Tuesday, February 8, 2011
Team LaVallee’s Eastern National Recap
LONGVILLE, Minn., February 8, 2011 – Team LaVallee was back on the road for the Amsoil Championship Snocross Series (ACSS) and the next stop on the tour was the Vision Kia Eastern Nationals held at Finger Lakes Casino & Racetrack in Farmington, NY. Coming off of the last ACSS National, held in early January in Sandy, Utah, LePage earned his first podium spot and he was eager to do it again in New York. The track conditions at the Eastern National were technical with deep holes, and the snowy weather conditions caused the lines to change almost every lap making a podium finish even more challenging for all the riders.
The Results: Johnstad had great determination going into the Eastern National, with placing 5th and 6th in Pro Stock qualifying rounds, Johnstad found himself in the LCQ and placed 8th, just 3 spots shy of making the Pro Stock final. On day two in Pro Open, Johnstad qualified for the final through the LCQ. Coming from the back row in the final, Johnstad fought hard and made his way through the pack finishing a notable 10th place. LePage had great qualifying rounds for both the Pro Open and Pro Stock classes. However, where LePage shined the most over the weekend was in the Pro Stock Final. Coming from the back row for the 15 rider, 22-lap race, LePage started at the back of the pack, but that wasn’t going to stop him from working his way through. With finding the right lines and making clean passes, LePage went from 15th place and finished an amazing 6th in the Pro Stock Final.
Coming up for Team LaVallee:
ACSS National: February 12, 2011 TRAXXAS Michigan National, Pontiac, MI
Pro Super Stock (LePage) Round 1: 2nd - Round 2: 7th - LCQ: 2nd - Final: 6th
Pro Open (LePage) Round 1: 5th - Round 2: 2nd - LCQ: --- Final: 13th
Pro Super Stock (Johnstad) Round 1: 5th - Round 2: 6th - LCQ: 8th - Final: ----
Pro Open (Johnstad) Round 1: 3rd - Round 2: 6th - LCQ: 4th - Final: 10th