Johnny Greaves (22) races the PRO 4 class in Round 2 of the 2017 TORC Series at the  Dirt Oval at Route 66 Raceway in Joliet, IL on May 14, 2017. Photographer: BNevins,  courtesy TORC Series.

Johnny Greaves Leads TORC Winners At Route 66

May 17, 2017
Johnny Greaves won Sunday’s TORC PRO 4 event at Route 66 Raceway. (TORC Photo)

JOLIET, Ill. – An action-packed weekend of short course off-road racing wrapped up at The Dirt Oval at Route 66 Raceway on Sunday with TORC: The Off-Road Championship presented by AMSOIL.

Johnny Greaves ran a flawless race in the PRO 4 main event. He started in the third row, took the lead on the second turn and held it through the checkered flag.

“Ah, man, ever since we started testing UTVs this winter, and they’re so similar to racing these PRO 4s, I think I actually got better, believe it or not. A lot smoother at least,” said Greaves.

In PRO 2, a slick check-up move by Luke Johnson on lap nine forced Brad Lovell to momentarily slow heading into his joker lap. The move proved to be just what Johnson needed to secure his first PRO 2 victory.

Johnson would distance himself from Lovell by five seconds heading to the checkers.

“Man, this is a dream come true,” said a teary-eyed Johnson. “We went through so much just to get here this weekend. Everybody donated their time to get me here. Had a rough offseason, so to be standing here … Woo!”

Kyle Kleiman parlayed a pole position into a holeshot and ultimately, a wire-to-wire win in Sunday’s PRO Light race. It was a near textbook dash for Kleiman, who overcame a rough first round on Saturday to earn his first win of the season Sunday.

“Yesterday we rolled over and I lost my brakes at the end. So to come out here today and lead the entire race was pretty cool,” said Kleiman.

Multi-time ATV national champion Tim Farr captured the PRO Mod UTV victory, while C.J. Greaves made it two PRO Stock UTV wins in a row.