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.
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.