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Season's last snowmobile race this weekend in Lake Geneva

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Kevin Hoffman
March 17, 2011
— A national snowmobile racing league is running its last race of the season this week in Lake Geneva, where temperatures are expected to hover around 50 degrees.

The AMSOIL Snocross Series held by the International Series of Champions, a snocross racing organization based in Albertville, Minn., begins Friday and runs through Sunday at the Grand Geneva Resort. Snocross combines the jumps and action of motocross racing with the winter environment, according to the organization's website.


Cecil Guess, events manager at Grand Geneva Resort, said the program has been held in Lake Geneva for about 13 years.


The championship series' schedule runs November through March, ending with the Nielsen Enterprises Grand Finale in Lake Geneva. This is the second tour event held in Wisconsin. It hosted a race earlier this month in Hayward.


The mild weather isn't expected to dampen the program. Courtney Nobilio, marketing manager at Grand Geneva Resort, said the resort can use artificial snow on top of whatever snow remains after mild weather this week caused most of it to melt.


Forecasts are calling for temperatures around 50 degrees with a chance of rain on Friday, the first day of the program.


Last year, the event featured X-games medalists Levi LaVallee and Ryan Simons, who are said to be among the top snocross racers in the nation. The resort received no information on what riders would participate this year.


Riders will compete on Grand Geneva's 18-run mountain top ski hill, according to a press release. Autograph sessions will be held Friday and the main races are scheduled for Saturday.


The event is the year-end championship, giving riders one last opportunity to compete for bronze, silver and gold medals.


The races will be broadcast on the Versus network.


Advance three-day passes can be purchased for $42 for adults and $12 for those 7 to 12 years of age. Ages 6 and younger are free.


IF YOU GO

Friday: "Showdown at Sundown" qualifying begins at 10:15 a.m. Autographs and freestyle show from 6 to 7:30 p.m.


Saturday: Qualifying begins at 8:20 a.m., autographs from noon to 12:45 p.m. and the main event begins at 2 p.m.


Sunday: Qualifying begins at 8:20 a.m. and the main event begins at noon.


For more information, visit the racing league's website at isocracing.com.

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