Wycolo, Wyoming – February 9, 2009 –
Xtreme Mountain Racing invited snocross racers and spectators to 8,900ft. above sea level – the high mountains of the Snowy Range in Southern Wyoming this past weekend. This locals stomping ground brought some unexpected racers out of “retirement” (who really retires from riding anyways?) for some bumpy paint tradin’ on a tight mountain track.
The Semi-Pro Stock class had a strong group of riders running for the money. Eric Potter ran strong in the qualifiers, as did TJ Montgomery; both held strong in the final but Jake Holcomb put on a good show and took the lead midway through the main. He held off Montgomery who had just won the Masters main earlier in the day and crossed the line under the checkered before the rest of the strong field of riders. Montgomery was still the talk of the day after he came out strong in all four motos of the masters events. Even after taking a few years off from racing Montgomery rode well and found himself on the top position of the podium in the end.
The Sport classes were full of the usual fighters and this years points race is going to be a battle until the end of the season. After snapping a front shock shaft completely in two on Saturday, Shad Peterson rode his Polaris well and took the Sport II win on Sunday. Dylan Moss and Trent Channel rode in the Sport class as well, but these two are really the ones to watch in the older Juniors classes. Moss on his red IQ and Chanell on his Arctic Cat SnoPro both poduimed this weekend with Moss taking the checkered in the Junior 14-17 Xtreme class and the Junior 16-17 class. The Sport Women put on a good show this weekend with Ashley Magges (Buchanan) back after a few weeks off. She always rides smoothly and won the event on Saturday but Michelle Stoffle, Tami Acord, Amanda Felker, and Darla Murphy gave some tough competition.
More race photos and full race results with points standings can be found on the XMR website at www.xmrracing.com. XMR is officially halfway through its EIGHT race season, with four more fun events to come. Next weekend the Wyman Winter Carnival in Craig, Colorado will feature a cross-country race event in addition to snocross, a vintage sled show, ice carving, and lots more fun in the western winter.