2014 TORC champions crowned in Crandon (SPOILER)

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Writer’s Note: The following is a recap of this weekend’s TORC: The Off-Road Championship season finale at Crandon, Wisconsin. NBCSN will air the races this Saturday, Sept. 6, at 3:30 p.m. ET. If you don’t want to know who won until then, we suggest you find another post to read here on MotorSportsTalk…

Johnny Greaves (PRO 4), son C.J. Greaves (PRO 2), and Jerett Brooks (PRO Light) are your 2014 TORC: The Off-Road Championship class champions following a rain-marred “Keys To The Big House” season finale at Crandon, Wisconsin.

Heavy rains hit the Crandon Off-Road International Raceway on Friday night, and with more weather issues on Saturday, TORC shifted the PRO races to Sunday and altered the schedule. Since the teams were to also participate in the AMSOIL Cup event at the end of the day, PRO Light would run two rounds while PRO 2 and 4 would each run a single race worth double points.

C.J. Greaves earned the PRO Light win in Race 1, with Doug Mittag in second and Brooks in third. With that, C.J. eliminated Mittag from the title hunt, but still needed to win Race 2 and have Brooks finish 13th or worse in order to take the crown.

That did not happen, as Brooks clinched the PRO Light championship with a third-place finish behind second-place C.J. and first-time PRO Light winner Shawn Morris.

Between the PRO Light races was the PRO 4 event, which had Johnny Greaves come in needing a finish of ninth or better to win the class title even if his closest points pursuer, Mark Jenkins, took the checkered flag.

But Jenkins was forced to pull out during the race with mechanical issues, leaving Johnny to try and clinch the championship in style. Kyle LeDuc had other ideas, though, and a late pass of Johnny enabled him to pick up the race win ahead of Johnny in 2nd and C.J. Greaves in 3rd.

C.J. then claimed the PRO 2 title with a second-place finish behind winner Chad Hord. The runner-up meant that C.J. would make history as the first TORC driver ever to earn a podium spot in all three PRO classes on the same day.

LeDuc bagged his second win in Crandon by taking the AMSOIL Cup race ahead of Johnny Greaves and R.J. Anderson. However, the race was marred by a bad accident involving Mark Kvamme.

Kvamme was transported to a local hospital, but an update from TORC this morning said that he has since been released after sustaining multiple injuries. We certainly wish him a speedy recovery.

IndyCar star Scott Dixon to test skills on ‘American Ninja Warrior’

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CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Scott Dixon will be the latest IndyCar driver to enter the realm of reality TV when he auditions in Indianapolis next week for “American Ninja Warrior.”

The four-time IndyCar champion, nicknamed “The Iceman,” thought it sounded fun when he was approached with the idea of trying out. As the competition has drawn near, Dixon is wondering what he got himself into.

“I feel a lot of pressure on this one,” Dixon told The Associated Press before heading to this weekend’s Honda Grand Prix of Alabama IndyCar race at Barber Motorsports Park in Birmingham, Alabama. “When it got to be about a month away, I figured I should start training for it, and it’s pretty hard stuff.”

IndyCar drivers Helio Castroneves, Josef Newgarden and Tony Kanaan all auditioned for the show, which follows competitors as they tackle a series of obstacle courses in qualifying rounds across the country. None of IndyCar’s contestants advanced out of the first round and neither did NASCAR driver Ricky Stenhouse Jr.

Dixon’s appearance comes about the same time the Game Show Network has Sebastien Bourdais as a guest host for “Daily Draw” for the entire week leading into the month of May at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

Most recently, Alexander Rossi and Conor Daly teamed to finish fourth on “The Amazing Race,” and James Hinchcliffe was a runner-up last year on “Dancing With The Stars.” Castroneves is a former “DWTS” winner.

Dixon, the 2008 winner of the Indianapolis 500 who ranks fourth on IndyCar’s all-time wins list, is accustomed to success. But the New Zealander not so sure he’s going to become the next great ninja. Most of his fitness work focuses on endurance training, and preparing for the obstacle course has taken Dixon out of his element.

“It’s not my wheelhouse,” he said. “This is agility kind of stuff and I’m looking forward to the process. I’m not looking forward so much to the failure, because it’s going to happen at some point, so I guess I just have to make the most of it and enjoy the experience.”

Dixon was famously robbed at gunpoint in the drive-thru of a Taco Bell last year hours after he won the pole for the Indy 500. Asked if his ninja training will have him better prepared should that happen again, he did not think so.

“I suppose if I run away it would help,” Dixon said. “But I don’t exactly have a ninja toolkit to get me through that situation.”