WINNER MOTORSPORTS GROUP TAKES ON THE 50TH WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP OFF ROAD RACES AT CRANDON
2019 marked the 50th World Championship Off Road Races at Crandon International Raceway! The biggest Short Course race of the year brought a record number of entries and crowds! Cory Winner and team came into Crandon looking to cap off a successful rookie year in Pro 2 by landing on top of the box against the best drivers in the sport!
After the annual Labor Day parade in downtown Crandon on Friday, the next thing on the schedule was qualifying for the final round of the Lucas Oil Midwest Short Course League season! By Saturday morning the rain had cleared and the Pro classes hit the track. Only having 2 laps at speed for qualifying meant Cory had to focus on putting down his best possible lap time to edge out the rest of the stacked Pro 2 field, made up of the West Coast Pro 2 trucks and the Midwest Pro 2 trucks! Unfortunately, Winner had caught multiple trucks during the session. Instead of having clean air, he found himself trying to pass the trucks in front, which caused his laptimes to suffer. He ended up qualifying in the 7th position against the other Pro 2 trucks in his class. After looking at the data of the truck and getting feedback, the team made the appropriate adjustments on the truck for the race. Cory lined up on the start line next to the other 19 trucks for the legendary land rush start! All the trucks raced into turn 1 when the green flag waved and Cory dropped the hammer on the #67 Fabtech/General Tire Pro 2 and found himself entering the corner in 2nd place! Unfortunately though, the yellow caution flag came out only after a few turns, which meant a full restart was in order. They lined up once more for another attempt at the land rush start, only to have the same outcome happen again! This time the restart would be a side by side standing start. All the trucks roared into turn 1 for the 3rd time and the race officially began. Winner made his way up to 4th place quickly and was within striking distance of the top 3 trucks. Over the next couple laps, Winner capitalized on mistakes made by the trucks in front and found himself sitting in 2nd place, trying to stay with the #4 of Kincaid. The competition caution happened on lap 5 and the field stacked back up for another restart. The first of the high-horsepower West Coast Pro 2 trucks was sitting behind the top 3 Midwest trucks as the final green flag waved. Kincaid had opened up the gap again by the Argonne Corner but Winner still hung on, only a truck length behind. He had pulled a gap on the 3rd place truck of Carlson but time was running out. With 2 laps remaining, Winner had fallen back from the leader and shifted focus on holding onto the 2nd place position. After running the last couple laps mistake free, Cory was able to hang on to finish in 2nd place!
Sunday consisted of 2 races, the Crandon Pro 2 World Championship and the Red Bull Crandon World Cup! The finishing positions from Saturday determined the starting order for the World Championship race. With minor changes made to the #67 Fabtech/General Tire Pro 2, the team was confident going into Sunday after a strong showing on Saturday! The trucks once again lined up on the grid and waited for the flag man to drop the green flag. It waved and the race into the first corner was on! Winner got a great start and grabbed the holeshot and led the trucks into turn 1 and the front stretch! On the very next turn though, Winner and the #15 of Carlson slid into each other, causing Cory to spin in front of the field. He got hit by multiple trucks and received heavy damage. Cory pulled into the hot pits to look over the damage done and determined it was not safe to continue. With an unfortunate beginning to World Championship Sunday, the team got together and went to work, repairing the truck to racing condition just in time to enter the Red Bull Crandon World Cup, which would put both Pro 2 classes and the Pro 4 trucks together on the track for a chance to win a purse of $197,700! With a total of 37 trucks on the track, it was sure to be an all out battle! The green flag flew for the final time that weekend and Winner got another good start. He drove the truck into turn 1 and entered it in 6th place. Cory then went for a pass in the Gravel Pit turn and slid into 5th place. He was staying with the lead pack and found an opportunity to make another move on the #15 of Carlson, putting himself into 4th! It was at this time Cory noticed the voltage on the truck was dropping. He was losing power and temperatures were climbing. On lap 3, Cory made the call to pull off the track in order to save the truck from further damage, ending his hopes on winning the World Cup. It wasn’t for a lack of effort though, as Cory and the whole Winner Motorsports Group team showed they can run up front and race competitively for wins each chance they get!
Winner Motorsports Group would like to thank our sponsors for their support:
Fabtech Motorsports, RaceGlass Inc, General Tire, Dirt Logic Shocks, Ultra Wheels, Maxima Racing Oils, Hyperco, Impact Safety, FK Rod Ends, Inland Empire Recycling, Motive Gear, Driveshaft Pro, MPI Innovations, Power Steering Solutions, Dynamic Motorsports, Rancho Performance Transaxles, AiM Sports, Roush Performance, and KGB Customs!