The Winner Motorsports Group team made the long trek to Crandon International Raceway in Crandon, Wisconsin for TORC Round 11 and the 2017 Crandon World Cup!
Known as “The Big House” in the off-road world, Crandon is host to the biggest short course race of the year, with a crowd that is 50,000 strong and festivities that span four days! With past experience from 2016, the team was looking to better the result from the previous year. After the annual Crandon Labor Day Parade on Friday, it was time to focus on the racing. With the track having speeds upwards to 100mph, the truck setup changes quite a bit from other race tracks. After dialing in the #67 Fabtech/General Tire Prolite in practice, Cory Winner went out on Saturday morning and qualified 2nd. Saturday saw a weather delay after thunderstorms ripped through the area. Dumping plenty of water on the track, the conditions for the race looked extremely slick. Off the land rush start, the truck bogged down from the cold conditions which let the other competitors get a jump into turn 1. Knowing he had a fast truck, Cory started picking them off one by one, but it started to become an uphill battle for Cory. After making some mistakes on the muddy course and having minor carburetor issues with the truck, it started to come around at the mandatory caution. Conditions that bad were new to Cory but he fought his way back through traffic each lap to finish 8th, while setting the 3rd fastest time of the race. After the race, Cory Winner said, “I had a really bad start and starts are everything in Crandon. I had a couple vision problems with the mud and made some mistakes. I just tried to calm down and work on my lines. Once the temperatures in the truck rose, it began to run a lot better too. We stilled finished in the top 10 but I know the truck and myself are better than that. We’ll come back stronger tomorrow.”
Sunday was a no points, all out brawl for the money! The 2nd Annual Crandon World Cup saw a $15,000 1st place prize up for grabs, with 17 trucks all going for the win. Winner went onto the track Sunday looking to have the same qualifying success as the day before. After the 3 laps were through, Cory had qualified in the 5th spot. The crew had worked on setup all weekend in preparation for Sunday’s race, everything from perfecting the grooving on the General Tires to the shock tuning on the Dirt Logic shocks. The team felt confident going into the World Cup. Sunday saw Cory get a good start off the line, now drag racing all the other trucks to see whose going to reach turn 1 first. For the first few laps, Winner was running in the 8th spot, gaining on the trucks in front. At the halfway yellow, Cory restarted in 7th place, hoping to use the caution to his advantage. Having passed Cody Kleiman and Cam Reimers, Cory was now on Travis Pecoy’s bumper. Coming into the Argone corner, Pecoy rolled which let Winner by and into 5th place. After another late caution with 2 laps to go, Cory caught up to Mickey Thomas and Travis Dinsmore off the start. It turned into a 3 way drag race down the backstretch. Cory made a pass for 3rd, but let Kleiman slip by on the inside which kept him in the 4th position. It came down to the final turn, which saw Thomas bicycle his truck, Kleiman run wide, and Winner drive around the bottom. It was a photo finish, only inches separating the 2nd, 3rd, and 4th place trucks! Cory drove his #67 Fabtech/General Tire Prolite to a personal best 4th place finish and set the 2nd fastest lap time of the race! After another exciting day of racing, Crew Chief Jerrod Wedell exclaimed, “That was a heck of a race! Everything worked flawless today! We all worked hard to get this truck prepped for this weekend so to be able to come and race the biggest short course event of the year and compete for a podium spot feels great. Now it’s time to shift our attention to Glen Helen later this month and see if we can keep this momentum going!”
Winner Motorsports Group would like to thank our sponsors for their support: Fabtech Motorsports, Ultra Wheel, General Tire, Dirt Logic Shocks, Maxima Racing Oils, Eibach Springs, Impact Safety/Mastercraft, Rhino Wraps, FK Rod Ends, Inland Empire Recycling, QTM Brakes, Motive Gear, Powertrain Industries, Think Technology, Power Steering Solutions, Gary Turner BMX, Crest Coatings, Magnaflow, EMJ, RevChem, Signpros Custom Lettering, and Fleshgear.