The snow may be melting quickly in most parts of the Upper Midwest, but it’s white as can be at the Grand Geneva Resort in Lake Geneva, Wisconsin, right now, as the ISOC Amsoil Championship Series wraps up its season with three full days of high flying snowmobile snocross racing this weekend, March 13-15.
As this is being written on Friday afternoon, racing has begun at the host ski resort on a great looking track, but the current temperature is 60 degrees Fahrenheit — including wind chill, that’s about 100 degrees warmer than at some stops on the series this season! The warmth is hardly ideal for the racers, but for fans who want to take in some of the high-flying action while wearing short sleeve shirts, it could be incredibly ideal. Watch for bikini tops!
Those far away or unable to attend can watch all the racing live via webcast by clicking here, and on Sunday the Pro Open final will be carried live online as well as on the cable and satellite CBS Sports Network.
Not surprisingly, given his domination reflected by 10 victories in the season’s 14 Pro Open finals, Tucker Hibbert (Monster Energy Arctic Cat) goes into the weekend with a chance to lock up the season points championship. He has an 89-point lead over second place Tim Tremblay (Amsoil Ski-Doo). There are three rounds of Pro Open racing this weekend, with 45 points available per round should a driver win both of his heat races and the final, so it is technically possible for Tremblay to catch the reigning champ, but it would take an injury or weekend disqualification of Hibbert to make that happen. Behind Tremblay in the points race are Kyle Pallin, Logan Christian and Ross Martin.
“It feels good heading into the final event with a big points lead. My number one priority this weekend is to win the championship,” Hibbert said in an ISOC press release.
In the Pro Lite class, things are notably tighter. Minnesota racer Ryan Springer (Carlson Motorsports Polaris) parlayed some mid-season domination to pull ahead of his nearest competitor by 34 points. Trevor Leighton (Leighton Motorsports Polaris) sits in second with 470 points, but he’s got a lot of company, with fellow Polaris racers Andrew Carlson (466 points) and Travis Muller (465 points) on his heals and Ski-Doo’s Elias Ishoel sitting fifth with 452 points. There will be just two Pro Lite finals this weekend, as opposed to three in Pro Open.
The Pro Open finals can be watched live here on snowgosite.wpengine.com. Friday’s Pro Open final is scheduled for 9:50 p.m. central time; Saturday’s race is 10:10 p.m. central; Sunday’s Pro Final is set for 2:35 p.m., but the webcast of live racing — including many other classes and qualifying races for the top pros — occurs throughout the weekend.
Try Fantasy Snocross, And Win Prizes
All season, fans of snowmobile racing have been playing the Amsoil-sponsored Snow Goer Snowmobile Racing Challenge game here on snowgosite.wpengine.com. Players guess a finishing order for the big races, and then earn points based on the actual final results on the race track.
Well, much like the snocross season wrapping up this weekend, so is the Racing Challenge, based on the results of Sunday’s Pro Open race. Right now, Abby Holkko has a commanding 30-point lead going into the last race and will likely steal the top prize package — which includes oil and swag from Amsoil and Snow Goer — but the winner of this one individual round will also get a prize package. Click here to check it out — it’s free, easy and fun. Picks are due Sunday morning.
And, for the record, a winner has also been crowned in the Ovals challenge, where a player who merely signed up under the name “Chris” will also get a prize package from Snow Goer and Amsoil.