LAKE FOREST, CA – Carl Renezeder’s season seems to have finally turned the corner from bad luck and bad results. Coming off of the worst weekend of his career earlier in the month, Renezeder vowed to get to the root of the problems and turn things around. He and his team delivered this past weekend at the brand new Wild West Motorsports Park in Sparks, Nevada for rounds 11 and 12 of the Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series. The team prepped the trucks to take the harsh pounding of the high-speed, hard-hitting 1.2-mile course, and Renezeder adapted to the new track quickly and drove flawlessly, also physically enduring the hard-hitting course. He earned career short-course victory number 99 on Sunday afternoon in the Pro-4 race, and he put both of his Nissan Titans on the podium in the second spot in two other races. His worst finish was a fourth-place result in Pro-2 on Saturday – a far cry from Glen Helen’s score card just a few weeks ago.
“It felt great to race for a win this weekend,” commented a relieved Renezeder. “We were in contention in all four races, and we put up a good fight each time.”
Renezeder is one of the best in the business when it comes to adapting to and learning new tracks. This weekend was no exception. He was a quick study in Thursday’s opening practice, and by Friday afternoon he earned the pole in the Pro-2 race and a third-place start in Pro-4. He did the same on Saturday morning for Sunday’s racing, and then it was time to focus on the real results of the weekend.
The Pro-4 division officially opened the new off-road park on Saturday afternoon, and the racing didn’t disappoint. Renezeder and point leader, Kyle LeDuc, battled side by side on one of the fastest courses in the country, with some of the most brutal terrain. High-speed jumps and over 100 feet in elevation changes meant hard-hitting landings, and the drivers’ bodies took a beating inside the trucks. The two put on a great show and Renezeder finished in second that day, but he knew that a few key changes on the truck would give him what he needed to win on Sunday. He was right. Sunday’s race showcased Renezeder in championship form, delivering a much-needed win for the team.
The Pro-2 race started out well with quick time in qualifying, but a tire issue disqualified his time, making him start from the rear of the field in Saturday’s race. To add to the frustration, he got caught between a broken truck and a k-rail on the first lap, putting him half a lap behind at the start. But the truck was working great, and by the halfway point of the race, he had moved up from thirteenth to fifth, and eventually worked his way to a fourth-place finish. The truck was nearly flawless on Sunday as well, but he missed the top of the box by one spot.
“I want to win them all,” confided Renezeder, ” but I’m definitely not disappointed with our results. I’m proud of our effort this weekend, and I’m looking forward to finishing out this season strong.”
The series has just two weekends of racing remaining – a September event at Las Vegas Motor Speedway and an October finale at Firebird International Raceway. Look for Renezeder to close out the season in the same championship fashion as this past weekend – the team is back on form.