Traxxas drivers made 2011's final weekend of TORC racing count, with four trips to the podium, a Championship win for Andrew Caddell and victory in the first-ever Traxxas Pro Light Cup for CJ Greaves. Rounds 12 & 13 of the TORC series brought plenty of action to race fans in San Antonio, TX as the Cycle Ranch MX facility's new short-course track tested drivers and trucks alike with high speeds, big air, and close racing.
Andrew Caddell Crowned Traxxas Pro Light Champion
Andrew Caddell had already amassed an unbeatable points lead to secure the Traxxas Pro Light Championship title before the green flag dropped in San Antonio, but it wasn’t made official until the final round of Pro Light was in the record books. Although the final two rounds of the series were atypical for Caddell (with a wreck on Saturday and mechanical trouble on Sunday), the season did end exactly as planned: with a silver cup and the Championship title.
CJ Greaves Wins Inaugural Traxxas Pro Light Cup
Sixteen-year old CJ Greaves wrapped up his first season of Pro Light racing in a high style, with a huge victory over the class’s best drivers in the first-ever Traxxas Pro Light Cup. With $15,000 up for grabs and a shelf-straining silver cup at stake, tensions ran high as the full Pro Light field readied for the charge. Casey Currie blasted out with a holeshot, but Greaves was relentless in his pursuit of the 2010 champ and steadily eroded his five-second lead until Currie was squarely in his sights. Currie swung the door wide open when he high-sided his machine, and Greaves pounced on the opportunity. Now in the lead, CJ outpaced the rest of the field and went on to take the checkered flag, earning the Traxxas Pro Light Cup and securing his first-ever Pro Light win.
Mike and Mark Jenkins Take Pro 4X4 Podiums
The Jenkins brothers each earned podium positions in San Antonio, with Mark Jenkins making the first walk to the box in Saturday’s Round 12 race. As class leaders Rick Johnson and Johnny Greaves resumed their battle for the Pro 4X4 title, Jenkins and Steve Barlow fought hard for the remaining podium spot. Jenkins kept his no. 25 Traxxas truck well positioned and challenged Barlow from turn to turn, and overtook Barlow in the second half of the race to claim third and defend the position to the checkers. On Sunday, in the final Pro 4X4 race of the season, Rick Johnson went on to the win and Pro 4X4 title as Mike Jenkins worked his no. 47 Traxxas Pro 4X4 through field to assume second place ahead of Steve Barlow and ride it to the finish. The race marked Mike’s third podium of the season and fifth top-5 finish of the year. Mark Jenkins ended his season with five podium visits including two second-place runs, and a total of nine top-5s in thirteen starts.
Jeff Kincaid Finishes Second in Pro 2WD Points, Podiums Round 12
Traxxas’ Pro 2WD racer Jeff Kincaid challenged race-leader Chad Hord at the start, then assumed the lead after mechanical trouble put Hord’s truck into limp mode. Kincaid set a fast pace, but series points leader Bryce Menzies eventually overtook the veteran driver. Jeff gave chase and held onto second for the remainder of the race, with Greg Adler following him to the finish in third. Kincaid returned to the track for the final round of the season and took fourth place, securing second overall in series points behind title-winner Menzies.
CJ Greaves Scores Back-To-Back Pro Light Podiums
CJ Greaves scored the first Traxxas podium of the weekend with a third-place finish in Round 12 of Pro Light. CJ held second behind Mopar/Ram driver Samuel Hübinette early in the race, but when CJ bicycled his no. 33 Traxxas Pro Light, he allowed rival RJ Anderson to overtake him. CJ defended third against 2010 champ Casey Currie to finish on the podium. When the Traxxas Pro Light class returned to the track on Sunday, Greaves took the lead on a restart after Shawn Morris crashed out. Hard-charging RJ Anderson eventually got around Greaves to take the lead, setting up another Greaves/Currie battle. Currie won the fight this time, earning second place as CJ backed up his third place finish on Saturday with another third place podium spot.
Thanks for an Exciting TORC Season!
Traxxas would like to thank all the fans who joined us at each stop of the TORC Series, both in person and at home via live streaming. Your enthusiasm fuels our racing passion! Traxxas also thanks the hard-working team at Jenkins Brothers Racing for their long hours and dedication to excellence; the United States Auto Club for their diligence in ensuring safe racing for drivers and spactators alike; and all the hard work of the TORC series staff. Traxxas is proud to be part of the best short-course racing series in the nation: THE Off-Road Championship! Be sure to watch the entire season in High Definition on Velocity Channel! Check your local listings for time and channel.