Hometown driver Keegan Kincaid came up short in the PRO 2WD championship in TORC: The Off-Road Championship presented by AMSOIL, but he demolished the field Sunday in the PRO 2WD/PRO 4WD AMSOIL Cup race at Crandon International Off-Road Raceway.
“This is awesome!” said Kincaid, after besting a stacked field that pitted PRO 4WD and PRO 2WD trucks against each other in a special Sunday event at the historic Crandon track. “Look at the fans and the crowd: it’s amazing.”
In Sunday’s Cup race, Kincaid took the holeshot over Sheldon Creed off the start and never looked back. Once the PRO 4WDs launched, CJ Greaves had another rough start and, despite a strong weekend at The Big House, was unable to get by Kincaid.
The Crandon local joined a slate of TORC Series racers taking top honors at the Crandon World Championship Sunday. Double 2016 champion CJ Greaves won the PRO 4WD and PRO 2WD races at The Big House, as well as the UTV PRO Stock race, while Kyle Kleiman wrapped a five-win season in the PRO Light class.
Until the finale Sunday, Greaves was dominant. His day opened with a physical PRO 4WD race that kicked off with a massive wreck that took out Chad Hord, Jeff Kincaid, and Ross Hoek.
Former winner Kyle LeDuc had the lead early, but mechanical issues forced him to drop out. Greaves took the lead and never looked back. Part-time TORC racer Mark Kvamme finished second.
CJ Greaves was dominant again in the PRO 2WD race, inheriting the lead when a part failure ended Kincaid’s race early. TORC Series fan favorites Arie Luyendyk Jr. and Luke Johnson wrecked hard together on the first lap, continuing their weekend of bad luck.
PRO Light saw an epic battle that had Cam Reimers, Travis Dinsmore, and Kyle Kleiman fighting hard to end their respective seasons on a high note. Reimers took the holeshot, with Saturday’s Atturo Tires PRO Light race winner Dinsmore reeling him in after the competition yellow.
Kleiman fought his way to the front and in the last turn before the finish line, took the bottom line and slid into Dinsmore, taking the lead at the stripe. “I was definitely trying to work the bottom line for that pass,” Kleiman said after the race. “I was really hoping it would start coming around. I was a little more aggressive than I’d like to be, but it is what it is. I guess that’s racing. I can’t thank everyone enough for this year.”
TORC: The Off-Road Championship Presented by AMSOIL wrapped up its 2016 season Saturday at Crandon International Off-Road Raceway, crowning series champions in five classes. CJ Greaves made it a double for the second year in a row, winning both the TORC Series PRO 4WD and PRO 2WD titles in 2016.
Second-generation racer Kyle Hart wrapped up his first title, the 2016 Atturo Tires PRO Light championship, scoring a runner-up result in Saturday’s TORC Series finale. In the brand-new PRO UTV category, Corry Weller took the PRO Stock division title while Treavis Poynter locked down the PRO Modified UTV championship. The TORC Series added PRO UTV racing to the schedule for three stops this year.
The TORC Series season finale joined the 47th annual Off-Road World Championship weekend in Crandon, with PRO racing in five classes: the powerful, four-wheel drive PRO 4WD trucks, the 900 horsepower rear-wheel drive PRO 2WD machines, the fiercely competitive Atturo Tire PRO Lights, as well as a return of the PRO UTV Modified and Stock divisions.
Along with TORC Series racing, the track played host to a full slate of exciting events including Sportsman racing, live concerts, an in-town pit stop challenge and Sunday’s AMSOIL Cup and Crandon World Cup races.
The traditional Labor Day weekend celebration of motorsport welcomed tens of thousands of fans through the gates. In addition to providing a great fan experience, off-road racing provides a substantial economic benefit to its host communities. The Forest County Chamber of Commerce has assessed the direct economic impact of the two weekends featuring TORC Series racing at Crandon at over $8 million. MSI Live produced television and high-definition digital programming for both major motorsport weekends at Crandon International Off-Road Raceway this year.