Snowmobile Watercross racing returned to the Michigan’s Keweenaw Peninsula recent, and it made enough of a splash (OK, bad pun) to get local media attention!

The Daily Mining Gazette out of Houghton, Michigan, did a nice job creating hype for the Superior Watercross Shootout, also known as the Jeff Moyle Memorial Water-X hosted by the Lake Linden Fire Department, in honor of the former snowmobile racer (both in watercross and ovals) who died in a parasailing accident in 2008.

For the uninitiated, the reporter did a very good job of describing watercross racing — using various sources, giving some historic data and much more. Normally our sport doesn’t benefit from such great coverage! It was the host International Watercross Association’s (IWA) first race above the Houghton-Hancock bridge in some time, which may have helped garner the link from the local paper.

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File photo of past watercross race.

By the time the race weekend was completed, some familiar names were the ones carrying the checkered flags. David Fischer took the Pro Open and Pro Stock ovals final and expanded his lead in the season points, and local boy Neil Marietta (whose dad is quoted in the Mining Gazette’s story) did the same in Semi-Pro Open while Grand Whitaker claimed Semi-Pro Stock and tightened the overall points chase there.

Full race results are on the IWA’s Facebook page. Thanks again to the Daily Mining Gazette for the coverage!

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