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26th Forest County Potawatomi Brush Run: Weekend Preview

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by Chris Leone // Website // Twitter
Images via Lucas Oil Midwest Short Course League

The second season of the Lucas Oil Midwest Short Course League era kicks off this weekend from Crandon International Off Road Raceway, as the 26th Forest County Potawatomi Brush Run brings short course off-road racing back to the midwest. The doubleheader event kicks off the 2019 MSCL schedule, and brings with it a number of exciting storylines as the series looks to crown its second-ever set of champions.

The 26th Forest County Potawatomi Brush Run boasts $100,000 in prize money this weekend, including $28,000 for the annual Forest County Potawatomi Community Cup. The annual Pro 4-Pro 2 showdown, won by Johnny Greaves last year, will pay $10,000 to this year’s winner and $1,000 to all 15 expected starters. Last year marked Greaves’ fourth Community Cup victory in the past six years, and his record-extending sixth overall.

The father-son duo of Johnny and CJ Greaves will once again headline this weekend’s Pro 4 entry list, with CJ looking to defend his 2018 title after electing to focus on a single class this year. Andrew Carlson will top the list of dual class entries, as he looks to claim both Greaves’ Pro 4 crown and the Pro 2 title vacated by 2018 champion Mike Vanden Heuvel. Pro 2 remains among the deepest classes in the series, with Carlson joined by familiar faces like Keegan Kincaid, Chad Hord, and 2018 Pro Lite champion Kyle Kleiman, who moves up after defeating his brother Cody in last year’s title chase.

Both UTV classes will also feature deep fields, with defending Pro Mod SXS champion Rodney VanEperen hoping to once again hold off top rivals like Kyle Chaney and Elliott Burns for the top spot; Burns and VanEperen split last year’s Brush Run wins. In Pro Stock SXS, Ryan Mulder’s title defense gets a little easier with CJ Greaves out of the picture, but he’ll have to contend with a number of Sportsman Stock SXS drivers who moved up from last season, including Gabe Johnson, Matthew Wood, and Kyle Greaves.

While the long-awaited unification race between the Midwest Short Course League and Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series may be on hold with the damage to Lucas Oil Speedway, a number of drivers who have already raced in LOORRS this year will be on hand to compete in the MSCL opener. The list includes Carlson, 2018 LOORRS Pro 4 champion RJ Anderson, Pro 2 and Pro Lite driver Cory Winner, Pro Lite stars Ryan Beat and Christopher Polvoorde, and Trey Gibbs, who will race in both Super Buggy and Pro Mod SXS. Expect a handful of other names at both the Pro and Sportsman levels to reveal themselves in the days leading up to the race.

Tickets for this weekend’s 26th Forest County Potawatomi Brush Run remain available at www.crandonoffroad.com. Stay tuned to the Crandon International Off Road Raceway page for race coverage information and live event updates.

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