Once a year the ski slopes of Sunday River Ski Resort in Maine, the top nine drivers in off-road battle it out in the snow. This is something different for drivers and fans alike. With the drivers only driving on snow during this event, usually racing in the dirt.
The bracket started out with two young gun drivers, RJ Anderson and CJ Greaves, battling to make it into the main bracket. Greaves started out strong and continued during both laps. Greaves would out run Anderson to make it to the next round against racing veteran Ricky Johnson.
The first race of the main event was between last years champ Bryce Menzies and Johnny Greaves. This would be one of the most anticipated races of Frozen Rush. Menzies took the hole shot and maintained his dominance during the entire race, moving on to round two.
“I wanted to make sure that I made no mistakes. I was going all out to make sure that I would make it through to the next round. You can never give up during this event,” Menzies said after completing the first round.
Scott Douglas and Rob MacCachren where next up. This was a bad of two veterans that have been competing against each other for years. One the first lap on top of the hill MacCachren had a mistake that almost cost him the race, until Douglas hit the edge of the last turn and rolled his truck.
Carl Renezeder moved on over Chad Hord to fill the third spot in the semifinals. It was time for the young gun versus veteran race, CJ Greaves versus Ricky Johnson. CJ battled all race long and it came down to the wire with Johnson advancing onto the semifinals by a half a car.
The first race in the semifinals was between two off-road champions Menzies and MacCachren. MacCachren got off to a great start, but right before the over under jump he staled his truck. Last year’s champion held off MacCachren to move on to the finals for the second straight year.
“I did not know in the begin that MacCachren had made a mistake. I am stoked to make it to the finals again. Now my teammate Ricky Johnson just needs to make it!” Menzies said after knocking off MacCachren.
Ricky Johnson and Carl Renezeder took off battling for the last spot in the finals. The race started with Johnson taking the lead because of the short line. It was a close race until the middle of lap four when Renezeder’s truck came to a stop due to a mechanical issue.
For the third straight year it is an all Red Bull final. Johnson taking the first year, Menzies taking the win last year it was time to find out who would be king of the slopes. The final would leave no one disappointed.
The final started off just like we would have thought – close. Both drivers wanted to be atop the podium, but as the race progressed Menzies began increasing his lead. Bryce Menzies for the second straight year wins Red Bull’s Frozen Rush.
Bryce Menzies was excited after his win and said, “With the final being six laps I had to go all out knowing what my teammate would be doing. I am worn out, I was on it the whole time. I am not even this worn out after a short-course or desert race. It is unreal up here, I love coming up here for this even.”
We will have to wait until next year to see if Menzies will be able to three peat at this event. MacCachren took home third place with out a race due to Renezeder not being able to run. Do you think Menzies can pull it off next year? Tell us in the comments below!