Abrams, WI (June 20, 2011)-Anxious to head to more familiar territory and a dryer track, Johnny Greaves motorsports knocked the mud and frustration off of their respective trucks and stormed into Crandon International Raceway this past Father's Day weekend.
After rain earlier in the week, the track crews worked hard and had the track in near perfect racing condition for qualifying on Friday. But with gray skies looming, everyone was hoping to get Saturday's race underway, unencumbered by the extra weight of mud. A man building a large wooden boat near the track with animals lined up by it didn't help the feelings of the
Johnny Greaves sets new Crandon Pro-4 track record and earns the OakleyBomb Award.
When the dust settled on Saturday, Johnny had broken the Pro-4 track record and claimed his first victory of the season for Monster Energy/ ReadyLift/ GearUp2Go.com/ Maxxis Tire and Toyota as well as the Oakley Bomb Award. This was Maxxis Tires first Pro-4 win, proving they are a force to contend with in the Pro-4 class. Unfortunately, Sunday's race had to be canceled due to rain.
Johnny lined up 3rd and pored the coals to his Monster Energy Toyota on the land rush start-reaching a speed of nearly 100mph as the field hit the famous Potawatomi turn one. Johnny won the holeshot and pulled away to a 4 or 5 car lead. He bicycled the Tundra in the gravel pit turn but managed to save it, losing only 1 position to Adrian Cenni. Cenni's lead was short lived as Johnny regained the lead in the argon turn section. Greaves powered his red-plated number 22 Toyota to a comfortable lead following the competition caution to cruse to victory lane.
Marty Hart wins the pole position for Saturday's Pro-2 race.
Marty Hart qualified his Maxxis Tire clad Toyota Pro-2 to a commanding pole position. He emerged from the turn one hole shot in second and was looking strong behind Rob MacCachren. On lap two, he cut a tire down and had to pit before the midway caution. This put him a lap down and out of contention. Even though he was a lap down, he ran close with the top five throughout the
remainder of the race.
CJ Greaves, racing both the Super Buggy and Pro Light classes, strapped in his buggy to defend his 2010 championship for the first time this season. He went side-by-side through turn 1 with Larry Job and settled in to CJ suffers a flat tire with 2 laps remaining in the Super Buggy class but manages a 2nd place finish.
the second place position through lap 1. On lap 2, he knocked most of the air out of his front tire. In spite of the low tire, he managed to hang tight with the leader. As the front 2 pulled away from the field, the race wound down to 2 laps. Some early race contact took its toll on his tires and he suffered a right rear flat. Incredibly, he held on to take the second place podium spot!
Fresh off his outstanding showing at Red Bud, CJ proceeded to claim his first pole position in his Traxxas/ Monster Energy/Maxxis/Oakley Pro Light Toyota. From the pole position, he thought he had reached turn one in good shape after the land rush start, but not so. He was collected in a multi-truck crash when Luke Johnson lost control of his machine. The mayhem brought out the red flag and a complete restart of the race. With a broken tie-rod, CJ's was toed back to the pit area. In order to allow the toe-truck to drop CJ's truck, the team used a jack to catch the truck from the hook. Officials thought the team had worked on their truck during the red flag and put CJ on the back row for the restart.
CJ won the pole position but was involved in a 1st lap turn 1 crash.
"Sometimes you just feel a little snake bit," said Greaves about the penalty. "We did what we thought was within the rules and the judgment call didn't go our way. The guys did not work on the truck so it was very disappointing to know that we had a great truck but had to start in the back." With just about the entire field in front of him, CJ patiently worked his way back up to the 6th. He tried hard to get around the very wide machine of Todd Cunningham but couldn't make it happen. He settled for the 6th place, important in the points standing which tightened up considerably following the weekend. CJ is now sitting third in the points.
The team will head to the eastern seaboard for the first time in the sports history to Charlotte Motor Speedway for rounds 5 and 6 of the Traxxas TORC Series. The race is slated for July 22-23 in Concord, NC