Crandon World Championship: Big Race, Big Money
The last day of racing at Crandon International Raceway is always the biggest, most attended, and richest. Although short-course racers who are crowned champions receive huge purse payouts, there is more hardware that comes with winning on this day—trophies and championship rings. These are the things every off-road racer who makes the trip to Crandon, Wisconsin on Labor Day weekend dreams of. Luckily, the 2019 50th World Championship Off-Road Races at the famed track did not disappoint. Car counts were up with numbers of entries that haven't been seen in off-road racing in years.
Each Pro class had its own championship race. In the first race of the day, Jerett Brooks beat Keegan Kincaid and Jeremy McGrath in the Pro-2 class. Myles Cheek from Orange County, California, led the UTV race wire-to-wire. Pro-4 saw a little controversy as Kyle LeDuc and Andrew Carlson tangled up during the race. Officials quickly stepped in before an on-track altercation could occur. CJ Greaves went on to win the race. Quite possibly the most exciting race of the day was the Pro-Lite class. After a land rush restart caused by a first lap accident, Christopher Polvoorde had the lead. As the laps ticked away he would battle hard with Cole Mamer side-by-side through each turn. Polvoorde went on to take the win.
The final Pro race of the day—the 2019 Red Bull Crandon World Cup Challenge—put the two-wheel drive trucks and four-wheel drive trucks together on the track with staggered starts. Two-wheel drive trucks started first, but as tradition would have it, the four-wheel drive trucks proved faster and took the lead. One west coast racer has been doing his homework at Crandon. This year that homework, hard work, and dedication would pay off for RJ Anderson. Anderson got his first Cup win at Crandon, taking home a $50,000 check, a custom engraved shotgun, and his name on the famed Crandon Cup. This is the stuff racers dream of. RJ Anderson joins the club of elite racers who have conquered Crandon. There is always next year, where some 30 or more drivers will come back and attempt to gain entry into the Cup winners' club.