Event kicks off 2014-15 AMSOIL Championship Snocross season
Former AMSOIL Championship Snocross, powered by Ram, champion Tim Tremblay (AMSOIL/Scheuring/Ski-Doo) was unstoppable atop Duluth’s Spirit Mountain Friday, defending his title in the one-on-one AMSOIL Dominator event to open the 2014-’15 AMSOIL Championship Snocross season.
Cruising through the Dominator’s bracket-style format with wins over Arctic Cat‘s Logan Christian (Rd. 1), Hentges Racing/Polaris‘ Kody Kamm (Rd. 2) and Mystic/Loctite/Polaris’ Jake Scott (Rd. 3), Tremblay towed Cody Thomsen (Arctic Cat) and Ross Martin (Judnick/Polaris) up the start hill in the final race and powered home to a convincing win in the three-lap main event.
“This means a lot for me,” says Tremblay, accepting a giant check for $10,000 from AMSOIL Race Program Manager Jeremy Meyer, along with a custom Dominator trophy. “I was hurt last year and I couldn’t wait to get back. So this is a great way to start the season.”
Making the finals against the Canadian Tremblay were Thomsen, who got by Mike Bauer (Haala Racing/Arctic Cat) in Rd. 1, Corin Todd (Leighton/Polaris) in Rd. 2 and Martin in Rd. 3. Martin fought his way back through the Last Chance Qualifier with a win over Scott, and started in the second row behind Tremblay and Thomsen in the main event.
Round Three Highlights
• Thomsen pulled a monster holeshot off the start and led Martin up the hill and into the first turn. Charging hard to catch Thomsen, Martin fell off his sled on the last lap and was relegated to the LCQ. • Tremblay went outside/inside on the first turn and got past Scott, opening up a gap that Scott couldn’t close after the opening lap (of three).
Round Two Highlights
• Rd. 2’s best race was between Sweden’s Adam Renheim (Boss Racing/Ski Doo) and Scott. The former Pro Lite champ Scott got off the start first and took the lead after the opening lap, only to be caught in the bottom corner by Renheim – the only pass made on that section of the track all night. Scott then took advantage of a slight Renheim mistake on the uphill, re-passing the Swede and rocketing into the semis. • In the most anticipated matchup of Rd. 2, Tremblay met Hentges/Polaris racer Kody Kamm. Tremblay used a strong shoulder-to-shoulder move to stop Kamm’s initial pass attempt on top of Spirit Mountain, then held off an insane jump attempt by Kamm that resulted in the night’s closest finish – 33/100ths of a second at the checkers. • Todd led Thomsen off the start, but cased a jump in the rhythm section, momentarily checking up. This was all Thomsen needed to take the lead and the eventual win.
Round One Highlights
• After taking last year off to free ride and film, McGuire Racing/Arctic Cat’s Brett Turcotte pulled the upset of the night when he topped defending ACS champ Tucker Hibbert (Monster/Arctic Cat/Ram) in the first race of the Dominator. Hibbert was actually DQ’d for nudging Turcotte off the track on the first turn. • “I heard a sled held wide open and he (Hibbert) bucked me off my sled,” said Turcotte. • Martin nailed one of the best passes of the night when he went high, then dove down on Lincoln Lemieux (AMSOIL/Scheuring/Rockstar/Ski-Doo) on top of the hill for the lead and eventual win. • The closest race of round one was Justin Broberg (Hentges/Polaris) versus Renheim, with Renheim holding off a charging Broberg at the tape for the win. • Other round one winners included: Scott over teammate Kyle Pallin (Mystic/Loctite/Polaris); Defending Dominator champ Tremblay over Christian; Kamm over Andrew Lieders (Mystic/Loctite/Polaris); Pro Open rookie Todd over David Joanis (Royal Distributing/Arctic Cat); Thomsen over Bauer.