Aurora, MN. - A record crowd of over 36,000 was on hand to witness the top SnoCross racers in the world do battle in the season opening event.
Pro Super Stock
Team riders D.J. Eckstrom and Shaun Crapo advanced to the main event with top three finishes in the qualifying round. At the onset of the main event both drivers charged to the lead, only to get caught up in a first turn melee. As the tangle worked itself free, both guys set out mid pack while the leaders pulled away. After thirty laps D.J. and Shaun closed the distance and came across the finish line in 8th and 10th place. Snow dust was also a limiting factor in the nighttime finale, as the challenging track developed mammoth holes which swallowed up entire machines and made passing impossible.
D.J. Eckstrom advance to the main event from the qualifier with another top three finish. Meanwhile Shaun had to run the last chance qualifier after hitting an ice ledge and ejecting him from his machine while leading his qualifier. In the main event D.J. was running with the leaders and challenging for a top three spot and possible win, when an off camber bumb caught him and put him on his side. Once he regained his momentum he was able to work back up to an eleventh place finsh. Meanwhile Shaun, who started on the back row, methodically worked his way through traffic. After thirty laps Shaun crossed the finish line with a hard-earned seventh place.