DULUTH, Minnesota — The Eagle, Idaho based Leighton Motorsports team burst onto the national snocross scene three years ago and this season they are set for a pair of championship runs in the AMSOIL ISOC Championship Snocross Series. This past weekend at the AMSOIL Duluth (MN) Nationals, team Semi-Pro driver Colby Crapo of St. Anthony, Idaho qualified for the prestigious Winter X-Games.
"Leighton Motorsports is the only Western U.S. based team competing on the national tour."
The AMSOIL Duluth Nationals was staged at Spirit Mountain outside Duluth, MN and featured three days of racing action in a variety of classes. A stout field of racers suited up for action in the first event of the ISOC season making for intense competition throughout the weekend.
Colby Crapo of St. Anthony, ID has his sights set on a national title as well as a return trip the Winter X-Games slated for late January. Crapo accomplished one of his goals early by qualifying for the X-Games winning both his qualifying heats and finishing second in the feature event for the Semi-Pro X class qualifier. Crapo will be one of only three Semi-Pro riders to be featured in the Pro class at this year's Winter X-Games.
"Making the X-Games is huge," Crapo said. "It will be great going to the games with the Leighton Motorsports team this year and we really think we have a solid chance competing against the rest of the pros. While the X-Games is a big deal, winning the Semi-Pro championship this season is our focus."
Crapo's bid for the National Semi-Pro championship is well underway with solid performances all weekend in his heat races but on-track incidents affected his feature finishes.
Trevor Leighton, a high school senior, is vying for the National Sport Super Stock championship and scored his first podium finish of the season with a third place effort in the class feature race. Leighton also scored two first place finishes in heat race action over the weekend.
"I was a little nervous heading into the weekend with this being the first race," Leighton offered. "I am really happy about our finishes this weekend and I have a lot of confidence heading into the next event."
Leighton also finished seventh in the X-Games qualifier just missing the cut. The Leighton Motorsports team will be back in action December 10-11 at the Newman's Outdoor Field in Fargo, ND for round two of the eight race AMSOIL ISOC Championship Snocross Series.
Leighton Motorsports is a factory sponsored Polaris Industries Racing team with additional support from Fly Racing, Woody's, HMK, C&A Pro, ROX, WPS, 139 Designs, Carl's Cycle Sales, BMC Select, Boise Cold Storage, Ashley Heating, and McAlvain Companies. New to the team this season are Walker Evans Shocks, Dragon Goggles, 2 Cool Vents, Western Trailers, the Idaho Potato Commission, Sidewayz, and CTI Braces. The AMSOIL Duluth National will be broadcast on the Versus Network December 19, 2010 at 3pm ET. For all the latest news and information about Leighton Motorsports, log onto www.leightonmotorsports.com.
Exclusive marketing partnerships and sponsorship programs are still available for the season. Contact Trace Leighton at 208/941-4700.
About ISOC Racing
The International Series of Champions (ISOC) is the premiere snowmobile race organization in North
America. The AMSOIL Championship Snocross Series is the flagship series, with eight national points races
held across the US. In addition, ISOC affiliates with nine regional race circuits, providing up and coming
snowmobile racers the opportunity to hone their skills as they advance toward the national stage. Visit
www.isocracing.com for more information, fan and racer memberships, schedule details and more.
2010/11 AMSOIL ISOC Championship Snocross Series Schedule
November 26-28, 2010
AMSOIL Duluth National
December 10-11, 2010
Dakota Magic Casino Fargo National (Friday and Saturday)
Newman's Outdoor Field
January 8, 2011
Piranha-X Western Nationals
Rio Tinto Stadium
January 27-30, 2011
February 4-5, 2011 (Friday & Saturday)
Finger Lakes Casino & Racetrack
February 12, 2011
March 4-6, 2011
March 12-13, 2011
Air Force National
March 18-20, 2011
Nielsen Enterprises Grand Finale
Grand Geneva Resort & Spa
Lake Geneva, WI