CJ GREAVES’ PERFECT PRO STOCK WEEKEND AT BARK RIVER

RODNEY VANEPREN AND KYLE CHANEY TRADE PRO TURBO WINS IN MICHIGAN

Heading into the home stretch of the 2023 Amsoil Championship Off-Road tour at Bark River, Pro Stock SxS points leader CJ Greaves had amassed a commanding 65-point lead with a four-race win streak and two more wins on the season. Kyle Chaney was the Pro Turbo points leader, having won two of the last five races, while CJ Greaves sat second in Pro Turbo points with the weekend sweep at Antigo. Chaney hadn’t won at Bark River since 2019, so he was hungry.

 

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Before Bark River, the Pro Turbo SxS class had produced four winners. Saturday’s race bumped that number to five thanks to a 2023 breakthrough for Rodney VanEperen. VanEperen has been searching for his first win of the season and jumped into position early on. He had a first-half battle with Andrew Carlson as they both sat atop the leaderboard. Carlson would pull off after the restart, putting VanEperen back into the lead. It also put CJ Greaves into second and Kyle Chaney into third. VanEperen set the pace and stayed out front for his first win of the year, crossing just a few feet ahead of Greaves. CJ’s second-place finish and Chaney’s third meant that Greaves picked up two points on Chaney in the overall points standing, which sits with Chaney up by only eight points.

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In Pro Stock, it was a drag race to turn one, with CJ Greaves beating the field through the first corner. Greaves could have walked away with it, but Owen VanEperen and Jeb Bootle weren’t letting the points leader get an easy victory. Greaves held point throughout, with Bootle jumping into the runner-up spot ahead of VanEperen after the mandatory caution restarted the field. The trio would pull away from the rest of the field. As Greaves drove to his fifth straight win, Bootle and VanEperen went bumper-to-bumper for second. Their battle extended to the finish line as Bootle edged out VanEperen by less than half a second.

 

SUNDAY PICNIC AT BARK RIVER

 

Kyle Chaney put together a clean run for win number three and benefit from an unfortunate finish from Greaves. Chaney immediately moved into the lead on Sunday, and Andrew Carlson was looking to challenge the former champion. But despite good speed, Carlson had to stare at the back bumper for most of the race, until Carlson spun out on the last lap. Chaney, meanwhile, was out front breathing clean air, driving to his third win of the year.

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Kody Krantz swept the Bark River Youth 170/200 races.

Carlson’s spin allowed Rodney VanEperen and Greaves to move up one spot each on the leaderboard. VanEperen would drive to a second-place finish, backing up his Saturday win. Greaves, meanwhile, was closing in on his second podium of the weekend. Still, he came to a slow crawl with two turns remaining, putting Carlson back into third.

Greaves tried to coax every ounce of power left in his car as he inched toward the finish line. He was looking to secure as many points as possible but could not keep his forward momentum going up the finish line jump and came to a rest just 30 feet from the line. He was credited with a tenth-place finish and dropped 25 points behind Chaney.

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Ryker Remington won Sunday’s Youth SxS main.

CJ Greaves took care of business on Sunday, completing the weekend sweep in Pro Stock SxS. Much like Saturday’s win, Greaves found the lead off the start and then held off Jeb Bootle and Owen VanEperen late in the

race for his eighth win of the season. Bootle and VanEperen were bumper to bumper at the end of the race, finishing 4/10ths of a second apart at the line. Both drivers had their hands full of Andrew Carlson throughout the race, who first challenged Bootle for second and then VanEperen for third before finishing two car lengths back in fourth.

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Corbyn Wassenberg swept the Bark River Youth 570s.

The next Champ race will be at Crandon International Raceway for the 11th and 12th rounds of 14 on September 2nd-3rd. Non-Pro SxS classes will crown their champions at Crandon, while the Pros have two more rounds at MidAmerica Outdoors on September 23rd and 24th.

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