CRANDON, Wis. – C.J. Greaves continued his winning ways during TORC: The Off-Road Championship competition on Saturday at Crandon Int’l Raceway, winning in the PRO 4 division.
The path to this year’s PRO 4 championship has been a father-son dog fight since the first race. Coming into the weekend, only 10-points separated C.J. Greaves and his father Johnny atop the year-end points standings.
While both Chad Hord and Ross Hoek looked to shake up the pecking order early in the PRO 4 final, it eventually turned into another Greaves duel that went down to the final turn.
From the green, it was Johnny getting the early jump and plenty of open track to do what he does best, lay down some wicked fast lap times. In fact, Johnny led every lap, except the one that mattered most. C.J. Greaves didn’t have the best of starts, collecting plenty of roost within the cab as he watched Hoek and Hord battle for position ahead of him. But it was their back and forth intensity that eventually opened the door for C.J. to pass both and set his sights on his father.
As the laps wound down, C.J. closed the gap to within a truck length. It was a flashback moment for both drivers to this past spring’s Crandon race where C.J. was leading until Johnny tagged and spun his son out for the win. This time, the tables were turned and C.J. brought the heat into the second to last turn, shoved the nose of his truck under Johnny’s, and made an inside pass for the win.
“I guess I had that one coming,” said Johnny, referring to the contact and subsequent spin that gave C.J. the win. “He ran me down and passed me…and that’s the way I raised him.”
C.J. also collected yet another victory in the PRO Stock UTV class.
In PRO 2 competition, Andrew Carlson burst from the land rush start and held the lead throughout en route to victory.
Throughout the nine-lap final, only Brad Lovell had anything for Carlson. Lovell attempted to keep Carlson honest and show him a fender early after the competition caution, but that was as close as he ever got. Lovell looked to have second place well in hand, but a last-lap mechanical issue turned over the position to PRO 2 points leader Luke Johnson, who worked his way up from fifth and passed eventual third place finisher Eric Ruppel in the closing laps.
The win was Carlson’s third in PRO 2, who made his debut in the class just a few races prior.
“I’ve struggled at Crandon in the past,” said Carlson after the race. “I’ve never had the holeshot here, but coming through turn one and not seeing anybody…I was ecstatic.”
Kyle Kleiman grabbed the lead in turn one of the PRO Light race and never looked back.
With several new or returning faces in the mix, the running order behind Kleiman was up for grabs, but as the laps wore down and the competition caution reset the field, the familiar podium runners of Travis Dinsmore, Cam Reimers, and Cody Kleiman battled for the final two spots on the box.
At the line, it was Reimers coming across in front of Cody, who held second place for much of the race, losing it only momentarily in the closing laps, but regained the spot in the final lap.
The win was Kleimen’s seventh of the season, and further tightened his near certain grip on the year-end championship.
“After the Red Bud race, we completely rebuilt this truck,” said Kleiman upon exiting the truck victoriously. “Everyone worked their butts off, but this is what you get from all your hard work and it’s paying off.”
Kyle Chaney won the PRO Mod UTV feature.