The Season opener for the TORC off-road series went down with some heated battles on the legendary Crandon off-road track. Under partially cloudy blue skies the massive crowds gathered in spite of the promise of rain to watch the classic west vs. mid west rivalry. The weather would stay moderate but the racing would get heated as the newly modified Crandon track allowed for more passing and alternate lines. Some of the top names in short course racing showed up with not only the intention of podiums but also gunning for the large purses put up by series sponsors Traxxis, Amsoil, and BOSCH making it the largest payout for short course in recent history.
For Casey Currie it was not only the first race of the series but also the debut of his new custom built V-8 Pro-lite. “We put a lot of effort into the new truck design. We built it all in house and did a lot of testing in California before we came out.” Stated Casey. With no test time on the superfast mid-west style track Casey begin to have issues with the truck set up right away. Starting 5th from the inside on the now infamous Crandon land rush start. Casey managed to shoot his way to 3rd by the end of the first corner. “I knew right away that our gearing was off, then we started to have issues with the brakes and our carburetor. The return piston stuck, so my brakes were stuck on the entire race. You could see my rotors glowing the entire race!” stated Casey. Falling back to 4th prior to the mandatory caution, Casey managed to stay put finished in a respectable 4th place, just off the podium.
On Sunday the start was inverted based on finish position from the prior days racing. This put Casey third from the inside on the start. Casey and his crew made several key changes to the truck and with renewed confidence managed to pull the hole-shot on turn one. Once out front Casey managed to keep turning faster lap times, keeping him ahead of the pack for the entire race. Casey ultimately finished first, dominating the entire race. “Even though we had problems on Saturday we were only a few seconds off the pace. I knew if we got the truck dialed in we could dominate. I still think this truck can be faster. This year is going to be great!” Commented Casey confidently.
Casey had this to say about the weekend of racing: “I love Crandon. The track and the fans are great. I am really stoked to be racing here again. I can’t wait until fall Crandon I want to thank all the fans, sponsors and especially my family and crew. I couldn’t do this without them.”
Casey’s next race will be TORC Round 3-4 at Bark River, MI July 10th-11th
Come by the pit area to check out Casey’s V-8 Pro-lite truck and pick up some free posters
Casey Currie is sponsored by:
Monster Energy, BFGoodrich Tires, Currie Enterprises, Magnaflow Exhaust, American Wire Harness, GoPro Cameras, Goodridge, Howe Performance, K&N Filters, Kawasaki, Kicker Audio, King Shocks, Leatt Brace, Light Force Lights, MasterCraft Safety, Motive Gear, Oakley, PWR Radiators, Race Line Wheels, Ringers Gloves, Sign Pros, Simple Green, and Torco Oil