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Rayford Cut Short at Crandon

September 12, 2017

Racing at “The Big House” is always an experience that racer will never forget. Chad Rayford and his #29 Kenda Tire PRO-Light will definitely will definitely look back and think “what if” about the team’s time at the Labor Weekend Classic in Crandon, Wisconsin.

The weekend was also billed as the Crandon World Cup Weekend as all eyes were definitely focused on all the racing at the iconic off-road race facility. Record crowds were on hand and the CR29 Motorsports was ready to take on the largest PRO-Light field of the season.

The Saturday qualifying session had the red Kenda Tire Pro-Light qualify tenth quickest in the fifteen truck field. Most importantly this put Rayford in the front row of the infamous land rush start.

When it came time for the Round 11 nine-lap race, teams saw a very different race track compared to the morning qualifying session. In the late morning, a heavy rain squall came through the Crandon area and really dumped a substantial amount of water on the 1.7 mile Crandon Off-Road Raceway. The day’s race program was slightly delayed, but racing, including the stars of PRO-Light, went off without any issues.

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The now moist track would be another factor for Rayford and the rest of the PRO-Light field would have to consider in the race preparations. The track developed a narrow racing groove with good traction, but outside of that path, the racing surface was wet and sloppy.

The start saw Rayford make good use of his Mud Muncher helmet shield, keeping his vision clear during the sprint down into and through Turn One. Once past the first turn, contact from a couple other drivers, possibly due to their lack of clear vision, began to take a toll on the #29 Kenda Tire PRO-Light. One of the hits while running through the Gravel Pit turn, broke the rear track bar damaging the rear suspension enough to end the day for CR29 Motorsports.

Once back at the hauler as the truck was cleaned up and repairs were begin completed on the rear suspension, further inspection of the transmission found the transmission housing in the tail shaft area was cracked all the way around. Without a spare transmission, Chad Rayford would end the weekend without the chance to race in the PRO-Light Crandon World Cup.

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“It’s really too bad what happened out on the track today,” remarked Chad Rayford. “I don’t know if it was the wet conditions, or the fact that we’re racing on the sport’s biggest stage, or something else, but the race just started and there was all this contact going on in the middle of the pack. I really believed all I had to do was let the Kenda Tires get us to the mandatory caution and then make a charge for the podium. I just keeping thinking, “what if” there wasn’t so much contact. Now it’s time to prepared for ERX and the final three rounds of the season. The track is down the road from Kenda Tire headquarters and you better believe CR29 Motorsports will do its best to represent our title sponsor.”

As mentioned, the final three rounds of racing in the TORC Series presented by AMSOIL is September 22-23 at Elk River Motor Park in Elk River, Minnesota. Remember if you can’t get to see a TORC event live, each weekend will be streamed live at torcseries.com.

Chad Rayford thanks his partners including:

Kenda Tire, Flying Dutchman Off-Road, AMSOIL, Ultra Wheel, FK Rod Ends, National Concrete Cutting, Londerville Steel, Badger Race Wraps, Neverlift Apparel, Boatec, Lincoln Electric, Bob’s Engines and Transmissions, Simpson, Odyssey Batteries, and Grip Lock Ties.

Chad Rayford has several marketing opportunities available with CR29 Motorsports for the 2017 season. Please send you inquiries to: rrt290@hotmail.com