NASCAR star's younger brother ready to shine in CrandonSubmitted: 06/28/2013
Story By Joe Dufek

CRANDON - Around 1100 off-road racers are competing in Crandon this weekend.

It's the annual Brush Run.

Drivers were not allowed on the track for practice Friday. That's to make sure the track is in great shape for tomorrow.

12 class of racers are competing.

Among them is Jarid Johnson, one of the younger brothers of 5-time NASCAR champion Jimmie Johnson. Jarid did get some practice work in away from the track.

Jarid's younger brother James is helping Jarid in the pits. Gary Johnson, the proud father is watching. He has missed Crandon's Off-Road Raceway. Jimmie last raced here 15 years ago. Now it's back seeing some familiar faces and enjoying racing again.

"It's really neat to see some old friends," Gary said. "Jimmie (Johnson) has grown so big, he really doesn't need our help. This is more fun where you can work on the truck."

"It's been a while since I've raced trucks," Jarid explains. "We've always looked forward to racing at Crandon. This track is big, so we should have some clean racing. We should have alot of fun here."

Jarid did race in another off-road circuit for about 5 years.

Some of the Northwoods drivers competing this weekend includes: Eric Lear and Justin Lennox of Minocqua (Light Buggy), and Sugar Camp's Scott Schwalbe (Pro Buggy).

Racing is Saturday and Sunday.

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