Mother Nature may have interfered with the inaugural round of Lucas Oil Midwest Short Course League action at Crandon International Raceway, but it couldn’t dampen the spirits of the weekend’s winners.
While the season-opening round was postponed for a majority of the Pro classes on Saturday due to heavy rain that persisted throughout the weekend, last weekend’s 25th Forest County Potawatomi Brush Run still attracted over 225 entries in 15 classes. The festivities concluded on Sunday night with the Community Challenge Cup, which saw most of the sport’s top Pro 4 and Pro 2 teams face off for a share of $28,000 in prize money.
When all was said and done, it was Greaves Motorsports on top of the box in both the Pro 4 and Community Challenge Cup races on Sunday, with CJ Greaves taking advantage of a rare mistake by Johnny Greaves in the former, and Johnny redeeming himself with the victory in the latter. In both races, it was a Greaves Motorsports 1-2 with Andrew Carlson in third; in the latter, Carlson elected to race a Pro 2, and was the only driver in that class to take a podium.
In Pro 2, Mike Vanden Heuvel capitalized on a similar mistake by veteran driver Chad Hord to take an early lead, and never looked back despite multiple cautions that bunched up the field. Kyle Kleiman, last year’s midwest Pro Lite champion, resumed his winning ways with a victory on Sunday as well.
The Pro Stock and Pro Mod SXS classes were able to get their seasons underway on Saturday in the heavy mud, with CJ Greaves winning the Stock class and Elliott Burns holding off defending winner Rodney VanEperen in the Mod race. On Sunday, Greaves held off a thrilling last-lap charge from Jake Lunderby to sweep the weekend in the Stock class, while VanEperen got the Sunday Mod win over Tim Farr when Burns suffered a suspension issue that ended his chances of a sweep.
In Super Buggy, it only took a single day for Michael Meister to equal his win count from Crandon all of last season as he swept the opener. Super Buggy was one of the classes affected by Saturday’s postponements, meaning he took one victory in the morning and another in the afternoon. Tony Keepers swept the 1600 Buggy rounds, while Sunday’s 1600 Light Buggy finish was one of the most exciting of the weekend as Tyler Wians held off Jadin Lemke and Colin Schulz.
The Lucas Oil Midwest Short Course League season will resume on July 13-14 with the 3rd Annual ERX Off-Road National at ERX Motor Park in Elk River, Minnesota. CJ Greaves, Vanden Heuvel, and Kleiman each swept the summer truck rounds at ERX last year, while Greaves also swept last year’s Pro Stock SXS races and VanEperen and Kyle Chaney come in as the defending Pro Mod SXS winners. Streams will begin at 2:20PM ET/11:20AM PT on LucasOilRacing.TV on both days of the event.
Replays of the 25th Forest County Potawatomi Brush Run are available now at LucasOilRacing.TV.