Longville, MN (January 24, 2017) – The race teams were headed west to Historic Deadwood, South Dakota for Round 7 and 8 of the ACS Snocross Series. The races were held at Days of ‘76 Rodeo Grounds in the heart of downtown Deadwood. With a sold-out crowd on Saturday, fans from all over the area were in for some exciting racing. The warmer than average weather was great for fans, but tough on the track. The snow conditions track-side were wet, dense, and rough which was an added challenge (on the smallest track of the season) for the riders and for their sleds.
After success at the Shakopee National, Team LaVallee was hoping to carry on that momentum into the Deadwood. In the Pro Open Class, Kyle Pallin had a couple tough offs throughout the weekend, but that did not stop Pallin from pushing through the adversity and racing one of the most impressive races we’ve seen so far this season. In the Pro Open Round 8 final on Saturday, Pallin came off of the line 2nd and was sitting in a nice position for the 24 lap final. In the second lap in, Pallin had an unfortunate off, pushing him back towards the back of the pack. Pallin continued to ride smart and found awesome lines and finished the race in an impressive 4th place spot. It was announced later that Pallin was bumped up to the 3rd place podium position, after a result of the 2nd place rider being disqualified for passing under a yellow flag.
In Pro Lite, Team LaVallee swept the first place spot, with Zak Mason taking first on Friday / Round 7 and Evan Daudt (Grassroots) earning his first Pro Lite podium win on Saturday night / Round 8. Both riders had very impressive race results throughout the two-day national. In Sport, Team LaVallee’s other Grassroots rider, Adam Peterson rounded out the weekend taking home 1st place in the Sport / Round 8 Final on Saturday night.
“Overall, we had an awesome weekend of racing. With the challenge of a small track, rough snow conditions, and an elevated start – the crew had our Loctite / Polaris / Red Bull sleds tuned perfectly for the elevation resulting in great hole shots all weekend. The riders have been putting in extra time on the practice track and it showed this weekend, hard work does pay off. Great job guys! Looking forward to our next National in New York in 2 weeks and X Games this weekend.” – Levi LaVallee
RACE RESULTS – Round 7 & 8
PALLIN Rd 1: 5th Rd 2: 7th LCQ: 2nd Final: 10th // Rd 1: 5th Rd 2: 3rd LCQ: — Final: 3rd
MASON Rd1: 2nd Rd 2: 1st LCQ: — Final: 1st // Rd 1: 2nd Rd 2: 6th LCQ: 3rd Final: 8th
GRASSROOTS RACE RESULTS – Round 7 & 8
DAUDT Rd 1: 2nd Rd 2: 3rd LCQ: — Final: 12th // Rd 1: 4th Rd 2: 2nd LCQ: — Final: 1st
PETERSON Rd 1: 3rd Rd 2: 9th LCQ: 8th Final: — // Rd 1: 5th Rd 2: 1st LCQ: – Final: 1st
Winter X Games – Buttermilk Mountain, Aspen, CO – January 26 – 29th, 2017
Salamanca National – Seneca Allegany Resort & Casino, Salamanca, NY – February 3-4, 2017
Deadwood, SD National Round 7 // CBS Sports Network // 02/05/2017 @ 11AM EST (Check Local Listings)
Deadwood, SD National Round 8 // CBS Sports Network // 02/12/2017 @ 11AM EST (Check Local Listings)
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