Adam Muesegades Memorial Race – $2000 added Pro-lite purse

Great Northern Snocross Racing

In memory of their son Adam, the Muesegades family of Plymouth, WI puts an additional $2000 in cash into the weekend purse for the GNSS race held in their home town.  This year there will be $1000 added to the Pro-Lite class on Saturday, Jan 25th and another $1000 added to the Pro-lite class on Sunday, Jan 26th.  This is ADDED purse money that is in addition to the normal series payback.  If you’re not headed to the X-games but your still looking for some Great racing, you can find it with the Great Northern Snocross Series in Plymouth.

Complete info and registration for the event can be found at www.gnssracing.com

If your one of the lucky few headed to the X-games, good luck.  If not, we hope to see you in Plymouth for a great weekend of racing.

 

AMSOIL Championship Snocross, powered by Ram interview: Pro Lite champ Jake Scott

Jake Scott @ Shakopee, Minn

Second year in the Pro Lite class was a big one for Team LaVallee/Polaris racer Jake Scott out of Long Island, N.Y.

Contact: Pat Schutte
PR Director, ISOC Racing
pat@highprofilepr.com

Minneapolis (Nov. 28, 2013) – This past March Team LaVallee Pro Lite class racer Jake Scott (Mystic Lubricants/Loctite/Polaris/Red Bull) would wrap up his first pro class title on the AMSOIL Championship Snocross, presented by Ram, circuit – topping Andrew Lieders and David Joanis for the Pro Lite crown in Lake Geneva, Wis.

And he pretty much did it on one leg.

Battling a severely strained knee for the second half of the winner, the Long Island, N.Y. native gutted out some consistent finishes in the tight championship race before putting a bit of distance on Lieders and Joanis at the final two rounds. The championship would not only be Scott’s first, but also the first AMSOIL Championship Snocross title for Levi LaVallee’s team.

ISOC caught up with Jake Scott and got his take on the championship season of ’13, how things went for him over the summer and his thoughts on moving up to the premier AMSOIL Championship Snocross Pro Open class beginning this weekend in Duluth, Minn.

ISOC: Yeah, Jake. How’d your summer go?

Jake Scott: Summer was good. I rode moto quite a bit, did a bunch of races in Expert class and did pretty well in those. Went down to South Carolina to a motocross camp, and that was pretty sweet. Got to ride with some guys like Cooper Webb and learned a lot down there. Cooper made me feel a lot less fast than I thought I was (laughter). Then I ended up having Ivan Tedesco stay with me for ten days, got a lot of good advice from him. He’s a real cool dude and helped me a lot. So hopefully next summer I can get my pro (MX) license.

ISOC: Moving on to snowmobiles … let’s start with the Pro Lites. Are you kind of bummed that you’re not going to get the chance to defend your title this year?

Jake Scott: I guess a little bit bummed that I can’t do that, but also at the same time I’m pumped to be moving up. My whole dream during my racing career was to get to the Open class and I’m finally here. So I’m just beyond stoked about that.

ISOC: How much time have you had on the Pro Open class sled?

Jake Scott: About a week on it.

ISOC: Sans being in full main event gate, you’ve had a bit of time to get the feel for a Pro Open sled. What are the main differences you’re seeing between the Pro Lite and Pro Open sleds?

Jake Scott: It’s definitely the long track. Adjusting to that is pretty different. Cornering feels way different and in the beginning I was pretty slow around the turns. But Kyle (Pallin) and Levi have been giving me some pointers so got it dialed pretty good. And with the long track it’s actually a lot better through the rough stuff, doesn’t swap out as quick.

ISOC: So it’s you and Kyle on the Pro Open sleds for Team LaVallee, Lieders on the Pro Lites. How’s that going to be having to watch Andy make a run at the Pro Lite title while wearing the same jacket as you?

Jake Scott: Yeah, Lieders is for sure a fast rider. We were just up with him at Scheuring’s and he was on it. Riding really good already this year, so he’s going to be tough to beat.

ISOC: Teaming with Pallin and Lieders is nothing new, right? Didn’t you guys team up to help Team USA to a victory over the World Team in the inaugural Ram World Cup last March in Lake Geneva??
Jake Scott: We sure did. Helping bring Team USA to victory was awesome! Being teamed up with Kyle Pallin, Kody Kamm, Andy Lieders and Andrew Carlson was like a dream team. It was a tough race but we were pumped to be able to take the win.
ISOC: Not to leave Levi out of this … how helpful has it been to have a veteran of so many Pro Open race wars in your corner, assisting you with the transition from Pro Lites to Pro Open sleds?

Jake Scott: Levi’s definitely been one of my biggest helpers out there. Even when I was transitioning into the Pro Lite class he was there to help me out. I can’t thank him enough.

ISOC: What are some of the better pieces of advice that you’ve got from Levi?

Jake Scott: As far as bumping up to the Pro Open, Levi told me not to get down on myself if I don’t come out and get podiums right away like I did last year. He said use the first couple of races just to have fun, use them to learn. Don’t worry if the first few races don’t go the way I’m planning them to go. “Prepare for the worst, but train for the best,” Levi’d say.

ISOC: So last year you rode around quite a bit on an injured knee. What kind of work did you have done on your knee – if any – during the off-season?

Jake Scott: I actually just left it. My physical therapist told me not to get the surgery. He said if I did I’d be very likely to get arthritis very young. So I was at my physical therapist’s all summer long, getting it ready-to-go for the start of this season.

ISOC: So what was wrong with your knee?

Jake Scott: My physical therapist said it was meniscus and, quite likely, something else. I went to a couple other therapists and they all said the same thing. But I didn’t want to go to the doctor to hear what that was, so I just did a lot of therapy and a lot of training.

ISOC: In terms of fitness are you entering the season where you want to be? Are you as fit as when you entered the season last year?

Jake Scott: I think I should be as least as fit as I was last year, yeah. This summer me and my trainer built a cross-fit gym and we’ve been training pretty hard all summer in that thing. I also did quite a bit of wakeboarding, along with moto and cross-fit. That’s about it, really.

ISOC: Land any big tricks on that wakeboard?

Jake Scott: Not to brag, but I’m very good at crashing. I’ve got that pretty dialed (laughter).

ISOC: Right on. Well good luck at Duluth, Jake. I’m sure you’ll have a lot of fans from your Pro Lite days keeping an eye on you during the Pro Open action.

Jake Scott: Thanks. Looking forward to seeing everyone here on Friday in Duluth!

The Story of Spirit Mountain and AMSOIL Championship Snocross

Duluth National founders L to R Denny Monson, Craig Hansen, Terry Mattson and CJ Ramstad

Exec Director Renee Appel Mattson discusses the history of snocross at Spirit Mt. & what it means to Duluth

Contact: Pat Schutte
PR Director, ISOC Racing
pat@highprofilepr.com

Minneapolis (Nov. 27, 2013) – They’ve been racing sleds Thanksgiving weekend at Duluth’s (Minn.) Spirit Mountain for 22 years now, starting all the way back in 1992. And in that time Spirit’s Executive Director Renee Appel Mattson has seen the AMSOIL Championship Snocross, presented by Ram event grow to become one of the region’s largest events, both attendance-wise and in economic impact to Duluth and the surrounding region.

Founded by visionaries Denny Monson, Craig Hansen, Terry Mattson and CJ Ramstad, the ‘Duluth National’ (as it’s widely known) has become snocross racing’s version of Anaheim 1 (SX) or the Daytona 500 – a staple in the AMSOIL Championship Snocross series and, as the opener, one of the few foundation events (along with Canterbury & Lake Geneva) making up the one of the world’s most successful snowmobile racing series.

Since 1993 Appel Mattson has been on board with the event. Previously working with “Visit Duluth,” the City of Duluth’s tourism marketing arm, Appel Mattson came on board with the Duluth National in 1993 – and has been part of the event ever since.

ISOC got a chance to speak with Appel Mattson from her desk at the top of Spirit Mountain to find out about how this great event came together, how it’s survived – and grown – for the past 22 years and what it means to the people of Duluth.

ISOC: Right out of the gate, Renee, talk a bit about how AMSOIL Championship Snocross mean to Spirit Mountain?

Renee Appel Mattson: At first we didn’t think it’d be that big of a deal. We were looking to put together an event that would fill up hotel rooms in an otherwise slow time of the year here in Duluth – it’s not an accident that it happened Thanksgiving weekend. So if you’re going to hold an event the thought is that you do so when you have an ample amount of hotel rooms that you want to fill. Over the years the event’s had a huge impact on the local economy. You consider the some 30,000 fans that show up, the teams and all the persons that travel with them – it’s a five to six million dollar impact on the city annually.

ISOC: That’s amazing. What have been some of the more memorable snocross events at Spirit Mountain?

Renee Appel Mattson: The most memorable years are the ones where we just manage to pull it off. Mother Nature isn’t particularly cooperating and by god the crew doesn’t pull a rabbit out of the hat and get the track ready to go. And that only adds to the excitement level with the racers and the fans. So it’s those years that really stick out in my mind.

ISOC: So you could almost categorize last year (2012) into that, given the 48-hour window we had to make snow in order to pull the race off.

Renee Appel Mattson: I was convinced last year we were going to have to postpone it. There was no question in my mind that, as of Thanksgiving Day, we had no snow. So looking back our snow makers really did an amazing thing getting that track prepped and ready to go.

ISOC: How does Spirit Mountain’s ski and snowboard clientele take to snowmobile racing on their mountain? Do you see some of them mixed in amongst the diehard snocross fans that attend the Duluth National year after year?

Renee Appel Mattson: One of the benefits that we give our season pass holders here at Spirit Mountain is we give them access to the snocross racing on the weekend of the Duluth National. So there’s a core group of season pass holders that I see year after year that come out to check out the racing. It’s our way of thanking our season pass holders for allowing us to use a portion of the mountain during a weekend when, many times, we’re open for skiing and snowboarding. And I think in turn they appreciate the sport of snocross and respect the way it’s grown over the years to include the jumps and athleticism that we’ll see here this weekend.

ISOC: How does Spirit Mountain handle all of the snow that’s blown at the top of the mountain for the Duluth National? Do you plow it back down the runs, or does it get pushed off?

Renee Appel Mattson: Some years are better than others. Obviously in the years where we’ve had little or no snow and we end up digging up some of the dirt during the race, a lot of that snow is just lost. So we end up pushing it over to the side. But in good years, and it looks like this year will be one of those, we save most of it and that becomes part of our beginner hill. (Note: Appel Mattson added it takes five million gallons of water, blown through the multiple snow guns, to make the Duluth National course.)

ISOC: With the cold weather leading up to this weekend’s season opener for AMSOIL Championship Snocross at Spirit Mountain there appears to be plenty of snow with which to build the track. This wasn’t the case last year where pretty much all of the snow for the entire course was blown in the last 48 hours prior to Friday’s AMSOIL Dominator race. Is it always a touch-and-go effort in terms of snow amounts the weeks/days leading up to the Duluth National?

Renee Appel Mattson: In the big scheme of things Spirit Mountain is first and foremost a ski resort. So over the years our business in the summer months has been growing exponentially with other events. So what happens, when snocross arrives, we’re still flipping over our building from our summer operations – not necessarily right into winter – but into a build specifically for snocross. And it’s not a small task. There are bleachers to be constructed, security fencing to be put up and all the other logistics involved. It’s an amazing amount of work for just this three day event. And at the same time our resources are stretched to try and get snow cover on all of our runs for our major winter business. So on Monday morning, when everyone from snocross leaves town, we’re still tearing things down and cleaning up for the next five days - trying to turn it back into the base for our winter operations. And add to that this year, we’re open for skiing for the first time that I can remember prior to the snocross race, so everything was colliding as we worked to bring the snocross event together!

ISOC: Incredible. Overall, do you feel the Duluth National at Spirit Mountain has become one of the more iconic and well-attended events in the region during the winter months?

Renee Appel Mattson: Oh absolutely. In the Duluth area – and Duluth is expert in hosting major events – snocross is the third-biggest event behind Grandma’s Marathon and the Bayfront Blues Festival. So snocross is an incredibly important event to the local economy, and it happens during a time of year when the visitors aren’t at their peak here either. So that creates even more importance for this event.

ISOC: That’s great. Talk about the City of Duluth’s involvement with the event, how they’ve gotten behind it and helped to grow it.

Renee Appel Mattson: Spirit Mountain is an authority of the City of Duluth and Visit Duluth is the official destination marketing organization for the City of Duluth. And through our organizations we really pull together all of our resources to make sure this event its done first class. A lot of events come and go, but snocross has grown steadily for us over the years. And it’s encouraging that we’ve continued to draw new interest in this sport with the great athletes and technology involved. So the City of Duluth really supports snocross, and has now for 22 years.

For more information on Spirit Mountain link to: www.spiritmt.com

2013-’14 AMSOIL Championship Snocross, powered by Ram

Round/Date City/State

1 – Nov. 29-Dec. 1 Duluth, Minnesota
2 – Dec. 6-7 Bessemer, Michigan
3 – Jan. 3-5 Shakopee, Minnesota
4 – Jan. 31-Feb.1 Deadwood, South Dakota
5 – Feb. 7-8 Salamanca, New York
6 – Feb. 21-22 Mt. Pleasant, Mich.
7 – March 7-8 Fargo, N.D.
8 – March 14-16 Lake Geneva, Wisconsin

Beginning with AMSOIL Championship Snocross’ season-opening round in Duluth, Minn. and running through the season finale in Lake Geneva, Wis. CBS Sports Network will air 16 half-hour programs of the ACS races.

About ISOC Racing

The International Series of Champions (ISOC) is the premier snowmobile race sanctioning organization in North America and sanctions national AMSOIL Championship Snocross, in addition to affiliating with nine regional circuits. Visit www.isocracing.com for more information, fan and racer memberships, schedule details and more.

© 2013 ISOC Racing - All Rights Reserved.
CBS Sports Network