Renezeder Leads Bobsled Challenge

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Carl Renezeder made the long trip from California pay off Saturday as the off-road racer led all qualifiers in the Lucas Oil Geoff Bodine Bobsled Challenge presented by Whelen Engineering.

Renezeder made the quick adjustment in speeds from yesterday's introductory practice session. When the overnight weather changed from snowy and humid to clear and cold, the three-quarters of a mile, 16 turn course on Mount Van Hoevenberg in Lake Placid got noticeably faster.

"It felt different than yesterday," said Renezeder, whose most recent win came last month in the Lucas Oil Off-Road Challenge in California. "I tried to feel the exit speed in each curve."

Counting the best of two heats, Renezeder's top time of 50.66 seconds gave him the top seed for Sunday morning's all-in race against the clock and the afternoon NASCAR versus NHRA challenge match.

"I'll sleep pretty good knowing that I can run with everybody," continued Renezeder. He blasted through the curve 14 speed trap at nearly 62 miles per hour.

Like most first-timers, Renezeder was duly impressed with the sensations of the sport.

"I'm definitely hooked. This is on my list of things to continue to do," he stated. "The feeling is indescribable. The sense of speed is amazing. It happens so fast. The key is to be smooth. You feel the speed in the seat of your pants. It gives you the feeling of how to react."

NASCAR Rookie of the Year was Joey Logano qualified second with a clocking of 50.79. NHRA's Morgan Lucas was third in 51.13. Jeg Coughlin, Jr., was fourth; Shawn Langdon fifth; Cory LaJoie, son of Randy LaJoie, qualified sixth; Phillip Morris seventh; Melanie Troxel, the first female in the history of the Bodine Challenge, was eighth; Boris Said, the most dominant competitor over the previous four years, drifted back to ninth; George Brunnhoelzl III was 10th.

After tonight's gala dinner and auction fundraiser, race action resumes Sunday at 10 a.m.

SPEED is on site with top-to-bottom coverage and poised to televise the Challenge with a pair of two hour shows on Jan. 24 and Jan. 31.

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