TENTHS OF A SECOND SEPARATE GREAVES DUO IN PRO 4
By the time the showcase PRO 4 trucks took the track for the grand finale, mistake free driving had already proven to be the recipe for success with the constantly changing, split-lane sand wash section, often separating the podium finishers from the rest of the field. At the drop of the green of the 14-lap final, it was the front row duo of Scott Douglas and Keegan Kincaid hammering through the high berms and massive braking bumps that had become signature features of the track.
In the early going, Douglas slipped to the inside of Kincaid, with a high-speed, late-brake maneuver to take the lead. Hot on his bumper was last year’s point champion CJ Greaves, who also passed Kincaid to quickly move into the second slot.
With the two young guns out front, CJ made his move early, out-jumping Douglas and moving to the front. But as the action was unfolding for the lead, no one was paying attention to the veteran Johnny Greaves who appeared seemingly out of nowhere to pass Douglas and quickly set his sights on his son CJ.
From that moment on it was a Greaves family battle, as the two checked out from the rest of the field. Even after the mid-race competition caution, CJ and Johnny continued to be the cream of the crop. With only tenths of a second separating them, Johnny watched his son with veteran savvy and then pounced when the first mistake was made. With Johnny in the lead, and the laps winding down, it looked to be a day for fatherly wisdom, but on the final lap Johnny made a rare mistake, drifting wide and opting to take the outside line in the challenging split-lane sand wash zone. It was all CJ needed to power past his mentor while laying down his fastest lap of the race.
“He made a mistake there and he gave it to me,” said CJ during the podium celebration. “The ruts are huge in that area and that’s where he got me. I got the truck up on two wheels and just made it stick.”
While disappointed, the always gracious Johnny Greaves gave his son the nod for recognizing his mistake and taking advantage of it. “I was trying so hard to protect…I should have just drove it in hard like I usually do.”
Finishing in third was Keegan Kincaid, who looked strong early but had to battle a trio of mechanical issues just to finish the race.