AMMC racing season announced
For anyone who is ready to sign up or renew their AMMC Racing Membership for the 2015 season, the club’s RaceDay online registration is up and running. Thanks go to the Alaska Spine Institute for sponsoring the software for the club this season. Contact an AMMC Racing Board of Directors member for information on how to use this new system. http://ammc.myracedayapp.com/sign_in
JBER Snowmachiners Club
to hold safety course
North Road Productions offers an entry-level riding-safety course at 1 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 17, at Turnagain Pass. JBER Snowmachiners Club is hoping to get as many members out there as possible. To attend, R.S.V.P. on the JBER Snowmachiners Club Facebook page under the event link.
Big Lake WinterFest
shifts its celebration date
Big Lake WinterFest 2015: It’s “Movin,’ Groovin,’ and Shakin’ ” better than ever. Join the fest this year as they enjoy longer days, spring sunshine and celebrate the waning days of the beautiful Big Lake winter. The Big Lake WinterFest moves to its new date – Saturday, March 21 – to combine with the Big Lake Chamber of Commerce Ice Fishing Derby.
WinterFest 2015 offers ice fishing, Big Lake trails family fun run, the ever-popular Bunny Boot Bling contest, sled dog races, dog weight-pull competition, snowmaching raves, beer garden, helicopter rides, concert on the ice, fireworks and more.
The full schedule of events should be posted early this month at biglakewinterfest.com or on Facebook. For additional information, contact Ina Mueller at 907-230-0935 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Kincaid 120 race set for Jan. 10
at motocross track
The Alaska State Sno-X Lions Club has reached an agreement with the municipality of Anchorage to hold its second annual Kincaid 120 Race at the Kincaid motocross track. According to members of the club, it has been working tirelessly with the muni to find a permanent location for its races. With the city’s recent approval, it looks as if the race now has a permanent place to become tradition.
The main focus of the Alaska State Sno-X Lions Club is to get Sno-X back in Alaska, member Katie Ferguson said. The group is starting with 120 racers, and working to make hitting ramps as safe as possible for kids and adults interested in freestyle.
Gates open at 10 a.m. Jan. 10 for practice and late sign-ups, and racing begins at noon. Due to noise restrictions, all sleds must be sound checked prior to entering the track. There will be more information and a sign-up available on the club’s Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/AKSnoX.
to host annual Alcan 200
The 46th annual Alcan 200 Snowmachine Race fires up on Jan. 16, at the Fogcutter Bar with rider sign-up at 5 p.m., as well as the Calcutta auction.
Saturday morning, Jan. 17, is race day. There is a rider’s meeting at 9 a.m. and the race takes off from Mile 42 at the Canadian border, at 10 a.m. sharp. The riders race toward Dezadeash Lodge, where they wait to restart and rip back down to the finish line.
Last year’s overall winner was Haines resident Chris Brooks, crossing the finish line with a time of 1 hour and 27 minutes. Brooks will be back this year to defend his title.
Following the race on Saturday evening is the awards banquet and dinner at the American Legion.
Iron Dog gets nod
in Alaska Sports Hall of Fame
At 2,031 miles, the Iron Dog is the “longest and toughest snowmachine race in the world.” And that’s not just a slogan anymore. Voters have named the Iron Dog Race the top “event” to be inducted into the 2015 Class of the Alaska Sports Hall of Fame, where it will join other great Alaska events such as the Iditarod, Mount Marathon Race and the Great Alaska Shootout.
Iron Dog began in 1984 as a 1,000-mile race from Big Lake to Nome. It was doubled to the current distance at the 10th annual race in 1994 and now goes from Big Lake to Nome then on to Fairbanks. In 2015, the race will have a ceremonial start in downtown Anchorage for the first time.
The Alaska Sports Hall of Fame will hold an induction ceremony in February at the Anchorage Museum auditorium. The event will be free and open to the public. The date and time will be announced at a later time.
“The Class of 2015 reflects the tremendous diversity of sport we have in our state,” said Alaska Sports Hall of Fame Executive Director Harlow Robinson. “The selection panel and the public voters had to make difficult choices, but once again finished with an exceptional group.”
More than 1,500 people participated in the public voting process. The accumulative public vote total constituted one ballot equal to a selection panel member’s ballot.
The selection panel member are Bob Eley, retired sports editor, Faibanks Daily News-Miner (chairman); Beth Bragg, sports editor, Alaska Dispatch News; Lew Freedman, Chicago, former Anchorage Daily News sports editor and author of numerous books about Alaska sports; George Houston, longtime Juneau Douglas High School basketball coach; Mike Janecek, Palmer, longtime high school coach and athletics administrator; Danny Martin, sports editor, Fairbanks Daily News-Miner; Kathleen Navarre, Kodiak and Dimond High School coach and administrator; Steve Nerland, Anchorage, American Legion baseball manager; and Mike Sica, longtime Alaskan sports broadcaster and journalist. Results of Internet voting by the public constituted the panel’s 10th vote.
in Michigan races
The cross country season opener in Houghton, Mich., took place in early December, and Yamaha rider Matt Piche took the win in the Pro Stock on his Viper racer. Yamaha reported that it had strong performances from the up-and-coming classes as well.
“Everyone on the team wanted to come out strong at the first race of the year,” said Yamaha Cross Country Crew Chief Brian Strawsell. “We knew we had a sled that would be competitive and that Matt and Re were ready to race. Everything just worked well for us.”
Ski-Doo X-Team racer repeats as Dominator champion
Ski-Doo X Team riders opened the snocross season in Duluth, Minn., at the ISOC season opener in winning fashion with Tim Tremblay of Scheuring Speed Sports capturing his second straight $10,000 prize at the Friday night Dominator race. The annual Spirit Mountain race is always a high-energy affair as snocross racers gather from across North America, on what is the U.S. Thanksgiving weekend, for their first taste of competition.
X-Team Top Five Results
3rd-Leo Patenaude-Ingles Performance-200-Hartland, Vt.
5th-Wade Acker-DaSilva Racing-367-Bristol, Vt.
2nd-Raphael Lemieux-144-Mascouche, Quebec
4th-Brady Love-444 Motorsports-444-Kenora, Ontario
3rd-Bauerly Racing-318-Otsego, Minn.
4th-Ross Bauerly-Bauerly Racing-821-Minneapolis
5th-Patrick Brodeur-Walls Unlimited-811-Derby, Vt.
1st-Elias Ishoel-Makita/GMC/NSK-200-Oppdal, Sor Trondelag
4th-Tim Tremblay-Air Force/Ford/Amsoil-11-Ste Jeanne D’Arc, Quebec
3rd-Lincoln Lemieux-Air Force/Rockstar/Amsoil-13-St. Johnsbury, Vt.
1st-Marcia Renheim-Jimmy John’s/Boss Racing-311-Lima, Sweden
For more information on Ski-Doo snowmobiles visit www.ski-doo.com, or the On Track blog site for racing specific information.
– courtesy of Steve Cowing, Ski-Doo
Polaris snocross racers dominate in Duluth opener, Pro Lite final
Polaris snocross racers started the 2014-2015 ISOC National season with a powerful performance as they earned three of the weekend’s six Pro Open podium spots, and they dominated the Pro Lite class – including finishing first through fourth in the weekend’s second Pro Lite final. The ISOC National tour opened Nov. 28-30 in Duluth, Minn., with the AMSOIL National at Spirit Mountain.
Kyle Pallin (Team LaVallee) reached the podium in both Pro Open finals with third- and second-place finishes, which put him second in Pro Open points after two rounds of racing.
Ryan Springer (Carlson Motorsports) won one Pro Lite final, and Andrew Carlson (Carlson Motorsports) finished fourth and third in the weekend’s finals, making Carlson the points leader.
Pro Open: Pallin and Kamm have sights set on title
In the weekend’s first Pro Open final on Saturday, Nov. 29, Kody Kamm (Hentges Racing) finished second and Kyle Pallin took third. Justin Broberg (Hentges Racing) finished sixth and Jake Scott (Team LaVallee) finished 11th.
In the second Pro Open final held on Sunday, Pallin once again reached the podium with a second-place finish, and Kamm finished fourth after making it into the final via the last chance qualifier (LCQ). Jake Scott finished eighth and Justin Broberg (Hentges Racing) finished 10th.
After two rounds of Pro Open racing, Pallin was second in points while Kamm was third. Broberg was in eighth, Jake Scott was in ninth, Ross Martin (Judnick Motorsports) was 12th, and Andrew Lieders (Team LaVallee) was 13th.
Pro Lite: Podium dominance and a 1-2-3-4 sweep
In the weekend’s first Pro Lite final, Jake Angove (Fort Fremont Racing) reached the podium with a second-place finish. Andrew Carlson was fourth, Travis Muller (Cottew Motorsports) was fifth, and Zak Mason (Leighton Motorsports) was sixth.
In Sunday’s Pro Lite final, Polaris Terrain Domination was on full display as Polaris racers finished 1-2-3-4. Ryan Springer (Carlson Motorsports) earned the victory, Zak Mason took second, Andrew Carlson was third, and Trevor Leighton (Leighton Motorsports) finished fourth.
Andrew Carlson, who finished second overall in Pro Lite points last season, left Duluth as the class points leader. Zak Mason was third in points after two rounds, Trevor Leighton was fourth, Jake Angove was sixth, Ryan Springer was eighth, James Johnstad (Judnick Motorsports) was 10th, and Travis Muller (Cottew Motorsports) was 11th.
Ross Martin takes second in AMSOIL Dominator
In the AMSOIL Dominator, the non-points feature traditionally held on Friday night of the Duluth racing weekend, Ross Martin reached the final by winning the LCQ and finished second in the finale. Martin, a two-time winner of the AMSOIL Dominator, had to start one row behind the other two racers in the final, and his determined bid to win the special trophy and $10,000 winner’s purse fell just short. The AMSOIL Dominator field is made up of the weekend’s top Pro Open qualifiers. They face off in three-lap head-to-head duels until just three racers are left for the final.
More podium finishes in Pro-Am and Sport classes
In the weekend’s Pro-Am +30 final, Justin Tate (2-Eight Motorsports) finished second as five Polaris racers earned top-10 finishes. Patrick Brodeur (Walls-Unlimited) took fifth, Luke Routh (RF3 Industries) was seventh, Bruce Jesionowski (Snirt Racing) finished ninth, and Scot Adams (Never Enough Racing) took 10th.
Four Polaris racers finished in the top 10 in the Pro-Am Women’s final, led by Janell Smith (Team NorthStar) in fourth. Amanda Duitsman (Plaisted Racing) finished sixth, Jakki Farmer (Farmer Racing) was seventh, and Jessica Martel took 10th.
Jacob Yurk (Team Vermillion) won the weekend’s first Sport final, and Jake Geeseman (Wollenberg Motorsports) took second in the second Sport final. Geeseman had finished fifth in the first final, which left him third in Sport points after the season’s first two rounds of racing. Yurk was fourth in points, and Cole Cottew (Cottew Motorsports) was fifth.
The second round of ISOC National racing was the U.S. Air Force National at Buffalo River Race Park in Glyndon, Minn., near Fargo, N.D. in mid-December.
For more information on Polaris snowmobiles visit www.polaris.com
– courtesy of Marlys Knutson, Polaris