CJ Greaves and Kyle Chaney were the big UTV winners out of a busy weekend from Crandon International Raceway, as the 26th Annual Forest County Potawatomi Brush Run kicked off the second Lucas Oil Midwest Short Course League season. Greaves returned to the Pro Stock UTV class with a vengeance, sweeping both main events on Saturday and Sunday, while Chaney did the same in Pro Mod UTV.
Greaves, who will look to reclaim top honors in the Pro Stock class from defending champion Ryan Mulder, was unbeatable all weekend long. The Wisconsin native replicated his sweep from the season opener at The Big House in 2018, while also splitting the Pro 4 truck victories with his father Johnny.
Chaney avenged a subpar Crandon spring race from 2018, where he finished fifth and 14th in the kickoff event for the then-new sanctioning body. His sweep of the weekend extended what is now a four-race winning streak in points-paying Pro Mod UTV competition dating back to last season.
The Sportsman Stock UTV class saw a number of fresh faces, after 2018 top three Gabe Johnson, Matt Wood, and Kyle Greaves each stepped up to the Pro class. When the checkered flag fell, it was John Holtger who came out on top on Saturday, while Owen VanEperen continued his family’s tradition of Crandon success with the Sunday victory.
Over 160,000 people streamed the event live via the brand new Crandon Live! platform, while tens of thousands more were on site for both days of racing.
The 2019 Lucas Oil Midwest Short Course League season continues on July 12-13 with the ERX Off-Road National at ERX Motor Park in Elk River, Minnesota. Chaney will look to extend his Pro Mod winning streak at a track he swept last season, while Mulder will look to get his title defense back on track in an event where Greaves faltered in 2018.
Words by: Chris Leone // UTVUnderground.com
Photos by: Crandon International Raceway