New Rule Changes Produced Some Close Racing

As everyone expected, racers and fans, alike, came out on Saturday morning with high expectations on what the season’s first race was going to bring. It has been a goal of USXC to return the racing to stock production sleds, leveling the playing field for all manufacturers and giving everyone a chance to participate. With the new rule changes mandating the stock production class snowmobiles, the weekend events produced the most exciting, intense racing, we have seen in years, with entries up significantly over 2013.

The course was laid out in a lemans style with left, rights and incredibly fast straightaways. With very little snow, Chad Dyrdahl and his crew laid out one of the best courses we have had in a long time.

RFaustPineLake2014301x191Saturday’s races were qualifying heats for Sunday’s finals. Most classes running twice, with points being awarded for Sunday’s finals and heat placements. Finals were run on Saturday in all Junior classes, Vintage and Classic IFS; for a complete list of results and video footage, you can visit our website at www.usxcracing.com.

Our Pro Womans class ran Sunday only with a greater number of entrants than in the past years. Previously, the Pro Womans class has been dominated by #22, Jolene Bute, on an Arctic Cat, but this year showed something different with #4J, Jill Tangen, winning on a Polaris. Semi Pro final was an exciting event as sleds took to the track for a five lap, 50 mile final. As expected, due to the new format, we saw close racing with the top four brands making top five in which #525, Dylan Stevens placed first on an Arctic Cat. The Pro race was the final event of the weekend, running nine laps with a heads up start, first one to cross the finish line wins. Sleds took the starting line in four rows with six sleds in each and were sent out three seconds apart. The start went off without a hitch with skillful driving through the first two corners. With extremely close racing for the first five laps, it was anyone’s race, with top drivers from Yamaha, Arctic Cat and Polaris battling for the lead. As attrition took its toll, the race boiled down to five Pro Polaris riders and two Pro Arctic Cat team members fighting it out with numerous lead changes. On lap seven, all top drivers came in to fuel at the same time, with Arctic Cat fueling faster. Polaris rider’s #537 Ryan Faust and #131 Bobby Menne battled back to the lead, until the last corner of the last lap, with Faust taking the win. The top five went to: #537 Ryan Faust (Polaris), #15 Wesley Selby (Arctic Cat), #28 Justin Tate (Polaris), #312 Zach Herfindahl (Arctic Cat), and #74 Gabe Bunke (Polaris). For a complete list of events and results, visit our website at www.usxcracing.com.

The new class rules made for a level playing field in all the classes with the closest, tightest racing seen in years. USXC would like to thank the Dyrdahl family and all its sponsors for providing yet another tremendous start to our 2014-15 race season.

The next USXC event is the J&K Marine Beach Bar 200, set to be held in Detroit Lakes, MN, at the Holiday Inn with racing beginning at 9:00am. With it being our last lemans style ice race of the season, we expect it to produce the same exhilarating and intense driving we saw at Pine Lake.

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