By: TORC Racing
Greaves won both Pro 4×4 and Pro 2wd on Sunday to make it a weekend sweep in both classes, while the Atturo Tire Pro Light win went to Shawn Morris. And in a first for the TORC Series, Corry Weller and Scott Decker came out on top in the brand-new Pro UTV competition.
Double defending champion CJ Greaves made it a perfect weekend on Sunday with a win in Pro 4×4 over his hard-charging father, Johnny Greaves.
After taking the early lead on Sunday, the younger Greaves drove a flawless race at the front and didn’t give his father any opportunities to get by. “I knew he may have been a little bit quicker, but he was probably throwing it in and taking a few more chances than me,” said CJ Greaves. “Catching me was one thing, getting around me was a different thing. I learned that yesterday: you can ride someone’s butt the whole entire race and unless they make a mistake, you’re not getting by.”
Chad Hord ran up front from the start to earn a third-place result in Sunday racing, and he leaves Elk River fourth in the Pro 4×4 championship points — behind leader Johnny Greaves, CJ Greaves and Scott Douglas.
CJ Greaves took his fourth-straight Pro 2wd win of the season on Sunday, while Keegan Kincaid came back from a tough crash a day earlier to earn a runner-up result in his backup truck.
Between them, the two drivers have won every Pro 2wd race this year, and so it was no surprise that while they both started at the back of the field on Saturday, they didn’t stay there long.
Off the start, Nick Tyree, Rodney Van Eperen and Arie Luyendyk Jr. hit the first turn three wide, with Tyree taking the lead. But the San Diego native couldn’t hold off Greaves for long.
Meanwhile, Kincaid raced his way into third and was looking to make a move when Tyree pulled off the track with his truck on fire and brought out the yellow flag. When racing resumed, Kincaid stormed into second place and set his sights on Greaves. But the defending champion would not be denied and Kincaid crossed the line in second.
After the race, Greaves said the track had changed since Saturday due to an overnight storm. “We got a ton of rain last night,” he said. “Everyone from Carlson Motorsports and the TORC crew worked to get the track ready for us today; they did an awesome job.”
Atturo Tire Pro Light
Shawn Morris scored his second career victory in Atturo Tire Pro Light after a rough and tumble race that saw him forced to defend his lead through multiple restarts. “My secret is my crew,” said an emotional Morris at the finish. “My guys are always here for me. I’m so happy!”
Bobby Runyan Jr. had the early lead but dropped behind Morris and battled to the competition yellow to stay ahead of points leader Kyle Hart.
Chaos reigned for the second half as Runyan got a flat tire, Saturday’s winner Andrew Carlson lost his hood, Cam Reimers rocketed off the track and Luke Johnson brought out a yellow flag with a rollover.
In the end, it was an exciting drag race to the finish, with Morris taking the win over Travis Dinsmore and Cam Reimers holding on for third. Hometown driver Andrew Carlson finished 10th.
For the second UTV Pro race of the doubleheader weekend, Corry Weller and Jason Luburgh picked up where they left off, battling for the lead early on in their Pro Stock UTVs.
In a race that combined both Pro Modified and Pro Stock UTVs, Weller marched to first while Travis Poynter took a big overall lead in his Pro Modified UTV. Scott Decker, also racing a Modified, was able to power through the field to third at the competition yellow. He moved to second on the restart and inherited the lead when Poynter lost his rear suspension.
Weller maintained the overall lead until Decker made a pass for the lead at the end of the last lap to win the Pro Modified class. Weller, who finished second a day earlier, took the Sunday victory in the Pro Stock class.
“It was great,” she said. “The race yesterday got me familiar with the track. We made a few setup adjustments that were phenomenal, so today was a whole different ballgame.”
The UTV Pro classes joined the TORC Series this year for the first time this season. They will return for the series’ next stop in Bark River, Mich., July 30-31, and will be back again for the season finale in Crandon, Wis., on Labor Day weekend.
Next, the TORC Series moves to Michigan’s Upper Peninsula for the Throwdown in the U.P. doubleheader July 30 and 31 – rounds 9 and 10 of the 2016 TORC 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.
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