CJ Greaves wins big at The Big House as the TORC Series crowns 2016 champs
Exciting finale for TORC: The Off-Road Championship presented by AMSOIL
CRANDON, Wis. (September 3, 2016) — TORC: The Off-Road Championship presented by AMSOIL capped another incredible season of short-course off-road racingon Saturday at Crandon International Off-Road Raceway.
CJ Greaves was the big winner this season, taking home both the PRO 4WD and PRO 2WD TORC Series titles for the second year in a row with a pair of Crandon podiums. Kyle Hart finished second in Saturday’s Atturo Tires PRO Light race to lock down his first-ever TORC Series title.
And the TORC Series awarded PRO UTV championships for the first time as record fields took to the historic Crandon track.
It was CJ Greaves who topped the championship standings after 13 rounds of close PRO 4WD competition this season, but his father Johnny Greaves earned the win on Saturday in a nail-biter of a finish. Father and son battled side-by-side to the line, with the elder Greaves taking the win by a scant .088 seconds.
Said CJ Greaves at the finish: “We came through the pack and made a couple good moves and once I got by my dad, I said: ‘Alright, let’s go!'”
Johnny Greaves got the holeshot while CJ Greaves bobbled, and had to make his way through the pack from fifth. He was up to second by the competition yellow and, on the restart, it was Greaves vs. Greaves to the line.
“We can’t ask for a better battle,” said Johnny Greaves after the race. “I know he’s a little bit better than me, but I still know I’m good enough to hold him off, and I just gotta cover the right lines and not make mistakes.”
PRO 4WD Results:
- Johnny Greaves
- CJ Greaves
- Keegan Kincaid
- Chad Hord
- Kent Brascho
- Jeff Kincaid
- Ross Hoek
- Scott Douglas
- Mark Kvamme
- Bradley Morris
CJ Greaves arrived in Crandon with the PRO 2WD title in hand, after locking down the championship win last month at The Dirt Track at Charlotte Motor Speedway. But Keegan Kincaid didn’t let down his hometown crowd and earned the final race win of the season. He took the holeshot and led the race to the checkers. Visiting driver Patrick Clark rounded out the podium, finishing in third.
“The sun was getting brutal,” said Kincaid. “We knew we just had to be consistent and I knew we couldn’t make a mistake with CJ behind me. We just laid down consistent laps.”
Arie Luyendyk Jr’s season of bad luck continued as he was caught up in a big wreck in the land rush start that ended his day within seconds of the green flag.
PRO 2WD Results
- Keegan Kincaid
- CJ Greaves
- Patrick Clark
- Luke Johnson
- Rodney Van Eperen
- Myan Spaccarelli
- Nick Tyree
- Sheldon Creed
- Keith Steele
- Eric Fitch
- Arie Luyendyk Jr.
- Brad Lovell
- Jason DeGrave
ATTURO TIRE PRO LIGHT
Strong work all season meant Kyle Hart had the Atturo Tires PRO Light title as soon as his wheels crossed the start line on Saturday, but that didn’t stop him from being a part of one of the most thrilling finishes in the history of The Big House.
Travis Dinsmore got it by a nose in a three-wide finish with Hart and Kyle Kleiman, who came into the final weekend of the season on a four-race hot streak.
“We had a tight finish there and [Hart] gave me a nasty little punt there after the checker, but here we are in the No. 1 spot and we’re good with that,” said Dinsmore after the race.
The three podium finishers ended the race the way they started, as Dinsmore took the holeshot over Hart. Last year’s Crandon winner Cam Reimers and 2010 class champion Casey Currie battled for third in the first couple laps, but Kleiman held them off to the podium.
Atturo Tire PRO Light Results
- Travis Dinsmore
- Kyle Hart
- Kyle Kleiman
- Casey Currie
- Jeff Hoffman
- Cam Reimers
- Chad Rayford
- Cory Winner
- Brandon Arthur
- Gavin Harlien
- Bobby Runyan Jr.
- Bradley Morris
- Cody Kleiman
- Andrew Carlson
- Luke Johnson
- Andrew Kossak
- Jake Lunderby
- Wade Wyman
- Travis Pecoy
- Shawn Morris
In the brand-new PRO UTV category, CJ Greaves won a stacked PRO Stock UTV race that featured a season-high 32 entrants, while Corry Weller finished third to take the first-ever class title. Treavis Poynter locked down the PRO Modified UTV championship win with a second-place result on Saturday. He trailed Robert Van Beekum across the line. The TORC Series added PRO UTV racing to the schedule for three stops this year.
TORC: The Off-Road Championship Presented by AMSOIL wrapped up its 2016 season Saturday at Crandon International Off-Road Raceway. For full championship points standings and more, please visit the home of all TORC Series information:www.torcseries.com.
The 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 plays 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 has welcomed tens of thousands of fans through the gates.
Live and on demand HD digital broadcasts of each round of the 2016 TORC Series are available, free of charge at www.torcseries.com. Tape-delayed television programming of championship racing airs on FS2, with exciting 90-minute shows running Thursdaynights in primetime. Full coverage of the penultimate round of the 2016 season in Charlotte airs September 15 at 6 p.m. (Eastern time) and the best action from the exciting championship finale in Crandon airs September 22 at 7 p.m. (Eastern time).
All results are considered informational pending official post-race procedures.
ABOUT TORC: THE OFF-ROAD CHAMPIONSHIP PRESENTED BY AMSOIL
TORC: The Off-Road Championship presented by AMSOIL is the nation’s premier short-course, off-road truck racing series. A collision between action sport and motorsport, TORC is the ultimate battleground for 900-plus horsepower race trucks competing to win the TORC National Championship. Action-adventure sports events company Mountain Sports International acquired ownership of the TORC Series at the end of 2015 and brings its core strengths in HD digital broadcast production and event management to the growing series. Full television coverage of the 2016 TORC National Championship is carried on the FS2 television network with free HD digital broadcasts available live and on demand on www.torcseries.com the Fox Sports GO app and Sony Playstation.
ABOUT CRANDON INTERNATIONAL OFF-ROAD RACEWAY
Off-road racing begin in Crandon, Wisconsin in 1970 with the inaugural Brush Run 101 race through the forest surrounding the small town. The event grew so large that in the 1980s track officials added a spring race — renamed the Brush Run — to augment the hugely popular fall World Championship Off-Road Races that attract up to 45,000 fans each Labor Day holiday weekend.