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By: ISOC Racing
DUBUQUE, Iowa (Mar. 4, 2017) – There is no better way to close out the AMSOIL Championship Snocross Series Presented by RAM weekend at Sundown Mountain and Resort than with a sellout crowd. Fans were greeted with beautiful blues skies and warm temps throughout the day, making for a picture-perfect race day. With the warmer temps the track conditions became very wet and heavy for the riders, creating a very rough track for the final rounds of racing.
Coming off a win in round 13, Jake Angove was able to grab a couple of wins in the heat races, while Aki Pihlaja won both of his heats as well. Zak Mason, also a podium finisher in round 13, finished out the heats with a third- and fourth-place finish.
Fifteen sleds were on deck for the final. Out of the gate and around the sweeping left had turn, Aki Pihlaja grabbed the Stud Boy holeshot. He drove down the hill and into the first turn of the roundabout, going wide and opening the door for Andrew Lieders to take over first place, followed by the 413 of Andrew Daudt.
Lieders got off to a big lead early on, putting three seconds between him and Pihlaja, while Angove settled into fourth place. From deep in the field, rookie rider Nickolas Lorenz worked his way from 14th to finish one spot off the podium, capping an incredible run for the young rider.
Midway through the 14-lap final, Pihlaja made a hard charge down the rhythm section and went huge with a quad jump in an effort to pass Lieders. He was unable to make the pass through the FXR turn, but stayed on the heels of Lieders back up the hill and over the AMSOIL Finish Line jump, again unable to make a pass. As they headed back down the ski hill, Pihlaja again tried to make the move and this time was able to make it stick, taking over first place and going on to take the checkers and extend his points lead. Angove pushed forward to take over third, while Lieders held onto second.
A clean sweep in the heat races by Kody Kamm locked him in as the number-one qualifier, while Tucker Hibbert landed a first and third. Henteges Racing rider Petter Narsa also put together a solid run in the heats with two second-place finishes. Current points leader Tim Tremblay took a third- and a first-place finish.
With 13 rounds in the books this season, the top three riders know they have to stay on point as it is still anyone’s championship. It was vital to get a win in the final round of racing before moving onto Lake Geneva for the season finale.
On the line, 13 sleds took the green for the 18-lap feature race in front of the sellout crowd. At the line for the Stud Boy holeshot, it was Kamm, who had been on fire all day long, followed by Lincoln Lemieux and Ryan Springer. Hibbert sat back in 10th with lots of ground to make up for a podium finish. Kamm got out to a monster lead on the opening lap, hoping to make a clean sweep for the day.
With a big pileup in the FXR Corner, riders Tim Tremblay, Elias Ishoel, Corin Todd and Narsa all got tangled up, which took a few laps to clear out, opening the door for Hibbert to quickly make-up several positions and pull within striking distance of the leaders.
Fighting through blinding roost and an incredibly rough track, Hibbert inched in on Kyle Pallin for third. On lap eight Hibbert was able to make the pass on Pallin. Up front with nearly a six-second lead on the field, Kamm continued to ride uncontested while Lemieux held on to second. Points leader Tremblay was able to make-up several sled positions after getting caught in the pileup to finish seventh on the night.
As the laps wound down on the rough track, Lemieux was able to close the gap on Kamm in hopes of taking the win, but Hibbert was able to make a good run on Lemieux and passed him to finish second on the night. Kamm finished the night with a clean sweep, taking the checkers for the win at the AMSOIL Finish Line, while Lemiuex held on for third.
Source: Amsoil Racing