CRANDON, WI -- A mysterious, otherworldly life form known as the "Transtormer" will make its first appearance in the Northwoods as one of the star attractions at the 3rd annual Xtreme Thunderfest, Friday evening, August 29 at Crandon International...
CRANDON, WI -- A mysterious, otherworldly life form known as the "Transtormer" will make its first appearance in the Northwoods as one of the star attractions at the 3rd annual Xtreme Thunderfest, Friday evening, August 29 at Crandon International Off-Road Raceway. The Xtreme Thunderfest, underwritten by the Forest County Potawatomi, is the prelude to the largest off-road racing spectacle in the country -- the annual BorgWarner World Championship Off-Road Race at Crandon Raceway this coming Labor Day weekend.
Joining the "Transtormer" for the 7:00 p.m. Friday evening Xtreme Thunderfest, are a bevy of monster trucks -- the most ever assembled at a single time and place in Forest County. New monster trucks visiting Crandon Raceway for the first time are Lil' Miss Dangerous -- driven by the country's top female monster truck driver, and Avenger, a freestyle finalist. Also appearing are Brutus, Bad News and Devastator. Fan favorite The Destroyer also returns to Crandon. The mega-horsepower Monster Trucks will crush cars, race with a "Christmas Tree" start, perform stunts and do freestyle acrobatics.
Also part of the Friday Night Xtreme Thunderfest will be TNT Figure 8 stock car racing featuring Stinger class cars. The Monster Trucks will make several appearances during the evening before and after the visit by Transtormer. "This is great show for kids and the young at heart," said Cliff Flannery, president, Crandon Raceway. "We are showcasing the unusual and exciting from the World of Motorsports before our big race weekend," he said.
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 nearly sold-out, although we have general camping spaces available", said Flannery. "We'll find a spot for everybody," he said.
Saturday heralds the arrival of the 34th 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 professional and amateur off-road racers in the country," said Jeff Kincaid, one of the local racers from Argonne, WI, who got his start at Crandon and is now a perennial champion in the Pro Lite compact pickup division. "Fans are packed in like sardines to watch the races," he noted. "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, Lucas Oil Championship Off-Road Racing Series action continues all day. Then, the much-anticipated 9th annual World Championship Manufacturers' Shootout for the $100,000 BorgWarner cup is scheduled for 4 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 -- Scott Taylor, Belvidere, IL, took home more than $30,000 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." Taylor will certainly be remembered as the first driver of a 2-wheel drive pickup truck to ever win the race. All previous winners drove 4x4 race pickups.
`In addition to BorgWarner, other key sponsors at Crandon International Off-Road Raceway include the Forest County Potawatomi, NISMO, Snap-On Tools, Rancho, Phil's Automotive Warehouse, BF Goodrich, Indian Springs Lodge, Goodyear, Coca-Cola, Miller Lite, Bergstrom Ford, Johnsonville Sausage, KC Hilites, U.S. Smokeless Tobacco Brands, Miller Electric Welders, Baumgart Tire, Precision Gear, Parsons Chevrolet, Amsoil, Wisconsin Aluminum Foundry, Associated Bank, K&N, Skyjacker, GM Hydra-Matic, Fabtech, Potawatomi Bingo Northern Lights Casino, among others.
Situated on 400 acres, Crandon International Off-Road Raceway features 1.75-mile and 1.25-mile tracks. 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. ###