CJ Greaves earns TORC Triple Crown at Crandon
In an event steeped in history made by legendary names in off-road racing, another racer has made his mark. CJ Greaves successfully defended his TORC: The Off-Road Championship Presented by AMSOIL PRO 2WD title Sunday in addition to earning both the PRO 4WD championship in his first season in the class and holding off Chad Hord for the AMSOIL Cup.
At the season-ending Keys to the Big House Powered by Kenda Tire Traction Dealers, Greaves and his Toyota finished third in the PRO 2WD race behind winner Marty Hart and runner up Keegan Kincaid, and finished second in PRO 4WD behind Kincaid, clinching the championship.
Cam Reimers, who has had several podium finishes this season in his Liquid Wrench truck driving for Arie Luyendyk Racing, finally broke through for his first-ever PRO Light win as Doug Mittag earned the 2015 PRO Light title.
Greaves, on Maxxis Tires, dominated both classes all season with six victories in PRO 2WD and eight in PRO 4WD, finishing off the podium only four times. His father, three-time PRO 4WD champion Johnny Greaves, fought his son throughout the season, but a rare last-place finish in Sturgis ended up being the deciding factor that would prevent the multi-time TORC champ from seeing his third-straight title.
“We only had to complete the one lap to get the championship,” CJ Greaves said after the PRO 4WD race Sunday. “After that, we just put our head down and raced.”
CJ came into Sunday only having to finish one lap in PRO 4WD competition to clinch the title in that class, but a five-point lead in PRO 2WD over Kincaid made earning the title in that class much more interesting. Kincaid took the holeshot in that race, holding off a hard-charging Hart for most of the first half, but a slight bobble gave Hart the opening he needed to take the lead and his second class win of 2015.
“It’s a lot of hard work paying off,” Hart said of his season-ending win. “These guys have been working hard on this truck. We’ve battled (CJ and Kincaid) all year long and they’ve just been better than us. The kids, I’ve raced both their dads and now I’m getting beat by the kids!”
In PRO 4WD, Kincaid was dominant, as he was Saturday, but on Sunday, all the cards were in the Wisconsin native’s favor. While he was leading, Johnny Greaves and Saturday’s winner, Kyle LeDuc, were racing hard during the opening lap with contact from Leduc. Moments later, Greaves would get into the back of LeDuc, spinning out both just ahead of the finish line. The contact resulted in Greaves truck being unable to finish the race, while LeDuc would continue on. The damage to Greaves’ truck also prevented him from competing in the AMSOIL Cup. Kincaid’s eventual victory, a popular one in front of his hometown crowd, snapped LeDuc’s PRO 4WD win streak of 13 total races.
Much like his start in PRO 2WD in 2014, Kincaid earned his first PRO 4WD win in his second start. A late add to the PRO 4WD field, Kincaid received a text from team owner Mike Jenkins asking him if he wanted to drive his truck at Crandon. Smiling, Keegan replied, “Of course!”
CJ and Douglas fought hard throughout the race, with Greaves barely edging the veteran at the end of the race. To wrap up a solid season, Douglas was able to not only put his AMSOIL truck on the podium, but was able to end the season third in the final PRO 4WD points.
After Sportsman racing, it was time for the PRO Lights. The class took the green with a sense of urgency due to an impending storm, but was immediately force to restart after a massive crash in Turn 1 involving multiple drivers. Reimers dominated the first half of the round, as he has multiple times this year. The Iowa native was able to stretch his lead due to a battle between Mittag, Shawn Morris, and Luke Johnson behind him. Mittag was finally able to get to Reimers, but Reimers held off the champ to take the checkered flag.
With the storm edging ever closer to the track, the AMSOIL Cup took the green with Hart getting the PRO 2WD holeshot. Kincaid took the lead out of Turn 1 when the PRO 4WDs launched and looked like the driver to beat. He eventually took the overall lead, passing Hart, but a transmission issue took him out of the race. CJ Greaves took the lead and it looked like clear sailing until Hord, a past champion in this event in PRO 2WD, came on strong and was barely edged out at the finish line. Jeff Kincaid, after a podium finish Saturday in the PRO 2WD race, rounded out the AMSOIL Cup podium in third.
When Kyle LeDuc, who was a non-factor in the AMSOIL Cup race due to a flat tire early, won the PRO 4WD race Saturday, he mentioned a young man named TJ who told him he would not beat the Greaves this weekend at Crandon. LeDuc made sure to point that out during his podium speech, a moment not lost on the newly-crowned PRO 2WD/PRO 4WD/AMSOIL Cup champion.
“Yesterday, Kyle LeDuc told that story about TJ and made sure to tell him and everyone that TJ was wrong,” Greaves said when he got out of the truck. “Well guess what, Kyle? TJ was right!”
TORC would like to thank the racers, the tracks, its staff, its sponsors, and, most importantly, the fans for an amazing 2015 season. Stay tuned for news on the 2016 season! Fans can follow TORC’s social media platforms as well at Facebook.com/TORC and on Twitter and Instagram at @TORCOffRoad.