WHEATLAND, Mo. – On his retirement tour and with his remaining starts dwindling, Carl Renezeder scored a memorable Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series Pro 4 victory on Saturday at Lucas Oil Speedway.
Renezeder held off Rob MacCachren to capture the Pro 4 division during the inaugural GEICO Off Road Shootout Presented by General Tire at the new Lucas Oil Speedway off road track.
“I’d like to start by thanking Forest Lucas for having the vision to create this for all of and for all the fans in Missouri and the surrounding states,” Renezeder said. “It’s a real honor.”
In the co-headliner on opening race day at the new venue, Brian Deegan earned the Pro 2 division victory in front of a big crowd.
Other feature winners in the first half of the weekend doubleheader were Jerett Brooks (Pro Lite), Eliott Watson (Pro Buggy), Trey Gibbs (Mod Karts) and Brock Heger (Production 1000 UTVs).
Renezeder, who announced earlier this year that he would be retiring at the end of the year, took the lead on lap six after MacCachren and Kyle LeDuc were tussling side-by-side and made contact.
The 53-year-old Renezeder took advantage by slipping past those two and led the rest of the way, holding off MacCachren’s repeated bids over the final four laps. Bradley Morris was a distant third to earn a podium appearance.
“The racing was awesome,” Renezeder said after his 123rd career short-course victory, noting that there’s a learning curve on the new track in first attaining speed and then racing for position to make clean passes.
“It’s tough. You have to be on your game,” Renezeder said. “Once I got out in front, the race actually got tougher, believe it or not, because Rob was right on my tail.”
Pro 4 series points leader LeDuc was eliminated from contention when he hit the wall hard, following a restart for the race’s third caution, on lap seven.
“It’s a real technical track,” MacCachren said. “We’re all making mistakes here and there. But Carl drove a great race.”
Renezeder won the only previous off road event in Wheatland, on the oval track turned into a temporary road course, 10 years ago. This time, on the new nine-turn purpose-built 1.3-mile track, he quickly moved into contention from his seventh-starting position.