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Kid Rock to perform at 50th anniversary world championship off-road races in Crandon
Kimberly Drake
Special to the Lakeland Times

Aug. 28 through Sept. 1, the sound of spoolin' turbs' and roaring engines will fill the air once again in Crandon at the 50th Anniversary Polaris RZR Crandon World Championship Off-Road Races. A crowd of 55,000 loyal race fans is expected for the five-day event to watch in amazement as professional drivers put the hammer down and roll coal in a series of Lucas Oil Midwest Short Course League Pro and Sportsman races and compete for the coveted Crandon World Cup.

Crandon International Raceway is a 400-plus acre, purpose-built facility known by its three generations of fans as "the Big House." Since holding its first off-road race in 1970, Crandon has been home to a beloved Labor Day weekend tradition for racers and families alike, with more than 2,200 grass camping sites and plenty of downhome entertainment all adding up to an unforgettable and timeless "Crandon Experience."

In its 50th year, Crandon International Raceway is adding a world-class concert to its massive Labor Day weekend, headlining recording artist, Kid Rock, whose style is a mix between the musical genres of hip hop, rap rock, hard rock, country and heavy metal. Songs topping the singer's list include "Bawitdaba," "Jackson, Mississippi," "Care," "Collide," as well as remakes of music by artists like John Eddie, Ted Nugent, The Rolling Stones and Lynyrd Skynyrd.

This Crandon Rocks concert is set to take to the stage from 7 to 11 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 30, and tickets are on sale now at

This year's event will bring a familiar race name back into the driver's seat, as Jamey Flannery, son of Crandon born and raised racing legend Jack Flannery, will be returning to the track behind the wheel of a new Pro 4, bringing the sound of Chevy Thunder back to loyal fans. Flannery's truck is sponsored by Doug McCoy, McCoy Group and Truck Country, and this race will be the first for Flannery since he and his father last hit the track in 1999. In celebration of this return, Flannery Racing will have apparel in the form of T-shirts and hats with the Flannery and sponsor's logos on sale, and all proceeds will go to The Howard Young Autism Foundation.

The foundation, which was created in 2017 to support the growing need for resources and services related to Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) in the community, funds equipment and professional staff that work in the educational and medical advancement of transitioning programs for both children and adults with ASD and learning disabilities.

"I live in Crandon, and I really like what my good friend Doug McCoy has done for autism in the area, so I felt that if I could be helpful from a local standpoint, then people could give back to the communities right here close to us," Flannery explained. "So, I told Doug I would like to have apparel on hand that fans could purchase and give away 100% of the proceeds from sales to the foundation. I don't know if it'll be $2,000 or if it'll be $20,000, but whatever it is, I'm going to give it all to the Howard Young Autism Foundation."

Flannery says the T-shirts and hats will be on sale at the Crandon International Raceway all weekend-long, starting at the parade on Friday, Aug. 30.

"I have a really good truck, and it's really fast, so, hopefully, we can be competitive and have some fun," Flannery said.

Race fans or those who are proud to be a part of this generous community won't want to miss this unforgettable weekend of raw dirt-slingin' power tearing up the legendary short-course track at the Crandon World Championship Off-Road Races. For ticket information, visit the official website at

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