CRANDON, WI -- The 2004 Season will be the 35th Anniversary of consecutive off-road racing at Crandon International Off-Road Raceway...and also the 10th Anniversary of the $100,000 BorgWarner Shootout! The past decade has been one of...
CRANDON, WI -- The 2004 Season will be the 35th Anniversary of consecutive off-road racing at Crandon International Off-Road Raceway...and also the 10th Anniversary of the $100,000 BorgWarner Shootout! The past decade has been one of extraordinary growth at Crandon! The track has added new facilities, new races, new teams and drivers, new sponsors, and new fans to the sport. In the past 35 years, hundreds of thousands of fans have witnessed the excitement of off-road racing at Crandon International Off-Road Raceway.
Anniversary's are always a time for reflection on the past and also the future. Since Crandon's last anniversary 10 years ago, Crandon has worked hard to upgrade and improve the facility for all. Additional land was added to the track. Fans and campers have enjoyed modern restrooms, security fencing and facilities. There is a new kitchen sponsored by Johnsonville Brat, a new short course arena track, handicapped grandstand, dedicated water trucks and other track equipment, track caution lights, upgraded communications equipment, a new starter's hut, new camping and team entrance facility, sponsor lounge, blue concrete track safety barriers, new TV towers. Crandon has an on-going philosophy of re-investment in the facility to keep the grounds and amenities number one in the sport. Support by the Forest County Potawatomi, the Raceway's local sponsor and partner, has permitted the Raceway to prosper.
Crandon opens the off-road season June 26-27 with the traditional Forest County Potawatomi Brush Run Races. The weekend features eight classes of Lucas Oil Championship Off-Road Racing action, four additional amateur classes and the 11th Annual big money Potawatomi Governor's Cup Heavy Metal Challenge race. The June event has become the annual Fan Appreciation Weekend as well. Thanks to the generousity of track sponsors, fans are treated to great prizes all weekend long, including one lucky spectator who will be awarded $1,000 cash. But the focus is on the off-road racing as upwards of 250 racers descend on Crandon to compete for a chance to take the checkers first at a Crandon race. The legendary Walker Evans may have said it best: "If you can win at Crandon, it makes all the rest look easy." Walker was a winner at Crandon and so are current NASCAR competitors Brendan Gaughan, Robbie Gordon and Jimmie Johnson. The Governor's Cup race features a full-blown, 15 minute shootout between 4x4 and 2-wheel drive high performance race trucks over Crandon's traditional 1.75-mile track. Curt LeDuc won the first race in 1994 and $3,600. Johnny Greaves won the 2003 Governor's Cup and took home more than $20,000. Not bad for a 15 minute race! All the terrific action of the Precision Gear Potawatomi Governor's Cup Race, and others, are recorded for tape-delay national broadcast on the SPEED Channel! The Governor's Cup race is named in honor of the Office of Governor of the State of Wisconsin. The Cup is generally awarded by the current Governor of the State. This year, Governor Jim Doyle has been invited to award the Cup.