Instead of throwing open the chutes for World Class Rodeo Action this weekend, officials will throw open the throttle on Amsoil Snocross Championship.
Snocross riders from around the globe converged at the Days of '76 Rodeo Grounds Friday to rev their engines and pull off sky-high jumps while racing around a track during Deadwood's Snocross Shootout.
Jake Scott has been racing powerful sleds for seven years, but this weekend will be the biggest test of his career as he enters the competition as a first-time pro.
"I'm praying for the best but preparing for the worst," said Scott. "A lot of getting older and just the maturing and just learning and being around the block and knowing what to do and what not to do at times."
Another first-time pro is Dave Joanis, of Ontario, Canada, who is counting on keeping pace with his competitors.
"Just staying clear of injuries and being consistent week-in and week-out and just trying to get good results," said Joanis.
And if anyone knows a thing or two about good results, it's Joanis' teammate Logan Christian. He's a four-time pro who made the podium at this event last year.
"I ended up third," said Christian. "I was leading it and made a couple mistakes and ended up third."
While Christian seeks redemption, Scott hopes he can race as well as he as in the past.
"Last year here at Deadwood I had a great time," said Scott. "It was kind of the turning point in my season. I ended up winning all my heat races and then winning all my finals as well and that put me in a points lead."
Most of that snow used in the competition was made on-site. The Amsoil Snocross Championship continues Saturday at 9 a.m.