The Traxxas TORC Series, presented by AMSOIL's hit America's Motocross Track - RedBud - for the first of two rounds this weekend. And in the PRO 4 main event it was Mike Jenkins who survived a wild one, featuring multiple rollovers including defending champion Rick Johnson and former champ Johnny Greaves ('10).
TORC/RedBud's premier battle - the main event - turned into a battle of attrition as the guy with the healthiest truck in the end, Mike Jenkins (Traxxas/BFG/AMSOIL), brought home his first victory in three years on his namesake Traxxas TORC Series tour. Jenkins was joined on the box by Adrian Cenni (4 Wheel Parts/Atrium/Magnaflow), who held off a possessed charge to the front - from the back of the field - by defending PRO 4 champion Rick Johnson (Red Bull/KMC Wheels/Peak).
Off the start Cenni grabbed the holeshot and into the early lead, while PRO 4 point leader Johnny Greaves (Monster Energy/Toyota/Maxxis) was pushed off the track and into 6th place - then quickly passed again by Scott Douglas (AMSOIL/Borla Exhaust/BFG) and bumped to 7th. Cenni led a pack of racers up front that included Mike Jenkins, Johnson and Mark Jenkins (Traxxas/BFG/AMSOIL) through opening lap.
On the second lap Rob MacCachren (Traxxas/BFG/AMSOIL) would run Douglas wide and take over 5th place, while Johnson made a sizeable error and lost three places. Douglas would make his way back on the track, but off the lead lap. Around the same time Mark Jenkins' # 25 truck was involved in an incident that forced him to retire from the race. And during all this commotion Johnny Greaves came rocketing out of nowhere and up onto the rear bumper of race leader Cenni.
With possibly a bit of an advantage running a six-speed sequential gearbox (vs. the more common three-speed gearbox), Johnny Greaves would take advantage of Cenni hooking a run and grabbed the lead. Mike Jenkins would get past Cenni as well, with Johnson charging back up onto Cenni's rear bumper, moving into 3rd place past Cenni on an off-camber downhill left turn.
Just before the actual competition yellow Johnny Greaves would roll his truck, but quickly got 'er fired back up and only lost two spots - or so he thought as the black flag flew and Greaves was shown the back-of-the-pack (for what TORC officials deemed a track-cutting move after his rollover). Johnson would then roll his truck as well, which put Mike Jenkins up front, followed by Cenni, Douglas and MacCachren.
A Ross Hoek (Maxxis) wreck would strand his truck on top of a K-barrier, which brought out a full course yellow - and eventual brief stoppage of the race. Just prior to the stoppage Johnson shot back to the hot pits for repairs to his wounded truck, while Johnny Greaves elected to stay out on the track. On the restart Mike Jenkins and Cenni would separate from the field, while Douglas' truck slowed due to a rear flat (likely caused by his get together earlier with Greaves). Douglas would make a valiant effort holding off Johnson for 3rd place, but without a right rear tire his effort would all be for not as Johnson got by Douglas with a very 'gentlemanly' pass.
In the end the two healthy trucks - Mark Jenkins and Adrian Cenni - went 1st/2nd, although Johnson (3rd) made an excellent run at Cenni and almost caught him at the checkers.
TORC/RedBud Saturday PRO 4 Results
1. Mike Jenkins 2. Adrian Cenni 3. Ricky Johnson 4. Scott Douglas 5. Johnny Greaves 6. Rob MacCachren 7. Ross Hoek 8. Dan Badoux 9. Mark Jenkins 10. Mark Kvamme
Looked like CJ Greaves (Monster Energy/Toyota/Maxxis) was going to ring up his second win of the afternoon, but a flat tire coupled with the efforts of the two-time defending PRO 2 champion Bryce Menzies (Red Bull/KMC Wheels/Peak) would relegate Greaves to 2nd place, with veteran Mike Oberg (AMSOIL/General/J&H Tranny) bringing 'er home with a hard fought 3rd.
Pulling the clean holeshot off the start was Olberg, with Chad Hord (Boss Snowplow/AMSOIL/Maxxis) and CJ Greaves moving into 2nd and 3rd, respectively. Right behind the lead three Menzies would get together with his racing mentor, veteran Rob MacCachren (Traxxas/BFG/AMSOIL), with Menzies getting the better of it.
CJ Greaves would pick up 2nd place when Hord ran wide to open lap two. Greaves then ran up onto leader Oberg's rear bumper and would pass Oberg for the race lead as the two headed down the back hill toward the front straight. Menzies would get past Hord and set his site on Oberg. The veteran would run a wide truck against the two-time defending champ, but Menzies would eventually get by for 2nd place - and one championship point - at the competition yellow.
On the ensuing PRO 2 race restart at RedBud it was highly apparent that CJ Greaves' left front tire was going down fast. Greaves did his best to hold onto the lead - and did so for several laps - before Menzies would open up on the wounded Greaves. 'Round about this time Hord would detonate the rear end of his truck in a wreck that sent him barreling into the infield. Veterans Oberg and MacCachren would battle for 3rd as Menzies increased his lead ... Greaves doing all he could not to fold his now flat tire over the rim.
The RedBud crowd's focus would turn to Oberg and MacCachren as they put on a driving clinic before MacCachren moved smoothly past Oberg with a slick outside/inside move on a left hand sweeper.
On the last lap all four aforementioned racers held their positions, with Jarit Johnson (Jimmie Johnson Foundation) moving up into 5th place - his best finish of the season thus far.
TORC/RedBud Saturday PRO 2 Results
1. C.J. Greaves 2. Rob MacCachren 3. Mike Oberg 4. Jarit Johnson 5. Mike Jenkins 6. Mark Jenkins 7. Mark Kvamme 8. Steve Barlow 9. Chad Hord 10. Andy Zipperer
PRO Lite Monster Energy/Toyota/Maxxis' CJ Greaves took it from the second row to the top of the victor's stand in Saturday's PRO Lite contest, putting together a masterful performance in holding off TORC PRO Lite points leader Keegan Kincaid (Traxxas/AMSOIL/Maxxis) and former RedBud ATV racer Cam Reimers (In-Fab/TiLube/SSI Decals).
The highly anticipated TORC PRO Lite debut for motocross great Ricky Carmichael (Monster Energy/Traxxas/Oakley) started out a big hairy when the throttle stuck - wide open - on his 450-horsepower V8, sending RC careening off the track. But the seven-time RedBud motocross winner managed to re-group and finished the race under power.
CJ Greaves, himself a solid motocross racer, was flawless in his approach to the technical RedBud circuit. Elevation change, a massive uphill double jump, heavily rutted corners, sand - all tamed by the hyper-fast teenager. And for his part Kincaid was equally as fast, but a couple near rollover mistakes would cost the point leader any time he made up on CJ Greaves, though he still managed to hold off a hard-charging Reimers to secure 2nd.
Off the opening green flag #42 Mark Kleiman (Kenda) charged out to the front, but was caught - and passed - by CJ Greaves in turn three. Greaves would lead Kleiman and 3rd place Kincaid through the end of lap one. A wide turn by Kleiman would allow Kincaid to get by, while Rafael Navarro (BFG/Method/GN) used his aggressive driving style to move up to 4th place on the massive uphill double. Moments later Jimmy Stephenson (No Fear) would put his PRO Lite on the lid, which brought out the Nissan safety trucks and a full course yellow.
Kincaid would make another stunning recovery, in the same spot where he almost rolled on a previous lap, but was passed by Doug Mittag (Ethika/Walker Evans/Cooper). Mittag would soon make a similar mistake that Kincaid had, sketching in a rutted corner and allowing Kincaid and Reimers by.
At the competition yellow it was CJ Greaves, Kincaid, Reimers, Mittag and defending TORC PRO Lite champion Brad Lovell (AMSOIL/Torchmate/BFG) making up the top five.
On the restart Kincaid gave CJ Greaves a bump, but Greaves held on. Moments later Navarro rolled over onto the roof of his truck.
Noteworthy: When Carmichael came by on the restart, his truck all torn up - but still running - and he was battling with Scott Beauchamp, who had - in big letters - STEWART (Manufacturing) emblazoned on his doors. Carmichael's big rival for a number of years on the AMA MX Nationals tour was, of course, James Stewart ... an interesting site to see our RC's drivers side window for sure.
Back up front Navarro's rollover allowed Kincaid to catch right back up to CJ Greaves on the full course yellow, as did Reimers, Mittag and Lovell. Greaves would gap the rest of the top five en route to the win, followed by Kincaid in 2nd and Reimers with his first-ever TORC PRO Lite podium in 3rd.
TORC/RedBud Saturday PRO Lite Results
1. C.J. Greaves 2. Keegan Kincaid 3. Cam Reimers 4. Brad Lovell 5. Doug Mittag 6. Mark Kleiman 7. Travis Dinsmore 8. Randy Eller 9. Shawn Morris 10. Scott Beauchamp 11. Rafael Navarro 12. Ricky Carmichael 13. Jimmy Stephenson 14. Mike Higgins
TORC PRO Buggy season point leader Luke Johnson (Red Bull/Under Power/BFG) took an advantage of a late-race get together between then race leader Andy Zipperer (Cooper Tire/Loctite) and a lapped driver, got into the lead and then held off a feverous charge from Zipperer to take the win.
Opening the race in 1st place off the pole position was the No. 25 TORC PRO Buggy of Jerry Weaver. JR Wheeler (Superchip/Edge/TKO Graphics) came off the first turn well and looked to be moving up when he was hit by former AMA motorcycle road racer Larry Pegram. This left a small enough gap for Zipperer to squeeze through on the big uphill double, which he did so surgically to move into the early lead.
Johnson and John Frana (RCV Performance/Frana Group) would soon move up to battle for 2nd place, a spot controlled by Johnson - with Frana moving into 3rd. The two - led by Zipperer - would separate from the rest of the field before the competition yellow flew.
On the re-start the trio would separate again, with Zipperer gaining a two-to-four car length lead in the early laps of the second half.
Around midway through the second half of the contest Zipperer, at this time pressured heavily by Johnson, went wide on the big left hand sweeper - and was pinched off the track by # 911 Jack Haenlein (Roge Powercoating/Performance Plus). Johnson would take full advantage of the situation and fire up the big uphill double in 1st place, with Zipperer quickly re-grouping to hold off Frana for 2nd.
With three laps to go Zipperer was close enough to put his left front tire onto Johnson's right rear - which ended up working in Johnson's favor as Zipperer lost control for a moment, but was able to stay in front of Frana for a second time.
When checkers flew on Saturday's opening PRO Buggy contest at RedBud it was Johnson taking the win - and extending his overall point lead - followed by Zipperer (2nd) and Frana (3rd). Wheeler would rebound from a rough start to place a solid 4th and Brian Boccia (Roge Powercoating/Performance Plus) rounded out the top five.
TORC/RedBud Saturday PRO Buggy Results
1. Luke Johnson 2. Andy Zipperer 3. John Frana 4. JR Wheeler 5. Brian Boccia 6. Jack Haenlein 7. Tom Schwartzburg 8. Michael Hester 9. Scott Schwalbe 10. Larry Pegram 11. Jerry Weaver 12. Chris Hanelein
SUNDAY Bryce Menzies completes PRO 2 sweep at RedBud, Doug Mittag is tops in the PRO Light division and Brian Boccia wins PRO Buggy
- A thoroughly thrilling weekend of Traxxas TORC Series, presented by AMSOIL racing wrapped up at America's Motocross Track - RedBud - today with veteran Rob MacCachren taking top honors in the premier PRO 4 class, while his understudy, Bryce Menzies, completed a 1st/1st weekend sweep of the PRO 2 class.
TORC's final event of the weekend at RedBud - the premier PRO 4 division contest - was all Rob MacCachren (Traxxas/BFG/AMSOIL) as the veteran racer capitalized on the first lap on a then-leader Johnny Greaves' (Monster Energy/Toyota/Maxxis) near rollover (1st-to-last in a half lap), took the lead and never looked back - running away with a 6.7-second victory over defending PRO 4 champion Rick Johnson (Red Bull/KMC Wheels/Peak), with Scott Douglas (AMSOIL/Borla Exhaust/BFG) placing 3rd.
On the start Johnny Greaves would get the better of MacCachren briefly off the massive sweeping left hander, only to bicycle his truck moments later in an off-camber section and crash into the K-barrier. MacCachren then took to the lead ahead of Ricky Johnson, Douglas and Mike Jenkins (Traxxas/BFG/AMSOIL) - who got past his bother Mark Jenkins (Traxxas/BFG/AMSOIL) for 4th place early on in the 1st lap. Showing a certain mastery of the tricky RedBud track, MacCachren soon checked out, flashing the racing brilliance that earned him more than 200 wins throughout his off-road race career. "I can't say enough for the Traxxas/BFG/AMSOIL team. These guys gave me the fastest truck out there today and we ran a great race," said MacCachren. "Definitely enjoyed racing here at RedBud this weekend and thanks again to all the fans for coming out." At the competition yellow MacCachren made up two more points on TORC PRO 4 series leader heading into RedBud, Johnny Greaves. Keeping Greaves out of the mid-race scoring would be crucial for Ricky Johnson as, with his 2nd place finish, he passed up Greaves in the overall point standings by one point (256-255). Off the restart MacCachren took off again, leading Ricky Johnson and Scott Douglas through the first turn. Johnny Greaves, in an effort to make up some spots, ended up plowing into the rear end of Mark Jenkins - doing considerable damage to both trucks (and, as he'd later find out, more with Greaves'). On the same lap Johnson would briefly get by MacCachren, only to have MacCachren quickly grab the lead back. Douglas and Adrian Cenni (4 Wheel Parts/Atrium/Magnaflow) were also up on the two leaders, but Cenni would unexpectedly retire from the race on the following lap. After the pass scare from Ricky Johnson, MacCachren would open up a seven truck length lead on the new PRO 4 point leader. Johnny Greaves would then lose a wheel - likely the result of his get together with Mark Jenkins - and retired from the race (8th place), while also handing over his series point lead to Johnson. In the end nobody, including Johnson, would have anything for MacCachren as he railed his PRO 4 truck to a near six-second win, with Douglas 9.5 seconds back. The Jenkins' - Mark and Mike, respectively - rounded out the top five with solid efforts in 4th & 5th.
TORC/RedBud Sunday PRO 4 Results
1. Rob MacCachren 2. Ricky Johnson 3. Scott Douglas 4. Mark Jenkins 5. Mike Jenkins 6. Mark Kvamme 7. Dan Badoux 8. Ross Hoek 9. Johnny Greaves 10. Adrian Cenni
TORC PRO 2 point leader Bryce Menzies (Red Bull/KMC Wheels/Peak) and all-time off-road short course great Rob MacCachren (Traxxas/BFG/AMSOIL) hooked up in a classic duel at RedBud, with Menzies recording his second win of the season after MacCachren faded after losing air pressure in a rear tire. MacCachren was still able to hold off a spirited charge from rookie PRO 2 driver Jarit Johnson (Jimmie Johnson Foundation), who scored his first podium finish of the 2013 TORC season with a 3rd.
Said Menzies: "We love coming to Red Bull ... er, RedBud! This track's brutal. You can really tell who can drive and who can't." Sunday's PRO 2 final would also see a number of black flags fly - all pointed at the same driver, CJ Greaves (Monster Energy/Toyota/Maxxis). Greaves, who placed 2nd in PRO 2 on Saturday, was poised to podium with Menzies and MacCachren - but was black flagged early for an in-air incident with Steve Barlow (RealTree/Maxxis/Magnaflow), sending Greaves to the back of the pack. Then, later in the race, Greaves pulled off the track and appeared to have a non-official (possibly a member of the media) yank some debris from his truck. USAC officials black flagged him again (for leaving the track in an area where he wasn't supposed to and receiving unauthorized assistance), only this time Greaves rejoined race ahead of two trucks he was supposed to be behind. So, in essence, Greaves was then black flagged for a third time, which cost him a possible 2nd place finish in Sunday's PRO 2 main. All eyes were on Jarit Johnson at the start of the contest as the #74 truck blasted out to the early lead and led through the second lap before Menzies caught and got by him with a setup/pass to the inside. Menzies then led Johnson and MacCachren to the midway competition yellow, gaining two championship points in the process. And just prior to the restart CJ Greaves would receive his second black flag with the aforementioned infield incident. Moving up quickly to the top five was CJ Greaves, while Jarit Johnson moved back a spot (to MacCachren) after sketching out in the high speed roller section. MacCachren then put his foot into it, chasing after Menzies in one of the day's better battles. Greaves would join the chase, getting past Mike Jenkins (Traxxas/BFG/AMSOIL) to move up to 4th, then past Johnson for 3rd. With Menzies eventually getting up front comfortably, nearly six seconds on MacCachren with two laps to go, CJ Greaves made his move on the veteran MacCachren - who had suffered a left rear flat (possibly due to earlier contact with Greaves). So Menzies crossed the finish line easily in 1st, extending his overall TORC PRO Lite point lead to 38 points over MacCachren. Greaves, scoring the Oakley Bomb Award for his fastest PRO 2 lap of the day (57.770), came across in 2nd and MacCachren valiantly held off Jarit Johnson for 3rd. But hold everything! USAC officials met and disallowed CJ Greaves' podium effort, bumping him back from 2nd to 9th. MacCachren would then take 2nd, giving Jarit Johnson his first podium (3rd). Mike Jenkins (4th) and Barlow (5th) would round out the top five.
TORC/RedBud Sunday PRO 2 Results
1. Bryce Menzies 2. Rob MacCachren 3. Jarit Johnson 4. Mike Jenkins 5. Steve Barlow 6. Andy Zipperer 7. Mark Kvamme 8. Mike Oberg 9. C.J. Greaves 10. Chad Hord 11. Mark Jenkins
Having won the opening TORC PRO Lite round at Dodge City (Kansas), and after a seemingly endless run of bad luck, California's Doug Mittag (Ethika/Walker Evans/Cooper) pulled it back together and won his second PRO Lite race of the season at RedBud on Sunday, topping CJ Greaves (Monster Energy/Toyota/Maxxis) in 2nd and defending TORC PRO Lite champion Brad Lovell (AMSOIL/Torchmate/BFG) in 3rd. "We just had to keep on truckin', keep going for it to get this win," said an elated Mittag from the podium.
Pulling the holeshot and running up front early was Michigan PRO Lite class rookie Mark Kleiman (Kenda), towing Mittag, Lovell and PRO Lite point leader heading into RedBud, Keegan Kincaid (Traxxas/AMSOIL/Maxxis), through the first couple laps. Saturday RedBud PRO Lite winner CJ Greaves would then come railing in out of nowhere and into 3rd place past Lovell. Moments later the #61 of Mike Higgins was on its lid, which brought out the full course yellow. On the restart Kleiman continued to hold the lead while Mittag got by CJ Greaves for 3rd. Mittag then put the charge on Kleiman, passing him boldly through the step up section and carrying the lead through the left hand sweeper. Greaves would get by Kleiman soon thereafter. A couple laps before the competition yellow Kincaid would make a mad rush to the pit, coming back two laps down when the comp yellow flew. Saturday podium finisher Cam Reimers (In-Fab/TiLube/SSI Decals) would then make his own run to the hot pits with an apparent flat rear tire, but would not return to the race. A second rollover by Higgins - in the exact same spot - would draw the racers back together, specifically Lovell and Rafael Navarro (BFG/Method/GN) in the battle for 4th place. With three to go Lovell would get past both Navarro and Kleiman on the top of the hill, moving into the top three. On the white flag two truck lengths would separate Mittag and CJ Greaves, setting the stage for an epic TORC PRO Lite race to the checkers at RedBud. Greaves would try a move to the inside, but Mittag would slam the door shut. Greaves again tried to come down and in on the final turn, but again Mittag had an answer and brought the #81 truck home for the win, with Greaves finishing 2nd to go with his PRO Lite race win on Saturday at RedBud. "We started 6th, moved up to 3rd then shuffled back again," said CJ Greaves, who took over the PRO Lite point lead from Kincaid, 254-237. "But we kept chugging and tried to make race of it for the fans." Added 3rd place Lovell: "I'm so proud to be up here ... it was a dogfight out there!" Fourth place in the PRO Lites deservedly went to Kleiman, while Navarro had 5th wrapped up - only to roll 'er on the last corner, handing 5th place to Shaun Morris (Maxxis/AMSOIL/Proformance). Noteworthy: AMA motocross great Ricky Carmichael (Monster Energy/Traxxas/Oakley) would have a better go of it on Sunday at RedBud. In his second-ever PRO Lite race Carmichael placed 8th.
TORC/RedBud Sunday PRO Lite Results
1. Doug Mittag 2. C.J. Greaves 3. Brad Lovell 4. Mark Kleiman 5. Shawn Morris 6. Randy Eller 7. Jimmy Stephenson 8. Ricky Carmichael 9. Scott Beauchamp 10. Rafael Navarro 11. Cam Reimers 12. Keegan Kincaid 13. Mike Higgins
Michigan's Brian Boccia (Roge Powercoating/Performance Plus), tied for 14th place in the TORC PRO Buggy class heading into RedBud, scored his first career and event win of the season, topping 2nd place Andy Zipperer (Cooper Tire/Loctite) and 3rd place John Frana (RCV Performance/Frana Group) in Sunday's opening PRO contest. Late in the contest Boccia, running a strong 2nd place, inherited the lead when - on the white flag lap - series point leader Luke Johnson's (Red Bull/Under Power/BFG) buggy quit running.
"To be honest with you, I'm just glad I finished," said Boccia, whose buggy was belching steam itself for much of the contest. JR Wheeler (Superchip/Edge/TKO Graphics) took the early lead in the contest and led through lap two before Johnson caught and passed him on the big left hand sweeper. While Luke Johnson opened up on his lead, Frana also caught Wheeler and took over 2nd place, making up some time on Johnson as well. On the competition restart Boccia quickly moved up to 3rd, past Wheeler, while Zipperer moved up into the top seven. The Johnson/Frana battle would heat up further, with Frana all over Johnson's rear bumper. The two would separate from there rest of the field, with a good battle for 3rd going as well with Boccia and former AMA road racing great Larry Pegram. Pegram was then collected in a rollover wreck by Scott Schwalbe (Ballistic Batteries/BFG) - with Pegram's buggy resting precariously on top of Schwalbe's roof. This brought out a full-course caution, then eventually a race stoppage as they carefully freed Schwalbe from his wreck (Schwalbe was uninjured). Pegram would get going again after the restart, at the same time steam began to billow from the top of Boccia's buggy. With two laps to go Johnson and Frana would again separate from the rest of the field, with Johnson up three seconds on 2nd place Frana. Moments later the unthinkable happened as Johnson, primed for the win, had his buggy come to a complete stop on top of the hill. Frana shot by, followed by the rest of the field, no doubt leaving Johnson with a helpless feeling after leading 90-percent of the race. But the drama had yet to end as Frana slowed on the last lap, allowing Zipperer and Boccia to get by. Boccia then went to the lead over Zipperer (2nd) with Frana completing the RedBud PRO Buggy podium while Pegram (4th) and Wheeler (5th) rounded out the top five.
TORC/RedBud Sunday PRO Buggy Results
1. Brian Boccia 2. Andy Zipperer 3. John Frana 4. Larry Pegram 5. JR Wheeler 6. Jerry Weaver 7. Tom Schwartzburg 8. Jack Haenlein 9. Luke Johnson 10. Scott Schwalbe 11. Chris Hanelein
Next up for the Traxxas TORC Series, presented by AMSOIL; Crandon Raceway World Championships®, Aug. 31 - Sept. `1.
"America's Motocross Track," nestled into the luscious, vineyard-rich rolling hills of southwestern Michigan, RedBud plays host to rounds 11 & 12 of the 2013 Traxxas TORC Series. The dirt sports centerpiece in a state with an affinity for off-road recreational vehicle use, RedBud owns the bragging rights to the highest-attended pro motocross race in the nation for 40 years running - the Fourth of July weekend RedBud MX National. The first class amenities and famous RedBud soil mix makes for an ideal location for the high-powered TORC off-road trucks, which return for the third-consecutive year to the legendary Michigan motocross track.
Bridging the gap between action sport and motorsports, TORC Series short course off-road truck racing delivers an edge that has already won over the legions of motocross fans at RedBud. With radical jumps, stutter bumps and berms built into the existing RedBud MX track, motocross fans, off-road fans and motorsports enthusiasts in general are set for one spectacular weekend of racing at Michigan's famed dirt bike circuit!
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The Traxxas TORC Series, presented by AMSOIL, is the fastest, most punishing short course racing series on the planet! TORC events are packed with flag-to-flag fender banging as drivers push the limits over whoops and jump-filled natural terrain race tracks. Off-road racing fans come from far and wide to experience the most challenging form of high-octane competition. And once they taste TORC for the first time they're hooked for life!