Adrian Cenni wins his second-straight at Crandon
Bryce Menzies tops out in the PRO 2 class and Andrew Caddell remains perfect on the weekend in PRO Lights. Brian Deegan finds success with podium and Traxxas Maxx Cash!
| By Pat Schutte|
CRANDON, Wisc., (Sept. 3, 2011) – As heavy skies began to open up on the Crandon International Raceway faithful at round, the only thing brighter that the fast-approaching glowing red and yellow blobs on the Doppler was Adrian Cenni’s (Atrium Payroll/Maxxis/Mastercraft Safety) hunters orange Ford, which wrapped missile-like laps around the Crandon track, topping local favorite Johnny Greaves (Monster Energy/Toyota/Maxxis) and Ricky Johnson (Red Bull/KMC Wheels/Mopar/Ram) in a mad dash for the checkers before the storm hit.
With Greaves leading the race and running strong, the competition yellow flew and regrouped Cenni (2nd) and Johnson, along with Kyle Leduc (Rockstar/Makita/Toyo). The four off-road greats left the rest of the pack in a competition train, only to have Cenni bring the massive crowd to their feet when he returned from the far reaches of the expansive Crandon track – out front of Greaves and putting time on the Wisconsin native.
“I some weird way I liked chasing him (Cenni),” said Greaves. “And I’m kinda proud of him.”
Cenni, who scored his first career TORC PRO 4 win at Crandon on Friday, was again pumped with his team’s effort on Saturday at the legendary short course off-road track: “We had some contact and I did my best to get around (Greaves) clean … my team did such a great job today. I’m really, really proud of them.”
Racing back to the checkers Johnson was right on Greaves, but not in a position to pass – so he held onto 3rd. Fourth place went to Leduc while Mark Jenkins (Traxxas/BFG/AMSOIL) and Steve Barlow (Maxxis/Ebay Motors/Metal Mulisha) came together right at the finish line, bringing a thundering close to TORC’s Saturday at Crandon.
Having already taken the overall Traxxas TORC Series PRO 2 class season points lead from his mentor, Rob MacCachren (Traxxas/Mopar/AMSOIL) on Friday at Crandon, Bryce Menzies (Red Bull/KMC Wheels/Mopar/Ram) took advantage of an apparent Jeff Kincaid (Traxxas/Ford/BFG) mechanical malfunction late in the race and to record his 3rd win of the season with a hard-charging effort at the track where he holds the class fastest lap record.
“I can’t thank my team enough for setting this truck up – it ran as good today as it did earlier in the year at Crandon when we set the track record,” said Menzies. “Was hoping Jeff (Kincaid) and I could give the fans a great show with run to the end, but he ran into some trouble and that pretty much wrapped things up for us.”
For a time it looked like a rematch of the Menzies vs. Chad Hord (BOSS Snowplows/AMSOIL/Nissan) battle for 2nd place at Crandon on Friday was going to rematerialize, but Hord just didn’t have enough for the PRO 2 points leader as Menzies maintained a consistent 1.5 to 2-second lead on the Michigan local.
Benefitting the most from the mandatory restart was Marty Hart (Monster Energy/Maxxis/Toyota), who jumped up two spots to 4th. And just about as soon as Hart moved into 3rd, MacCachren, whose truck was limping to begin with, had a rear shock come flying off his truck which ended his day – and seriously dashed his 2011 TORC PRO 2 title hopes.
Kincaid, who had locked down the Oakley Bomb Award for the fastest PRO 2 lap, pulled off the track on the top of the right hand sweeper, obviously bummed that what looked to be in the bag in terms of a second-straight Crandon win was now done.
So with Menzies, Hord and Hart on the podium, the top five would be rounded out by Mike Oberg (AMSOIL/BFG/King Shocks) and Mikey Vanden Heuvel (Maxxis/ATD Trans/Boatec), who beat Scott Taylor (Miller Electric Welders) to the line for 5th in a great battle between those two that lasted the whole race.
For the second straight day Andrew Caddell (Traxxas/Mopar/AMSOIL/BFG) took charge of the TORC PRO Light class, pulling the holeshot, leading the race from green to checkers – and
But while the fans had one eye on Caddell, the other was trained intently (as was Caddell’s spotters’ eyes) on Brian Deegan (Rockstar/Metal Mulisha/Traxxas). The former supercross racers, X Games freestyle motocross star and, more recently, rally racer was on fire, getting past Samuel Hubinette (Traxxas/Mopar/AMSOIL/BFG) and Brad Lovell (AMSOIL/BFG/Torchmate) in his pursuit of the podium. Deegan would clock the Traxxas Maxx lap for the fastest PRO Light spin around the 1.5 mile Crandon track with a 1:27.113 in his pursuit of Caddell, but ran out of time. Lovell rounded out TORC PRO Light podium in 3rd.
Said Caddell: “I knew Deegan would be coming. Heard over the radio ‘He’s third and moving up,’ and I was like ‘OK, here we go.’
Added Deegan: “It’s cool to race in front of so many people.”
Noteworthy: Deegan was driving Caddell’s 2010 truck that holds the TORC PRO Light track record at Crandon.
Rounding out the top five in the PRO Light class on Saturday were Shawn Morris (Maxxis/Chevy) and defending TORC Series PRO Light champ Casey Currie (Monster Energy/General Tire/Nissan) in 4thand 5th, respectively.
Unofficial TORC season overall points
1 22 GREAVES JOHNNY TOYOTA/MAXXIS 181 3
2 48 JOHNSON RICKY RAM/BFG 175 2
3 7 DOUGLAS SCOTT FORD/BFG 154 1
4 25 JENKINS MARK FORD/BFG 130 0
5 83 BARLOW STEVE FORD/MAXXIS 128 0
6 47 JENKINS MIKE FORD/BFG 118 0
7 11 CENNI ADRIAN FORD/MAXXIS 94 2
8 69 MAZANEC MILAN 66 0
9 32 DREWS AL FORD/BFG 38 0
10 99 LEDUC KYLE FORD/TOYO 30 0
11 6 GUNDERSON CASE 6 0
12 4 LEDUC TODD FORD/TOYO 5 0
13 43 LEDUC CURT FORD/TOYO 4
1 7 MENZIES BRYCE RAM/BFG 176 3
2 21 MACCACHREN ROB RAM/BFG 156 2
3 9 HORD CHAD NISSAN MOTORSPORTS/BFG 149 1
4 4 KINCAID JEFF FORD/BFG 139 2
5 8 TAYLOR SCOTT FORD/BFG 122 0
6 80 OBERG MIKE CHEVY/BFG 116 0
7 15 HART MARTY TOYOTA/MAXXIS 112 0
8 77 VANDEN HEUVEL MIKEY CHEVY/MAXXIS 110 0
9 29 STEELE KEITH CHEVY/KUMHO 30 0
10 10 ADLER GREG FORD/BFG 28 0
11 30 PIERCE ROBBY FORD/BFG 18 0
11 33 WOERNER DOW CHEVY/BFG 18 0
13 218 BAKER MICHAEL 0 0
14 217 BADOUX DAN FORD/BFG 0
1 43 CADDELL ANDREW RAM/BFG
2 1 CURRIE CASEY NISSAN/GENERAL
3 77 HUBINETTE SAM RAM/BFG
4 44 LOVELL BRAD NISSAN MTRSPT/BFG
5 27 MORRIS SHAWN CHEVY/MAXXIS
6 5 CUNNINGHAM TODD CHEVY/MCK TMP
7 11 ELLER RANDY FORD/MAXXIS
8 37 ANDERSON RJ RAM/GOODYEAR
9 14 JOHNSON LUKE RAM/BFG
10 33 GREAVES CJ TOYOTA/MAXXIS
11 73 RUPPEL ERIC FORD/BFG
11 4 ELLENSON/JANUSZBRETT/
13 17 DORR MITCH FORD/GDYR
14 76 ZIPPERER ANDY FORD/BFG
15 21 HOEK ROSS FORD/BFG
16 38 DEEGAN BRIAN FORD/BFG
17 8 PORTER MIKE FORD/BFG
18 7 KINCAID KEEGAN FORD/BFG
19 18 BAKER MICHAEL FORD
20 30 OBERG MARK
21 29 RAYFORD CHAD NISSAN
22 26 PETERSON DERRY
Saturday Sportsman class results from Crandon