An action-packed weekend of short course off-road racing wrapped up at The Dirt Oval at Route 66 Raceway on Sunday as the stars of TORC: The Off-Road Championship presented by AMSOIL, put the second round of the thirteen-round series in the books.
Here’s a breakdown of the PRO class events, beginning with the premier PRO 4 main class.
With Johnny Greaves checking out and dominating Sunday’s PRO 4 main event, one of the better battles of the weekend took place behind him as Keegan Kincaid, in only his second PRO 4 main, held off a feverous charge from two-time defending class champion CJ Greaves.
“My team works hard and it’s paid off,” said Kincaid. “We literally just started driving this thing, and it was a handful to hold on to. Props to John, and CJ right in there behind me. For how brutal this track was we had a pretty good weekend.”
Kincaid, in a brand new truck, would benefit by CJ Greaves suffering a flat tire right before the competition yellow, which put Greaves in the back of the field with eight laps remaining.
Johnny Greaves ran a flawless race. Started on the third row, took the lead on the second turn and ran it through to the checkers.
“Ah, man, ever since we started testing UTVs this winter, and they’re so similar to racing these PRO 4s, I think I actually got better, believe it or not. A lot smoother at least.” With a second and first in a brand-new truck, Johnny Greaves came away with the overall PRO 4 season point lead.
A slick check-up move by Luke Johnson on lap nine forced Brad Lovell to momentarily slow heading into his joker lap. The move proved to be just what Johnson needed to secure his first-ever PRO 2 victory. Johnson would distance himself from Lovell by five seconds heading to the checkers.
“Man, this is a dream come true,” said a teary-eyed Johnson. “We went through so much just to get here this weekend. Everybody donated their time to get me here. Had a rough offseason, so to be standing here … Woo!”
With Cody Conrad pulling the holeshot off the pole, a yellow flag and restart allowed Johnson to jump to the lead, with Lovell in third behind Conrad. On the next lap, Conrad would put his truck up on its side, leading to another full course yellow. Mitch Dorr would soon move up to third – and that’s how the podium would shape up at race’s end.
Added Lovell: “We were working hard and challenged for the lead early, but Luke was running real well today.”