Author: Shaun Ochsner Photos: Jordan Powell
The epic weekend of racing events kicked off with a retirement party for Scott Taylor and Curt Leduc Thursday night in Crandon. The event was well attended by many drivers with stories of the two.
Fans lined the streets on Friday for the annual Labor Day parade and driver meet and greet on the main street in Crandon.
Heavy rains Thursday night and Friday morning forced track officials to modify the qualifying schedule to practice sessions for the pro classes. Friday night, the Sportsman classes raced their big championship followed by Robby Gordon’s Super Stadium Trucks. By Saturday the sun was out and it was time to go Pro racing. Once the sportsman races were finished it was time for the Pro-buggies to hit the track. Bradley Morris wasted no time getting to the front of the back to grab his first Pro-buggy win at Crandon. Pro-lights were next and CJ Greaves was out front. Keegan Kincaid was chasing Greaves down but couldn’t get up front. CJ Greaves would take the top spot for Saturday.
Jeff Kincaid lead the Pro-2’s out and once again, CJ Greaves was right there in the mix running second. Bryce Menzies was also there battling hard. A few laps after the competition caution, CJ got caught up door to door with another truck sending his wheel 100 feet into the air, bouncing off the Crandon International Raceway property line fence and landing inches from track workers and photographers. Jeff Kincaid would go on to finish the race in first despite a move by Rob MacCachren diving to the inside in the very last corner before the finish. MacCachren didn’t have enough to make the pass.
In Pro-4 Scott Douglas was out front after the landrush start. Adrian Cenni wasted no time passing Douglas for the lead. Cenni would lead the pack past the competition caution. Rob MacCachren who had quietly been sitting back was now putting pressure on Cenni. With 3 laps to go, MacCachren made his move for the lead. Ricky Johnson was also right behind Cenni. As the white flag came out, Cenni was off the track with a problem. Rob MacCachren took the win, Ricky Johnson grabbed second and Mark Jenkins was third.
Sunday morning, the heavy rains returned forcing track officials to delay the schedule. By 11am the Sportsman classes were able to run their races, followed by the normal Pro races. Rob MacCachren won Pro-4, Bryce Menzies won Pro-2, Bradley Morris was once again the Pro-buggy winner and Keegan Kincaid was the Pro-light winner.
The skies were looking good Sunday evening. Every inch of grass and grandstands were packed by fans for the legendary Amsoil Cup race running Pro-2’s and Pro-4’s together. Pro-2’s took the landrush start 12 seconds ahead of the Pro-4’s. Scott Taylor would pull off the track in the very first turn with a wire problem ending his day and his last Cup race at Crandon. CJ Greaves was out front with Bryce Menzies right behind. A few laps later Menzies was off the pace and slowed with problems. Chad Hord would run second but it was long before Johnny Greaves was all over the back of CJ Greaves for the top spot. In a photo finish CJ Greaves and father Johnny Greaves came across the finish line in at the same time. Timing and scoring officials confirmed CJ Greaves would win the coveted Amsoil Cup. "That was amazing," C.J. said. "I didn't get the best of starts; I was third coming around the front there but I was able to work my way up, and once I got the lead I just put my head down and kept chugging forward. With two laps to go someone started coming up on my inside on the turns, and they were telling me on the radio, 'That's your dad!'