Being undefeated in anything is extremely difficult nowadays. From the top sports teams to the top motorsports drivers you just don’t hear about it anymore, but this year Christopher Polvoorde changed that. Racing in the Lucas Oil Midwest Short Course League he proved that being undefeated can still happen.
“Coming into the weekend the pressure was already there,” Polvoorde said. “Having gone 6 for 6 on the season, the monkey was really on my back to see if I could finish it off and go 7 for 7. We are here to win and always plan for everything as much as possible.”
“This weekend was one that I know I will never forget!” Polvoorde continued. “It was a dream of mine just to be here racing at Crandon. To have a truly perfect season, to win eight straight races, winning a Midwest Championship, and taking the big World Championship race on Sunday, it just feels unreal! I feel so blessed with the team and support we have.”
This was the 50th anniversary of the World Championship Off-Road Races at Crandon International Raceway. The 50th was huge not only for the racers but for the fans. Fans came out and packed every part of the course all weekend long especially around Turn 1.
“I got Gate 1 and was able to get the holeshot again as our General Tires hooked up. It was a wild race, but thankfully, I had a fast truck. It was a tough one as the track was getting torn up and the racing was as wild as it gets. I was running hard, and to make no mistakes was tough. After a few close calls, I was able to get settled in and begin to push out a gap over 2nd place. At that point, a red flag came out, which set up a one-lap dash for the finish. It was close and intense, but in the end, we pulled it off and went 8 for 8.”
“Honestly, it just doesn’t seem real. I’m on cloud 9 right now. My team has worked so hard this past year, and to have a perfect season doesn’t seem real. To be the world champion and to do it at the 50th it will be something that my team and will never forget.”
One part of Crandon that is unlike anything else in off-road in the land rush start. Instead of all the trucks lined up two by two, they are all lined up across the line and all go when the green flag drops. Getting the lead from the start is a huge part of winning the race.
“Getting the holeshot is key,” Polvoorde said. “It makes your life easier when you can see clean air. If you are in the back, it is just pure chaos, and you cannot see. You are just hoping you are not going to hit someone. When you are out front, you’ve got that clean air. It’s essential, and it puts you in the right mindset for the rest of the race.”
“It is nerve-racking, just looking down the grass field, you get the chills,” Polvoorde continued. “It is pretty insane. No matter how many times you do it, you will always be scared.”
Christopher Polvoorde is supported by STEEL-IT Coatings, TIS Wheels, General Tire, King Shocks, Arma Sport, Brembo Brakes, Rigid Industries, Simpson, Rugged Radios, FK Rod Ends, Kicker Audio, Maxima Racing Oils, K&N Filters, Optima Batteries, Camburg Racing, Magnaflow, MPI Steering Wheels, VP Racing Fuels, ARP, Smart Whips and The Palms River Resort. We look forward to seeing with Polvoorde does in the 2020 season.
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