Ross Martin Dominates AMSOIL Championship Snocross’ Saturday Pro Open Main at Deadwood

Pro-Lite winner Jake Scott
Pro-Lite winner Jake Scott

DEADWOOD, S.D. (Feb. 2, 2013) – The little historic town of Deadwood, South Dakota was the snowmobile capital of the world this past weekend, hosting the world’s top snowmobile racers for the seven and eight AMSOIL Championship Snocross, presented by Traxxas rounds at the Days of ’76 Rodeo Grounds.

Coming out on top in one of the more thrilling storylines of the ACS season was Ross Martin (DuPont/Jack Links/Polaris), who put an end to Tucker Hibbert’s (Monster Energy/Arctic Cat) five-race Pro Open class win streak with a dominant performance at Deadwood. And in the support Pro Lite division it was Jake Scott (Mystik Lubricants/Loctite/Polaris) who would capture his second win of the weekend at take over the points lead from Ski-Doo’s David Joanis.

Pro Open

Saturday’s AMSOIL Championship Snocross premier Pro Open class story really began back in the second heat race when points leader Hibbert was black flagged for what ISOC officials deemed as an overly-aggressive pass on Garth Kaufman (Arctic Cat). In the same heat Friday’s runner-up to Hibbert, Martin, got bucked off his sled then put on a spectacular charge from the back of the pack to 3rd place in the heat.

So top three Pro Open final gate picks went to Kody Kamm (Monster Energy/Polaris), Darrin Mees (AMSOIL/Scheuring Speed Sports/Ski-Doo) – who suffered a spectacular wreck on Friday – and the third top qualifier, Logan Christian (Christian Bros. Racing/Arctic Cat). Hibbert would be forced to gate all the way to the outside of the front row, which would end up being a disaster at the start for the current Pro Open point leader as he was forced off the track to avoid a pile-up and began the race close to last place.

With Kamm pulling the Stud Boy Holeshot, he was quickly passed by Christian for the lead. Doubling over the massive Air Force Fly-Away jump (which was more like a wall), Christian would extend his lead through lap six (of 24) before Martin came blazing out of nowhere to take the lead – a lead he wouldn’t relinquish through the checkers.

“I told the guys on my team ‘Dude, I’m ending this thing,’” said Martin, laughing, of yet another “Hibbert Dominates” headline. My second heat didn’t go that well, but I felt good. Qualified seventh, lined up on the outside but got a descent start and was able to stay out of trouble and get up front with Logan, then got by for the lead.”

Martin then added: “I want to dedicate this win to Caleb Moore. We miss you but I know you’ve got your eyes on us and are keeping up safe.”

With Martin leading Christian and Kamm on lap 11, Christian would go down – briefly – allowing Kamm to move into 2nd place. One of the reasons Kamm hadn’t been able to catch Martin and Christian was that the two had been berzerking it over the Air Force Fly-Away jump, something which Kamm didn’t feel comfortable doing until midway through the contest.

“I’m feeling really good right now coming out in 2nd,” said Kamm, who also paid tribute to Caleb Moore on the podium. “Got a descent holeshot, but was scared of that wall jump (Air Force Fly-Away) over there. (I) finally got it and it helped out a lot.”

By lap 15 Hibbert had charged up to 7th place and continued to move forward. Sixth on lap 16 and, eventually, 5th place by the checkers – salvaging some valuable points for the Pro Open point chase, which he still leads. Christian would regroup after his mistake and caught Mees late in the race to take the third and final Pro Open podium spot at Deadwood.

“Feels good to be up here,” said Christian. “It was a tough race. Track was rough but I got a good start and battled with Ross early. (I’m) happy to be up here.”

Pro Lite

Polaris’ Jake Scott (Mystik Lubricants/Loctite) made ‘er two wins in a row by running it from the holeshot to the checkers at Deadwood on Friday, winning the Pro Lite main by nearly seven seconds over Kevin Wallenstein (Ingalls Performance/Ski-Doo), with Renaud Alexandre (BOSS Racing/Jimmy John’s/Ski-Doo) placing 3rd for the second-straight night at Deadwood.

“Hurt my knee at X Games, don’t know how I did it this weekend,” said Scott. “Holeshots are key on this short track.”

With Scott out front pulling the Pro Lite holeshot from the inside lane pick, David Joanis (Ski-Doo) pulled into 2nd, but was quickly passed by Polaris’ Andrew Lieders. But on the very next lap Lieders got bucked off his sled – which enabled Scott to open up a four-second lead on 2nd place.

On lap seven (of 16) Joanis, who was tied with Scott at 251 points for the overall AMSOIL Championship Snocross Pro Lite overall points chase heading into tonight at Deadwood, would crash in the triple section, then ended up getting clipped by another sled. And though he got up and kept racing, Joanis wouldn’t challenge for tonight’s Pro Lite podium.

Inheriting Joanis’ 2nd place spot was Wallenstein, who was in 2nd place as well in the Pro Lites on Friday when he ended up getting clipped by another rider. “Yesterday didn’t go good. Was in second, but crashed. So it feels good to get up here,” said Wallenstein of his 2nd place finish tonight.

With Scott up on Wallenstein by six seconds, Dylan Hall (Ski-Doo) moved up to 3rd for a few laps before being caught by Alexandre. “I went outside on the start and it worked out pretty good. Just focused there and charged the whole race,” said Alexandre. “Despite all the ruts and it being so tough out there I was able to come back to 3rd again.”

Pro Open Results, Deadwood, Rd. 8

1 837 Martin Ross Polaris Burlington WI

2 53 Kamm Kody Polaris Kenosha WI

3 43 Christian Logan Arctic Cat Fertile MN

4 9 Mees Darrin Ski-Doo Stanchfield MN

5 68 Hibbert Tucker Arctic Cat Pelican Rapids MN

6 27 Ohman Emil Ski-Doo Pitea Norrbotten

7 271 Narsa Petter Ski-Doo Moskosel

8 4 Malinoski Robbie Ski-Doo Stacy MN

9 11 Tremblay Tim Ski-Doo Ste Jeanne D’Arc Quebec

10 168 Broberg Justin Polaris Waukesha WI

11 52 Lidman Johan Polaris Pitea Sweden

12 99 Pattyn Zach Ski-Doo Ravenna MI

13 999 Crapo Colby Polaris St.Anthony ID

14 324 Pallin Kyle Polaris Ironwood MI

15 48 Kaufman Garth Arctic Cat Driggs ID

Pro Open Overall Points (after eight rounds)

1 Tucker Hibbert 8 321 321 Monster Energy/Arctic Cat 68 Arctic Cat Pelican Rapids, MN

2 Ross Martin 8 298 298 Judnick Motorsports 837 Polaris Burlington, WI

3 Robbie Malinoski 8 274 274 Amsoil/Air Force/Makita 4 Ski-Doo Stacy, MN

4 Tim Tremblay 8 272 272 Amsoil/Air Force/Makita 11 Ski-Doo Ste Jeanne D’Arc, Quebec

5 Logan Christian 8 231 231 Christian Brothers Racing 43 Arctic Cat Fertile, MN

6 Kody Kamm 8 225 225 Hentges Racing 53 Polaris Kenosha, WI

7 Darrin Mees 8 220 220 Scheuring Speedsports 9 Ski-Doo Stanchfield, MN

8 Petter Narsa 8 209 209 Team Jimmy John’s/Ski-doo/BossRacing 271 Ski-Doo Moskosel,

9 Emil Ohman 8 208 208 Warnert Racing 27 Ski-Doo Pitea, Norrbotten

10 Justin Broberg 8 196 196 Hentges Racing 168 Polaris Waukesha, WI

Pro Lite Results, Deadwood, Rd. 8

1 42 Scott Jake Polaris Port Jefferson Statio NY

2 122 Wallenstein Kevin Ski-Doo Cadillac MI

3 793 Alexandre Renaud Ski-Doo Val-D’or Quebec

4 421 Hall Dylan Ski-Doo Ayr Ontario

5 436 Muller Travis Ski-Doo Windom MN

6 202 Sagan Joey Ski-Doo Elmvale Ontario

7 248 Nastala Brett Ski-Doo Milton WI

8 115 Joanis David Ski-Doo Cochrane Ontario

9 151 Carlson Andrew Polaris Elk River MN

10 179 Anderson Korbyn Ski-Doo Allenton MI

11 675 Rosemeyer Chase Ski-Doo Chippewa Falls WI

12 310 McClelland Riley Arctic Cat Red Wing MN

13 857 Lieders Andrew Polaris Colby WI

14 931 Leighton Trevor Polaris Eagle ID

DQ 630 Boylan Casey Ski-Doo Anchorage AK

Pro Open Overall Points (after eight rounds)

1 Jake Scott 8 296 296 Team LaVallee 42 Polaris Port Jefferson Station, NY

2 David Joanis 8 284 284 Royal Distributing 115 Ski-Doo Cochrane,

3 Andrew Lieders 8 268 268 Lieders Racing/Leighton Motorsports 857 Polaris Colby, WI

4 Renaud Alexandre 8 266 266 Team Jimmy John’s/Ski-doo/BossRacing 793 Ski-Doo Val-D’or, Quebec

5 Travis Muller 8 257 257 Warnert Racing 436 Ski-Doo Windom, MN

6 Dylan Hall 8 217 217 Royal Distributing 421 Ski-Doo Ayr,

7 Kevin Wallenstein 8 188 188 Ingles Performance 122 Ski-Doo Cadillac, MI

8 Chase Rosemeyer 8 184 184 Team Bauerly Racing 675 Ski-Doo Chippewa Falls, WI

9 Joey Sagan 8 181 181 FR Motorsports 202 Ski-Doo Elmvale, Ontario

10 Andrew Carlson 8 181 181 Carlson Motorsports 151 Polaris Elk River, MN

Next up: Rounds nine and ten of AMSOIL Championship Snocross, presented by Traxxas, at Michigan’s Turtle Creek Casio & Hotel, Feb. 8-9.

Who: 2012-’13 AMSOIL Championship Snocross Series’ U.S. 27 Motorsports Snocross National

What: Motocross-style professional snowmobile racing, complete with big jumps, bump, berms and plenty of bar-to-bar racing action!

When: Feb. 8-9, 2013

Where: Turtle Creek Casino & Hotel, M-72, Williamsburg, Mich.

Tickets: Available in advance online at www.turtlecreekcasino.com and www.isocracing.com

Beginning with AMSOIL Championship Snocross’ season-opening round in Duluth, Minn. (Nov. 23-25) and running through the season finale in Lake Geneva, Wis. (March 15-17), CBS Sports Network will broadcast 16 half-hour race shows – all in HD – on Sundays at 10:30 a.m. EST. The AMSOIL Championship Snocross – as an added bonus – will also air in an evening repeat of each show during the week.

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