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A.M. Report – Deadwood, SD

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Presented by Stud Boy

Words & Pics – Matt Pranger

The Deadwood national always has this certain awe to it, a feeling of excitement as you crest the hill and descend down upon the small western town located in the Black Hills of South Dakota. The race venue is located at the historic Days of ’76 Rodeo Grounds located in Downtown Deadwood. Weather was perfect all weekend for some great racing in front of a always rowdy crowd of snocross race fans that have a front row seat as the track is built in the center of the arena. Deadwood always provides plenty of racing excitement because this track is by far the shortest and smallest on the tour. You will need to be healthy and in shape to race here as this track is known to pound even the best of riders into submission. It is brutal with deep soft wet snow that changes with every lap. A good start is a must have with lap times near 25 seconds for some of the classes.

Due to the distance for some racers the entry numbers are much lower than most venues, but the excitement that this track provides more than makes up for the number of racers. Friday the sport and sport lite riders were scheduled to hit the snow late morning.

Sport lite 1 – This class gets better and better as the season goes on, the riders have stepped it up and it no longer a two man show. Riders like Steve Walter, Beau Tibbetts, and Jordan Brinkman and several others all riding well as of late make for some great racing and that is exactly what we got this venue. After six heat races there was five different winner with only Eric Downs winning both of his heats and qualifying first. Brinkman won the LCQ and lined up in the back row. Downs grabbed a clean start and set the pace where he cruised to the win followed by Brian Petersen in second place, and Jordan Brinkman finished third with a back row start.

FXR Sport 1- Ingles Performance rider Hunter Patenaude has really turned it up the past few rounds of racing, and this weekend he continued to be fast. Patenaude won both heat races and set a pace in the final that was just to much for the rest of the class as he grabbed the win. Taylor Cole was super pumped with a second place and finally getting back to the podium. Tyler Oomen made his first ever trip to the national podium as the Michigan rider finished in third place.

Saturday  racing started much earlier with more amateur classes than on Friday. The day starts earlier so they can run all the classes before opening ceremonies and the pro portion of the venue.

Transition – Jordan Lebel has been the rider to beat in transition 8-12 all season. Saturday wouldn’t be any different as the young Canadian ran a great race and finished on the top of the podium. Drew Freeland who is always happy with a spot on the box finished in second and Matt LaMourea grabbed the third place spot.

Cameron Cole was the racer who crossed the finish line first in the transition 8-10 class. Lawson Sterry finished in second place and Gavin Oldefendt rounded off the podium in third.

Jr Girls 9-13 – Makenna Kleiman of KLEIMAN RACING grabbed a hole shot and ran with it all the way to the checkered flag for her first ever win in the Jr Girls class. Taven Woodie tried hard but just couldn’t run down Kleiman and finished in second and happy to be back on the podium. McKaylee Meyerhofer ran a good race and finished in third place.

Jr 10-13 – Jordan Lebel after already winning Transition had his sights set on the Jr 10-13 podium. Jordan quickly jumped out front on the first lap and ran a flawless race and grabbing his second top spot of the day. Matt LaMourea and Anson Scheele battled it out behind him with LaMourea finishing his day in second place and Scheele was all smiles standing in third.

Jr 14-15 & 15-16 – Carson Alread VS Eric Downs round four. Theses to young and very talented riders are always doing battle. It is either one or the other. It would be much the same this race. In the 14-15 class Alread jumped out to an early lead and looked to have the win locked up when he tossed it away and  fell off his sled leaving the door open for Downs to grab the win with Zak Farmer in second and Peyton Hogan right behind him in third place.

In the 15-16 class it was evident from the start that Carson Alread was looking for redemption as he grabbed the early lead and never let up till his lit the flames of the ISOC finish line. Raphael Lemieux looked like he was on a yellow rocket ship as he flew around the track placing his Ski-Doo in second place. Eric Downs had trouble off the start and couldn’t make up the gap on the leaders and finished in third place.

Sport lite 2 – Steve Walter has been having fun lately, and when Steve is having fun he is usually winning, That was the case on Saturday as he grabbed a early lead and checked out. Beau Tibbetts was fast all weekend and it payed off for him as he finished second and Brian Petersen found himself on the podium for the second time with a third place finish.

FXR Sport 2 – Nobody has a smile as big as Adam Peterson when they win a race, Saturday we saw that smile as Adam won from the start to the finish with a smooth and graceful ride. It was the kids from Michigan after that .Jake Geeseman looking like he is back from injury and riding well finished third. Anderson Racing Camryn Anderson ran a solid moto and finished third .

120 Champ – Cameron Cole continued to dominate the class and grabbed a win with Tucker Haala in second place and in third was Carson Berry.

We will take a week off and then head over to New York for a full weekend of racing that will include east Coast Regional as well as the national. Get your practice on and see you in 2 weeks for more great amateur racing.

Sport lLte 1 podium - Eric Downs - Brian Petersen - Jordan Brinkman

Sport lLte 1 podium – Eric Downs – Brian Petersen – Jordan Brinkman

Jordan Lebel leading the way saturday in the jr 10-13 and transition class

Jordan Lebel leading the way saturday in the jr 10-13 and transition class

Ayden Zimmerman - transition class

Ayden Zimmerman – transition class

Makenna Kleiman gets her first win in the jr girls class - Taven Woodie in second and McKaylee Meyerhofer finished in third place

Makenna Kleiman gets her first win in the jr girls class – Taven Woodie in second and McKaylee Meyerhofer finished in third place

Inanna Hauger racing with the boys in the jr 10-13 class

Inanna Hauger racing with the boys in the jr 10-13 class

Carson Berry form Michigan - racing in the transition class

Carson Berry form Michigan – racing in the transition class

Tyler Ooman was strond all weekend and got his first podium in the national sport class

Tyler Ooman was strond all weekend and got his first podium in the national sport class

Jake Geeseman had a good weekend and managed a podium finish in the FXR sport 2 class

Jake Geeseman had a good weekend and managed a podium finish in the FXR sport 2 class

DEADWOOD SAT CAM 1 - 907

DEADWOOD SAT CAM 2 - 998

DEADWOOD SAT CAM 2 – 998

Camryn Anderson fought hard and finished third saturday in FXR sport 21 DEADWOOD SAT CAM 2 - 766