A huge turnout of spectators witnessed over 100 sleds fly down the hard and fast track at the Ardmore Motorsports facility last weekend. The weather was great and the competition was as close as we've ever seen it (more on that later).
- 6 sleds were re-classified to fit into the proper classes and improve their chances at competing well.
- We'd like to issue a reminder that tether cords must be worn any time a sled is running, including while on a stand. Accidents occur most frequently in the crowded area of the pits and using the tether cords greatly reduces the chances of someone getting hurt should the unexpected occur.
- It was as diverse a field of sleds as we have witnessed this year. From the Mini-Pro "Sharky", to the twin-track side-by-side Bombardier (one of the Vintage racers who attended), there was literally something for everyone.
- There were three 1995 Polaris XCR 600s lined up in the Classic Super Stock finals. Not only did Pat Joly do well on his, but he also won Amateur Stock 600 and came second in Amateur Stock 700. Great job with the classic iron!
- Jackie Jarema of Smokey Lake was really ripping on her Arctic Cat CFR taking wins in Stock 800, Stock 100, and Open Stock.
- In the Improved classes, Mike Fowlow had it going with his Ski-Doo taking wins in Improved 700 and 800, and coming second in Improved 1000 to the local sled from 54 North Performance after edging it out in the 800 final. The fastest Improver of the day however was once again the Sidewinder of Mike LaValley who captured his fourth consecutive win in Open Improved.
- Earlier it was mentioned that there was some very close racing. In fact, something happened that we have never seen before. In the Top 2 Stroke final the sleds of Tyler Matt and 54 North Performance finished in what appeared to be an absolute tie. The computerized finish line system called it a dead heat and a video recording confirmed the result, it was impossible to call a winner. In a show of sportsmanship the competitors decided rather than re-run they would leave it as a draw and split the winnings.
- With just one race now left in the schedule, the Points Championship has been decided in 12 classes. That doesn't mean there won't be some fiercely fought battles at Manitou Beach though as there are 14 remaining Points races that could be won at the season finale!
A big THANKYOU to the Ardmore Motorsports group and their sponsors for hosting this successful event. Take a moment to visit their Facebook page at: https://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100057614822636
Full results to follow.