Pj & rj team up for success

Scott Rehn

Well-Known Member

“PJ” Wenzel & “RJ” Anderson Team Up For Success at Perris & Final M4SX Event of 2009!!

PJ Wenzel & RJ Anderson got together early Saturday afternoon @ Perris Speedway before the final round of racing was to get underway and struck a deal where RJ would run in the “Modified Pro Adult” kart race. Being close friends going back to the early days of CORR and running against each other in the JR2 division, it seemed a “no-brainer” for the new 2009 PRO UTV Champion to do something he’s been wanting to do for a long time, the chance to get behind the wheel of a “modified.” RJ hit the track first for practice and was all business learning the characteristics of the 250 shifter kart. RJ consulted with his dad Randy, who was in Minnesota on business with Polaris, as well as the K1SPEED crew of Brian, Steve, Jesse & Dave about making some changes to the shock settings. The changes proved to be successful as RJ qualified 2nd behind eventual winner and fast qualifier Kyle LeDuc by less than 2 tenths of a second.
PJ was the next to come out for his class race, the “Kart Modified” division. For the first time all season PJ had the chance to run with other 250s that decided to race this final event. Up until this point, PJ had run against 450s in every series that the ALBA ACTION SPORTS kart raced in. It was a pretty good gauge to actually find out once and for all how competitive the team was. In the qualifying race the #523 was the quickest 250 by almost 2 seconds.
The Pro Adult Main event would pit the newly crowned “King of Off Road” Kyle LeDuc automatically as the racer to beat. Finishing a very close 2nd at the last round of racing and equally as fast tonight, Casey Currie would be another odds on favorite. Newcomer Curt Geer was looking very fast, but still getting used to the new class. And then there was the “wild card” RJ Anderson. No one knew what to expect out of him tonight, especially with his main concern being to not wreck the kart for PJ’s main event later in the night. As it turned out, the racing was absolutely unbelievable. It was a 3 kart battle and sometimes a 4 kart battle all the way to the checkered flag. Currie even did his best impression of the famous Adrian Cenni move climbing the outside backstretch wall in an attempt to pass Anderson. It was excitement for the entire 16 lap affair with LeDuc once again claiming the top spot, Currie finishing 2nd and Walker Evans Racing’s Anderson rounding the podium with a close 3rd. It was noted that RJ Anderson finished with the fastest lap time of the race by a little over ½ a second. The K1SPEED crew which is made up of 3 Marines from Camp Pendleton was pretty happy but there wasn’t any time to celebrate. The kart had to be quickly prepped for the “modified” class race and Wenzel’s last chance on the track.
Whatever it was, it worked to perfection. Wenzel, starting towards the back of the field, slowly worked his way through the pack. At the competition yellow (half-way point) PJ found himself in 5th with a legitimate shot at his first podium finish since moving up to the “modified” division. Once the green flag came out, Wenzel maneuvered the AMSOIL/WALKER EVANS RACING #523 into 3rd with 4 laps to go. But the excitement was short lived as a clogged fuel filter was continuously starving the motor for race fuel. After battling the problem for a few laps, the crew waved PJ off the track and called it a night. The team considered it a very successful night, but yet bittersweet at the end. All in all, it was a fun way for the season to end.
Finally, PJ & the K1SPEED/ALBA ACTIONSPORTS/AMSOIL/WALKER EVANS RACING/RACER X/TRAXXAS/MAKITA POWER TOOLS team members would like to thank RJ Anderson & Brian Deegan for getting behind the wheel of the #523 during the last 2 rounds of the PRO Drivers race. The team would also like to thank all the above mentioned sponsors. No doubt, without every single one we would not have been able to be out on the track.
The K1SPEED #523 will be finish out the season with Wenzel behind the wheel at the last 2 races in the TRAXXAS TORC Series Presented by AMSOIL @ Perris Speedway September 25th & 26th and finally in October @ The Las Vegas Motor Speedway.


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