Longville, MN (December 3, 2019) - This past Thanksgiving weekend, we kicked off the 28th annual Amsoil Duluth National Snocross race at Spirit Mountain in Duluth, MN. With cold temps and Duluth's fist big snowfall just days before the National Race, the crew at Spirit Mountain and Snocross were able to create one of the biggest tracks we've ever seen at Spirit Mountain.
The Amsoil Dominator race started the 3-Day race weekend off on the right foot on Friday night. The Dominator is a bracket-style format type of racing, where each rider was judged off their lap times in seeding to see whom they would match up against in Round 1, and from each race moving forward, the winner would continue on. Pro Rider, Kyle Pallin and Pro Lite Rider, Adam Peterson both had some awesome lap times but missed his chances of advancing after both being eliminated in Round 1. Pro Lite Riders Evan Daudt and Ryley Bester also entered in the Dominator Race with a nothing-to-lose attitude and while they didn’t qualify through seeding, it allowed them all more track time and a chance to get on the track against the Pro Racers.
With eyes on the sky Saturday morning it was unsure what the weather would for us at Spirit Mountain, as there was a prediction of a Blizzard coming to the Duluth, MN area with strong winds and 20+ inches of snow being predicted. As the day went on, the winds picked up and the snow began to fly. Pro Lite and Pro Riders had their respective drivers meetings and as the conditions worsened, we got the word that Saturday racing would be cancelled and everything would go on as scheduled for Sunday. All the teams packed up their trailers and took icy and snow packed roads back to their hotels for the night.
Sunday morning was quite the sight. With many race teams being stuck in their hotel parking lots and with race trailer being buried in countless inches of snow - officials cancelled Sunday's / Round 2 of racing. The Duluth area ended up getting 22" of snow and with the help of the Snocross Crew and lots of shoveling, the race teams were able to clear out of the pits later afternoon on Sunday.
Rounds 1 and 2 will be made up, however the scheduling date and location has yet to be announced.
"This weekend was one of the most unique race weekends we've ever had. Co-Owner and Crew Chief, Glenn Kafka nor myself could think of one Snocross race that had to be cancelled due to too much snow. How crazy is that!? We were excited to get a little seat time on Friday and get the riders out racing. We are looking forward to have the Fargo National on the roster again and are ready to get back to racing! - Levi LaVallee
Up Next: FARGO SNOCROSS NATIONAL / Dec. 13-14, 2019
Photos: Crystal Wallem Photography