Sudbury was the fifth stop on the CSRA’s 2005 Regional Championship Tour. New promotional campaigns designed to increase attendance combined with a spectacular Sunday Pro and Semi-Pro racing schedule returned big dividends as crowds packed Sudbury Downs this past weekend. Racing action was fast and provided spectacular viewing from the heated indoor grandstands.
Iain Hayden (OTSSF/Arctic Cat) responded to an obviously partisan hometown crowd when he put a ski on Michael Vandolder (Factory Recreation/Royal Distributing/Ski-Doo) late in the race and pulled away to win the Pro 440 final after a run through the pack. Earl Reimer (Boss Racing/Polaris) slammed his way to a third place finish despite paint swapping incidents in the middle of the pack. Out front early and eventually finishing fourth was Matt Turner (Evinrude/Ski-Doo/Supertrax) followed by 16 year old sensation Justin Walesky (Team Flintriggers/Ski-Doo) from Millington Michigan.
In Pro 600 it was Iain Hayden’s show with a strong ride and victory. Justin Walesky kept Hayden honest with a solid run up front until Hayden took advantage of the Michigan racer at the midway point. Michael Vandolder appeared capable of an assault early on but slowed and settled for a distant third at the finish with Mike Larmand (Factory Recreation/Royal Distributing/Ski-Doo) in tow for fourth. Semi-Pro racer Justin Parnell (Ski-Doo) from Ennismore, Ontario carded fifth.
In Pro Open racing 16 year old Justin Walesky (Flintriggers / Ski-doo) pulled a scathing holeshot to run out front and unchallenged for his first CSRA Pro win. Earl Reimer, Boss Polaris, finished second. Michael Vandolder appeared to challenge early on but settled for third at the checkers. Iain Hayden ran from the middle of the pack to card fourth followed by AJ Lester in fifth.
Semi-Pro Open. Lee Butler (OTSSF/Arctic Cat) made his mark this weekend by pulling amazing holeshots and acing the Semi-Pro pack into the first turn. In hot pursuit and establishing himself early on was Peter Raymer (Arctic Cat) from Keswick, Ontario. Posting his best finish this year was Billy Turner also on a (Arctic Cat) from Bancroft, Ontario.
Semi-Pro 440 was another Lee Butler (OTSFF / Arctic Cat) show with a wire-to-wire run to the checkers followed by John O’Malley (Team Northland/Ski-Doo) in a solid second place. Peter Raymer (Arctic Cat) having the best weekend of his young career, carded third.
Semi-Pro 600 gave Lee Butler another chance to bank pay dirt with a convincing ride to the checkers. Joey Sagan (Factory Recreation/Royal Distributing/Ski-Doo) who is no stranger to the winners circle carded his only top five this weekend with a solid run to second while Ryan Kenney (Boss Racing/Polaris) looked capable of moving up further but settled for third.
Semi-Pro/Pro Women was Millington, Michigan’s Jamie Walesky’s (Team Flintriggers/Ski-Doo) domain this weekend. Angela Vacchino (OTSSF/Arctic Cat) settled for second with Gravenhurst, Ontario’s Linsay Neal (Ski-Doo) posting third.
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