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Casey Currie Wins at Crandon Earning 2012 Pro-Lite World Championship in TORC Series

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2012 was Casey Currie's second World Championship title at Crandon Raceway, his first came in 2010
2012 was Casey Currie's second World Championship title at Crandon Raceway, his first came in 2010
The big one at "The Big House"-aka the Traxxas TORC Series, presented by AMSOIL returned to Wisconsin's Crandon International Off-Road Raceway for three days of high-flying, rip-roaring, dirt- spewing professional short course off-road truck and buggy racing. Crandon on Labor Day is the considered by most to be the absolute pinnacle of short-course racing in the United States, it's the one win you need on your resume in order to be tagged an indisputable World Champion. K&N's Casey Currie and team returned to Crandon, the site of his first World Championship in 2010, and Currie proceeded to open a Monster size can of whoop-ass on the competition, winning back-to-back Pro-Lite races and leaving no doubt about who gets to wear the crown.
The K&N backed driver said his truck ran clean all weekend, with no problems, and the track was great
The K&N backed driver said his truck ran clean all weekend, with no problems, and the track was great


"Being back in Crandon is a great feeling," beamed Currie. "The vibe is great, the huge amount of people is insane, and you just can't beat the support in the stands with such a large crowd. Crandon is the track that has the fans. For me it's about putting on a show. You can hear the crowd cheering you on when you come through turn one! Also, the land rush start makes it a fair race. Everyone has a chance for a win or a hole-shot."

Unlike other venues, there aren't shinny bleachers set up, Crandon is more like a rock and roll carnival experience with over 50,000 plus fans bringing their own lawn chairs and blankets and completely filling the grassy hills surrounding the track. With motorhomes and tents lining the perimeter of the pits, it's wide open motorsport entertainment on the highest level that doesn't stop just because the sun goes down.

Qualifying fifth on Friday, Currie lined up for Saturday's race in the traditional land rush start at Crandon Raceway. Currie's reaction was spot on as he got off to take second place coming out of the first turn. The gifted K&N driver wasted little time in grabbing the lead, leaving the rest of the field with nothing to do but follow him to victory.

For Sunday's race Currie was lined up in the number six spot on the start. As soon as the green flag dropped, he hammered down on that throttle, out-braked the competition through the gravel pit, and took a wide outside line in turn three to take the lead in only the first lap.

"Once we reached the head of the pack, we held our line and were able to keep up to 30 car lengths on everyone," explained Currie. "The truck ran clean, with no problems, and the track was great. On top of it all, the fans were amazing and we can't wait to do it again next year!"

Currie wasted no time in grabbing the lead both days and then setting the pace for the rest of the field
Currie wasted no time in grabbing the lead both days and then setting the pace for the rest of the field
After their stellar performance at Crandon the Casey Currie Motorsports headed back home to Anaheim, California to begin prepping for the Lucas Oil Off Road's rounds 11 and 12 at Las Vegas Speedway in Las Vegas, Nevada.

"This year we have had some great races in TORC and Lucas," commented Currie regarding his overall view of 2012. "We won in Reno, which was great! And of course winning in Crandon, and being crowned World Champion is always a cool thing. We are working on all types of new things for next year, but we will definitely be racing Pro-Lite, that's for sure!"

A land rush start is when all 25 trucks line up parallel, and when the flag waves it's an explosion of horsepower and willpower rushing towards the first turn. "When we hit turn-one we can only fit three wide," adds Currie, "So it gets tight and the racing gets good right from the beginning."

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