Lucas Oil Midwest Short Course League at Crandon: Sportsman Drivers to Watch

by Chris Leone // Website // Twitter
Images via Super Stock Truck (1); Formula 4×4 Short Course Racing (2)

The inaugural season of the Lucas Oil Midwest Short Course League kicks off this weekend at Crandon International Raceway with the 25th Forest County Potawatomi Brush Run. The first of two weekends of racing for the series at Crandon this year, it’s the only venue that will host multiple events on the LOMSCL calendar, as well as a fitting host for the first round of unified short course racing in the US.

With the shift from TORC to LOMSCL this offseason, the entry lists will see some significant changes from what fans in the midwest have seen so far this year. Today, we finish off the remaining drivers to watch in the Sportsman classes:

Super Stock Truck: Nick Byng

Byng and Joey Maciosek both return to defend victories in last year’s Brush Run, but it was Byng who eventually claimed last year’s championship by a five-point margin. It was his consistency at Crandon that made the difference in the title run: while Byng placed third and second in the World Championship weekend, Maciosek put up a pair of 19th-place finishes that he was unable to overcome in the title chase, despite finishing the year with first and second place finishes at ERX Motor Park.

Stock Truck: Diesel Shanak

With wins in three out of four rounds at Crandon last year, and a third place finish in the other, Shanak owned both the Big House and the Stock Truck championship in 2017. In fact, he never finished worse than fifth in the entire six-round season last year, contributing to a 23-point championship victory. Aside from Shanak, only Jordon Fellenz was able to take multiple podiums at Crandon last year, and even he missed the box in both rounds of last year’s Brush Run.

Formula 4X4: Ben Passa

Passa won last year’s Formula 4X4 title with a sweep of World Championship weekend at Crandon, his back-to-back wins good enough to surpass Troy Anderson in the standings by a mere six points. He’ll be back to defend that title and attempt to improve on last year’s Brush Run results; Anderson swept this event last year, while Passa put up a pair of sixth place finishes.

Classix: Kyle Schneider

With Dale Chestnut not on the entry list as of June 11, 2017 Classix runner-up Schneider is slated to be the top returning driver to the class at Crandon. While he only cracked the podium once here last year, posting three fourth-place finishes to go with it, he also never finished worse than fourth in class last year. Assuming we don’t see Chestnut, expect Schneider to battle Aaron Konitzer for the class title.

Sportsman UTV: John Graus

The Sportsman UTV entry list for Crandon doesn’t have a lot of last year’s top racers, but it does have the most dominant driver here in class last year. Graus and Amanda Peterson teamed up to finish sixth in last year’s championship, but most importantly, came within a single finishing position of sweeping the entire season at the Big House. Back-to-back wins at the Brush Run, and finishes of first and second on World Championship weekend, made for one of the most dominant performances at the track in 2017.

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