Hometown hero Keegan Kincaid had the kind of weekend that is usually reserved for Hollywood scripts at the 52nd World Championship Off-Road Races at Crandon International Raceway. After winning Saturday’s Championship Off-Road Pro 2 season finale to steal the title from Jerett Brooks by just a single point, Kincaid posted a third in the Pro 2 World Championship race on Sunday morning and then ran away with the Crandon World Cup in his Pro 2 later that afternoon.
“I couldn’t see that white flag fast enough!” Kincaid said from the podium. “That was probably the hardest I pushed all weekend long, but I knew we had to. The track blue grooved with a crazy amount of trucks on the track, but we just had to get out and run. It’s way easier to run in a Pro 4 chasing people down than trying to run and hide!”
Kincaid’s World Cup win was his first since 2016, which he also earned in a Pro 2, and his third overall on World Championship Sunday; the first came in the Pro 2 race in 2015. The victory was the fifth for a Pro 2 in the World Cup race in the past 11 years, contributing to a nearly even split with the Pro 4s over the past decade.
Johnny Greaves, fresh off a Pro 4 weekend sweep with wins of his own on Saturday and Sunday morning, consistently picked off Pro 2s throughout the World Cup race and finally fought his way into second after getting around Ryan Beat in the late stages. Beat backed up his second place finish in Sunday morning’s Pro 2 World Championship race by hanging on in third. But nobody could catch Kincaid, who had been checking out all weekend long thanks to a series of stellar holeshots.
Greaves was one of three Pro class drivers to back up a win in the COR season finale with a big check from Crandon in Sunday’s World Championship races. Brock Heger, one of the most dominant drivers across two classes in the Midwest this year, went back-to-back in Pro Stock SXS to put the cherry on top of his championship season there, but he couldn’t manage the same to celebrate his Pro Lite title; instead, it was Cole Mamer denying Heger the win on both days.
Elsewhere, Mickey Thomas would take the checkered flag in the Pro 2 World Championship race ahead of Beat and Kincaid on Sunday morning. Thomas had capped off his 2021 COR season with a runner-up finish on Saturday, earning fifth in final series points, and hung on for the Sunday win as Beat and Kincaid fought tooth and nail behind him.
Finally, in Pro Mod SXS, a day after his father Rodney locked up the class championship, Owen VanEperen made it a weekend to remember by beating Saturday winner and defending Pro Mod World Champion Andrew Carlson in Sunday’s money race. It was Owen’s second straight year with a World Championship victory, after taking the title in Pro Stock SXS last year.
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