SHAKOPEE, Minnesota (December 10, 2012) – Hentges Racing completes rounds three and four of 2012-13′ AMSOIL Championship Snocross this past weekend at the Blackjack National in Bessemer, Mich. Track conditions were everything but favorable with the infamous “dirty dozen”, sugary snow and a constantly changing racetrack. Both Hentges Racing/Polaris riders said they were still “feeling Duluth” as they started a long, difficult double header.
Broberg’s weekend was rough and tough just like the track. Many riders were running 60 second and higher lap times. Broberg took several 5th and 6th place finishes in qualifying both days on his #168 Pirtek/Polaris. His 2nd place in Friday’s LCQ transferred him into the main event as 12th qualifier. Broberg would make his way up several positions in the final to a 9th place finish.
“I felt pretty good this weekend. Just wasn’t comfortable riding as much as I want to be. We had a couple mechanical issues. We will work on it as a team and get things dialed in for the home race. This weekend was a very technical track and I’m not happy at all with my results but I know what I need to fix and work on and it will be done,” said Broberg with his sights set on achieving success in Canterbury.
Kamm struggled in qualifying all weekend but also grabbed a transfer spot in the LCQ on Friday right behind Broberg. He would take his position on the starting line as 13th qualifier next to his teammate. Kamm had a great start coming from the back row and would run several laps all the way up in 5th position. He slipped a few spots on the last laps but finished in a solid 7th place.
Holeshots were extremely important on a track of this magnitude. On Saturday in the first round of pro qualifying, Broberg got tangled with another rider right off the start sending him to the back. Most results from this weekend were uncommon for both Hentges’ riders. Kamm crashed in qualifying further escalating his struggles to find a place in the top. Broberg’s uncharacteristic qualifying results also sent him to the LCQ, where his weekend would end this time. Missing his first final this season at Bessemer, watch for Broberg to be out front and fast when we go green at Canterbury.
Even with a bad start in the LCQ, Kamm took the final transfer position to put him into the Saturday Pro Open final, crossing the finish line jump only .005 second over Cody Thomsen. He deserves the ‘Hentges Highlight’ of the weekend for that move!
“I worked the magic fingers. Barely got into the final but I made it happen,” said Kamm about the LCQ.
He proudly claimed the last qualifying position in the final race of the weekend, lining up his Pirtek/Polaris in the middle of the back row right behind Ross Martin. Halfway through, Kamm was up to 10th from 15th and would finish in 9th.
Every position is more points in this constant bar-to-bar action. A trying weekend nonetheless, the team added three more top 10 finishes to 2012-13′ stats. Kamm has moved up to 12th position, several spots, in the battle for the Pro Open championship title.
Up next.. Hentges Racing will race rounds five and six of AMSOIL Championship Snocross at their home racetrack, the Canterbury Park National in Shakopee, Minn., Jan 4-5, 2013. It’s time for a Hentges redemption! Be watching for the #168 and #53 to lead the pack in front of their hometown crowd.
Hentges Racing team owner Nate Hentges said, “Although our riders did not have the best results on paper, we did learn from the weekend. I believe we have turned a corner and will be coming out strong when we return to the home crowd in Shakopee. It is always a fantastic track with phenomenal fans!”
CBS Sports Network will air Blackjack Snocross action from Bessemer, Mich. on Sunday, Jan. 13 and Sunday, Jan. 20 at 10:30 a.m. EDT.
Tom Rager Sr to Retire at the End of 2012
It was announced that Tom Rager Sr., Race Manager of the Polaris snowmobile race program, has retired and the Bessemer National was his final official Snocross race.
The Hentges Racing riders and crew would like to thank him for his many years of dedicated expertise. We wish him a great retirement and he will be missed.
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About Hentges Racing
About Hentges Racing: Hentges Racing is a professional snowmobile racing team in the ISOC Amsoil Championship Snocross series. Kody Kamm #53 is known to be one of the most dominate, up and coming racers in the Pro Open class and possibly history of the sport. He was the 2011-12′ Pro Lite champion and won his first ever Pro debut main event. Justin Broberg #168 is in his third season as a Pro, first on Polaris, and in the 2011-2012 season he finished 6th in points.