CRANDON INTERNATIONAL RACEWAY EMBARKS ON HISTORIC ANNIVERSARY

50 YEARS IN THE MAKING

 

CRANDON, WI. – NOV 26TH. – Few would of have thought in 1970 that the community of Crandon Wisconsin would someday be celebrating fifty years of off-road championship racing. Only through the dreams, hard work and dedication of so many individuals does it make it possible for this monumental milestone to become a reality. 2019 marks the 50th Anniversary for the holy ground of off-road racing.

 

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From the humble beginnings that began as idea from the local Jaycees, who had seen coverage of the Baja 1000 on TV in 1968, the Crandon World Championship Off-Road Races® have become an institution for the loyal fans who make the trek to the Northern Woods of Forest County Wisconsin every year.

The original Brush Run 101 course layout was through the wooded trails making roughly a twenty-five mile course. Competitors completed the loop four times making the full length almost 101 miles in just about anything with a motor. Assembled in barns and garages, from Mustangs to Pintos and anything in between, the race machines were built from the blood and sweat of men who had nothing to prove to anyone, but to challenge man and machine and conquer the demanding terrain of the Northern woods.

As they often say, “Build it and they will come.”, and come they did, returning year-after-year to once again compete on Mother Nature’s stage.  Through the swamp and into Pitts Field, around the corner and through the woods (and not to Grandma’s house), only the strong would survive the original course, which was utilized during the early years of the Brush Run races.  As the needs for the race changed, Crandon officials made the decision to move the race to a new location in 1984 and built a permanent facility for the World Championship Off-Road Races®.

 

 

 

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As the sport has evolved over the years, so has the facility. Carved into the landscape of what was once a local dairy farm, Crandon International Raceway has become a premier venue that boasts almost 400 acres of land, accommodates nearly 50,000 fans with more than 2,000 permanent camp sites, a pit area for hundreds of competitors, permanent Grandstands, a music stage and more.

Dedicated fans and drivers make Crandon their home each year for the long Labor Day weekend for the traditional gathering of family and friends, parades, live music and of course, the intense off-road racing,  to yet again, embrace the “Crandon Experience.”

Finding the words to describe what it means to go to Crandon for the Labor Day weekend championships to someone who has never been there, it seems is almost impossible. It edges on the borderline of indescribable, it has to be experienced, words simply do not justify.  As Crandon International Raceway embarks on their 50th Anniversary, Crandon officials are planning five days of activities, entertainment and racing for the fans and drivers bringing the “Crandon Experience” to an entirely new level.

 

 

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Activities for the weekend will include the rare opportunity for anyone with a 4 wheel drive vehicle to drive the original Brush Run 101 course to be held on Wednesday of Labor Day weekend. Crandon President Cliff Flannery explained “The chance for the fans to drive and experience the original course will be a dream come true for many of the longtime fans of Crandon.”  The event will begin at the Crandon Fair Grounds just as it did in 1970 and run through the full course with lunch provided at the end of the ride.

Racing action will bring to the stage not only the current PRO divisions that race in the Lucas Oil Midwest Short Course League and the MOOR Sportsman divisions, but for a special encore appearance, the “Good Old Boys” from the past will resurrect their 1970’s machines from the fields and barns to once again to conquer the World Championship Off-Road Races® and the Northern Wisconsin terrain.

The 50th Anniversary will also notch an “X” in the box for a record setting purse for the World Championships, with over $200,000 in cash and prizes to be awarded to the drivers, it will be the highest ever purse paid in short course off-road history.

 

 

 

Through the coming months more details will be announced regarding live entertainment, race schedules and more. Watch Social Media channels for a chance to win prizes and giveaways. Campsites will fill up quickly, be sure to reserve yours soon to ensure your chance to experience this epic event in short course off-road racing history.

Anyone who purchase tickets to the Forest County Potowatami Brush Run races in June and tickets for the World Championship Off-Road Races® will automatically have their campsite(s) reserved for both races at a discounted price, campsites for both events can purchased January 1st with campsites for the individual events on sale February 1st.

Soon, it will be “Race time in Crandon!”

 

 

 

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

 

2018 AMSOIL CUP CHALLENGE RACE – BIGGEST PURSE IN CRANDON HISTORY

CJ GREAVES ON TOP WITH $49,000 PAYDAY

 

CRANDON, WI. – SEPT 2nd. The finale of the weekend is here for the 49th Annual Crandon World Championship where the PRO classes lay down the gauntlet in door-to-door battle for the chance to claim the coveted Crandon World Championship Ring. The day will draw to a close as the sun begins to lay down in the west as the PRO 2 and PRO 4 drivers line up on the STEEL-IT Landrush starting line to make one final run on the sacred track for the AMSOIL Cup Challenge race and a total of $201,200 in cash and prizes to be awarded.

 

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The day kicked off in high gear, as the Midwest PRO 2s took on the higher-horsepower West-Coast PRO 2s in a staggered start clash.  Keegan Kincaid and Chad Hord got a great jump on the Midwest field with Andrew Carlson in tow. Bryce Menzies and Brian Deegan spun out early in the race, leaving CJ Greaves (who brought his PRO 2 to race for the first time since 2016) to work through the Midwest field unchallenged. One by one he made his way to the front, finally passing Keegan Kincaid on the last lap of the race. Kincaid didn’t let him get away, but in the end it was CJ Greaves winning the Championship Ring in his return to PRO 2 action.

 

PRO 4 featured a field so stacked that it was unlikely everyone would make it out of Turn One. RJ Anderson got turned around and Bradley Morris had nowhere to go. He got up on the bike and rolled over, ending his day. Meanwhile, Bryce Menzies powered his way to the holeshot and never looked back, breaking his own track lap record en route to his second consecutive PRO 4 World Championship.  Kyle LeDuc came around second, and CJ Greaves worked his way up to a podium spot.

 

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The Mod Karts put on a show once again – Mason Prater jumped out to a big lead in his #505 Kart and never looked back, taking the win. Mark Steinhardt led most of the Super Buggy race, but late contact with Michael Meister slowed both drivers.  Trey Gibbs impressively marched to the front and held off Meister for the win.

CJ Greaves led wire-to-wire in PRO Stock UTV, this time able to hold off the Polaris RZR of Myles Cheek. Jeremy Houle finished third. The Modified UTV race kept everyone guessing, as multiple drivers led laps before falling back or experiencing mechanical failure. Reigning champions fell out of contention, opening the door for a newcomer to stand on top of the box. In the end, it was Tyler Livingston who captured the win with Tim Farr coming home second.

Crandon fans were treated to a non-traditional race as the Ultra4s took to the long track for an 8-lap race. Shannon Campbell took Turn One too hot trying to make a pass, and ended up using a large tractor tire as a kicker ramp, launching into a tumble in front of the crowd. The #76 of Jason Scherer was out for a Sunday drive, cruising comfortable to the win.

Brock Heger was the man to beat in PRO Lite, jumping out to an early lead and running unchallenged to a World Championship Ring. Thrills and spills ensued behind him, and after a dizzying amount of position changes Kyle Kleiman took home second (moments before his truck severely overheated) and Cory Winner captured third.

 

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The weekend capped off with the 9th Annual AMSOIL Cup race featuring the best drivers from PRO 2 and PRO 4.  Chad Hord got a great start in the Midwest PRO 2s and held off Keegan Kincaid for most of the race. Hotshoe CJ Greaves, racing a West-Coast-style PRO 2, steadily made up ground and when Hord made an error, was there to capitalize while West-Coast heavy hitters Bryce Menzies and Kyle LeDuc both were unable to finish due to unexpected mechanical issues. Johnny Greaves led the PRO 4s and ran a hard race, but ran out of time trying to catch his son for a chance to challenge for the win. CJ came home with his third AMSOIL Cup victory, Johnny finished second and RJ Anderson took third.

 

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After Johnny Greaves horrendous fire on Friday night, his points lead over son CJ had dropped to a single point, creating another winner-take-all bout to the championship. Johnny took the early lead, but CJ passed him in the Argonne loop and led the rest of the way.  Johnny swung the truck as best he could, and pulled right up alongside CJ in Calamity Corner, but CJ had the ideal position and accelerated through the finish line, grabbing the win and scoring his fourth consecutive PRO 4 championship.  Bradley Morris was rewarded for his long travels with a podium finish.

 

2018 PRO WORLD CHAMPIONS

CJ Greaves – AMSOIL CUP
Bryce Menzies – PRO 4
CJ Greaves – PRO 2
Brock Heger – PRO Lite
Trey Gibbs – PRO Buggy
Tyler Livingston – PRO MOD SxS
CJ Greaves – PRO Stock SxS

 

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

2018 CRANDON SPORTSMAN WORLD CHAMPIONS CROWNED

KYLE KLEIMAN CAPTURES BACK-TO-BACK PRO LITE CHAMPIONSHIPS

 

CRANDON, WI. – SEPT 1ST. The 49th Annual Crandon World Championship weekend continued on Saturday, with a full slate of PRO and Sportsman racing on the docket, today marks the day in which the winner of each Sportsman class is crowned the 2018 World Champion for the season and claims their rightful place in the short-course off-road history books.

Ben Passa (Formula 4×4) and Aaron Konitzer (Classix) got Super Saturday started by completing the sweep of their respective classes.  Michael Funk gapped out on the short course kart field to grab the world championship and sweep the weekend. Meanwhile, in the higher-horsepower Midwest Mod Karts, Owen VanEperen made a run for the lead early, but John Holtger ran away in the second half for the win.

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Tyler Wians continued his late-season dominance, winning his third 1600 light buggy race out of the last four.  555 went for a wild ride in stock truck, rolling over multiple times over the jump in front of the crowd. Dylan Sharkey powered his way to the win in Stock Truck. 1600 Single Buggy thrilled the crowd as fans watching the Jumbotron saw Bruce Fraley inadvertently use a back-section tree as a barrel roll ramp, going over several times on the high-speed loop. Dylan Parsons held off a late charge from Tony Keepers to take the win.  Nick Byng jumped out to the early lead in Super Stock Truck, and was able to stay ahead through the finish despite pressure from Jamie Kleikamp.  Nick Visser moved up through the field and on to the podium, clinching the class championship.

 

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The Sportsman Stock UTV race was a hectic scramble on the short track – Kyle Greaves looked to reclaim the points lead along with the championship and was in good position until he rolled over late in the race. Dexter Karban had the slight edge and captured the ring, while Gabe Johnson stayed out of trouble to finish 5th and capture the championship.

PRO Stock UTV was ruled by West Coast racers Brock Heger and Myles Cheek in a battle of Yamaha and Polaris. Cheek came through the pack but could not pass Heger, who held strong for the win. CJ Greaves rounded out the podium and Ryan Mulder secured the championship.

Kyle Chaney dominated the PRO Mod UTV feature, grabbing the holeshot and never looked back.  Tim Farr held down the second spot, and Tyler Livingston took home third.  After narrowly missing the 2017 championship with an injury, Rodney VanEperen completed his redemption tour and brought home the 2018 title.

 

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Super Buggy saw racing veteran Mark Steinhardt up front early, but young phenom Michael Meister caught him before the halfway caution and surged to the lead. Steinhardt never relinquished second place despite heavy pressure from Mike Kirkham. Kirkham had an issue on the final lap and fell back. West Coast racers Sterling Cling and Broc Dickerson were locked over the finish line and Cling got the losing end of the deal, destroying his ridge rear suspension on the finish line pole and surrendering third to Dickerson.  But it was Meister with the win and his second consecutive Super Buggy championship.

The largest PRO 2 field of the year featured many drivers making their 2018 debut, including Brad Lovell. It was all Chad Hord early, but Keegan Kincaid got faster as the race went on, and eventually made his way to the front with Hord in tow. Andrew Carlson rounded out the podium, but the man of the hour was Mike Vanden Heuvel, who brought the PRO 2 back to the Flying Dutchman Racing camp for the first time in over a decade.

Cory Winner entered the day with a one-point lead over the three-way tie of Kyle Kleiman, Cam Reimers, and Chad Rayford, creating a winner-take-all situation on World Championship Saturday.  A stacked 16-truck PRO Lite field featuring a plethora of West-Coast talent threatened to throw a wrench in the established battle. Kyle Kleiman grabbed the holeshot as chaos endued behind him. Brock Heger and Ryan Beat were all over each other all race long and caught Kyle together in the second half.  Cory Winner made his run for the lead and championship, at one point passing Heger for third, but he couldn’t hang on and ended up spinning back in the pack. Kyle Kleiman kept cool under pressure, adding to his young but storied legacy and becoming the first back-to-back PRO Lite champion since Jeff Kincaid in 2009.

 

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After Johnny Greaves horrendous fire on Friday night, his points lead over son CJ had dropped to a single point, creating another winner-take-all bout to the championship. Johnny took the early lead, but CJ passed him in the Argonne loop and led the rest of the way.  Johnny swung the truck as best he could, and pulled right up alongside CJ in Calamity Corner, but CJ had the ideal position and accelerated through the finish line, grabbing the win and scoring his fourth consecutive PRO 4 championship.  Bradley Morris was rewarded for his long travels with a podium finish.

 

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2018 WORLD SPORTSMAN CHAMPIONS

Dexter Karban –  Sportsman SxS

Tyler Wians –  1600 Lite Buggy

Dylan Parsons – 1600 Buggy

Ben Passa – Formula 4×4

Aaron Konitzer – Classix

Dylan Sharkey –  Stock Truck

Mason Prater –  Mod Kart

Michael Funk –  Short Course Kart

Jason Scherer  – Ultra 4

 

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

FOREST COUNTY POTAWATOMI FRIDAY NIGHT OF THUNDER

KINCAID TOPS THE PODIUM IN PRO2WD FOR DAY ONE OF THE

2018 World Cup Off-Road Races ®

 

CRANDON, WISC – AUGUST 31. Day one of competition for the 2018 World Cup Off-Road Races ® begins unlike any other Short-Course Off-Road race in the country. Shortly after the rising sun reaches beyond the clouds, the ignition of the engines begin to fill the air with that raw sound of power and scent of race fuel.

One-by-one, each driver and machine line up behind the local Police for their escort to Main Street in downtown and line the street for a spectacle that can only be Crandon, that is none other the Labor Day Parade that launches off the weekend and has become a tradition dating back to the first race in 1970, a tradition that fans look forward to each and every year.

The 49th Annual Crandon World Championship presented by Polaris RZR is now officially under way!

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The weekend kicks off with the Forest County Potawatomi Friday Night of Thunder, featuring a full slate of MORR Sportsman racing action plus some PRO make-up rounds and a special feature Ultra 4 event.

 

1600 Light Buggies got the action started under partly cloudy skies and a comfortable cool breeze. Jake Nelson led the huge field wire-to-wire to take the checkers. Ben Passa and Aaron Konitzer earned victories in the Formula 4×4/Classix race, and young Michael Funk took the Short Course Kart win with a pair of Ingleses rounding out the podium.

 

Matthew Wood pulled off a courageous last lap pass over Mark Krueger on the left-hand shortcut turn to take the win in a very tight Sportsman UTV.  Ben Holtger led most of the race in 1600 Single Buggy, but Bruce Fraley muscled his way around in the closing laps and held off a hard-charging Tony Keepers through the finish.

 

The Crandon World Championships are famous for pitting short course’s biggest names from the West Coast and Midwest series against each other. In the past these clashes were reserved for Sunday, but 2018 got the action started early. Super Buggy West Coast phenom Sterling Cling gave defending Midwest champion Michael Meister all he could handle, as the two young drivers were mere hundreths apart all race long. In the end Meister would defend his region and stand on top of the box. The Mod Kart mashup pitted the established LOORRS karts against a brand-new Midwest versions, and after a spirited run West-Coast racer Mason Prater scored the Crandon victory.

 

Don Demeny took the holeshot in his brand-new stock truck build, but Jordon Fellenz rocketed around him in the gravel pit and held him off to steal the win. Mayhem on the opening lap claimed a couple of the 22 Super Stock Trucks. The rest of the field put on a show but could not catch Jamie Kleikamp, who cruised confidently to the win.

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Finally, the PRO 2 and PRO 4 classes ran Round 3 make-up races from spring’s Brush Run rain-out. The races featured only entrants that registered at the Brush Run, and were run as an 8-lap shootout on the Short Track, with starting positions determined by the random draw from the spring.

 

Keegan Kincaid grabbed the PRO 2 holeshot in front of his home-town crowd and never looked back, making it look easy en-route to his second straight win. Andrew Carlson held down the second spot, and Daely Pentico held off Chad Hord for third. Mike Vanden Heuvel’s points lead over Pentico was cut in half – with one race to go, several drivers are still in the hunt for the class championship to be decided tomorrow!

 

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The PRO 4 event was one of the most storied in recent memory. Johnny Greaves was running second when his truck burst into flames. Johnny’s truck rolled up and then down a hill while almost entirely engulfed; fortunately he was able to escape the flames unharmed. Ross Hoek ran up front until the mandatory restart, when CJ Greaves powered past. Contact in the Gravel Pit turn resulted in a Black Flag for Andrew Carlson and a full restart. Once again CJ passed Hoek, and Carlson went off the track in the gravel pit turn. At the checkers it was CJ Greaves with the win – Hoek over-rotated in the final turn and class rookie Travis Dinsmore slipped into second; Hoek crossed the line backwards for third.

 

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Rounding out the day was the Ultra4 class. An early accident caused a full restart, and a delay, and it was well after sunset before the rock racers returned to action.   But the light-equipped vehicles weren’t fazed by the dark, and fans who stuck around were treated to rugged off-road action on a unique course that integrated the traditional track plus paths and rock structures through the additional wooded acreage of Crandon.

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

2018 AMSOIL CUP CHALLENGE RACE – ONE FOR THE RECORD BOOKS!

FINAL SHOWDOWN BRINGS THE BEST FROM THE EAST AND WEST.

 

CRANDON, WISC. – In the vast world of racing. there are many events throughout the world that push the limits of both driver and machine, that raise the level of competition far beyond it’s original focus, an event that forces each and every competitor to dig deep, to put it all on the line for that one shot at victory, one shot at greatness, one shot at immortality.

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The AMSOIL Cup Challenge race at Crandon International Speedway is that one race for the best in the world Short-Course Off-Road drivers to lay all the cards down on the deck where there is no grounds for bluffing, you either have what it takes to hold that AMSOIL Cup trophy high above your head in celebration or you walk away the loser, this is the pinnacle of Short-Course events that marks your name in the history books.

And for the fans, well sit back in anticipation for the drop of the green flag, the launch of the 900hp beasts coming off the line of the Land Rush Start that is the defining element of Crandon that no other track in the country claims rights too, as you anxiously hear the rage of thunder coming down towards Turn One while waiting to see the fury, hold onto your seat, because it is about to get real!

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One-by-one the trucks come in nose to tail fighting for the hole shot and the early lead as the rest of the field is only inches behind waiting for the moment to make their attack and claim the lead. In a cyclone of dust and dirt the full line up of trucks pass by the cheering crowd, the game is on, it is the start of the AMSOIL Cup Challenge!

But wait, there is more! At the drop of the first green flag only the PRO2WD trucks are in the battle, the big dogs, the holy grail, the one and only PRO4WD trucks have yet to be unleashed. With only a few seconds between green flags, the next waive of hungry beasts will be set free to take a bite out of the dirt clay track in a brawl to the finish as they chase down the PRO2WD trucks in hopes of passing them before the laps count down to zero and checkers are waived to become the conqueror of the day and the right to hold the AMSOIL Cup Trophy in celebration of victory.

This is the AMSOIL Cup Challenge, this is Crandon International Raceway!

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Since the inaugural race in 2010, the AMSOIL Cup Challenge race has repeatedly brought the crowds to their feet as they watch the story unfold with the two PRO classes going head-to-head for the final event of the year. Both PRO2WD and PRO4WD drivers have claimed victory of the coveted race. Long time off-road legend Scott Douglas claimed the right as the first winner in 2010, while CJ Greaves is the only driver to claim the trophy twice doing so in 2013 and 2015.  Other winners of the AMSOIL Cup race include Chad Hord (2011), Ricky Johnson (2012), Kyle LeDuc (2014), Keegan Kincaid (2016) and Bryce Menzie (2017).

AMSOIL returns again to Crandon in 2018 for the 9th Annual AMSOIL Cup Challenge race and brings with it the biggest purse to date at Crandon International Speedway with over $200,000 in cash and prizes being awarded.  The top prize to the winner will be a check for $49,000 as well as a Custom Henry Rifle, Lincoln Electric Welder and a MasterCraft driver suit.

 

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There will be a full day of activities and events for the final day on Sunday, September 2nd  of the 49th Crandon World Championship Off-Road Races® leading up to the AMSOIL Cup Challenge race, make sure to get in line early for a chance to get an autograph from your favorite driver with a PRO driver autograph session from 1pm – 2pm.  PRO Qualifying to starts at 9:00am with Opening Ceremonies starting at 11:00am. Bring your lawn chairs and be ready for some wheel-to-wheel high flying action at the Big House!

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

CRANDON 2018 WORLD CUP – BIGGER AND BETTER THAN EVER!

FOUR DAYS OF ACTION AND ENTERTAINMENT AT THE BIG HOUSE PREMIER EVENT.

CRANDON, WISC.  The much anticipated Labor Day weekend event of the year for all Short-Course Off-Road racing fans is finally visible on the horizon, the 49th Crandon World Championship Off-Road Races® presented by Polaris RZR, including the 2018 Crandon World Cup presented by AMSOIL crown jewel event is bigger and better than ever with four days of track action and live concerts!

With the recent formation of the Lucas Oil Midwest Short Course League earlier in the year, this event will bring out some of the top West Coast teams to compete against the best of the MidWest for a Grand Slam all out best-of-the-best competition at the premier Short Course Off-Road course as the drivers and teams will battle it out to determine who will be the ones to beat and go home crowned the 2018 Champions.

A total of 201,200 in cash and prizes for the 2018 Crandon World Cup races on Sunday September 2nd, and of course, bragging rights are on the line for all the PRO class drivers and teams. Expect the gloves to come off and the battles to be fierce for the final event of the Midwest Short Course League.  This year’s event also brings with it, the mighty Ultra4 trucks and drivers to compete on the Crandon UltraCross course

 

Weekend admission is $50 for adults, with children 12 and under and seniors 75 and older getting in free. One-day admission is $30 for adults, children under 12 and senior 75 or older admitted free. Concert only tickets are also available for $10.00 for per person/per day for ages 13 and up. All weekend, camping and concert tickets for the 49th Crandon World Championship Off-Road Races® will be available when the gates open beginning at 12:00 noon Wednesday, Aug 29th.

 

The weekend of events will begin on Wednesday, August 29th with the gates opening at 12:00 noon for the Crandon camp grounds. On Thursday, August 30th the track will be hot with a full day of open practice for all classes beginning at 11:00am. The full weekend of competition begins on Friday, August 31st starting with the traditional gathering of teams and fans on Main Street in Downtown Crandon starting at 8:30am followed by the 49th Anniversary Crandon World Championship Labor Day Parade at 12:00 noon. The first race of the Forest County Potawatomi “Friday Night Thunder” event to start at 2:00pm and closing out the day with live entertainment by Road Trip starting at 8:30pm at the Crandon stage.

With the first day of competition in the books, Saturday, September 1st brings on the Sportsman’s World Championships with PRO Qualifying to begin at 8:45am followed by the first race at 10:30am. After a full day of racing, join in for another exciting night of entertainment at the Crandon stage for the live concert by the Tim McDonald Band starting at 8:30pm.

On Sunday, September 2nd the PRO class teams be front and center for the final day of competition on the grand stage at Crandon International Raceway for a chance to walk away with a piece of the over $200,000 in cash and prizes. PRO Qualifying to hit the track at 9:00am with the BF Goodrich Unlimited Off-Road Show to begin with Opening Ceremonies at 10:30am followed by the Crandon East vs West PRO 2 World Championship at 11:00am. Event activities will conclude with the AMSOIL Cup Challenge race where the top PRO 2 drivers battle head-to-head with the top PRO 4 drivers for a chance to walk away with $49,000 in cash, Custom Henry Rifle, Lincoln Electric welder and a MasterCraft driving suit.

 

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

Crandon International Announces “Free Friday” for June’s FCP Brush Run Weekend

Crandon International Announces Return of “Free Friday” for Silver Anniversary Forest County Potawatomi Brush Run Races

— 25th Anniversary FCP Brush Run Set For June 15-17, 2018 —
— $1,000 Cash Fan Giveaway Returns for Saturday, June 16th —

 

CRANDON, WISC. – With one of short course off-road racing largest and most prestigious event just under three weeks away, Crandon International Raceway has announced the return of its popular “Free Friday” promotion. Set for Friday, June 15th, the iconic Wisconsin track known as the “Big House” will swing open its massive steel gates to welcome fans for a complimentary day at the facility. The event will kick off the first Lucas Oil Midwest Short Course League racing in history, and includes free track admission and parking.

Crandon’s “Free Friday” will open at noon on Friday with the first of the day’s Sportsman classes doing practice laps kicking off at 3:00pm. The weekend’s five PRO classes will hit the track at approximately 4:30pm. More than 200 Sportsman and PRO class racers are expected for the year’s first Midwest competition, kicking off a summer-long Lucas Oil schedule including races at Bark River in Michigan and ERX near Minneapolis.

In addition, Crandon International has announced that fans coming to the race track early Saturday morning have the chance to take home $1,000 in cash via a drawing held at 11:00am.

 

FLYIN’ 4X4’s: Fast and frantic four wheel drive vehicles are a big part of the show at Crandon International Raceway. Classes include the highly popular UTV categories for racers like this Polaris RZR (top), as well as the fan favorite PRO 4s that feature 900 horsepower and intense action. (Photos: Mike Roth)

The 25th FCP Crandon Brush Run event will feature the annual “Forest County Potawatomi Community Cup” race. Pitting the unlimited PRO 2 and PRO 4 classes together on the same track with a staggered start, the intense annual race offers a total cash prize package of $25,000, 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.

The upcoming Crandon Forest County Potawatomi weekend will also be the debut event of the newly established Lucas Oil Midwest Short Course League, a four weekend, seven-race championship that represents the first step toward a national unified series for all Lucas Oil PRO short course competitors. The event will be highlighted via four hours of programing broadcast to 33 million homes on the MAVTV network, as well as professional live streaming of all PRO and most Sportsman classes of racing.

 

HISTORY MADE: The annual Forest County Potawatomi Community Cup will celebrate its 25th running on Sunday, June 17th. Some of off-road racing’s biggest stars have earned the prestigious title, including last year’s champion Johnny Greaves. (Photo: Mike Roth)

“After this long winter the staff at Crandon can’t wait to kick off this new season and association with Lucas Oil,” said Cliff Flannery, president of Crandon International Raceway. “offering fans the chance to enjoy our hospitality and see some of the best off-road racers for free is a perfect way to celebrate our version of opening day.”

The 25th Crandon Forest County Potawatomi is comprised of a full-slate of Lucas Oil series PRO and Sportsman races, with more than 200 teams expected to kick-off their racing season in traditional Midwest style. Speaking of Crandon tradition, Saturday night will feature a festival-style concert 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.

BIG HOUSE: It has taken 49 years, but Crandon International Raceway is famous for being the largest purpose built short course facility in the world. At just over 400 acres, the “BIg House” includes all-grass camping, showers and recently expanded food and beverage concessions that are part of the Vision Wheel Hospitality Complex.

Crandon International will open its gates to the public on Saturday and Sunday beginning at 8:00am. Race fans can enjoy watching practice on Friday, June 15th for free. Weekend admission is $45 for adults, with children 12 and under and seniors 75 and older getting in free. One-day admission is $25 for adults, children under 12 and senior 75 or older admitted free. All weekend, camping and concert tickets for the Crandon Brush Run races will be available when the gates open beginning at 12:00 noon Thursday, June 14th.

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

Unified!  Lucas Oil, Crandon International, ERX and Bark River Unite For Strong Off-Road Racing Future

Unified! Lucas Oil Partners With Crandon, Bark River and ERX To Form New Short Course
Off-Road Racing Platform

 

— 2018 To See Lucas Oil join Midwest tracks and PRO Classes —
— New Four Event Championship Includes Strong Broadcast Package —
— Sportsman Classes to Be Incorporated with Lucas Regional Sanctioning —

 

CRANDON, Wisconsin (March 22, 2018): For the first time in a decade, the visceral motorsport of short course racing will, once again, be unified – thanks to a newly completed partnership with Lucas Oil and a group of Midwest racing tracks that include: Crandon International Raceway (Wisconsin), Bark River International Raceway (Michigan), and ERX Motor Park (near Minneapolis)

“All of us in the short course world have worked tirelessly over the past 10 years to promote the sport and help it to reach its full potential,” explained Lucas Oil Executive Vice President Bob Patison. “This expansion is not only exciting for all sides, but it also incorporates big events at proven venues. The objective is to create one viable national touring series for the PRO categories in the next year or two, but we also want to address the economic realities of short course racing by examining a blended rules package and lowering operating costs in the near future

The long-term agreement was created to unify the sport on a national level over the course of the next two seasons and into the future. Today’s announcement is based upon the strengths, history and unique aspects of a form of motorsport that has deep roots in both the American west coast and Midwest. Short course racing began in the fall of 1970 in the tiny Northwoods town of Crandon, Wisconsin.

MIDWEST ROOTS: In 1970 the sport of short course off-road racing established a Midwest foothold with the first running of the Crandon “Brush Run 101.” Now the famed Crandon International Raceway is the largest facility of its type in the world, and will host two major race weekends in 2018 including the 48th Annual Crandon World Championship Off-Road Races and 3rd Annual Crandon World Cup/AMSOIL Cup race Labor Day weekend.

“We have been involved with this sport longer than anybody, but it was finally the right time to come together and work in one unified direction,” observed Crandon International Raceway President Cliff Flannery. “History is a great teacher. No major form of motorsports has operated successfully with two or more groups working against each other for racers, sponsors, fans or attention. Together with Lucas Oil, our goal is to bring racing fans the best athletes and highest level of competition at the biggest venues for years to come.”

For 2018, this new partnership will kick-off with the four weekend championship events, for both the PRO and Sportsman categories, which will compete this season under existing Midwest rules packages. Crandon International Raceway will host the season opener at the 25th Anniversary Forest County Potawatomi Community Brush Run rescheduled for June 15th – 17th. The competitors then travel over to the Twin Cities Takedown at ERX on July 13th – 15th before heading over to the Bark River International Raceway for the August 10th – 12th for the 43rd Bark River Off Road Rumble in the U.P. The season will then conclude at the 49th Annual World Championship Off Road Race and the Crandon World Cup/AMSOIL Cup held at Crandon International Raceway, August 31st – Sept. 2nd.

GOING MAV: The 2018 Midwest off-road racing season will feature a 16-hour televison package as well as five hours a day of live streaming via Lucas Oil Production Studios, the MAVTV network and Lucas Oil Racing TV (LORTV).

“Bark River is ecstatic to help originate the collaboration between the Midwest tracks and Lucas Oil. To create our own Midwest championship shows racers, fans and partners that we are positioning ourselves, in collaboration with our peers, to build and expand short course racing not only now, but for years to come,” comments Courtney Prost, Director of Development, Bark River International Raceway. “We have always had the best interest of racing in mind while taking these steps. In doing so, we are confident that we will be able to grow the number of athletes and level of competition we are bringing to Bark River.”

The new venture also incorporates an extensive broadcast and online streaming package for Midwest races and corporate partners that includes the world-class Lucas Oil Production Studio team responsible for all of the Lucas Oil TV programming. PRO category racers can look forward to a total of 16 one hour broadcast shows on MAVTV (with multiple showings) that are comprised of four one hour shows – per race weekend. In addition, broadcast quality live streaming will cover approximately five hours of PRO and Sportsman categories – per race day – to be distributed internationally – via Lucas Oil Racing TV (LORTV).

“While we represent the newest purpose-built venue in short course racing, the spirit of cooperation between the Lucas Oil group and the Midwest tracks is the most positive development yet in helping us reach ERX’s full potential,” explained President Chris Carlson. “We are within an hour’s drive of a huge population base, located in the Minneapolis/Saint Paul area. I am confident that bringing the best teams, competition and exposure – via our new partnership with Lucas Oil – will drive our future success.”

Lucas Oil and the award winning Lucas Oil Studios, along with the three Midwest track management groups, are working diligently on all of the logistics and as many details as possible. The details will be released as they become available over the coming days and weeks – leading up to each of the four scheduled weekends.

“We are working to finalize all of the preliminary plans,” stated Ritchie Lewis of Lucas Oil. “This all came about very quickly and with a tremendous amount of welcomed cooperation between Lucas Oil, Crandon, Bark River and ERX. From the moment we were notified, our team has worked tirelessly to ensure that we do our part in keeping short course racing alive and well in the Midwest. We are excited to work with the Sportsman and Pro teams in a manner that does not prevent anyone from racing. We want every short course competitor in the country to feel welcome and come out and support these tracks and have a good time while racing under the Lucas Oil banner.”

2018 Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series Midwest/
Lucas Oil Midwest Sportsman Regional Series Schedule

June 15-16-17 25th Forest County Potawatomi Brush Run Crandon, WI.

July 13-14-15 3rd Annual Off-Road Race at ERX Elk River, MN

Aug.10-11-12 43rd Bark River Off Road Rumble in the U.P. Bark River, MI.

Aug.31 – Sep. 1 49th World Championship Off-Road Races® Crandon,WI

Sep. 2 3rd Annual Crandon World Cup/AMSOIL Cup* Crandon, WI.

Major Midwest Tracks Withdraw From TORC Off-Road Racing Series

Major Midwest Tracks Withdraw From
TORC Off-Road Racing Series

 — Five Race 2018 PRO and Sportsman Series To Be Announced —

 

CRANDON, Wisconsin (March 5, 2018) – Citing the need to ensure the future of short-course off-road racing in the American Midwest, Crandon International Raceway, Bark River and ERX Motor Park today announced their immediate withdrawal from The Off Road Racing Championship (TORC Series).

In addition, the three purpose-built facilities announced that planning is underway for a five-weekend championship race series that will incorporate both traditional PRO and Sportsman truck, buggy and UTV categories as well as Crandon’s 49th annual Labor Day weekend World Championship/World Cup races.

“We very much appreciate the effort that the TORC ownership group has put into the series over the past two seasons,” explained Crandon President Cliff Flannery. “Our group of Midwest track owners invested a great deal of time, energy and patience in hopes of helping the TORC series return to a top-tier entertainment product. Unfortunately, recent business developments dictate that as a group we must take a different direction in moving toward the future.”

 

BARK RIVER TRADITION: For 40 years the sounds of off-road racing have been a mid-summer tradition at Michigan’s Bark River International Raceway. Located in the state’s Upper Peninsula, the annual weekend attracts thousands of enthusiastic fans (above).

While the group is engaged in detailed discussions for the 2018 season, one primary objective in moving forward is to execute a five-weekend weekend championship that will see two events at Wisconsin’s Crandon International Raceway, two at Minnesota’s ERX and one at Michigan’s Bark River International Raceway.

The 2018 championship is expected to include all current PRO and Sportsman classes to be run under existing rules and technical specifications.

All three tracks offer fans and racers purpose-built facilities, along with a dedicated fan base that includes the sport’s largest single weekend – Labor Day weekend’s 49th annual Crandon World Championship Off-Road Races(R). Last year the event saw a record crowd of 54,404 guests take over Crandon’s 400 acres.

The Crandon World Cup is part of the Crandon World Championship Off-Road Race weekend that comprised 29 races in 2017, including a complete slate of PRO and Sportsman classes. Coveted Crandon World Championship titles and custom rings were presented to all PRO and Sportsman winners.

As is Crandon World Cup tradition, the 2018 format will once again feature the world’s best off-road racers competing in a wide variety of PRO categories including PRO 4 unlimited trucks, PRO 2 East and PRO 2 two-wheel drive trucks, PRO Light limited trucks, PRO Buggy open-wheel cars, PRO Stock and PRO Modified UTV classes and the PRO Modified Karts for the sport’s youngest drivers. New for 2018 is the addition of the PRO Ultra4 category, part of the Nitto Tires Triple Crown of Off Road that includes the King of the Hammers race as well as this week’s BFGoodrich Mint 400 in Las Vegas.

 

URBAN ERX: The newest purpose-built, off-road race track is the ERX Motor Park in Elk River, Minnesota. Located less than 40 miles from downtown Minneapolis, the world-class facility provides intense of-road action to a growing legion of fans.

The Midwest track owners promise to release additional championship information, as well as a finalized 2018 season schedule and more, as soon as possible.

“For all of us, the bottom line for 2018 is that there will be top notch PRO and Sportsman short-course off-road racing in the Midwest,” concluded Flannery. “While this season is very important, the overall direction the sport takes for the immediate and long term future will be crucial for our collective success. We ask that our racers, fans and corporate partners grant us a bit of patience in bringing all the pieces together.”

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.

ABOUT VISON WHEEL:

Discerning drivers want only the best for their vehicles, and with over 40 years of experience, Vision Wheel delivers.  With a stunning line of custom wheels for your truck, SUV, passenger car as well as UTV’s and ATV’s, Vision Wheel provides auto enthusiasts with the highest quality products available. Strength, style, endurance and excellence are all qualities that drivers have come to expect from Vision Wheel.  The attractive looks and consistent performance—trademarks of Vision Wheel—are sure to enhance any vehicle. For more information please visit www.visionwheel.com.

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