Due to some family commitments that required my attention, I was unable earlier in the week to work on the photos from the Hollywood Casino Snocross Nationals at the Route 66 Raceway. This event was a lot of fun to cover. Friday was a windy, blustery day with a light snowfall. Early in the morning, my boss emailed me and asked if I wanted to take a helicopter ride over the track. Are you kidding?! The flight was to take place at 12:30. Until the flight, I hit the track to shoot the practices and early heat. Right on schedule, Don McClelland and I boarder the helicopter and circled Route 66 twice.
The rest of the day was non-stop racing. Here are some images from Friday's races. National Champion Tucker Hibbert #68, again, dominated the Pro Open class.
Saturday was a beautiful day for Snocross racing. The wind died down overnight and the sun was in and out during the day. The only problem with the day was that I was sick. All day, I was battling a Migraine headache and all the accompanying symptoms. Unfortunately, I had left all my medications sitting on my office desk. I made it through most of the day, but as it continued into the night, I got worse and had to leave just prior to the finals. Tucker Hibbert, as he had the day before, dominated the Pro Open class. Here are some images from my shortened day.
I want to thank my fellow photographers Brett Moist, Austin Calderone, Don McClelland and the ISOC Staff Photographers for a great time.
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GLX Snocross-Race #6
After yesterday's howling winds, it was a relief to wake to calm winds until I looked at the temperature. When I arrived at the Golf Farm the temperature was minus one degree. As cold as it was, without the wind, it just didn't feel as cold as yesterday. The sled count was similar to yesterday's with running only eleven events. There were some spills usually on the other side of the track from where I was shooting. There were only two Pro Lite riders and Brandon Lind won convincingly over Brian Peterson. All told it was a good day to race. Congratulations to all our class winners. Next up is the Hollywood Casino Snocross National at Route 66 Raceway. I will be there both days. This is part of the Amsoil Snocross Championship Series.
Here are some images from today's action.
GLX Snocross-Race #5
What a day for racing snowmobiles. When I left the house the wind was howling, but it was fairly clear. The first obstacle was being stopped for a train on Shoe Factory Rd. After that, I was heading north through Barrington when I was stopped again by the same train! Finally, as I was approaching the Golf Farm, I was suddenly in a whiteout of falling and blowing snow. I attempted to photograph the Hot Laps, but the conditions were so poor, retreated to my car for shelter. Shortly after 10:00 a.m., it was announced that the racing would begin. Halfway through the first race, the clouds disappeared and bright blue sky was visible. The rest of the day we were playing peek-a-boo with the clouds. The only constant was the howling wind. Several times, I was almost blown onto the track. However, none of this affected the racing and it was hot and heavy. We only had eleven races but they were good ones. Congratulations to all our class winners. Here are some images from today's action.
It was another beautiful day for Snocross racing at the Golf Farm. Unfortunately, with the National event in New York, sled counts were down, allowing for only eleven races plus a mechanics race. Even with the low sled count, the racing was fast, furious and exciting. With all the snow from last weekend and the low temperatures allowing for making snow, the track size was doubled. It was a really tight course. In Pro Lite 1, Brian Peterson #112 did not have the dominating day as he had in the past, but did manage to win again. Congratulations to all our class winners.
From today's action:
As nice a day as it was yesterday, today was the polar (no pun intended) opposite. With winds gusting to 40 mph blowing the falling snow sideways, it wasn't a pleasant day for the competitors, staff or me. The winds were blowing out of the north which caused me to only be able to shoot in one direction. I really had to get inventive to get some angles to shoot While my camera bodies are weather resistant, my lenses are not. I had to use plastic bags to keep the majority of the snow from them. The good thing was the lighting. It was consistent all day. On to the competition. Like yesterday, sled counts were down even more with the addition of the Super Bowl and weather. However, Brian Peterson #112, again, dominated Pro Lite and Paul Richard, again won Sport. Congratulations to all our class winners.
Here are some images from today's blizzard-like competition.
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