Races: Tim Tremblay opens 2012 portion of the AMSOIL Snocross Championship w/ win at Canterbury

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Ski-Doo racer Tremblay comes from way back at the start to win a thrilling Pro Open main event at Canterbury; Kody Kamm (Polaris) takes Pro Lights

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SHAKOPEE, Minn. – (Jan. 12, 2012) – Surrounded by brown grass and nary a drift of snow in sight, some 3.5 million gallons of water blasted through six high-power snow guns later and they were racing the Traxxas National, presented by Jimmy John’s, round five of the 2011-’12 AMSOIL Championship Snocross Series at Minnesota’s famed Canterbury Park!

Pro Open

Leading the Pro Open class at Canterbury on Friday was Ski-Doo racer Tim Tremblay, who qualified 14th and charged through the entire field of the world’s top snocross racers to win in front of a giant crowd at Canterbury. “Hat’s off to Tim … he was on a mission,” said 2nd place Pro Open finisher Robbie Malinoski (Ski-Doo).

Soon after Arctic Cat’s Dan Ebert pulled the Stud Boy Holeshot, Ross Martin (Polaris) blasted out to the lead, with Malinoski and Ski-Doo’s Darrin Mees in hot pursuit. As Malinoski and Martin battled for the lead, Ironwood (Mich.) National winner Tucker Hibbert (Arctic Cat) went off the track and dropped back in the hunt for the top three podium spots – an unfortunate foreshadowing of what would come later in the race for the defending Pro Open champion.

Through seven laps Martin continued to lead, though a new racer appeared on the radar – Tremblay – who came all the way from the back of the pack, cracking off a main event-best lap time of 30.839, and challenging Mees for 3rd. Obviously the fastest racer in the field on Friday in Canterbury, Tremblay took quick advantage of a Martin/Malinoski get together in a turn and shot out to the lead – a lead he’d never relinquish.

“It was a really tough day. I won the first race, then crashed in the second one and had to go to the LCQ,” said Tremblay. “Tried to stay strong the whole race and ended up winning. Thanks to everyone on my team.”

Rounding out the Pro Open podium on Friday at Canterbury was Malinoski in 2nd and Martin in 3rd. Noteworthy: Hibbert was unable to finish the race due to mechanical failure.

Pro Light

In the 14-lap Sledhead 24/7 Pro Light final Kamm came from behind and put pressure on early race leader Derek Ellis (Ski-Doo), then took advantage of an Ellis crash and led the race from lap 11 on for the win. “I got out in 5th or 6th at the holeshot, then ended up getting passed again,” said Kamm. “But I was able to pull things together and finish the race strong for the win. Thanks to Polaris and Hentges Racing.”

Qualifying 13th in the Pro Lights and starting out of the last row, Ski-Doo racer David Joanis blasted his way through the field – all the way up to 2nd place. Rounding out the Pro Light podium was another Ski-Doo racer, Joey Sagan, who raced to a 3rd place finish.

Traxxas National at Canterbury Park, Pro Open Friday results

1 11 SKD Tim Tremblay Ste Jeanne D’arc,
2 4 SKD Robbie Malinoski Lino Lakes, MN
3 837 PLS Ross Martin Burlington, WI
4 14 SKD Mathieu Morin Val Dor,
5 48 ATC Garth Kaufman Driggs, ID
6 170 SKD Darrin Mees Stanchfield, MN
7 19 PLS Brett Bender Colden, NY
8 717 PLS Mike Bauer Owen, WI
9 168 SKD Justin Broberg Waukesha, WI
10 160 ATC Cory Davis Soldotna, AK
11 51 ATC Matt Piche Lake Shore, MN
12 108 PLS Levi Lavallee Longville, MN
13 44 PLS Tj Gulla Jericho, VT
14 68 ATC Tucker Hibbert Pelican Rapids, MN
15 60 ATC Dan Ebert Lake Shore, MN

Pro Open overall points (after five rounds)

1. 837 Ross Martin 206
2. 68 Tucker Hibbert 179
3. 11 Tim Tremblay 177
4. 4 Robbie Malinoski 176
5. 170 Darrin Mees 154
6. 44 Tj Gulla 131
7. 717 Mike Bauer 116
8. 160 Cory Davis 113
9. 48 Garth Kaufman 112
10. 168 Justin Broberg 111

Pro Light results, Friday

1 553 PLS Kody Kamm Kenosha, WI
2 115 SKD David Joanis Cochrane,
3 202 SKD Joey Sagan Elmvale,
4 154 PLS James Johnstad Beltrami, MN
5 106 SKD Derek Ellis West Fargo, ND
6 118 SKD Garret Mees Setauket, NY
7 248 PLS Brett Nastala Milton, WI
8 151 PLS Andrew Carlson Elk River, MN
9 173 SKD Corey Watkinson Port Carling,
10 675 SKD Chase Rosemeyer Chippewa Falls, WI
11 113x PLS Matt Bristow Sauk Rapids, MN
12 113 SKD Lincoln Lemieux St. Johnsbury, VT
13 857 PLS Andrew Lieders Colby, WI
DNS 937 PLS Dylan Martin Pleasant Prairie, WI
DSQ 436 SKD Travis Muller Windom, MN

Pro Light overall results (after five rounds)

1. 553 Kody Kamm 186
2. 106 Derek Ellis 163
3. 857 Andrew Lieders 155
4. 115 David Joanis 154
5. 271 Petter Narsa 152
6. 154 James Johnstad 148
7. 259 John Stenberg 128
8. 151 Andrew Carlson 123
9. 42 Jake Scott 119
10. 118 Garret Mees 117

Next up …

Who: World’s top snowmobile racers, including locals Brett Bender & TJ Gulla
What: The Vision Kia Eastern National … rounds 7 & 8 of the 2011-’12 AMSOIL Championship Snocross Series
When: Feb. 3-4
Times: Practice starts each day at 8 a.m., amateur racing begins at 9:30 a.m., pros at noon.
Where: Farmington’s Finger Lakes Casino and Racetrack
Tickets: Tickets start at just $25 ($10 for kids) and are available at the gate or online at www.fingerlakessnocross and snocross.com

ISOC/ACSS photos by Gary Walton

About ISOC Racing
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