Greaves Out-Duels Taylor for Second World Championship BorgWarner Shootout Win at Crandon CRANDON, Wisc. -- Off-road racer John Greaves, Abrams, Wisc., joined Dario Franchitti (Indianapolis 500 champion) in winning key 2007 motorsports events...
Greaves Out-Duels Taylor for Second World Championship BorgWarner Shootout Win at Crandon
CRANDON, Wisc. -- Off-road racer John Greaves, Abrams, Wisc., joined Dario Franchitti (Indianapolis 500 champion) in winning key 2007 motorsports events featuring BorgWarner awards by taking the checkers in his Toyota Tundra 4x4 pickup in the annual World Championship BorgWarner Shootout at Crandon International Off-Road Raceway on Sunday. It was Greaves second win of the $120,000 BorgWarner Cup. Greaves previously won in 2004 in the 10-lap Shootout over Crandon's 1.5 mile track.
A field of 22 entries, including Ford, Chevy, Nissan and Toyota full-size 4x4 and 2-wheel drive pickups, competed in the race. Toyota now claims rights to the BorgWarner Manufacturer's Challenge Cup, while Greaves claimed cash and prizes of more than $25,000.
Greaves Monster/Potawatomi/Fox Shox/BF Goodrich Toyota dueled early with Adrian Cenni, New York, N.Y. Cenni was the race pole sitter driving the Atrium Staffing/BFG Chevrolet, earning the position in the annual Nissan Motorsports Time Trials held 48 hours before Sunday's BorgWarner Shootout. Both Greaves and Cenni were in pursuit of nine PRO 2WD race trucks that receive a handicap start. Leading the pack of 800 HP PRO 2WD vehicles was Scott Taylor, Belvidere, Ill, in his familiar Skyjacker BFG Ford.
By lap five, Greaves 4x4 began to track down Taylor's 2WD machine. Both racers were left in a titantic battle for the rush to the checkered flag. Taylor drove valiantly in an effort to hold off the more powerful 4x4 of Greaves. Greaves made a powerful move to the front on lap eight to secure the win.
Taylor earned more than $11,000 for being the race runner-up. He was also the fastest 2WD race truck in the Time Trials. Third place finisher Carl Renezeder, Newport Beach, Calif., earned $1,500 in his Lucas Oil/SoBe/BFG Nissan Titan. Dan Baudoux, Hemlock, Mich., was the first SRT Super Truck to take the checkers and earned $2,000 in his Mole Lake Casino BFG Ford.
Greaves accepted his prizes in Crandon's Victory Circle from Lou Bogart, vice president - sales & marketing, BorgWarner Torque Transfer Systems; Harold "Gus" Frank, chairman, Forest County Potawatomi; and Bob Patison, president, Lucas Oil Products.
A record 11 trucks finished on the lead lap of the race. The annual BorgWarner Shootout is part of the Lucas Oil World Series of Off-Road Racing circuit (WSORR). The Series wraps up its inaugural season with off-road racing at Lucas Oil Speedway in Wheatland, Mo., this coming September 22-23.