Round 11 to Feature 2017’s Largest Driver Turnouts
CRANDON, WI: Labor Day weekend at Crandon brings out the best in short course racing. Off-road racing’s “Super Bowl” weekend features the biggest crowds (expected to exceed 50,000 this year), the richest payouts (which exceeded $175,000 in cash and prizes in 2016), the greatest parties (the facility sold out of campsites ahead of the event for the first time in its history), and the largest vehicle counts. In years past, TORC’s class lineups have swelled at Crandon with the addition of racing legends, racing stars from afar, and aspiring racers making their debuts in new trucks. 2017 is no exception.
Popular Upper Michigan-based driver Chad Hord will rejoin TORC’s premier PRO 4 class this weekend. The multi-time PRO Light champion who won the AMSOIL Cup in a PRO 2 in 2011 is making his third 2017 TORC appearance. He has finished on the podium twice this season. Making his proper PRO 4 debut is Brad Lamarche, who purchased Jeff Kincaid’s truck this summer. LaMarche is no stranger to a four-wheel-drive machine: Sportsman racing fans will recognize him from his many years in the MORR Formula 4×4 division.
The highly-competitive PRO 2 class continues to grow, with 15 drivers pre-registered for TORC’s Round 11 bout. Tommy Bradley and Keith Steele will follow the trend of familiar racing names joining the revamped PRO 2 field. Longtime fans will remember Steele dominating the very similar Super Truck (Sportsman 2) class in past years.
A host of West-Coast-based drivers will more than double the typical PRO Light class size this weekend, with big names like Ryan Beat, Myles Cheek, and Cory Winner making the long haul to join in the fun. NHRA Top Fuel driver Cory McClenathan will make an appearance in the PRO Lights as well. The breaking news of the week has been Zach Martin, who in the span of just a few days drove to Arizona, purchased a PRO Light, hauled it to Minnesota, got the truck prepped and wrapped, and made his way to Crandon. Martin has been ultra-fast in the PRO Stock UTV division all season, and is looking to bring his serious speed to the truck ranks.
All season long, TORC series action has attracted UTV racers from across the country to race on short course’s legendary tracks. Early indications suggest that the “Keys to the Big House” may set records for UTV racer turnout. Qualifying may be needed to determine who makes the main events, so expect the UTVs to put on some of the most competitive shows of the weekend.
A freight train of drivers have already rolled in to Crandon for “TORC: Round 11: Keys to the Big House.” There’s still time to buy your tickets and make your way to the biggest off-road party of the year. If you can’t make it to the event, tune in to the professionally-produced broadcast, airing live at torcseries.com. Sportsman classes begin at 2:30PM (CST) on Friday, September 1st and race for World Championship Rings starting at 10:30AM the next morning. The PRO classes hit the track 2:30PM on Saturday, September 2nd.
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.