Storming Crandon, Wisconsin in 4x4s
An off-road enthusiast’s playground is located at the Crandon International Raceway. This past July, the raceway hosted the Inaugural Super Truck Challenge. It’s a two-day event jam-packed with something for everybody. Vehicles from fullsize trucks, Jeeps, buggies, drag cars, and even a Pro4 truck entertained the crowd on rocks, mud, trails, dragstrip and at the show-n-shine. Carnage was in full effect while these enthusiasts pushed their vehicles to the limits. After the sun went down, a local rock band blew out eardrums playing cover songs that kept everybody thirsty for frosty beverages at the Raceway’s bar. The gold sponsor of Super Truck Challenge was Mole Lake Casino, so there were big payouts to all podium participants with an overall event purse exceeding $39,000.
This event hosts a number of competitions for every motorhead that likes four wheels. Classes of drag cars/trucks were running in excess of triple digits in only 180 feet of groomed track. The new rock course is challenging and fun with a sportsmen level and pro side.
Mud drags were split into sides with what we call deep and then super deep. Both sides did an excellent job at stopping trucks of all sizes. They left some of the recovery personnel chest deep requiring their own assets to extract them out of the oh-s#!t situations.
The Tuff Truck competition was our favorite since it brought in several go-fast vehicles with light and serious suspensions. This event is the easiest way to get into side-by-side heads-up off-road racing. We had the honor of riding along with Crandon local and second-generation raceway member Jay Schaeffer in his fullsize Chevy. He races in the sportsman class for the famous Crandon Brush Runs that are held in June and Labor Day weekend. We placed second on the podium next to Milan’s Pro4 truck.
A world-class RC racetrack was open and in use every day for radio control enthusiasts that wanted to play on a smaller level. Also new to the Raceway was the pay-to-play area, which had virgin trails running throughout the property. You’re able to practice and master lines on the entire obstacle course when the events aren’t being held. It is encouraged to roam off into the mud pits and watering holes, taking your vehicle to the limit and trying to stay above water. After being a part of this fun, we recommend multiple changes of clothes and swimming attire, especially after seeing some of these bottomless pits swallow trucks with 35-inch tires. We recommend airtight intakes with a snorkel and recovery assets nearby.
For sleeping accommodations, the raceway allows all classes of motorhomes and tent camping. Hot showers and food are available on-site. With its location tucked away in northern Wisconsin, this place should be a must-see for every enthusiast.
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Crandon International Off-Road Raceway
Mole Lake Casino and Lodge
Super Truck Challenge (STC)