The snowmobile racing season is back, and with it comes yet another season of the fantasy Snowmobile Racing Challenge game here on SnowGoer.com. It applies fantasy sports to snocross racing results, allowing fans to get in on the action on a certain level and challenge friends and strangers by predicting finishing orders of the actual events.
The ISOC Amsoil Championship Snocross circuit will run eight weekends of racing, and with it we’ll have eight rounds of the Snowmobile Racing Challenge, in which participants earn points for predicting the final results of the last Pro class race of the weekend. The game is designed to be very easy to understand. It’s free to play, and players can participate in a single week or collect points during the whole season.
Here’s How To Play
For each race event, players predict the top six in the finishing order in the final Pro final in snocross. Those selections are made using pull-down windows that include the names of all expected participants at the event — so you don’t have to be a racing expert to play. If a fantasy player nails a driver to the position they actually finish, the player will get 20 points for that driver. If, however, they are one position off, the player gets 15 points for that driver, 14 if they finish two positions off, 13 point if three positions off, etc. Points are only earned for drivers who finish in the top six.
At the end of the weekend, points are tallied and the standings are updated. Then players can make their picks for the following event.
The Snocross game will be based off of results from the last Pro final of any given weekend on the ISOC Amsoil Championship Snocross series — which is available to watch online every race weekend. Picks must be made by a deadline that will be set each weekend, and once picks are made they are locked in.
Points races in our fantasy game will be:
- Dec. 18, Fargo, North Dakota
- Jan. 14, Shakopee, Minnesota
- Jan. 28, Deadwood, South Dakota
- Feb. 18, Salamanca, New York
- March 4, Sioux Falls, South Dakota
- March 11, Elk River, Minnesota
- March 25, Cannonsburg, Michigan
- April 2, Dubuque, Iowa
Last season, the Snocross title was claimed by Eric Swenson, who narrowly defeated the defending champion Russell Miller. Swenson collected 502 points in the eight-round game, with Miller (480 points) barely holding off somebody listed only as “Gordie” (479 points) for the second step on the podium. A total of 289 people played for at least one round.
We may add an oval sprint game in the near future as well. Stay tuned.