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A.M. Report – Deadwood, SD

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By Matt Pranger

Deadwood, South Dakota –  Unlike the pro riders who will tell you they have a love – hate relationship with the Deadwood track. The amateur racers say they love it, but you must get a good start. After that first left hand 90 from the holeshot you just put your head down and do work. A quick prayer and a little luck will go a long way as Deadwood is brutal, and will chew you up and spit you out if you don’t bring your best stuff on race day.

Friday, the FXR Sport class and the Sport Lite class were the only amateur classes on the schedule. Beautiful weather was the perfect setting for a track built smack dab in the middle of a town surrounded by mountains. 50 degree temps also made for some heavy wet snow conditions that the riders and teams had to deal with. ISOC allowed for riders to test holeshots on Thursday, being in the mountains, setups were much different than most race weekends. Testing and setups complete, it was time to get to work and do some Snocross racing in Deadwood.

First up was the Sport Lite 1 class: It is my opinion, the three young men that stood on the podium at the end of the day are three names we will be hearing about in this sport well past the amateur ranks. First place Adam Peterson, cool and calm. Second place Riley Bester, smooth and strong and his mechanic has that sled dialed. Third place Taylor Cole, confident and smart. I watched this kid walk thru the pits helmet in hand and on his way to race. He walks with his head high and a look of determination  on his face. The Sport Lite class I think is a great addition to the series and the racing is good.

Jake Yurk holds on to the red plate withs a fith on friday and a first on saturday in the FXR Sport class.

Jake Yurk holds on to the red plate withs a fifth on Friday and a first on Saturday in the FXR Sport class.

Next was the FXR Sport 1 class: The red plate still on the Jake Yurk Polaris, Yurk has struggled the past 3 rounds and the rest of the field can smell the blood in the water. But on this night it was going to take much more than a red number plate and a field of hungry sharks that make up the FXR Sport class to keep Nickolas Lorenz off the top of the box. Lorenz and his team were traveling to this event on I-90 and hit some black ice, the truck, trailer, and sleds were totaled after flipping and rolling into the ditch.. And thankfully nobody was injured. They went back to the shop, grabbed a different truck and parted out three sleds to make one not so pretty race sled. It did not need to look pretty as Lorenz drove that  pieced-together Polaris right to the top of the FXR Sport 1 podium. His sled was fast and he was determined, and it was just one of the great moments that Deadwood always seems to produce. Eddie Neubauer and Jay Lura continued to show strength in the class, Eddie grabbed the second spot, and Jay finished in third. Points leader Yurk had a decent day finishing fifth  in the main after a first in heat one, and a fourth in heat two, he walked away eager for Saturday and still sporting the red plate.

Saturday is a amateur packed day of racing as the kids were ready to get busy in the middle of the historic rodeo 76 arena.

First on the docket was the Transition class: An all green podium lead by Freeland Racing”s Drew Freeland who won his first National Transition final. It was a great team celebration on the podium. Raycer Frank continues to be fast and finished the final in second place. The #361 Arctic Cat of Kyle Thome grabbed the third place podium spot for the second week in a row. And he started his day with a ninth in heat one, followed that up with a second in heat two.

Taven Woodie wins the Girls 9-13 class for third race in a  row.

Taven Woodie wins the Girls 9-13 class for third race in a row.

Woodies Racing Girls 9-13 class: There were only four girls that made the trip for this race, but that don’t mean it wasn’t going to be good racing. The young ladies rode hard and put on a great show for the Deadwood locals that were up early for the amateur classes. Taven Woodie and Ryley Hasenack both also raced in the JR 10-13 class with the boys (sorry fellas). Taven and Ryley battled the entire main event, swapping the lead spot several times until Ryley got hung up slightly in turn two. That was all Taven would need to get away and grab the checkered flag for the third consecutive Woodies Racing Girls 9-13 final win. Hasenack in second, Makenna Kleiman rounded off the podium and Autumn Schlauderaff finished in fourth. this is another class that is a great addition to the Snocross tour.

JR 14-15 and JR 16-17: Frattalone Racing Ryley Bester has dominated both these JR classes the fist three events this winter and this weekend would be no different. I do think we are watching one of our next stars of the sport come up thru the ranks. Zak farmer doubled up on the podium finishing third in Jr 14-15 and second in JR 16-17. Taylor Cole returned to the box with a second place run in the 14-15 class. Isaac Schlauderaff made his podium appearance of the season running hard in the JR 16-17 final.

KC Motorsports Celebrates  with Evan Christian on his second place run in the Jr. 10-13 class.

KC Motorsports Celebrates with Evan Christian on his second place run in the Jr. 10-13 class.

JR 10-13: By the time the final hit the track, the word was out in the 10-13 class. There were two girls that moved up to race with the boys and they were fast, and it showed in the heat races. The boys at Frattalone Racing were not intimidated  as Eric Downs continued his perfect season and went one-one and first in the final. KC Motorsports Evan Christian was fast all day and ran a great final finishing second. Downs Frattalone Racing teammate Logan Frattalone joined in on the podium festivities finishing third in the final.

First time on the National Podium for Tanner Johnson will be something he never forgets - 120 Champ class.

First time on the National Podium for Tanner Johnson will be something he never forgets – 120 Champ class.

120 Champ Class: one of the fans favorite classes, the 120″s always race hard and put on a great show.  Plaisted Racing Cameron Cole was the man to beat all night and he made short work of the final and was all smiles on top of the 120 Champ podium. Tyler Martinson finished in second and Tanner Johnson took third.

Team Woodies Racing celebrates on the Sport lite 2 podium as Norwegian rider Joachim Olsen get his first win on the U.S National tour

Team Woodies Racing celebrates on the Sport lite 2 podium as Norwegian rider Joachim Olsen get his first win on the U.S National tour

Sport Lite 2:  Joachim Olsen of Woodies Racing was brought in from Karasjok,Norway  to fill in for injured Sport Rider Kaden Woodie. Olsen struggled in Shakopee (his first race in the U.S) in the FXR Sport class. This week he raced both the Sport and Sport lite class. The team has worked hard and has his Arctic Cat dialed in. Joachim grabbed the top of the podium after he had a nasty off over the finish line as he tried to hold of Bester and Jesse Hendrickson.

FXR Sport 2: Fast, fierce, and intense is how I would describe this class. They all want what Jake Yurk has, that red plate. Saturday Yurk wasn’t in the mood to deal with that, he came out swinging and served notice to the rest of the class that he is still the man to beat if you want that FXR Sport Championship. Winning the final and going to New York with a little momentum and some much needed confidence for the second half of the season. Nickolas Lorenz was right there and was fast again all night finishing second in the main. Eddie Neubauer continues to ride well and finished third.

The season is now at the halfway point as we take the week off for the X-Games and hope all our Pro and Pro lite racers who are there do well and have fun. And everyone else prepares for the next stop in New York. We will see you there, and remember to keep working hard, don’t give up and it will all pay off for you in the end.

Days of 76 Rodeo Grounds Deadwood South Dakota.

Days of 76 Rodeo Grounds Deadwood South Dakota.

Sport Lite battle for a holeshot.

Sport Lite battle for a holeshot.

Last second advise from the crew chief.

Last second advise from the crew chief.

Kyle Thome finished third in the Transition class.

Kyle Thome finished third in the Transition class.

Isaac Schlauderaff made his first podium of the 2015-2016 season finishing third in the JR 16-17 class.

Isaac Schlauderaff made his podium of the 2015-2016 season finishing third in the JR 16-17 class.

Drew Freeland and crew having fun after Drew wins the Transition class

Drew Freeland and crew having fun after Drew wins the Transition class