Shakopee, Minn. (Dec. 2, 2014) –Hentges Racing has started the 2014-15′ International Series of Champions (ISOC) AMSOIL Championship Snocross (ACS) race season with one podium finish from the 23rd annual Duluth National. In front of record attendance watching the action on the ski hill at Spirit Mountain on Saturday, Polaris Industries / Monster Energy / FXR Racing rider Kody Kamm stepped onto the podium to take his second place trophy in the first of 16 rounds in the Pro Open class.
The three-day race weekend started on Friday night with the AMSOIL Dominator and $10,000.00 up for grabs going to the winner. Seeding for positions one through eight was based on last years final point standings placing Kamm as second qualifier and Broberg fifth qualifier. In the first round of head-to-head racing Kamm would face the 15th qualifier of Andy Lieders, take the win and move onto round two. Broberg would be challenged first by the 12th qualifier, Adam Renheim, who edged him out of the competition at the finish line on the second and final lap. Kamm in round two then faced the defending AMSOIL Dominator champion Tim Tremblay. With what will be one of the most memorable finishes of the season, Kamm gave it everything he had as the two battled to a photo finish. Kamm was edged out of the competion by a mere .03 of a second.
On Saturday, Kamm came out strong on his Monster Energy machine in round one qualifying heat races finishing 1-2, going on to qualify fourth for the first main event of the new season. Teammate Justin Broberg ran equally as strong on his Polaris finishing 2-1 in the heat races. The Hentges Racing sleds would face off in round two on day one with Broberg taking the win over Kamm. Broberg would go into the final event qualifying third overall.
Kamm nailed the hole shot in the main event taking home the first Stud Boy hole shot award of the year. Broberg started well off the line in the top five. Kamm lead the field through the halfway mark. After a several lap battle with Kyle Pallin for first position, at lap 12 the two would tangle to a stop mid-race. Kamm restarted without losing position and held second place to the finish line earning a spot on the podium. Broberg would finish in sixth place.
Round two on Sunday brought very challenging weather conditions for the riders as they raced through very cold temperatures and strong winds.
Round two, heat one began with an off for Broberg resulting in a ninth place finish. Kamm aced another hole shot in his first round, however a mechanical issue would take him out of contention just two laps in leaving him to finish in seventh.
In the second heat race of round two the Hentges rides fought hard with Kamm finishing fourth and Broberg sixth, forcing both teammates to qualify for the Pro Open main event through the LCQ. For the 3rd time of the weekend, Kamm once again took the hole shot, leading the entire race for the win. Broberg started off in fifth, the final transfer position, and moved up to third by the checkered flag.
The Hentges riders would begin the Pro Open final in less than desirable starting positions, Kamm in 11th and Broberg in 13th. Kamm made an outstanding move to put himself in fifth position off the line, which he said, “was the highlight of my weekend. The light turned green and I just pinned it.” Broberg rode his way up into ninth by halfway and in the remaining ten laps he would finish in 10th.
“My weekend was really solid up until Sunday morning in the second practice session,” Broberg said. “I’m going to relax for a few days and get ready to go into Fargo swinging! Watch for some W’s come Fargo.”
Kamm finished one position short of another podium finish in round two and finished the weekend second overall in the Pro Open point standings. Team owner Nate Hengtes said he was “really happy with how Kody rode on Saturday and leading most of the final.” Broberg is currently 7th in the standings after the first weekend. “I am super pleased with how Justin came out swinging. He rode well in practice. He has the maturity and drive to have a great season,” Hentges said.
AMSOIL Duluth National (rd. 1) -Saturday Results
Round 1: 2nd Justin Broberg
1st Kody Kamm
Round 2: 2rd Justin Broberg
1st Kody Kamm
Final: 6th Justin Broberg
2nd Kody Kamm
AMSOIL Duluth National (rd. 2) – Sunday Results
Round 1: 9th Justin Broberg
7th Kody Kamm
Round 2: 4th Justin Broberg
6th Kody Kamm
Final: 10th Justin Broberg
4th Kody Kamm
The ISOC Snocross Duluth National will air Sunday, December 7, at 4:00 p.m. CST on CBS Network. The ISOC Racing Series: AMSOIL Duluth National – Round One will broadcast on the CBS Sports Network at 4:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m. on Sunday, December 14. The ISOC Racing Series: AMSOIL Duluth National – Round Two will broadcast (times to be determined) on Sunday, December 21. Check your local listings. Visit http://www.cbssportsnetwork.com/schedule/cbssn for the TV schedule.
Next up for the Hentges Racing team is the U.S. Air Force National at Buffalo River Race Park in Glyndon, Minn., December 12-13. Team owner Nate Hengtes said, “The team is off to a good start. The guys rode fantastic all weekend [in Duluth]. They were fast, looked good, and we will take it from here. We always want to come out healthy, leave healthy and put down good results. We accomplished all of it.” Don’t underestimate Hentges Racing this season!
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2014-15′ AMSOIL Championship Snocross Schedule
1 – Nov. 28-30 Duluth, Minnesota
2 – Dec. 12-13 Fargo, North Dakota
3 – Jan. 9-10 Shakopee, Minnesota
4 – Jan. 30-31 Deadwood, South Dakota
5 – Feb. 6-7 Salamanca, New York
6 – Feb. 20-21 Chicago, Illinois
7 – Feb. 27-28 Mt. Pleasant, Michigan
8 – March 13-15 Lake Geneva, Wisconsin