LAKE FOREST, CA – The winless streak is finally over for Carl Renezeder, and thankfully he got to battle for the top spot the entire race to add to the excitement of career win number 98. Renezeder qualified second for the Pro-4 race on Saturday, then started the race in third with the four-truck inversion draw. He got around Greg Adler on lap three and then engaged in a great battle with Todd LeDuc until the mandatory caution on lap ten. LeDuc held off Renezeder’s relentless pursuit for another four laps, but Renezeder made the pass stick on lap 14, leading the final six laps for the win.
“I’m definitely excited about this win, but I’m also relieved,” commented Renezeder. “We finally avoided the bad luck we’ve had this season, and I had a great time battling with Todd. Let’s hope this is a sign of better things to come for this team.”
It looked promising for the Pro-2 race that afternoon, as Renezeder had earned the pole position on Friday afternoon. Unfortunately, a right rear flat in the early laps of the race was enough to keep Renezeder from battling for the podium. The crew did a great job of changing the flat at the mandatory caution, keeping the truck on the lead lap, but he was half a lap behind the leaders at the restart. Renezeder managed to catch the field and pass two trucks in the second half of the race, but that was only enough to finish ninth.
The trucks qualified again on Sunday morning. Renezeder grabbed the pole again in the two-wheel-drive truck and earned a third-place start in the four-wheel-drive class. The Pro-4 race was up first, and Renezeder was looking forward to another great battle. In anticipation of a slick track, he misjudged the grip in turn three and parked it in the middle of the turn on the first lap instead of sliding through it. He gathered it up and worked his way through half of the field, but the right rear tire problem resurfaced. The crew changed it in time to not only keep him on the lead lap, but allowed him to tag the back of the field before the restart after the mandatory caution. Renezeder fought hard, but he ran out of laps to catch the leaders, managing a fourth-place result.
The six-truck invert in Pro-2 assured plenty of battles in the last race of the day. The wind, dust, chaos and carnage all played into the results. Renezeder battled back and forth with several trucks throughout the race, but another right rear flat in the closing laps kept him from catching the first two trucks. He closed out the weekend on the podium with a third-place finish, wrapping up his best race weekend of the season so far.
The team has the month of July to prepare for the second half of the 2012 season, which kicks off in Glen Helen, California the weekend of August 4-5.
Summary of results for Carl Renezeder at Miller Motorsports Park – Tooele, Utah – June 23-25, 2012:
Pro-2: Rnd 7 – Qualifying: 1st, Race: 9th; Rnd 8 – Qualifying; 1st, Race: 3rd
Pro-4: Rnd 7 – Qualifying: 2nd, Race: 1st; Rnd 8 – Qualifying: 3rd Race: 4th
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