Winter Kicks Off With Duluth Snocross, And Fantasy Sports For Sledheads

The winter snowmobile racing season is here – at last!!

            I work with words for a living, but I can’t find any to describe how excited I am for the coming snowmobiling season. Right now, Andy is coming back from a dealership with two brand new Ski-Doo demo units; at the same time Randy is in the office next to me working on promotional materials for the new Snow Goer Snowmobile Racing Challenge that launched yesterday; at the same time as that, I’ve been exchanging emails with ISOC officials in preparation for this weekend’s Amsoil Duluth National, which will kick off the racing season.

          Busy? Yes. Excited? Beyond words!

         Let’s get into the racing stuff, in reverse order of how I mentioned them above. The Duluth National is an event I simply refuse to miss. I attended my first one in 1993 and fell in love – what an awesome way to kick off the new winter every year.

         Officials from the host Spirit Mountain ski hill and the host race circuit, the International Series of Champions, have been building a wonderful track, race teams have been busy practicing at their own facilities, and it’s almost go-time.

         You want updates from the races this weekend? You can come right back here to the blog site for them! I’ll be there Saturday and Sunday, and I’ll post news each evening from the event.

          Beyond that, me and Art Director Randy Kepner will see exactly how smart our smart phone is, with updates from the infield posted to our Facebook page (friend SnowGoer Magazine, if you haven’t already).

          Now, to the other big news: the kickoff of fantasy sports for sledheads – the Snow Goer Snowmobile Racing Challenge. You can read our press release material by clicking here, I’ll give you the cliff notes: Players pick from a menu of drivers, and get points based upon how their drivers finish. Top players can earn prizes, but everybody battles for bragging rights. The Challenge covers all of the ISOC national snocross races, plus the Eagle River World Championship, the Soo I-500, the USCC Red Lake I-500 cross country event and the Winter X Games snocross final. For year-end points, only your best eight weeks will count, so people can join late, or blow off a couple of events if they want to.

          It’s really cool, and it’s generating a lot of excitement right out of the box. It went live about 4 p.m. yesterday, and we’ve already got 48 players as I write this at 11:30 a.m. the next day. Fabulous!! Sign up now – it’s free, fun and easy!

Ah, winter. I’m so glad to see you!

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