What a beautiful day for snocross snowmobile racing. The temperature was in the low to mid 30's all day under clear skies. As the day wore on, it became overcast probably because of the major snowstorm that is expected to roll in overnight. However, all day, the lighting was almost perfect for photography. Our sled count was a little down due to the ISOC National event In South Dakota. This did not deter any of the racing, it was fast and furious. Brian Peterson #112 dominated Pro Lite, winning both Pro Lite 2 &1. Paul Richard #355 won Sport 1. Congratulations to all our class winners. Should the storm allow, next up tomorrow is the Ameri Temp Challenge.
Here are some from today's action.
Tonight we attended the 2014 ET Bracket Series Racer Banquet. It was a time to celebrate all the great racing that happened at Route 66 this year. It was also good to hook up with friends we hadn't seen since the end of the 2014. season. The big winner tonight was Super Pro Champion Jay Allen. In addition to his Super Pro Championship, Jay was awarded Driver of the Year. It was an award well deserved. The Family of the Year was the Mark Cryer family. Congratulations to all our Champions.
Super Pro - Jay Allen
Junior Modified - Bobby Bode
Junior Sportsman - Jesse Lasik
High School - Ben Grant
Pro Bike - Bob Foster Jr.
Pro ET - Herman Zehnder
Sportsman - Tony Lyons
Here are a few of the images from the banquet
To see all the images from tonight's festivities. please click here.
Today, Janet and I attended the annual Chicagoland Speedway/Route 66 Raceway off-site training workshop. We had the honor of hearing Jay Blake give a presentation. In May of 1997 while working on a forklift tire, it exploded causing massive injuries to Jay's face. It took 10 hours of surgery to reconstruct his face. Jay lost both his eyes, sense of smell and taste. While recovering from his injuries, Jay made the decision to follow his dream of working on a drag racing team. Jay created "Follow A Dream", a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization. The result of his organization is that Jay is the only totally blind crew chief in the sport of racing. He crew chief's the NHRA Permatex Top Alcohol Funny Car. Jay's message of positive thinking to overcome adversity is nothing short of awe-inspiring. After his presentation, Janet had the opportunity to speak with him privately. Jay invited her to "hang out" with his team when they return in July for the Route 66 Nationals NHRA event on July 9-12, 2015. What Jay has accomplished is amazing.
The rest of the day was very informative and everything looks to be on track (no pun intended) for a successful 2015 season.
GLX Snocross and Other News
Well, the unseasonably warm weather bug has struck again. With weather temperatures predicted to hover around 40 degrees all week, this weekend's GLX Snocross racing has been cancelled. It is hoped, with cooler temperatures predicted for next week, that snow can be made and racing resumed the following weekend. All the results from Saturday's racing have been posted and can be seen here. All the photos from the races can be viewed here. To order any photo(s) from this weekend's action please click here or click on the Ordering tab at the top of the page.
On Thursday, Janet and I will be participating in the pre-season offsite meeting/workshop for the Chicagoland Speedway/Route 66 Raceway. Since Janet and I do not work in the office, this workshop gives us the opportunity to learn about the annual goals and plans for the upcoming season. We look forward to this workshop every year. Last year, Brett Bodine, from NASCAR, gave a presentation on the changes to the car specifications that was fascinating. While the media touted the new Chase rules (that was easier for the fans to understand than drag coefficients), the technical side which made the racing and hence, the on-track product better, was much more interesting to me. This will be fun.
On Saturday, Janet and I will be attending the 17th Annual Route 66 Raceway Awards Banquet. For us, this was a very successful drag racing season. For all our ET Bracket Race and Junior Dragster winners, congratulations for a job well done. We will post pictures from the event. Don't forget that for the first time at Route 66 Raceway, ISOC Amsoil Championship Snocross racing will be coming on February 20-21, 2015. The title sponsor for this event has just been announced and it is now the Hollywood Casino Snocross National. Information for this event can be found by clicking here.
Amsoil Performance-Race #1
It was an incredible day for GLX Snocross Amsoil Performance opening race and photography. The conditions were near perfect, however as the day wore on and warmed-up, we lost a little snow at the end. It was slightly overcast most of the day which made for great light for shooting. Pro Lite 2 &1 were dominated by Jake Yurk #727, winning both finals. There was a total of fifteen races per round/finals. Compared to last year's brutal conditions, this was like shooting in the middle of summer. Here are a few shots from today's action.
To see all of today's Amsoil Performance action, please click here.
I took a drive out to the Golf Farm today to check on track preparations for tomorrow's GLX Snocross season opening Amsoil Performance race. The track is taking shape and I am assuming the final grooming will occur tonight and be ready for the 9:00 a.m. hot laps. The weather report is calling for windy conditions with a high temperature of 39 degrees. It's looking to be a good day for racing. If you haven't seen snocross racing, come out to the Golf Farm on Rand Rd. in Wauconda. The races begin at 10:00 a.m.
Also today, I saw a new logo for the Route 66 Raceway Amsoil Championship Snocross race. It appears the track has secured sponsorship for the event. Needless to say, that is a good thing. I will hold off advising who is the sponsor until the formal announcement.
Here's hoping you can find time tomorrow to come out and see some great snocross racing. I will write a post-race report and have photos tomorrow night. If you come out, find me and have your picture taken with your favorite rider and sled.
Well it finally looks like the GLX Snocross season is going to get underway Saturday, January 17th, at 10:00 a.m. The drivers meeting will be at 8:30 a.m. followed by hot laps at 9:00 a.m. The schedule has been revised several times and hopefully it will remain the same from here on out. To see the revised schedule, please click here. In addition to the recent snowfalls, track personnel have been making snow since Monday.
At Route 66 Raceway they have been making snow at every opportunity for the upcoming Route 66 Raceway Nationals Snocross event February 20-21, 2015. This is an ISOC Amsoil Championship Snocross powered by Ram event. Route 66 has requested I shoot the event , however I'm still waiting to hear if my credentials have been approved. Whatever happens, on the Sunday after the National event, GLX Snocross will be holding Points Race #8. I'm hoping that some of the National Series folks will stop by.
Here are some images from last year's JBT Enterprises Championship races.
To see all my images from last year please click here.