The Off Road Championship Racing Series (TORC) kicked off with a statement-making Victory on the legendary Crandon off-road track for Casey Currie. The "Big House," Crandon International Off-Road Raceway, which also hosts the World Championship Off-Road Races, was this year's opening site for the TORC Series.
Once Currie and his crew got the new custom built V-8 Pro-lite truck dialed-in to Crandon, there was no looking back.
Currie started third from the inside in Sunday's race.
The Traxxas TORC Series continues to be the fastest, most punishing short course racing series on the planet. TORC events are packed with flag-to-flag fender banging, with drivers pushing the limits over whoop and jump filled natural terrain racetracks, much to the thrill-seeking delight of spectators. This season opener at the famed Crandon, Wisconsin track lived up to every inch of its reputation for thrilling race action.
Massive crowds gathered in spite of the threat of rain to watch the classic west versus mid-west rivalry. The weather remained reasonable, but the racing got heated as the newly modified Crandon track allowed for more passing and alternate line choices. Some of the top names in short course racing showed up, geared not only with the intention of standing on podiums, but also gunning for the large purses put up by series sponsors Traxxis, Amsoil, and BOSCH, making this the largest payout for a short course in recent history.
For Casey Currie, the Anaheim, California racer, it was not only the first race of the series, but also the debut of his new custom built V-8 Pro-lite.
"We went into Crandon with a truck that was built in-house at Casey Currie Motorsports, and we did manage some testing, but none on a long track like Crandon," remarked Currie.
"When we arrived we were a little behind the ball with gearing but after qualifying we settled in nice and the truck worked great. We had some small issues with the carb, but we pulled it together in time to finish on top."
Currie stated after the race that he knew his gearing was off right away, and compounding that he began to have issues with the brakes and carburetor.
"The return piston was caught, so my brakes were stuck on the entire race. You could see my rotors glowing the entire race."
Proof yet again though, that winning races begins in the garage, Currie and his team dialed in the new truck in time for its winning debut.
"Yeah, I would have to say that having everything built at Casey Currie Motorsports definitely helped my confidence, because I knew everything was built to how I wanted it."
Currie Enterprises has long been recognized in the off road world for specializing in building superior rear ends, drivelines and suspension kits. And, Currie says he only uses K&N products on his truck, from air and oil filters, to the greases and oils, and he has never once had a single complaint.
"The motor builder says everything is staying clean and we know power is maximized using K&N air filters," comments Currie. "Also, K&N is so good at having product in stock, I always seem to need things at the last minute, and they are the first to rush it out the door for me."
As for his plans regarding the rest of the season Currie says, "We are planning on being at X games, and we are really focusing on the TORC series. I would love to finish off the year at the Lucas Oil Series, and just get behind the wheel as much as possible."
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