Picture Perfect Weather, Great Racing, Mark First Day of Inaugural Arctic Cat Snocross at Michigan International Speedway Five New Champions Crowned on First Day; More Pro Action Set For Tomorrow BROOKLYN, Mich. -- Team Arctic Cat rider ...
Picture Perfect Weather, Great Racing, Mark First Day of Inaugural Arctic Cat Snocross at Michigan International Speedway
Five New Champions Crowned on First Day; More Pro Action Set For Tomorrow
BROOKLYN, Mich. -- Team Arctic Cat rider Robbie Malinoski extended his points lead in the World Snowmobile Association Semi-Pro class, as he took home his fourth win of the season on a perfect day for the Inaugural Arctic Cat Snocross at the Speedway.
Malinoski was among days five new champions, as the first winter event in the 35-year history saw great weather conditions and plenty of exciting Snocross action. The enthusiastic crowd certainly got their got their money's worth, as approximately 100 races were run during the first day of WSA Snocross action at MIS.
Team Arctic Cat rider Malionski used a perfect wholeshot to get out ahead of the Semi-Pro field and never looked back, as he went on to win the 14-lap final. Terry Kelly II of Rochester Hills, Michigan finished a respectable ninth.
"I had a decent wholeshot," said Malinoski. "It was hard to see because my throttle was sticking. I was on the edge but I'm excited to hold on for the win."
In other action, Amanda Johnson captured the Pro Women's final, and by doing so, became the first Woman champion in MIS history. Michelle Lemieux finished second, while Millington, Michigan resident Jamie Walesky finished a strong third.
Other notable winners today include Adam Sedlmeier of Orchard Park, New York who was victorious in the 14-15 year-old Junior class. Another Arctic Cat rider, Alex Engelstad, won the Sport Stock final. Adam Fettig of Petoskey, Michigan finished seventh.
Paul Engelstad captured the win in the Pro Veterans division. Other notables in the Pro Veterans class from the State of Michigan were Matthew Crown of Metamora who finished fourth, Jim Keillor of Ludington finishing sixth, and Brent Sandborn of Portland, Michigan who finished 11th.
Along with the several finals that were staged on Saturday, the WSA Pro riders conducted preliminary rounds for the Pro Open and Pro Stock classes.
Winners of the first round of the pro open class include heat one winner Mike Island. Ski-Doo rider Brad Pitlik won the second heat with the Polaris of Dennis Eckstrom taking the third and final heat of Pro Mod round one. Josh Zelinski of Bath, Michigan finished a strong third in the first Pro Mod heat.
This past January, Island won the most prestigious race on the WSA Snocross circuit by taking the ESPN X-games Snocross final. He'll be looking to add to that win tomorrow at MIS.
"I want to win," said Island. "I've won this year a few times and showed that I'm fast enough to win. Before the X-Games, I was just happy with getting on the podium, but winning is a lot more fun."
A win tomorrow in either Pro class final would be quite the thrill for the 23-year old Barrie, Ontario native. Count him among the riders who are excited to race at such a historical racing venue, albeit on snow.
"This is quite the venue," added Island. "I've never been to anyplace quite like this before. "Running here (at MIS) is good for our sport."
The final notable race of the day came during the third heat of round one in the Pro Open class as Blair "Superman" Morgan went over the hadlebars of his sled, as another rider cut in front of the WSA superstar at the start.
"He cut in front of my ski and it totally stopped me," said Morgan. "I went right off the sled."
Morgan then fell a lap behind eventual heat winner Dennis Eckstrom, but made another trademark comeback to finish second, and missed the victory by a matter of feet. As usual, Morgan played his cool and worked his way back up through the field with unbelievable precision.
"I'm in the middle of a points race and I wanted to finish as strong as I could," said Morgan. "I just try to do my best everytime. I found a very good line and it allowed me to catch up. Another half a lap and I would have won the race."
Fans can still take in plenty more WSA Snocross action tomorrow as the Pro Mod and Stock classes will stage the rest of their racing. The Pro Stock final begins at 12:00 P.M., with the big Pro Mod final slated for 3:00 P.M.
Tickets are still available for the final day of the Inaugural Arctic Cat Snocross at the Speedway. Admission is $25 for tomorrow's WSA Pro racing action. Pit Passes are also available to purchase tomorrorw for $10 and can be purchased at the infield access tunnel underneath the main grandstand. VIP hospitality packages are also available for tomorrow and can be purchased on-site. Fans can purchase tickets for tomorrow's racing by visiting the MIS box office located at Gate 24.