Last year the future of short course racing was uncertain with new ownership taking control of the series yet again but the folks at ISOC showed that they know what they are doing and the 2020 ended on a very high note. Running the popular Snocross series for years they took that knowledge and experience and brought in the right people to help bring it all together.
For their season opener COR came out to Antigo Wisconsin which hasn’t been raced on since 2012. The small town is just a short 45 minute drive south of Crandon so short course has a long history there.
Just like the past the track was built from scratch on their dirt oval at the Lions International Raceway and while the track didn’t have any big jumps or real flat out high speed sections they made up for it with technical sections.
The turns coming off and on the dirt oval were sharp and gave drivers (especially turn three) some trouble getting their cars rotated enough. They also designed a rhythm section in the middle of the course that you had to hit just right to be able to double the whoops or you’d get out of shape and loose time.
Entries were high all around for Rounds 1 and 2 and some classes had more entires then they’ve had in years. The Prolite class which averaged about 8 trucks last year at each race had 17 trucks show up. In Pro 2 there were 20 trucks lined up in Round 1 which was more trucks then what raced at the Crandon World Cup last year.
Here are some highlights from the weekend as well as some of our favorite photos from the race. Can’t wait for the next race in Crandon!
– CJ Greaves and Brock Heger had the best weekends of all the drivers, with each sweeping Pro 4 and Prolite respectively and each winning once in Pro Stock SxS.
– Many west coast drivers have committed to a full season in the midwest including Brock Heger, Cole Mamer, Doug Mittag, Madix Bailey, Brian Deegan, Jerett Brooks and Ricky Gutierrez.
– For the first time Brian Deegan is working on an arrive and drive program having Doug Mittag prep a truck and bring to the races with him.
– After taking a year off (minus Crandon World Cup) Michael Meister came back and won both days in Super Buggy.
– After an up and down season last year Keegan Kincaid is back in Pro 2 and won Rounds 1 and 2.
– Kyle Leduc showed the same speed he had all last year but mechanical issues took him out of both days.
– Reed Leduc made his racing debut participating in the Short Course Karts now making it three generations of Leduc who’ve raced.
– COR made the decision to eliminate qualifying this year after complaints from some drivers. There was a lot of push back so COR made the second practice session on Friday qualifying for the Pro classes. There won’t be anymore qualifying for the year per COR.
– 17 classes raced both days making for a full schedule.
– Pro Spec is a new class added to the series. It uses the Prolite chases (but you can have 1.5” main cage) with a spec Chevrolet V6 motor.
– The two largest classes for the weekend were 1600 Light Buggy and Sportsman SxS both with 26 entries.
– All races were once again streamed live for free on the COR website.