Champ Off-Road to Crown 2020 Champions in 15 Classes
CRANDON, Wisconsin (September 20, 2020) The thickly wooded forests surrounding Crandon International Raceway are now celebrating the changing seasons with the rich colors of fall in Wisconsin. While 2020 has been a challenging year for motorsports of all genres, for short-course off-road racing in the Midwest next weekend’s Champ Off-Road season finale at Crandon will offer fans a triumphant end to the inaugural season of the new series — plus lots more.
Originally set for Father’s Day weekend in June, the rescheduled 27th annual Forest County Potawatomi Crandon Brush Run will now take place at the “Big House” on September 25th – 27th. After successfully hosting its traditional Polaris World Championship Off-Road Race and Crandon World Cup event on Labor Day weekend, the famed track is preparing to see another full weekend of competition that also incorporates some unique additions and features.
SEASON CHAMPIONSHIPS: Lying first through third respectively in the 2020 Champ Off-Road Pro 4 season championship, Kyle Leduc (#99), CJ Greaves (#33) and Andrew Carlson (#15) will be racing three times on the Brush Run weekend, once on Saturday night and twice on Sunday including the weekend’s Forest County Potawatomi Community Cup finale. (Photo: HighRev)
First and foremost, the 2020 Crandon FCP Brush run schedule will feature two full days and 30 races of Champ Off-Road Pro and Sportsman series competition. The Crandon Brush Run is the culmination of a 2020 season that took racers to dual events at Minnesota’s ERX Motor Park in July and August for two rounds of racing, a back-to-back weekend of competition at Wisconsin’s Dirt City Motorplex before coming to Crandon Labor Day weekend. Despite the logistical and executional challenges brought out by the COVID-19 virus, the sanctioning body, tracks, race teams, corporate partners and enthusiastic fans have worked together in order to make the 2020 championship a reality.
A major storyline for all of the weekend’s competition will be racers putting everything on the line to bring home coveted 2020 Champ Off-Road class titles. Leading this charge will Wisconsin’s own CJ Greaves, a Crandon favorite currently in position to claim three season crowns, including Pro 4, Pro Stock SxS and Pro Mod SxS. In the sport’s premier class, Greaves (Monster Energy/Maxxis Toyota) lies second to Kyle LuDuc in the Pro 4 battle, but is leading the points rankings in Pro Stock SxS and Pro Mod SxS piloting a Yamaha.
Other leaders coming into the Crandon weekend include local favorite Keegan Kincaid in Pro 2 and Kyle Greaves in Pro-Lite.
RUNNING THE GAMUT: The Champ Off-Road series will be bringing a wide variety of race machinery to Crandon’s Brush Run weekend. Fifteen classes will cover the full spectrum of off-road motorsports including cars like the #45 Pro Mod SxS of Rodney Van Eperin (top) and this Sportsman #336 1600 Buggy campaigned by Luke Alcox. (Photos: Champ Off-Road)
The massive golden gates will swing open to welcome guests to Camp Crandon beginning on Thursday, September 24th at 12:00 noon (CST)
Friday, September 25th will be free for fans of all ages to enjoy a full afternoon and evening of Pro and Sportsman practice, including a first ever night session for the Pro category racers. The Saturday night schedule includes Champ Off-Road points paying rounds for Pro Stock SXS, Pro-Lite, Pro Mod SxS, Pro 2 and Pro 4.
Track management has spent the better part of the summer of 2020 installing the new infield light towers, which will illuminate the track’s primary infield configuration. The upcoming Brush Run “Saturday Night Lights” competition will be the first for Pro-category competition in Crandon’s rich history.
Crandon fans have been enthusiatic about their excitement for this historic first. After announcing news of the track’s “Saturday Night Lights event last week.
The weekend and 2020 Crandon season will culminate in the always dramatic Forest County Potawatomi Community Cup race, an all-out competition that pits unlimited Pro 2 versus Pro 4 trucks in a staggered time start. This year the Chairman’s Cup will also represent the final bragging rights and paycheck of the year for Midwest short-course off-road racing, as a total purse of $28,000 in cash is on the line (including a $10,000 cash payout to the winner).
LOCAL HEROES: Wisconsin’s own Johnny Greaves is the all-time Forest County Potawatomi Community Cup champion with six titles (top). In 2019 local Crandon racer and Pro 2 favorite Keegan Kincaid scored an emotional FCP Cup victory (middle). The 2020 payout for Cup racers totals $28,000 in cash, with $10,000 going to the winner. (Photos: Mike Roth)
Crandon International Raceway has released a comprehensive 2020 COVID-19 operational plan to local law enforcement and health officials, as well as fans, racers and corporate partners, on its new website at www.crandonoffroad.com. Series officials in the Champ Off-Road will also be working closely with Crandon officials to ensure that all phases of the race weekend protocols are executed in an integrated manner.
Crandon International race fans and teams will continue to retain all of their original 2020 Brush Run event camping, pitting admission and grandstand reservations.There is no refund policy, but reservation holders can transfer their admittance and Camp Crandon tickets to other fans if desired. Those seeking help or assistance can contact the Crandon office directly via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Admission ticket, camping and grandstand reservations are still available for the 27th Forest County Potawatomi Brush Run by visiting www.crandonoffroad.com.