Rookie rips up snocross

TED WYMAN -- Winnipeg Sun

, Last Updated: 12:51 PM ET

It's not supposed to be this way for Ross Martin.

He's one of the youngest competitors on the World PowerSports Association snocross circuit and is a rookie in the professional classes.

And yet there he is, leading the point standings and dominating races as the season winds down.

'AWESOME'

Martin, a 21-year-old from Pleasant Prairie, Wis., is in Winnipeg this weekend as the tour stops at CanWest Global Park, where he is attempting to keep a recent run of domination going.

"That feels really good, especially in my first year in pro class," Martin said. "Knowing I've got enough to run with these guys is awesome. The biggest part is to be consistent every weekend. You can't go from winning to coming last or falling off.

"There are still three races left and anything can happen, but to be leading at this point is pretty nice."

Martin's achievement is no small accomplishment.

"That would be like a rookie coming in and leading the NASCAR standings," said Justin Anderson, director of public relations for the WPSA.

Martin was in the semi-pro classes last year and only lost a couple of races all season. He has continued that success while running with the big dogs.

"I thought I'd come out and have good races, but I didn't really think I'd be out front every weekend like this," he said.

"Hopefully, I have a long future ahead of me."

Martin is in contention to hit the podium again today. He sits first after qualifying in the pro stock class. He finished first in one heat and second in two others yesterday. He is also competing in the pro open class.

Ryan Simons of Fergus Falls, Minn., is second in pro stock, while Garth Kaufman of Alta, Wyo., is third. Top Canadians are Blair Morgan of Prince Albert, Sask., (fourth) and Robbie Malinoski of Humboldt, Sask., (fifth).

Racing goes 9 a.m., to 5 p.m. today, with the pro stock and pro open finals capping the weekend's events.


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