LOORRS Star shines in ‘DIRT’ Trailer

Warner Bros. Home Entertainment presents DIRT, starring Kevin Dillon and featuring Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series stars Carl Renezeder, Kyle LeDuc and Rob MacCachren 

Motorsports has been movie fodder from the beginning, with good results and bad. But untouched so far has been short-course off-road racing. That changes with Warner Bros. Home Entertainment’s release of DIRT, which centers its story on the world of the Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series, on March 6 for digital distribution and March 20 for DVD. With much of the action footage captured during actual races and appearances by the series’ star drivers, the movie has great potential to accurately capture the flavor of the sport.

The story revolves around former off-road truck driver Rick Radden and the second chance he gives teenage carjacker Dez Truss. Caught boosting cars for an auto-theft ring, 17-year old Truss is given one last opportunity to turn his life around. When he is introduced to former off road driver-turned-team-owner Rick Radden, neither suspects that this is the change both so desperately need. In exchange for a roof over his head, Dez is offered the chance to use the skills he developed in the streets as part of the pit crew for Rick’s team. Faced with an underperforming and apathetic driver, Rick finds himself in search of a lifeline for his struggling off-road racing team. In an unexpected turn of events, he looks to Dez to take the lead and become the new face of Team Radden. But, does Dez have what it takes to end the team’s losing streak? Will his life of crime catch up with him as he looks to turn over a new leaf?

DIRT features “Entourage” alum Kevin Dillon as Rick Radden opposite breakout star DeRon Horton (“Dear White People,” “Lethal Weapon”) as Dez Truss. The cast also includes Christina Moore (“Claws,” “Jessie,” “That 70’s Show”) Ntare Guma Mbaho Mwine (“The Chi,” “Treme,” “Heroes,” “Bosch”) Devan Long (“S.W.A.T.,” “Training Day”), Matthew Glave (“Feud,” “Girlfriends’ Guide to Divorce”) and Dominic Devore (“Small Arms,” “The Release”).

This adrenaline-fueled, coming-of-age story takes you into the world of short-course off-road racing, with much of the footage captured during Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series events and featuring familiar faces such as Carl Renezeder, Rob MacCachran, Eric Barron, Myan Spaccarelli, Kyle LeDuc and Doug Fortin. Renezeder, who just retired from the sport after nine championships, is especially featured.

“Warner Bros. Home Entertainment is thrilled to take viewers into the world of off road truck racing to share an action-packed journey with a message that transcends the sport,” said Mary Ellen Thomas, Warner Bros. Home Entertainment Vice President, Family & Animation Marketing.

DIRT is a FORREST FILMS / ESX ENTERTAINMENT co-production. Forrest Lucas, executive producer, and Ali Afshar and Christina Moore, producers, present this sports drama directed by Alex Ranarivelo. DIRT is penned by John Ducey with Alex Ranarivelo.

DIRT will be available on March 6 to viewers for streaming and download to watch anywhere in high definition and standard definition on their favorite devices from select digital retailers including Amazon, CinemaNow, iTunes, PlayStation, Vudu, Xbox and others. Starting March 20, 2018, DIRT will also be available digitally on Video On Demand services from cable and satellite providers, and on select gaming consoles.

Monday, 08 January 2018

‘DIRT’ Movie Premieres

Back To The Front For One Last Battle

Chandler, AZ

After a long distinguished career in racing, that includes 9 championships and countless wins at the most prestigious events in off-road racing, Carl Renezeder decided this season would be his last. How fitting that the #17 Lucas Oil Products / BFGoodrich Tires Ford would be raced for the final time in 2017. In fact, the Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series retired the number 17 during opening ceremonies for the final points race of the season at Wild Horse Pass Motorsports Park in Chandler, AZ. For the many fans that traveled from across the country to see Carl race one more time, it was a bit emotional as the finality began to sink in. Thankfully the emotions changed from melancholy to pure adrenaline as the Pro-4’s fired up their snarling V8 engines.

Carl’s goal this season was to have fun, celebrate his fans, and mash the throttle down as much as possible. During qualifying, Carl ran third fastest which put him on the inside of row 2, a good place to start. In turn 3 of lap one, Carl threw the truck into the corner so hard that the engine stalled. He was unable to re-start the motor so the yellow caution flag came out and Carl was sent to the back of the field. Anyone who has witnessed Carl race over the years knows that he has a special knack for working his way through the field. Getting put to the rear was not the game plan but it gave the fans another taste of Carl fired up, and using his full bag of tricks to get to the front. It sounds strange, but it would almost have been a disappointment if he got the hole-shot and ran out front unopposed. After only a few laps, Carl had managed to pass everyone but Rob MacCachren who was leading the race. Running bumper to bumper, MacCachren stalled his engine the same way Carl had.

With nowhere to go, Carl ran into the back of Rob’s truck and their bumpers got locked together. Once again, the yellow flag came out and Carl was sent to the back of the field. Again Carl worked his way through the field and was running in third place. While making his move to the inside of Greg Adler, his right front tire fell into a deep rut and the rim got caught in the dirt. The #17 rolled over onto the roof and then back on all 4 tires. Carl re-fired the engine, but once underway it became apparent that a shock had broken, ending his race.

“The track was really good, I enjoyed the track” said Carl, “They threw a few new obstacles in that actually worked to our benefit because it made it harder coming out of turn 3. They added three steep bumps that had no rhythm so you had to kind of smash through them. There’s a few little tricks that I know how to keep the truck level going through there and get the power to the ground quickly so that was good for us. I think the biggest thing for us about that race was that even though we didn’t finish the race the fans were just going nuts. They were so excited; we had a line a mile long outside our pit after the race. It lasted an hour and a half with people saying how exciting that race was to see us going from the back to the front both times. I passed everybody twice! It was a fun race actually. The many fans telling me how much they appreciated what I’ve done in racing. That’s the best feeling I could have had ending my career. It wasn’t about winning another race or another championship; it was about winning the ultimate deal. Winning the ultimate deal is winning the fans and I think we did that.”

Carl was very proud of the fact that during his final qualifying run of his career for the Challenge Cup race the following day, he ran the fastest time to qualify on the pole. The Challenge Cup has the Pro-4’s racing against the Pro-2’s in a race for cash. The Pro-2’s get a head start off the line and try to outrun the faster Pro-4’s to the finish. Once again, Carl got contact from another driver that dropped him to the back. This time, he had to work his way up through both the Pro-4’s and the Pro-2’s. He worked his way up to 4th place but then got squeezed between a pair of trucks; flattening a tire and bending his steering linkage which ended his race. It was disappointing but it gave the fans another great show.

“That’s where the real racing comes in,” says Carl, “Anybody can go out and set a fast lap but the real art of racing is being able to pass people and analyze the situation in front of you. To extrapolate what’s happening, where people are coming from, and where they are going, and try to work your way through them. I don’t know why, but I’ve always felt comfortable in that situation.”

ven the most casual fans are well aware of the work Carl has done on the track, but many have never heard of the work behind the scenes that Carl has done over the years. This was noted as Bob Pattison of Lucas Oil said in his farewell speech at Carl’s final opening ceremony. Mr. Pattison stated the Lucas Oil Series would not be here today if it weren’t for Carl Renezeder and his involvement to keep short course off-road racing alive.

Short course racing will not be the same without Carl, but according to him, everything has a beginning and an end. “I will continue to support my kids, and my family who have supported me the entire way,” says Carl, “I will be sitting in the stands and cheering for my kids as they participate in their endeavors. I will be driving them around and doing a lot of things to give back to them.”

Carl Renezeder will forever be remembered for his many accomplishments and contributions to the sport of off-road racing. Thank you Carl for all you have done!
Photography By: Bink Designs & HighRev Photography

Renezeder To Retire After 2017

Carl Renezeder’s Final SoCal Race a Two-Way Street

Carl Renezeder was looking forward to putting on a great show for his fans at rounds 11 and 12 of the Lucas Oil Off Roading Racing Series held at Glen Helen Raceway in San Bernardino, CA. In this final season of racing, it would be the last time he would compete for his hometown fans. It turned out to be a two-way street as the fans turned out in force to show their appreciation for the many thrills Carl has given them over the years.

“We had a hood in our pits that we invited everyone to sign,” said Carl. “The amount of people who signed the hood and the things they wrote were just amazing.”

The real highlight of the weekend was giving a young boy named Ryan a ride in the 2-seater Pro-2 truck. Ryan is a 6 ½ year old boy with Leukemia who I met in August with his family. I gave Ryan a tour of my race shop and then promised him a ride in my truck after the race in Glen Helen. We were introduced to Ryan through NEGU: Never Ever Give Up, and the Jessie Rees foundation. Their mission is to ensure that every kid fighting cancer has the support to Never Ever Give Up.  Once the racing was over we were able to strap him in and take him for three laps on the track. I’ve never seen a kid so happy. It was an experience he will never forget the rest of his life. Those things that happened were worth more to me than any race results.”

If Carl’s goal was to give the fans a show, he certainly lived up to that. He qualified the #17 Pro-4 Lucas Oil Products/RC10.com Ford 2nd fastest by only a tenth of a second. Starting on the outside at Glen Helen is precarious because turn one is a sharp left hand turn and the inside row always runs the outside row to the outside towards the wall. As expected, that’s what happened and Carl dropped to 3rd and 4th by the time he was able to blend into the field. He had a fast truck and was able to make his way back into the second position behind Bryce Menzies. It was one of those races where there was constant trouble in the pack and a yellow flag nearly every lap. It made it a difficult race to establish any kind of rhythm or to set up the truck in front for a pass. With only three laps to go, Carl’s clutch literally blew up sidelining him for the rest of the race.

It would have been a good chance to get some points on Kyle LeDuc as Kyle had gotten very aggressive earlier in the race trying to pass Carl. “Kyle got real aggressive coming off the jump into turn five,” says Carl, “He got into me on the face of the jump and loosened me up a little bit then landed on the back of me but ended up taking himself out. It would have been great to win with Kyle out, but the clutch ended our race.”

With a new clutch, Carl was back with a vengeance for round 12. During qualifying, he took the pole position. It was his turn to start on the inside line into turn one. As soon as he hit the track for the warm-up lap, his anticipation waned. For some reason, the track crew had ripped the track about 12 inches deep. Instead of racing on a perfectly groomed track, they would be racing on loose dirt that resembled a freshly plowed farmer’s field. “Coming into turn two I tried to go low and protect the inside,” said Carl, “I got up on the bicycle and lost a few positions. I ended up bicycling in just about every corner for the next two laps before I figured out I would just have to slow down until the track came around. I started to make my way through the field. There were a couple other guys who struggled and also got up on the bicycle allowing me to move through the pack. I ended up moving all the way to the front with only RJ Anderson ahead of me. RJ over rotated as I was making the pass and hit me in the front end. I still got around him but the contact did some damage to the truck. It messed up my front drive, and that was it for us. We really have our work cut out for us. My TR17 guys have to basically cut the back end of the truck to fix the damage Kyle did, and cut the front half of the truck off to repair the damage from RJ. The whole front end of the truck got moved over two and a half inches. We have to rebuild the truck in order to make the final race at Wild Horse Pass. The team is going to have to dig deep and make that happen so we can go out there and try and win our final race, and our final Cup race.”

Carl will have one more chance to hit the dirt when the series goes to Wild Horse Pass Motorsports Park in Chandler, Arizona on October 21st and 22nd. They will have a nearly new truck after all the work they will do, but if anyone can get a truck up to speed in a hurry, it’s Carl Renezeder, and the TR17 crew.

Renezeder On Roller Coaster In Reno

Carl Renezeder was on a roller coaster ride at rounds 9 and 10 of the Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series at Wild West Motorsports Park in Sparks, Nevada. The track at Wild West does climb very high up the hillside before plunging down the front straight into turn one, but the rollercoaster Renezeder was on, had to do with his up and down reversal of fortune. In his final season of racing, it’s important to Carl to give the fans at each track a great show. He delivered on Saturday with a decisive win in his #17 Lucas Oil Products / RC10.com Pro-4 Ford. During Sunday’s race, he was out front again, but suffered a rare mechanical issue that sidelined him before the finish.

The TR17 crew did an excellent job preparing the #17 Pro-4 for Reno as it was very fast, right off the trailer. During qualifying, it was getting faster with every lap. Carl put down some consistently fast laps and ended up qualifying third. During the race on Saturday, the inversion drawn was a 4, so Carl started outside of row 2. After the green flag dropped Carl settled into the third spot behind Kyle LeDuc and Doug Mittag. “I sat back and watched the pair out front for a little bit,” said Carl, “Mittag was putting some pressure on LeDuc and I started showing them my nose for quite a few laps. I was being patient and just waiting for the race to develop but I kept the pressure on. Mittag was holding his line well so we could run close together with no contact.”

Eventually, Carl made his move; passing Mittag and setting out for LeDuc. LeDuc had put a little gap on Carl as he was locked in battle with Mittag. Carl picked his spot and made a clean pass on LeDuc who did not want to yield the position. LeDuc put up a fight for half a lap until Carl really made the pass stick and started opening up a gap. At the finish, the gap had grown to about 20 truck lengths. “The truck was super fast, really predictable, and I felt good on the track,” said Carl, “It was a great day!” With a win under their belts and a dialed in truck, Carl and the TR17 crew were free to relax and enjoy some time with the fans.

During qualifying for Sunday’s race, Carl was laying down the fastest times during the first few laps. On his final lap, the lap most drivers aim to get the number one spot, a truck spun out in front of Carl ruining his run. Carl ended up qualifying 4th fastest instead of first. The extra point for qualifying on the pole would have been nice, but he knew he had a fast truck capable of winning again. Whatever frustration the team was feeling after qualifying was soon wiped away when the inversion drawn was 4. That put Carl on the pole for the race.

“I got the holeshot and held the lead until a yellow flag came out on lap one,” said Carl, “After the restart we were back in the lead. I was picking my lines, staying smooth, and waiting for the track to come in. I had RJ Anderson behind me and I knew he was going to be aggressive. I was protecting my line when he got into my door in turn 4 and tried to drive me off the track.

I got on the brakes and let him go because I didn’t want to hurt the truck. I knew I could get him back because my truck was faster. The yellow flag came out just after the pass so he had to give the position back. I built up a comfortable lead but the contact with RJ damaged my right rear tire and I had to stop under green several laps later to change it. I got back out a lap down. I backed it down a little and then I snapped a timing chain on the engine. It just wasn’t my day. I wasn’t going to be my day. It’s just the way it worked out.”

Before the TR17 crew heads to their last race in California at Glen Helen on September 15 and 16; a track where Carl has always done well, they will travel to the birthplace of short course racing in Crandon, Wisconsin for the 48th World Championship.  “We are very excited about racing in Crandon,” Carl continued, “Crandon is a special place and we can’t wait to open it up on the wide open track. When we get to Glen Helen we feel really good about the track there and our truck set up. We do a lot of testing there so I think we are going to be really fast. We want to go out both days and win the race.” There is always a huge crowd at Glen Helen. Get your tickets early if you want to catch Carl in his last Southern California appearance.

Photography By: Bink Designs

“Crandon” Carl Renezeder Set To Return To The “Big House” For 2017 Crandon World Cup

CRANDON, Wisconsin (August 24, 2017) – Adding yet another colorful chapter to his 2017 retirement season, Californian Carl Renezeder and Crandon International Raceway today confirmed the former champion will return to Wisconsin for Labor Day weekend to compete in the 2017 Crandon World Cup, part of the prestigious Red Bull Signature Series.

Nicknamed “Crandon” Carl by this faithful Midwest fans, Renezeder, is the sport’s winningest driver with 123 short course national race victories while competing in Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series (LOORRS) Championship Off-Road Racing (CORR), and World Series of Off-Road Racing (WSORR) series. He has won nine short course off-road racing championships. Renezeder was also the first driver in short-course off-road racing history to win championships in both two wheel drive and four wheel drive trucks in the same season when he won the 2009 Unlimited 2 and Unlimited 4 divisions in LOORRS.

In addition, Renezeder has claimed three major titles at Crandon’s famed “Big House,” earning the Labor Day Borg Warner Cup crown in 2003, as well as two Forest County Potawatomi Chairman’s Cup Challenge victories in 2004 and 2007. All three Crandon Cup victories were claimed driving unlimited four-wheel drive PRO 4 trucks.

After a 10 year absence, Team Renezeder will be bringing their famed #17 Lucas Oil/BFGoodrich Ford PRO 4 to Crandon. The appearance in the Crandon World Cup, part of the Red Bull Signature Series, will represent a special stop in Renezeder’s final season of short-course off-road racing.

Part of the Red Bull Signature Series, the Crandon World Cup is an independent, non-denominational short-course off-road race open to all Pro-class racers from around the country. The Crandon World Cup will be part of a 48th annual Labor Day Crandon World Championship weekend that last year attracted 49,600 fans to the 400-acre facility over two days of racing.

Renezeder, who turned 53 on April 16,  has announced plans to retire at the end of the 2017 season. As part of his “Legacy” tour, Carl will arrive in Crandon ready to compete on Sunday, September 3rd in the morning’s Crandon PRO 4 World Championship and later that afternoon as part of the 8th AMSOIL Challenge Cup, the richest race in the sport.

“Our race team and my family have wanted to return to Crandon for a very long time,” explained Renezeder. “Some of our best memories have come from racing there and enjoying some of the best fans the sport has to offer. The chance to return in our last year of full-time competition and the race in the independent Crandon World Cup was perfect timing and an opportunity we couldn’t pass up.”

“We are looking forward to having Carl Renezeder join all the racers from the west coast for the Crandon World Championship Off-Road Race weekend,” explained Crandon President Cliff Flanner. “Carl’s return is exactly why we created the “Superbowl” of short course racing via the Crandon World Cup. I know our fans are going to be very excited to see him back here as well.”

The intense, door-to-door combat of short-course off-road racing expected at the Crandon World Cup will be broadcasted to millions of households as part fo the Red Bull Signature Series as a special 90-minute broadcast highlight program scheduled for airing on Sat., Oct. 14th at 3:00pm (EDT) on NBC. Produced by Red Bull Media House, the show promises viewers a captivating mix of high-energy motorsports and the downhome American narrative only an organically unique place like Crandon can provide.

Fans from around the country are expected to invade Crandon’s immense facility, which now features expanded seating and food service thanks to the newly completed Vision Wheel Hospitality Complex. More than 2,000 all-grass campsites will gain offer the true “Crandon Experience,” with family and friends coming back year after year. While the Main Camp, Racer Camping, Camp 5 and most of Camp 2 is sold out, fans can still reserve remaining Camp 2 and Camp 3 sites on a first-come, first-served basis by visiting www.crandonoffraod.com.

Renezeder Returns for Final Time to Wheatland

In his final season of racing in the Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series, (LOORRS) Carl Renezeder returned to Lucas Oil Speedway in Wheatland, Missouri for rounds 7 and 8 of the series. It was a brand new event for LOORRS on a newly built track, but Renezeder is no stranger to Wheatland. He had amazing success racing there in the former WSORR series. In 2007, Renezeder flat out dominated in Wheatland. A severe storm blew through on day one of the event, forcing a postponement to the following day. The next day a new storm battered the track; a storm named Carl Renezeder. Racing in both Pro-2 and Pro-4 classes, Renezeder won all 4 races he competed in that day. The track back then used a portion of the dirt oval known as “the Diamond of the Dirt Tracks.” The new, purpose built offroad track certainly lives up to diamond status. Containing huge jumps, and 9 unique corners, the track is over a mile in length. Carl called it the best track he’s ever raced on.

“The track is very technical because of the surface changes,” said Renezeder, “There are about three different types of dirt out there. There are super tight track elements out there, and super big track elements, so it combines everything. I could not have thought up a better track to be built for how I like to race; it suited us well.” Everyone had to learn the new track, but the TR17 crew took to it quickly.

They did not qualify as well as they expected in the #17 Pro-4 Lucas Oil Products / RC10.com Ford, but once the green flag dropped on Saturday, Carl picked up right where he left off in 2007. He made a couple moves right off the bat, and a couple laps later passed Kyle LeDuc and Rob MacCachren in the same corner for the lead. MacCachren put in a late race charge to pressure Renezeder, but Carl held him off, and put a slight gap on him to take the win. Carl’s victory made him 5 for 5 in Wheatland races.

During qualifying on Sunday, the TR17 team set the fastest time but a glitch with the transponder did not record the time. They would have to start from the back but Carl was not worried; he knew he had a fast truck. “We were not too concerned with starting in the back but would have liked to get the extra point for qualifying first,” said Renezeder. The race was a crazy one for Carl who made three separate charges from the back of the pack. “I worked my way up to the front and got by the leader, LeDuc,” Renezeder continued, “Just as I passed him, I landed off a jump and hit the brakes hard to rotate the truck into a corner.

The engine died and while I tried to get re-started, the field went past me. I worked my way back up to third and was passing Fortin in midair when he got sideways and we made contact. We got locked together and slide into the wall. We were in the back again but made it up to 4th place before a caution came out on the last lap. I had Mittag, RJ, and Rob Mac ahead of me. Rob and I are racing for a points position so I really wanted to get past him. I dove inside Rob and RJ in a tight right hander to make a pass. When I tried to rotate the truck, I was touching another truck so I could not get the back to come around. I slide through the turn and made contact with RJ. We all crossed the line at the same time. I don’t know who won but they gave me a black flag for the contact with RJ. I was going for the win. I tried everything to make it happen but it didn’t work out.”

Although Carl did not keep his amazing winning streak in Wheatland alive, he gave the fans an incredible show of skill and determination. Many of the fans who stopped in to visit the TR17 pit during the weekend had driven for hours to see Carl race one more time; coming from as far away as Florida and the Northeast. Carl was in the pit talking to a TR17 crewmember when he felt a tap on his shoulder. Curt Greaves, crew chief and brother of longtime rival Johnny Greaves had driven down from Wisconsin, a 10 hour drive one way, to watch Carl race again. “I asked Curt and another friend Jay, who drove down together, who they were here with,” said Carl, “They said they weren’t there racing, they just came to watch. That meant a lot to me and I hope we gave them the show they were looking for.” If the buzz in the crowd was any indication, they got much more than they expected. With another win and solid performance in Wheatland, the TR17 crew is looking forward to their next race on Aug 26 – 27 at Wild West Motorsports Park in Sparks, NV. If you have a chance to attend the race in person, don’t miss the opportunity.

Photography By: Bink Designs