BFGoodrich Named “Official Tire” of Crandon International Raceway While Celebrating History with “BFGoodrich Barn”

PRO UTV Classes To Make Debut At Crandon Off-Road World Championships

BFGoodrich Named “Official Tire” of Crandon International Raceway While Celebrating History with “BFGoodrich Barn”

— Historic Crandon Barn Being Remodeled For Labor Day Weekend Debut —

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CRANDON, WISC. (August 18, 2016) – Celebrating the 40th anniversary of both its legendary All-Terrain T/A tire and the company’s first official entry into off-road racing at the 1976 SCORE Baja 500, BFGoodrich has been named “Official Tire” of Crandon International Raceway. Today’s partnership announcement not only expands BFGoodrich’s long relationship with the “Big House,” but is an integral component to this summer’s remodeling of its historic barn and the main entrance to the track’s highly popular “BFGoodrich PRO Pit” area of Crandon’s massive 400-acre facility.

The BFGoodrich brand has a rich history of racing excellence at Crandon International Raceway, including an impressive list of PRO and Sportsman Crandon World Championships. This heritage also incorporates 12 victories in Crandon’s prestigious BorgWarner/AMSOIL Cup races — more than all other tire companies combined. That list of Crandon winners includes such legendary names as Jack Flannery, Steve Kelley, Curt LeDuc, Scott Douglas, Carl Renezeder, Johnny Greaves, Jason Baldwin, Scott Douglas, Ricky Johnson, Chad Hord, Rob MacCachren and others.

“Racing at Crandon International Raceway gets to the roots of short course off-road racing in our country and is a venue BFGoodrich has focused on achieving success,” said Peter Calhoun, BFGoodrich motorsports marketing manager. “This is a legendary venue and there is no better place to incorporate our brand into this setting than the historic Crandon barn.”

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BFGoodrich has a long history of winning races and championships at Crandon International Raceway, and is expected to have top-level representation for the upcoming Off-Road World Championships/Crandon World Cup weekend. Two confirmed BFG racers are the Red Bull-supported PRO 2WD and PRO 4X4 trucks of Bryce Menzies (top, Peter Murphy image) and also AMSOIL-backed Brad Lovell in his #44 PRO 2WD. (above, Mike Roth image)

Known for hosting the oldest and most prestigious stadium-style off-road races in the world, Crandon International is preparing for its historic 47th annual Off-Road World Championship, scheduled for September 1-4, 2016. It will be a Labor Day weekend unlike any in the track’s colorful history. From the new Crandon World Cup/TORC PRO Open Test on Thursday, September 1st to two packed days of TORC PRO and Sportsman racing to Sunday’s new Crandon World Cup to the afternoon’s dramatic 7th annual AMSOIL Cup finale – the sport’s richest race – the 2016 Crandon World Championship promises to be something special for fans, drivers and teams.

For Crandon visitors of all types, the most significant change in 2016 will be a refreshing of the newly renamed “BFGoodrich Barn.”

Once the only two structures found on the vast 265-acre landscape known as Plumber’s Farm were small home and the large historic barn that now serves as Crandon International Raceway’s legendary landmark. It served as a home to 59 heads of milk cattle and up to 50 tons of hay before the land was purchase by the Crandon Wolfsman Sportsman Club in 1984. The house was eventually moved, but the barn stood all the way through 1998, when then lower portion was turned into the track office, a meeting room and a special VIP area and bar.

Until now, the upper portion of the barn served as a somewhat rustic meeting area and food concession stand. Special events, dances and even large family reunions have all taken place under the original structures massive open-air ceiling.

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The original barn, located at what was known as “Plumber’s Farm,” was one of two structures on the property before becoming the legendary Crandon International Raceway (top). Much of the remodeling work will come to the building’s main floor, including a new BFGoodrich heritage display, resurfaced walls and service bar, as well as the installation of numerous video monitors and an enhanced audio system (above).

For 2016’s 47th annual Crandon Off-Road World Championship and Crandon World Cup weekend, the traditional red and white structure will carry new BFGoodrich signage on the exterior, while inside the main area will be upgraded with a new BFGoodrich/Crandon historic display area, upgraded sound system, multiple new video displays, refreshed decorating and enhanced lighting.

“We are very proud of our expanded relationship with the BFGoodrich brand for 2016 and beyond,” explained Crandon Track President Cliff Flannery. “Our historic barn is as authentic as it gets, and we feel the same way about BFGoodrich’s long and winning history at Crandon International Raceway. They have won a huge number of races and championships here. We are going to help celebrate that legacy with the BFGoodrich Barn, the BFGoodrich PRO Pits and naming them as our “Official Tire.”

BFGoodrich and Crandon International invite all race fans attending the upcoming four-day “Woodstock for Gearheads” to come down to the newly renamed barn and enjoy the newest attraction at the “Big House.”

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About Crandon International Raceway:

Every athletic form of competition has its iconic “holy grail” location; magic places that organically merge time, place and history in locations often imitated — but certainly not duplicated. For off-road racing, that unlikely theater of speed is found deep within Wisconsin’s Northwoods at a place better known as the “Big House.” Located just 100 miles northwest of Green Bay and just outside of the tiny hamlet of Crandon (population: 1,386), Crandon International Raceway has provided three generations of fans with dirt throwing, high-intensity action and history-making performances. Crandon’s purpose-built, 400-acre facility is the finest on earth and has long hosted the largest crowds in short-course off-road racing history. Featuring 2,000 grass camping sites, in 2016 fans will enjoy two big weekends of racing each year including June’s Brush Run event and Labor Day weekend’s Crandon International Off-Road World Championship(R). Both events feature The Off Road Racing Championship (TORC) PRO and Sportsman divisions. For more information please visit www.crandonoffroad.com.

About BFGoodrich Tires
Using motorsports as a proving ground for more than 40 years, BFGoodrich Tires is involved in every type of racing, including sports car, short course, desert, dirt, and extreme rock crawling. BFGoodrich Tires combines technological expertise with vast motorsports experience, delivering a high-performance tire for every type of vehicle. Visit the BFGoodrich Tires Racing site at http://www.bfgoodrichracing.com on Facebook at www.Facebook.com/BFGoodrichTires or on Twitter at @BFGoodrichTires.

PRO UTV Classes To Make Debut At Crandon Off-Road World Championships

Crandon International Releases Official Labor Day Weekend Schedule For 47th Off-Road World Championships®

PRO UTV Classes To Make Debut At Crandon Off-Road World Championships

Crandon International Releases Official Labor Day Weekend Schedule For 47th Off-Road World Championships®

— Expanded Format Offers Two Days of TORC PRO/Sportsman Racing —
— Sunday To Feature New Crandon World Cup PRO Event —
— 7th Annual AMSOIL Cup Finale Provides Sport’s Richest Race —

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CRANDON, WISC. (August 12, 2016) – After nearly a year of preparation and cooperation, today legendary Crandon International Raceway released its official, action-packed Labor Day weekend schedule that offers an expanded format and four days of on-track action.

Known for hosting the oldest and most prestigious stadium-style off-road races in the world, Crandon International’s 47th annual Off-Road World Championship will be unlike any in the track’s colorful history. From the new Crandon World Cup/TORC PRO Open Testing on Thursday, September 1st to two packed days of TORC PRO and Sportsman racing to Sunday afternoon’s dramatic 7th annual AMSOIL Cup finale – the sport’s richest race – the 2016 Crandon World Championship promises to be something special for fans, drivers and teams.

Representing what many consider the sport’s “Indianapolis 500,” for tens of thousands of fun-loving race fans, the end-of-summer trek to Crandon is a “can’t miss” tradition. For 2016 guests to the 400-acre “Big House” can look forward to great racing, rich tradition, overnight camping and on-site concerts that make up the unforgettable “Crandon Experience.”

Crandon’s custom wrought iron gates will open to welcome visitors on Wednesday, August 31st at precisely 12:00 noon (EST). The facility’s massive grounds feature nearly 2,000 manicured grass campsites, many of which have been reserved for months. While track management expects a complete sell-out for campsites, those remaining are available onsite on a first-come, first-served basis.

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The most extensive schedule of racing and celebration in Crandon International Raceway’s 47-year history awaits race fans for the coming Labor Day weekend. Scheduled for September 1-4th, a packed four days includes TORC PRO series competition including local favorite Keegan Kincaid (far top), along with Crandon’s immensely popular World Championship Labor Day parade Friday morning (top). A wide variety of Sportsman categories will also be racing for TORC season and Crandon World Championships (above).

For the first time in history, the weekend officially kicks off on Thursday, September 1st with a full slate of open testing for all PRO-category racers preparing for TORC championship racing, “Crandon World Cup Sunday” as well as the AMSOIL Cup.

On Friday, September 2nd, the morning’s focus shifts to downtown Crandon with the Pit Crew Competition starting at 9:30am. All of the weekend’s PRO and Sportsman class cars and drivers will line the streets of the small Wisconsin Northwoods community to interact with fans just prior to the 47th Anniversary Crandon World Championship Labor Day Parade. A perfect slice of authentic Americana, the parade is a special and unique Crandon highlight.

After taking the mile-long drive back to Crandon International Raceway, competitors will begin preparation for the Forest County Potawatomi “Friday Night of Thunder.” This special event will include all TORC Sportsman classes battling for season points and a special appearance of the Crandon PRO Modified Karts. At 8:30pm race fans will enjoy a live concert at the Crandon concert stage courtesy of the 5th Gear band.

On Saturday, all of the TORC PRO and Sportsman classes will see a full slate of competition as drivers from across the country and Canada vie for 2016 championship titles. In addition, all Sportsman category winners will earn one of the coveted official title of Crandon Off-Road World Champion ®. Returning after a popular debut last year, on Saturday night thousands of Crandon fans will enjoy a live concert by Road Trip.

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More than 40,000 fans are expected to enjoy racing, food, drink and concerts over the four-day 2016 Crandon International Off-Road World Championship (top). Many will camp in one of 2,000 grass sites found on the facility, which opens its gates on Wednesday, August 31st at noon. The weekend reaches its crescendo on Sunday afternoon’s 7th AMSOIL Cup, the richest single race in the sport. Last year’s top prize went to Wisconsin’s own CJ Greaves (above).

New for 2016 is the highly anticipated Crandon World Cup. Hosted and promoted by Crandon International Raceway, the event has been created to attract the world’s best off-road racers and teams to compete for coveted Crandon World Championship® in a variety of PRO-level classes. For the first time in the sport’s nearly 50-year history, short course competitors from all sanctioning bodies around the country can race on a level playing field with no concerns about points, season championships or other hindrances. The event will be brought to an international mainstream audience as part of the Red Bull Signature Series – both via a live webcast on RedBull.TV and as a special 90-minute highlight program scheduled for airing on Sat., Oct. 8 at 2pm EST on NBC.

A world-class field of entries is expected to take the green flag for the weekend’s all-or-nothing 7th annual AMSOIL Cup shootout, which in 2016 offers a $58,00 cash purse and another $3,000 in products awaiting the winner of Crandon’s weekend finale. As is tradition, this prize package represents the largest payday in short-course off-road racing. Young racing sensation CJ Greaves will have to defend his 2015 title against at least 19 other hungry competitors looking to claim the race’s $47,000 first place prize.

Indeed, Crandon’s Labor Day weekend spectacle isn’t called the “Off-Road World Championship® ” for nothing – and the 2016 version will only to add stature to that reputation.

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About Crandon International Raceway:

Every athletic form of competition has its iconic “holy grail” location; magic places that organically merge time, place and history in locations often imitated — but certainly not duplicated. For off-road racing, that unlikely theater of speed is found deep within Wisconsin’s Northwoods at a place better known as the “Big House.” Located just 100 miles northwest of Green Bay and just outside of the tiny hamlet of Crandon (population: 1,386), Crandon International Raceway has provided three generations of fans with dirt throwing, high-intensity action and history-making performances. Crandon’s purpose-built, 400-acre facility is the finest on earth and has long hosted the largest crowds in short-course off-road racing history. Featuring 2,000 grass camping sites, in 2016 fans will enjoy two big weekends of racing each year including June’s Brush Run event and Labor Day weekend’s Crandon International Off-Road World Championship(R). Both events feature The Off Road Racing Championship (TORC) PRO and Sportsman divisions. For more information please visit www.crandonoffroad.com.

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— PRO UTV Classes Added To Crandon World Cup Line-Up —
— New TORC PRO UTV Classes Popular Addition In 2016 —
— Classes Emphasize Wide Variety Of Production-Based Machines —

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CRANDON, WISC. (August 17, 2016) – Adding even more firepower to an action-packed schedule, Crandon International Raceway has added two PRO UTV classes for the Labor Day weekend Off-Road World Championships®. The announcement not only incorporates the recently added 1000cc TORC PRO Stock and PRO Mod UTVs to Saturday’s schedule, but also to Sunday’s Crandon World Cup event, part of the Red Bull Signature Series.

The news adds an additional dimension for the growing UTV motorsports scene, with TORC competitors wrapping up the third and final race weekend of their inaugural season on Saturday, September 3rd. On Sunday, Crandon International will crown World Championship® titles to both the PRO Stock UTV and PRO Mod UTV winners, along with special World Cup trophies and a soon-to-be-disclosed cash and prize purse.

New for 2016 is the highly anticipated Crandon World Cup. Hosted and promoted by Crandon International Raceway, the event has been created to attract the world’s best off-road racers and teams to compete for coveted Crandon World Championship® in a variety of PRO-level classes. Highlights of the event will be brought to an international mainstream audience as part of the Red Bull Signature Series – both via a live webcast on RedBull.TV and as a special 90-minute highlight program scheduled for airing on Sat., Oct. 8 at 2pm EST on NBC.

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The Off-Road Championship (TORC) series is running their new PRO UTV categories for three weekends of racing in 2016, including the Crandon International Off-Road World Championships. These Bikeman Performance-sponsored Polaris RZRs are at the top of TORC championship standings. The #898 Polaris of Traevis Pointer (top) leads the PRO Mod UTV category, while the #989 driven by Jason Luburgh is at the top of the PRO Stock UTV class.
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Known for hosting the oldest and most prestigious stadium-style off-road races in the world, Crandon International’s 47th annual Off-Road World Championship will be unlike any in the track’s colorful history. From the new Crandon World Cup/TORC PRO Open Testing on Thursday, September 1st to two packed days of TORC PRO and Sportsman racing to Sunday afternoon’s dramatic 7th annual AMSOIL Cup finale – the sport’s richest race – 2016 at Crandon International promises to be something special for fans, drivers and teams.

In recent years, the incredible growth of the high-performance UTV industry has revolutionized the entire off-road industry, with new entries from Polaris, Yamaha, Arctic Cat, Can-Am, Kawasaki and others raising the stakes at an impressive pace. Naturally, racing these highly-capable machines was a natural evolution of the movement, and now there are UTV-centric events around the world.

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PRO UTV Classes To Make Debut At Crandon Off-Road World Championships

Factory racer Corry Weller, standing next to her six-speed DragonFire/Weller Racing Yamaha, has been a fixture on the UTV racing scene for years. Based in Phoenix, AZ, Weller is currently running second in the overall TORC PRO Stock UTV category and will make her competitive debut at Crandon International Raceway including the Crandon World Cup. (Photo Credits: Race One.)

UTV racers interested in competing in the Crandon Off-Road World Championships will run under TORC regulations, and will need to hold or obtain a current USAC license. Specially designated Crandon International Raceway officials will work with TORC officials to insure that all competitors stay strictly within the production-based spirit of the rules.

“The off-road world is changing, and these new performance UTVs have opened the door to a whole new generation of potential racers,” explained Crandon President Cliff Flannery. “We are pleased that PRO UTV racing will finally make its Crandon debut on the sport’s biggest stage – the 47th Crandon World Championships as well as in the Crandon World Cup. UTVs will be part of Crandon’s overall fabric for years to come.”

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10 Minutes With Cliff Flannery

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Crandon International’s President Talks Red Bull Signature Series, The New TORC and Creating A Labor Day Weekend “Super Bowl”

There are big things happening at Crandon International Raceway, including a new, multi-year alignment with the Red Bull Signature Series. The objective? To create a long-sought opportunity to give short-course off-road racing its first “non-denominational” event – one where a true East versus West showdown could take place in front of the sport’s largest and most devoted fan base on a level and open playing field.

The newly announced Crandon World Cup represents another milestone for a hard-working Crandon board of directors led by longtime President Cliff Flannery. He reflects the same Midwest set of ethics that define the entire Wisconsin, Northwoods region surrounding their 400-acre facility. Flannery is also justifiably proud of Crandon’s extended relationship with Amsoil, new partnerships with BFGoodrich and Polaris, as well as the World Cup’s impact in moving the track toward its upcoming 50th anniversary – to be celebrated in 2020.

We spent some time with the amiable and humble Flannery shared his thoughts on the Crandon World Cup, the new TORC, planning for the future and the importance of serving a great bratwurst.

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There were rumors of the new alliance with Red Bull Signature Series and an event like this for months. How did the Crandon World Cup finally come about?

Well, the truth is it all goes back longer than that. I was approached several times over the years by Colby Rodriquez, who used to be the main racing guy at Red Bull, about the idea of putting together wide-open pro-class short course race on Sunday of our fall World Championships weekend. We have the biggest facility, the largest crowds and the history to pull off something like that. But, we could never really put all the pieces together.

Then, we were contacted by an industry insider about the idea a week before last year’s World Championships event. We learned that the Red Bull Signature Series wanted to add a Crandon event to its 2016 NBC show line-up, and that they had the support from several of the Signature Series corporate partners. That’s when the ball started rolling again.

What was the difference this time in making it all come together?

Honestly, we had a great deal of help from Melodey Colyer from Red Bull Media House, Jeremy Meyer from Amsoil and Adam and Swany (Dave Swanwick) from MSI, who had taken over the management of the TORC series. But, from our perspective, we also put our faith into Marty Fiolka and the Rennsport Group, who had been our PR consultants up until that point. He had the patience and understanding that we didn’t, and worked for months with everyone involved. In the end, it was a big team effort from all sides because there was more moving parts than anybody knew going into the deal.

You sound proud of this accomplishment…

You betcha. Trying to get all the best pro racers in the sport together, even for one day of racing, to prove who is really a Crandon Off-Road World Champion always seemed like the right thing to do for the sport, its teams and especially its fans. We’ve been building this deal for 47 years, and the only constant in the sport of short-course off-road racing has been Crandon International. Now we have to work hard to fulfill this Labor Days potential, and grow it from there. We now have the best television and live online package in the sport thanks to Red Bull, RedBull.tv and NBC, and our goal is to host the largest crowd in our history. It’s gonna’ be something, I tell you…

Crandon just hosted its first event with the new MSI group that now runs the TORC series. How was that experience?

It was surprising and promising at the same time. We knew that the MSI group did a great job in producing the Frozen Rush for Red Bull, but they inherited a series that was in a world of hurt when they finished their season here last year. They have worked really hard with us – and all the racers and teams – to help bring the TORC program back in positive way and in a very short time. We worked together very well to bring the recent Brush Run and the World Championship weekend to life for 2016 and beyond. I think they added a great new race on the schedule at the new ERX Motorpark too. We have been working with that group to build a really nice new track that’s close to the Minneapolis area and millions of people.

It seems that Crandon is always trying to improve its facility and the fan experience. What is next on the horizon?

Most people still don’t realize that we operate as a non-profit club, so we put our money into our facility and promotion before we distribute tens of thousands of dollars back to local charities. Our fans are Crandon’s number one asset, so taking care of them is our biggest priority. We are also trying to expand our overall acreage next year as well as adding another 500 campsites in 2017. But, in the end, it’s still about great racing, cold Miller Lite and serving locally produced Trigg’s Smokehouse — the world best brats!

Crandon International Joins Red Bull Signature Series To Create First-Ever Off-Road Racing “World Cup”

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— Non-Denominational Crandon-Hosted Event To Air On Red Bull TV And NBC —
— Labor Day Weekend to Include TORC Championship Races —
— 7th Annual AMSOIL Cup Race to Provide Spectacular Finale —

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CRANDON, Wisconsin (July 7, 2017) – Providing the dynamic motorsport of short-course off-road racing the most impactful news in years, legendary Crandon International Raceway has announced a new, long-term association with Red Bull Media House. The partnership will create an independent motorsports event that will be part of the internationally renowned Red Bull Signature Series, a collection of the most progressive and innovative events in action sports. Set for Sun., September 4 at Crandon’s legendary “Big House,” the new Crandon World Cup® will be part of a 47th annual Labor Day race weekend that attracts more than 45,000 fans to the 400-acre facility over four days of racing.

Hosted and sanctioned by Crandon International Raceway, the event has been created to attract the world’s best off-road racers and teams to compete for coveted Crandon World Championships® in a variety of PRO-level classes. For the first time in the sport’s nearly 50-year history, short course competitors from all sanctioning bodies around the country can race at Crandon on a completely level playing field with no concerns about points, season championships or other hindrances out of their control. The event will be brought to an international audience via the Red Bull Signature Series live on Red Bull TV and as a highlight program on NBC.

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The intense, door-to-door combat of short-course off-road racing expected at the new Crandon World Cup® will be broadcast to millions of households as part of the Red Bull Signature Series – both via a live broadcast  on Red Bull TV and as a special 90-minute highlight program scheduled for airing on Sat., Oct. 8 at 2pm EST on NBC. Produced by MSI Live, a division of MSI, 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.

Today’s news is the culmination of nearly a year of negotiation, cooperation and goodwill between Crandon track officials, Red Bull Media House, Mountain Sports International (MSI), various corporate partners and the Rennsport Group. MSI is a Utah-based corporation that recently purchased The Off-Road Championship (TORC) short-course series that has two race weekends at Crandon International Raceway in 2016 including the recently concluded Brush Run weekend and the Labor Day weekend Crandon International Off-Road World Championships®.

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The Crandon World Cup® is an event our sport has needed for decades,” explained Crandon President Cliff Flannery. “Every form of racing – and every major sport — has its form of a ‘Super Bowl’ that decides who is the best in the world. After 46 years of our small Wisconsin town building-up the Labor Day weekend races, we have hosted the biggest short-course races anywhere. Now our fans and enthusiasts around the world can watch the ultimate competition with all the best drivers and teams, on the same track on the same day.”

While exact event format details and schedules are still being finalized, current plans call for “World Cup Sunday” to include Crandon World Championship® races in the PRO-4WD, PRO-2WD, PRO-Light, PRO Buggy and PRO Modified Kart divisions. The weekend will culminate in the 7th Annual AMSOIL Cup, a spectacular competition that pits the fastest 24 unlimited PRO-4WD and PRO-2WD trucks together on the track at the same time after a staggered start. This year’s intense annual race offers a first place cash payout of $47,000, plus a specially engraved gold plated “Crandon Top Gun” Henry rifle and valuable prize packages from Lincoln Electric and Impact Safety.

For the first time in the track’s history, all PRO division racers will have the opportunity for substantial open track testing on Thursday, September 1st. Racing will kick-off Friday night after the traditional Labor Day parade in downtown Crandon at the Forest County Potawatomi Community “Night of Thunder.” The 2016 TORC champions–including PRO 4WD, PRO 2WD and Atturo Tire PRO-Light classes–will be decided on Sat., Sept. 3, as well as season championships and Crandon World Champions® crowned in the MORR (Midwest Off-Road Racing) TORC Sportsman divisions.

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Fans from around the country are expected to invade Crandon’s immense facility, which is set to grow by 100 acres (for a total of 500) and another 500 camping sites (for a total of 2,500) in 2017. The on-site camping is part of the true “Crandon Experience,” with family and friends coming back year after year. While many campsites are already reserved, fans can still enjoy Crandon camping on a first-come, first-served basis or by reserving sites and tickets via www.crandonoffroad.com.

“The opportunity to finally create a wide-open, top level event like this for the first time in off-road history is exciting and gratifying,” concluded Flannery. “Crandon International is a very special place and is the only appropriate venue to showcase a true off-road  World Cup. We thank everyone at the Red Bull Signature Series for making this event a reality, and those who helped bring all of the pieces together. Everyone shared a high level of cooperation and a passion to elevate this dynamic form of motorsports via our new Crandon World Cup.” 

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About Crandon International Raceway:

Every athletic form of competition has its iconic “holy grail” location; magic places that organically merge time, place and history in locations often imitated — but certainly not duplicated. For off-road racing, that unlikely theater of speed is found deep within Wisconsin’s Northwoods at a place better known as the “Big House.” Located just 100 miles northwest of Green Bay and just outside of the tiny hamlet of Crandon (population: 1,386), Crandon International Raceway has provided three generations of fans with dirt throwing, high-intensity action and history-making performances. Crandon’s purpose-built, 400-acre facility is the finest on earth and has long hosted the largest crowds in short-course off-road racing history. Featuring 2,000 grass camping sites, in 2016 fans  will enjoy two big weekends of racing each year including June’s Brush Run event and Labor Day weekend’s Crandon International Off-Road World Championships®. Both events feature The Off Road Racing Championship (TORC) series and the MORR Sportsman divisions. The facility will also be open for summer camping so adventure enthusiasts can enjoy “the Crandon Experience.”  For more information please visit www.crandonoffroad.com.

About The Red Bull Signature Series:

The Red Bull Signature Series is the most progressive action sports property in the world, featuring best-in-class events such as Frozen Rush, Joyride, Straight Rhythm, Hare Scramble, Volcom Pipe Pro and Rampage. These events represent a collection of the most innovative surfing, mountain biking, skateboarding, and motorsports events on custom courses inspired by the athletes themselves. Red Bull Media House and the NBC Sports Group showcase this world-class property of action sports events all year long on Red Bull TV and NBC through state-of-the-art production and storytelling.  For more information, please visit www.redbull.tv 

About Red Bull TV:

Red Bull TV is a digital video service that features inspirational programming from the world of Red Bull, including live global events and an extensive selection of sports, music and lifestyle entertainment.  Red Bull TV is available on the web, connected TVs, gaming consoles, mobile devices, and more. Accessible via the web at www.redbull.tv and its Android, iOS and Windows Phone applications, Red Bull TV is also available as a pre-installed channel on Apple TV and Samsung Smart TVs and as a free, downloadable app on Amazon Fire TV, Kindle Fire, Chromecast, Nexus Player, Roku Players, Roku TV models and Xbox 360.

About Mountain Sports International:

Mountain Sports International (MSI) is a private company, founded in 1997, to develop and produce action/adventure sports events and programming in North America. MSI has managed events including Red Bull Frozen Rush, Ultimate Fighting Championships Octagon Nation Tour, Sierra Nevada Beer Camp Across America, The North Face Park and Pipe Open Series and the SCOTT Enduro Cup presented by Vittoria in addition to several other properties and concepts. MSI launched MSI Live in 2009, to provide live HD digital broadcast production, content management, encoding, and satellite uplink & delivery. MSI provides event management services, marketing, infrastructure and expertise for high-end brands, including Red Bull, Lexus, Burton, Mini, Toyota, The North Face, Clif Bar and Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. For more information, visit mtsports.com.

It’s Greaves Versus LeDuc In An Amsoil Cup Rematch

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CRANDON, WISC. –  For off-road racing fans around the country, the upcoming Labor Day weekend means one thing – the annual World Championships at Wisconsin’s Crandon International Raceway.

For 46 years, the sport’s fastest racers and 45,000-plus fans have converged on the small Northwoods town of Crandon to settle bragging rights and earn a special place in motorsports history. The largest event of its type in the world, both The Off Road Championship (TORC) professional and Crandon Sportsman series’ drivers will be looking to end their seasons with a victory at the theater of speed affectionately known as “The Big House.”

As was the case last year, a major storyline will focus on California-based racer Kyle LeDuc as he attempts to slow down Green Bay’s CJ Greaves and his father Johnny in the sport’s premier unlimited PRO 4×4 truck class. LeDuc comes to Crandon bolstered by an incredible 12-for-12 victory tally in the west coast-based Lucas Oil series piloting his #99 Monster Energy Ford. CJ Greaves will be looking to not only wrap up the 2015 TORC PRO 4×4 championship, but also another season title in the TORC PRO 2WD division.

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In last year's Amsoil Challenge Cup race, Kyle LeDuc (above, center) had an epic battle with Crandon favorite Johnny Greaves (left) and talented son CJ Greaves (right). LeDuc took the victory (top) after a race-long battle with the Green Bay residents (Race One/Mad Media images.)
In last year’s Amsoil Challenge Cup race, Kyle LeDuc (above, center) had an epic battle with Crandon favorite Johnny Greaves (left) and talented son CJ Greaves (right). LeDuc took the victory (top) after a race-long battle with the Green Bay residents (Race One/Mad Media images.)

After a full weekend of racing and concerts held within the track’s massive 400-acre property, the 6th Annual Amsoil Challenge Cup will again serve as an intense and spectacular finale. The race will see TORC’s PRO 2WD and PRO 4×4 classes let loose on the track at the same time after receiving staggered starts. In an Amsoil Challenge Cup record, the winner will take home $46,000 in cash plus additional prizes from MasterCraft Safety and Lincoln Welders.

Last year it was a flying LeDuc that snatched the Amsoil Cup victory from both Greaves — all piloting Monster Energy-sponsored TORC PRO 4×4 trucks.

For this year, the Greaves Motorsports team is taking steps to insure that performance won’t happen again. “We’ve improved both our trucks to another level over 2014,” said Johnny Greaves, himself a two-time Labor Day cup winner. “Our laps times at Crandon for the spring Forest County Potawatomi Community Cup race were faster than the quickest lap laid down at last year’s Amsoil Cup race.”

Part of that philosophy springs from the confidence found in fact that CJ Greaves has the lead in both the TORC PRO 2WD and PRO 4×4 categories, with Johnny a solid runner up in the later class.The younger Greaves will be battling Crandon’s own Keegan Kincaid for the PRO 2WD title.

Another source of optimism might also be the news that the team is rolling out a brand new unlimited Toyota PRO 4×4 for CJ that incorporates the same manual transmission used by his father.

Labor Day weekend at Crandon is the biggest, baddest race there is by far,” the senior Greaves added. “So, we are coming to dominate and leave absolutely nothing on the table.”

They are back! Much to delight of fans, last year the wild Modified Kart class made its Crandon International debut. Driven by a talent group of youngsters, these small but mighty Karts feature large motors, long wheel travel and high speeds. (Jeffrey Keeble image).
They are back! Much to delight of fans, last year the wild Modified Kart class made its Crandon International debut. Driven by a talent group of youngsters, these small but mighty Karts feature large motors, long wheel travel and high speeds. (Jeffrey Keeble image).

Representing what many call the sport’s “Indianapolis 500,” for tens of thousands of fun-loving race fans the  end-of-summer trek to the Wisconsin Northwoods is a “can’t miss” tradition. For 2015, guests to the 400-acre “Big House” can look forward to a jam-packed, three-day schedule of great racing, rich tradition and on-site entertainment that make up the unforgettable “Crandon Experience.”

Crandon’s custom wrought iron gates will open to welcome visitors on Wednesday, September 2nd at precisely 12:00 noon (EST). The facility’s massive grounds feature nearly 2,000 manicured grass campsites, many of which are reserved months in advance. While track management expects another sell-out for campsites, those remaining will be available on a first-come, first-served basis. Daily parking and admission tickets are also available at the gate.

On Saturday, September 5th Crandon International will crown World Champion titles to PRO classes in the TORC Series and to a wide variety of Sportsmen competitors. The Super Buggy of current points leader Rodney Vaneperen is a prime example of a hard-driving Sportsman racer.
On Saturday, September 5th Crandon International will crown World Champion titles to PRO classes in the TORC Series and to a wide variety of Sportsmen competitors. The Super Buggy of current points leader Rodney Vaneperen is a prime example of a hard-driving Sportsman racer.

Saturday will be a busy day with a full slate of TORC Pro and Crandon Sportsman and Pro classes. Competitors from across the country and Canada will go wheel-to-wheel to to earn themselves a coveted World Champion® title. Sportsman classes include; Parsons Classix, Londerville Steel Stock Truck, Auto Gear Pizza 1600 Light Buggy, Miller Light Limited 4, MasterCraft Safety Formula 4×4, Mt. Dew Super Stock Truck, Brew Pub Short Course Karts, Trigs Smoke House Super Buggy and the Country Hearth Super Truck.

The exciting TORC PRO Light, PRO 2WD AND PRO 4×4 clases will end the day of racing, giving way to Wisconsin-based Vic Ferrari Band – another popular Crandon Labor Day weekend institution.

On Sunday, the weekend will culminate with more competition and series’ championships crowned in the Crandon Sportsman and TORC PRO truck categories. Fans will then settle in for the most intense off-road competition in the sport —  the 6th Annual Amsoil Cup Challenge race.

For more information on Crandon International Off-Road Raceway visitwww.crandonoffroad.com.

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Packed Schedule For 46th Labor Day Off-Road World Championships®

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CRANDON, WISC. – In preparation for hosting the oldest and most prestigious stadium-style off-road races in the world, Crandon International Raceway today released its official action-packed Labor Day weekend schedule.

Representing what many call the sport’s “Indianapolis 500,” for tens of thousands of fun-loving race fans the  end-of-summer trek to the Wisconsin Northwoods is a “can’t miss” tradition. For 2015, guests to the 400-acre “Big House” can look forward to a jam-packed, three-day schedule of great racing, rich tradition and on-site entertainment that make up the unforgettable “Crandon Experience.”Crandon’s custom wrought iron gates will open to welcome visitors on Wednesday, September 2nd at precisely 12:00 noon (EST). The facility’s massive grounds feature nearly 2,000 manicured grass campsites, many of which are reserved months in advance. While track management expects another sell-out for campsites, those remaining will be available on a first-come, first-served basis. Daily parking and admission tickets are also available at the gate.

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For three generations, the end of summer in Wisconsin is a 46-year-old celebration at Crandon International Off Road Raceway (top). Known as “The Big House,” the 400-acre facility will host the sport’s largest race over three days of competition and live entertainment. On Saturday night the Crandon crowd will party late into the night thanks to the Vic Ferrari Band. (Peter Murphy image)

The weekend officially kicks off on Friday, September 4th in downtown Crandon with the Pit Crew Competition starting at 9:30am. All of the weekend’s The Off Road Championship (TORC) Pro and Crandon Sportsman class cars and drivers will line the streets of the small Wisconsin community to interact with fans just prior to the 46th Anniversary World Championship Labor Day Parade. A perfect slice of authentic Americana, the parade is a beloved Crandon tradition.

After taking the mile-long drive back to Crandon International Raceway, competitors will begin preparing for the Forest County Potawatomi “Friday Night of Thunder.” This special event will include TORC Pro class practice, Crandon Sportsman practice as well as special racer for the Brew Pub Short Course Karts, the Lincoln Electric 1600 buggies and the modified Trophy Kart class. At 8:00pm race fans will enjoy a live concert at the Monster Energy stage courtesy of the Road Trip band.

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Exciting racing? Check. Huge prizes? Check. Live music and hot brats? Check. Amsoil trophy girls? Check. Labor Day weekend at Crandon International has it all! (Amsoil image)

Saturday will be a busy day with a full slate of TORC Pro and Crandon Sportsman and Pro classes. Competitors from across the country and Canada will go wheel-to-wheel to to earn themselves a coveted World Champion® title. Sportsman classes include; Parsons Classix, Londerville Steel Stock Truck, Auto Gear Pizza 1600 Light Buggy, Miller Light Limited 4, MasterCraft Safety Formula 4×4, Mt. Dew Super Stock Truck, Brew Pub Short Course Karts, Trigs Smoke House Super Buggy and the Country Hearth Super Truck.

The exciting TORC PRO Light, PRO 2WD AND PRO 4×4 clases will end the day of racing, giving way to Wisconsin-based Vic Ferrari Band – another popular Crandon Labor Day weekend institution.

On Sunday, the weekend will culminate with more competition and series’ championships crowned in the Sportsman and PRO Light truck categories. The finale will see TORC’s PRO 2WD and PRO 4×4 classes let loose on the track at the same time after receiving staggered starts for the 6th Annual Amsoil Cup Challenge race.

For more information on Crandon International Off-Road Raceway visitwww.crandonoffroad.com.

Record $46,000 Winner’s Cash Purse Set For Amsoil Challenge Cup

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CRANDON, WISC. – For nearly five decades, the Labor Day off-road racing tradition at Crandon International Off-Road Raceway in Wisconsin has represented the sport’s “Indianapolis 500.” It’s falls on a major summer weekend. It’s a true Midwest tradition. There are huge crowds. It’s a true and organic piece of motorsports Americana.

Perhaps most importantly to the world-class field of entries expected to take the green flag for the all-or-nothing 6th Annual Amsoil Challenge Cup race is the $56,500 in cash and other $3,000 in products awaiting the winners of Crandon’s weekend finale. As is tradition, this prize package represents the largest payday in short-course off-road racing, with the winner taking home $46,000 in cash alone.The big race will see TORC’s (The Off Road Championship) PRO 2WD and PRO 4×4 classes let loose on the track at the same time after receiving staggered starts.A popular new Crandon tradition with racers is an American made, custom gold-plated Henry rifle that the Amsoil Cup winner will also take home.
Indeed, Crandon’s Labor Day spectacle isn’t called the “Off-Road World Championships® ” for no reason.
The Off Road Championship (TORC) Pro truck classes will be a highlight of the huge upcoming Labor Day weekend of racing at Wisconsin's Crandon International Raceway. All eyes will be on young CJ Greaves, who lives in nearby Green Bay, as the talented driver looks to clinch both the unlimited TORC PRO 2WD and PRO 4x4 category championships. (TORC Image)
The Off Road Championship (TORC) Pro truck classes will be a highlight of the huge upcoming Labor Day weekend of racing at Wisconsin’s Crandon International Raceway. All eyes will be on young CJ Greaves, who lives in nearby Green Bay, as the talented driver looks to clinch both the unlimited TORC PRO 2WD and PRO 4×4 category championships. (TORC Image)

A popular new Crandon tradition with racers is an American made, custom gold-plated Henry rifle that the Amsoil Cup winner will also take home. Last year California racer Kyle LeDuc made his trip back east worthwhile as he “outgunned” local favorites Johnny Greaves and son CJ Greaves in a nail-biting Amsoil Cup finale.

Indeed, Crandon’s Labor Day spectacle isn’t called the “Off-Road World Championships® ” for no reason.

The massive 400-acre, purpose-built Crandon International facility is located two hours northwest of Green Bay, Wisconsin. With 2,000 camping spots expected to be pre-sold and thousands more spectators filing through the track’s entrances for three days of racing, in 2015 officials are working hard to insure the facility lives up to its reputation as the “Big House.” Last year, the track set a single-day attendance record with 20,000 guests watching Sunday’s action. Up to 45,000 race fans are expected to soak in the “Crandon Experience” over the entire Labor Day weekend.

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After hosting 46 years of the best short course off-road racing in the world, Crandon International — aka “The Big House — is bracing for another record Labor Day weekend crowd for 2015. Tickets and remaining on-site camping spots will be available at the gate. (Peter Murphy Image)

Gates will open Wednesday, September 2nd for campers excited to get to Crandon’s grassy camp and prepare for an action-packed racing by day and the event’s highly-popular concerts and colorful parties by night. The weekend officially kicks-off on Friday, September 4th at 9:30 a.m. with the Pit Crew Competition and 46th Anniversary World Championship Labor Day Parade in downtown Crandon. Later, 13 different classes including the crowd favorite “Trophy Kart” category hit the dirt for practice, qualifying and racing as part of the track’s “Friday Night of Thunder” races. At 8:30pm the Crandon crowd will enjoy a live concert by the band “Road Trip.”

Saturday will see a full slate of Sportsman and Pro class  competition as drivers from across the country and Canada vie to become a Crandon Off-Road World Champion®  – an official title bestowed to each of the day’s class winners. Wisconsin’s own seven-member Vic Ferrari Band will again entertain the crowd that evening – a highly popular Crandon Labor Day weekend tradition.

On Sunday, the weekend will culminate with more competition and series’ championships crowned in the Sportsman and PRO Light truck categories. The finale will see TORC’s PRO 2WD and PRO 4×4 classes let loose on the track at the same time after receiving staggered starts for the 6th Annual Amsoil Cup Challenge race.

For more information on Crandon International Off-Road Raceway visitwww.crandonoffroad.com.

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Walker Evans Renames Crandon’s Legendary Launch” Zone

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CRANDON, WISC. — Mirroring the lifelong relationship his old friend Parnelli Jones has with the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, off-road icon Walker Evans recently added to his Crandon International Off-Road Raceway legacy. Thanks to a new track partnership with his highly successful business enterprise of Walker Evans Racing, the man nicknamed “The Legend” can enjoy watching the sport’s best racers literally fly into history via the renamed “Walker Evans Racing Legendary Launch.”

Along with Crandon’s famous Forest County Potawatomi Turn 1, the Walker Evans Racing “Legendary Launch” represents one of the track’s most historic landmarks. Located after a fast but steep uphill climb that lies at the exit of Crandon’s Polaris RZR Gravel Pit Turn, this extreme jump launches competitors toward the track’s Calamity Corner and the Amsoil Finish Line. More often than not fearless racers will attack this portion of the track side-by-side with two or even three competitors.

While today’s increasingly powerful TORC (The Off Road Championship) series PRO 2WD and PRO 4WD unlimited race trucks are coming ever closer, the Walker Evans Legendary Launch all-time distance record was set in June, 1996 by Jed Flannery, who sailed his Chevrolet truck 165.4 feet – just over half the length of a regulation football field!

Recently inducted into the Motorsports Hall of Fame America, Walker Evans was a winning driver and team owner no matter the off-road discipline. Seen here being interviewed in Crandon's winner's circle, Evans was a major influence in building the track's legacy. (Crandon image)
Recently inducted into the Motorsports Hall of Fame America, Walker Evans was a winning driver and team owner no matter the off-road discipline. Seen here being interviewed in Crandon’s winner’s circle, Evans was a major influence in building the track’s legacy. (Crandon image)

The Walker Evans Legendary Launch is sure to be a major attraction for the massive 46th annual Crandon International World Championship Off-Road Races ®. Held over the Labor Day holiday weekend on September 4-6th, the event represents the largest short-course off-road race in the world. With a record crowd and all 2,000 camping spots expected to be reserved in advance, spectators will enjoy a full schedule of TORC PRO and Crandon Sportsman competition as both series wrap-up their 2015 seasons. The weekend will be topped with the huge Amsoil Cup race, featuring the largest cash prize in off-road motorsports.

Since heading east to race in Crandon from his Riverside, California home, Walker “The Legend” has been one of the sport’s best racers, innovators and ambassadors. Over his long and successful career, Evans earned 142 victories in both desert racing and short course competition — claiming 21 championships and five Baja 1000 wins in the process.

Evans was a figure in bringing national media and factory attention to Crandon International Raceway. He won his first SODA race in 1986 at the Lake Geneva Raceway in Lake Geneva, Wisconsin. In 1994 and 1995 he took home the SODA Class-8 (two-wheel drive) championships and completed his SODA campaign with three overall and 31 class wins. He moved to the CORR series, where he claimed three race wins and the 1999 and 2000 CORR Pro-4 season title before his subsequent retirement from short-track off-road racing.

Walker Evans has been honored as an inductee into the Off-Road Motorsports Hall of Fame (ORMHOF) in 2004 and just recently into the Motorsports Hall of Fame America.

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Walker Evans was (and is) a huge crowd favorite for legions of Crandon International off-road fans. That includes honoring his retirement from short-course competition during the traditional Labor Day parade in downtown Crandon. (Crandon image)

 

That legacy of racing excellence is being carried on by young talent RJ Anderson, son of Walker Evans Racing President and long-time team Crew Chief Randy Anderson. Starting from the tender age of 14, RJ is now a professional short-course racer and TORC Rookie of the Year, in addition to being a Pro-Lite champion. Last year, Anderson brought his Monster/Polaris-sponsored Pro-2 to race the World Championships weekend, dazzling everyone with a hard fought podium appearance in the weekend’s finale Amsoil Challenge Cup.

“Crandon’s relationship with Walker Evans and Walker Evans Racing runs deep,” explained Crandon International President Cliff Flannery. “We are proud of this historic relationship, and honored his company has agreed to this new partnership. To rename this historic part of Crandon as the ‘Walker Evans Racing Legendary Launch” is about as good as it gets.”

For more information on Crandon International Off-Road Raceway visitwww.crandonoffroad.com.

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Recap: 2015 Forest County Potawatomi Brush Run 101

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Johnny Greaves Powers His Way To 4th Crandon Forest County Potawatomi Community Cup Win

— Keegan Kincaid Dominates TORC PRO 2WD Division —
— Stingle, Chestnut, Steinhardt, VanEperan Enjoy Sportsman Perfection —

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CRANDON, WISC. — After an incredibly competitive and intense two days of racing at Crandon International’s Forest County Potawatomi Brush Run, the overriding opinion by veteran off-road observers was simple. The general consensus was that last Sunday’s racing in general — and the big FCP Community Cup finale in particular — would be ones to remember.

Not surprising given the track’s legendary reputation for producing big drama and world-class performances, those observations were right on the money.

A healthy crowd of the Crandon faithful indeed enjoyed big doses of sunshine, hospitality and great racing as local favorites wrote the weekend’s biggest headlines. This was especially true fo the Greaves family, who took both day’s The Off Road Championship (TORC) PRO 4WD unlimited races and the events biggest prize — the 22nd Annual Forest County Potawatomi Cup.

Unlike Saturday, Sunday’s schedule split the racing sessions between the TORC PROs and the Crandon Sportsman series drivers. In the morning session for Sportsman, Greg Stingle took his third consecutive weekend victory in the Auto Gear 1600 Light Buggy class before being matched by the three-for-three performance of Dale Chestnut in the Parson’s Chevrolet Classix division. Popular Crandon racer Diesel Shanak returned to his winning ways in the Londerville Steel Stock Truck class, while Jerry Edgerton stood at the top of Crandon’s podium by winning the Country Hearth Super Truck class for the second consecutive day.

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A big news story this weekend came from north of the border as young Canadian Travis Dinsmore laid claim to his first-ever professional racing victory. Driving the #43 Sle-co./Atturo Tire-supported truck, the resident of Paris, Ontario survived a tough battle to win Sunday’s TORC PRO Lights race — which also happened to be his first-career victory at Crandon International. (Mike Reusche Image)

For The Off Road Championship series (TORC) presented by Amsoil crew, the day’s schedule was rearranged from Saturday’s to allow both the top PRO 2WD and PRO 4WD teams to race, then re-prep their exotic, high-horsepower race truck for the day’s feature race – the 22nd annual Crandon Forest County Potawatomi Community Cup Challenge.

As was the case Saturday, the PRO 4WD race for unlimited four-wheel drive trucks was another Greaves family showcase. After leading for much of the race, #33 Maxxis Toyota of CJ Greaves reversed yesterday’s result by passing his father Johnny with just a few laps to go to earn his fourth class victory of 2015 – despite it being his rookie season. Like yesterday, Scott Douglas come home in 3rd.

Popular local racer Keegen Kincaid in his #7 Traxxas truck backed up yesterday’s exciting PRO 2WD win with a hard-fought victory over CJ Greaves and Marty Hart. For the son of Crandon champion Jeff Kincaid, the weekend double were the first in 2015 after Keegan burst into class with last year’s TORC victory at Sturgis.

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Son of Crandon champion Jeff Kincaid, young Keegan Kincaid from Argonne, Wisconsin, was unstoppable this weekend at the Crandon FCP Brush Run weekend.Kincaid took both of the weekend’s TORC PRO 2WD competitions in convincing fashion. (TORC Image)

Crandon Sportsman competition filled out much of the afternoon for a large and appreciative crowd enjoying a mild Wisconsin Sunday. A happy Jerry Conrad took home top honors in the Miller Lite Limited 4 division, with S.Dave Miah topping the MasterCraft Safety Formula 4×4 field. A tight group of 15 Lincoln Electric 1600 Buggies didn’t deter Mark Steinhardt from enjoying a perfect Brush Run weekend.

The youngest racers of the weekend took to the track in the Brew Pub Pizza Short Course Karts, with #20 Braden Beauchamp happily accepting his first place Crandon trophy. In the Mt. Dew Super Stock Truck division, Mitch Dorr was unstoppable, as was three-time weekend winner Rodney VanEperen in the Trigs Smoke House Super Buggy class.

With the Sportsman competition concluded, a large TORC PRO Lights group took the green flags in the day’s penultimate race. As always, the action was heated in this large class, but at the end Canadian Travis Dinsmore, piloting the #43 Ford, won his first TORC race over yesterday’s winner Luke Johnson. Doug Mittag finished in 3rd.

As Sunday afternoon slowly shifted to early evening, a snarling group of TORC unlimited trucks sat at Crandon’s legendary Land Rush starting line for the weekend’s main event – the 22nd annual Forest County Potawatomi Community Cup. The $24,000 cash purse guaranteed the on-track battle would be intense – and once again the track and the PRO racers didn’t disappoint.

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Final corner. Final lap. Forest County Potawatomi Community Cup 2015. Johnny Greaves (left) takes an aggressive inside move to edge out son CJ by a half a truck length at the finish. Both racers were proud to have raced each other “clean,” but also in putting on a great show for the large June crowd at Crandon International Raceway. (TORC Image)

At the drop of the green flag, it was Kincaid who swept into Crandon’s famous Forest County Potawatomi Turn 1 first, as the TORC PRO 2WDs enjoyed a 16 second head start. Not surprisingly, the #22 Monster Energy Toyota of Johnny Greaves then appeared; followed in hot pursuit by CJ Greaves, Scott Douglas and Chad Hord. Despite running a blistering pace, eventually young Kincaid was swallowed up by the PRO 4WD freight train led by the senior Greaves.

With laps clicking off it CJ tried every trick he had around Crandon’s 1.75-mile track to make a pass for the lead. He finally made it stick on the last lap, only to have his more experienced mentor make a desperate final move in the hairpin just before the Amsoil finish line. The victory went to an elated Johnny Greaves, with CJ second and a satisfied Chad Hord taking the final podium position.

For Greaves, Sunday’s triumph marks his fourth Forest County Potawatomi Community Cup title, tying the Appleton, Wisconsin resident with Las Vegas racer Rob MacCachren for the all-time lead with four wins each.

“Man, how was that for a race?” he shouted to a large gathering of happy Crandon fans.“That kid of mine kept reminding me of things that I had taught him over the years. I kept looking up and thinking; ‘Where did that little s**t learn that?”

Wearing his traditional victory wreath and holding his check for $15,000, he added; “I really want to thank my friends at Forest County Potawatomi for making all this happen. We have had a great relationship with them for years, and winning this today just feels really good.”

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Crandon International President Cliff Flannery (lower left), CJ Greaves, Johnny Greaves, Chad Hord and Forest County Potawatomi Community representative Eugene Shawano share the Crandon victory podium after this weekend’s big Cup race. (TORC Image)

With its 2015 season now at the half-way point, the TORC Series presented by Amsoil will head southeast for Rounds 9 and 10 at The Dirt Track at Charlotte Motor Speedway. The trip is much closer for the Sportsman racers as enjoy the challenging dirt circuit at nearby Bark River, Wisconsin.

Crandon International will again opens its massive gates on Labor Day weekend (September 4-6) for the 46th running of the World Championship Off-Road Races ®. A full schedule of TORC Pro and Crandon Sportman racing is expected as both series wrap-up their 2015 seasons. The weekend will be topped with the huge Amsoil Cup race, featuring the largest cash prize in off-road motorsports.

With a record crowd and all 2,000 camping spots expected to be sold, gates will open on Wednesday,  September 2nd at 12:00 noon. For more information please visitwww.crandonoffroad.com

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Crandon Set For 22nd Annual Forest County Potawatomi Brush Run

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Crandon International Raceway Set For 22nd Annual Forest County Potawatomi Brush Run

— TORC PRO Classes Highlight Comprehensive Weekend Schedule —

— Large Field of Sportsmen Series Competitors To Race Three Rounds — 

— Sunday’s FCP Community Cup Race Boasts $24,000 Cash Purse —  

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CRANDON, WISC. — It’s a phenomenon that started nearly half a decade ago in the backwoods of northwest Wisconsin. It has evolved into a major stop in America’s off-road racing calendar.

As it has since 1970, this weekend Crandon International Raceway will be the epicenter of the short-course off-road racing world as it gets ready to host the 22nd annual Forest County Potawatomi Brush Run event. Held at the legendary facility’s purpose-built race track located in the heart of Wisconsin’s scenic Northwoods, the Brush Run schedule features nearly three full days of TORC PRO and Crandon Sportsman racing from Friday, June 26th through Sunday, June 28th.

The weekend’s on-track action will culminate late Sunday afternoon with the 22nd Annual Forest County Potawatomi Community Cup race. Pitting the TORC PRO 2WD and TORC PRO 4WD 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.

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Wisconsin’s Chad Hord, winner of last year’s Forest County Potawatomi Community Cup, will be returning to Crandon International Raceway this weekend to defend his title. This year, however, Hord has moved up to the powerful and unlimited TORC PRO 4WD division. (Jeff Keeble image)

On Saturday and Sunday the stars of The Off-Road Championship (TORC) series presented by Amsoil will take to Crandon’s legendary high-speed dirt track including the ultra-competitive PRO 4WD, PRO 2WD and PRO LIGHT truck classes. Leading the field will be Wisconsin native CJ Greaves, who leads the PRO 2WD division while second in the PRO 4WD points battle behind father Johnny Greaves. Kyle Hart, whose father Marty is also a short-course racing legend, comes to the Brush Run weekend atop the TORC PRO LIGHTS points standings.

This weekend’s Crandon Forest County Potawatomi Brush Run represents Rounds 7 and 8 of a 16-race 2015 TORC season. As is tradition, TORC and Crandon Sportsman Off-Road Series racers will conclude their year at Crandon International Raceway’s huge World Championships event taking place Labor Day weekend (September 4-6, 2015).

Off-road racing begin in Crandon, Wisconsin in 1970 with the inaugural Brush Run 101 race through the forest land 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 ®.

Wisconsin native CJ Greaves will bring his considerable talents to Crandon International Raceway for the Forest County Potawatomi Community Brush Run riding a huge wave of racing momentum. Son of Crandon legend Johnny Greaves, CJ won all four TORC PRO 2WD and TORC PRO 4WD races this past weekend at Chicagoland Speedway. (Chris Hord images)
Wisconsin native CJ Greaves will bring his considerable talents to Crandon International Raceway for the Forest County Potawatomi Community Brush Run riding a huge wave of racing momentum. Son of Crandon legend Johnny Greaves, CJ won all four TORC PRO 2WD and TORC PRO 4WD races this past weekend at Chicagoland Speedway. (Chris Hord images)

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 during next weekend’s Brush Run event. Track officials will stage a special schedule of racing for these classes on Friday afternoon as a make-up for a rained-out Sunday at the Londerville Steel Enterprises Super Challenge several weeks ago. Friday’s racing will represent Round 2 of the 2015 Sportsman season, with Rounds 3 and 4 scheduled for Saturday, June 27 and Sunday, June 28.

The Crandon Sportsman classes and their sponsors include Auto Gear 1600 Light Buggy, Parsons Chevrolet Classix, Londerville Steel Stock Truck, Lincoln Welders 1600 Buggy, Trigs 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.

Fans are expected to invade Crandon’s immense 400-acre facility from around the country. The on-site camping is part of the true “Crandon Experience,” with family and friends coming back year after year. While many camp sites are already reserved, fans can still enjoy Crandon camping on a first-come, first-served basis.

In keeping with Crandon tradition, Saturday night will feature a festival-style concert featuring The Cougars Band, a unique rock group fronted by three female vocalists. Highly popular all around the state of Wisconsin, the Cougars Band specializes in “belty, high-energy songs with lots of harmony.”

Wisconsin's own The Cougars Band will entertain Crandon International Brush Run fans on Saturday night, June 27 beginning at 8:00 PM on the Crandon Monster Energy stage. 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. (Cougars Band image)
Wisconsin’s own The Cougars Band will entertain Crandon International Brush Run fans on Saturday night, June 27 beginning at 8:00 PM on the Crandon Monster Energy stage. 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. (Cougars Band image)

“After the success of the Londerville Steel Super Challenge weekend earlier this month, the staff at Crandon International Raceway is looking forward to hosting the biggest Brush Run event in our history,” said Crandon President Cliff Flannery. “Our schedule is packed from Friday afternoon through Sunday, and we know our fans will enjoy a great show.”

Crandon International will open its gates to the public all three days beginning at 8:00 AM. Weekend admission is $40 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. Crandon will also offer Saturday night-only admission to enjoy the Cougars Band concert for just $10.

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 25th .

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Crandon International Sets Record, Then Suffers Rain-Out, At Londerville Steel “Super Challenge” Event

Crandon International Raceway Hosts Record Crowd For Londerville Super Challenge Event

— Saturday Attracts Enthusiastic Fans, Sunday Schedule Rained Out —

— Large Field of Sportsmen Series Racers Kicks-Off 2015 Season —

— Jason Shipman Repeats as Branik Cup Winner —  

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The weekend’s big winner was Jason and Andy Shipman from Farmington, Missouri. With veteran rock racer Jason behind the wheel of this W.E. Rock 4400 class vehicle, the team repeated as winners of the prestigious Branik Cup. They took home a prize of $10,000 and a beautiful custom trophy for their victorious effort. (Chris Hord image)

CRANDON, WISC. — With the last snippets of a brutal winter now a distant memory, warm sunny skies and an all-day, jam-packed schedule of racing greeted a huge crowd on hand for Saturday’s 3rd annual “Londerville Super Challenge Off-Road Weekend” at Crandon International Off-Road Raceway.

After three years of growth, the third “major” event in Crandon International’s summer racing series set attendance and participation records for the all-encompassing, dirt-filled event. The track, known affectionately as the “Big House,” promoted a kaleidoscope of off-road disciplines utilizing different configurations of the 400-acre facility located in the picturesque Wisconsin Northwoods. While officials did not release final attendance figures, they were confident that the event had “doubled in size” since last year’s running of the unique competition.

The first race on Saturday’s schedule for the Crandon Sportsman Series was for the 1600 Light Buggy class. Representing the largest class of the day, 21 entries fought to take the year’s first checkered flag. In the end, #201 Greg Stingle took a flag-to-flag victory with a great battle going on behind him between Matt Mullen and Todd Lemke.

Race 2 combined the Classix and Stock Truck classes. #613 Dale Chestnut beat #601 Bill Wilson and #655 Galen Gee in Classix and for the top three overall positions. The Stock Truck class was won by #520 Brad Milan, with #593 Diesel Shanak and #573 Lon Jaskie coming in second and third.

Greg Stingle, hailing from Black Creek, Wisconsin, took the year's first hole shot in Crandon's infamous Forest County Potowatomi Turn 1. The veteran racer went on to win the crowded 1600 Light Buggy division on Saturday morning. (Chris Hord image)
Greg Stingle, hailing from Black Creek, Wisconsin, took the year’s first hole shot in Crandon’s infamous Forest County Potowatomi Turn 1. The veteran racer went on to win the crowded 1600 Light Buggy division on Saturday morning. (Chris Hord image)

The ultra-fast Super Buggy class was next, with Rodney Vaneperen put on a driving clinic in Super Buggy, piloting his #45 car to a first place finish. Number 22 Herman Barnum was in the mix early but suffered the worst roll of the morning. He kept going thanks to the immediate assistance from the Crandon Track Safety Crew. Crandon veteran Scott Schwalbe took second, with son #2 Ryan Schwalbe rjght behind in third.

A field of 13 1600 Single Buggies cars took the green flag for the 12-lap race, with a tight fight for the opening laps. 2014 Crandon World Champion #331 Mark Steinhardt had to battle with West Coast veteran racer #312 Bruce Fraley (from Las Vegas) after Steinhardt got the hole shot. Hailing from nearby Rheinlander, Wisconsin, Steinhardt maintained his pace for the win, Fraley second and #326 Rob Kinner taking third.

The growing crowd was enjoying the midday sun as the 7 to 12-year old kids in the Crandon Short Course Karts took the green flag. These tiny trucks run under strict safety and competition regulations, and are a fan favorite. A slight incident off the start took held up 2014 class champion #77 Carter Vanden Heuvel, while an ultra smooth Owen Vaneperen copied his Super Buggy-winning father Rodney in taking the win. Gage Garvin took the runner-up spot, with Zack Wirhanowiz in third.

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The Londerville Super Challenge represented a great event for the Vaneperen family from Rhinelander, Wisconsin. Not only did Rodney Vaneperen dominate the Crandon Sportsman Super Buggy Class (top) , his young son Owen took his #45 Short Course Kart to victory as well. (Chris Hord images)

Crandon’s Limited 4 and Formula 4×4 were next, with eight trucks racing side-by-side into the infamous Forest County Potowatomi Turn 1. From the onset veteran #17 Dan Baudoux set the pace, with #497 Jerry Conrad and #69 Milan Mazanec in hot pursuit. The pace took out Baudoux, moving #471 Brad LaMarche into third. Up front Conrad and Mazanec put on the rest race of the day, with Conrad smoking for much of the time. Mazanec took advantage at the halfway point, passing Conrad before claiming the checkered flag and starting his season right.

Crandon’s Sportsman Series’ Super Stock Truck category was next, with a huge and competitive field 17 vehicles strong. It was #826 Danny Beauchamp that raced into the spectator-friendly Crandon “short course” first, with #897 Mitch Dorr in second. Matt Siorek, driving the #827 was third. That order was shuffled with Beauchamp and Siorek putting on a great race. In the end, Beauchamp used lap traffic to get some breathing room, with Siorek and Dorr battling for the runner-up spot with #833 Nick Byng. In the end it was Beauchamp, Dorr and Siorek crossing the line after the best battle of the day. Crandon native Jay Schaefer earned a special award from track sponsor Amsoil for taking the seventh-place finish in Super Stock Truck.

The final, and fastest, Sportsman Series race of the day was for the Super Truck division. With nine trucks entered, it was Eric Ruppel with the hole shot in his #237 truck. In second came #248 Tim Nelson and then #222 of Mark Peterson. Ruppel’s racer looked like it was on rails, as he led the field through the halfway point and to the checkered flag. Nelson held on to second, with a smoking truck of Peterson making home in third.

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The growing W.E. Rock Pro UTV division used a unique combination of Crandon's race courses to put on a great display for the fans. This Polaris RZR 1000 driven by Brian Strane of Kenosha, Wisconsin, beat Blake Knabe who came all the way from Gainesville, Texas. (Chris Hord image)
The growing W.E. Rock Pro UTV division used a unique combination of Crandon’s race courses to put on a great display for the fans. This Polaris RZR 1000 driven by Brian Strane of Kenosha, Wisconsin, beat Blake Knabe who came all the way from Gainesville, Texas. (Chris Hord image)

With an intense morning of Sportsman racing concluded, the on-track attention on turned toward the W.E.Rock Dirt Riot competitors. Using both the track’s “short” course and part of the new “forest” and rock crawling section of the facility, first up were the UTV classes. In Pro UTV Brian Strane beat Blake Knabe and Scott Wasz, while the UTV class was won by Jack Szymik over Jason Soule and Bob Murphy.

The next race featured the $10,000 Branik Cup race for the radical 4400-class 4×4 vehicles as well as W.E.Rocks more production-based “Trail” class. Taking home the big prize for a second consecutive year was Jason Shipman, who beat Doug Jackson and Darrell Gray in convincing fashion. Jesse Oliver took the Trail class win, outrunning Josh Jackson and Tom Yash.

The hills near the rock crawling area were packed for the rest of the afternoon, as spectators enjoyed the noise and muddy fun of the West Michigan Mud Run group taking on a wet and wild track specially built just for the occasion.

Sadly, an all-night rainstorm late that evening and into the following morning forced Crandon officials to cancel the day’s racing and postpone the second round of racing until Friday, June 26th as part of the 22nd annual Forest County Potowatomi Brush Run event.

“This weekend was really positive and also a bit disappointing, but we control everything but the weather,” said Crandon’s Cliff Flannery. “We had a large group of racers entertain an equally impressive group of fans, which is what every event promoter wants to see. Growth is the goal. We want to thank all of our supporters — especially Londerville Steel — for making this weekend possible. Our summer is off to a great start.”

Crandon International will next open its gates June 26-28 for the 22nd annual Forest County Potowatomi Brush Run, featuring a full slate of The Off Road Championship (TORC) Pro classes and Crandon Sportsman series racers.

All weekend and camping tickets for the Crandon Brush Run race will be available at the gate.

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Crandon International constructed a specially made mud pit for the West Michigan Mud Run group. Saturday’s action-packed race day concluded with various classes of these unique off-road machines putting on an entertaining show for the Super Challenge fans. (Chris Hord image)