Granby, Colorado- January 12, 2009
Xtreme Mountain Racing was back in Granby January 10th and 11th for the Acord-Cornwell Tool Invitational. This was the second of two weekend long events at the Linke Ranch and after riders had seen the track last week the racing was fast, furious and fun. The pace had definitely picked up…
The finals rounds started with the 7-10 Juniors – the littlest guys on big sleds – where the Green brothers, Jarrat and Kyler dominated on their Ski-Doo’s. Both from Riverton, WY, Jarrat took first with Kyler not far behind. The Minis took to the track next with Cameron “T-Bone” Thomas stealing the lead on a Cat to win over Logan Montgomery on his Indy in the 120 stock class.
The 120 Mod class was not even a race, Kyler Green on his loud Cat mini mod took the holeshot and lead for two long laps catching big air on that little sled. In the 10-13 Junior class AJ Stoffle on his Yellow Fan put big distance between himself and pack early in the main and easily took the win. #357 Johnny Johnson on his old bodystyle Polaris gave Dillon Thomas a good race in the Junior 14-15 main, but Dillon did pull of the win on his Top Shelf Cat.
In the oldest Juniors class the Tylor Dyess dominated on his zebra striped Ski-Doo, but had some tough luck later in the day with a crash while leading the Sport I main in the white flag lap.
The adults took to the track next with the Masters leading the charge. Eric Potter on his Felker Ski-Doo made his a win look like practice.
Ashley Buchannan graced XMR with her presence and won the Sport Women final on a borrowed machine! The Sport Stock races on Saturday and Sunday were both good battles with David Jess, Mike DePalma and Shad Peterson neck and neck in both mains. Jess on his black Cat pulled out wins in both finals. The Semi-Pro final was a great race. Eric Potter led after Zach Acord missed a downhill righthander after going big over the finish line in the first lap. Potter pulled away, but after seven laps Acord came back to make a race winning pass over the last triple.
XMR sno-cross in Granby is over for this season, but this is still just the beginning of an action packed January full of high flying sno-cross in the West. Next week XMR will be in Walden, Colorado, then riders and teams will have a weekend off and some free time to watch the X-Games in Aspen the following week, but XMR will pick up again in Eagle, Colorado on the last weekend of the month. As always, more information on XMR sno-cross, cross-country and hill-cross can be found on the XMR website at www.xmrracing.com.