Fertile, Minn. (February 23, 2015) – Route 66 Speedway in Joliet, Illinois, played host to Rounds 11 and 12 on the ISOC Snocross National calendar. Nestled between the massive grandstands of the speedway, Christian Brothers Racing riders Logan Christian, Dave Joanis and Tyler Adams were greeted by one of the longest and most challenging tracks so far this season.
Christian put in one of the best rides of his season Saturday night, capitalizing on a great start which put his DOC 360/DRIFT Racing Arctic Cat at the front of the pack. In one of the most exciting battles of the weekend Christian outpaced another rider who was challenging him for his second place position. The finish put Christian on the podium for the second time in as many weekends.“Saturday I didn’t get good starts in heat racing, I jumped one and was really late in the other,” said Christian. “But I nailed a good one in the final, rode good, hit my marks and got second. Overall, it was a great weekend for me and the team and I have to thank them for all the hard work they put in to give me a good sled.”
Consistency in the finals was key for Royal Distributing/Arctic Cat rider Joanis who worked his way to a pair of Top 10 finishes on the weekend. Joanis finished 8th both Friday and Saturday, gaining valuable points putting him solidly in 6th place on the season.
“I got two 8th place finishes starting from the back row this weekend,” said Joanis. “It was tough work but the team worked hard and we made the best of it. This keeps us in the points and we’re looking forward to Michigan.”
Some of the best racing of the weekend took place in the Pro Lite class where Adams is one of the top contenders. The Arctic Cat rider logged a weekend best 8th place finish Friday night and rode at the front of the pack in heat racing all weekend.
“I had a good finish on Friday and could have easily been better with a couple breaks,” said Adams. “Saturday I bruised my ribs and that slowed me down, I had a tough time. Looking to heal up and come back strong in Michigan.”
With a weekend off of his cross-country schedule, Zach Herfindahl teamed up with fellow Team, Arctic rider Wes Selby and traveled to Lincoln, Michigan, to compete in the CAT 500, a 500-mile enduro race similar to the Soo I-500 CBR riders Brian Dick and Selby won two weekends ago. Many top teams were on hand and the race boasted an extremely deep and strong field of riders. Herfindahl and Selby finished the race with a time of 4:16:01.466, good enough to earn them 16th place out of 33-riders.
“We learned a lot about the sled and the correct setups to have in these types of races,” said Herfindahl. “We had some sled troubles early in the race which put us down a few laps and never did catch a break to make those up. We’re racing against teams who have decades of experience so we’re happy with where we’re at.”
Cory Davis and Ryan Simons are representing Christian Brothers Racing in the grueling Iron Dog race in Alaska. The Iron Dog is the world’s longest snowmobile race taking riders on a 2,000-mile journey from Big Lake to Nome to Fairbanks. The team participated in a ceremonial start in downtown Anchorage on Saturday and officially started the race in Big Lake on Sunday. Top riders are expected to finish the race February 28.
“This is a tough race but Cory and I learned a lot in this race last year and we are ready,” said Simons. “We invite everyone to follow Team 41 on the Iron Dog website or on the Iron Dog app (www.irondog.org).
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