Another Great snocross Season Opener at Duluth

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Longville, MN (November 28, 2016) – This past Thanksgiving weekend marked the 25th Annual AMSOIL Duluth National Snocross CJ Ramstad Memorial Cup held at Spirit Mountain in Duluth, Minnesota. With speculation whether the race would need to be postponed or not, due to the lack of snow and warmer-than-average temps, the crew at ACS and Spirit Mountain worked day and night to create one of the longest tracks we’ve seen just days before the season opener.
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The weekend started off with the Amsoil Dominator race on Friday. A bracket-style format type of racing, where each Pro rider was judged off their lap times in seeding to see whom they would match up against in Round 1, and from each race moving forward, the winner would continue on. Pro Rider, Kyle Pallin has some amazing battles and won his way into the Final race and finished in a close second place.

Saturday kicked off Round 1 of the 2016/2017 Snocross Season. Kyle Pallin, Team LaVallee’s Pro racer, had an awesome weekend of racing. Pallin, looking strong and very comfortable on his Team LaVallee, Loctite, Polaris, Red Bull sled, started the season off with a solid 4th place finish. Team LaVallee’s Pro Lite rider, Zak Mason was ready for his first race back after
a shoulder injury from last season. Mason qualified well and made it into the back-row of the stacked 15-racer, Pro Lite final. With a mid-pack start, Mason rode consistent and was able to finish the Pro Lite Round 1 final in a notable 8th place.
Team LaVallee’s grassroots rider, Evan Daudt (Pro Lite) and Adam Peterson (Sport) also had great results throughout the weekend. Daudt debuted his Pro-Lite career on Saturday night at Duluth, with very competitive scores for his qualifying rounds and just missed the Pro Lite final, by one position. In Sport, Adam Peterson rode very impressive and finished the
weekend with a 4th place on Friday and 13th on Saturday night, after a hard off. All-in-all an awesome weekend of racing!
Round 2 / Sunday’s racing was canceled due to strong fog conditions making it impossible for the riders to see. The race was ultimately canceled and we are waiting to find out details as to when Round 2 will be made up.
RACE RESULTS – Round 1
PALLIN – PRO – Rd 1: 3rd Rd 2: 3rd LCQ: — Final: 4th
MASON – PRO LITE – Rd1: 4th Rd 2: 2nd LCQ: 4th Final: 8th
GRASSROOTS RACE RESULTS – Round 1
DAUDT – Pro Lite – Rd 1: 4th Rd 2: 2nd LCQ: 6th Final: —
PETERSON – Sport – Rd 1: 1st Rd 2: 1st LCQ: — Final: 4th | Rd 2: 2nd Rd 2: 2nd LCQ: — Final: 13th
COMING UP
Winter Park, CO National / Colorado Adventure Park, Winter Park, CO – December 16-17, 2016
TV SCHEDULE
Amsoil Duluth National Episode 1 CBS Sports Network / TBA

LaVallee to Perform Distance Jump at Sno Barons 50th Anniversary Hay Days

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Longville, Minn. July 29, 2016 – Levi LaVallee is making plans to help the Sno Barons snowmobile club celebrate the 50th anniversary of Hay Days in a very big way. With a long list of action sport accomplishments to his credit including the world record snowmobile distance jump of 412-feet, Levi will break out the ramps and launch the Hay Days celebration (and himself) with a 200-foot distance jump on September 10 in North Branch, Minnesota.

Heralded as one of the sports biggest and most recognizable athletes, Levi is synonymous with snowmobile competition, having won a national snocross title, 7 X-Games gold medals, and has appeared on several national television shows including the Tonight Show with Jay Leno, Good Morning America and ESPN. With two record distance jumps to his credit, Levi will attempt a 200-foot plus ramp-to-ramp jump as part of the 50th anniversary celebration at the world’s biggest snowmobile event.
“Hay Days is just an awesome event,” said LaVallee. “I’ve been going since I was a kid and to now be a part of the 50th celebration is really special.”

With humble beginnings as little more than a gathering of club members, Hay Days has grown to become the biggest snowmobile event in the world with more than 50,000 fans in attendance along with every major manufacturer, aftermarket company, dealer, and athlete. Today, Hay Days is the place to see and be seen for the entire snowmobile industry.

“Every year we try to add a new twist to the event,” said Meshell Gorsegner, spokeswoman for the Sno Barons. “This year we wanted to make sure the event was truly special and Levi is helping us do that. Everyone in the club has been working hard to make this year’s event the biggest and best yet, with special commemorative displays, events, and guests in attendance.”

Located 8-miles east of North Branch, Minnesota, Hay Days features something for everyone including snowmobile grass drags, freestyle exhibitions, ATV and side-by-side races, the sports largest swap meet, more than 200 vendors, demo ride opportunities, raffles, vintage displays, and so much more. Encompassing more than 180 acres, it has become the can’t miss event for thousands of snowmobile enthusiasts from across North America and even the world.

Levi’s long-distance jump is schedule for Saturday (September 10) at 5:00pm and will take place at the east end of the snowmobile drag strip, adjacent to county road 70. With a metal take-off ramp and massive dirt constructed landing ramp, he is expected to soar well in excess of 200-feet. You can also catch the action on CBS Sports Network, check your local listings for Terracross Championship in September which will feature the jump.

For more information on the event including a schedule of events, admission fees, and times, visit www.snobarons.com

ALL-STAR DUO LAVALLEE AND RAHLVES ACHIEVE ARCTIC MAN CHAMPIONSHIP TITLE

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(Forwarding Source: Alaska Dispatch News)

Longville, MN (April 11, 2016) Long wait worth $61,000 for Arctic Man champions Rahlves and LaVallee. After two days of delays, the Arctic Man Classic was finally a go Saturday, and the wait was worth it for Daron Rahlves and Levi LaVallee.
 
Very well worth it.
 
The all-star duo – skier Rahlves is a four-time Olympian from California and snowmachiner LaVallee is a 10-time Winter X Games medalist from Minnesota —  collected $61,000 for their win Saturday in the 31st annual competition in the Hoodoo Mountains near Summit Lake.
 
The Arctic Man is an iconic Alaska event, an extreme sports competition that predates the Winter X  Games by more than a decade. Thousands gathered for the weeklong celebration of spring and snowmachining that culminated with Saturday’s races.
 
The race begins with a skier or snowboarder atop a 5,800-foot peak. He plunges about 1,700 feet to an open area where he grabs the tow rope of his partner’s in-motion snowmachine and is zoomed 2.2 miles up another mountain. At the top, the snowmachiner slingshots the skier or snowboarder, who makes a 1,200-foot descent to the finish line.
 
It all adds up to 5.5 miles, which means Rahlves and LaVallee earned about $15,000 per minute for their win. They finished in 4 minutes, 2.08 seconds, about 10 seconds off the record of 3:52.7 set in 2013 by Marco Sullivan and Tyler Aklestad.
 
The prize for the men’s ski race was exceptionally big this year because last year’s race was called off because of poor conditions, so the purse was rolled over to this year.

Conditions threatened to wipe out the majority of this year’s races too.

The women’s snowboard race was completed Thursday before poor visibility prompted the postponement of other races, and Friday’s conditions were no better. But by Saturday, visibility improved enough to race.

Snowboarder Jayson Hale and snowmachiner Tyson Johnson topped their division with a time of 4:22:21, a victory worth $26,000.

Skier Natalie Van Nostrand and snowmachiner Cortni Brown finished in 4:06.73 to pocket $3,000 for their win in the women’s ski division. On Thursday, snowboarder Audrey Hebert and snowmachiner Kelci Boe clocked 4:35:58 to collect a $7,000 first-place prize.

Purses are determined by the number of entries in each division. 

Information from the Fairbanks Daily News-Miner was used this report.

Images: ©NoStyleProductions, Matt Kennedy

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