CRANDON, Wis. — There was plenty of racing action on Saturday at Crandon Int’l Raceway.
It was the final round of the Championship Off-Road season and it was filled with plenty of highs and lows. Brock Heger ended his season on a high note as he locked up the pro stock side-by-side class championship as well as the Pro-Lite championship.
Over in the two-wheel drive class known as Pro2, the lows came when series points leader Jerett Brooks lost a power steering belt, spinning his truck out on a blind corner and becoming a target for a multitude of trucks that crash into him.
Brooks’ race was immediately ended along with several others creating a graveyard of broken trucks with parts strewn about the track. Lucas Oil-backed Keegan Kincaid, who grew up in the Crandon area, won the race and championship by a single point. Kincaid is considered a hometown hero with thousands of fans cheering for him.
Pro Mod side-by-side would be a tight battle in points between Yamaha drivers Rodney VanEperen and son Owen VanEperen. Andrew Carlson was looking for a miracle sitting third behind the VanEperens. The win earned Carlson the championship.
The super buggy championship would be awarded to Michael Meister. Four-wheel drive Pro-4 trucks took to the track, wrapping up the final Championship Off Road race of the day. Wisconsin father-son team of Johnny Greaves have been focused all season. C.J. Greaves cruised to an easy championship win while Johnny Greaves led the entire race.
Crandon so far has seen some of the largest crowds lining the track as they cheered on the different categories.
After dark, Ultra4 classes would bring excitement under the lights. The added rock sections brought a party like atmosphere to the fans. Side-by-sides, stock Everyman Challenge Vehicles and custom King of the Hammers purpose-built racecars wowed fans crawling up the boulders and rocketing down the same short-course track the Pro-2s and Pro-4s race on. Loren Healy would take the win in the final race of the night in a replica Ford Bronco.
Sunday will bring the stand-alone Red Bull World Crandon cup races with all the same classes competing for large purses and bragging rights. The cup races are always the fan favorites with beautiful weather expected to add to the atmosphere of the Super Bowl of off-road racing. All of the action can be viewed live on SPEEDSPORT.TV.
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