Racers gearing up for challenging track with a moto twist
With the Upper Peninsula now in the rearview mirror, TORC: The Off-Road Championship Series heads to mainland Michigan for Rounds 9 & 10: Rumble at RedBud in Buchanan, Mich. August 12-13. This weekend marks the series’ highly-anticipated return to RedBud MX, a facility dubbed “America’s Motocross Track.” Mainly known for its enormous Independence Day Motocross event, for one weekend RedBud will trade two wheels for four to host the trucks, UTVS and buggies of TORC.
TORC held races at RedBud from 2011-2013. Fans may recall roller-coaster elevation changes, sandy sections and treacherous trees from the track those years. This season’s edition will be all-new and full of surprises. The step-up/step-down elevation changes and sections of natural terrain will once again be a staple. The track will be one mile long and winding, featuring five left turns and three right turns, ranging from hairpin to “Talladega” sweepers. Topping things off is a unique Moto flare: a landrush start.
With no prior events on the track and limited resources giving clues to it’s size, features, and nature, drivers are starting their preparation from square one. This has led to a new level of buzz and excitement.
“I’m excited to race the RedBud track,” said Shawn Morris, driver of the #27 factory sponsored Kenda Tire Pro Light. “It’s looking like it will have great flow with step-up and step-down jumps combined with natural terrain. I’m also happy to see it will have a land rush start, keeping up the tradition of a motocross start. It gives every racer a shot at the win. Put on your big boy pants and don’t lift in turn one. Fans coming to RedBud are in for a real treat this year!”
Fellow PRO Light competitor Kyle Kleiman is excited for his first trip to the venue. “The type of racing RedBud brings is always exciting. You know it’s going to be tight, soft dirt, and aggressive jumps. I think it’s really going be to a technical track to drive. I’m really excited to hit this track. It definitely suits my style of driving.”
Local Michigan racer and PRO 4 competitor Ross Hoek is expecting a course that’s tough to tame. “I know what that area of the grounds looks like. The combination of tight turns and elevation changes crossing their sandpit several times will probably make for a very technical layout.”
Vision Wheel sponsored PRO 4 driver Keegan Kincaid agrees. “I think the track is going to create close racing. It looks like there will be a lot of elevation which adds another element. I look forward seeing the challenges the new track presents.”
With many questions yet to be answered and every driver coming in with a blank slate, the new RedBud track’s debut is sure to be a spectacle to remember. A wild card round with a field-evening landrush start could be just what the doctor ordered for drivers looking to improve their positions in the highly competitive championship points races. Don’t miss out on all the action – get your tickets now for the Rumble at RedBud: August 12-13.
Andrew Pfluger is a longtime race fan and writer for the TORC Series. To offer feedback or make suggestions for future content, please email email@example.com.