Expanded Crandon International Raceway Ready For 24th Forest County Potawatomi Community Brush Run Races
— TORC PRO Classes Featured In Comprehensive Weekend Schedule —
— Sunday’s FCP Chairman’s Cup Race Offers $24,000 Cash Purse —
— Large Field of Sportsmen Series Competitors Expected —
CRANDON, WI. (June 19, 2017) For Crandon International staff, months of planning, construction and expansion will culminate this weekend with the welcoming of fans, race teams and the best off-road racers in the world for the 24th annual Crandon Forest County Potawatomi Community Brush Run races. The legendary track will host the first of two major weekends in 2017 beginning Friday, June 23rd through Sunday, June 25th for three full days of TORC PRO and Crandon Sportsman racing as well as a live concert on Saturday night.
Thanks to the continued support of the Forest County Potawatomi Community, the Brush Run weekend will feature almost 200 of the sport’s fastest off-road vehicles and star drivers that make up The Off-Road Championship (TORC) series presented by AMSOIL. Crandon’s legendary high-speed dirt track will host intense, door-to-door action including the ultra-competitive PRO 4, PRO 2and PRO Light truck classes for Rounds 5 and 6 of the 2017 TORC season.
Located in heart of Wisconsin’s scenic Northwoods, the 400-acre purpose-built facility will debut the just completed “Vision Wheel Hospitality Complex,” a brand new grandstand facility that doubles spectator seating capacity. Located on the inside of Crandon’s legendary Forest County Potawatomi Turn 1, the complex also includes a greatly expanded kitchen, bar and souvenir stand as well as a new track announcing booth and VIP suite.
HEATED ACTION: While a wide variety of classes will compete in Crandon for top honors at this weekend’s Forest County Potawatomi Brush Run, a fan favorite is sure to be the unlimited TORC PRO 4 class featuring 900-horsepower, four-wheel drive trucks (top). 2017 points leader Brad Lovell will bring his #44 AMSOIL Ford in a revised TORC PRO 2 category that is attracting a large field of racers (above).
The talented field of racers expected for the Crandon Brush Run include Johnny Greaves, son CJ Greaves, Keegan Kincaid, Scott Douglas, Ross Hoek and the return of Chad Hord in the sport’s premiere PRO 4 class for unlimited 900-horsepower four-wheel drive trucks. Current points leaders in the TORC series after three rounds of racing in the 2017 are Johnny Greaves in PRO 4 (Monster Energy Toyota), Brad Lovell in PRO 2 (AMSOIL Ford), Kyle Kleiman in PRO Light (Ponsse Ford), Kyle Chaney in PRO Mod UTV (Can-Am) and CJ Greaves in the rapidly expanding PRO Stock UTV division (Yamaha).
The weekend’s on-track action will culminate late Sunday afternoon with the 24rd Annual “Forest County Potawatomi Chairman’s Cup Heavy Metal Challenge” race. Pitting the TORC PRO 2 and TORC PRO 4 classes together on the same track with a staggered start, the intense annual race offers a total cash prize package of $24,000, with the winner picking up a healthy $15,000 pay day. In addition, the winner will receive valuable product bonuses from Lincoln Welders and MasterCraft Safety.
BIG WINNER: Driving his trusty PR 2 truck, last June Crandon’s own Keegan Kincaid beat all of the four-wheel drive trucks to take home the Forest County Potawatomi Chairman’s Challenge Cup. This year the talented racer has stepped up to the sport’s ultimate class — the TORC PRO 4 category.
Off-road racing begin in Crandon, Wisconsin in 1970 with the inaugural Brush Run 101 race through the forestland surrounding the small town. The event grew so large that in the 1980s track officials added a spring race — renamed the Brush Run — to augment the hugely popular fall World Championship Off-Road Races® that attracted 49,600 fans last Labor Day holiday weekend.
A backbone of off-road racing in the American Midwest, the Crandon Sportsman Off-Road Series will host 10 unique classes of unique short-course machinery over the Brush Run weekend. In fact, Crandon International will provide the Sportsman classes an additional cash purse of $10,000 to make things more interesting.
The Crandon Sportsman classes and their sponsors include Auto Gear 1600 Light Buggy, Parsons Chevrolet Classix, Londerville Steel Stock Truck, Lincoln Welders 1600 Buggy, Trig’s Smoke House Super Buggy, Brew Pub Pizza Short Course Karts, Miller Lite Limited 4, MasterCraft Safety Formula 4×4, Mountain Dew Super Stock Truck and Country Hearth Super Truck.
Thousands of fans are expected this weekend to enjoy the weekend in 2,000 carefully groomed grass campsites that make up “Crandon Experience.” While many campsites are already reserved, fans can still arrive and get one on a first-come, first-served basis during race weekend. The campgrounds will open officially at noon on Thursday.
CLASS LEADERS: With three rounds of racing already completed in the 2017 TORC schedule, there is hot competition in many PRO and Sportsman classes. Early season points leaders include the Yamaha of CJ Greave in the PRO Stock UTV category (top) and the Posse-backed Ford PRO Light of Kyle Kleiman (above).
In keeping with Crandon tradition, Saturday night will feature a festival-style concert featuring The President’s Band beginning at 8:30pm. The concert is free to fans camping at Crandon for the weekend or those attending Saturday’s races. Gates will open for concert-only attendees with a $10.00 charge.
“We are really looking forward to joining our long-time sponsors at Forest County Potawatomi in hosting fans and racers to this year’s Brush Run weekend,” said Crandon President Cliff Flannery. “I’m confident that 2017 will be the best in our history, and debuting our new Vision Wheel Hospitality Complex is just so exciting as we can do what Crandon does best — make sure people have the time of their lives.”
Crandon International will open its gates to the public all three days beginning at 8:00am. Race fans can enjoy watching practice on Friday, June 23rd for free. Weekend admission is $45 for adults, with children 12 and under and seniors 75 and older getting in free. One-day admission is $25 for adults, children under 12 and senior 75 or older admitted free.
All weekend, camping and concert tickets for the Crandon Brush Run races will be available when the gates open beginning at 12:00 noon Thursday, June 22nd.