Alton boy races to 3rd place Snocross finish at event in Salamanca, N.Y.

ALTON – Twelve-year-old Tucker Kierstead of Alton has a passion for racing snowmobiles, that is. And this past weekend (Feb. 7-8) proved no different, as Kierstead traveled with his team, AMS Racing, to Salamanca, NY to compete in an International Series of Champions (ISOC) Snocross event with racers from all over the country. Kierstead, who has been racing since the age of seven, raced his way to an impressive third-place podium finish in the National Junior Novice 10-13 (year-old) division. Riding his Arctic Cat SnoPro 500, sponsored locally by Andrew's Marine Service, Eastern Propane and HK Powersports, Kierstead battled his competitors, as well as frigid temperatures, to hold his position on the track and bring home some glory. (The full weekend of racing brought Kierstead three third-place finishes in his race classes.)

The race weekend in Salamanca, NY was Kierstead's fifth stop on his busy racing circuit with East Coast Snocross (ECS). ECS, based out of Cheshire, CT, is the eastern affiliate of ISOC, which is the national sanctioning body for snowmobile racing in the United States. Kierstead will travel to three more race venues with ECS, including a weekend in Rumney, NH, before his 2013-2014 race season comes to a close.

Kierstead, in his sixth season of racing, is currently the points leader in his race classes through ECS. With perseverance and some hard racing, his goal is to stay ahead of the competition and finish strong. And, after watching Snocross Champion Tucker Hibbert dominate at the Salamanca event, Kierstead has returned home with even more determination to do the same.

For Kierstead's race results, along with his upcoming race schedule, visit Check out the national race results and TV replay schedule for the Salamanca event on