Enthusiastic crowd at Crandon International Off-Road Raceway cheers on local Johnny Greaves to victory in the Pro 4 class
Photos courtesy of Mad Media / Vincent Knakal
Monster Energy-backed off-road racers Johnny Greaves (Toyota) and Casey Currie (Ford) brought home two of the sport’s most prestigious titles this past weekend, winning The Off-Road Championship’s (TORC) Pro 4 and Pro Lights classes, respectively, at Crandon International Off-Road Raceway in Wisconsin.
“Here’s a big trans-continental high-five for Johnny and Casey from the entire staff at Monster Energy’s corporate offices,” said Monster Energy President Mark Hall from his desk in Corona, Calif. “Two overall TORC titles in one weekend. That’s huge for us.”
Greaves’ title was probably the best received of the weekend as he hails from nearby Abrams, Wis. The current world record off-road truck jumping record holder (301 feet) and all-time winningest CORR (the series that preceded TORC) driver is the man to beat at the track they call the “Big House,” located in the northeast corner of the state. Greaves battled hard with fellow Monster Energy-backed off-roader Rick Huseman (Toyota), who won the Oakley Bomb Award for a track record lap of 1:19.447. And though Huseman would top out in the battle at Crandon, Greaves had amassed enough points to win the Pro 4 championship.
“I can’t say enough about these people up here,” said Greaves from the podium. “They keep coming back no matter how different the season seems from time to time … they keep coming back to see what we got for them. As long as they keep coming back to see us, we’re going to keep puttin’ it on. We wouldn’t be here if it wasn’t for these fans.”
With Greaves, his teammate Jeremy McGrath, Currie and Huseman the Monster Energy brand enjoyed a GIANT presence at the TORC races this year. Crandon, some 15,000-plus strong in the attendance department, made it the largest race of the year, fan-wise, on the circuit. Huseman, who’s also a big name figure in the area given his rivalry with Greaves, was pleased with his team’s effort in the title chase.
“That was a good race for us, the track was awesome,” he said. “Look at all these fans! It’s crazy how many people are here! We tried our hardest to win that championship. We were a couple, three points behind or something, but we did everything we could to try to get it from Johnny – but he was right there and stole it.”
Pro 4 results, Crandon, Wis.
1st – Rick Huseman
2nd – Johnny Greaves (clinches the 2010 TORC Pro 4 title)
In Pro Lights action Currie entered Crandon trailing points leader Marty Hart by several points. Hart would get caught up in wreck with Andrew Caddell, which helped pave the way for Currie’s championship (though the six-time winner this season posted the fastest lap time, 1:28.137, for good measure).
“It was great to come to Crandon and finish the year here,” said Currie, who won his first race of the season at the Big House. “We had a flawless weekend. We won the championship – my first ever!”
When asked if he was going to move up to the Pro 2 class next year, Currie added: “I cannot wait to wear that No. 1 plate next year. I’m staying in Pro Light for now … I think. I want to come back and do it again.”
Pro Lights results, Crandon, Wis.
1st – Casey Currie (clinches the 2010 TORC Pro Lights title)
TV Tune in Note
The Crandon event and championships for Monster Energy’s Greaves and Currie will air on NBC Sports. Please consult TORC (www.torcseries.com) for dates and times.