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ACS Rounds 9 & 10 – Salamanca, NY

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The Seneca Allegany Casino played host to the northeast round of the AMSOIL Championship Snocross tour for the second consecutive year, and has historically been the case, race fans in New York came out in force.

The track, itself, was relocated to a much larger space on the opposite side of the casino property, but disappointingly, only used a portion of the available area resulting in the smallest track of the season with lap times in the low 20 second range. The track layout, a unique triangle configuration did provide three very distinct types of corners, all which created passing lanes that did make for good racing.

Tucker Hibbert was all too happy to have Deadwood in his rear view mirror and went back to dominating the field in AMSOIL Pro Open, winning both nights. With Ross Martin still out with a shoulder injury and Tim Tremblay going down in Friday qualifying with a broken leg, Kody Kamm and Kyle Pallin continued to be Hibbert’s biggest threats. The two riders swapped positions on the podium each night, with Kamm getting second on Friday and Pallin taking the second step on Saturday. Warnert Racing NSK Ski-Doo’s Johan Lidman finished fourth each night and barring his injury plagued rounds to start the season, has been one of the most consistent performers in the class.

James Johnstad has one of the highest winning percentages in Pro Lite when he is healthy. Andy Lieders joined him in the top five both nigths.

James Johnstad has one of the highest winning percentages in Pro Lite when he is healthy. Andy Lieders joined him in the top five both nigths.

In the Pro Lite class, James Johnstad was back on the top of the box on Friday followed by Cat rider Corey Watkinson, who was impressive all weekend and championship contender Corin Todd. Point leader Andrew Carlson had a rare mediocre finish in the final with a seventh, but still qualified well enough to maintain a sizable gap on Todd. On Saturday, Todd continued to turn up the heat in the chase, winning his second final in as many weekends, while Andy Lieders secured the second spot and Carlson rallied for third.

Straight outta Essexville, Michigan, Adam Weiler rode well all weekend in Sport, collecting a podium in the process.

Straight outta Essexville, Michigan, Adam Weiler rode well all weekend in Sport, collecting a podium in the process.

Once again, Sport racing provided some of the craziest action of the weekend. ECS regular Montana Jess picked up his first career national win on Friday while Adam Weiler turned in his best ride of the season in second. Cole Cottew, who was battling the flu, came through with his second podium in the last two weekends in third.

On Saturday, Travis Kern picked up the win and jumped into the class point lead. Braydon Love, still not sure if his leg is broken or not, gutted out another podium in second with Stud Boy Ski-Doo’s Dex Savage getting third. One of the biggest surprises of the weekend was Sport title contender Ryan Springer not making the final on Friday and finishing well back in eighth on Saturday when he unloaded while making a charge to the front. Friday night’s winner Jess was also knocked from contention on Saturday and suffered a serious hand injury when he was landed on during one of several melees to take place in the final. Jess lost a finger in the incident and has since had it fused back in place minus a knuckle. We spoke to his Jess Racing teammate Mike Bauer on Wednesday and he told us Montana is doing great and not in a lot of pain. His hand will be pinned for 4-5 weeks and then he can start therapy.

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Steve Scheuring logging miles in the big rig on the way to a school visit for race and team sponsor U.S. Air Force.

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This one could have been really expensive. Strong winds took out the podium and LED backdrop on Friday but it survived to shine in its full glory all weekend.

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There is a storm brewing on and off the track in the Pro Lite class with Andrew Carlson and Trevor Leighton right in the eye of it.

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Kyle Pallin continues to kill it on the starts and is reaping the rewards with Pro Open podiums.

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Johan Lidman has been flying under the radar but has been one of the feel good stories of the season with his steady results.

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Kody Kamm blew a belt in Friday qualifying but rebounded nicely in the main.

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Montana Jess experienced the highest of highs and the lowest of lows in New York, winning on Friday and going out with a season-ending injury on Saturday.

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Kamm looked strong early in Friday’s main, but Hibbert tracked him down and made his move when it counted.

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Team Southside’s Cody Paolela leads teammate Bruce Gaspardi Jr. in ECS action on Saturday.

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Former ACS regular Mike Bauer has been tearing it up in ECS. Bauer also had two strong finishes in national Pro Open during the weekend.

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Travis Muller makes the long walk back to the pits after having a clutch break in his qualifier. Despite a couple of strong runs, it has been a season to forget for the NSK racer.

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When Tim Tremblay went down with a broken leg, ECS Pro Lincoln Lemieux got the call to fill in on the Scheuring team. Lemieux ran as high as sixth in Saturday’s final and earned the ride for the rest of the season.

Staples and drain tubes are never a good sign. Tremblay's surgery to repair a broken tib plateau reportedly went well and he should be back in full rehab in four to six weeks.

Staples and drain tubes are never a good sign. Tremblay’s surgery to repair a broken tib plateau reportedly went well and he should be back in full rehab in four to six weeks.

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As part of their sponsorship of the event, the U.S. Air Force conducted a Delayed Entry Program swear-in during opening ceremonies on Saturday.

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A massive crowd surrounded the track on Saturday and rumor has it the Seneca Allegany Casino would like to sign the event to a long-term agreement.