TORRANCE, Calif. (April 26, 2015) – CJ Greaves picked up right where he left off last season as he led wire-to-wire on the way to winning the TORC Off-Road Series season-opening PRO-2 event at Texas Motor Speedway Saturday night, as father, Johnny Greaves, fell just short of making it a Greaves/Toyota Tundra sweep with a second-place finish in PRO-4.
Friday’s rain proved to be the only thing that could slow down CJ Greaves PRO-2, but once the trucks took to the track on Saturday, Greaves’ Tundra quickly moved to the front of the pack on a hole-shot. He pulled away from the field leading up to the competition caution midway through the event, which bunched the field. When the race resumed, Greaves once again pulled away from the field and went on to his first victory of the season – and his eighth win in the last 13 PRO-2 events.
The PRO-4 race began with CJ Greaves moving into second-place, one spot ahead of Johnny, with Johnny moving by for the second position in the early going. The duo then went after leader Mike Jenkins with Johnny moving into the top spot. The two Tundras remained one-two until the midway point of the race when the competition yellow flew.
After the restart, CJ got off the track and fell back to fifth and shortly after Johnny Greaves spun in Turn 3 and gave up the lead to Scott Douglas as he fell back to fourth. He quickly regrouped and made a late charge, moving up to third and then passing for second-place as the white flag flew. He would eventually run out of time before catching back up to Douglas and was forced to settle for the runner-up position, while CJ brought his Tundra home in fifth.
The next race on the schedule for TORC is at Gateway Motorsports Park near St. Louis May 16-17.
While TORC was making its season debut, the Lucas Oil Off-Road Racing Series was convening at Wild Horse Motorsports Park in Chandler, Ariz., for rounds three and four of the championship.
Friday night’s PRO-4 race saw Doug Fortin start in the sixth position and gain two positions on the way to a fourth-place, while Eric Barron climbed from the 10th starting position up to claim a fifth-place finish. Mylan Spaccarelli rounded out the Toyota contingent with a seventh-place finish in PRO-2.
On Saturday, it appeared that Barron would break through to claim his first victory of the season as he led the first 11 laps. Unfortunately, Barron had an awkward takeoff and landing on the big tabletop jump at the start/finish line and the landing sent him over the inside edge along the top of the tabletop, down into the infield, and into a rollover, ending his night. Fortin, who had started ninth, had climbed up to fourth place after Barron’s crash, only to roll his truck in Turn 2. Fortunately, he was able to land on his wheels and continue on the way to a sixth-place finish.
In PRO-2, Spaccarelli battled his Tonka Tundra up to a season-best fourth-place finish.
The LOORRS series resumes May 30-31 at the Lake Elsinore Motorsports Park.
2015 Lucas Oil Off-Road Racing Series
2015 TORC Off-Road Schedule
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