Greaves Family Rivalry On Track Only at TORC Showdown at Charlotte
[TORC series release] CHARLOTTE (July 10, 2015)—The battle of father and son continued Friday night at Charlotte Motor Speedway when TORC: The Off-Road Championship presented by AMSOIL brought its high-flying action to the Dirt Track for an exciting doubleheader Showdown in Charlotte.
Teenaged driver CJ Greaves earned his fifth win of the season Friday in the Maxxis Toyota PRO 4WD truck. His father, three-time defending PRO 4WD champion Johnny Greaves took runner-up honors in the top class as Scott Douglas finished third in his AMSOIL/Cooper Tire/Borla Exhaust truck.
CJ Greaves’ PRO4WD win, his fifth of the year, increases his points lead over his father. But the elder Greaves is still very much in the hunt. Although the battle between the two has been physical at times, the younger Greaves made a clean pass on his father Friday night to take the win.
It was redemption for the young driver after a rough start to the evening in the PRO 2WD class that saw him take a vicious barrel roll over a dirt jump. Although he re-fired his Toyota almost immediately and was able to limp around the track for a few laps, the crash put an early end to the race.
In the PRO 2WD category, Doug Mittag had a winning night, scoring his first-ever victory. It was his second win of the night. He opened the evening with a winning performance in the PRO Light race. Keegan Kincaid finished second in PRO 2WD, with Marty Hart rounding out the podium.
The night kicked off with the PRO Light racers and it was Luke Johnson versus Mittag from the word go as Kyle Hart and Travis Dinsmore fought it out for third behind them. Johnson got the start but lost the lead to Mittag. At the checkered flag, it was Johnson who scored the runner-up position, while Dinsmore took third. Shawn Morris made a late-race blast through the pack and very nearly made it to the podium. His Kenda Tire machine finished fourth.
The Showdown in Charlotte resumes Saturday night for a second evening of racing in PRO Light, PRO 2WD and PRO 4WD. Gates at The Dirt Track at Charlotte Motor Speedway open at 5 p.m. local time and opening ceremonies are scheduled for 7:30. Fans are encouraged to stick around after the race for the free track walk and driver autograph session. The TORC faithful at home can watch the races via the live free streaming at TORCSeries.com.
The remaining 2015 TORC: The Off-Road Championship Presented by AMSOIL season schedule is as follows:
July 10-11: Charlotte, NC (The Dirt Track at Charlotte Motor Speedway)
Aug 4-5: Sturgis, SD (The Legendary Buffalo Chip Powersports Complex)
Aug 15-16: Upper Peninsula, MI (Bark River International Raceway)
Sept 5-6: Green Bay, WI (Crandon Off-Road International Raceway)
For more information on the TORC Series, visit their official web site at TORCSeries.com or follow them via their social media platforms at Facebook.com/TORC or on Twitter and Instagram at @TORCOffRoad.
Long-time RIS staffer, beginning in the mid-80s. Charlotte, NC area local contact.