USXC Racing Oslo Area Merchants 100 Race Boasts a Full Terrain Course
Spicer, MN (January 20, 2014) – After three rounds of ice, it’s time to jack up the sleds and hit the moguls for the 2014 Oslo Merchants 100 race this coming Saturday, January 25. The racers on the USXC circuit with a snocross background, like On Snow Magazine Women’s Jolene Bute and Yamaha Pro Stock’s Ryan Simons, have been awaiting the technical timing of a good old fashioned Minnesota ditch line.
The first three races of the year have already established bragging rights for several racers, as well as developing speed setups for the ice portions of the upcoming races. For instance, the Oslo race, as well as the Seven Clans Casinos I-500 will include plenty of river running and the tuning perfected at the lake races will help out a lot in those circumstances.
And speaking of Ryan Simons (Cat), aside from taking a few laps on a four stroke at Willmar, Simons has taken the first three rounds off, citing a bias toward terrain racing. Inserting Simons into the Pro Stock equation ups the ante for everyone. Christian Brothers Racing teammates Zach Herfindahl and Brian Dick have both earned wins so far this season, perhaps it’s Simon’s turn? A few Polaris riders may have something to say about that, however. Last weekend’s winner, Polaris’ Ryan Faust, will be amped up to repeat in round four and the fast, but injured Bobby Menne hasn’t even been in contention yet.
A few riders are still figuring things out and there’s no better time than Oslo to start. Looking uncharacteristically out-of-sorts early on, Ski-Doo’s Ross Erdman doesn’t stay down for long, so expect a breakout weekend from Mr. Erdman soon. Team Yamaha came out in full force this season with a fleet of blue Vipers and a gaggle of competent riders. Corey Davidson was only one spot out of the top five in Willmar and Re Wadena has looked more confident each time out.
The Oslo Merchants 100 is locally sponsored by Gowan Construction, Cenex of Oslo, Johnny Brovoz, Dahlstrom Motors, and Frandsen Bank. The course will be 25 miles of river and ditch, tailor made for old school cross country race lovers. Fans will enjoy a rider autograph session Friday night at Johnny Brovoz’s Bar.
The Oslo Merchants 100 is the last race before the Seven Clans I-500, February 6-8 near Thief River Falls, MN.
Current USXC Point Leaders After Three Rounds:
Yamaha Pro Stock: Zach Herfindahl (Cat); Speedwerx Pro Open: Gabe Bunke (Pol); Semi Pro: Casey Pries (Cat); AMSOIL Semi Pro Improved: Casey Pries (Cat); Drift Racing Super Stock: John Koch (Cat); Polaris Expert 85: Brad Cierzan (Doo); FOX Expert 85 Improved: Brad Cierzan (Doo); Ski-Doo Masters 40+: Corey Davidson (Yam); Action Graphics Sport 600 Improved: Austin Reinertson (Pol); Red Lake Outdoors Legends 50+: Erik Nymann (Cat); Carver Performance Sport 85: Ryan Weidemann (Cat); Woody’s Sport 600 Stock: Austin Reinertson (Pol); C&A Pro Trail: Kevin Tinjum (Cat); FLY Racing Vintage: Gary Tintes (Cat); Arctic Cat Vintage Legends 50+: Gary Tintes (Cat); TEAM Industries Classic IFS 18-50: Steve Martinson (Cat); On Snow Magazine Women’s: Jolene Bute (Cat); Seven Clans Casinos Junior 10-13: Paul Brown (Cat); Mattracks Junior 14-17: Ean Voight (Cat); Applied High Performance Products Junior Girls 14-17: Kelsey Pladson (Pol).
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