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TORC Crowns 2014 Champions At Crandon
The Keys to the Big House, the 2014 season finale for TORC: The Off-Road Championship Presented by AMSOIL, did not start off as planned. A hard, driving rain soaked the track Friday night, making it a sloppy mud pit on Saturday. The track team at Crandon Off-Road International Raceway along with TORC’s Jeff Nordstrom and his crew, put together the best track they could Saturday despite on-and-off rain.
Sportsman were able to run Saturday, but due to increased weather issues, the call was made to cancel PRO racing for the day. For Sunday’s races, the PRO Light drivers were told they would have two rounds of racing while the PRO 2WDs and PRO 4WDs would race once for double points in light of the teams’ participation in the AMSOIL Cup race to run later in the day.
The day kicked off with the first of two PRO Light races as CJ Greaves took an early lead that he never relinquished. The true battle took place behind him with Jerett Brooks falling through the field early, although he rebounded with a Herculean effort to race his way to a podium finish. His Team Cooper Tire teammate Doug Mittag was also fighting for a shot at the title.
Greaves went on to win with Mittag second and Brooks beating Brad Lovell literally at the line for third. With his victory, Greaves nudged Mittag out of the championship picture and put himself within 23 points of Brooks, meaning the 16-year-old would have to finish 13 th or worse if Greaves won Race 2 for Greaves to take the PRO Light title.
Keegan Kincaid, who rocketed through the standings on the strength of five-straight wins, finished just outside of the podium in fourth.
The second PRO Light race saw one of the most emotional finishes of the season with Shawn Morris earning his first-ever PRO Light victory. The Colorado native took the holeshot and never gave up the lead despite a late challenge from CJ Greaves. Brooks finished third and earned the 2014 TORC PRO Light title.
Following the first PRO Light race was PRO 4WD where Johnny Greaves very nearly had the title wrapped up, needing only to finish ninth or better to clinch a back-to-back title even if second-place Mark Jenkins won the race. Unfortunately for Jenkins, he was relegated to the rear of the field and eventually had to pull off with mechanical issues.
CJ Greaves, fresh off a PRO Light victory, raced his father hard, but clean, over the course of the race, the two running 1-2. Kyle LeDuc, also sponsored by MONSTER Energy, had no intention of letting Johnny take the race win and the title. LeDuc fought his way through the field and, with a late-race pass, earned the class victory, with Johnny and CJ finishing second and third, respectively, for an all MONSTER Energy podium.
The younger Greaves continued his historic day at Crandon by winning the PRO 2WD title while his No. 1 competitor all season, Chad Hord, earned the race victory despite a hard-charging Greaves tailing him all the way. RJ Anderson was poised to finish third but a last-lap accident put him on his side and Steve Barlow and his CAT truck took the final podium spot. CJ Greaves became the first driver to earn a podium spot in all three PRO classes on the same day in TORC competition.
LeDuc wasn’t finished with the top step of the podium, earning the 2014 AMSOIL Cup with a commanding run. Chad Hord, a former AMSOIL Cup winner and the Crandon Cup victor from earlier this season, led for much of the race but faced a heavy challenge from RJ Anderson and then LeDuc. It was another all MONSTER Energy podium with LeDuc, Johnny Greaves in second, and Anderson in third.
The AMSOIL Cup race was halted briefly and restarted after PRO 4WD driver Mark Kvamme in his Popcorn Sutton Tennessee White Whiskey machine had a hard wreck. Kvamme was conscious and able to move his extremities, but was taken to an area hospital for further evaluation.
TORC: The Off-Road Championship Presented by AMSOIL would like to thank its racers, sponsors, USAC, staff, and, most of all, the fans for an amazing season. VP Racing Fuels is the official fuel of TORC: THE Off-Road Championship. The 2015 schedule will be announced in the very near future.
To see the replay of this weekend’s action, as well as every race in the 2014 TORC season, visit YouTube.com/TORC. To follow TORC on its social media platforms, visit Facebook.com/TORC and Twitter and Instagram at @TORCOffRoad.
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