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By: ISOC Racing
THEISEN’S SNOCROSS NATIONAL, DUBUQUE, IA- (MARCH 3, 2017), Nestled in the rolling hills of Iowa along the Mississippi River is the Sundown Mountain Resort, the host of the AMSOIL Championship Snocross Series Presented by RAM for rounds 13 and 14. Throughout the history of the series, there had never been a race hosted in Iowa, but this new venue could easily be considered the most challenging course of the 2016-2017 season.
Coming into the weekend the points chase was tight in the Pro Open division, with Tim Tremblay still leading, followed by Kody Kamm in second and Tucker Hibbert close behind in third. In the Pro Lite division, Aki Pihlaja held the points lead, with Jake Angove running second and Nickolas Lorenz rounding off the top three.
Heat race action saw Zak Mason reel in first- and second-place finishes on the Team LaValee Polaris sled. Points leader Pihlaja also took second- and first-place finishes to earn the number-one qualifier for the final round. Montana Jess picked up a heat win on the Jess Racing Arctic Cat, while Angove locked in second- and first-place finishes for the second qualifer.
In the final Pro Lite race of the night, Mason landed the Stud Boy Holeshot and took the early lead, but Pihlaja got into his back to slow him down and give Angove the opportunity to move into first. Pihlaja moved past Mason for second.
Down the ski hill, it is Angove, Philaja and Mason. Philaja made an aggressive move to attempt a pass on Angove, but was unable, opening the door for Mason to move back into second. While Philaja tried to regain ground and move back into second, Daniel Benham made a hard charge for third.
Up front Angove began to check out from the field, leaving Philaja and Mason to battle for second. With the laps winding down, Angove took the checkered flag, followed by Mason in second and Philaja in third.
As the season is getting close to the final rounds in Lake Geneva, Wis., Hibbert is under pressure to win not only the finals, but the heat races as well if he hopes to win another championship. Following the heat races, Tremblay came away as the top qualifier with two first-place wins, while Hibbert pulled a third and a second. Hentges Racing rider Kamm inked in a second and a first, while Kyle Pallin found his rhythm to grab two third-place finishes.
With a packed crowd lining the banks of the Sundown Mountain race track, Lincoln Lemieux grabbed the Stud Boy Holeshot, followed by Petter Narsa close behind and Andrew Carlson. Carlson soon passed Narsa in the GoPro corner to take over second. Hibbert got out of the gate deep in the field, and sat ninth on lap one of the 18-lap final.
As the field headed up the ski hill, Pallin got a big run on Carlson and made the pass to move into second. Adam Renheim, on the Boss Racing Ski Doo, began to close in on Carlson, while Narsa slid back into fifth. With an unfortunate mechanical issue, Kamm came off the track, giving Hibbert a needed break to make up some points.
Carlson continued to hold off Renheim until lap nine, when he made the pass to move into third. Hibbert moved into sixth, followed by Tremblay in seventh, who soon made a big run on the downhill to pass Hibbert in the FXR Corner.
Up front Pallin reeled in Lemieux to challenge for second, but was unable to close the gap enough for the pass. As the laps wound down to the checkers, Lemieux continued to lead the field and took the win, followed by Pallin earning his first podium of the season in second and Renheim taking the third spot on the box.
Source: Amsoil Racing