LAKE FOREST, CA – The beginning of the 2012 season just isn’t shaping up the way it was supposed to for eight-time champ Carl Renezeder.  Both of his Nissan Titan Pro-2 and Pro-4 race trucks have shown moments of brilliance, but the team has struggled to get to the point of battling for a win in the closing laps of the first four rounds of the year.

“It kind of feels like walking the wrong direction on moving walkway,” analyzed Renezeder.  “I know I’ll eventually get to the other end, but it’s taking twice as much effort and time.  We’ll get this all figured out.  It’s just been frustrating that each time we resolve an issue, a new one seems to pop up.  But, it’s all part of the racing process, and we’re grateful to be in the game.”

Rounds three and four of the 15-race Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series season were held this past weekend at the newly renovated Lake Elsinore Motorsports Park in Southern California.  Race fans and high temperatures showed up in abundance, and Renezeder’s trucks opened the weekend well with a fourth place and first place qualifying effort in Pro-2 and Pro-4, respectively.

Anaheim Hills, CA – Casey Currie was all-in at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, in his No. 2 Monster Energy General Tire Nissan, contending for the Lucas Oil Off-Road Championship. With some intense racing, and a couple of set backs, Casey drove hard and pushed through to finish the weekend strong, with one race remaining in the season—his final chance to put it all on the table.

Qualifying 10th after some steering issues on Friday, Casey was down, but not out. Saturday’s race would again challenge the team with some set backs and thus yield a less than stellar finish, only to turn up the team’s focus and motivation to push even harder for the win on Sunday.

“We had a great truck today,” noted Casey of Saturday’s race. “I started 10th and quickly made my way through the field. We got all the way up to 4th and lost brakes when a rock broke a brake line—very disappointing, but out of our hands.”

Game-face on for Sunday, Casey knew he had to break through traffic and move through the pack to prevent the front-runners from gaining too much ground. Casey succeeded, moving from 13th to 3rd before the competition yellow tightened the pack back up. Once in the number 3 position, Casey managed to hold off fellow Monster Energy driver Cameron Steele until Steele made a pass at turn one after battling door-to-door with Casey on the front stretch. Casey would stay on him but cross the finish in 4th.

“Starting from 13th we had our work cut out for us,” Casey reflects. “We made our way through the field as fast as possible getting up to 3rd. We had some great battles and we have the truck working very well. There is some homework to do, but come time for Firebird, we will be ready.”

Off-track and back in the pits, fans stopped in to get a picture with Casey and the No. 2 Monster Energy General Tire Nissan, many admiring the full-sized “Huseman #36” signage on the hood in memory of fellow Monster Energy driver Rick Huseman. Miss Magnaflow Exhaust’s presence also brightened up the pit area as she signed autographs and took pictures with fans.

Casey’s hard driving and skill overcame the weekend’s obstacles and advanced him to 5th in championship points in the Lucas Oil Off-Road Series. He will make his last stop of the season at Firebird Raceway for the final round of the Lucas Oil Championship and the Lucas Oil Off-Road Challenge Cup. Catch him December 10-11 for the action at Firebird Speedway in Phoenix, Arizona. For more information on Casey Currie, visit CaseyCurrie.com, become a fan at Facebook/OfficialCaseyCurrie or follow Casey on Twitter at Twitter.com/caseycurrie

San Clemente, CA – Casey Currie tore in to Cycle Ranch in Texas, ready to charge in his Monster Energy General Tire Nissan, and ready to defend his 2010 title in the PRO Light class. After a high-energy weekend of top PRO Light drivers chomping at the bit for the Championship, Casey takes 4th in Saturday’s race, and ends an intense battle for the 2nd place podium spot on Sunday. Casey Currie proudly takes home 3rd place overall in the 2011 Championship and 7th in the Traxxas PRO Light Cup Race.

Saturday and Sunday’s leaders were neck and neck; giving the fans the intense short-course action they came to see. Casey would move up to cross the finish line in 3rd place on Saturday, but after reviewing the lap counter, CJ was given the 3rd place position, putting Casey in 4th for the day.

“We had a great race truck all day, and starting on the 3rd row made it tough to get through traffic,” noted Casey, “but we have a great starting position for tomorrow’s race.”

Sunday’s race was an all-out fight, with Casey, RJ Anderson, and CJ Greaves battling in the top three. After a second full-course yellow regroups the field, Casey makes a huge acceleration on the back straight, and brings himself right on top of CJ and RJ battling for the lead. RJ Anderson is holding the lead with some bite in the turns, but CJ and Casey are out-braking him, keeping close behind. After taking the inside on Turn 5, and a little fender rubbing with CJ Greaves, Casey moves into 2nd. The two continue head to head, Casey taking turns on two wheels and hanging on to 2nd for the podium finish.

“That was a battle!” says Casey. “CJ and I battled the last couple of laps and I ended up in front of him. My truck was working well and I’m glad to finish 2nd today. We also wrapped up a podium spot on the year-end points which is a bonus for us.”

In the Traxxas PRO Light Cup Race on Sunday, Casey was on fire! Starting off on the inside, Casey took the lead leaving CJ Greaves and RJ Anderson going at it for 3rd. Losing body panels, Casey remained well out front, at times by 12-15 car lengths. With only 2 laps remaining, Casey rides the outter burm of the sharp infield turn, and suffers a right rear flat—CJ Greaves jumping into the lead. Casey continues to push the Monster Energy General Tire Nissan but the flat will force him to pit. Casey gets back on track with a fresh right rear to finish 7th in the PRO Light Traxxas Cup.

“Starting on the front row I got a great start and had a great race going,” Casey explains. “I had a big lead ’till lap 14 where I hit a burm wrong, giving me a flat tire. I tried to keep racing but there was nothing I could do. Two laps short—but next year we are coming for the money!!”

Always charging hard and moving forward fast, Casey is also finishing up his 2011 season in the Lucas Oil Off-Road series, where he currently holds 6th place in the Championship. For Rounds 13-14, Casey hits Sin City, to put all cards on the table and see who comes out on the top of the heap. Catch him November 5-6 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. For more information on Casey Currie, visit CaseyCurrie.com, become a fan at Facebook/OfficialCaseyCurrie or follow Casey on Twitter at Twitter.com/caseycurrie

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