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

 Action-Packed Schedule Released for Crandon International’s 25th Forest County Potawatomi Community Brush Run Races

— Weekend Stacked With 29 Races Set For June 15-17th —
— Lucas Oil PRO and Sportsman Classes To Battle For First Time in 2018 —

 

CRANDON, WISC. – The long winter recess is just about over for short course racing in the American Midwest. In exactly two weeks, competitors from around the country and 25,000-plus fans will help usher in a new era for the sport thanks to the historic debut of the Lucas Oil Midwest Short Course League at the 25th annual Forest County Potawatomi Community Brush Run weekend.

In preparation, track and series management officials today released the event’s final schedule for the three day kick-off — one that holds true to Crandon’s legendary mix of action-packed days, music and family-fueled hospitality.

 

FAN FAVORITES: For decades, Crandon International Raceway has hosted the world’s largest short-course off-road races, and 2018 will only add to that legacy (top). One reason is that track management and Lucas Oil Midwest Short Course League officials work in unison to provide two full days of racing action. (Photo: Mike Roth)

Crandon’s popular “Free Friday” promotion will offer fans complimentary track admission and parking all day Friday, June 15th. The first of the schedule’s Sportsman classes will turn the opening laps of the 2018 season kicking off at 3:00pm. The weekend’s five PRO classes will hit the track at approximately 4:30pm for all-important practice around Crandon’s high-speed 1.75-mile track.

A total of $87,000 in cash and Crandon bragging rights are on the line in celebration of the event’s silver anniversary. Nearly 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.

On Saturday, June 16th there will be full slate of 14 races, including the powerful Lucas Oil Midwest Leagues PRO 2 and PRO 4 unlimited trucks finishing off a complete day of intense racing in the late afternoon. Early arriving fans will have the chance to win $1,000 cash in an 11:000am drawing. At 8:00pm Wisconsin’s-own Crossing Croix band will hit the Crandon stage for a night of live music and the track’s legendary margaritas in the nearby Crandon Pavilion.

At 9:00am on Sunday, June 16th, all five PRO category classes will hit the track for race day qualifying before 15 races slated on the busy schedule get rolling. The weekend hits its crescendo that afternoon as the sport’s ulimate showdown takes place. The 25th annual “Forest County Potawatomi Community Cup” race will pit the unlimited Lucas Oil 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 $28,000, with the winner picking up a healthy $10,000 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 on LucasOilRacing.TV.

EXPLOSION: For Crandon race fans, there is nothing more memorable that seeing race trucks flying into the stadium portion of the track at Forest County Potawatomi Turn 1. Speeds here can exceed 100 mph, thanks to Crandon’s unique “land rush” start. (Photo: Brian Nevins.)

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.

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.”

Crandon International Raceway To Open 2018 Camping And Grandstand Reservations New Year’s Day

Crandon International Raceway To Open 2018 Camping And Grandstand Reservations New Year’s Day

— Online Reservations To Begin at 12:00pm (CST) January 1st —

CRANDON, Wisconsin (December 22, 2017) – With two huge off-road race weekends coming to Wisconsin’s scenic Northwoods next year, Crandon International Raceway is getting set to kick of the 2018 season for its 400-acre facility this New Year’s day with the opening of camping and event reservations. On Monday, January 1st at precisely noon Central Standard Time (CST) race fans can begin their preparations for two traditional Crandon event weekends — the Forest County Potawatomi Brush Run on June 22nd – 24th and the Crandon World Championship Off-Road Races ® held over Labor Day weekend August 30th – September 2nd.

For the first time in Crandon history full season camping reservations will open up in January instead of the traditional March kick-off to the season. The reservation system found at www.crandonoffroad.com that was first instituted in the fall of this year has undergone yet another upgrade designed to enhance both the ease of purchasing reservations packages and also improve the overall customer experience.

In September all 2,100-plus camping sites were reserved before the record-breaking Labor Day Crandon World Championship/World Cup weekend even began.

Throughout the month of January Crandon race fans can purchase 2018 race season packages for camping, wristbands and grandstand seating. The “Gold” package costs $350.00 and includes an electric camping site and two wristbands for both the Brush Run and World Championship weekends, while the “$270.00 “Silver” package includes non-electric sites and two wristbands for both events. The packages represent a $20.00 savings over individual race weekend packages, which go on sale to the public on Monday, February 5th at precisely noon CST at www.crandonoffroad.com.

 

Grandstand seats in the newly renovated Vision Wheel Hospitality Complex were also at a premium in 2017, but fans purchasing season packages also have the option of adding their choice of grandstand seats that range from $45.00 per seat in the “Blue” sections for both races to just $25.00 for those located in the “Red” section.

With roots that stretch back to its inaugural running in 1970, Crandon’s Forest County Potawatomi “Brush Run 101” is scheduled for June 22nd – 24th. 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 2 and PRO-4 trucks. 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 TORC Sportsman categories and several live concerts.

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. ore than 54,400 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 third consecutive year, the weekend will feature the sport’s most important race – the annual Crandon World Cup. Hosted and sanctioned by Crandon International Raceway on Sunday, September 2nd, the special day has been created to attract the world’s best off-road racers and teams to compete for Crandon World Championships® in a variety of PRO-level classes. For just the third 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 in the sport.

“While most of us are gearing up for the upcoming Holidays, we are also excited about offering fans their chance to make plans for the biggest season of racing ever at Crandon International Raceway,” explained Crandon President Cliff Flannery. “After last Labor Day weekend’s sell-out, we are working to add more camping sites to our location for 2018 and beyond, as well as additional interactive attractions to both our Brush Run and World Championship weekends. What better way to kick off the year than opening up our season camping reservations on New Year’s Day?”

 

Crandon International Raceway Partners With BFGoodrich Unlimited Off Road Shows For Labor Day World Championship Weekend

Crandon International Raceway Partners With BFGoodrich Unlimited Off Road Shows For
Labor Day World Championship Weekend

— Crandon’s Off-Road Park To Open For On-Site Off-Roading And Camping —
— Large Midway Display To Offer Fans Latest In Off-Road Products —

CRANDON, Wisconsin (December 21, 2017) – Adding additional attractions to what is already the largest and most prestigious short-course off-road race weekend in the world, Crandon International Raceway today confirmed a new two-year partnership with Cumming, Georgia-based Unlimited Off-Road Shows for the 2018 and 2019 Crandon World Championship Off-Road Race® weekend.

The new partnership is designed to create an enhanced weekend experience for Crandon’s massive Labor Day weekend crowds, which in 2017 reached a record of just over 54,000 fans. First, the BFGoodrich Unlimited Off Road Show group will expand the four-day Crandon race weekend by adding the World Championships/World Cup to its existing 2018 schedule of five events, thus adding their huge expo of top-level off-road manufacturers and vendors to Crandon’s display area. Second, the group will also help manage and activate Crandon’s 100-acre Off-Road Park to add interactive off-roading and camping for Jeep/4×4 and truck enthusiasts.

The result will be a true “Off-Road Woodstock” that encompasses not only the most dynamic form of racing in all of motorsports, but also the massive off-road lifestyle that is enjoyed by weekend enthusiasts around the world.

 

HEART OF TEXAS: The Unlimited Off Road Shows Presented by BFGoodrich promotes and executes a huge truck/4×4 and Jeep show at the equally massive Texas Motor Speedway. Located in Fort Worth, Texas, the facility also hosts NASCAR and IndyCar races. The 2018 Unlimited Off-Road Show will take place on March 3-4.

“Crandon is an exception in the racing world that blows people’s minds with its genuine tradition,” explained Unlimited Off-Road Show CEO Axel Stammel. “We are honored to be adding the industry’s top brands and an exciting vendor show to the World Championship weekend, but also opening up the Crandon Off-Road Park for interactive participation by Jeep, truck and 4×4 fans. It’s exciting for us to help expand on Crandon tradition by ultimately delivering a 360 degree experience to off-road enthusiasts.”

In addition to its new stop at Crandon International Raceway, the 2018 BFGoodrich Unlimited Off Road Show includes the Texas Motor Speedway (March 3-4), Jeep Resort at Crystal Beach, Texas (May 17-19), Louisville, Kentucky (June 1-3), Off-Road Ruckus at Texas Motor Speedway (June 8-9), Crandon International (August 31 – September 2) and the Winter Wonderland in Atlanta, Georgia (December 1-2).

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. 2018’s Labor Day weekend will host the biggest off-road short course race on earth, the 49th annual Crandon World Championship Off-Road Races®. This past September more than 54,400 fans from all over America and Canada made the pilgrimage to the sport’s “Big House.” 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.”

OFF-ROAD WOODSTOCK: Crandon’s new partnership with the BFGoodrich Unlimited Off-Road Show series will combine the biggest short-course race weekend in the world with opening up the track’s Off-Road park (top image), as well as fans enjoying the industry’s top vendors like the show promoted in Louisville, Kentucky (above).

For the third consecutive year, along with a full slate of The Off Road Championship (TORC) PRO and Sportsman racing, the weekend will feature the annual Crandon World Cup. Hosted and sanctioned by Crandon International Raceway on Sunday, September 2nd, the special day has been created to attract the world’s best off-road racers and teams to compete for Crandon World Championships in a variety of PRO-level classes. For just the third time in the sport’s nearly 50-year history, short course competitors from sanctioning bodies around the country can race on a completely level playing field with the biggest single day payout in the sport.

“Today’s announcement with the BFGoodrich Unlimited Off Road Show series takes us closer to our goal of expanding Labor Day weekend into an even bigger off-road lifestyle event,” explained Crandon President Cliff Flannery. “Now our race fans can see and buy the latest products and enjoy participating in off-road experiences before and after the on-track competition, while at the same time a whole new group of off-road enthusiasts will be introduced to world-class short-course racing. It’s a winning idea for everyone, and will take the Crandon World Championship and World Cup weekend to even taller heights.”

Records Set and Champions Crowned at 2017 Crandon World Championship Off-Road Races

Crandon International Sees Historic Records Reset At Off-Road World Championships

— Two-Day Attendance of 54,408 Largest in 48-Year Crandon History —
— Bryce Menzies First To Sweep PRO 2, PRO 4 and AMSOIL Cup Challenge Titles —
— Nearly $220,000 Purse Awarded to PRO and Sportsman Racers —
— Red Bull Signature Series To Air Crandon World Cup on Saturday October 14th —

 

CRANDON, Wisc. (September 28, 2017): While last Friday may have marked the official start of autumn, for off-road racing fans the biggest race of the year — the 48th annual “fall” World Championships at Crandon International Raceway is already in the record books. Held August 31st through September 3rd, the legendary facility today announced that many of its existing records “fell” in 2017 — pun intended.

Dubbed “The Big House” by legions of loyal fans, this year Crandon reset its own attendance record, with the oldest and most prestigious short course off-road races in the world attracting an official crowd of 54,408 over the final two days of competition. That number eclipses 2016’s record of 49,600 by almost 5,000 guests, an impressive increase of nearly ten percent.

That milestone was also reflected in the first pre-race sellout of Crandon’s legendary grass campgrounds in 2017. Even with an increase of more than 100 sites from 2016 all 2,100 sites that make up Camp Crandon were sold before a field of nearly 200 racers hit the track for the first of 29 weekend races on Friday afternoon.

The World Cup purse includes a $48,000 first place prize, plus a custom engraved Henry Rifle, Lincoln Electric Welder and brand new Impact Racing safety equipment for the winner of the AMSOIL Cup Challenge — a format that pits unlimited PRO 2 versus PRO 4 trucks against each other after a timed staggered start.

Both Crandon PRO 2 and PRO 4 World Championship races offer big first place prizes of $7,500 in cash plus a brand new $20,000 Polaris RZR 1000 to their respective winners. The Polaris RZR is the official sport UTV brand of Crandon International Raceway and the Crandon World Cup.

 

WORLD CUP UNIFICATION: The PRO 2 East truck of Andrew Carlson (left) leads the PRO 2 West truck of Eric Fitch (center) and the PRO 4 of Kyle LeDuc wage battle at the Crandon World Cup’s finale — the 8th annual AMSOIL Cup Challenge. LeDuc eventually came home second to race winner Bryce Menzies, while Carlson claimed the third and final podium spot. (Brian Nevins Image)

With great racing guaranteed in a variety of The Off Road Championship (TORC) PRO and Sportsman classes on Friday and Saturday promising an entertaining time for all, a great deal of excitement for 2017’s Crandon World Championship Off-Road Race(R) weekend was generated by the second annual Crandon World Cup, part of the Red Bull Signature Series. An independent, non-denominational short-course race open to all PRO-class racers from around the country, the Crandon World Cup attracted the sport’s top names from both the TORC and Lucas Oil Off-Road Racing Series in a dynamic East versus West showdown.

Much to the delight of Crandon fans, Midwest favorites Johhny and CJ Greaves, along with Keegan Kincaid, Scott Douglas, Luke Johnson, Brad Lovell and Andrew Carlson took on the “best of the west,” a drivers line-up that included Bryce Menzies, Carl Renezeder, Kyle LeDuc, Doug Mittag, Patrick Clark, Eric Fitch, Ryan Beat, Casey Currie and many others.

The total purse for the Crandon World Championship/World Cup weekend also set a new milestone for the sport, with Crandon International paying out $160,700 in total cash payout, including an additional $10,000 for the TORC/MORR Sportsman racers. Additional purse support came from Fox Racing Shox for the PRO Light division, Walker Evans Racing in PRO Stock UTV and Vision Wheel for PRO Mod UTVs. Even the highly popular PRO Mod Kart class picked up additional purse support from Rugged Radios, who provided $6,200 in total cash and product support for the youngest PRO category at Crandon.

 

 

HISTORIC MENZIES SWEEP: The 2017 Crandon World Cup was one for the record books as Bryce Menzies became the first driver in event history to earn PRO 2, PRO 4 and AMSOIL Cup Crandon World Championships on the same day. The Red Bull/BFGoodrich-backed racer from Las Vegas took home the largest cash and purse prize in the sport’s history — $109,000 in total prizes including $63,000 in cash and two 2018 Polaris RZR 1000s. (HighRev and Polaris Images)

Las Vegas racer Bryce Menzies made up for last year’s last-minute Crandon World Cup cancellation due to injury by making some Labor Day weekend history of his own. Armed with a solid game plan and two perfectly prepared Red Bull/BFGoodrich/Pennzoil/KMC Wheels/Discount Tire-supported Ford trucks, the veteran short course driver became the first racer ever to earn Crandon World Champion rings in both the PRO 2 and PRO 4 categories — in addition to winning $48,000 plus a custom engraved Henry Rifle, Lincoln Electric welder and Impact Racing safety equipment for the 8th annual AMSOIL Cup Challenge.

Menzies’ total take for the weekend came to $109,000 in prizes including $63,000 in cash and two new 2018 Polaris RZR 1000s.

During Sunday’s AMSOIL Cup Challenge finale, the ultra-fast Menzies also broke the existing track record, streaking around the 1.75-mile Crandon “long course” at a record time of 1:17.736 (51.029 mph). The previous record of 1:18:685 was set in 2016 by CJ Greaves. Both Greaves and Californian Kyle LeDuc also dipped below the old PRO 4 record time during the AMSOIL Cup race.

Other big Crandon World Cup winners included Californian Ryan Beat in the ultra competitive Fox Racing Shox PRO Light division ($10,000 cash), Sterling Cling in PRO Buggy ($5,000 cash), Jason Luburgh and his Polaris RZR in Walker Evans Racing PRO Stock UTV ($5,000 cash), Rodney VanEperen in Vision Wheel PRO Mod UTV ($5,000 cash) and Trey Gibbs in PRO Mod Kart ($1,000 cash and $2,500 in Rugged Radios equipment).

 

DIDN’T MISS A BEAT: Despite not having turned a wheel at Crandon International before Thursday’s PRO open test, El Cajon, Calif.’s Ryan Beat took home Sunday’s coveted title of Crandon PRO Light World Champion.The talented racer saluted the record crowd (top) before celebrating the victory with wife Shawna and daughter Raegan. (HighRev Images)

Las Vegas racer Bryce Menzies made up for last year’s last-minute Crandon World Cup cancellation due to injury by making some Labor Day weekend history of his own. Armed with a solid game plan and two perfectly prepared Red Bull/BFGoodrich/Pennzoil/KMC Wheels/Discount Tire-supported Ford trucks, the veteran short course driver became the first racer ever to earn Crandon World Champion rings in both the PRO 2 and PRO 4 categories — in addition to winning $48,000 plus a custom engraved Henry Rifle, Lincoln Electric welder and Impact Racing safety equipment for the 8th annual AMSOIL Cup Challenge.

Menzies’ total take for the weekend came to $109,000 in prizes including $63,000 in cash and two new 2018 Polaris RZR 1000s.

During Sunday’s AMSOIL Cup Challenge finale, the ultra-fast Menzies also broke the existing track record, streaking around the 1.75-mile Crandon “long course” at a record time of 1:17.736 (51.029 mph). The previous record of 1:18:685 was set in 2016 by CJ Greaves. Both Greaves and Californian Kyle LeDuc also dipped below the old PRO 4 record time during the AMSOIL Cup race.

Other big Crandon World Cup winners included Californian Ryan Beat in the ultra competitive Fox Racing Shox PRO Light division ($10,000 cash), Sterling Cling in PRO Buggy ($5,000 cash), Jason Luburgh and his Polaris RZR in Walker Evans Racing PRO Stock UTV ($5,000 cash), Rodney VanEperen in Vision Wheel PRO Mod UTV ($5,000 cash) and Trey Gibbs in PRO Mod Kart ($1,000 cash and $2,500 in Rugged Radios equipment).

WORLD CHAMPIONS: Jason Luburgh of Janesville, Ohio took this Polaris RZR 1000 to a Crandon World Cup victory in the Walker Evans Racing-suported PRO Stock UTV category (top). At the Crandon World Cup the young drivers of the PRO Mod Karts are also considered a PRO class, and for 2017 Trey Gibbs took home the title of “World Champion.” (Rugged Radios Images)

“I have been part of this race ever since it started but the 2017 Crandon World Championship and World Cup was easily the biggest weekend in our history,” explained Crandon President Cliff Flannery. “We have to thank all of our fans, sponsors, race teams and our staff, along with hundreds of volunteers, to help us reach our goal of hosting a world class event for the sport of off-road racing. It’s truly amazing to see how far we come, especially over the past two years.”

Race fans from around the country will get to enjoy a specially produced, 90-minute Crandon World Cup telecast as part of the Red Bull Signature Series on Saturday, October 14th at 3:00pm EST on the NBC network.

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

2017 Crandon World Champions

AMSOIL Cup Challenge PRO 4: Bryce Menzies
Crandon World Champion® PRO 4: Bryce Menzies
Crandon World Champion® PRO 2: Bryce Menzies
Crandon World Champion® PRO Light: Ryan Beat
Crandon World Champion® PRO Buggy: Sterling Cling
Crandon World Champion® PRO Stock UTV: Jason Luburgh
Crandon World Champion® PRO Mod UTV: Rodney VanEperen
Crandon World Champion® PRO Mod Kart: Trey Gibbs

Crandon World Champion® Super Stock Truck: Kenny Platten
Crandon World Champion® Stock Truck: Diesel Shanak
Crandon World Champion® Formula 4×4 Truck: Ben Passa
Crandon World Champion® 1600 Buggy: JD Koran
Crandon World Champion® 1600 Light Buggy: Greg Stingle
Crandon World Champion® Super Buggy: Sterling Cling
Crandon World Champion® Sportsman UTV: Trevor Bushmaker
Crandon World Champion® Classic Car: Dale Chestnut
Crandon World Champion® Short Course Kart: Braden Beauchamp

CROWDS EVERYWHERE: From Friday’s 48th annual Crandon Labor Day parade in downtown Crandon (top) to the 400-acre “Big House” itself, the largest crowds in Crandon history made themselves at home over Labor Day weekend 2017. Track officials are already planning for future facility expansion and upgrades as it prepares for its 50th anniversary in 2019. (HighRev Images)

Carl Renezeder Set To Return To Crandon For 2017 World Cup

“Crandon” Carl Renezeder Set To Return To The “Big House” For 2017 Crandon World Cup

 

CRANDON, Wisconsin (August 24, 2017) – Adding yet another colorful chapter to his 2017 retirement season, Californian Carl Renezeder and Crandon International Raceway today confirmed the former champion will return to Wisconsin for Labor Day weekend to compete in the 2017 Crandon World Cup, part of the prestigious Red Bull Signature Series.

Nicknamed “Crandon” Carl by this faithful Midwest fans, Renezeder, is the sport’s winningest driver with 123 short course national race victories while competing in Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series (LOORRS), Championship Off-Road Racing (CORR), and World Series of Off-Road Racing (WSORR) series. He has won nine short course off-road racing championships. Renezeder was also the first driver in short-course off-road racing history to win championships in both two wheel drive and four wheel drive trucks in the same season when he won the 2009 Unlimited 2 and Unlimited 4 divisions in LOORRS.

In addition, Renezeder has claimed three major titles at Crandon’s famed “Big House,” earning the Labor Day Borg Warner Cup crown in 2003, as well as two Forest County Potawatomi Chairman’s Cup Challenge victories in 2004 and 2007. All three Crandon Cup victories were claimed driving unlimited four-wheel drive
PRO 4 trucks.

GOING GOLD: For his 2017 “Legacy Tour,” Carl Renezeder’s #17 Lucas Oil/BFGoodrich/RC-10-backed Ford PRO 4 has run this commemorative golden livery (top). For the upcoming Crandon World Cup weekend however, the team has decided to return to its traditional red, white and blue paint scheme so familiar to thousands of the Crandon faithful (above). The southern California-based racer currently sits third in Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series PRO 4 season points. (photo credit “above”: Bink Design)

After a 10 year absence, Team Renezeder will be bringing their famed #17 Lucas Oil/BFGoodrich Ford PRO 4 to Crandon. The appearance in the Crandon World Cup, part of the Red Bull Signature Series, will represent a special stop in Renezeder’s final season of short-course off-road racing.

Part of the Red Bull Signature Series, the Crandon World Cup is an independent, non-denominational short-course off-road race open to all Pro-class racers from around the country. The Crandon World Cup will be part of a 48th annual Labor Day Crandon World Championship weekend that last year attracted 49,600 fans to the 400-acre facility over two days of racing.

Renezeder, who turned 53 on April 16,  has announced plans to retire at the end of the 2017 season. As part of his “Legacy” tour, Carl will arrive in Crandon ready to compete on Sunday, September 3rd in the morning’s Crandon PRO 4 World Championship and later that afternoon as part of the 8th AMSOIL Challenge Cup, the richest race in the sport.

THROW BACK: Carl Renezeder’s last major Crandon title took place on June 24, 2007 as the popular Californian drove his four-wheel drive Nissan truck to the Forest County Potawatomi Chairman’s Cup victory. He also claimed the same title in 2004, this time driving a Chevy.

“Our race team and my family have wanted to return to Crandon for a very long time,” explained Renezeder. “Some of our best memories have come from racing there and enjoying some of the best fans the sport has to offer. The chance to return in our last year of full-time competition and the race in the independent Crandon’ World Cup was perfect timing and an opportunity we couldn’t pass up.”

“We are looking forward to having Carl Renezeder join all the racers from the west coast for the Crandon World Championship Off-Road Race weekend,” explained Crandon President Cliff Flannery. “Carl’s return is exactly why we created the “Superbowl” of short course racing via the Crandon World Cup. I know our fans are going to be very excited to see him back here as well.”

The intense, door-to-door combat of short-course off-road racing expected at the Crandon World Cup will be broadcast to millions of households as part of the Red Bull Signature Series as a special 90-minute broadcast highlight program scheduled for airing on Sat., Oct. 14th at 3:00pm (EDT) on NBC. Produced by Red Bull Media House, the show promises viewers a captivating mix of high-energy motorsports and the downhome American narrative only an organically unique place like Crandon can provide.

Fans from around the country are expected to invade Crandon’s immense facility, which now features expanded seating and food service thanks to the newly completed Vision Wheel Hospitality Complex. More than 2,000 all-grass campsites will again offer the true “Crandon Experience,” with family and friends coming back year after year. While the Main Camp, Racer Camping, Camp 5 and most of Camp 2 is sold out, fans can still reserve remaining Camp 2 and Camp 3 sites on a first-come, first-served basis by visiting www.crandonoffroad.com.

 

Off-Road Legends To Be Honored At Crandon International Raceway’s “Vision Wheel Hospitality Complex”

Legendary Racers To Be Honored By Crandon International At Off-Road World Championships

— Part of Official Launch of New Vision Wheel Hospitality Complex —

CRANDON, Wisconsin (August 1, 2017) – Celebrating 48 years of holding a special place in off-road racing history, Crandon International Raceway today announced it will honor some of the sport’s best as part of an official debut of the newly completed VIsion Wheel Hospitality Complex.

Built over the course of the last 12 months, the new Hospitality Complex’s biggest feature is a second set of grandstand seats that nearly double the seating capacity inside of the track’s legendary Forest County Potawatomi Turn 1. Track personnel also added a brand new building under the grandstand to house concession and souvenir sales, as well as a state-of-the-art kitchen in a second, separate building.

On Friday, September 1st at 1:30pm the track will hold a special “Vision Wheel Hospitality Complex Grand Opening and Ribbon Cutting Ceremony” to kick-off the 48th Annual Crandon World Championship Off-Road Race weekend. As part of this ceremony the track will unveil new sections named for some of the track’s most legendary superstars — some of whom will be on-hand to commemorate the occasion.

HONORING THE PAST: Many of the sport’s best short-course off-road racers have forged their legacy at the Crandon “Big House.” Among the legends being honored at the new Vision Wheel Hospitality Complex are Walker Evans (top), Rob MacCachren (middle) Scott Taylor (above left) and Curt LeDuc (above right). Photo credit: Boyd Jaynes (Taylor/LeDuc image)

Built in 2012, the original Crandon grandstands will includes four special sections honoring the late Jack Flannery, the late Rick Huseman, legendary local racer “Farmer” John Konitzer and now Rob MacCachren, considered by many to be the best driver in off-road racing history. These grandstands now also feature brand new track announcing and Vision Wheel hospitality suites.

The new Crandon grandstands, originally purchased from the iconic Milwaukee Mile race track, will now carry three sections of seating named for Crandon champion Scott Taylor, “The Legend” Walker Evans and desert and short course legend Curt LeDuc.

All seats in either grandstand are reserved on a first-come, first served basis and can be ordered online at www.crandonoffroad.com. Seats range from just $10 to $20 and can be used for the entire three-day race weekend.

NEW SEATING GRID: The addition of Crandon’s new Vision Wheel grandstand now nearly doubles the seating area inside of the track’s Forest County Potawatomi Turn 1. Beginning August 31st, the entire complex will have sections named for some of the sport’s biggest legends.

“There is nothing better than for the people behind Crandon International than honoring those heroes that helped put on the map,” explained Crandon President Cliff Flannery. “We very much appreciate the support of Vision Wheel in making the new Hospitality Complex come alive this year, and honoring that achievement by naming sections after these racers brings it all full circle.”

The ribbon-cutting ceremony will be part of a busy four-day schedule comprising the Crandon World Championship Off-Road Race weekend. It comes immediately after the traditional Crandon Labor Day Parade in downtown Crandon and right before fans can take their reserved grandstand seats for the weekends first race.

Fans from around the country are expected to invade Crandon’s immense facility, which now features expanded seating and food service thanks to the newly completed Vision Wheel Hospitality Complex. More than 2,000 all-grass campsites will again offer the true “Crandon Experience,” with family and friends coming back year after year. While many campsites are already reserved, fans can still enjoy Crandon camping on a first-come, first-served basis or by reserving sites and tickets via www.crandonoffroad.com.

 

East Versus West: New PRO 2 Showdown Added To Crandon World Cup 

New PRO 2 Showdown Race Added To
Crandon World Cup

— East Versus West To Kick-Off World Cup Sunday At Crandon International —
— Unique Format Offers All PRO 2 Class Racers World Cup Access —

CRANDON, Wisconsin (July 31, 2017) – Adding another feature race to its unique “Super Bowl of Short-Course,” off-road races, Crandon International Raceway today announced the addition of a new PRO 2 unlimited truck showdown event to its highly anticipated Crandon World Cup schedule.

On Sunday, September 3, 2017 PRO 2 racers competing in Midwest-based The Off Road Championship (TORC) series and those coming to Crandon via the west coast-based Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series will be invited to compete in the Crandon PRO 2 Showdown and kick off “World Cup Sunday” at the 48th Crandon Off-Road World Championships. Similar in format to the 8th annual AMSOIL Cup Challenge that concludes the weekend later that afternoon, the PRO 2 Showdown will feature a staggered start between TORC and Lucas Oil PRO 2 racers to compensate for differences in performance regulations set forth by both series.

The Crandon PRO 2 Showdown winner will receive a specially made World Championship ring, with podium winners receiving gold, silver or bronze Crandon World Cup metals. Information regarding specific purse structures and amounts will be announced in the very near future.

WEST COASTER: In 2016 the Budweiser-backed PRO 2 of Lucas Oil series regular Patrick Clark made his Crandon debut a huge success. The young racer from Las Vegas took a hard-fought third place in the Crandon World Cup against a stout field that included TORC stars CJ Greaves and Keegan Kincaid. Will he return in 2017? (photo credit: Bink Design)

In addition, Crandon will maintain a “Promoter’s Option” that will allow the top PRO 2s to compete in the AMSOIL Cup Challenge, which offers the largest single cash purse in the sport. All PRO 2 trucks will get the green flag at the same time, with the PRO 4 trucks getting a staggered start behind the PRO 2s.

TORC PRO 2-spec trucks will also be competing for valuable series points on Saturday, September 2nd as part of a three day schedule of PRO and Sportsman racing at Crandon International Raceway.

Part of the Red Bull Signature Series, the Crandon World Cup is an independent, non-denominational short-course off-road race open to all Pro-class racers from around the country. The Crandon World Cup will be part of a 48th annual Labor Day Crandon World Championship weekend that last year attracted 49,600 fans to the 400-acre facility over two days of racing.

 

INSTANT WINNER: Minnesota’s Andrew Carlson made the leap to the TORC PRO 2 ranks in 2017, with the young racer taking his first win during at his initial class outing at Bark River. Carlson is expected to compete in both the PRO 2 and PRO Light classes at the Crandon World Cup. (photo credit: TORC)

“We took a long, hard look at finding a Balance of Performance formula that would equalize the PRO 2 trucks from both series,” explained Crandon World Cup Competition Director Tommy Morris. “Despite these efforts, we realized it was going to be more complicated and expensive than we first anticipated. In the end, the idea of running both via a staggered Crandon start made the most sense.”

“The Crandon World Cup was created to bring the best short-course racers together to compete for the biggest purse in front of the sport’s biggest crowd on the same track and on the same day,” added Crandon President Cliff Flannery. “Some of the west coast PRO 2 guys wanted to be here, and Crandon fans deserve to have the best possible show every Labor Day weekend. This seemed like the best way to accomplish that mission. The fans always come first.”

The intense, door-to-door combat of short-course off-road racing expected at the Crandon World Cup will be broadcast to millions of households as part of the Red Bull Signature Series as a special 90-minute broadcast highlight program scheduled for airing on Sat., Oct. 14th at 3:00pm (EDT) on NBC. Produced by Red Bull Media House, the show promises viewers a captivating mix of high-energy motorsports and the downhome American narrative only an organically unique place like Crandon can provide.

Fans from around the country are expected to invade Crandon’s immense facility, which now features expanded seating and food service thanks to the newly completed Vision Wheel Hospitality Complex. More than 2,000 all-grass campsites will again offer the true “Crandon Experience,” with family and friends coming back year after year. While many campsites are already reserved, fans can still enjoy Crandon camping on a first-come, first-served basis or by reserving sites and tickets via www.crandonoffroad.com.

 

Crandon International and Red Bull Signature Series Rejoin Forces For Crandon World Cup 

Crandon International Rejoins Red Bull Signature Series In Announcing
2017 Off-Road “World Cup”

— Sport’s Richest Payday Returns To “The Big House” Labor Day Weekend —
— Second Annual Non-Denominational Crandon-Hosted Event To Air On NBC —
— 8th Annual AMSOIL Cup Challenge Race To Provide Spectacular Finale —

CRANDON, Wisconsin (July 20, 2017) – Having produced a highly successful proof of concept in 2016, Crandon International Raceway and Red Bull Media House today announced the return of the second annual Crandon World Cup scheduled for Sunday, September 3, 2017. Part of the Red Bull Signature Series, a collection of the most innovative and progressive events in action sports, the “Super Bowl of short course off-road racing” is  an independent, non-denominational event open the best PRO-class racers the sport.

The Crandon World Cup will be part of a 48th annual Labor Day Crandon World Championship Off-Road Race weekend that last year attracted 49,600 fans to the 400-acre facility over two days of racing.

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 no concerns about points or season championships. Hosted and sanctioned by Crandon International Raceway, the event will once again offer the world’s best professional off-road racers the sport’s largest crowd, the largest television package and the largest single day purse – which last year reached a record cash and prize payout of more than $176,000. Along with cash, last year’s winners of the PRO 2 and PRO 4 categories took home a brand new Polaris 1000cc RZR.

BIG HOUSE, BIG CROWD: Last year, Crandon International Raceway hosted the largest crowd in its 48 year history, with nearly 50,000 fans packing the 400-acre facility for two days of intense racing (top). Crandon’s legendary 100 mile per hour Forest County Potawatomi Turn 1 (above) keeps fans coming back every Labor Day weekend. HighRev Photography images

The intense, door-to-door combat of short-course off-road racing expected at the new Crandon World Cup will be broadcast to millions of households as part of the Red Bull Signature Series – a special 90-minute highlight program scheduled to air on Saturday, October 14th at 3:00pm (EDT) on NBC. Produced by Red Bull Media House, the show promises viewers a captivating mix of high-energy motorsports and the downhome American narrative only an organically unique place like Crandon can provide.

“We are very proud to host the second annual Crandon World Cup on the biggest stage in the sport,” explained Crandon President Cliff Flannery. “Every form of professional racing has its version of a ‘Super Bowl,’ and, with the help of the Red Bull Signature Series, short-course off-road racing now has one. After 48 years our small town has built a huge Labor Day tradition, and Crandon is the only appropriate venue to host a true off-road World Cup. Last year’s inaugural running was a great start, but we have plans to elevate that achievement in 2017.”

 

MENZIES RETURNS TO CRANDON:  After missing the inaugural 2016 Crandon World Cup due to injury, off-road racing star Bryce Menzies (top) will return to Crandon International Raceway this Labor Day weekend. Current running in the West-Coast based Lucas Oil Off Road Series, the popular champion will hit Crandon’s 1.75-mile track driving his potent #7 Red Bull/BFGoodrich Ford PRO 4 class unlimited truck (above).  HighRev Photography images

While exact event formats, rules and schedules are still being finalized, current plans call for “World Cup Sunday” to include Crandon World Championship® races in the PRO 4, PRO 2, PRO Lite, PRO Buggy and PRO Modified Kart divisions. Crandon International will soon announce its own director of competition, as well as releasing new “Balance of Performance” rules guidelines to help equalize competition.

The weekend will culminate in the 8th annual AMSOIL Cup Challenge, a spectacular competition that pits the fastest unlimited PRO 4 and PRO 2 trucks together on the track at the same time after a staggered start. This year’s AMSOIL Cup race offers a first place cash payout of $48,000, plus a specially engraved gold plated “Crandon Top Gun” Henry rifle and valuable prize packages from Lincoln Electric and Impact Safety.

Last year’s AMSOIL Cup Challenge winner was local racer Keegan Kincaid, who in 2017 has moved up from the PRO 4 ranks from the PRO 2 truck he raced with much success last season.

ALL STARS: The Crandon World Cup was created to provide a one-day “Super Bowl” of short course off-road racing for stars drivers from  both American series. This includes 2016 AMSOIL Cup champion and TORC-series regular Keegan Kincaid (top) as well as Lucas Oil series PRO 2 phenom Patrick Clark (above). Photo credits: HiRev Photography (top) and Attain Media.

All PRO division racers will have the opportunity for substantial open track testing on Thursday, August 31st. Racing will kick-off Friday, September 1st as part of the Forest County Potawatomi Community “Night of Thunder.”after the traditional Labor Day parade in downtown Crandon.  On Saturday, September 2nd, all classes of the 2017 TORC series will compete, including prestigious Crandon World Championships crowned in all Sportsman divisions.

Fans from around the country are expected to invade Crandon’s immense facility, which now features expanded seating and food service thanks to the newly completed Vision Wheel Hospitality Complex. More than 2,000 all-grass campsites will again offer the true “Crandon Experience,” with family and friends coming back year after year. While many campsites are already reserved, fans can still enjoy Crandon camping on a first-come, first-served basis or by reserving sites and tickets via www.crandonoffroad.com.

Crandon International To Come Alive At 24th Forest County Potawatomi Community Brush Run

Expanded Crandon International Raceway Ready For 24th Forest County Potawatomi Community Brush Run Races

— TORC PRO Classes Featured In Comprehensive Weekend Schedule —
— Sunday’s FCP Chairman’s Cup Race Offers $24,000 Cash Purse —
— Large Field of Sportsmen Series Competitors Expected —

CRANDON, WI. (June 19, 2017) For Crandon International staff, months of planning, construction and expansion will culminate this weekend with the welcoming of fans, race teams and the best off-road racers in the world for the 24th annual Crandon Forest County Potawatomi Community Brush Run races. The legendary track will host the first of two major weekends in 2017 beginning Friday, June 23rd through Sunday, June 25th for three full days of TORC PRO and Crandon Sportsman racing as well as a live concert on Saturday night.

Thanks to the continued support of the Forest County Potawatomi Community, the Brush Run weekend will feature almost 200 of the sport’s fastest off-road vehicles and star drivers that make up The Off-Road Championship (TORC) series presented by AMSOIL. Crandon’s legendary high-speed dirt track will host intense, door-to-door action including the ultra-competitive PRO 4, PRO 2and PRO Light truck classes for Rounds 5 and 6 of the 2017 TORC season.

Located in heart of Wisconsin’s scenic Northwoods, the 400-acre purpose-built facility will debut the just  completed “Vision Wheel Hospitality Complex,” a brand new grandstand facility that doubles spectator seating capacity. Located on the inside of Crandon’s legendary Forest County Potawatomi Turn 1, the complex also includes a greatly expanded kitchen, bar and souvenir stand as well as a new track announcing booth and VIP suite.

HEATED ACTION: While a wide variety of classes will compete in Crandon for top honors at this weekend’s Forest County Potawatomi Brush Run, a fan favorite is sure to be the unlimited TORC PRO 4 class featuring 900-horsepower, four-wheel drive trucks (top). 2017 points leader Brad Lovell will bring his #44 AMSOIL Ford in a revised TORC PRO 2 category that is attracting a large field of racers (above).

The talented field of racers expected for the Crandon Brush Run include Johnny Greaves, son CJ Greaves, Keegan Kincaid, Scott Douglas, Ross Hoek and the return of Chad Hord in the sport’s premiere PRO 4 class for unlimited 900-horsepower four-wheel drive trucks. Current points leaders in the TORC series after three rounds of racing in the 2017 are Johnny Greaves in PRO 4 (Monster Energy Toyota), Brad Lovell in PRO 2 (AMSOIL Ford), Kyle Kleiman in PRO Light (Ponsse Ford), Kyle Chaney in PRO Mod UTV (Can-Am) and CJ Greaves in the rapidly expanding PRO Stock UTV division (Yamaha).

The weekend’s on-track action will culminate late Sunday afternoon with the 24rd Annual “Forest County Potawatomi Chairman’s Cup Heavy Metal Challenge” race. Pitting the TORC PRO 2 and TORC PRO 4 classes together on the same track with a staggered start, the intense annual race offers a total cash prize package of $24,000, with the winner picking up a healthy $15,000 pay day. In addition, the winner will receive valuable product bonuses from Lincoln Welders and MasterCraft Safety.

BIG WINNER: Driving his trusty PR 2 truck, last June Crandon’s own Keegan Kincaid beat all of the four-wheel drive trucks to take home the Forest County Potawatomi Chairman’s Challenge Cup. This year the talented racer has stepped up to the sport’s ultimate class — the TORC PRO 4 category.  

Off-road racing begin in Crandon, Wisconsin in 1970 with the inaugural Brush Run 101 race through the forestland surrounding the small town. The event grew so large that in the 1980s track officials added a spring race — renamed the Brush Run — to augment the hugely popular fall World Championship Off-Road Races® that attracted 49,600 fans last Labor Day holiday weekend.

A backbone of off-road racing in the American Midwest, the Crandon Sportsman Off-Road Series will host 10 unique classes of unique short-course machinery over the Brush Run weekend. In fact, Crandon International will provide the Sportsman classes an additional cash purse of $10,000 to make things more interesting.

The Crandon Sportsman classes and their sponsors include Auto Gear 1600 Light Buggy, Parsons Chevrolet Classix, Londerville Steel Stock Truck, Lincoln Welders 1600 Buggy, Trig’s Smoke House Super Buggy, Brew Pub Pizza Short Course Karts, Miller Lite Limited 4, MasterCraft Safety Formula 4×4, Mountain Dew Super Stock Truck and Country Hearth Super Truck.

Thousands of fans are expected this weekend to enjoy the weekend in 2,000 carefully groomed grass campsites that make up “Crandon Experience.” While many campsites are already reserved, fans can still arrive and get one on a first-come, first-served basis during race weekend. The campgrounds will open officially at noon on Thursday.

CLASS LEADERS: With three rounds of racing already completed in the 2017 TORC schedule, there is hot competition in many PRO and Sportsman classes. Early season points leaders include the Yamaha of CJ Greave in the PRO Stock UTV category (top) and the Posse-backed Ford PRO Light of Kyle Kleiman (above).

In keeping with Crandon tradition, Saturday night will feature a festival-style concert featuring The President’s Band beginning at 8:30pm. The concert is free to fans camping at Crandon for the weekend or those attending Saturday’s races. Gates will open for concert-only attendees with a $10.00 charge.

“We are really looking forward to joining our long-time sponsors at Forest County Potawatomi in hosting fans and racers to this year’s Brush Run weekend,” said Crandon President Cliff Flannery. “I’m confident that 2017 will be the best in our history, and debuting our new Vision Wheel Hospitality Complex is just so exciting as we can do what Crandon does best — make sure people have the time of their lives.”

Crandon International will open its gates to the public all three days beginning at 8:00am. Race fans can enjoy watching practice on Friday, June 23rd 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 22nd.