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NEW SERIES, NEW CLASS, STRONG START FOR #9 CHAD HORD

Spring Crandon Race Report

Hord Racing

Crandon, WI (June 17, 2018)--After a longer-than-usual offseason thanks to changes in the sanctioning body for Midwest short course racing, Chad Hord returned to Crandon International Off-Road Raceway for the debut of the Lucas Oil Midwest Short Course League. With a new truck for the 2018 season, the Hord Racing crew was busy right up until the last minute prepping the Lucas Oil, Ponsse, Maxxis, Vision Wheel PRO 2. Chad was looking forward to getting some seat time in before the first race.

Unfortunately, Mother Nature once again left her mark on the Spring Crandon race, as heavy rains through Friday forced the cancellation of all practices and qualifying. Rain continued into Saturday morning, causing a delay to opening ceremonies. Racing was finally able to begin and several sportsman classes did vintage battle on the extremely muddy track. Go time drew near for Hord and he began to prepare for staging for the day’s race.

But just before the PRO 2 race was slated to begin, the skies opened up once again and another round of heavy rain proved to be the death knell for Round 1 racing. Hord and his competitors would have to wait until Sunday for their first bout of 2018.

Fortunately, the sun made a rare appearance in the midday on Sunday and began to dry out the hallowed dirt at Crandon raceway. Due to the Community Cup Challenge in the afternoon, the PRO 2 race was slated in the early part of the schedule. Because all practice and qualifying had to be cancelled, a random draw determined starting order for Sunday’s race. As luck would have it, Hord drew the second place starting position out of the stacked 15-truck field. With no practice time, could the Lucas Oil, Ponsse, Maxxis, Vision Wheel PRO 2 get on the podium in it's debut?

Hord Racing

Hord clawed his Maxxis tires into the hallowed dirt and screamed into the famous Turn One, coming out in the lead! Unfortunately the lead was short-lived, as Hord over-rotated in the Gravel Pit turn trying to get used to the 2wd, and Mike Vanden Heuvel got by. But from there he held strong, and the Hord Racing truck held on to second place through to the mandatory caution.

After the restart, Hord stayed on Vanden Heuvel's back bumper and kept himself in a position to capitalize on any mistakes. But Vanden Heuvel ran a perfect race, and Hord had to settle for second place. Hord and his crew were happy to land on the box and celebrate a Father's day podium with family!

“I have to thank my sponsors Lucas Oil, Ponsse, Maxxis, Vision Wheel for putting me up on the box today," Chad stated after the win. "It was a great first run and felt good to get back into my PRO 2. I am happy to be here for the first time running this season."

The weekend was not yet over for the Hord Racing Team, and they quickly got to work to prepare for the Forest County Potawatomi Community Cup Challenge race, which pits the PRO 2 and PRO 4 trucks against each other on the same track. After some shock changes, the truck was ready for race time.

Hord took off with the head-start that the PRO 2s received and came through Turn One in third place. Chad got caught up with the other front-runners early but was able to hold on to third place. The PRO 2s continued to stay well ahead of their 4wd competitors until lap four, when a serious rollover forced a full-course caution and brought the whole field together.

The PRO 2 trucks were no match for the PRO 4s on their rear bumper, but Hord held them off for as long as he could. He fought to the end, only surrendering 5th place position on the last lap of the race. Crossing the checkered, Chad Hord and the Lucas Oil, Ponsse, Maxxis, Vision Wheel PRO 2 finished in the sixth place position.

Chad has positioned himself well to be a major contender in the PRO 2 championship race.

"Thank you to my crew and KGB Customs for working hard and diligently to get me up here today," he said. "We have some minor changes to make but we are looking forward to being a top competitor this season.”

Chad Hord will look to keep his early-season momentum rolling when the Lucas Oil Midwest Short Course League invades Minnesota for the third annual Off-Road National at ERX Motor Park on July 13-14. Get your tickets or watch live on Lucas Oil Racing TV!

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About Chad Hord

Chad Hord has been racing off-road since 1995. He has accumulated 37 career wins and 3 points championships in various off-road racing series as well as conquering the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb in an electric car. Hord moved into the ultimate closed course off-road racing PRO 4 class in 2015 and has consistently been a top performer.

For more information on Hord Racing, Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series, TORC: The Off-Road Championship & PONSEE: hordracing.com, lucasoiloffroad.com, torcseries.com, and ponsse.com

2018 Results Hord Pro-2
Position: 2
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FC Potawatomi Community Cup: 6
Round 1 - Crandon: 2

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