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Red Hot Greaves Family Leading TORC Field Into 22nd Annual Crandon International Forest County Potawatomi Community Cup Race

— Appleton’s CJ Greaves Leads Both PRO 2WD and PRO 4WD Divisions —
— Chad Hord Looks to Defend 2014 FCP Community Cup Victory —
— Sportsman Classes To Wrap Up Three Days of Racing —

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CRANDON, WISC. — If the ultra-thrilling final laps of this afternoon’s TORC PRO 4WD race between Crandon favorite Johnny Greaves and talented son CJ (seen above) is any indication, tomorrow’s huge Forest County Potawatomi Community Cup Challenge is going to be one for the ages.

The Greaves family is currently at the top of their collective games. CJ came into this weekend’s Crandon Brush Run with white-hot momentum after going four-for-four in both TORC PRO 4WD and 2WD races last week at Chicagoland, Illinois. With the younger Greaves coming in second in today’s PRO 2WD race behind winner Keegan Kincaid, today’s final competition was a father and son slugfest that thrilled a huge Crandon crowd. Johnny took the win at the finish line by less than one second.

Kincaid’s father Jeff was also on the track, himself a two-time FCP Community Cup winner in 2010 and then again the following year.

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Veteran Wisconsin short-course racer Johnny Greaves is a three-time FCP Community Cup winner (2013, 2006 and 2003). The resident of Appleton will bring this Monster Energy Toyota TORC PRO 4WD truck into tomorrow’s race as a popular favorite. (TORC Image)

After a full day of racing, the 2015 Crandon FCP Brush Run weekend on-track will culminate late Sunday afternoon with the 22nd Annual Forest County Potawatomi Community Cup race. Pitting the TORC PRO 2WD and TORC PRO 4WD 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 payday. In addition, the winner will receive valuable product bonuses from Lincoln Welders and MasterCraft Safety.

Last year’s winner Chad Hord is hoping his switch from a TORC PRO 2WD to the faster four-wheel drive TORC PRO 4WD division in 2015 will give him an edge in making it two Forest County Potawatomi Community Cup wins in a row.

On Saturday, The Off-Road Championship (TORC) series presented by Amsoil PRO classes included a great battle in the large PRO Light class, with Luke Johnson taking victory over Travis Dinsmore. Son of off-road legend Ricky Johnson, it was Johnson’s first win at the legendary track.

This weekend’s Crandon Forest County Potawatomi Brush Run represents Rounds 7 and 8 of a 16-race 2015 TORC season, and Rounds 2, 3 and 4 of the Sportsman Off-Road Series. As is tradition, TORC and Crandon Sportsman racers will conclude their year at Crandon International Raceway’s huge season-ending races taking place Labor Day weekend (September 4-6, 2015).

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Last year, Crandon International veteran Chad Hord claimed his first Crandon Forest County Potawatomi Cup victory driving a TORC PRO 2WD. For this season, Hord has made the transition to unlimited TORC PRO 4WD division driving this Caterpillar-sponsored truck. (TORC image)

Off-road racing begin in Crandon, Wisconsin in 1970 with the inaugural Brush Run 101 race through the forest land 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 ®.

The Crandon Sportsman Series classes ran the second of three race days today as well. Winners included Greg Stingle (Auto Gear 1600 Light Buggy), Dale Chestnut (Parsons Chevrolet Classix), Jon Lassie (Londerville Steel Stock Truck), Mark Steinhardt (Lincoln Welders 1600 Buggy), Rodney VanEperen (Trigs Smoke House Super Buggy), Owen VanEperen (Brew Pub Pizza Short Course Karts), Dan Baudoux (Miller Lite Limited 4), Brad Lamarche (MasterCraft Safety Formula 4×4), Danny Beauchamp (Mountain Dew Super Stock Truck) and Jerry Egerton (Country Hearth Super Truck).

 

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Bright summer skies and warm weather brought out a large and enthusiastic crowd today to Crandon International Off-Road Raceway’s “Big House.” With dry weather forecast for Sunday, track officials are preparing for an even larger crowd to enjoy a full schedule of racing tomorrow. (Peter Murphy image).

Crandon International will open its gates to the public on Sunday beginning at 8:00 AM. Racing begins at 10:30 AM for Crandon Sportsman Off-Road Series racers with on-track racing all day. The 22nd Annual Forest County Potawatomi Community Cup is scheduled just after 5:00 PM.

Admission is $25 for adults, children under 12 and senior 75 or older admitted free.

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