The first season of the Lucas Oil Midwest Short Course League kicks off this weekend at The Big House, the fabled Crandon International Raceway, with the 25th Forest County Potawatomi Brush Run. The original home of short course racing in the United States, Crandon has hosted annual competition since 1970, becoming just as iconic to its sport as another Wisconsin town, Green Bay, has become to professional football.
In many ways, there’s no more fitting location to kick off the first unified season of professional short course competition than Crandon’s 1.75-mile layout. Owing to its status as the birthplace of short course off-road, many of the sport’s top competitors are based in Wisconsin, including last year’s dual Pro 4WD and Pro Stock UTV champion CJ Greaves and his legendary father Johnny.
Father and son split the Pro 4WD wins on offer at this event last year, while CJ swept last spring’s Pro Stock UTV competition, and will be among the many drivers who won last year’s Brush Run returning to competition in this weekend’s event. Other defending winners who return to defend their wins in the Pro classes include Pro Light’s Kyle Kleiman and Pro Mod UTV’s Rodney Van Eperen, while local favorite Keegan Kincaid looks to take home the 2WD victory over a deep class of competitors.
But alongside the five Pro classes are 10 Sportsman classes that will also compete, including the addition of Mod Kart action to the nine groups that raced last year. Defending Super Buggy champion Michael Meister will look to sweep this event after winning the second race last year, while both of last year’s Super Stock Truck winners, Nick Byng and Joey Maciosek, will also look to defend 2017 victories.
Tony Keepers (1600 Buggy), Diesel Shanak (Stock Truck), and John Graus (Sportsman UTV) were among the regional drivers to sweep last year’s races that were on the preliminary entry list. Meanwhile, Owen Van Eperen, who won one of the two Short Course Kart races last year, will move up to Mod Kart.
Drivers who fail to capitalize on this weekend’s competition at Crandon will have one more chance to do so at the end of the summer, as it’s the only multiple-event host on the LOMSCL schedule. Champions will be crowned in the 49th World Championship Off-Road Races on August 31-September 1, while the third annual Crandon World Cup/Amsoil Cup will take place on September 2 to wrap up Labor Day weekend.
Fans can watch all the Pro and Sportsman action live on LucasOilRacing.TV on Saturday and Sunday, with streams starting at 1:20PM ET/10:20AM PT on both days. In addition, television air dates and times will be revealed at a later date.