Feb 28th @ 7:53 am in News by Scott Staley

Snowmobile Racer

SILVERTON, Colo. — XMR snowmobile racing returns to Silverton’s Molas Lake Park this weekend, March 2-3, with machines flying over jumps on what is generally considered the best course on the Colorado/Wyoming snocross circuit.  Snocross racing starts on Saturday at 9 a.m. at the park atop spectacular Molas Pass, 40 miles north of Durango.  Snocross is an exciting and growing sport, featuring short race tracks with multiple jumps and banked turns making it spectator friendly.

Jim Lokey, president of the Silverton Snowmobile Club, said the course is pretty much ready, prepared by his son Randy, while Jim clears out the parking lot.  “I get the dirty work,” Lokey said.

Lokey said the race, hosted by the snowmobile club, will probably bring in 40 to 60 races and a couple hundred spectators or more.  The race is the last in the XMR Central Rockies circuit.  “We always bring the final race to Southwest Colorado,” Lokey said.  “They race all over Colorado and Wyoming. We’re known as the best track.”  The races are a fundraiser for the snowmobile club, and this year, Silverton high school students will be operating concessions to raise money for their fieldwork in Washington.  Lokey said their should be good weather at the spectacular setting at Molas Lake Park this weekend.  “It’s supposed to be sunny. That’s going to be cool,” Lokey said. “It makes a big difference.”

Lokey said the XMR circuit has been coming to Molas Lake since 2002.  “They love coming to Silverton,” he said. “They can’t wait to get here.”  On Sunday drag racing will provide a 75 percent payback to contestants. The event is popular with locals.  “You can win a fair amount of money,” Lokey said.  Lokey said the race provides a boost to Silverton’s economy but also provides a great community event.  “It’s a fun time. It gets everybody out to have a little fun,” Lokey said.

Registration for the race is at the Hardrock Restaurant from 6-8 p.m. Friday, March 1.  Admission to the race is $10 each for adults, $5 for ages 6-14 and free for ages 5 and under.  Classes include Pro Lite, Sport I and II, Master over 30, Junior Classes and 120 Classes.  Vintage racing will include snow machines from 1986 and older.  Awards will be presented at 7 p.m. Saturday at the Brown Bear Café.

CONTACT: Jim Lokey, president Silverton Snowmobile Club  

(970) 387-5512