With the 1975 race in the books and the 76 race on the horizon, the representatives of the sponsoring organization, The Woldfhead Sportsmen Club, received their certification from Washington, D.C. now officially designating the race with the registered trademark “World’s Championship Off-Road Race.”


They came from as far away as Whitefish, MT., and San Jose, CA., this year to test their driving skills and vehicles on the grueling course call the Brush Run 101, vying for a purse and contingencies of more than $20,000.


They came in record numbers, too – a total of 401 entries were recorded in the World’s Championship Off-Road Race this Labor Day weekend.


An estimated crowd of 35,000 spectators viewed the two days of racing from such vantage points in Carter’s Field and the Milwaukee Loop. The course was a rugged as usual, but because of the long dry summer the waterholes had to be given a boost to fill in where Mother Nature didn’t provide, said the sponsoring Wolfhead Sportsmen Club.


Fastest cycle time this year was recorded by Gary Slack of Canton, IL., who took the four laps in 2:31:09, in the open cycle class, Bob Carter of Crandon took the American Stock class with 2:01:35 for two laps. Carter was also top money winner this year; American Stock had 50 entries. Best time in Foreign Stock, which ran four laps, was recorded by Dave Skramstad of Minnetonka, MN., with a time of 3:11:38, while Scott Taylor was the winner of the class for Single Seat Buggy under 40 h.p.


Wolfhead members Gary Cyrus, Bob Carter and G.B. Bradley receive registered trade mark certificate from Washington D.C.


Scott Taylor – winner of the Single Seat Buggy under 40 h.p.








1975 – 101 WINNERS SHARE PURSE OF $10,000

After a dry summer, the rains fell just in time to fill the mudholes for this year’s running of the Brush Run 101, World’s Championship Off-Road race.


Drivers faced a real challenge as they would over the muddy course, and as usual about 2/3 of the starters were left along the route in various stages of mechanical breakdowns. Total entries for the two days of racing were 346, and winners shared a $10,000 purse plus about $1,000 in contingencies.


Of those who did finish, best overall time for the four-lap course was recorded by Jeff Smith of Duluth, MN., who powered a CAN-AM cycle to victory in Class II, 250cc bikes, in 2:50:05. Smith has an impressive record of victories dating back to his youth in England. He collected $412.50 for his win, in a class that had 55 entries.


Best time for the four-wheeled brush-runners was Bob Warren’s 3:01:39. He won $199.50 as first place money in Class 10, single seat over 40 hp. Warren, who hails from Morton Grove, Ill., is a repeat winner whose name is well-known to Brush Run fans.


Another repeat winner was Crandon’s own Bobby Carter, who took American Stock Class 5, by finishing in 2:15:43. American Stock entries were required to take only two laps. Bobby and his co-driver Bob Shepherd of Green Bay collected $285 for their American Stock win. Carter and Shepherd were also first in Class 8, front engine dune buggies, a four-lap event. They covered the course in 5:26:45 to win top money of $126 in that class which had 12 entries. Bobby Carter will also be awarded the high point trophy, sponsored by Crandon National Bank.


Crowds estimated at between 12,000 and 15,000 watched the two days of racing from various vantage points along the course. A favorite spot was the mudhole at Carter’s Field where wall-to-wall people jammed the hillside to see drivers take the muddy plunge through that particular hazard.


Mel Freimuth, Crandon, who was the oldest driver entered in the race, took third place in single seat, 40hp and under.








Driving a Yamaha in Class II (cycles 126-250cc) Jerry Blaszek of Green Bay was the winner of the 5th Brush Run 101 in 1974! There were 71 entries in his class, which would become the largest field yet! The grand purse was $532.50. His time was 2:01:51.

Top money winner amongst the four vehicle classes was Bob Fields of Elk Grove, Illinois with co-driver Ed Wuytack. Driving a Panzer and finishing with a time of 2:44:54, the two won $346.50 in the Rear Engine Dune Buggy class, which had 33 entries.

The high-point trophy was won by Bobby Carter of Crandon. This award was based on the greatest accumulation of points over the weekend. Carter won first in American Stock and third in Front Engine Dune Buggy.

The 4×4 and Rear Engine Buggy classes went four laps; the Cycles, Single Seat and Foreign Stock took three laps and the American Stock totaled two laps.

Winners in nine classes of racing shared a total purse of $7,695.00. Five places were paid in each event. In Class X, which was dubbed as the “Grandpa race” and was for cycles with drivers over 40 years of age, a trophy was given, but there was no cash prize.

Winner of Class I, Cycles 0-125cc, was John Young of Barrington, Illinois. There were 34 entries and winners shared a purse of $850. Young’s winning time with a Can-Am was 2:05:42.

Winner of Class II, already mentioned, was Jerry Blaszek of Green Bay. Seventy-one entries made this the largest class and winners shared $1,775.00.

With 30 entries in Class III,  Cycles of 251cc and up, the winner was Gene Ritchie of Buchanan, Michigan piloting a Malco. Ritchie and John Graves would tie with a winning time of 2:00:13, in which the winner, Ritchie, would be determined by the flip of a coin. The winners would share a $650.00 purse.

Bob Carter of Crandon, driving a Chevy won the American Stock Class IV, with a time of 2:04:03. There were 26 entries in the class, with winners sharing a $650.00 purse as well.

Bob Warren of Morton Grove, Illinois and co-drive Ken Pobloska Jr., won first in Class V, Foreign Stock. They drove a VW, and recorded a time of 2:17:31. There were 22 entries in the class with a purse amounting to $550.00.

Ken Perry of Crandon took first place in Class VI, Front Engine Buggy. Ken and his co-driver, Rusty Bowling of Laona, Wisconsin finished in 4:42:00. There were seven entries in the class, which allowed the winners to share a $245.00 purse.

Geoffrey Dorr and Dave Hanson of Rockford, Illinois, driving a Jeep took home first in Class VIII, Four Wheel Drive, with a time of 3:07:08. Winners in this class would share the second largest purse, $1,015.00.

In the Single Occupant Dune Buggy class, Class IX, Bob Leonard of Northbrook Illinois, with a time of 1:54:31 would be named the winner. Totaling a purse of $805.00, the top winners out of 23 entries would take home a share.

An estimated 10,000 to 12,000 spectators watched the weekend races from vantage points at the fairgrounds, at Carter’s field and at many other points along the race course.

Race officials noted there were a number of minor mishaps and injuries during the race, but no serious injures were reported.




Race Results (1974)


Mother Nature provided the trees and boulders, but the Weatherman threw in a few lumps for good measure at the 1973 Brush Run 101 World Championship race. Two days of heavy rain preceded the weekend of off-road racing, turning an already challenging course into a morass of mud and waterholes.

Undaunted, 221 drivers registered for the races and those who finished successfully shared a purse of $6,111.00. Racers came from all different points in Wisconsin as well as surrounding states to test their vehicles and driving skill against the tortures of the Brush Run course. An estimated 5,000 fans were on hand at the various spectator points to cheer on their favorites!

The best time for cars in the race was recorded by the winner of Class VII, rear engine Buggies, Bob Warren of Morton Grove, Illinois,  piloting a Chenowth ran the course in 2 hours, 20 minutes and 58 seconds. There were 37 entries in Class VII, with a purse of $1,195.00

Leading time in the motorcycle classes were John Graves of Buchanan, Michigan, driving a Yamaha in Class 3 (251 cc & up). His time was 2 hours, 42 minutes and 27 seconds.





Nearly doubling in size every year, the Brush Run 101 continues to grow. The Wolfhead Sportsman’s Club could never begin to sponsor a race of this magnitude by itself. Having volunteers come from all over the country in addition to the locals, the 1972 race had over 125 volunteers working throughout the race course.

Co-race directors, Jim Conway and Gary Cyrus, gave the okay for the green flag to drop early Saturday morning. Of the 183 machines that took the starting line, only 61 would finish the race. The total purse was slightly over $5,000 with the prizes given by Air Tight Sealer of El Paso, Texas and four certificates worth $100 donated by the Jeep Distributor of Minnesota.  Fred Holms of Crandon won the sportsmanship award.


There were many who started, but few who finished. That pretty much sums up the 1971 Brush Run 101. After the first year, many thought they knew the rutted trails and brush turns well, but what they didn’t know was that the boys from the south were coming and they were bringing speed.

Two days of Brush Run racing began on Saturday when the cycles took to the rugged course. A total of 39 bikes started, but after two laps only 20 were still in the race. Transmission trouble and blown tires took their toll on cycles in the first three laps. The average time per lap for the motorcycles was 57 minutes. The big race on Sunday for cars, dune buggies and 4-wheel drives alike had 79 starters, but only 15 would pave their way across the finish line.

Of those who did complete the four 25 1/4-mile laps through some of the roughest country Forest County had to offer, Louis Flohr of Rockford, Illinois and partner Geoffrey Dorr made it in the best time for 4-wheeled vehicles, four hours, five minutes and 30 seconds. Flohr and Dorr piloted their Chevrolet V8 Jeep around the course in record time, nosing out their nearest competitor by more than two minutes. The class in which they competed, IV, was made up of 4-wheel drive vehicles and dune buggies. 

“Drudgery is working your fingers to the bone for money, while a hobby is doing it for nothing”

Carter’s Field Mud Hole











January 7, 2019
Like many great things, the Crandon International Off-Road Raceway is a phenomenon with deep -but highly organic roots. The entire Midwest off-road movement that the tiny town of Crandon, Wisconsin birthed, did not follow some carefully calculated path to greatness. Rather, it came from a television program filmed thousands of miles away in a remote, largely unknown part of Mexico known as Baja.

In 1968, legendary action sports film pioneer Bruce Brown of Endless Summer and On Any Sunday fame convinced ABC Sports producers that a new sport and race, the NORRA Mexican 1000 desert rally, would be an ideal subject for the network’s hugely popular Wide World of Sports and its millions of weekly viewers.

Wanting to experience what they saw on television, by September 6, 1970 the Crandon Jaycees organized the inaugural Crandon Brush Run 101. Led by Jaycee President Roland Yocum and roughly 150 volunteers, nearly 50 dune buggies, modified sedans, trucks and motorcycles descended upon the Forest County Fairgrounds.

There was, of course, not a single cactus, dry lakebed, silt bed, or Baja taco stand to be found -not within 1000 miles in any direction.

Nonetheless, the Brush Run and its 101 miles snaked through a heavily wooded 25 1/4-mile race course that included a muddy swamp near a place called Carter’s Field. A last-minute newspaper plea by Yocum to assemble the volunteers needed had worked, and by race time the first race in Crandon, Wisconsin was ready for the green flag.

Two young men from Chicago piloted a dune buggy over tricky terrain to victory in the Open Division of the first annual Brush Run 101. Jim Zbella and Wally Schauer crossed the finish line after a grueling 3 hours, 2 minutes and 15 seconds of some of the toughest off-the-road vehicle racing imaginable. The two men collected $500 for their first place finish.

In spite of overcast skies and intermittent drizzle throughout the day, a large crowd gather at the fairgrounds to watch the racers begin the first of four laps around the 25 1/4-mile course. Many stayed around to hear on the spot reports from the various checkpoints, and of course, to cheer on their favorites across the finish line hours later.

The Original Brush Run 101 Course
Original Winners, 1970 Brush Run 101: Jim Zbella & Wallt Schauer; Mike Bettis & Robert Der in the 2 bike classes.




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.




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®.






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.





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.





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.




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.




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.




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.




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.



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.




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.




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.




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.




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.




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.





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.




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.

Mike Roth Photo


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!

Mike Roth Photo


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!

Mike Roth Photo


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.


Mike Roth Photo


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.

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.