Elder Greaves shows son how it’s done in TORC race to win Pro 4 feature

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.

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.

Worth mentioning

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.

What’s next?

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.