The stars of Champ Off-Road return to the famed Crandon International Off-Road Raceway in Wisconsin this weekend for the final two rounds of the Championship Off-Road Series September 26-27. This will be the 6th time in the previous 7 years that Crandon has hosted a points series season finale.
After being scheduled as the season opening event, the Brush Run will ultimately end up being the season finale, placing much higher stakes on the event. Drivers will not be able to use the Brush Run as a learning race for the season as in the past, since points championships are on the line for 2020.
In 1994, after 24 successful Labor Day weekend race events, Crandon Raceway chose to add a second event to their schedule, usually ran Father’s Day weekend. This year, due to the pandemic, the event was postponed and will be run after the flagship Labor Day races for the first time.
The Brush Run weekend will conclude as always with the Forest County Potawatomi Community Cup Challenge race. The race follows the same format as Labor Day’s Crandon Cup, Pro2 vs. Pro4, with the 2WD trucks getting a head start. Being the final race of the year, it’ll be as action packed as ever.
Kyle LeDuc’s Round 7 victory extended his points lead over CJ Greaves going into the final rounds of the season. Should LeDuc hang on and win his 7th Pro4 Championship, he will tie Jonny Greaves for the most all time. If CJ can rally back, it would be his 6th consecutive Pro4 title, tying him with LeDuc for second all time.
After having to sit out the first six rounds of the season due to injury, Cory Winner returned in a big way on Labor Day weekend. After finishing in the top-5 in both Pro2 class races, Winner would go on to lead over half the Crandon World Cup race before exiting with mechanical issues.
The Forest County Potawatomi Cup race has proven hard to win, even for big name drivers. Only three past winners will line up this weekend: Johnny Greaves, Keegan Kincaid, and Jamey Flannery. Greaves and Kincaid have won seven of the last eight, and the 1998 winner Flannery will make his first start in the event in 20 years.
Round 7 saw unfortunate luck for Kyle Kleiman and a podium finish for Keegan Kincaid, leading to a swap in the Pro2 standings which now show Kincaid with a seven point lead over Kleiman going into the final weekend of the season. Kleiman has no Pro2 wins at Crandon, while Kincaid has 11.
Pro-Lite points leader Kyle Greaves didn’t comlete a lap in Round 7 before exiting with a damaged truck. His points lead is down to just 16 over John Holtger, who is coming off of a career best 2nd place finish in the Pro-Lite World Championship race on Labor Day weekend.
Johnny Greaves’ six Potawatomi Cup wines is the record for most all time. Greaves is also the all time leader in Pro4 wins and championships, with 99 and 7, respectively. Johnny will be back behind the wheel for Round 8 after having a terrifying crash while leading in Round 7 a few short weeks ago.
CJ Greaves has a comfortable 44 point lead over Polaris driver Jason Luburgh in the Pro Stock SxS standings entering Round 8. If the Yamaha driver finishes 11th or better on Saturday, he’ll clinch his third career Pro Stock SxS championship on round early.
Yamaha’s Own VanEperen grabbed his first career Pro Stock SxS victory by winning the World Championship a few weeks back. Owen currently sits 10th in points, but is only 12 points back of what will become 5th, since 4th place Zac Zakowski is sidelined for the rest of the season due to an injury.
Scottie Lawrence sits just 3 points behind fellow Can-Am driver Kyle Chaney for third in the Pro Mod SxS standings. Lawrence had the fastest car on the track in the World Championship race at Crandon on Labor Day weekend, but a crash kept him off the podium.
Yamaha teammates, CJ Greaves and Rodney VanEmperen are separated by just 10 points in Pro Mod SxS. VanEperen has momentum, in his favor after a dominating win over Greaves in Round 7. VanEperen is seeking his second Pro Mod SxS title and Greaves is looking for his first.
Defending Pro Mod SxS champion Kyle Chaney had a miserable Round 7, sustaining an early DNF and collecting just one point. As a result, the Can-Am driver will have a significant hill to climb in order to repeat as Pro Mod champion.
Polaris drive, Andrew Carlson, showed his strength by winning the Pro Mod SxS World Championship a few weeks back. Despite having speed all year, mechanicals have bit Carlson this season. He’ll need a consistent weekend to finish 5th in points, which he is 8 points away from currently.
Like all other Champ Off-Road events, this weekend’s races will be streamed directly on the Champ Off-Road website. Will you be watching?
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