Crandon Snocross preview

CRANDON, WI -- Crandon International Raceway kicks off its 2002 racing season with its 5th consecutive Forest County Potawatomi-sponsored snocross race weekend this coming January 26-27, 2001. Known as the 2002 Forest County Potawatomi Great ...

CRANDON, WI -- Crandon International Raceway kicks off its 2002 racing season with its 5th consecutive Forest County Potawatomi-sponsored snocross race weekend this coming January 26-27, 2001. Known as the 2002 Forest County Potawatomi Great Northern Snocross Challenge, the event is part of the prestigious World Snowmobile Association (WSA) Snocross Worldwide Series. The race weekend is expected to again draw hundreds of entries and the world's top snocross drivers.

The WSA races are styled after the wildly popular Winter X Games snocross format as shown on ESPN. The Forest County Potawatomi Great Northern Snocross Challenge will also be tape-delay broadcast nationally on both ESPN and ESPN2. The Crandon snocross races are the only stop in Northern Wisconsin on WSA's national circuit. The race will attract top pro sled racers such as Arctic Cat's Blair Morgan. Morgan, Saskatchewan, Canada, has put together a string of impressive victories at Crandon. His string of undefeated victories was upset by pro teenage phenom Tucker Hibbert last year. Hibbert passed Morgan on the last turn of the last lap on Crandon's fast but punishing 1/2 mile snocross course.

Snocross is motorcycle racing's motocross format applied to snowmobiles. Snocross racing was actually born in Scandinavian with the sport known simply as "cross". Its North American presence began when a group of cross country racers decided to create snocross racecourse in 1981 at a Minnesota ski resort. Today, snocross racing is easily the most popular form of snowmobile competition. Crandon Raceway has rapidly become one of the most popular snocross tracks for pro and semi-pro racers.

The Crandon Raceway enters its 33rd year as a motorsports venue in 2002. It is the premier professional off-road racing facility in the country. The home of the BorgWarner World Championship Off-Road Races and the Forest County Potawatomi Brush Run Races for high-performance race trucks and off-road buggies, it is nationally acclaimed as the "World Capital of Professional Off-Road Racing" and is considered the "Indy 500" in the world of truck and buggy off-road racing.

Situated on nearly 400 acres of privately owned property, the Crandon track has configured a 0x00bd- mile fan friendly snocross course to accommodate snocross "bump" style racing at the January races. Spectators will be able to enjoy the race action either indoors or out. The Crandon snocross course will be a challenge to racers as it will combine existing hills and jumps with several moguls and an enormous tabletop jump. The Crandon track is configured in a natural valley so nearly every spectator position on the grounds provides excellent viewing.

Permanent facilities at Crandon include 17 heated VIP luxury Skyboxes; the Big Barn concessions and exhibit hall; a 1,000-square-foot, 360-degree timing tower; two-story PA and media tower; expansive tech barn; registration hut; permanent concession stands; restrooms; a dance pavilion and acres of convenient parking and campgrounds. As part of the weekend festivities, Crandon will co-host a snowmobile poker run with race sponsor

Potawatomi Bingo Northern Lights Casino on Saturday, January 26. The poker run will originate at the track and conclude at the Potawatomi Bingo Northern Lights Casino in Carter, WI on Saturday immediately following the races. The poker run will benefit local police and fire departments.

The Crandon championship snocross track is located on U.S. Highway 8 in Crandon. Crandon is approximately 40 minutes from Eagle River and 25 minutes from Rhinelander. Event information is available by contacting Crandon Raceway at 715-478-2222 or at their Web site, www.crandonoffroad.com.

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