Press Release –
It took him nearly two months, and several near misses, but Wisconsin’s Ross Martin finally brought the winner’s trophy home with his victory in the Pro Open final Sunday at the AMSOIL Eagle River Derby Track. The event was part of the second round of the WPSA PowerSports Snowmobile Tour’s Eagle River Snocross National.
Martin (No. 837 Judnick Motorsports/Polaris), who took the top qualifying spot, fought off early pressure from Levi LaVallee to take the victory, his first since sweeping the Duluth opener in November.
LaVallee (No. 108 Pirtek/Polaris) was second, earning his fourth Pro Open podium this season, and his second of the weekend. Ryan Simons (No. 67 Speedwerx/Arctic Cat) finished third, netting his second of the weekend after winning yesterday’s final.
“I have really struggled this year,” said Martin, who padded his points lead with the victory. Martin now sits 21 points ahead of TJ Gulla (No. 44 Pirtek/Polaris) in the standings. “I’ve always been up there, especially in qualifying, but it just seems that something always happens to me in the final.
“I really needed this one,” added Martin. “This was a long streak without a win.”
Chris Kafka (No. 991 Pirtek/Polaris) won the Semi-Pro Open final, ahead of Dan Ebert (No. 602 Speedwerx/Arctic Cat) and Brett Turcotte (No. 196 Blair Morgan Racing/Ski-Doo).
Dylan Jansen (No. 272 Northway Sports/Polaris) won the 120 Champ final, followed by Kevin Kuklinski (No. 120 EmbroidME/Polaris) and Mason Hanus (No. 132 Woods/Polaris).
This weekend’s races will be telecast on SPEED. Please check local listings for dates and times.
The next event for the PowerSports Snowmobile Tour is the Air Force Canterbury Snocross, scheduled for next weekend at Canterbury Park in Shakopee, Minn. That event, another double national, will feature two complete Pro and Semi-Pro shows.