CRANDON, Wis. – The thickly wooded forests surrounding Crandon Int’l Raceway are now celebrating the changing seasons with the rich colors of fall in Wisconsin.
While 2020 has been a challenging year for motorsports of all genres, for short-course off-road racing in the Midwest, next weekend’s Champ Off-Road season finale at Crandon will offer fans a triumphant end to the inaugural season of the new series, plus lots more.
Originally set for Father’s Day weekend in June, the rescheduled 27th annual Forest County Potawatomi Crandon Brush Run will now take place at Crandon on Sept. 25-27. After successfully hosting its traditional Polaris World Championship Off-Road Race and Crandon World Cup event on Labor Day weekend, the famed track is preparing to see another full weekend of competition that also incorporates some unique additions and features.
The 2020 Crandon FCP Brush run schedule will feature two days and 30 races of Champ Off-Road Pro and Sportsman series competition. The Crandon Brush Run is the culmination of a season that took racers to dual events at Minnesota’s ERX Motor Park in July and August for two rounds of racing, a back-to-back weekend of competition at Wisconsin’s Dirt City Motorplex before coming to Crandon Labor Day weekend. Despite the logistical and executional challenges brought out by the COVID-19 virus, the sanctioning body, tracks, race teams, corporate partners and enthusiastic fans have worked together in order to make the championship a reality.
A major storyline for all of the weekend’s competition will be racers putting everything on the line to bring home coveted 2020 Champ Off-Road class titles. Leading this charge will Wisconsin’s own C.J. Greaves, a Crandon favorite currently in position to claim three season crowns, including Pro 4, Pro Stock SxS and Pro Mod SxS. In the sport’s premier class, Greaves sits second to Kyle LuDuc in the Pro 4 battle, but is leading the points rankings in Pro Stock SxS and Pro Mod SxS piloting a Yamaha.
Other leaders coming into the Crandon weekend include local favorite Keegan Kincaid in Pro 2 and Kyle Greaves in Pro-Lite.
Crandon’s gates will swing open to welcome guests to Camp Crandon beginning on Sept. 24 at Noon (CST)
Friday, Sept. 25 will be free for fans of all ages to enjoy a full afternoon and evening of Pro and Sportsman practice, including a first night session for the Pro category racers. The Saturday night schedule includes Champ Off-Road points paying rounds for Pro Stock SXS, Pro-Lite, Pro Mod SxS, Pro 2 and Pro 4.
Track management has spent the better part of the summer installing the new infield light towers, which will illuminate the track’s primary infield configuration. The upcoming Brush Run Saturday Night Lights competition will be the first for Pro category competition in Crandon’s rich history.
The weekend and Crandon’s season will culminate in the Forest County Potawatomi Community Cup race, an all-out competition that pits unlimited Pro 2 versus Pro 4 trucks in a staggered time start. This year the Chairman’s Cup will also represent the final bragging rights and paycheck of the year for Midwest short-course off-road racing, as a total purse of $28,000 in cash is on the line (including a $10,000 cash payout to the winner).