The Supertrax/Byers Motorsports/Polaris team headed south of the boarder to the New York US Air Force ISOC National race this past weekend in Salamanca, NY.
The ISOC crew made a great track from man-made snow in the rear parking lot of the Seneca Allegany Casino. Racing took place under the lights and thousands of spectators filled the grandstands and the hill adjacent to the track as well as thousands of fans watching the live streaming of the races online.
Jamie raced in the ISOC Pro-Lite class; which competes on Stock race sleds, and this was his first time on that sled this year. With the soft granular man-made snow on Friday, which we don’t see in the CSRA circuit very often, Jamie spent his practice time setting up the sleds clutching and suspension.
Jamie line up in the middle of the start line in Moto 1 but got pinched out on the start. He struggled with the soft snow in the corners but was able to pull out a 6th. In Moto 2, He got a good start into the first corner but had a bad line in the back stretch rhythm section and lost some positions finishing 6th.
The temperature warmed up on Saturday, which made the snow wet and heavy and didn’t hold up very well compared to Friday. In Moto 1, Jamie got a great holeshot and ran in 3rd for the first few laps of the race.
Unfortunately he dropped a ski over the berm in corner 3 and had to run the outside lane and lost a couple positions finishing 5th. Moto 2, he ran a good race finishing 6th. With many racers in the class, Jamie was 1 point out of the LCQ.
“There are a lot of fast ISOC riders and its tough adapting to completely different styles of tracks than what were use to. I enjoy riding these technical tracks and wish we could attend more ISOC events.” Jamie said after the weekend. “Hopefully we can make it to the Lake Geneva, Wi race at the end of the year and have some better results.”
Jamie will be spending this week in West Yellowstone, Montana with the Supertrax Magazine crew attending the annual SnowShoot for the Model Year ’14 sleds.
Our next race event will possibly be the ISOC Lake Geneva Grand Finale March 15-17. If we are unable to attend Geneva, our next race will be the CSRA National Round #6 in Kitchener, Ontario at the Chicopee Ski Resort.