Pine River's Jordan Sherwood couldn't have come any closer to being named as the top Semi-Pro racer in the WSA Hillcross Series.
Only one point, 642 to 641, separated him from champion A.J. Ray of Osakis. The points were figured by the racer's best two classes.
Sherwood on his Ski Doos won the Semi-Pro 1,000 and Semi-Pro 900 classes, finished second in Semi-Pro 800 and Semi-Pro 700, and third in Semi-Pro 600 and Semi-Pro 500.
The 20-year-old also finished second in the X Games Hillcross class. Ray won this class.
This is Sherwood's second year of competing in the series. He raced snocross events for more than five years.
While racing in the WSA snocross series, he raced in the Semi Pro classes in the WSA regionals and the Sport classes in the WSA Snocross Worldwide Championship Series or "nationals."
His father, Steve, said Jordan "had a blast" his first year in the hillcross series and described this season as Jordan's "Dream Season." Steve of Pine River also had a blast in this series on his Polaris, finishing fourth in Vintage. He also finished fifth in Plus 40 on his Ski Doo.
Steve said Jordan made every final in the series this season except for two (due to mechanical problems).
Jordan said the key to his success in this series has been finding the good racing lines and staying in them and having good starts. "A lot of (leading at the start)," he said. "Mostly I just try and have a lot of fun."
This fun included a 90-foot long jump at a series stop on Ski Gull in March. Jordan said he has soared over longer jumps than this in his career. "You have to land the (double jump) just right," he said.
As far as continuing his "fun" next season, Jordan intends to run the Professional classes in the hillcross series and Semi Pro or Pro in a limited number of the WSA Regional Snocross Series.
Drifting may come to BIR
Rod Wolter, general manager at Brainerd International Raceway, said that the raceway may host drifting, a competition involved with cornering and braking.
Several weeks ago, a three-time champion in the sport tested at BIR. BIR's Turn 5 was similar to a turn at Road Atlanta where the next drifting competition was to be held.
Drifting is judged similar to ice skating or snowboarding. The criteria include entry speed into a turn, line clipping, angle and counter steer and presentation.
BIR's drag racing manager, Tim Berns, said this racer wore out eight sets of tires.
Wolter said between 7,000 to 14,000 spectators attend these one-day drifting events.
He said this event would work at BIR because it still would allow drag racing to be held the same weekend.
Another event that could come to BIR is the Richard Petty Driving Experience, Wolter said.
He said this driving school has been discussing coming to a road course facility. He learned this after assisting in setting up the school's regional office at Gateway International Raceway in Madison, Ill.
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