Sunday Crandon: More Championships Decided and the AMSOIL Cup
Sunday morning arrived and there were several teams working through the night getting prepared for the final day of racing for the season. The weather continued to be unseasonable hot and as the day progressed the threat of rain looked like a reality. Regardless the final day of competition in Crandon saw some of the best racing of the year.
The Classix and Stock Truck group lined up for the final race of the season with the Classix leaving the line first and twenty seconds later the Stock Truck racers were given the green flag to finish off the season. The Classix saw Aaron Konitzer sweep the weekend with a flag to flag victory. Second place saw a great battle between three cars but in the end it was Tyler Plamann, taking the runner-up spot with another El Camino driven by Paul Posbrig finishing third. The 2015 Classix Champion Dale Chestnur finished fourth for the day.
The Stock Truck race saw Nick Visser take the early lead, but engine issues ended the season early for the Northwoods resident. This put Diesel Shanak in the lead and the Waupaca, Wisconsin racer went onto take the win and the clinch the Class Championship. Brandon Rouse returned to short course racing and out maneuvered Dylan Sharkey for second as the aforementioned Sharkey stood on the final step of the podium.
The Light Buggy racers were next and the start saw early battle between Greg Stingle and Derek Tilkens. The two racers swapped the top spot a handful of times before Stingle took control of the race. The second half of the race saw a charging Matt Mullen get around Tony Keepers and then Tilkens on the final lap to grab the runner-up spot as Tilkens had to settle for third. Greg Stingle is the 2105 Light Buggy Champion.
Next up was the early running of PRO-4, which allows teams more time to prepare for the final race of the day, the big money AMSOIL Cup. The start saw Johnny Greaves and Kyle Leduc come together and hitting one of the walls of the “Legendary Leap”. This gave leader Keegan Kincaid a sizable lead over second place Scott Douglas. On the restart Douglas kept Kincaid honest, but he had his hands full with CJ Greaves. The final lap saw the two racers go side by side a couple of times, but with two corners to go, Greaves took the spot as Douglas settled for third. Up front it was Kincaid for the win as Greaves took the 2015 TORC PRO-4 Championship.
The PRO-2 land rush start saw Keegan Kincaid lead the pack once again, but much of the field was nose to tail fighting for position. After the mandatory caution Marty Hart blasted past Kincaid to take the lead and now CJ Greaves and Doug Mittag were all in a battle for a podium finish. Heading into the final lap Kincaid pulled a slide job on Hart to regain the lead, but Hart repaid the favor moments later. At the finish, Marty Hart takes the win with CJ Greaves second and Doug Mittag third. CJ Greaves is the 2015 TORC PRO-2 Champion.
The combined Limited 4/Formula 4×4 race saw Milan Mazenec complete a perfect double barrel roll in Turn One and was still able to continue at speed for the rest of the race. Early on it looked like Dan Baudoux would take his second win of the weekend, but an ignition issue ended his day. These put his teammate Gerrit Bancroft into the lead and onto his first career Limited 4 win, but afterwards there was a possible rules infraction that was under investigation. Behind Bancroft, unoffically Mazenec recovered to finish second as Jerry Conrad finished third. Dan Baudoux is the Limited 4 Champion.
The West Coast Trophy Carts ran ten laps around the Crandon Short Course. Once again Christopher Polvoorde grabbed the holeshot and was never seriously challenged all the way to the checkered flag. Second place went to Bryce McDaniel and Cole Keatts completed the podium.
The final Super Stock Truck race of the season, as one might expect, saw plenty of carnage on the track. Mitch Dorr, who clinched the Championship on Saturday, grabbed the lead with Nick Byng right on his bumper. On lap two the top two trucks with Dorr losing the motor and Byng having a steering issue. Now Joey Maciocek was in command of the race. Behind the leader a real fight broke out between Tom Varner, Garret Loehrer and Jay Schafer. As the laps wound down, Loehrer made the right moves to get second place as Shafer made a pass with ales than two laps to the finish to move into third. At the flag, Maciocek took his first win of his career; with part-time racer Loehrer finishing second as Schafer completed the podium. Mitch Dorr is the 2015 Super Stock Truck Champion.
The Super Buggy race was much like practically every round during the 2015 season, another win by Rodney Van Epren. The field quickly spread out during the ten-lap feature that saw John Fitzpatrick finish second and Scott Schwalbe ended the season in third. Rodney Van Epren is the 3015 Super Buggy Champion.
The final Sportsman race of the season was a rematch between Eric Ruppel and Jerry Edgerton. The first half of the race Ruppel seemed to cruise to the mandatory caution. When racing resumed the entire Super Truck field stepped up the pace and when it got down to less than two laps to go, Ruppel was leading with Edgerton second, and Mark Peterson close behind in third. Once again there was contact initiated by Edgerton spinning both he and Ruppel. Edgerton received a black flag, and suddenly Ruppel was in fourth. Now Peterson was in the lead and kept up the pace to take the victory. Ruppel passed two trucks on the final lap to finish second and Saturday’s winner Troy Retzlaff crossed the finish in third. Eric Ruppel is your 2015 Super Truck Champion.
The PRO-Light race had quite a bit excitement. First off the weather took a turn as light rain began to fall, but not hard enough to delay the show. When the green flag was waved, the land rush start saw three trucks involved in an incident before Turn One. Everyone involved walked away under unhurt, but the field was reduced in size. The restart saw Cam Reimers grab the lead and hold the top spot all the way to the checkered flag. Second place saw a mid race charge by Doug Mittag to finish second as Luke Johnson ran fast race to complete the podium. The victory was Reimer’s first of his short-course career and Doug Mittag is the 2015 TORC PRO-Light Champion.
The $40,000 AMSOIL Cup was the final race of the day and even as the light rain continued to fall, none of the huge crowd left the hillside and the final race went off right on time. The PRO-2 group of trucks left the start line twenty-two seconds ahead of the PRO-4 racers. With the light rain falling, the advantage definitely went to the PRO-4 class. Quickly into the race, Marty Hart in his PRO-2 had the early lead, but by lap four the PRO-4 of Keegan Kincaid took control of the top spot. Then just pass the halfway point of the ten-lap race, Kincaid slowed, allowing CJ Greaves to assume control of the race. The final two laps of the race, Chad Hord was the fastest man on the track as he reeled in Greaves and made a challenge for the win. The final corner the two racers were side by side with CJ Greaves winning by less than a truck length, taking home the AMSOIL Cup and the big paycheck.
Another World Championship Weekend is complete in Crandon, Wisconsin and once again the competition did not disappoint. The PRO and Sportsman racers had the largest turnout of the season, and of course the number of short-course fans approached record numbers. The TORC and Sportsman seasons are complete and now its time to make plans for the awards banquet in January.