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Morning rains lift, Sportsman classes running at Traxxas TORC/Potawatomi Brush Run 2011

CRANDON, Wisc. (June 18, 2011) – The 42nd annual Potawatomi Brush Run 2011, round two of the Traxxas TORC Series, presented by AMSOIL, is off and running at Crandon (Wisc.) International Raceway – led by the ‘run what you brung’-style Sportsman classes and followed by PRO practice on the hallowed racing grounds of Crandon this morning.

Yesterday’s qualifying … With flat out perfect conditions a number of the trucks were hitting triple figures (100 mph-plus) on two of Crandon’s long straight sections. In PRO 4 Adrian Cenni (Maxxis/Atrium Payroll/MasterCraft) was the big dog, topping short track heavyweights Ricky Johnson (Red Bull/KMC Wheels/Ram) and Johnny Greaves (Monster Energy/Toyota/Maxxis). In PRO 2 action Marty Hart put his Monster Energy/Toyota/Maxxis truck up front, with Mopar/Ram’s Rob MacCachren and Miller Electric Welders’ Scott Taylor in 2nd and 3rd, respectively.

He has no driver’s license! … In PRO Light action Wisconsin native CJ Greaves (Monster Energy/Toyota/Maxxis), all of 16-years old, rocked the rest of the field and won the first gate pick on Crandon’s famous “Land Rush” start. Keeping Greaves honest will no doubt be AMSOIL/BFG/Torchmate’s Brad Lovell (2nd) and Andrew Caddell (Traxxas/Mopar/AMSOIL/BFG). Note: Round one (RedBud) back-to-back PRO Light winner, Samuel Hubinette (Traxxas/Mopar/AMSOIL/BFG) qualified for today’s action in 6th place.

Brush Run’s new title … Officials with Crandon International Speedway and the Forest County Potawatomi came together at the last minute on a title sponsorship deal for this weekend’s event. The official title of the June 17-19 event at Crandon is the Potawatomi Brush Run 2011, with the former Governor’s Cup/Borg-Warner Trophy (PRO 4 vs. PRO 2 event-closing race) now being called the Potawatomi Chairman’s Cup.

Smells kinda funky … Track operations officials with Crandon hosed the track down with a local paper mill byproduct solution devised to hold moisture in and keep the dust down on the track. It’s the same organic solution used for a similar purpose on logging roads in this region of the United States. Stuff’s got a curious smell – some say like pickle juice.

Interesting photo … Series photographer Mike Roth captured this shot of the long distance Crandon infield jump – at 2 a.m. in the morning on Saturday. A super-slow shutter speed and wide open lens on the clear, moonlit night made for a pretty cool image. Look close and you can see the stars in the sky.

Chad Hord needs a new ride … While signing autographs for fans at Crandon on Friday a guy brought up one of those new Traxxas Chad Hord (BOSS Snowplow/AMSOIL/Nissan) replica RC trucks for Hord to sign, which he obliged – right across the hand-sized hood with a black Sharpie. When asked if Hord himself had one of his signature Traxxas trucks, he said laughing “Yeah … I did. But the guys on my team ended up parting it out to keep their trucks running!”

School’s out! … A bunch of kids from the local Crandon Elementary School went on a cool road trip, about a quarter mile down Route 8 to Crandon International Speedway. The deluxe tour, which involved touring the 200-some acre facility, meeting some of the Traxxas TORC Series drivers and having lunch on the hill while they watched practice, was highlighted by a hot lap around the track in a giant MasterCraft-backed John Deere 250D Articulated Dump Truck – dubbed the ‘Crandon Ride Truck.’ “This is way better than a roller coaster!,” said one of the kids.

By Pat Schutte