Another Labor Day weekend has come and gone in Crandon. The tradition rolls on. Racers from all over the country descend on the small, sleepy town of Crandon, Wisconsin, for the World Championships held at one of the most famous short-course racetracks in the country—Crandon International Raceway. An estimated 50,000 fans also come here to watch the races.
The action-packed weekend of racing has everything from kids racing modified karts to every brand of souped-up UTV to the premiere Pro-2 class. New for 2018 was the Ultra-4 class. The crowd saw purpose-built King of the Hammers vehicles tear it up on the short-course track. A special rock course was also built for the KOH vehicles to flex their suspension. Jason Scherer was in “fully getting it” mode, beating out 14 racers who made the trip to Crandon.
In the Pro-Lite World Cup Championship, Brock Heger from El Centro, California, showed everybody in Crandon why he is the fastest racer. Heger kept Kyle Kleiman behind him, shutting the door on any opportunity for the former Midwest champion to get out front.
Bryce Menzies cleaned house at Crandon in 2017 with a sweep of the Pro-2, Pro-4, and Amsoil Cup races. Early in the day Bryce grabbed a Pro-4 win. One race earlier he was not as successful. Menzies would not finish the East Versus West Pro-2 showdown. CJ Greaves would take that title.
The last race of the day was the much-anticipated Amsoil Cup race. This race is all or nothing. $49,000 dollars on the line to commemorate the 49 years of racing at Crandon, a year’s worth of bragging rights, and your name engraved on the perpetual larger-than-life silver trophy. CJ Greaves’ driving style helped him rocket to the front. CJ’s dad, Johnny, stayed on his rear bumper right through the checkered flag. CJ gets his name engraved on the cup for the third time in his career at Crandon.
The “Big House” will celebrate 50 years of short-course off-road racing in 2019. Planning for the big celebration is already underway. Hotels are already sold out. Camping spots will go on sale in just a few days’ time. The premium spots are expected to sell out within a couple of hours of being posted online. Four Wheeler Network will be there to bring you all the action.