CRANDON, Wis. – C.J. Greaves captured the fourth annual AMSOIL Cup by edging his father Johnny in a photo-finish thriller Sunday night at Crandon Int’l Off-Road Raceway.
Driving his Monster Energy Pro-2WD Toyota, C.J. crossed the finish line just a fraction of a second ahead of Johnny’s Monster Energy Pro-4WD Toyota machine in the unique race, which pits the best 2WD drivers against the top 4WD pros. The start of the race is staggered to give the 2WD racers a head start.
“That was amazing,” C.J. said. “I didn’t get the best of starts; I was third coming around the front there but I was able to work my way up, and once I got the lead I just put my head down and kept chugging forward. With two laps to go someone started coming up on my inside on the turns, and they were telling me on the radio, ‘That’s your dad.’
“We were just going at it and I was hoping for the best. At that point it really didn’t matter to me who won or who was second. I knew we were going to be 1-2, so it was all good either way.”
Representing the Pro-4WD class, Johnny had to work his way through a dozen Pro-2WD trucks to track down his son. His hardest work came against BOSS Snowplow/AMSOIL driver Chard Hord, who ended up third on the podium.
“That was a blast,” Johnny said. “It took some work but I managed to catch up to the Pro-2WD leaders towards the end. I kept it clean and safe, and once I got around Chad I started pushing (C.J.) a little and we managed to pull away a bit. In the end, the little rascal beat me, so good for him. I couldn’t be more proud of him. He turned out to be an amazing driver, and I sure don’t know where he got it from.
“I’m not sure why but I seem to shine in these Cup races. I get in a class race and sometimes I lose my mind, but in the Cup race us 4WD guys feel like we’re the fox hunting the rabbits and you have to stay focused on moving forward. It was tough catching up but a lot of fun when I finally got there, especially racing my son at the end.”
Hord, the 2011 AMSOIL Cup champion, was thrilled to finish in the top three.
“Taking third overall in the AMSOIL Cup is pretty awesome,” Hord said. “I got the holeshot and was leading for a while, which was great. At one point I caught a pothole that put me up on two wheels and that allowed C.J. to get underneath me. We were fighting the whole way and it was a lot of fun. My congratulations to the Greaves family.”