Craig, Colorado – February 16, 2009 – The Wyman Museum hosted their annual winter carnival this past weekend and provided a great site for Xtreme Mountain Racing’s snocross and enduro races. Almost 5,000 spectators visited throughout the weekend to watch races, see vintage snowmobiles, ice sculptures, the museum and more. Wes Selby built a great track for the races and all the riders, Pro’s to 120’s, had a great weekend.
In addition to bringing his skills to the helm of the groomer, Wes Selby proved victorious in the Semi-Pro races in both the Stock and Open classes. He rode his black Cat well and put on a great show for fans. Zach Acord was in the chase as well and despite a sore hip took second in both events. The Sport classes were rounded out by the usual suspects and the points race between Peterson and DePalma continues. Dylon Moss rode hard in the sport classes as well, but had a few offs that set him back. He did however ride his Polaris to victory in the Junior 16-17 class, followed by Trevor Corbin and Trent Chanell. Debbie Montgomery rounded out the Montgomery race team and found herself on the podium in the Sport Women class, with TJ and Logan also riding well in the Masters and 120 classes respectively. Dylon Thomas won the Junior 14-15 class with the Stoffles, AJ and Michelle not for behind. The racing was good and the fans and riders had a great time.
With two days of snocross racing packed into one day in order to fit in an Enduro on Sunday, all of this action started bright and early Saturday morning. All the qualifiers were run during the day and finished just before dark. After an evening break riders took to the track after dark to run the finals under the lights. Mike DePalma thought the new format was great: “I liked racing under the lights, the visibility was good – you could see the bumps really well – it felt like a mini X-Games.” All this was a primer for an hour long Enduro on Sunday.
Early Sunday morning riders lined up for a Lemans style start and took to a modified snocross track to test their endurance. XMR ran two 30 minute motos with only a 10 minute break in between. Riders did their best to hang on and stay moving as fast as they could. The entries ranged from AJ Stoffle and Lee Slinger from the 10-13 class up to semi-pro Acord and even local long trackers. The track got really knarly with so many sleds pounding on it and in true enduro form this was a test of who could keep it together the longest. Acord won the whole event and most riders covered about 25 miles – a good test of man and machine.
XMR and Colorado Powersports will be hosting races in Walden/Gould, Colorado this coming weekend and full coverage of that event is soon to follow. Full race results, current point standings and more information on XMR snocross, cross-country and hill-cross can be found on the XMR website at www.xmrracing.com.