If you thought this weekend’s World Championship Off-Road Races at Crandon International Raceway couldn’t get any bigger than they already are, you haven’t heard about the Crandon World Cup yet.
While it’s a part of the same race weekend as the Lucas Oil Midwest Short Course League, the Crandon World Cup/Amsoil Cup is a completely separate event. Held on Sunday, the non-denominational event is designed to bring the best short course drivers from all corners of America together in a single, cash-prize event at The Big House. All of the sport’s top classes are represented, while the Amsoil Cup closes out the event with a showdown between the country’s top Pro 4 and Pro 2 trucks.
With this year’s unification under the Lucas Oil banner, the combination of all of the sport’s biggest names might be a more frequent occurrence in the future, as the sport works to develop a unified rules package that will more easily allow both the MSCL and southwestern-based Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series drivers to face off. That makes this year’s Crandon World Cup a tantalizing preview of what short course fans should be able to expect in the future.
We start with the Pro 4 class, where MSCL racers Johnny and CJ Greaves can expect to face off with the biggest field in America this season. Among those expected to show up are defending LOORRS champion Kyle LeDuc and inaugural Amsoil Cup winner Scott Douglas.
They’ll be joined by current LOORRS points leader RJ Anderson, MSCL Pro 4 rookie Andrew Carlson, and defending Crandon World Cup winner Bryce Menzies, each of whom also regularly compete in the Pro 2 class. In Pro 2, that trio will join 2011 Pro Lite World Cup winner Brian Deegan in a West Coast invasion to challenge MSCL front-runners Mike Vanden Heuvel, Chad Hord, hometown favorite Keegan Kincaid, and class rookie Daely Pentico.
The Pro Lite class should produce plenty of its own drama, with defending Crandon World Cup winner Ryan Beat and Ronnie Anderson among the LOORRS racers who look to take on an evenly matched MSCL field. The top five MSCL drivers, led by longtime LOORRS driver Cory Winner, are separated by only four points in their championship, but all bets are off on Sunday as their 2018 title winner will have already been decided. And with Brian Deegan coming along in Pro 2, don’t be surprised if Hailie Deegan joins the fray in Pro Lite as well.
While the trucks may attract a lot of the attention, the already deep MSCL UTV field will get its own injection of talent as Jason and Corry Weller make the trek to Crandon. They’ll join top racers like Rodney VanEperen, Kyle Chaney, Tim Farr, and CJ Greaves in the multiple side-by-side classes competing over the weekend.
This year’s Crandon World Cup/Amsoil Cup will stream on Sunday, September 2 at 11:30AM ET/8:30AM PT on LucasOilRacing.tv. Jim Beaver and the entire Lucas Oil Midwest Short Course League broadcast team will take you through every Crandon World Cup event, all the way to the Amsoil Cup!