Johnny Greaves wins main event at the Torc Big House Brawl in Crandon Submitted: 06/28/2015

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CRANDON - Crandon International Off Road Raceway hosted the Torc Big House Brawl this past weekend.

They put on a show for the fans.

The main event was a great race.

It was the 22nd annual Forest County Potawatomi Community Cup Challenge.

The race turned into a battle between a father and a son between Johnny Greaves and CJ Greaves.

The son CJ is in the orange Maxxis tires machine.

The two are from Abrams, Wisconsin which is 26 miles north of Green Bay.

Johnny won the race.

That was big for Johnny because he is currently second in points to CJ in the Torc off road standings.

"It's awesome you know every time you go on the track, he's got the same equipment as me and he's every bit as fast as me and I taught him everything I knew plus what he knows so we go out there full on and we made a deal, we're going to race each other as hard as we can but as clean as we can," said Johnny.

Johnny is the only driver in off-road racing to win professional championships in all four classes.

He says Crandon is his home track.

"It's great I mean this is like our home town, "Johnny said. "I've been coming here for 25 years. This place gets bigger and better. They take better care of the fans. The track improves. This is the world championship by far. When it comes to off-road there is nothing better than Crandon."

The biggest off road races of the year will take part in Crandon.

That will take place on Labor Day weekend.

Story By: Nolan Blair

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