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RJ Returns with Win in Crandon Pro 4

Crandon, Wis. ~ It was a warm welcome back to the Big House as AMSOIL Championship Off-Road made the first of two annual treks to the home of off-road, short course racing: Crandon International Raceway.

A tinge of rain gave way to a primo path to short-course success as the series opened up two days of racing amongst the sports hallowed ground. When all was said and done on day one, a bevy of first time winners, and some racers who just found ways to win on the big track, stole the show in Crandon.

Another RJ Anderson Success Story

RJ Anderson has made it a habit over the past few years of not racing a full schedule, but still showing up to Crandon and getting his Pro 4 on the top spot. He’s won Cup racers over that span but has found his limits in the Pro 4 class races. He took care of business on that end on Saturday.

Anderson and Kyle LeDuc screamed around turn one, with LeDuc holding the inside advantage. But Anderson railed past on the outside and held it to the floor. He edged out LeDuc for the lead and stayed there for the duration. For all but the last two laps, LeDuc threw every trick in the book at the race leader, but Anderson countered every move and finally found breathing room when LeDuc spun with two laps remaining.

Despite all of his success, Saturday’s victory marked Anderson’s first Pro 4 class win at the Big House. It came down to the start and stayed out of trouble despite the heavy pressure on his back bumper.

“How about that hole shot,” said Anderson. “I was telling my guys I was going to try so hard to get this truck off the line good and my tires hooked up and kept that thing clean all day. It’s always awesome racing with these guys and having a blast in Crandon.”

While the race with LeDuc ended early, it also set up the winningest Pro 4 driver in Crandon history to find his groove. Johnny Greaves was blistering fast all race, including setting the quickest lap by a full second. Greaves was right inside of LeDuc’s roost when he spun, and Greaves took advantage and powered his way into second.

Jimmy Henderson was also in the mix throughout the entire race. He moved into second after the LeDuc over rotation, but Greaves speed was tough a faster, giving Henderson the final spot on the box in third. LeDuc would finish fourth and points leader CJ Greaves rebounded from an early issue to finish fifth.

Photos and Press Release excerpt courtesy of Championship Off Road (COR)

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