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A.M. Report – ISOC Shakopee, MN

Great racing in the Sport Lite class as there were many entries this weekend.

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By Matt Pranger

If you like a high flying long technical snocross track then Shakopee is just the venue for you. Canterbury Park is a favorite of many on the tour. Located in the middle of a horse racing track with indoor seating and a great view, a casino, vendors for as far as you can see down in the lobby area, perfect lighting for some exciting night racing, and the pro in view and easy to access for the fans. Everything about this event is the perfect setting for a snocross race.

This past weekend was a three day race weekend but the amateurs were only scheduled to race Friday and Saturday as Sunday was a make up date for the foggy cancellation at Duluth. Amateur racing is a big part of the National series and we know that they don’t get the recognition they deserve as most if not all the coverage is of the Pro and Pro lite drivers and crews. That’s why RIDEX365 makes it a point to be out there when the kids are racing, as they may someday will be the ones racing out of a factory trailer like last year sport riders Jake Yurk and Nicholas Lorenz. With that being said its time to get to the racing action that took place this past weekend.

Friday was a later start with only the FXR Sport class and Sport lite on the docket for the amateur teams. The weather was cold with temps hovering around zero and below at times. Snow dust was a factor all weekend witch made hole shots a must for all. Shakopee is also the venue with an elevated starting gate that always makes for some exciting races.

Spot Lite 1 –  was a good size class with 48 entries and five heats. This class has become one of the more exciting classes this season a lot of that is because of the Eric Downs ,Carson Alread matchup. Both of theses  future stars of the sport are hard-nosed determined racers that settle for nothing less than a win. and again this weekend they served notice to the rest of the class that if you want to win you will have to beat one or both of them. These two have been going at each other every race this season and Friday Shakopee was no different. Both would win there first round of heat races and then meet in round two with Downs winning and being the number one qualifier going into the final. Jordan Wolfe who hasn’t been to a race since the season opener was in town and looking fast all morning and was looking to make a statement that he was here today and nothing was going to come easy. In the final Alread was on point as he navigated his new Polaris around the lengthy course the ISOC crew had provided for the weekend. there would be no stopping Carson from standing on the top of the Box today and it was evident his determination to win. Downs gave chase but just couldn’t get there to make a pass or challenge Alread for the win and finished in second. Wolfe put his head down and charged hard to a third place finish and a well deserved trip to the sport lite podium and eager for Saturday and another shot.

FXR Sport classFXR Sport 1 – four heats in this class on Friday made for some great racing as the Sport riders took to the track. Ingles Performance entry  Hunter Patenaude and Ryley Bester of Frattalone Racing  came out swinging hard and fast. Along with Fast Freddie Grove and Juy Lura all winners of there first heats. Patenaude, and Bester also won there second heats setting up a great main.  Jay Lura and Francis Pelletier both made it to the main thru the LCQ. In the final it was all Francis Pelletier from St-Prime, Quebec as he set the pace and cruised to the win. Adam Peterson got his season back on track with a second place finish, and out of the snow dust Jay Lura crept up on Bester and made a photo finish pass for third pace.

Saturday was a very early start as the kids hit the track at 7:30am for practice. After that the day started with the transition sleds. 

Transition 8-12 class it was Jordan Lebel was set the pace and backed it up in the final with a huge win. Drew Freeland rode well and finished in second place followed by Matt LaMourea in third.

Transition 8-10 – Lawson Sterry was the one standing on top of the podium joined beside him in second was Tyler Poker with a second place effort. Tanner Johnson grabber third and was all smiles standing on the podium.

Woodies Racing Jr Girls –  Inanna Hauger is a hard nosed determined racer and Saturday she was rewarded for her hard work and never quit racing style with her first win in the Jr Girls class. Sophia Hulsey gets faster with every race and this weekend she landed in second place after a very well run final. Makenna Kleiman returned to the Jr girls podium with a third place finish.

Jr 10-13 –  Andy Pake outran Jordan Lebel to claim the top spot on the box leaving Lebel in second. Anson Scheele battled his way to a third place finish, and Adam Ashline and Drew Freeland rounding out the top five.

Jr 14-15 & 15-16 – Eric Downs and Carson Alread meet again, this time Downs would win the Jr 14-15 class with Alread in second, and Zak Farmer finishing in third. In the Jr 15-16 class this time Alread grabbed the win and Downs finished second and Raphael Lemieux rounding out the podium in third place. This class will be fun to watch the remainder of the season.

Sport Lite 2 –  Alread and Downs racing in the Jr classes this day opened the door for others to get a crack at the podium. Jordan Wolfe who had been running strong all weekend grabbed the win with Austin Stramm in second and Steve Walker making his first ever trip to the podium finished third.

FXR Sport 2 – This is a crazy fast class and as past years have proven there is no clear favorite in the Sport class as anyone can win at any given time. the proof was in this weekend after Friday already produced different winners Saturday would be much the same. Mitchell Thelen looks like he might be back to the old Mitchell from past seasons as he returned to the podium and was happy to celebrate with his team on the box. Francis Pelletier the winner from Friday grabbed second place and Hunter Patenaude salvaged his weekend with a third place finish.

120 Champ – Cameron Cole grabbed the win followed by tucker Haala in second and Crayden Dillon finishing his day in third place.

Now the series takes a week off and then we head for the black hills of Deadwood South Dakota for the very popular Deadwood National. And you can bet RIDEX365 will be there to cover all the great armature racing action.

Sport rider Jake Geeseman made his return to racing after suffering a terribe injury at the season opener-3

Sport rider Jake Geeseman made his return to racing after suffering a terrible injury at the season opener.

Evan Christian from KC Motorsports doing work in the Sport lite division-2

Evan Christian from KC Motorsports doing work in the Sport Lite division.

Francis Pelletier FXR Sport class Francis magde two trips to the podium with a first on Friday and a second on Saturday

Francis Pelletier FXR Sport class Francis made two trips to the podium with a first on Friday and a second on Saturday.

Jordan Wolfe celebrates his win in sport lite with his buddys who finished second and third

Jordan Wolfe celebrates his win in Sport Lite with his buddies who finished second and third.

Eric Downs after a long day on Saturday with the hardware in hand

Eric Downs after a long day on Saturday with the hardware in hand.

120 racers were taking advantage of the huge table top jump

120 racers were taking advantage of the huge table top jump.

Jr Girls winner Inanna Hauger is greeted by Dad Joe Hauger after she won. A very proud moment for this Father

Jr. Girls winner Inanna Hauger is greeted by dad Joe Hauger after she won. A very proud moment for this father.

Kyle Thome having fun in the Jr 10-13 class

Kyle Thome having fun in the Jr. 10-13 class.

Raycer Frank and company in the transition class

Raycer Frank and company in the Transition class.

Jordan Lebel flying high all weekend with a couple trips to the podium

Jordan Lebel flying high all weekend with a couple trips to the podium.

Jordan Brinkman from Team Woodies Racing putting in laps in the Sport lite division

Jordan Brinkman from Team Woodies Racing putting in laps in the Sport Lite division.