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.

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.

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.”