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    WPSA Regional snocross race returns to Brainerd International Raceway, features top racers  


(December 21, 2007) – Some of the top snocross racers in the country bring their high-flying brand of snowmobile racing to Brainerd International Raceway Dec. 29-30, the fourth stop on the World PowerSports Association’s (WPSA) Minnesota regional circuit.

About 300 racers – ranging from 4-year-olds riding 120cc sleds to top pros competing in the Open class – are expected for the event. They will bring their increasingly popular sport to BIR’s half-mile track, which features tight turns, banked corners and a variety of bumps that allow racers to catch big air for spectators.

Although the event includes many classes for amateurs of all ages, the main attraction will be the Pro and Semi-Pro classes, where ultra-competitive racers will battle for valuable series points. They’ll come from all over the Midwest, as well as Alberta, Quebec, Ontario, Colorado and Wyoming. Most will be members of major national teams sponsored by Arctic Cat, Polaris, Yamaha and Ski-Doo, all of which will be at the event with big displays and lots of products.

Among the many Pro and Semi-Pro racers who are expected to compete at the WPSA Regional will be some of the country’s top snocross racers who call central Minnesota home:

  1. Levi LaVallee of Longville placed fourth in the final standings of last year’s Pro Open class at the national level.
  2. Mike Shultz of Pillager placed sixth last year in the National Pro Open class and fourth in the National Pro Stock class.
  3. Dan Ebert of Lake Shore placed first in the ’07 National Semi-Pro Stock class and fourth in the National Semi-Pro Open class.
  4. Kylie Abrahamson of Merrifield won the Pro Women class at the national level last year.
  5. Mathew Piche of Detroit Lakes finished sixth in last year’s WPSA National Semi-Pro Open class.

“We’re very excited about the lineup of racing events this winter,” said Scott Quick, BIR vice president of operations. “The variety of events gives spectators an excellent opportunity to be exposed to some really unique and fun racing. It’s also another example of our commitment to offer a wide range of motorsports to our visitors throughout the entire year.