With the Pro 4 and Pro 2 World Champions crowned early this afternoon, the top short course teams in America are currently thrashing away in the paddock at Crandon International Raceway to prepare for today’s Amsoil Cup race, the showcase event of Sunday’s Crandon World Cup. The top teams from both the Lucas Oil Midwest Short Course League, which crowned its inaugural champions here yesterday, and the Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series are all here and getting ready to go.
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CJ Greaves made a surprise return to Pro 2 this morning that ended in victory, while Bryce Menzies won the Pro 4 race to kick off a full day of exciting racing. As we look forward to the exciting showdown between both classes later today, here’s what we’ll be watching out for:
What will the multi-class drivers take to the line for the race?
Interestingly enough, both Greaves and Menzies ran in both classes earlier today, despite the fact that Greaves gave up Pro 2 after the 2016 season to jump into the growing UTV field and Menzies hasn’t run short course at all this year after suffering an injury in the spring. Greaves played it coy in his interview after finishing third in the Pro 4 race, saying he’ll keep his entry a secret until they roll up to the line in the afternoon, giving us a little bit of intrigue to look forward to.
How will the two series split the Amsoil Cup podium?
The Pro 2 race earlier today saw an all-Midwest Short Course League podium, with Keegan Kincaid and Chad Hord completing the top three. But it was a different story in Pro 4, as the top five was essentially an even split: Menzies and Kyle LeDuc from LOORRS first and second, MSCL regulars CJ and Johnny Greaves in third and fourth, and Scott Douglas, who just switched to LOORRS this season, in fifth. The more powerful Pro 4s are of course favored to win, but can either series lock out the top three spots?
How excited are you for the future of short course racing?
So many of short course’s top squads are here at Crandon, as they always are for World Cup weekend. In the past, with two separate series, this has been a once-a-year treat; now, with the unification of both regions, it’s serving as more of a preview of the coming years. Anyone can get behind such a sizable field in any of the Pro truck classes, especially with smaller Pro 4 fields on both sides of America for most of this year. Add in racers like Rob MacCachren who didn’t make the trip, and the future is bright.