Friday, July 19, 2024

Keegan Kincaid finally catches break with Crandon World Cup win

Since winning the 2021 Championship Off-Road Pro 2 championship, Keegan Kincaid has endured a difficult two years. He only scored a podium in his title defence before his 2023 has been nothing short of abysmal. However, he finally caught a break Sunday at the biggest short course race of the year when he dominated the Red Bull World Cup at Crandon International Raceway.

After starting on the front row alongside his fellow Pro 2 trucks, Kincaid took the lead going into the opening corner before the race was paused as the #12 of Extreme E driver Amanda Sorensen flipped just two corners into the race. The race eventually resumed and Kincaid never looked back, putting on his finest showing since his championship year to win the World Cup for the second time in three years.

“I haven’t got a holeshot all weekend long and really struggled,” Kincaid commented. “We came out and they threw the yellow on me, and I’m like, ‘Oh, that was my only one.’ We bunkered down, got our head down, these Cooper tyres are hooked up, we ran away and hid. I was scared for a while there.

“We were sending it. That was the hardest we were sending. We weren’t lifting off the skybox, we weren’t lifting off that. Hope it was a good show for everyone.”

Pro 4 drivers RJ Anderson, who won the Championship Off-Road race in his class on Saturday for the second time in 2023, and Doug Mittag joined Kincaid on the podium. Kincaid added he “wouldn’t want to share (the podium) with anybody but these two up here. These are two fun guys. We had some real fun on the track and off the track.”

Being a non-championship round and the largest short course race in the world, the World Cup typically attracts special names. Indeed, Extreme E had triple representation with Anderson, Sorensen, and Tanner Foust ahead of the next round in Sardinia in two weeks; Anderson and Sorensen are team-mates at Chip Ganassi Racing. Foust finished eighth in his third World Cup, beating Sorensen’s team-mate and NASCAR veteran Casey Mears by a spot. Mears finished eleventh and seventh in his Pro 2 début weekend, while Sorensen was twelfth and eleventh.

Jerett Brooks, the 2022 Pro 2 champion who retired at the end of the year, made his return only to be marred by mechanical problems after battling for the lead in both Saturday and Sunday races with Cory Winner. Winner went on to sweep the weekend before placing sixth in the World Cup.

Reigning World Cup winner C.J. Greaves notched his sixth Pro 4 win of the COR season on Sunday before his World Cup ended with a flat tyre. Greaves also had his six-race win streak in Pro Stock SxS end when Dave Mason Jr. claimed the Saturday race for his and Honda’s maiden COR triumph.

The Pro Lite and Super Buggy classes also had a combination race on Saturday that was won by Jordan Bernloehr. However, it was perhaps overshadowed by a massive wreck that forced a stoppage.

While the Pro classes end their season at MidAmerica Outdoors in late September, the Sportsman categories wrapped up at Crandon on Friday and Saturday.

Red Bull World Cup results

Finish Number Driver Class Laps
1 4 Keegan Kincaid Pro 2 10
2 37 RJ Anderson Pro 4 10
3 81 Doug Mittag Pro 4 10
4 91 Kyle Chaney Pro 4 10
5 35 Cole Mamer Pro 4 10
6 67 Cory Winner Pro 2 10
7 96 Troy Cox Pro 2 10
8 34 Tanner Foust Pro 2 10
9 25 Casey Mears Pro 2 10
10 73 Kyle Cooper Pro 2 10
11 98 Patrick Denis Pro 4 9
12 43 Bob Brand Pro 4 8
13 52 Ronnie Anderson Pro 2 7
14 13 Jay Schaefer Pro 2 7
15 44 Jimmy Henderson Pro 4 6
16 93 John Holtger Pro 2 4
17 15 Andrew Carlson Pro 4 4
18 11 Adrian Cenni Pro 4 4
19 33 C.J. Greaves Pro 4 3
20 12 Amanda Sorensen Pro 2 0
21 77 Jerett Brooks Pro 2 0
22 10 Travis Milhausen Jr. Pro 2 0

Class winners

Pro

Class Saturday Winner Sunday Winner
Pro 4 RJ Anderson C.J. Greaves
Pro 2 Cory Winner Cory Winner
Pro Turbo SxS C.J. Greaves Robert Loire
Pro Lite Kyle Greaves Kyle Greaves
Pro SPEC Nick Visser Chad Rayford
Pro Stock SxS Dave Mason Jr. Owen VanEperen
Pro Buggy Billy Buth Michael Meister

Sportsman

Class Friday Winner Saturday Winner
Pro Am SxS Kolton Krajicek Kolton Krajicek
570 SxS Bryce Powers
Super Stock Truck Ben Holtger Joe Maciosek
Sportsman SxS Benjamin Heiting Bryce Carlson
1600 Single Buggy Michael Seefeldt Connor Schulz
170/200 SxS Raymond Deininger
Mod Kart Carter Vanden Heuvel
Short Course Kart Wesley Vande Voort
Youth SxS Libby Nielsen* Libby Nielsen
1600 Light Buggy Connor Schulz Connor Schulz
Stock Truck Kyle Ambroziak Kyle Ambroziak
* – Run on Thursday
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