Snowmobile racing: Schultz, Ebert to compete in nationals
Do you have a fascination with snocross?
Friday through Sunday, the seventh round of ISOC Nationals will be at the ERX Motor Park in Elk River.
Brainerd lakes area drivers competing include Mike Schultz and Dan Ebert.
With the season coming close to an end, Ebert and Schultz want to finish out strong.
“I am only in second place in points right behind Justin Tate in the Pro Plus 30 Championship,” Schultz said. “Since I did announce my retirement from the National Snocross Tour, I think it would be awesome to end the season and my career with a national championship.”
Ebert has been racing snocross for 12 years and turned pro in 2010 with Team Arctic Cat. Though he is not in the chase for points he is determined to finish strong. Six weeks ago at the Canterbury Park race, Ebert was struck by another sled during the second round of qualifying and dislocated his right elbow.
“Since then I have been resting and rehabbing in attempts to increase my range of motion,” Ebert said. “This last week was my first time back on a sled, and I felt comfortable baring the circumstances.”
Even though Ebert is just getting over his injury, he does plan to finish the season at Elk River.
Schultz started his career as a professional snocross racer and had many goals to improve upon until December 2008 when his dreams were cut short.
“Up to that point I was still learning and improving,” Schultz said. “I was, and still am, a bit bummed out because I strongly feel my best accomplishments were yet to come.”
Schultz’s leg was amputated and he thought his career was over and that he would have to change his lifestyle but that didn’t stop him. Schultz now uses the Motoknee by Biodapt to compete. The prosthetic knee does have challenges such as allowing him to absorb the impact of racing.
Schultz is the creator of the Motoknee and has made adjustments in past years to get it to work better for each situation. The biggest challenge of the knee is the placement of his foot because he has no feeling, so he uses a stirrup to hold it in place that is not locked down in case of a rollover.
Gates will open Friday morning. General admission tickets start at $15 for each day or fans can purchase a weekend pass.