Just when many folks thought the snowmobile season was over comes a weekend with two huge snowmobiling events – that’s right, the racing and fun continues, so don’t put away your love of the sport just yet, though you may want to smear on some sunscreen and unpack your shorts before going to at least one of the events this weekend.
At both Lake Geneva, Wisconsin, and West Yellowstone, Montana, the action will be fast and furious on March 16-18. But even if you’re not a huge racing fan, there are reasons to attend both events – including checking out all of the 2013 snowmobiles that will be on display from all four manufacturers — Arctic Cat, Ski-Doo, Polaris and Yamaha.
ISOC Finale In Lake Geneva
The forecast calls for 70-plus degree temperatures and even a slight chance of a thunderstorm on Saturday for this weekend’s Neilsen Enterprises Grand Finale weekend on the ISOC race circuit in Lake Geneva, Wisconsin. Yes, the temperatures will be warm, but the hosting Grand Geneva Resort has been making snow all winter and assures us there’s plenty to last through the weekend.
Going into the weekend, Quebec’s Tim Tremblay (Warnert Racing/Ski-Doo) hosts a fairly substantial 27 point lead over Wisconsin’s Ross Martin (Judnick Motorsports/Polaris), with Robbie Malinoski (Schuering Speed Sports/Ski-Doo) 13 points behind Martin, but the lead is not insurmountable. In fact, there will be two Pro Open finals at Lake Geneva, and there are up to 45 points available each day between heats and the finals.
In Pro Lite, the situation is somewhat similar. Wisconsin’s Kody Kamm (Hentges Racing/Polaris) holds a 39 point lead over Idaho-native Derek Ellis (Boss Racing/Ski-Doo). Kamm has a somewhat larger lead, but with two finals over the course of the weekend, Ellis does have the ability to close in.
Racing starts on Friday with some “showdown” racing and a broad assortment of classes. The big points races happen Saturday and Sunday, with Pro Open finals at 5:25 p.m. Saturday and 3:20 p.m. Sunday.
For information visit www.ISOCracing.com.
West Yellowstone Expo
One of the coolest events in all of snowmobiling kicks off this weekend in West Yellowstone, Montana. The annual World Snowmobile Expo has been a mainstay in the sled market for 22 years, with all sorts of racing action, a large vendor display including the new sleds, a swap meet, interesting things to do and – most importantly – still good riding conditions in the surrounding national forest lands.
You want to see sleds in action? The Expo events include a Mountain West Racing snocross event, snow drags and radar runs from the Western States Snowmobile Racing Association, vintage snowmobile displays and demos and, new this year, the “120 Western Grand Championships” – a shootout of sorts for kids racing. There will also be bracket racing on Sunday, a “Best Of The West” snowmobile freestyle show on Saturday and much more.
For information, visit www.snowmobileexpo.com.