Things got chippy last week in Sturgis for TORC

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Jeff Kincaid made a really good call before last week’s TORC: The Off-Road Championship’s races at Sturgis, South Dakota.

During a practice session, Kincaid crashed his PRO 2 truck to the point where it couldn’t be raced in Tuesday and Wednesday’s Battle at the Chip at the Buffalo Chip Powersports Complex. But he was able to get another PRO 2 truck from fellow competitor Mike Jenkins – and then put his son, Keegan Kincaid, in it.

Keegan, the reigning PRO Light class champ, made his Dad’s decision pay off with a PRO 2 triumph in Wednesday’s Round 12 after a tire failure knocked him out of the lead in the previous day’s Round 11.

The PRO 2 class also featured the TORC debut of West Coast Choppers king Jesse James. But mechanical failures relegated him to a pair of ninth-place finishes in Sturgis.

On the West Coast Choppers Facebook page, James said that his truck suffered a broken axle on the first lap in Tuesday’s race.  He then broke his throttle pedal in Wednesday’s race while trying to keep from rolling his truck over.

In PRO 4, Mark Jenkins (Tuesday) and Johnny Greaves (Wednesday) split wins, with Jenkins’ victory coming in the final turns over Scott Douglas. As for PRO Light, Jerett Brooks (Tuesday) and C.J. Greaves (Wednesday) walked away with the big trophies.

With Sturgis in the rear view mirror, TORC now heads into its season finale on Aug. 30-31 at Crandon, Wisconsin – the “Keys To The Big House.” The event will air on NBCSN on Sept. 6 at 3:30 p.m. ET.

In regards to the class championships, Johnny Greaves currenly holds a 34-point lead over Jenkins for the PRO 4 crown; C.J. Greaves is up 28 points on Chad Hord in PRO 2; and in PRO Light, it’s a 16-point edge for Brooks over Keegan Kincaid, with Doug Mittag and C.J. Greaves tied for third at 28 points back.

Kanaan, Dixon to rejoin Chip Ganassi Le Mans effort

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Both Scott Dixon and Tony Kanaan will be rejoining Ford Chip Ganassi Racing as part of their four-car armada at the 2018 24 Hours of Le Mans, the team revealed late last week. Both drivers contested the event last year, with Dixon in the No. 69 entry – finishing seventh in the GTE Pro class – while Kanaan replaced an injured Sebastien Bourdais in the No. 68 – finishing sixth in GTE Pro.

For Kanaan, this also represents a return to the Chip Ganassi organization, with which he contested the Verizon IndyCar Series from 2014 to 2017 before departing for A.J. Foyt Racing in 2018.

Kanaan will join Andy Priaulx and Harry Tincknell in the No. 67, while Dixon will reunite with Ryan Briscoe and Richard Westbrook, the three drivers having won the Rolex 24 at Daytona in January, in the No. 69.

Stefan Mücke, Olivier Pla, and Billy Johnson will share the No. 66 entry, with Joey Hand, Dirk Müller, and Sebastien Bourdais in the No. 68.

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