2017 Off-Road World Championship Schedule

Crandon International Releases Official Labor Day Weekend Schedule For 48th
Off-Road World Championships®

— Weekend Offers 29 Races In Four Days Of On-Track Action —
— Sunday To Feature East Versus West In 2nd Annual Crandon World Cup —
— TORC PRO and Sportsman Class To Battle For Championship Points —
— 8th Annual AMSOIL Cup Challenge Provides Exciting Weekend Finale —

CRANDON, Wisconsin (August 4, 2017): Expecting the largest crowds in their 48 year history, Crandon International Raceway today released an action-packed Labor Day World Championship Off-Road Race(R) weekend schedule that offers fans four days of on-track action. For 2017 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.”

Called the “Woodstock for Gearheads” thanks to a fun-filled atmosphere unique to the Northwoods of Wisconsin, last year the oldest and most prestigious stadium-style off-road races in the world attracted a record crowd of 49,600 over the final two days of competition.

Crandon’s custom wrought iron gates will open to welcome visitors on Wednesday, August 30th 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, there are still many sites available for reservation at www.crandonoffroad.com.

The sport’s “Super Bowl” weekend kicks off with Crandon Open PRO Testing on Thursday, September 1st before Friday morning’s historic Labor Day parade in downtown Crandon. The track Later that afterto two packed days of TORC PRO and Sportsman racing to Sunday. Later that afternoon and evening the track will host the Forest County Potawatomi “Friday Night Thunder” races before a rockin’ concert from the popular Wisconsin band “Road Trip.”

On Saturday, September 2nd there will be a full slate of 12 races, with all The Off Road Championship (TORC) Sportsman racers competing not only for series points, but also to claim one of the prestigious rings that winning drivers earn as an official Crandon World Champion. All of TORC’s PRO categories will also hit the track that afternoon, featuring the popular PRO LIght, PRO 2 and PRO 4 truck classes. A concert by “Toy Box” ends a busy day at the Big House.

On Sunday the sport’s biggest stars will take to Crandon’s famed 1.75 track as part of the 2nd Annual Crandon World Cup. The richest single day in all of off-road racing and part of the Red Bull Signature Series, the Crandon World Cup is an independent, non-denominational short-course race open to all PRO-class racers from around the country. The intense, door-to-door combat of short-course off-road racing expected at the Crandon World Cup will be broadcast to millions of households as part of the Red Bull Signature Series as a special 90-minute broadcast highlight program scheduled for airing on Sat., Oct. 14th at 3:00pm (EDT) on NBC.

TALENTED TRIO: Past Crandon AMSOIL Cup Challenge champions CJ Greaves, father Johnny Greaves and 2016 defending champion Keegan Kincaid (L-R) are all expected to return the the “Big House” for the Crandon World Championship Off-Road Races(R). They will take on all unlimited PRO 4 comers for Saturday’s round of The Championship Off Road (TORC) competition, as well as Sunday’s Crandon World Cup and AMSOIL Cup Challenge.

A world-class field of unlimited PRO 2 and PRO 4 entries is expected to take the green flag for the weekend’s all-or-nothing 8th annual AMSOIL Cup shootout, which in 2017 offers a $58,000 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 single race in the sport. Last year’s winner Keegan Kincaid will have to defend his 2016 title against at least 19 other hungry competitors looking to claim the race’s $48,000 first place prize.

Indeed, Crandon’s Labor Day weekend spectacle isn’t called the “Off-Road World Championship® ” for nothing – and the 2017 version will only to add stature to that reputation as being the sports true “Super Bowl.”

Vision Wheel and Crandon International Announcement New Partnership and Track Expansion

Vision Wheel and Crandon International
Announce Two-Year Partnership And Track  Expansion Via New “Hospitality Complex”

— Vision Named “Official Wheel” of Crandon and Crandon World Cup  —
— Expanded Facility Includes New Kitchen, Bars and Sound Tower —

 

CRANDON, WI. (April 13, 2017) – After a record year in 2016, this season off-road racing’s “Big House” is getting even bigger.

Thanks to a new two-year partnership with Vison Wheel, Crandon International Off-Road Raceway is proud to announce the construction of a greatly enhanced grandstand, food kitchen, bars and merchandise store now known as the “Vision Wheel Hospitality Complex.” In addition, Vision Wheel has also been named “Official Wheel” of both Crandon International and the 2017 Crandon World Cup, part of the Red Bull Signature Series.

In the planning stages since late 2015, the new Vision Wheel Hospitality Complex features a massive new grandstand originally purchased from the Milwaukee Mile race track, home to open-wheel Indycar competition for decades. Built on the site of the old Crandon food kitchen and sound tower building, the new grandstand nearly doubles the capacity for spectator seating with a commanding view of the track from inside Crandon’s world famous Forest County Potawatomi Turn 1.

Crandon’s faithful and enthusiastic crowds can also expect an enhanced race weekend experience thanks to the construction of an all new food kitchen, separate margarita and alcohol/beer bars and an integrated stored filled with the latest in official Crandon clothing and merchandise.

For 2017 and 2018, the new Vision Wheel logo will be flying proudly throughout the Crandon International Raceway’s massive facility, including one of four billboards that border the exit of Ponsse Turn 2 (top). In construction since last September, the new Vision Wheel Hospitality Complex and grandstand facility has seen the removal of the old sound tower and kitchen, all replaced by a new grandstand that will offer guests nearly twice the seating capacity as before.

The renovated complex will also feature a brand new announcing/media booth located high above Turn 1 as well as an official hospitality suite created especially for Vision Wheel. All official track and staff vehicles will carry the latest product offerings from the innovative and rapidly growing aftermarket division of Vision, whose parent company also supplies many of the OEM wheels to powersports manufacturers such a Polaris — also a Crandon partner.

“We have worked with several different off-road sanctioning bodies and series in the past few seasons but aligning our brand with such an iconic facility and the largest short-course event in the world is the perfect next step in our evolution,” explained Vision Wheel Director of Marketing Rhett Sander. “We are proud of this new relationship with Crandon International Raceway, the Crandon World Cup, Crandon’s top-tier brand partners as well as helping make the overall event experience better for tens of thousands of race fans.”

“After hosting our huge 2016 World Championship and World Cup weekend the board of directors knew the time had come for us to invest in the future.” explained Crandon President Cliff Flannery. “Our discussions with Vision Wheel over the winter were always long-term and positive in nature. Both of us are looking for growth, and, I tell you what, these next two years should be one hell of a ride.”

Riding an unbelievable hot streak in the 2017 racing season that includes overall wins at the Best-In-The-Desert Mint 400 and SCORE San Felipe 250, Rob MacCachren also rides on forged Vision Wheels. The Off Road Motorsporst Hall of Fame (ORMHOF) racer will  be counting on Vision Wheels for both his Rockstar Energy/BFGoodrich-supported Trophy-Truck and short-course trucks (above).

In its 47th year of operation, in 2016 Crandon International drew the largest crowds ever to the facility, as well as record support of a host of top-level corporate partners and the richest single day of competition in the sport’s history.

With two huge race weekends coming to Wisconsin’s scenic Northwoods in 2017, Crandon International Raceway’s world famous 400-acre facility is getting set to thaw out from a long winter. Loyal race fans can begin their preparations to visit two annual weekend gatherings — the Forest County Potawatomi Brush Run on June 23rd – 25th and the Crandon World Championship Off-Road Races ® held over Labor Day weekend August 31st – September 3rd.

Labor Day weekend will host the biggest off-road short course race on earth, the annual Crandon World Championship Off-Road Race ®. Last year more than 49,000 fans from all over the America and Canada filled every corner of Crandon International. Many of the Crandon faithful have made this annual pilgrimage an annual family tradition with camping, fireworks and tons of bratwurst creating an unforgettable weekend better known as the “Crandon Experience.”

For the second consecutive year, the weekend will feature the Crandon World Cup, part of the Red Bull Signature Series. Hosted and sanctioned by Crandon International Raceway on Sunday, September 3rd, the special day has been created to attract the world’s best off-road racers and teams to compete for Crandon PRO World Championships® in a variety of PRO-level classes. For the second time in the sport’s nearly 50-year history, short course competitors from all sanctioning bodies around the country can race on a completely level playing field with the biggest single day payout and best television coverage in the sport. The event will be brought to a mainstream audience via the Red Bull Signature Series as a highlight program on NBC.

The weekend will not only crown individual Crandon “World Champions” in each category of Short Course PRO and Sportsman racing, but it will all culminate with PRO-2 and PRO-4 classes let loose on the 1.75-mile track at the same time after receiving staggered starts for the AMSOIL Cup Challenge. This year the AMSOIL Challenge Cup will offer winners over $48,000 in cash and prizes — the richest single race in the sport.

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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, fans 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 TORC: The Off Road Racing Championship PRO and Sportsman divisions. For more information please visit www.crandonoffroad.com.

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Crandon International Raceway To Open Event Camping/Grandstand Reservations April 3, 2017 

Crandon International Raceway Set To Open Event Camping And Grandstand Reservations For 2017 Season

— Two Exciting Race Weekends Highlight Of Summer Season At Crandon —
— 2017 Camping Reservations Open Monday, April 3rd —  

CRANDON, WI. (March 30, 2017) – With two huge race weekends coming to Wisconsin’s scenic Northwoods in 2017,  Crandon International Raceway’s world famous 400-acre facility is getting set to thaw out from a long winter and open individual camping and event reservations on Monday, April 3rd. At that time, loyal race fans can begin their preparations to two annual weekend gatherings — the Forest County Potawatomi Brush Run on June 23rd – 25th and the Crandon World Championship Off-Road Races ® held over Labor Day weekend August 31st – September 3rd.

While full season camping reservations kicked-off March 6th with a newly installed automated system found at www.crandonoffroad.com, next week the “Big House” will open individual event camping, armband and grandstand reservations on Monday, April 3rd at 9:00am CST. Crandon International Raceway features almost 2000 manicured grass camping spots, and on Monday loyal fans can purchase packages that secure their reservations for an exciting 2017 race season.

All reservations can be made online at www.crandonoffroad.com.

Intense action like this attracted fans in record numbers in 2017 (top) In keeping with Crandon tradition, a big attraction for Midwest fans is the chance to stay at one of the facility’s nearly 2,000 grass campsites (above). Individual race and grandstand reservations go on sale Monday, April 3rd, 2017 at 9:00am CST.

For the 2017 season, pricing has been structured to provide three generations of fans the lowest cost possible so they can enjoy Crandon-style off-road racing, evening concerts and nights celebrating with family and friends:

FCP Brush Run 101 (June 23 – 25)
(Includes two armbands)
Standard campsite: $140.00
Powered campsite: $180.00

Extra armbands: $45

Crandon Off-Road World Championships (Aug. 31 – Sept. 3)
(Includes two armbands)
Standard camp in Main, #2,#3, #5 sites: $150.00
Powered campsite in Main: $190.00

Extra armbands: $50

Grandstand Seats For Both Events (Weekend Pass)  
Red Section: $10
White Section: $15
Blue Section: $20

In its 47th year of operation, in 2016 Crandon International drew the largest crowds ever to the facility, as well as record support of a host of top-level corporate partners and the richest single day of competition in the sport’s history.

With roots that stretch back to its inaugural running in 1970, Crandon’s Forest County Potawatomi  “Brush Run 101” is scheduled for June 23-25th. The first of two visits by The Off-Road Racing Championship (TORC) presented by Amsoil series racing to the “Big House,” the Brush Run 101 welcomes summer to the American heartland with the sounds of high-horsepower unlimited TORC PRO-2WD and PRO-4WD trucks piloted by the sport’s very best drivers. The weekend will also feature the highly competitive TORC PRO-LIGHT trucks and PRO-UTVs, as well as a jam-packed race schedule filled with all of the MORR Sportsman categories.

Unlike nearly every other location in off-road racing, Crandon International Raceway is a permanent facility found on 400-plus acres of woodlands in Northern Wisconsin. The former farm includes rich green grass that frames the track’s challenging 1.75-mile undulating dirt circuit.

Labor Day weekend will host the biggest off-road short course race on earth, the annual Crandon World Championship Off-Road Race ®. Last year more than 49,000 fans from all over the America and Canada filled every corner of Crandon International. Many of the Crandon faithful have made this annual pilgrimage an annual family tradition with camping, fireworks and tons of bratwurst creating an unforgettable weekend better known as “the Crandon Experience.”

For the second consecutive year, the weekend will feature the Crandon World Cup, part of the Red Bull Signature Series. Hosted and sanctioned by Crandon International Raceway on Sunday, September 3rd, the special day has been created to attract the world’s best off-road racers and teams to compete for Crandon Pro World Championships® in a variety of PRO-level classes. For the second time in the sport’s nearly 50-year history, short course competitors from all sanctioning bodies around the country can race on a completely level playing field with the biggest single day payout and best television coverage in the sport.  The event will be brought to a mainstream audience via the Red Bull Signature Series as a highlight program on NBC.

The weekend will not only crown individual Crandon “World Champions” in each category of Short Course PRO and Sportsman racing, but it will all culminate with PRO-2 and
PRO-4 classes let loose on the 1.75-mile track at the same time after receiving staggered starts for the AMSOIL Cup Challenge. This year the AMSOIL Challenge Cup will offer winners over $48,000 in cash and prizes — the richest single race in the sport.

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.

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

PRO UTV Classes To Make Their Debut

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

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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 —

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

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

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.

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

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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