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Brock Heger went a perfect four-for-four across the Pro Lite and Pro Stock SXS classes, and CJ Greaves scored back-to-back Pro 4 wins, as the 2022 Championship Off-Road season kicked off over the weekend from Antigo Lions Roaring Raceway. The first of six events on the calendar led off with the inaugural Yokohama Duel of Champions on Friday night, where Jerett Brooks topped a field of Pro 2s across four rounds of bracket racing, before running the first and second rounds of this year’s championship on Saturday and Sunday.
Greaves and Heger scored dominant title wins in their respective Pro Truck divisions last year while going head to head in the side-by-sides in Pro Stock. Heger came out on top of that battle last time around, and even Greaves’ switch from alongside Heger in Yamaha machinery to a new Polaris RZR wasn’t enough quite yet to return him to the top of the box. But with back-to-back runner-up finishes on the weekend, expect Greaves to make the head-to-head battle even more interesting as the season goes on.
Elsewhere in the Pro divisions, Mickey Thomas and Ricky Gutierrez split the Pro 2 victories, while past Pro Turbo SXS champions Rodney VanEperen and Kyle Chaney split the wins in that class. VanEperen was the only dual podium finisher in Pro Turbo with a second place on Sunday, while Kyle Kleiman’s pair of third places made him the only driver to take two podiums in that class.
Gray Leadbetter made COR history on Saturday by winning the first standalone Pro Spec race in series history, and in the process becoming the first woman to win a COR race; she’d finish second on Sunday, with only Nick Visser denying her the chance at the weekend sweep.
In the Sportsman classes, Michael Meister and Mark Steinhardt split the Super Buggy races, while the Pro Am SXS victories went to Logan Christensen and Tyler Remmereid, respectively. Only Short Course Kart racer Finley Holtger, Mod Kart driver Porter Inglese, and 1600 Single Buggy driver John Fitzgerald could post weekend sweeps out of the 11 Sportsman divisions that took to the track over the weekend.
With Antigo in the books, the Championship Off-Road field heads to Crandon International Raceway for one of its biggest events of the season. The Forest County Potawatomi Brush Run returns on June 25-26, with tickets available now and live streaming set for FloRacing; besides two full days of racing for all of the Pro and Sportsman classes, fans will also see the return of the Forest County Potawatomi Brush Run Community Cup race that pits Pro 2 and Pro 4 trucks against one another for both bragging rights and a sizable cash prize.