- Crandon International Off-road Raceway hosted its biggest event of the year with the World Championship Off-Road Races this weekend.
Racing at Crandon involves a lot of horse power, sliding around turns, and of course plenty of dirt.
"The pro four trucks are probably the biggest baddest meanest things you could put on dirt," said Kyle LeDuc, who drives a Pro 4WD in LOORS Series.
"Their 900 horsepower, four wheel drive. Some of them have sequential transmissions so their bad fast man. Their no joke. When you get them going 100 MPH around turn one, it's Crandon dude its gnarly."
Jimmie Johnson raced for Short Course Off Road Drivers Association in Crandon in 1997, just three years before he would become fulltime in NASCAR. Other drivers came to the race when they were young and found their niche in racing.
"I was just a kid who came to Crandon," said Chad Hord, who drives a Pro 2WD in the TORC Series. "My parents bought me a Super Buggy. In 2000 I won a Super Buggy championship, Row Buggy, worked my way through the ranks."
"Grew up here you know," LeDuc said. "I grew up being five years old sitting up in the grandstands eating the bratwurst and the cheese curds as a little kid and working for my dad."
Crandon is the last off-road raceway who uses land rush starts. Putting the cars in a line and letting them fight for position into turn one.
"You've got to be in the right mindset to do it," Hord said. "You got to use your head. You just going to come into turn one and leave it floored you're going to be the one causing the wreck."
The drivers will tell you first hand, you have got to come to Crandon to fully appreciate it.
"Here is where you need to see it," LeDuc said. "You can watch it on TV and it looks really cool to capture it but when you come here and sit in turn one and hear us on the rev limiter and hear us wide open is a whole different world. It's something that the fans come back year after year for.