(January 27, 2016) – After racing last weekend at the Wausau 525 Snowmobile Championship, Rounds 4 and 5 of the TLR Cup Tour are in the books. The state of the art, purpose-built track played host to racers all in the running for series points as the 2016 race season hits the midway mark. A fan favorite as well, the grounds swelled with spectators’ eager to hear the roar of race engines and watch drivers race side by side through wide corners.
Pro Champ drivers were able to practice on Friday night before time trials kicked-off the day of racing on Saturday. Cardell Potter posted the fast time and went on to go undefeated throughout qualifying, as did fellow Ski-Doo drivers Gunnar Sterne and Matt Schulz. Travis MacDonald (Ski-Doo) and Blaine Stephenson (Polaris) also showed promise by taking runner-up finishes in both of their qualifying heats. In the feature, Schulz was able to fight off Potter and Sterne, both of whom were making hard charges for position. The race would end with the top three finishing in that order.
After qualifying rounds on Sunday, it was Sterne who came out atop the boards to earn the pole position, having won all three of his heat races. He went on to lead a large portion of the feature until eventually Potter made a pass for the win, with Schulz rounding out the top three. This weekend was not the first that the three shared the podium and it is no coincidence that they’re also on top of the TLR points chart.
As the green flag lifted for the TLR #2 Super Mod 440 final, it was truly anyone’s race after several drivers won their heat races. Jacob Goede held the lead and began to celebrate victory after lap five, unaware that he was actually competing in a seven-lap feature. His brother Matt, driver of the #28 Polaris (pictured below), seized the opportunity to pass and won the race before Jacob was able to catch-up. He would finish second, with Paul Diefenthaler taking third.
Justin Ernst raced to the win in TLR #3 Super Mod FA/LQ, with Jim Zierden and Bill Stull claiming the remaining top spots, in that order. Shane Peterson made his first appearance of the season in winning form as he took the checkered flag in TLR #4 Super Stock 340 FA/LQ, followed by Kyle Nouis and Clinton Guminey, respectively.
When the TLR #5 Outlaw 600 class hits the ice, you never know who will come out in the lead. Bob Richardson took the win during Saturday’s feature but was bested by the #65 of Trever Spokely when TLR points were on the line Sunday.
Rounds 6 and 7 of the Tour will take place this Friday and Saturday at the Alexandria Winter Spectacular in Alexandria, Minnesota. Like TLR Cup Tour on Facebook for live updates all weekend!