Polaris Rider Remains Second in Championship Chase
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – Hentges Racing’s Kody Kamm capped off his birthday week with four heat race wins at rounds 9 and 10 of the AMSOIL Championship Snocross series. He captured sixth in the final on Friday and fourth in Saturday’s final. Following the weekend at Huset’s Speedway in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, he remains second in the title hunt.
Kody Kamm dominated all four qualifying races. Photo credit: Crystal Wallem Photography
In the series’ first visit to the track, Kamm claimed the fastest lap time in practice. He set himself up on the outside of the starting line for his first heat race. He grabbed the holeshot and smoothly navigated his Polaris 600R out front for the remainder of the race to take the qualifying win by more than seven seconds.
In the second qualifier of the night, the Hentges Racing rider once again snatched the holeshot and pulled a gap on the rest of the field. His smooth style was showcased again as he swiftly powered his machine over the jumps and through the corners to take another win.
The 29-year-old was seventh early on in the final, but pushed his pace. Running lap times around 34-seconds, he worked his way up to third within a couple of laps. He began a battle to overtake the second-place rider. But, with just over five minutes to go, bad luck struck and he was ejected from his machine just over the finish line when he hit a deep hole. While he was able to quickly remount, he lost a few positions and fought to get back to the front for the rest of the race. He ultimately finished seventh, but a penalized rider gained him a position after the conclusion of the race.
“I won both heat races and was pumped about that,” said Kamm. “The track was smooth, but really rough at the same time, for my first heat. I pulled the holeshot and just rode my own race. Between heat races, the guys did some work in the trailer to make my sled even faster. In the final, my speed was great, and I was putting a charge on second place. Then, I ended up getting ejected off of the sled when I landed hard in a hole. I got up quickly, but still lost several positions. I finished in seventh place.”
Kamm continued to dominate his heat races on Saturday at Huset’s Speedway. In the first qualifier, he lined up on the outside once again – a position that gave him two holeshots the day prior. Kamm’s strategy worked, as he scored the holeshot for the third time of the weekend. Without anyone nearby to challenge him, Kamm led from start to finish.
The second qualifying race saw the #53 grab his fourth holeshot of the weekend. He piloted his Polaris 600R out front for the duration of the heat race before taking the checkers, which tallied his ninth heat race win of 2023 – the most of any rider this year.
In the final, Kamm got off to a top five start. He was later shuffled back, but engaged in a persistent fight with his competitor while tackling the wet snow conditions. He regained the fifth-place position. Closing in on the finish, another battle broke out, but Kamm was able to hold onto the position and take fifth at the line. However, a penalty for the fourth-place rider put Kamm into fourth following the race.
“Saturday was another awesome day for qualifying heats, taking the wins in both,” said Kamm. “The track was freshly groomed and really fast in the first qualifier. In the final, I found myself in some strong battles for the entire race. Coming down to the last corner, an intense challenge from Emil Harr broke out. I was able to hold him off for fifth place. After the race was done, the fourth-place rider was penalized for an incident, which landed me fourth on paper.”
Kamm continues his championship chase, holding second in the Pro class with 350 points. Three weekends of racing remain in the season.
“I’m super stoked on my qualifying races this weekend in Sioux Falls — winning all four of them,” Kamm said. “I want to carry that drive into next weekend and try to get some wins in the finals as well.”
Next Race: March 10-11 – Elk River, Minnesota
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About Hentges Racing
Established in 2000, Hentges Racing is a factory Polaris Snocross team that fields pro class competitor Kody Kamm of Kenosha, Wisconsin, in the AMSOIL Championship Snocross series. The team is owned by Nate Hentges and headquartered in Shakopee, Minnesota. Visit HentgesRacing.com for more info.
Kody Kamm is second in the championship hunt. Photo credit: Crystal Wallem Photography
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