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Historic first announced for upcoming Crandon International Brush run Weekend

CRANDON, Wisconsin (September 16, 2020) —  For 51 years, Crandon International Raceway has hosted the biggest and best off-road short course races in the world. Now the visceral experience of night racing is officially coming to the famed race track, just in time for the upcoming 27th Forest County Potawatomi Brush Run race weekend.

Originally set for Father’s Day weekend in June, the rescheduled Crandon Brush Run will now take place at the “Big House” on September 25th – 27th.  Today’s news comes on the heels of Crandon successfully hosting of its traditional Polaris World Championship Off-Road Race and Crandon World Cup event that took place over Labor Day weekend. 

Track management has spent the better part of the summer of 2020 installing the new infield light towers, which will illuminate the track’s primary infield configuration in addition to Crandon’s famous Land Rush start. With the help of Pro 2 driver Brian Deegan, the first official laps on Wisconsin’s “Field of Dreams'” took place on Tuesday, August 25th. While the track has utilized security lighting that sits outside the track for Sportsman racing in the past, the upcoming Brush Run “Saturday Night Lights” competition will be the first for Pro-category competition in Crandon’s rich history. 

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WISCONSIN’S “FIELD OF DREAMS”: For the first time in Crandon history, Pro category racing will take place under the newly installed lights on Saturday night, September 26th. While racing will take place all day, the sport’s premiere categories will hit the illuminated Crandon Short Course track beginning at 6:00 PM CST. (Photos: Jeff Keeble)


The 2020 Crandon FCP Brush run schedule will feature two full days and 30 races of Champ Off-Road Pro and Sportsman competition. Friday, September 25th will be free for fans of all ages to enjoy a full afternoon and evening of Pro and Sportsman practice, including a first ever night session for the Pro category racers. The Saturday night schedule includes Champ Off-Road points paying rounds for Pro Stock SXS, Pro-Lite, Pro Mod SxS, Pro 2 and Pro 4. 

With 2020 Champ Off-Road session points championships to crowned, the intense door-to-door action is likely to be more intense than ever.  The weekend and 2020 Crandon season will culminate in the always dramatic Forest County Potawatomi Chairman’s Cup, an all-out competition that pits unlimited Pro 2 versus Pro 4 trucks in a staggered time start. This year the Chairman’s Cup will also represent the final bragging rights any paychecks of the year for Midwest short-course off-road racing. 

Crandon’s massive golden gates will swing open to welcome guests to Camp Crandon beginning on Thursday, September 24th at 12:00 noon (CST)

“At the start of this summer the board of directors at Crandon decided we needed to having something new and exciting for our racers and fans to enjoy for the rescheduled Brush Run event,” explained Crandon International Raceway President Cliff Flannery. “Real night racing is as good as it gets, and now we have brought it to Crandon for 2020 and years to come. Fans can come for the weekend, the day or just for some good old fashion Saturday night entertainment.”  

“The idea of finally adding night racing to Crandon International Raceway has been on the discussion table for years, and now was the time to pull the trigger and make it happen,” added Crandon Promotor Marty Fiolka. “Night racing in any form of motorsports is special, but the manicured grass, beautiful grandstands, tasty hot dogs and cold beer will make it seem more like a MLB baseball game. Everything is elevated at night, and once the fans see it for themselves they will be hooked.” 

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Crandon International Raceway has released a comprehensive 2020 COVID-19 operational plan to local law enforcement and health officials, as well as fans, racers and corporate partners, on its new website at www.crandonoffroad.com. Series officials in the Champ Off-Road will also be working closely with Crandon officials to ensure that all phases of the race weekend protocols are executed in an integrated manner. 

The staff at Crandon International would like to again extend a heartfelt “thank you” to Forest County Sheriff John Dennee and Health Director Jacee Shepard for helping make the 2020 season at Crandon possible.  

Crandon International race fans and teams will continue to retain all of their original 2020 Brush Run event camping, pitting admission and grandstand reservations.There is no refund policy, but reservation holders can transfer their admittance and Camp Crandon tickets to other fans if desired. Those seeking help or assistance can contact the Crandon office directly via email at trackoffice@crandonoffroad.com.

Admission ticket, camping and grandstand reservations are still available for the 27th Forest County Potawatomi Brush Run by visiting www.crandonoffroad.com.