To many drivers recently competing in the Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series, at the Las Vega Speedway, rounds 13 and 14 signified the season's end was nearing. However, Carl Renezeder went into the event with a different mindset. In fact, there was plenty at stake in his mind. He was leading in the Pro-4 points race and was sitting in third in the Pro-2. If everything went without a hitch, the driver would walk away with his ninth career Championship.
Carl Renezeder recently cinched his ninth career Championship while racing in Rounds 14 and 15 of the Lucas Oil Off Road Racing series at The Las Vega Motor Speedway
Drivers would be qualifying for rounds 13 and 14 during the opening day of the event. Renezeder finished 11th and sixth in the pro 2 class and qualified third during both runs of the Pro-4.
As spectators filled the stands, the drivers geared up for a heated battle. And a heated battle it was. When the pro-4 class was deemed underway, Carl Renezeder went to work, picking off drivers, situated between him and a win. However, his competitor, Kyle Leduc also had the checkered flag in his sights and would not give up the first place position without a fight.
Carl Renezeder earned podium spots during every race at the Las Vegas Speedway, while competing in rounds 13 and 14 of the Lucas Oil Off Road Series
One could only imagine the fans were going wild as the two drivers went toe-to-toe and the remaining laps began to dwindle. Finally, with less than two to go, Car Renezeder managed to maneuver his truck around the leader of the pack. And upon taking the first place position, he never looked, back, earning the top of the podium.
Lining up in a field of 17 in the Pro-2 class, Carl Renezeder once again found himself fighting for position. This race proved brutal to many drivers, as only eight trucks manage to cross the finish line. Although the run was unforgiving, Carl Renezeder was determined to finish near the front of the pack. And Renezeder's persistence paid off with a third place performance and another trip to the podium.
Renezeder and his competitors were greeted the final night with high winds. After a one-hour delay, the roar of screaming engines, hopes and anticipation permeated the air as the Pro-2 class race was finally underway.
Starting at the pole position, Renezeder managed to hold onto the lead for several laps. However, one slight miscalculation in turn four was just enough to cause the back end of his truck to slide. Recognizing his opportunity, Ronnie Woods, shot in front of Renezeder for the lead. But a no-quit attitude once again paid off for Renezeder. He managed to regain the front position on the backstretch of the final lap, earning his second win of the season in the Pro-2.
With confidence on his side, Renezeder eagerly embarked upon the final race of the event. He had a comfortable lead in the points race, and with the series nearing its end, a good run on this particular night would likely cinch the championship.
Carl Renezeder and his team's record speaks for itself, as he has earned nine championships in 15 seasons of racing
Thus far in the event, Renezeder had managed to podium during every race. And Carl Renezeder had no intentions of blemishing his impressive run. In fact, when the waving of the checkered flag deemed the race over, Carl Renezeder crossed the finish line in second place. Not only had he earned another spot on the podium, but he had acquired the needed points to ensure he would be titled the 2013 champion.
"We had a great weekend overall," recalled Renezeder. "We were leading the Pro-4 points and were third in the Pro-2 going into the event. Honestly, we weren't thinking about securing the championship," he continued. We were just focused on winning races. It was a bonus to find out on Sunday, while on the podium, that we cinched the title. We also moved to second place in the Pro-2.
"The competition gets tighter every year," explained Renezeder. "Everyone ups their game every year, and they get stronger as each season goes along. To win this series is a huge accomplishment. All of the drivers are great. If they show up, I have to be ready to compete against them if I want to finish up front."
Having recently won his ninth career championship, Carl Renezeder has obviously proven his capabilities and skills from behind the steering wheel of his Pro-2 and Pro-4 trucks. However, he is also acutely aware that proper maintenance is an essential aspect of success. That in mind, he and his crew are strong advocates of using K&N products to keep their engines running contaminant free.
"We have been using K&N oil and air filters in all of our race trucks, haulers and team vehicles for over ten years," explained Renezeder. "K&N is the industry leader, and we're proud to be able to run their products in our equipment."
Looking back at his recent victory, Carl Renezeder said, "We knew we had to take care of the truck, because a DNF would be catastrophic in the points standing. However, If I try to protect a position rather than get into a racing rhythm and charge forward, I usually find myself in trouble. The guys gave me a great truck, and I went out and tried to win with it. That's what made us a successful season."