Crandon, WI (September 9, 2016)
Greaves Motorsports made its Pro Stock UTV racing debut this past weekend at the Mecca of off-road racing, Crandon International Raceway, which played host to the 47th annual Off-Road World Championships. The Labor Day weekend event featured action-packed short-course racing from buggies to 900 horsepower Pro-4 classes in front of more than 50,000 off-road fans. This year, World Championship UTV races were added to the lineup for the first time. CJ Greaves, having just completed his bid for back-to-back Pro-2 and Pro-4 championships, took to the dirt in his newly built Yamaha YXZ1000R. He walked away from his first UTV racing weekend with victories in both the Saturday race and the Crandon World Cup race on Sunday.
The Yamaha Motor Corporation, USA, Monster Energy, Graves Motorsports, FoxShox, Maxxis Tire, Method Race Wheels, Impact Racing, Amsoil, Victory Signs, UTV partnership was only a few weeks old when decided to enter the Crandon races, with a full schedule coming in 2017.
A massive field of 32 UTV’s lined up for the 12 lap race on Saturday. All 32 were unleashed in a cloud of dust as the landrush start gave way to the famous FC Potawatomi Turn 1 holeshot. Several vehicles flipped in the landrush that started a race full of roll-overs, flips and caution flags. CJ emerged from the pack in 27th but by lap 3, he had worked his way to the top position.
On lap 3, CJ was in 2nd an pressuring the current points leader, Jason Luburgh, for the lead when the two made contact. CJ took the lead in the process and held it through multiple red and yellow flags to take the checkered in his UTV debut.
On Sunday, the Pro Stock UTV’s were added to the Crandon World Cup lineup. Three rows of UTV’s and the landrush start were no problem for Greaves. He won the holeshot and never relinquished the lead. He dominated through both halves of the race to take his second win of the weekend. CJ’s wins added to his incredible 7 podium weekend in Crandon along with capturing the Pro-4 championship title.
You can watch the replay of the race on TORCseries.com and on RED BULL TV. NBC will broadcast the Crandon World Cup races on Saturday, October 8, 2016, at 2:00 p.m. EST. For racing updates, you can also follow the team on social media–Instagram: @johnnygreaves22 and @cjgreaves33; Twitter: @pro4champ; Facebook: @johnnygreaves, @cjgreaves and @GreavesMotorsports.