, Mich., has his BOSS Snowplows Lucas Oil Kumho Nissan Frontier only two points out of the top spot in the very competitive PRO Light Pickup class coming off a Round IV win at Crandon Raceway. He and rival Jeff Kincaid, in his Potawatomi BFG Toyota, are tied in the second spot behind class newcomer Marty Hart in his Maxxis Ford. Hord is the defending class champion and Kincaid has won two of the four WSORR rounds of racing this season.
The two other PRO points battles are also close. Mike Oberg driving an Amsoil Kumho Chevrolet leads the PRO 2WD class by just a single point over Scott Taylor in his Skyjacker BFG Ford. Another three points back sits Kevin Probst in his Simply WOW Toyo Chevrolet. Taylor has won two of the four WSORR rounds of racing with Oberg and Probst claiming the other two. Other top PRO 2WD contenders include defending class champion Carl Renezeder in the Lucas Oil BFG Nissan Titan, Evan Evans in his Potawatomi BFG Chevrolet, Ross Hoek in his Herculiner Toyo Ford and Rhonda Konitzer in a Goodyear Chevrolet.
Kent Brascho in his Goodyear Chevrolet leads the PRO 4x4 division with a six-point lead over Al Drews in a Ford. Those two drivers are at the top of the leader board without a win and are feeling pressure from PRO 4x4 drivers Scott Douglas who won Round III in his Amsoil Kumho Ford and Johnny Greaves, the Round IV winner in his Potawatomi Monster BFG Toyota. Also expected to contend for the win at Bark River is Carl Renezeder, who successfully debuted his Lucas Oil BFG Sobe Nissan Titan by winning the 14th Annual Potawatomi Chairman's Cup race at Crandon Raceway on June 24th.
In the SRT Division, Bark River's Ben Wandahsega, in his Potawatomi Toyo Chevrolet has just a little breathing room in the Super Stock Truck class with an eight-point lead over Dave Waldvogel's Bendix Toyo Chevrolet. Both Wandahsega and Waldvogel have two wins apiece on the young season.
Another Bark River racer, Scott Beauchamp in a Goodyear Chevrolet, is threatening to run away with the Stock Truck class points championship winning three of the rounds of racing and finishing second in the other. Beauchamp has a commanding 94-71 points lead over Don Demeny in a Goodyear Dodge. Scott's cousin Dan Beauchamp, of nearby Escanaba, also races in the class and currently sits fourth in the points battle in his Goodyear Ford.
It's a similar story in the Super Buggy class, where Aaron Hawley has won three of the four races in his Goodyear sponsored machine and enjoys a 20 point margin over second place Gary Nierop also on Goodyear's. Ryan Mulder of Channing, Mich., racing on Nokian Tires sits fourth in the points.
Other close WSORR class point battles include the 1600 Buggy class, where John Fitzgerald on Goodyear's has a one point lead over Mark Steinhardt on BFG's; the Formula 4x4 class where Bob Sayers has a two point margin over Larry Maciosek, both on Goodyear's; the 1600 Light Buggy class where Todd Lemke on BFG's leads Matt Gerald on Goodyear's by five points; and the Enduro Truck class where Bob Rinehart in a Goodyear Ford leads Larry Manske also in a Ford by two points. Rob Weiland in his Goodyear Chevrolet is the only WSORR racer to win all four rounds of racing as he enjoys a big lead in the Classix class.
WSORR racers in 11 classes will be vying for a record $100,000 purse at the Bark River International Raceway. Racing starts on both Saturday and Sunday at 11 AM. Ticket information is available online at www.upoffroad100.com.