CRANDON, WISC. — With all of its 2000-plus camping spots already reserved and ticket sales going strong, the upcoming TORC Off-Road World Championship weekend presented by Amsoil at Crandon International Raceway has all the earmarks of being another Labor Day weekend record breaker. The legendary track, located on 400 acres in the picturesque Northwoods of Wisconsin, is celebrating the 45th annual running of this annual end of summer racing classic in a big way – including posting the largest purse in the sport’s history.
Months of careful preparation and planning by the hardworking staff at Crandon International Raceway are now coming down to the final hours as the iconic facility is set to host this weekend’s second annual celebration of speed, power and dirt better known as the Forest County Potawatomi “Super Challenge” Off-Road Weekend. The unique and interactive event kicks off today with practice sessions, driver meetings, technical inspections and the excitement of mud bog racing open to the public before two big days of competition Saturday and Sunday, August 9 and 10.
St. Johns, MI – The season finale of the Traxxas TORC Series presented by AMSOIL at Crandon International Off-Road Raceway was a very busy time for the B & L Sand Toys Off-Road Truck Race Team. Both drivers, Gerrit Bancroft and Dan Baudoux were scheduled to compete in three races during the Labor Day Weekend event. Both drivers ran strong throughout the weekend, as Dan Baudoux completed with weekend as TORC Sport 4 Champion.
The biggest weekend on the short-course off-road racing calendar is the Labor Day Weekend event in the small town of Crandon, Wisconsin. The town normally has a population of 1,900 residents, but Labor Day Weekend, over 30,000 fans of the sport arrive to witness the three day event known as the Crandon Off-Road World Championships.
Lena, WI - The Labor Day Weekend Crandon Off-Road World Championship wasn’t only the final weekend of racing for the TORC Stock Truck competitors, but it’s Saturday’s “Run for the Ring” that brings out record turnouts by racers as well as fans. Cory Marquardt and his McGuire’s Sports Bar/Jane Classic Touch/Todd’s Custom Graphix/Metal Storm/Andy’s Shock Repair/ATD/BFGoodrich Tire Chevy Stock Truck ran a near perfect weekend as he won his first World Championship ring on Saturday and took home the TORC Sportsman Stock Truck Championship on Sunday.
The TORC Stock Truck division is designed as a very affordable form of short-course off-road racing. The rules allow for minimal performance modifications, but the race trucks must meet the same safety requirements as the faster trucks in the TORC series. As in all TORC Sportsman classes, the great friendships between competitors is unlike any other form of motorsports.
El Cajon, CA (September 3, 2013) – The Crandon Off-Road World Championships is the one weekend the entire short-course off-road racing marks on their calendar and race teams like Douglas Motorsports bring every additional part possible as the three race weekend carries more weight than any other event during the entire season. Scott Douglas and his #7 AMSOIL Borla Exhaust BFGoodrich Tire PRO-4×4 ran well throughout the weekend that was highlighted with a second place finish in Sunday’s Round 14 race.
The weekend began with the traditional Friday race truck display and parade. The event saw Scott Douglas meet and greet hundreds of off-road racing fans during the morning festivities. Then later in the day practice sessions kicked off all the on track activities. At the completion of the timed sessions, Douglas Motorsports was third quickest in the PRO-4×4 field.
Crandon, WI – The B & L Sand Toys Sportsman Trophy Race had four different Sportsman Truck divisions competing for nearly fourteen thousand dollars in cash and products. The eight lap sprint was the featured race of the Forest County Potawatomi Friday Night Thunder program during the opening day festivities the Labor Day Weekend Crandon Off-Road World Championships. The field of Sport 4, Formula 4×4, Super Truck, and Super Stock racers set a blistering pace as Troy Retzlaff in his Super Truck raced through much of the field to win the inaugural event.
The eight lap event saw the three groups of racers lined up for the infamous land rush start as the Super Stock Trucks had thirty five second head start on the Formula 4×4/Super Truck group and the faster Sport 4 trucks left the line another forty seconds later.
Riverside, CA – RJ Anderson and Walker Evans Racing continue in their quest for multiple championships at the TORC and Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series’. First up was the TORC Series Rounds 3 &4 held in the famous Crandon Off Road Facility in Crandon, WI. Saturday’s Round 3 proved to be a challenge for RJ and team. Despite a very strong V8 RAM engine tuned by Kevin Kroyer, a solid drive-train by Gear Works, and well tuned Walker Evans Racing Shocks RJ was unable to get the Walker Evans Racing / Polaris Industries / South Point Hotel V8 Pro-Lite on the box. RJ never having run the Crandon course before came out swinging, qualifying 5th in position and at one point doing well over 90mph in his Pro-Lite, something he had never done before leading up to this race. Unfortunately come race time the #37 would arrive to the gate late forcing TORC officials to put the #37 on the last row. Despite the back row start RJ was already into 6th position by the first corner. It was there, the first corner of the first lap that the second place truck would lose control taking four trucks with him, RJ being one of them causing for a broken front coil carrier shock. RJ would limp his way around the track for a 12th place finish. Sunday would not allow for redemption as track conditions worsened with the weather causing TORC officials to call the round. Redemption would have to wait until the team arrived in Utah for rounds 7 & 8 of the Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series (LOORRS).
Miller Motorsports Park in Tooele, UT played host to LOORRS for rounds 7 & 8 and despite its inviting, spacious, and very well maintained outside appearance the track inside proved to be a brutal battlefield for competitors of all classes. The clay based track began to harden unlike any other LOORRS track competitors have raced on causing for carnage in the field and long days & nights for crews in the pits. While other teams were taking their beatings RJ Anderson and his Unlimited UTV were taking checkered flags and forwardly solidifying his points lead in the class. With a big win in Saturdays Round 7 and a solid 3rd place finish on Sunday (Round 8) “Mr. Consistency” as he is known throughout the pits continued his championship quest battling back from an early season wreck that would have put most teams out of contention all together. Now RJ and his Walker Evans Racing / Polaris Industries RZR XP900 is clicking and have found their groove. Now equipped with a new Polaris power plant built by Kroyer Race Engines RJ and his Unlimited UTV look to be the favorite of many to win the championship in a sea of Kawasaki’s. When asked of his new found power and developing comfort with his 2011 Polaris RZR XP900 UTV RJ Anderson had this to say:
“….it took me a little longer than expected to get to a point where I felt I could not only just compete but actually win again in UTV and the early season wreck at Firebird only set us back further. Last season we were down on power against the V-Twin’s we were running against but this year we have a little something for them to go along with some of the best suspension in the class. My Holz Racing Chassis, Walker Evans Wheels & Shocks, and our new Kroyer power plant has really made this Polaris RZR XP900 a ton of fun to race. I look forward to more win’s this year hopefully culminating in an Unlimited UTV Championship.”
While the story would end right there for most RJ still had another 2 classes he was competing in. Despite unforeseen mechanical and racing related challenges in his new V8 Pro-Lite he continued his consistent performance in the fan favorite Super-Lite Championship class. RJ Anderson without a doubt is a favorite to win a championship in his first full season competing in the Super-Lite class. RJ, the Walker Evans Racing team and Speed Technologies who host the series have worked really hard to put a solid truck under RJ each and every round leaving RJ to focus on what he does best, RACE! Saturday RJ was competing for the win but got caught in a battle for 2nd with a couple of competitors. RJ would hold strong and take the podium in 2nd place. Sunday would be more of the same except RJ would be racing in a back up truck that he had previously never driven or had prepped by his team. Despite the adversity RJ once again was able to put the #37 Walker Evans Racing / So Cal Super Trucks / Polaris Industries Super-Lite on the podium in 2nd place further solidifying his lead in the Super-Lite Class.
Next up for Walker Evans Racing will be a long haul to Charlotte Motor Speedway in Concord, NC on July 22nd-23rd for Rounds 5 & 6 of the TORC Racing Series. From there the team will travel back to Glen Helen Raceway in San Bernardino, CA for Rounds 9 & 10 on August 6th-7th for the Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series where RJ Anderson will continue his quest for championships in multiple classes.