February 25, 2015
Crandon, Wisc.

Sportsman Light Truck - On Track in 2015

The Sportsman Off-Road Series will launch the Sportsman Light Truck class for the 2015 race season. The class is based off the popular mid-size tube frame truck PRO class, but with some limitations that will ensure a true "level playing field," as well minimizing the overall cost of the race truck. The concept of this Sportsman class began as project of Flying Dutchman Off-Road Racing nearly two years ago, and will be on the track beginning June 6-7 during the Louderville Steel Off-Road Super Challenge at Crandon International Off-Road Raceway.


  "This class is really needed in our series," noted Crandon's Cliff Flannery. "There are PRO truck teams that don't have the support needed to travel back and forth across the country, but want to race. The Sportsman Off-Road Series will give them that opportunity. We went a step further and with the support of several vendors, we have an engine and drivetrain package that will keep costs under control as well. This class will grow by leaps and bounds in the next three years."


Sportsman Light will be the first Spec Class ever introduced at the Sportsman level of short-course off-road racing. All participants must run a Spec Engine, Spec Transmission, Spec Torque Converter, and a Spec ring and pinion.


The powerplant is the Ford 347 from Ford Performance Parts. The sealed engine is available from several performance outlets. If a team has a PRO version of the Ford 347, it can be inspected, recertified and resealed by ProPower Racing in Sullivan, Wisconsin.  


"Ford Racing developed the D347SR specifically for racing applications," notes Mike Delahanty, Ford Racing Performance Parts Product Manager. "It's built with the best race parts - from the best in the Racing Aftermarket companies like SCAT, Mahle, Edelbrock, Clevite, Crane Cams, PAC Valve Springs, MSD and more.  Every engine is hand assembled with racing clearances - and every rotating assembly is individually balanced.  The 347SR has the power and durability to win - right out of the crate.  Ford Racing is looking forward to working with the Sportsman Off-Road Series in 2015 and beyond."


The spec transmission rules were a joint effort from some of the premier off-road transmission builders in the sport. Auto Trans Design from Germantown, Wisconsin, J & H Performance Transmission in Garden City, Michigan, and Stoney Automotive Engineeering of Lansing, Michigan are the exclusive vendors for Sportsman Light. 


The exclusive vendor for the torque converter is Dynamic Motorsport of Melrose Park, IL. Dynamic will dyno test every converter and ensuring performance equality. 


Currie Enterprises of Corona, California will be the exclusive ring and pinion suppler of Sport Light. Currie is offering every Sport Light competitor two sets of gear, one short-course and one long-course combination. The ratios will be the same for every competitor.


The class will be fully supported by the companies in the MORR contingency program as well as Ford Racing Contingency Program -


For complete rules information and spec contacts on the Sportsman Light Truck class, visit: 


If your company is interested in any marketing opportunities, with the Sportsman Off-Road Series as well as the MORR Contingency Program, please contact Mike Reusche:   847.343.4658.


2015 Sportsman Off-Road Series Schedule


May - MORR Test Day  Crandon, WI


June 6-7 Crandon, WI

June 27-28  Crandon, WI

July 18-19  Bark River, MI

August 15-16  Bark River, MI

September 5-6  Crandon, WI


Jan. 9, 2016 Banquet  Bark River, MI* 






About Crandon International Off-Road Raceway

Crandon International Off-Road Raceway celebrates its 46th year of short-course racing action. The "Big House" is built on a solid foundation of world-class motorsports talent, equipment and support; the dedication of a not-for-profit board of directors ensuring the "Crandon experience," the financial support of corporate partners and the devotion of raceway volunteers and organizations that look forward to the return of loyal fans each and every year. With its roots in Baja and its birth in Crandon, short-course off-road racing is known as the fastest, most punishing form of auto racing on the planet.     



10104 US HIGHWAY 8 P.O. BOX 101   Crandon, Wisconsin, 54520, USA

Tel: (715) 478-2222    



About Bark River International Off-Road Raceway

This year marks the 40th anniversary of the Bark River Lions Club hosting off-road racing in the Michigan's Upper Peninsula. From its meager beginnings, the facility has grown to become one of the premiere off-road racing venues in the country. The Bark River Lions Club was organized on January 12, 1943 with 24 charter members. These members, led by President Joseph Gucky and Secretary/Treasurer B.E. Douglas, put in place a set of standards and goals which members hold true to this day. Since then the club, thanks in part to the contributions of the off-road community, has established an unprecedented record of community, regional, and international contributions and service.  


Bark River International Off-Road Racway

Bark River Lions Club    Attn: Race Committee

4014 D Road   Bark River, MI. 49807, USA 

tel: (906) 466-9020    


About Midwest Off-Road Racing (MORR)

The goal of the Midwest Off-Road Racing group is to insure affordable racing for the Midwest Sportsman Off-Road Racer by uniting racers with a common voice. By maintaining affiliations with approved sanctioning bodies, this will allow the competitor and the enthusiast to enjoy off road racing now and in the future.