CONCORD, N.C. — C.J. Greaves, Keegan Kincaid and Kyle Kleiman earned victories on the opening night of the TORC: The Off-Road Championship presented by AMSOIL doubleheader at The Dirt Track at Charlotte.
In PRO 4WD action, Mike Jenkins took the early lead and held it for the first half but ultimately couldn’t hold off defending PRO 4WD champion Greaves, who took his sixth win of the year — and his fifth in a row. Jenkins finished second and Chad Hord rounded out the podium.
“We knew it was going to take a nice, clean pass to get around Mike and I didn’t want to make any contact or anything like that,” Greaves said. “We just took our time and worked the lines.”
Jenkins started on the front row and maintained the point until the mandatory caution. On the restart, Greaves immediately took the lead while his father, three-time class champion Johnny Greaves, struggled after spinning out due to contact. He wound up fifth and now trails his son by 12 points in the title chase.
Kincaid put a stop to C.J. Greaves’ winning streak Friday night, returning to the top of the podium after an exciting flag-to-flag battle with the defending champion. Greaves had to settle for second, while Kyle Hart finished third.
“C.J. was just dominant the last few rounds,” said Kincaid afterwards. “We had a little bit for him, but we were not where we wanted to be. We went and did some testing and it paid off.”
Jenkins made his third PRO 2WD start of the season on Friday, starting on the front row beside Arie Luyendyk Jr. But Jenkins fell through the field soon after the green flag while Luyendyk Jr. held a brief lead until Greaves made a pass at the start of the sixth lap.
But it was Kincaid who had the truck to beat and when he finally overtook Greaves, it was game on: the two battled door to door for the remaining laps. Kincaid held on to claim his fourth victory of the year.
With just two rounds to go, Kincaid trails defending champion Greaves by 22 points.
A pair of familiar faces made their return to the TORC Series, and the podium, Friday night as 2010 PRO Light champion Casey Currie and former class regular Jessie Johnson raced to second- and third-place finishes. But it was Kleiman who earned victory — his third-straight win this year.
Currie took the early lead but after a caution brought out after a rollover by Johnson, Kleiman shot to the front and held position while a battle raged behind him.
“Honestly, my spotter doesn’t let me know what’s going on behind me because I don’t need to know,” said Kleiman. “Consistency is what I’ve been working on throughout this whole season.”
Meanwhile, point leader Kyle Hart battled hard with Travis Dinsmore, who earned a black flag for rough driving immediately after the mandatory yellow. Shawn Morris also earned a stop-and-go penalty for contact with Currie on the restart.
Currie, Johnson, and Bobby Runyan Jr., who finished a career-best fourth, battled hard for second with Currie and Johnson taking the podium spots after starting from the back of the grid.
Sheldon Creed won the Stadium SUPER Trucks feature.
CREDIT: TORC Communications