Rounds 9 and 10 of ISOC Amsoil Championship Snocross (ACS) took place in beautiful Mount Pleasant, Michigan at the Soaring Eagle Resort and Casino. Mother Nature helped the track crew put together an awesome outdoor motocross style track with a ton of snow, multiple line choices, and an awesome hill feature that created one of longer lap times of the season. The pit area was perfect this year and the spectators were able to pack the hillside to catch all of the action up close.
Marcus Ogemar (#58 Engcon/Ski-doo) started things off on Friday for the team in the ultracompetitive Pro-Lite class. It was a cold but sunny day that provided for some great racing. In round one Marcus was running strong up front but a miscalculation on the backside downhill put him in the back of the pack. Once he remounted, he started clicking off some fast laps and worked his way up from 10th to 7th at the line. Round two went well as he again battled up front and finished 2nd. He then ran the LCQ where a good start and some great line choices helped him stay ahead of most of the brutal snow dust that the cold night air with no wind provided; he crossed the line in 2nd to make the back row of the final. In the final under the lights, he pushed hard into the whiteout on the front straight whoops but was forced off track; he waited briefly for a safe opening before reentering and slotting in around 6th. He ran hard lap after lap trying to run down the front runners and held onto a top 5 finish. One of the initial podium finishers was disqualified for an on track altercation during the race which moved Marcus up to 4th overall on the night. Day two brought in some much warmer weather and the crew had their hands full trying to get things adjusted to the changing snow conditions. Marcus was feeling great in practice and he ended up turning in the fastest lap time of the class. Round one went well; he chased down the leader and followed him in for a strong 2nd place finish. In round two Marcus found his groove, he rode smooth and fast and pulled away from the group for a commanding 1st place finish which put him as the top qualifier for the finals. The crew worked hard on his machine as he studied the track in preparation of the final. From the start Marcus ducked inside as everyone drifted wide and he ran up the hill and over the top charging forward in quick order. He challenged for the lead from the start and took over the point on lap 3. He would continue to hit his marks lap after lap and on lap twelve he crossed the line with a comfortable margin for an emotional first place finish, his first win on the tour!
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