The Traxxas TORC Series returned to Crandon International Raceway for the Forest County Potawatomi, Chairman’s Cup race, Rounds 5 and 6 of the series. For the first time, Ultra4 racers got to race on the legendary track known as the “Big House.”
The Chairman’s Cup Race pits Pro-2 (two wheel drive) and Pro-4 (four wheel drive) racers against each other for a ten lap shoot-out. The Pro-2 drivers start ahead of the Pro-4’s to give them a better chance against the Pro-4’s superior traction in the dirt. At some point in the closing laps the charging Pro-4’s catch up to the Pro-2’s, if they’re lucky.
This year the King Shocks equipped Ram/Mopar number 21 Pro-2 was able to run away and take the victory. Second spot went to the King Shocks equipped, Real Tree Energy Pro-4 of Adrian Cenni who drove the last few laps with a flat rear tire. The battle for third and fourth was between Teammates and Brothers Mark and Mike Jenkins in their King Shocks equipped, Traxxas Pro-4’s. They both crossed the line at what looked like a tie but the win went to Mike by just a hair. King Shocks racers Mike Oberg, Scott Taylor and Jeff Kincaid finished 6th-8th.
Ultra4 racers were invited to come out and race in their own event at “The Big House.” Racing at Crandon goes back 40 years and most people think of it as a big deal; the Ultra4 racers certainly did. Despite a valiant effort by the track crew it was a muddy and slippery track both days. The race was dominated by King Shocks racer Gary Ferravanti who won both days. “It was a long haul to get out there; a 34 hour tow,” said Gary Ferravanti, “Our car was probably the best out there. All weekend people were coming up and telling us how glad they were to see us and thanked us for coming. I would definitely come back but maybe next time I’ll send the car out and fly back.” Gary’s team drove 4300 miles to Crandon, raced all weekend and then drove back. They are now working on the car to get ready for Glen Helen. Sunday’s race was dominated by King Shocks racers with Gary taking the win, the young, Midwest racer Thomas Grady in 2nd and JT Taylor 3rd.
Pro Racing on Saturday was mostly rained out causing drivers to spend time tuning for a wet track set-up only to have it dry out for Sunday’s round 6. King Shocks racers quickly got a grip on the different conditions and charged to the front. In Prolite, Andrew Caddell took the win. In Pro-4 racing, Mark Jenkins took 2nd place followed by Adrian Cenni and Mike Jenkins in 3rd and 4th. In Pro-2 racing it was Jeff Kincaid taking the win over Scott Taylor. “We had a great weekend,” said Jeff Kincaid, “It was nice to turn the truck loose on our home track. It’s a brand new truck and we are now on King shocks so it’s forced us to try different things. We are just tickled at how well the Kings are working. The track was wet on Saturday and actually got a little dusty on Sunday but the truck was perfect.”
If you want the competitive edge on the racecourse or just the best handling truck on your daily commute, King Shocks has the damping technology that’s best for your needs. When you ride on King shocks you’ll know, there really is a difference. Nothing rides like a King.
Photos by: Mike Roth, mikerothphotography.com