50,000+ fans throughout the country migrate to a little town called Crandon Wisconsin every Labor Day weekend to become a part of shortcourse history as the best teams in the nation gather for “The Superbowl of Shortcourse”; The Amsoil Cup (Formally the Borg Warner Cup). Although the racers main objective is to win the cup and collect a check for $40,000, a points race had to take place just prior to the Amsoil Cup race in order to fulfill season championship points requirements.
Pro4 racing took place at the beginning of the schedule for the day in order for drivers to be able to run all-out and still have time to repair their vehicles in time for the Amsoil Cup race at the end of the day.
The hometown hero Johnny Greaves jumped out to an impressive lead in his Monster Energy Toyota and although Greaves has been around for countless years and has all of the flashy equipment, Greaves and crew are truly one of the most hard working Grassroots teams out there.
“We had the lead and after our win on Friday and Saturday I was really feeling good about running up front. This is our hometown track and nothing is better than being out front and seeing all of the fans every time you go by, “ commented Greaves.
Greaves would end up going down with mechanical failure when his front hub caused a wheel and tire to eject from the left front of his Toyota, sending the wheel and tire 20 feet into the air and into a nearby tree. Greaves went on to say “Not quite sure what happened out there. I have the best crew around and these guys work their butts off, we did everything we could in order to win this race, but I guess that’s racing and those kinds of things just happen.”
With Greaves down with freak mechanical issues, it left the door wide open for Menzies Motorsports driver Ricky Johnson to take advantage of the wounded Greaves. Johnson would go on to win the Pro4 race while “The Wildman” Adrian Cenni would finish in the second place position just in front of Scott Douglas.
If Rob MacCachren was going to collect his 200th career win at Crandon, today was the day to do it. When the green flag dropped it was MacCachren who would be the first to see the light of day as he came out of the infamous turn one at Crandon International Speedway. Just two turns later Rob Mac would run his Mopar Ram off the track and fall back to 5th place leaving young CJ Greaves and Chad Hord with clean air in front of them. Chad Hord and CJ Greaves would go on to battle back and forth all the way to the competition caution.
As racing resumed, you could see and hear the intensity that surrounded Rob MacCachren’s Ram Truck; he was on a quest for making history at The Big House. MacCachren would muscle his Ram past CJ Greaves and with just one lap left MacCachren was able to overtake Chad Hord to take the lead. MacCachren would make history earning his 200th career win while Chad Hord and CJ Greaves would be left in his dust.
It was already a phenomenal weekend for that of Pro Lite driver Casey Currie, but he wasn’t finished just yet. When the green flag dropped in the Pro Lite race it was all Currie, again! The young Casey Currie showed his poise and ability to run up front for a large length of time. Although not in it for the points, Currie was running harder than we have ever seen him run while points leader Brad Lovell was doing everything he could to accumulate as many points as possible in order to retain his points lead.
Currie’s trip from the west cost was well worth it this weekend in Crandon. Currie would go on to sweep all of the Pro Lite races for the weekend and leave Andrew Caddell and Brad Lovell to pick up the pieces ending yet another epic weekend in Crandon.
Photography by Vincent Knakal of Mad Media
Words by Adam “Gunnslinger” Gunn