Showdown at Charlotte: TORC Returns to NASCAR Country
TORC: The Off-Road Championship Presented by AMSOIL charges into The Dirt Track at Charlotte Motor Speedway this weekend for the doubleheader Showdown at Charlotte.
Coming into ninth and tenth rounds of the 2015 championship, Cooper Tire's Doug Mittag (PRO Light) and CJ Greaves (PRO 2WD, PRO 4WD) are leading the points. Both left the Queen City with victories last year and are looking to repeat in 2015. Â
Greaves, in his Maxxis Tire Toyota, is a PRO 4WD rookie, but already has four victories in the class in a tight championship battle with his dad, three-time and defending champion Johnny Greaves. The younger Greaves is also the defending PRO 2WD champ and, after two runner-up finishes to Keegan Kincaid at the most recent rounds in Crandon, this weekend's battle promises to be intense.
PRO 4WD veteran Scott Douglas, a winner at this event last year, has a bullring victory in his AMSOIL/Cooper Tire/Borla Exhaust truck at Charlotte's sister track, Texas Motor Speedway, and is a favorite to park it in the Winners Circle this weekend. Making their return to the series are Jarit Johnson and Jessie Johnson in PRO 2WD and PRO Light, respectively. The duo are the younger brothers of six-time NASCAR Cup champion Jimmie Johnson and are looking for strong finishes at their home track this weekend.
Another member of a legendary racing family, Arie Luyendyk Jr., is hoping history repeats itself at The Dirt Track. Last year, the former Indy Lights standout and star of TV's The Bachelorette suffered a shoulder injury prior to the Charlotte race but came back following surgery to score a podium finish at the red clay short track. He returns to Charlotte this year following a wreck at Crandon less than two weeks ago and is looking for redemption with a podium this weekend.
In PRO Light, Mittag, doing double duty in the PRO 2WD class as well, is holding off hard chargers Luke Johnson and Travis Dinsmore, both with victories at Crandon, Kyle Hart, and Shawn Morris. The battles will be fast and physical in all three classes Friday and Saturday.
Opening ceremonies both nights kick off at 7:30 p.m. EST with spectator gates opening at 5 p.m. Guests are invited to stick around after the show for the track walk and free driver autograph session. Race fans can get tickets online at TORCSeries.com/Tickets and follow all the action on TORC's social media platforms at Facebook.com/TORC and on Twitter and Instagram at @TORCOffRoad.