Crandon ready to host huge weekend of championship racing|
|On Wednesday the yard at Charlie’s Automotive, a garage along Highway 47, was steaming with stunning transporter trucks and people as Menzis Motorsports was packing up for the upcoming World Championship weekend at Crandon International Off-Road Raceway.|
The Menzies crew spends the Traxxas TORC series of racing held every summer headquarters at the Charlie Schlieve garage complex, usually the site of transmission rebuilding and general automobile repair.
But Schlieve is a veteran of off road, and racing in general, having run a number of successful teams. For a number of years he has been teamed up with Steve Menzies and his son, Bryce, who is defending champion in Pro 2, from Reno.
It is a first-class operation, and a winner in the off-road circuit in the Midwest and in the western states. The transporters are the best, Featherlites, and there is even a truck and trailer for food preparation and the other perks that come along with the Menzies operation.
For the summer months all that equipment spends the summer under Schlieve’s watchful and race-experienced eye.
The race is drawing a stunning field of off-road drivers.
And they love to come to Crandon.
"I’ll tell you what ... there's no better place to be than along the turn one at Crandon when we turn those Pro Lights loose on the Land Rush start," Cliff Flannery, who guides the raceway said.
"There's gonna be a year's worth of bragging rights on the line as to who's truly the best driver in the country crowned the Pro Light World Champion Saturday," Flannery added.
The West Coast aces will certainly have their hands full with the stars from the Traxxas TORC Series, including top overall racer CJ Greaves, second place Keegan Kincaid, third place Brad Lovell and a host of others.
In addition to the stacked TORC Pro Light field, top Pro 2 racers Robbie Woods, Mike Porter and Austin Kimbrell will be joined by desert racing greats Dan McMillan (grandson of Baja legend Corky McMillan), Robbie Pierce and Jesse Jones to enhance the already stacked TORC Pro 2 field. It features Antigo-based Bryce Menzies, the two-time defending TORC Pro 2 champion, and Rob MacCachren, who dominated Sunday's action at the past RedBud/TORC round.
In the Pro 4x4s it will be Curt & Todd LeDuc making the trek from California to see if they can get between the red hot Rick Johnson/Johnny Greaves rivalry at Crandon — a spot TORC regulars Scott Douglas, Adrian Cenni and Mike and Mark Jenkins already have their eye on as well.
With racers and trucks/buggies, crews and off-road fans converging from all points on the U.S. map, Crandon will be awash with activity.
Since 1970 the off-road phenomenon has played out in Crandon, making it the nation's longest-running short course off-road competition.
For more information visit www.crandonoffroad.com.
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