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A.M. Report – ISOC Fargo

Presented By Polaris

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By Matt Pranger

Weather continues to be a factor on the ACS 2015/2016 National tour. Warmer than normal temperatures made it nearly imposable to pull this race off. But as they always say ‘the show must go on” and that it did much to the displeasure of many.

The weekend produced temps in the low 30s all with a very overcast/foggy feel.  The track was small with the lack of snow and the melting of what they did have the snow was wet and dirty.

Sport Lite and Sport were the only amateur classes to hit the track on Saturday. Adam Peterson was fast all day finishing on top of the box and went 1-1-1 in Sport Lite. Brandon Lind from Antioch, Illinois grabbed second in the final, and Taylor Cole from Plaisted Racing made his first ever podium in third.

In FXR Sport 1, Durk Roper raced his way into the main going 2-3 in his heat races and then ran the race of his life and finished the day on top of the Sport podium. Points leader Jake Yurk raced his way to third after a bottled up start and poor visibility the whole race. Eddie Neubauer from the newly formed N2 Racing team continued his good season in second place.

Sunday was a full day of great amateur racing as the kids were up at the crack of dawn ready to get out there and race.

Transition 8-12 was first up and the race action was fast and furious as the young riders battled for that National win. Raycer Frank was the number one qualifier going into the final, but he could not run down Andy Pake who lit the flames first over the finish line table top. Kellen Chapuran rounded off the podium in third, making it an all Arctic Cat podium.

Great podium.The Woodies Racing Jr Girls 9-13 class. All three girls are from the Regional series out west. Great friends and rivals.

Great podium.The Woodies Racing Jr Girls 9-13 class. All three girls are from the regional series out west. Great friends and rivals.

Next up was the Jr Girls 9-13 class. This is a new class formed this season and so far has been a good turn out. Taven Woodie was perfect on the day and won her first national race against her back home regional rivals of Ryley Hasenack and Tausha Lange from out west.

Jr 10-13 was all Eric Downs as he won both of his heat races and the final making it look easy. Downs has now won every heat race and final of the season that he has raced in. Andy Pake stood on the podium for second time of the day in 2nd place. Anson Scheele nabbed his second podium of the season in third place.

Jr 14-15 and 16-17 is owned by the one fifty one sled of Ryley Bester. Bester won four heat races and both finals continuing his perfect season and making Frattalone Racing one of the most dominating teams in the pits. Kole Snyder and Taylor Cole completed the 14-15 podium. Devin Malcein and Kole Snyder filled the 16-17 top spots.

Sport Lite 2 was a huge class on Saturday having six heats in each round. Baily Forst of Schlauderaff Racing got his season on track with his first trip to the top of the box. Forst struggled at Duluth after a off season switch from Polaris to Arctic Cat. Patrick Hamilton finished the final in second place and Jordan Wolfe made a podium appearance  in third.

Leo Patenaude fought his way back to the FXR Sport podium on Sunday with a 2nd place run in the final.

Leo Patenaude fought his way back to the FXR Sport podium on Sunday with a near-miss 2nd place run in the final.

FXR Sport 2 found our points leader Jake Yurk and his Polaris back on the top of the podium and in control of his goal of a Championship. Ingles Performance entry of Leo Patenaude raced hard to make the final and finished second after missing the main the previous night. Patenaude led the majority of the final until getting caught behind a lapper in the final corner. Adam Peterson cracked the Sport podium in third and looks to be on his way to a stellar season.

We saved the best for last as the 120 champ class is run later in the day so the kids get to be apart of the Pro program. One of the reasons for this is because the racing is always fierce as theses kids pilot these unlimited mod sled around the national track.

Champ 120 podium

Champ 120 podium

Carson Berry, the only kid from Michigan in the 120 class this year was in town and he had one thing in mind, winning the race. Berry held off the number one qualifier Cameron Cole as the two young snocross racers put on a show for the huge Fargo crowd. Haala Racing’s Tucker Haala joined them on the podium in third.

That leaves us a quarter of the season complete and off for three weeks for the holiday break. The next stop, Shakopee, is my personal favorite race every year. I can’t wait to get out there for some great amateur racing that these young athletes provide for us each week.

See you at Canterbury and I hope you all have a Merry Christmas and a safe New Year.

Frattalone Racing in the Holiday spirit.

Frattalone Racing in the Holiday spirit.

The snow was wet and heavy holeshots were a key factor all weekend.

The snow was wet and heavy holeshots were a key factor all weekend.

Eric Downs backs up his Duluth win with a Victory at Fargo.

Eric Downs backs up his Duluth win with a Victory at Fargo.

Schlauderaff Racing's IS140

Schlauderaff Racing’s IS140

Ian Buchman in FXR Sport action.

Ian Buchman in FXR Sport action.