CRANDON, WISC. – The long winter recess is just about over for short course racing in the American Midwest. In exactly two weeks, competitors from around the country and 25,000-plus fans will help usher in a new era for the sport thanks to the historic debut of the Lucas Oil Midwest Short Course League at the 25th annual Forest County Potawatomi Community Brush Run weekend.
In preparation, track and series management officials today released the event’s final schedule for the three day kick-off — one that holds true to Crandon’s legendary mix of action-packed days, music and family-fueled hospitality.
Crandon’s popular “Free Friday” promotion will offer fans complimentary track admission and parking all day Friday, June 15th. The first of the schedule’s Sportsman classes will turn the opening laps of the 2018 season kicking off at3:00pm. The weekend’s five PRO classes will hit the track at approximately 4:30pmfor all-important practice around Crandon’s high-speed 1.75-mile track.
A total of $87,000 in cash and Crandon bragging rights are on the line in celebration of the event’s silver anniversary. Nearly 200 Sportsman and PRO class racers are expected for the year’s first Midwest competition, kicking off a summer-long Lucas Oil schedule including races at Bark River in Michigan and ERX near Minneapolis.
On Saturday, June 16th there will be full slate of 14 races, including the powerful Lucas Oil Midwest Leagues PRO 2 and PRO 4 unlimited trucks finishing off a complete day of intense racing in the late afternoon. Early arriving fans will have the chance to win $1,000 cash in an 11:000am drawing. At 8:00pm Wisconsin’s-own Crossing Croix band will hit the Crandon stage for a night of live music and the track’s legendary margaritas in the nearby Crandon Pavilion.
At 9:00am on Sunday, June 16th, all five PRO category classes will hit the track for race day qualifying before 15 races slated on the busy schedule get rolling. The weekend hits its crescendo that afternoon as the sport’s ultimate showdown takes place. The 25th annual “Forest County Potawatomi Community Cup” race will pit the unlimited Lucas Oil PRO 2 and PRO 4 classes together on the same track with a staggered start. The intense annual race offers a total cash prize package of $28,000, with the winner picking up a healthy $10,000 pay day. In addition, the winner will receive valuable product bonuses from Lincoln Welders and MasterCraft Safety.
The upcoming Crandon Forest County Potawatomi weekend will also be the debut event of the newly established Lucas Oil Midwest Short Course League, a four weekend, seven-race championship that represents the first step toward a national unified series for all Lucas Oil PRO short course competitors .
The event will be highlighted via four hours of programming broadcast to 33 million homes on the MAVTV network, as well as professional live streaming of all PRO and most Sportsman classes of racing on LucasOilRacing.TV.
Crandon International will open its gates to the public on Saturday and Sunday beginning at 8:00am. Race fans can enjoy watching practice on Friday, June 15th for free. Weekend admission is $45 for adults, with children 12 and under and seniors 75 and older getting in free. One-day admission is $25 for adults, children under 12 and senior 75 or older admitted free. All weekend, camping and concert tickets for the Crandon Brush Run races will be available when the gates open beginning at12:00 noon Thursday, June 14th.
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