CRANDON, WISC. – After nearly a year of preparation and cooperation, today legendary Crandon International Raceway released its official, action-packed Labor Day weekend schedule that offers an expanded format and four days of on-track action.
Crandon, WI (Sept 3, 2013) — The Big House was as big as it has ever been this past weekend with sellout crowds and an overflowing pit. 24 of the best pro-light drivers raced for the chance to stand atop the podium at this Superbowl of off-road racing. In driver Brad Lovell’s own words:
This is weekend was no doubt the biggest and most competitive pro-light race we have entered and a chance to prove ourselves against the best in all of short course. We were desperate to get in the invert during qualifying to get a good position for the land rush start. We barely managed that by qualifying 6th which put us right where we wanted to be.
As far as Luke Johnson is concerned, winning is the name of the game. 2013 has been an unforgettable season for the Pro Buggy rookie driver. The PEAK Motor Oil Red Bull Undead Power #14 Pro Buggy has found the podium eight times in ten races and every single one of the those have been a win, including five consecutive to begin the season. Luke’s successes are remarkable, considering he had confirmed his program only weeks before the first race at Eldora Motor Speedway. Mathematically, with his win this weekend at RedBud, all Luke has to do is start Saturdays race at Crandon to clinch the Pro Buggy Championship.
In the opening brawl to the race weekend, it was the top four drivers in the division leading the field of twelve. This time, it was Andy Zipperer out in front, followed by a close battle for second with Luke and John Frana, who sits second in points behind Luke. The two separated the gap between the rest of drivers and Luke displayed some of his best driving all season, charging on Zipperer while fending off Frana.
Escanaba, MI (July 25, 2013) – After finally getting his break through win for the 2013 TORC season in Crandon, Danny Beauchamp continued his winning ways with back to back victories at the Dirt Track @ Route 66 Raceway. The reigning Super Stock Truck Champion is showing the competition that it’s never too late to challenge for a championship. With just four rounds of racing left in the race season, the black #826 Ford F-150 is only four points out of the championship lead.
For the first time in Traxxas TORC Series presented by AMSOIL history, the Super Stock Truck class competed on the one-mile long “Bowl of Baja.” The layout didn’t look that challenging at first glance, but as soon as all the racers finished up their Friday practice session, everyone’s opinion definitely changed. The outside portion of the track ran a majority of the half-mile dirt track with a few large jump to give the fans a thrill, while the infield was more technical with four unique corners with smaller jumps placed in such a way that kept every racer needing to catch their breath.
Colorado Springs, CO 7/2/13 – Team Lovell made major strides this weekend climbing from 5th in the 2013 TORC Series standings for a firm grasp on 3rd place and finally in the hunt for the top spot at the mid-point of the season. This comes after a commanding performance in Crandon with two 2nd Place finishes.
There is a reason that northern Wisconsin is so green – lots of rain. Storms pounded Crandon before the weekends festivities canceling practice and qualifying. The field was left with a single test lap before the infamous land rush start into turn #1. “I wanted to qualify,” adds Brad, “But we did our homework and made sure to test before the weekend so we were pretty prepared.” With confidence in hand Lovell got the hole shot and sped through turn #1 on two wheels yeilding the lead to Kincaid who would nearly tip in turn #2 giving the front spot back to Lovell. The two would continue to battle before Lovell finished 2nd. “I felt some G’s leaving the line as the BFG’s hooked up. I had so much speed going into turn #1 I knew it was going to get good! Awesome race and great track after the heavy rains!”
El Cajon, Calif. — FOX athletes posted impressive results on the short course tracks in 2012, proving they have what it takes to win races and rack up championships. In addition to the Ultra4 Racing Championship, they won six out of eight possible professional class championships in the The Off Road Championship (TORC) and the Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series (LOORRS).
Each series has its own unique challenges to the racers but they share one thing, FOX athletes running out front. FOX shocks allowed them to consistently stay out front regardless of how difficult the track conditions were or the challenge posed by other competitors.
Abrams, WI (May 30, 2012) – After a great test session earlier in the month at Crandon, Don Demeny was looking forward to a great start to the TORC Sportsman race season at Red Bud MX. The team from Northeastern Wisconsin did not disappoint as the #885 Nsight Cellcom Mickey Thompson Tires RAM landed on the podium during both days of racing.
The redesigned .75 mile long course ran through the hilly natural terrain that made the motocross venue so famous. The layout is much faster than last year’s track, but still includes some serious elevation changes, high speed jumps, and a sand based rhythm section. Then if you happen to get of course too far, you have trees to avoid as well. This is one of TORC’s more challenging race tracks.
Saturday – Super Stock Truck Round One
The #885 Nsight Cellcom Mickey Thompson Tires RAM started on the front row with fellow Abrams, Wisconsin resident Nick Byng. When the field of twelve Super Stock Trucks took the green flag, Demeny tucked in behind Byng. The neighbors stayed in front of the field during the entire fourteen lap race. At certain times during the race Byng would open up a couple truck length lead, but Demeny would find away to get right back on his bumper. With a couple of corners to go before the checkered flag it look like the Insight RAM might force the issue and take a shot at the pass for the win. Demeny kept the racing clean and crossed the finish in second place.
Crandon, WI (May 23, 2011) – After mother nature cancelled the MORR Test Day at Crandon the previous two Saturdays, the weather cooperated as twenty seven Sportsman off-road racers were able to put in some much needed pre-season test laps. The day started sunny with above normal temperatures. There was a threat of rain for later in the day, so Crandon track official Fay Statzney, had the first group of racers off line at 9:30 a.m.
The twenty seven racers were split into three groups, and each group had three opportunities to practice on the track. The competitors represented seven of the eight TORC Sportsman classes.
The day went smoothly with only three trucks needing assistance to get back to the pit area. Just as the final group finished their third track session, the rain came ending a perfect day of testing.
As his team would note, it was just another day at the office for Scott Douglas and his #7 AMSOIL Kumho Tire Baileigh Industrial Ford F-150 at the opening round of the TORC short-course off-road series from Crandon, Wisconsin. Douglas opened up the series with a solid weekend, as he made the podium in each of the three races he entered. In Pro 4×4 at Round 1 & 2, Douglas finished third,and for the Crandon Cup Pro 4×4 race he finished in first place in class and second overall, finishing a mere 0.259 second behind the winner.