By: TORC Racing
July 31, 2016 – CJ Greaves swept another weekend in both Pro 2wd and Pro 4×4 racing at Bark River International Raceway as TORC: The Off-Road Championship presented by AMSOIL moved into the Upper Peninsula for the Throwdown in the U.P.
In Atturo Tire Pro Light, Kyle Kleiman dominated two days of competition, while Tim Farr and Jason Luburgh came out on top in the new PRO UTV classes.
CJ Greaves continued to write history books with his eighth straight Pro 4×4 win and his eighth career Pro 4×4/Pro 2wd weekend sweep. This event, however, marked the first time he won every race he started over two consecutive weekends. Johnny Greaves finished second and Scott Douglas took third.
“You know, it’s unbelievable,” said CJ Greaves about another weekend sweep. “It means we’ve got a killer crew behind us and a killer team.”
Chad Hord started the race strong with a holeshot from third place. The Felch, Mich. native stretched his lead to nearly three seconds over Johnny Greaves, but a bad jump landing on the last lap before the mandatory caution took out his right rear tire. Johnny Greaves assumed the lead at the stripe, followed by his son CJ Greaves.
On the restart, Johnny Greaves kept the lead until two laps to go, when fuel-system issues slowed his pace, allowing the younger Greaves to pass and race to the finish line for the victory.
“I think I kinda got a gimme on that one,” said CJ Greaves after the race. “My dad seemed to have some problems all of the sudden and just slowed down. I ended up tangling with him once and from there, we knew that he had a little bit of an issue. But, we’ll take them all! Eight in a row is unbelievable.”
It was the seventh Pro 2wd victory of the season for defending champion CJ Greaves as he took the checkered flag more than 2.5 seconds ahead of Keegan Kincaid. Rounding out the top three was Mike Jenkins in his first weekend back in the class.
Greaves, the 21-year-old two-time title-holder, said he has the same goal for every race: get to the front. “We just take it one lap at a time,” he said. “This track is unbelievably slick and polished up, and this Pro 2wd is pretty unreal. It can go out in the cushion or down low, and I think Keegan and I were running really tight out there.”
Greaves started sixth, but quickly moved up to second as early race-leader Rodney Van Eperen ran off the track with transmission issues. Kincaid inherited the lead and held off Greaves until the last lap before the mandatory caution.
On the restart, the two race leaders broke away from the pack with unmatched pace. Taking an inside line, Greaves managed to make a clean pass on Kincaid and extended his lead all the way to the checkered flag.
Atturo Tire Pro Light
Kyle Kleiman swept the weekend in the Atturo Tire Pro Light class at Bark River with another top-step finish on Sunday. The four-time class winner held a comfortable lead throughout the race thanks to an intense battle for second place as Travis Dinsmore and points-leader Kyle Hart fought fender-to-fender from beginning to end.
“I’ve just been working on my consistency, that’s about it,” said Kleiman. “Any of these guys out here are good enough to jump on any mistake I make. I try to be smooth and follow my lines.”
Kleiman started in pole position, took the holeshot and never looked back. Luke Johnson followed in second, but faded out of the top three while Dinsmore and Hart took their battle past the reigning event-winner.
After the competition yellow, Kleiman once again pulled away as Hart and Dinsmore continued their fight. The two traded paint and exchanged positions numerous times, but it was Dinsmore who ultimately crossed the finish line in second place.
For the first time this season, Pro Mod UTVs took a commanding lead overall with the top two finishers belonging to the class, headed by race-winner Tim Farr. Jason Luburgh claimed the victory in Pro Stock UTV after a close battle with Corry Weller. The stock machines of Luburgh and Weller eventually made their way through the pack, finishing third and fourth overall respectively.
UTV joins the TORC Series this year for championship stops in Elk River, Bark River and Crandon Sept. 2-4.
Next, the TORC Series heads to the Dirt Track at Charlotte Motor Speedway Aug. 19-20 for North Carolina’s Showdown in Charlotte, rounds 11 and 12 of the 13-round national championship.
Live and on-demand HD digital broadcasts of each round of the 2016 TORC Series are available free-of-charge at www.torcseries.com. Tape-delayed television programming of championship racing also airs on FS2, with exciting 90-minute shows slated for Thursday nights in primetime.
All results are considered informational pending official post-race procedures.