Warrior snocross racing back in town

The signs are good for the Warrior Snocross & Freestyle racing circuit.

Last year the interest in races subsided halfway through the season. This year the entries continue to increase as the fourth race of the season comes to Craig this weekend.

"We've had more and more pros sign up each week," said Henry Billet, co-coordinator for WSF. "We probably have twice as many pros now than last year."

In addition to pros, the numbers of younger racers has been steady. Racers range from six years old to, well, much older.

Local favorites will be out to race in the events this weekend. One Craig rider is series rookie Austin Corson. The 13-year-old is undefeated in his age group, but he normally only has one other competitor in that race. So he has also raced in the 14-15 class.

"I've improved every time out in the older age group," he said. "I've been fourth, third and second, so this weekend I want to be at

least second."

Corson is coached by WSF track designer Phil Vallem, whose wife, Heather, encouraged Corson to race.

"They had seen me drive a snow machine before and Heather told me I should race," he said. "So I went to Steamboat for the first race and did good and I've raced 24 times now at three venues."

While some of the more veteran racers might enjoy having a race at home so they don't have to travel, Corson said he liked going to races on the road.

"It's funner to travel," he said. "I like seeing places I haven't seen before instead of staying home."

Corson and other young local riders, Tanner Hankins, Ty Grandbouche and A.J. Stoffle are just a few of the recognizable names that will be at Loudy-Simpson Park Saturday and Sunday.

The races get started at 10 a.m. both days.

David Pressgrove can be reached at 824-7031 or dpressgrove@craigdailypress.com

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