The start of a race heat in past years
January 25, 2001
Seeley Swan Pathfinder
Seeley Lake, Montana
Seeley Lake, Montana is the site for snowmobile race excitement on Saturday and Sunday, January 27 and 28, 2001. The Seeley Lake Driftriders snowmobile club is host to the fourth annual RMXCRC sanctioned "Snocross" races, which start at 10:00 a.m. each day. Volunteers from the snowmobile club and community at large work together to make the Snocross races bigger and better each year.
Curtis Friede, owner of Kurt's Polaris in Seeley Lake, has designed the race course each of the past four years. The complex turns and challenging jumps that Friede incorporates into the track design serve to test the skills and riding abilities of even the most experienced racers, while at the same time providing great views for the spectators.
It is expected that the Seeley Lake 2001 Snocross races will attract racers from all over the western United States and Canada. Last year, the racers came from as far away as northern British Columbia and Manitoba in Canada, as well as all over the Pacific Northwest. Some of the contestants who earned points at this RMXCRC sanctioned points race were tapped to participate in the Snocross races at last year's nationally televised Winter "X Games." It is expected that many of those racers will be back this year.
Gate admission to the races is $5.00 per adult and children under 12 are free. Special limited trackside parking is available for an additional $10.00. The Seeley Lake Driftriders snowmobile club offers hot food and beverages at the concession stand and proceeds from the event will be used in the construction of a new groomer shed for the club, which is a non-profit corporation. The Driftriders undertake the responsibility to maintain, improve and groom over 300 miles of snowmobile trails in the Seeley Lake area. The Snocross races are the largest fund raiser the club annually undertakes, and the 2001 event is receiving corporate sponsorship from Blackfoot Telephone, which serves the Seeley-Swan area.
The races will be held in an open field next to Highway 83, south of Wold's Valley Market at the south end of Seeley Lake. After the races on Saturday, the Chamber of Commerce will present a fireworks show at the racetrack at 8:30 p.m. Questions or requests for information on the 2001 Seeley Lake Snocross races should be directed to Rich Booth at 677-2501 or Patrick Holt at 677-2775.