C.J. Greaves learned everything he knows about off-road racing from his father, championship-winning driver Johnny Greaves.
Turns out that dad still has a few tricks up his sleeve.
Johnny Greaves won the Pro 4 division feature Saturday in the TORC Off-Road Championship Series races at the Dirt Track at Charlotte Motor Speedway.
The 49-year-old Greaves, the TORC Pro 4 champion the past three years, charged from fourth to the lead within four laps, then pulled away to easily win his third series race this season.
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C.J. Greaves, 20, finished second, nearly three seconds back – the fifth straight race the Greaves have finished 1-2, and the sixth time this season.
That allowed Johnny Greaves, of Abrams, Wis., to cut two points off his son’s lead in the Pro 4 point standings (209-203) with four races remaining.
Scott Douglas finished third, pulling ahead of pole-sitter Mike Jenkins and Chad Hord when they collided in the second hairpin turn on the 12th lap of the 16-lap feature.
But it wasn’t a totally losing evening for C.J. Greaves, who won Saturday’s Pro 2 feature – his fifth division win this season – to increase his lead in that division’s point standings.
Greaves took the lead on the ninth lap of the 18-lap feature, pulling alongside Arie Luyendyk Jr. off the third hairpin, then beating him to the line in a drag race.
Marty Hart finished second, but now trails Greaves in the standings by 22 points (203-181). Rounding out the top five were Brad Lovell, Jarit Johnson – the brother of five-time NASCAR champion Jimmie Johnson – and Luyendyk.
Doug Mittag completed a sweep of the weekend’s Pro Light division races at the Dirt Track on Saturday, driving past Shawn Morris with five laps left to take the 16-lap feature.
Mittag, of Murietta, Calif., posted his fifth win of the season in the 2-wheel-drive, horsepower-limited division. That allowed him to increase his lead in the standings to 24 points over Luke Johnson (201-177).
Morris held on to finish second, followed by Luke Johnson, Jessie Johnson – the youngest brother of NASCAR’s Jimmie Johnson – and Kyle Hart.
The next stop on the TORC Off-Road Championship Series is Aug. 4-5 in Sturgis, S.D. The series closes out its 2015 schedule with events in Bark River, Mich., on Aug. 15-16, and Crandon, Wis., on Sept. 5-6.