Thursday, July 8th was the start to another exciting race weekend. John ran 3rd in practice with the Pro-Stock SXS and the ProLite. Champ Off-Road decided to bring back qualifying at the track, for the first time since Antigo, WI. John qualified 5th and was inverted to 4th in the Pro-Stock SXS; and he qualified 6th and was inverted to 3rd in the ProLite.
Friday, July 9th was race day and round 5 in the Amsoil Champ Off-Road series. First up for John was the Pro-Stock SXS race, and it was nothing short of eventful. He was hit in the hairpin and broke his left front tie rod; he took the outside split-lane to take it easy with only one functioning front tire. John’s was caught in the bank of the split lane when he was t-boned and casuing him to roll. He suffered injuries that required a check at the medical tent.
After getting the all-clear from medical, John decided to race the ProLite and push past the pain. John put up as hard of a fight as he could coming from the hard crash in the SXS and finished the ProLite with a solid 8th place finish out of 15 trucks.
Saturday, July 10th was round 6 and the final day in Elk River, MN. John was unable to race the Pro-Stock SXS as it was beyond repair at the track.
The Pro-Lite race was the focus of the day, and boy was it exciting! John started 9th and had to make calculated moves through the stacked track of tough competition. After a long hard fight, John was able to grab a podium spot, finishing 3rd place!