The IHRA was formed as a direct competitor of the National Hot Rod Association (NHRA). New ownership has implemented several philosophical changes that are generating great buzz and bringing the organization back to its roots. Newformats, including some that will have a lasting impact on the future of the popular Nitro Jam series, will help bring more competitive racing to fans this year. New ownership and management have taken the sport back to its founding days and, with the addition of nearly 20 tracks over the past few years, the IHRA is an exciting market for drag racing fans.
NitroJam events averaged nearly 20,000 fans last year, and the organization has rebuilt the grassroots-based Summit Sportsman series, offering purses and class structures that outshine the competition. As the Official Oil of the IHRA, we hope you put the organization on your list in 2014.
AMSOIL riders square off for $10,000 at season opener
Team AMSOIL/Scheuring Speed Sports rider Tim Tremblay opened the 2013-14 AMSOIL Championship Snocross (ACS) season with a convincing $10,000 AMSOIL DOMINATOR®win over teammate Robbie Malinoski.
The fan-friendly race included the top 16 snocross riders in the world squaring off head-to-head in a tournament format. To win, Tremblay had to survive four tough rounds of two-lap sprints, including a final battle against veteran teammate Malinoski.
"I'm really happy with this win," Tremblay said. "Winning the AMSOIL DOMINATOR against my teammate in the hometown of AMSOIL; it just doesn't get any better.
"It was tough to face Robbie in the final because you know the race is going to get crazy and you might hit each other at some point. We're in the same trailer, so obviously we wanted to be safe, but we both still went for it and it just happened to work out a little better for me this time."
For the riders, the event offers a unique start to the season.
"The DOMINATOR is such a crazy format," said Malinoski. "You don't have time to get tired, but your heart rate is right up there. Youjust go all-out every time because there's no reason to save energy for later in the race or anything like that. It's different and a lot of fun."
EveryAMSOIL Championship Snocrossevent will be aired liveon www.amsoilracing.com. ACS action also airs on CBS Sports Network.
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Team AMSOIL Makes History at AMSOIL Duluth National - 2012-2013
Team Amsoil Makes Snocross Racing History
The 2012-13 AMSOIL Championship Snocross (ACS) season kicked off in front of a gigantic crowd at the AMSOIL Duluth National in Duluth, Minn. on Thanksgiving weekend, also it couldn't have been more successful as Team AMSOIL swept the podium on both Saturday and Sunday, and took the AMSOIL DOMINATOR (registered company) tournament on Friday.
The AMSOIL Duluth National opened with the second annual AMSOIL DOMINATOR race, featuring 16 of the sport's top riders competing for the $10,000 prize in a string of head-to-head, bracketstyle elimination races. After defeating Garth Kaufman (Arctic Cat) in the opening round, rookie sensation Kody Kamm (Polaris) in the quarterfinal and Team AMSOIL/Scheuring Speed Sports rider Robbie Malinoski in the semifinal, defending AMSOIL DOMINATOR victor and Team AMSOIL/Judnick Motorsports rider Ross Martin continued his hot streak in the final, defeating Tucker Hibbert to claim his second straight AMSOIL DOMINATOR title.
Pro Open - Saturday
In Saturday's Pro Open main event, Malinoski blew everyone off the hill with the holeshot, flying to the first corner and catching the lead in front of Martin and AMSOIL/Scheuring Speed Sports teammate Tim Tremblay. Martin passed Malinoski by the next lap and Tremblay held third, but Hibbert was slashing through the pack with his sites set on climbing into a podium position. By lap nine, the four frontrunners had separated from the pack, with Hibbert still feverishly attempting to get around Tremblay, who held off the rushes. Malinoski closed the gap on Martin, retook the lead and earned the success. Martin finished second, while Tremblay took third, finishing an allTeam AMSOIL podium.
Pro Open - Sunday
With customary frontrunners Tremblay, Martin and Hibbert qualifying outside the very best four. Team Amsoil / polaris rider Justin Broberg and Scheuring Speed Sports rider Darrin Mees jumped out behind Malinoski. Tremblay, who qualified back in the place, struggled through traffic to go as much as third before passing Mees for second on lap 13. As Malinoski and Tremblay distanced themselves from the field, Martin put on a charge at race's ending, moving past Broberg and placing his sites on Mees. A battle for the last podium postion ensued, with Mees holding off Martin for his first career professional posium.
On the Box with Jeremy Meyer
The holidays have come and gone, and just like that the 2013 racing season is upon us. Despite its popularity as the center of the cold, lifeless season, January ushers in lots of exciting racing activity for Team Amsoil.
Team Amsoil riders will begin their shield of titles in Monster Energy Supercross (Eli Tomac) and Amsoil Arenacross (Tyler Bowers), while four of the finest snocross riders on the planet will continue their quests to win the Amsoil Championship Snocross title below the Team Amsoil flag (Ross Martin, Robbie Malinoski, Darrin Mees and Tim Tremblay).
USAC will head south to FL, Erik Buell will make the final preparations for the 2013 AMA Pro Road Racing season and the 50th Amsoil World Champion will likely be crowned in Eagle River, Wis. as PJ Wanderscheid seeks his fifth title. New seasons of "The Next Bite" and the recently added "John Gillespie's Water and Woods" tv series begin in January, snocross will debut on CBS Sports Community and new exhibits from Racer TV (GNCC/ATV MX) and the Traxxas TORC Series presented by Amsoil will also air. Therefore do not think of January as a downer. There is plenty of racing to keep your spirits up as winter sets in.
Follow Team Amsoil race results all season on www.amsoilracing.com. Racing action can be seen throughout the season on CBS Sports Network.