Incredible early summer weather continued to grace the Northwoods of Wisconsin. The race program ran all day with any major issues as Crandon once again was epicenter of the short-course off-road racing world.
First up were the Classix and Stock Truck group. Dale Chestnut once again led flag to flag for his second win of the season. Bill Wilson and Dillon Mischler had a great battle for second, but with one lap to go both went up in smoke. This put rookie Tyler Plamann on the podium in second place.
The Stock Truck race was a two truck scrum between Dillon Sharkey and Diesel Shanak. In the end it was Shanak taking the win as a late race departure put Katelin Weirzba in second.
Light Buggy saw Greg Stingle complete the sweep of the weekend, as the rest of the class had nothing for the veteran racer. Second place saw a great battle between 14 year old Jadin Lemke and former class champion Derek Tilkens. The young Lemke fought off Tilkens repeatedly to finish in the runner-up spot and a late charge by Tony Keepers put the area racer on third.
The Super Truck guys really have a strong field, it seems like every racer has a shot at the top spot of the podium. The land rush start saw Kevin Hanegraaf take a good tumble across the Barn Jump, fortunately all the safety equipment did its job and truck and driver will be back to race another day.
The restart was a two wide rolling start. Quickly Gerrit Bancroft took the early lead, but on lap two he pulled off the track. This put Eric Ruppel as the leader of the pack. A lap later Troy Retzlaff was beginning to pressure Ruppel for the top spot. The final three laps saw Retzlaff get to Ruppel’s rear bumper, but the Northwest Wisconsin resident stayed out front for the win. Retzlaff, in his first race of the season, finished second and Tim Nelson completed the podium.
At post-race tech inspection second place was disqualified for an engine issue. This moved Tim Nelson to second with Mark Peterson moving up to third.
The running order changed slightly to give PRO-2 and PRO-4 racers more time to prepare for the Forest County Potawatomi Chairman’s Cup. This saw PRO-4 line up for their Round 8 race. The race was similar to Saturday’s Round 7. Johnny and CJ Greaves were out front with Scott Douglas right behind in third. This time CJ took the win with Johnny a couple seconds back with Douglas finishing third just ahead of Chad Hord.
The PRO-2 field had a great land rush start as Marty Hart and Keegan Kincaid were side by side coming out of Potawatomi Turn One. As the field came round Turn One for the second time. Arie Luyendyk Jr. caught a rut and went for a vicious barrel roll. Luyendyk was able walk away for the incident, but the race truck was finished for the weekend.
The two wide rolling restart had Greaves and Keegan Kincaid leading the field. The two fan favorites put on another great show with Marty Hart running third. The final result was the same as Saturday with Kincaid taking the win, followed by Greaves and Hart.
The combined Limited 4 and Formula 4×4 round of racing saw Dan Baudoux dominate the race during the first six laps, but on lap seven a driveline issue caused an early retirement. This put Jerry Conrad in the lead with Milan Mazenec in second as Brad Lemarche slightly trailed Mazenec for third.
Formula 4×4 saw Dave Miah take the win trailed by Ryan Rebman.
The 1600 Buggy saw fifteen racers take the green flag and for the third time in as many days, Mark Steinhardt took the win. Behind the leader the next three racers were bumper to bumper. Officially Rob Kinner finished second, followed by Jeff Villemure.
The eleven Kids Kart had a great race as Braden Beauchamp took the win followed by Gage Garvin, and Easton Sleaper.
Fifteen Super Stock Truck lined up for the final time. Mitch Dorr won the race through Potawatomi Turn One with Matt Siorek a close second. By the third lap Saturday’s winner Danny Beauchamp had found his way through traffic to move in behind the leader. At the mandatory yellow the top three were Dorr, Beauchamp, and Siorek. The second half of the race had the podium running order remained unchanged with Dorr taking the win, Beauchamp finishing second, and Siorek third.
The final Sportsman race of the weekend saw Rodney Van Epren take his third win of weekend. The Schwalbe family completed the podium with father Scott taking second and son Ryan finishing in third.
The PRO-Light final saw Travis Dinsmore get the hole shot and never looked back. Late in the race Luke Johnson began to make up ground, but ran out of laps before he could mount a serious effort for the top spot. This was Dinsmore’s first PRO win for the Ontario, Canada native. Yesterday’s winner Luke Johnson came in second as Doug Mittag completed the podium.
The final race of the weekend was the Forest County Potawatomi Community Cup. The ten lap all-out sprint puts the fastest PRO-2 and PRO-4 racers together for a $24,000 prize fund.
Early on PRO-2 driver Keegan Kincaid led the way, but about halfway the Greaves family came flying by to take control of the race. Johnny stayed in front of CJ until the final lap. CJ more than a few times was able to get along side his dad and inch forward to take the lead. Of course dad wanted nothing to do with that and the two trucks came through the final turn, side by side as the two family members actual changed positions in the last one hundred feet. At the finish Johnny somehow inched ahead for the win.
It was a picture perfect weekend at “The Big House” and everyone is already anticipation an incredible World Championship Event on the upcoming Labor Day weekend.
Words by Mike Ruesche