The Final Round of the 2016 TORC Season
The Pro Championships start the weekend with the Atturo Tire Pro Light class. While this class normally sees up to 15 trucks at any given round, Crandon brought out every Pro Light truck in the country with a large, 20-truck field. Casey Currie in the Monster Energy Jeep Wrangler Pro Light would start the field in the number seventeen position. While that would normally be a huge disadvantage with a rolling start, we get to see the first unique feature of Crandon: the Land Rush start.
Much like Monster Energy Supercross Series, the drivers all line up across the starting area. One by one, each driver gives a thumbs-up to “Cowboy” as he runs down the line to see if they are all ready. He then gives his approval to the starting box and the drivers will have a 15-second period before
they start. Once that green is waived the trucks rush down into Turn One and are hitting nearly 100-MPH by the time they get there and the track narrows up before then. If you don’t get into position, you’ll be shoved into it or rolling onto your roof. That’s just how Crandon starts.
By the time he exited Turn One, Casey Currie had moved up to the Top 10 using his motocross starting skills to their fullest. By the time he reached the official start/finish line he was in the Top 5. Currie was making the most of these nine laps Pro Light runs on this long course and would stay there through most of the race. After the competition caution, Cam Reimers spun in Turn Two allowing Currie to drive by him and take fourth place, the position he would finish at The Big House for 2016.
In Pro 2WD, CJ Greaves in the Monster Energy Toyota had taken home the championship at the previous round at The Dirt Track at Charlotte Moto Speedway in North Carolina. So a win at Crandon would have been icing on the cake. Instead of qualifying, the drivers in Pro 2WD are lined up by points and then the Top Six are inverted meaning CJ Greaves would be starting in the sixth spot for the land rush and in the middle of the thirteen truck field. While carnage took out nearly half the field just after Turn One, CJ had picked up spots to start the first lap in third place.
The first laps were very muddy for the Pro 2WD field as they watered down the track, but Greaves was fighting with Nick Tyree but was able to get past him and hold it going into lap three. CJ would with four laps to go; he would make contact with the wall after going a little wide just pass the start
finish line. It wouldn’t be enough to drop him back and he would hold it until the end of the race. While CJ took home second at Crandon, he had the bigger prize handed to him with the TORC Pro 2WD Championship.
Pro 4WD had a three-way fight for the Championship at Crandon with CJ and Johnny Greaves fighting it out along with Scott Douglas. Just like Pro 2WD, the drivers are lined up by points and then inverted by the top six. This meant that CJ and Johnny would be right in the middle of the thirteen truck land rush. The wild start for Johnny required him to use all of his off-road experience in the Monster Energy Toyota but he was able to pull off the hole-shot and take the lead into Turn One. CJ, meanwhile, was pushed back into fifth place and would start climbing up on lap two. Lap by lap, CJ would catch his dad one position at a time. With six laps to go, just before the competition caution, CJ made his way to second place by taking Keegan Kincaid on the outside of Turn Two.
With the competition caution, the trucks were lined back up nose to tail with CJ and Johnny one and two. Johnny tried to pull away from his son, but CJ wasn’t going to let the old man get away. Going into each turn, CJ would have the drive into the corner but Johnny would have the better run coming off. It would be this way for every lap until the final lap. At the Amsoil finish line, Johnny Greaves took the win with only 0.088 of a second between himself and CJ. While Johnny took the track win it was CJ taking home the Pro 4WD Championship by only four-points.