"Human Bomb" Explosion To Launch '01 Borgwarner Off-Road World Championships At Crandon

CRANDON, WI -- He is known simply as the "Human Bomb". His real name is Serge Beadaulieu. He is from Montreal, Canada. And he uses TNT to blow himself up on his motorcycle. The "Human Bomb" will be one of the star attractions at a special Xtreme Thunderfest, Friday evening, August 31 at Crandon International Off-Road Raceway. The Xtreme Thunderfest is the prelude to the largest off-road racing spectacle in the country -- the annual BorgWarner World Championship Off-Road Race at Crandon this coming Labor Day weekend.

Joining the "Human Bomb" for the 7:30 p.m. Friday evening Xtreme Thunderfest, will be such notable Monster Trucks as The Destroyer, Frightmare and Godzilla. The mega-horsepower Monster Trucks will crush cars, perform stunts and do freestyle acrobatics. "Just like our pickup truck races, we have Ford versus Chevy versus Jeep in a clash of the titans", said Cliff Flannery, president of Crandon Raceway. "The Monsters will provide real 'Thunder in the Valley' racing thrills," he said. Flannery noted this is the first time in Crandon Raceway's 32-year history that the facility has used night-lights. "We will be lighting the front half of our track making a 3/4-mile race park," he said.

Also part of the Friday Night Xtreme Thunderfest will be TNT Figure 8 stock car racing featuring Bomber and Stinger class cars. Midgets will also race on a pylon course in front of fans. "We are also excited about the new Formula 4x4 truck racing class," said Flannery. The Formula 4x4's are sport utility race trucks such as Broncos, Explorers, Blazers, Jeeps and similar vehicles. The Formula 4x4's will race a 15 lap Shootout. The Monster Trucks will make three appearances, including two rounds of car crushing and the freestyle program. The "Human Bomb" will also perform various motorcycle stunts and jump the Ring of Fire.

Crandon Raceway is expecting a record turnout for the grand-daddy of all off-road races -- the BorgWarner World Championship Off-Road Races. "Our adult camping is sold-out, although we have general camping spaces available", said Flannery. "We wanted to provide additional racing entertainment for our fans so we developed the Friday Night Xtreme Thunderfest."

Following the Friday night program, Saturday heralds the 32nd annual off-road World Championships. Upwards of 325 racers in various classes will be competing for World Championship titles over the weekend. "The Crandon World Championships draw the largest number of off-road racers in the country," said Jeff Kincaid, one of the local racers from Argonne, WI. "Fans are packed in elbow to elbow to watch the races and as a driver you can feel the adrenaline and the pressure associated with racing and winning at Crandon," he commented. Vehicle classes include GOBs, entry-level buggies, compact pickup trucks, high performance 4x4 race trucks, and several others.

On Sunday, Exxon Superflo Championship Off-Road Racing Series action continues all day. Then, the much-anticipated 7th annual World Championship Manufacturers' Shootout for the $100,000 BorgWarner cup is scheduled for 3:45 p.m. The event is the premier off-road race in the country. The winner receives the largest purse for any single event in off-road racing. Last years' winner -- Rob MacCachren, Las Vegas, NV, took home more than $36,000 for the 10-lap Shootout. "The purse is a gigantic sum for off-road racing," said Flannery. "But equally important is for the winning driver to be forever immortalized on the sterling silver and gold BorgWarner Cup," he noted. Drivers who win the race have their name, race details and truck logo permanently affixed to the 44-inch cup. The cup is then presented to the winning truck manufacturer for display. "Winning the BorgWarner Shootout means going down in motorsports history as an exceptional racer," said Flannery. "While the racer may retire, he will always be remembered for winning the Borg cup."

`In addition to BorgWarner, other key sponsors at Crandon International Off-Road Raceway include the Forest County Potawatomi, Trail Master, Snap-On Tools, Rancho, 4 Wheel Parts Performance Centers, BF Goodrich, Indian Springs Lodge, Goodyear, Coca-Cola, Miller Lite, Bergstrom Ford, Johnsonville Brats, Ford Trucks, KC Hilites, U.S. Smokeless Tobacco Brands, Miller Electric Welders, Baumgart Tire, Precision Gear, Parsons Chevrolet, Amsoil, Wisconsin Aluminum Foundry, Bluffs at Horseshoe Bay, Associated Bank, Carron Industries, Potawatomi Bingo Northern Lights Casino, among others.

Situated on 400 acres, Crandon International Off-Road Raceway features a 1.75-mile track. Crandon is approximately 25 minutes from Rhinelander, 80 minutes from Wausau and 90 minutes from Green Bay. The track's Web site address is www.crandonoffroad.com.

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