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A.M. Report – Route 66 Raceway

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The FXR Sport points battle continues between Lorenz and Yurk Story & Photos: Matt Pranger

As the AMSOIL Championship Snocross season enters the fourth quarter, it also nears the end of another great year of amateur snocross racing on the national tour.

This week’s venue is home of race cars that top the 300 MPH mark during the  summer months, The Route 66 Drag strip sits in the middle of the Route 66 Race park with NASCAR’s Chicagoland Speedway just across the road. This is the second year the snocross tour would invade the asphalt quarter mile for some insane high flying race action.

Some teams traveled directly to Chi-Town with only a couple days off from the previous round. Barley time to clean all the mud from the Michigan pits.

Racing started Friday with the Sport Lite and the FXR Sport Class.

Ryley Bester showing much poise and control.

Ryley Bester showing much poise and control.

Sport Lite 1 – As this is not a points class it is hard to judge or rank the riders and how they stack up thus far this season. Keep in mind all the movement from class to class, as some kids drop down from Sport. Also teams have added riders from Sweden, Norway, and Canada as the season has progressed. And then there are a couple that have even jumped up from the Jr. 14-15 & 16-17 class. There have been several different winners and numerous different podium placements as well. Now that Adam Peterson has moved up to the FXR Sport class, the door was opened for another to shine and be the class favorite when they line up for the final rounds of the season. Ryley Bester could possibly be the racer to wear that title heading into the season finale at Lake Geneva in two weeks. The young man from Frattalone Racing on his FXR Arctic Cat has recently moved up from the Jr. classes to challenge himself and improve his skills among faster riders. Well it turns out he is the faster rider, after already stepping on the top of the podium in Michigan. Bester doubled up at Route 66 and swept the Sport Lite class for the weekend, winning all four heat races and both finals. Between all of that, on Saturday morning he limped a sled with motor issues onto the podium twice in the Jr. classes. He didn’t do it without a fight though as on Friday, Schlauderaff Racing’s Bailey Forst and his Fly Racing Arctic Cat jumped out to a early hole shot and at one point looked to have the race in the bag. Bester and Carson Alread put their heads down and chased him down. Only Bester could manage to get by for the win leaving Bailey in second and Alread in third. Alread also recently moved up from the Jr. classes and was very stoked to be on the national podium for the first of three times on the  weekend.

Saturday was almost the same story minus Alread, who focused on the Jr. classes on Saturday. Forst had a early lead but Bester and Joachim Olsen from Team Woodies Racing were on a mission battling all the way to the front with Forst. The three went into the final corner together and only Bester and Forst would come out and see the white flag. Patrick Hamilton of Haala Racing had joined in on the chase and found himself sitting in a podium position as they made their way around for the final lap. Olen gather himself, refired and finished in a disappointing sixth place.

Carson Alread wins Jr. 15-16 and finished second in Jr. 16-17

Carson Alread wins Jr. 15-16 and finished second in Jr. 16-17

Jr. 15-16 & 16-17 – Bester has owned theses two classes all season, But don’t say that to Carson Alread and Reid Runkel. Both have been trying to knock Bester off and put an end to his season-long win streak. Runkel may already be in his head after beating him in a heat race in Michigan. Runkle charged out to the lead and never looked back and getting his first win of the season in the Jr. 16-17 class. Bester finished second and Alread claimed the third spot of the podium.

Jr. 15-16 Alread grabbed a huge hole shot and rode it out to the top of the podium Bester tried to gain on Alread but did manage to hold off Cole Taylor in third and Runkle in fourth.

Transition Class – Andy Pake grabbed the top of the box followed by Anson Scheele and Kyle Thome in third. Thome has stood on the podium every race this season but still looking for his first win

Woodies Racing JR Girls 9-13 –  Taven Woodie won her sixth straight final with Inanna Hauger the only racer to beat Taven this year (Duluth) finished in second. And McKaylee Meyerhofer from Waterford Wisconsin,Crossed the finish line in third place.

Jr. 10-13 – Eric Downs continued to be the top of the class with wins in both his heat races and the final. Evan Christian is more determined to beat Downs than ever before and continued to improve and stay in the race with Eric finishing in second place. Anson Scheele ran third and Brayden Kernz from Evolution Racing ran strong and finished fourth.

120 Champ – Plaisted Racing has been a dominating force in the 120 Champ class for many years, not only do they have some of the hottest looking sleds on the track, they are fast as well. Cameron Cole won his sixth straight Champ final of the season as Crayden Dillon ran in second and  Tyler Martinson finished third.

FXR Sport –  I saved the best for last as this class is not only competitive , but has carried a great story line all season as the chase for the points is on for real in this class.

Jake Geeseman winner of the FXR Sport 1 class.

Jake Geeseman winner of the FXR Sport 1 class.

On Friday it was clear to see right from the start of the day that #139 Jake Geeseman on his SpeedPunks Polaris was the man to beat. Geeseman qualified number one with nobody even close to him in his heat races. Lorenz, Yurk, and Eddie Neubauer  all players in the points battle would all have to fight for the second and third spots as Geeseman would not be denied his first national win in a couple years. But Evan Daudt had other ideas where second place was concerned and the kid from Longville, Minnesota was standing in that second spot at the end of the night. Points leader Lorenz overcame a bad day where he had a DNF and lost points to Yurk all day long until the final where he finished third. Yurk finished fourth and Neubauer fifth. Lorenz Points lead was now down to 23 points going into Saturday.

ake Yurk fighting thru chasing the FXR Sport points championship.

Jake Yurk fighting thru chasing the FXR Sport points championship.

On Saturday Lorenz padded his points lead with a better day and won the FXR Sport 2 class. Ingles performance racers Leo and Hunter Patenaude have had there XPS Ski-Doo”s dialed in this season and Saturday there hard work paid off for them both. Hunter finished on the box in second place in front of second in point Jake Yurk. And Leo followed in fourth. At the end of the weekend Lorenz walked away with a 56 point lead going into the season finale in Lake Geneva Wisconsin. 

Well, we have one last stop and it is a good one. SnoX365 will be there all weekend and will also have coverage of the Showdown at Sundown as the top Regional riders from certain classes have been invited to lay claim that there Regional is the top in the nation.

More from Geneva in two weeks.

Ingles Performance Hunter Patenaude, second in Sport 2.

Ingles Performance Hunter Patenaude, second in Sport 2.

Logan Frattalone Jr. 10-13 class.

Logan Frattalone Jr. 10-13 class.

Brayden Kernz from Evolution Racing ran strong and finished fourth.

Brayden Kernz from Evolution Racing ran strong and finished fourth.

Plaisted Racing has been a dominating force in the 120 Champ class.

Plaisted Racing has been a dominating force in the 120 Champ class.

Woodies Racing Jr. Girls 9-13

Woodies Racing Jr. Girls 9-13