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Sportsmen matter! Crandon & Bark River Raceways step up to help out the MORR Sportsman classes in 2014


 Roots of short course off-road racing run deep in the northwoods and Cliff Flannery intends to keep it that way as Crandon & Bark River team to help MORR Sportsmen in ‘14


Contact: Pat Schutte/HPPR

Crandon International Off-Road Raceway PR Director


CRANDON, Wis. (March 19, 2014) – Officials with Crandon International Off-Road Raceway – the birthplace of short course off-road racing as we know it today – are pleased to announce, in cooperation with Bark River Raceway, five races for the Midwest Off-Road Racing (MORR) program – aka the “Sportsman” classes – beginning at Bark River (June 13-14), then running Crandon’s annual Brush Run, June 28-29, two more stops at Bark River and Crandon before culminating at the granddaddy of all short course off-road events – the World Championship Off-Road Races® at Crandon, Aug. 29-31.

With the loss of the RedBud (Buchanan, Mich.) and Chicagoland Speedway TORC rounds, the MORR Sportsman racers were left with only three feasible travel events (out of seven) on the 2014 TORC schedule, what with the immense travel costs associated with TORC’s schedule moving beyond the Midwest to Nevada, South Dakota, North Carolina and Missouri.

“Both Crandon and Bark River saw the need to step in and help with the Sportsman class racers, who we consider the backbone of short course off-road racing,” said Crandon’s Cliff Flannery. “And while we understand TORC’s need to branch out beyond the Midwest, we were compelled to help the racers that have played such an important role in making the Crandon and Bark River off-road facilities as successful as they are today.”

Added MORR’s Mike Reusche: “Crandon and Bark River’s generous cash prizes will allow the MORR Sportsman racers to put more money back into their race programs during the season, making for better racing or the fans that attend the five events this summer. MORR definitely applauds the effort of Crandon and Bark River and we look forward to seeing everyone out at the races beginning this June at Bark River!”

Upping the ante of cash prizes for all nine MORR classes – from buggies to the Super Trucks – Crandon and Bark River, racers will also be eligible for a year-end cash bonus point fund based off $3 per truck, per class & per event kicked in by Crandon and Bark River.

“We hope the Sportsmen realize how important they are to the success of our race programs,” added Flannery. “Sure, fans come to see Johnny Greaves and Ricky Johnson, but we also get a lot who show up and camp out to see their neighbor race his buggy as well.”




June 13-14            Bark River, MI

June 28-29            Crandon, WI 

July 19-20             Bark River, MI

August 9-10          Crandon, WI

August 30-31        Crandon, WI  

With racers and trucks/buggies, crews and off-road fans converging from all points on the U.S. map, the small logging town of Crandon, Wisc., (population: 1,961), is awash in activity. And since 1970 the off-road phenomenon has played out in Crandon, celebrating 45 years and making it the nation’s longest-running short course off-road competition.

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