Event: BorgWarner World Championship Off-Road Races Date: August 30-September 1, 2002. Friday, Saturday and Sunday, Labor Day Weekend. Racing begins at 1 p.m. Friday with the Trail Master Time Trials for entry into Sunday's BorgWarner Shootout.
Event: BorgWarner World Championship Off-Road Races
Date: August 30-September 1, 2002. Friday, Saturday and Sunday, Labor Day Weekend. Racing begins at 1 p.m. Friday with the Trail Master Time Trials for entry into Sunday's BorgWarner Shootout. Championship Off-Road Racing action begins at 10 a.m. Saturday and Sunday. Special Friday evening "Xtreme Thunderfest", sponsored by Forest County Potawatomi, features five monster trucks, figure 8 stock car demolition racing, motorcycle daredevil, high-flying moto-cross action begins at 7:30 p.m.
Track: Crandon International Off-Road Raceway, Crandon, WI (U.S. Highway 8 in Crandon, approximately 90 miles northwest of Green Bay, 80 miles northeast of Wausau, 40 miles southeast of Eagle River, 25 miles east of Rhinelander, 3.5 hours from Milwaukee, 4 fours from Minneapolis, 5 hours from Chicago).
Key Races: High performance off-road pickup truck racing in several classes daily including 800 hp 2-wheel drive and 4x4 configurations. Competing makes include Chevrolet, Ford, Nissan, Jeep and Toyota pickups and SUVs. Several classes of exotic, high flying buggies. Feature race of the weekend is the 8th annual Shootout for the $100,000 BorgWarner Cup. The sterling silver and 18-karat gold cup is acknowledged as the most prized award in off-road racing. The race features the largest posted purse in the sport. New at Crandon for the 2002 World Championships is Ivan "Iron Man" Stewart Goodyear Protruck racing. Crandon continues to run the wildly popular amateur GOBs events as well.
Camping: Adult camping is available at $30 for the weekend. Campground includes facilities.
Series: Championship Off-Road Racing (CORR) Luca Motor Oil Series. This event is the last race of the Tour 2002 season for CORR with two rounds of racing. In many classes, the Crandon weekend results will determine the Series Points Champions.
Special Entertainment: The race weekend begins with the Potawatomi "Friday Night Xtreme Thunderfest" under the lights. This is the second night event in the 33-year history of the track. Off-road entertainment includes figure 8 stock car clash, "The Human Bomb" motorcycle daredevil and Monster Trucks, such as "Destroyer", "Devastator", "American Dream", "Destroyer Jr." and "Pony Express". A new attraction this year is the Triple X high-flying moto-cross team. The weekend also features a Saturday night 8 p.m. concert by Vic Ferrari, followed by the largest fireworks show in the 33 year history of the off-road World Championships at Crandon.
History: Crandon Raceway is considered by motor sports observers to be the "Daytona 500"of off-road racing. The 2002 race season is the track's 33rd. Crandon International Off-Road Raceway Association (CIORA) operates the 400-acre facility, which includes spacious campgrounds, luxury skyboxes and other amenities. The track is one of less than a handful of dedicated off-road racing facilities in the U.S. and draws the largest live spectator crowd in off-road racing. In addition to the annual World Championships, the track is the site of the annual Forest County Potawatomi Brush Run Races held each June. Winners of the first Brush Run race in 1970 were a pair of drivers from Chicago, IL -- Jim Zbella and Wally Schauer. The original Brush Run Race at Crandon was 101 miles over a 25-1/4 mile course carved through the wilderness. The races have been held at the present location, site of a former dairy farm, since 1984.
Hot Drivers: Key drivers to watch in 2002 include Scott Taylor, Belividere, IL, (Recent winner of the 2002 Governor Cup Race and only 2-wheel drive high performance pickup truck driver to have won the event) Curt LeDuc (Cherry Valley, CA); Johnny Greaves, (DePere, WI); Michael Oberg, (Eagle River, Wi); Jeff Kincaid, (Argonne, WI); Jimmy Crowder (Tallahassee, FL); Steve Frederico, (Chicago, IL) and Ben Wandahsega, (Bark River, MI) are other drivers in various classes to watch.
Key Records: Holder of the fastest lap record is Jason Baldwin, Laguna Beach, CA @ 1:24:50 around Crandon's traditional 1.75 mile track. Curt LeDuc holds the record for the fastest race @ 12:58 for a 10 lap event. Leading money winner at the track since 1995 is Rob MacCachren, arguably the greastest off-road driver ever at Crandon. He has earned in excess of $115,000 in purse money.
Track Facts: The Crandon long track is 1.75 miles long. The course features an Oklahoma Land Rush Start into what is considered one of racing's most exciting turns -- the Forest County Potawatomi Turn One. In 2002, Crandon added a shortened track in full view of all spectators. That track length is slightly less than 1.5 miles. The new track will be used for all races except the Heavy Metal Challenge Shootouts, which will be run on the traditional 1.75 mile course that has made Crandon famous. Other features of the track include the high speed, banked BorgWarner Turn Two, the Trail Master Skybox Straight-Away, the notorious Cell Com Gravel Pit hairpin turn, the most famous leap in all of off-road racing -- the Rancho Jump -- then into the American Axle Chicane, Wilson's Corner, followed by Calamity Corner, and the Miller Lite finish line and hydraulic victory circle platform.
Previous BorgWarner Cup Champions: 2001-Rob MacCachren (Las Vegas, NV),2000-Rob MacCachren, 1999-Rob MacCachren, 1998-Curt LeDuc (Cherry Valley, CA), 1997-Scott Douglas (El Cajon, CA), 1996-Jack Flannery (Wisconsin Dells, WI), 1995-Steve Kelley (Irvine, CA). All winners have been high performance 4x4 truck racers.
Previous Governor's Cup Champions: 2002-Scott Taylor, (Belvidere, IL), 2001-Rob MacCachren, (Las Vegas, NV), 2000-Rob MacCachren,1999-Jack Flannery (Wisconsin Dells, WI), 1998-Jamey Flannery (Wisconsin Dells, WI), 1997-Jack Flannery, 1996-Curt LeDuc (Cherry Valley, CA),1995-Rob MacCachren (Las Vegas, NV), 1994-Curt LeDuc. Taylor is the only 2-wheel drive pickup truck racer to have ever won the cup.
Details & Purse: The race for the Borg Warner Cup is the richest in off-road racing. Posted first place money for the race winner is more than $20,000. This is an enormous sum for off-road racing. The race is 10 laps and approximately 14 minutes long. 800 HP 4x4 pickup trucks compete against similarly configured 2-wheel drive (4x2) pickup trucks in the race. The 4x4 pickups have a distinct advantage over the 4x2 trucks, particularly if the track is wet. The lighter 4x2 pickups can be faster on dry straight-aways. The 4x2s are handicapped at the start of the race depending on track conditions. Great drivers such as Walker Evans and Robbie Gordon have won Challenge races at Crandon driving 4x2 pickups, while well-known drivers such as Jimmie Johnson and Brendan Gaughan have also competed at the track.
Sponsors: Crandon has been truly fortunate to build a remarkable base of loyal and enthusiastic sponsors. Key sponsors include the Forest County Potawatomi, BorgWarner, Snap-On, Miller Lite, Johnsonville Sausage, Trail Master, American Axle & Mfg., Indian Springs Lodge, Coca-Cola, Rancho, Miller Electric Welders, Associated Bank, KC Hilites, BF Goodrich, Bergstrom Ford, Baumgart Tire, Amsoil, U.S. Smokeless Tobacco, Superior Diesel, Parsons Chevrolet, Goodyear, Wisconsin Aluminum Foundry, Ford Trucks, Cell Com, Precision Gear, Potawatomi Bingo Northern Lights Casino, K&N, Kumho Tire, GM Hydra-Matic, among others.
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