Thunder Bay Snocross Racer Competes in the
Amsoil ISOC National Series
by Scott A. Sumner
Twenty year old Kenny Mandryk started racing motocross at age 3 and recently has began snocross racing as well- at a high level.
“ We did 6 of the 8 National Amsoil ISOC races in the Sport Lite class this year. The season started a little rough, not making any of the finals at Duluth and I missed Colorado but did better at Canterbury, Minneapolis making both finals. We went to Deadwood, S Dakota and made the finals at New York which was good even though it was a little cold. Iowa was good as well with many nice people there.
We missed Michigan and finished in Lake Geneva taking a 2nd place podium finish on Sunday.” said Kenny Mandryk, Snocross racer.
In the summer Kenny races motocross and has for 17 years now. He has raced pro motocross in Canada and semi pro in the US.“ My body feels old but that is about it,” smiles Kenny who also works
ful time as a carpenter at a cabinet shop here in Thunder Bay, but on the weekend it is all about when the gate drops. “ Motocross might slow down this year a bit as I am part owner of the KBMX Motocross track now. We will be holding weekly practices and I will be doing riding schools for the younger ones. I want to grow the sport of motocross in Thunder Bay. We are not associated with Superior Dirt Riders who will still be hosting races but the track will now be fully functional every week for training. We will have group lessons and private lessons if needed.”
Next year Kenny might move up to Sport class and also do Sport Lite races in snocross.
“ Ski Doo has helped out decently and I have a few local businesses helping but unless you podium every weekend the help is very little. Then they notice you and help you out more,” said Kenny. “ I love the snocross, it is new to me and I started it just 3 years ago. It is growing on me and I feel it is something I can maybe make something out of. My idle is Tim Tremblay and he didn’t start racing snocross until age 20.”
The snocross sport is very competitive at the top level and in Duluth you are getting 85 to 90 riders in one class. It will be fun to follow the progress of Thunder Bay rider Kenny Mandryk.