(Alexandria, Minnesota - February 2, 2015) This past weekend the TLR Cup Pro Championship Series returned to the “high flyin’ half-mile” Viking Speedway in Alexandria, Minnesota for the Winter Spectacular. Friday was Round 2 make-up for the races that were originally scheduled to run at the series opener in Ironwood, Michigan and Saturday included the regularly scheduled Round 6 features.
After winning Friday’s late night feature and doing a repeat on Saturday, Cardell Potter took the series points lead from defending points champ Malcolm Chartier. With just six points over Chartier and 66 points ahead of Matt Schulz, currently in third, the last three rounds will be critical in determining who earns the title of 2015 points champ.
Although Schulz got the holeshot on Friday night, Potter made his way around him by the second lap and gradually stretched out his lead until a red flag was thrown after ten. When the race restarted for the final five laps, it was Chartier with the holeshot. Using his speed advantage, Potter once again made a pass to regain the lead and take the checkered. Schulz charged hard behind Chartier but was unable to make the pass and finished third. Nick Van Strydonk and Joey Fjerstad rounded out the top five.
Saturday’s feature began nearly the same, with Chartier, arguably the most consistent starter in the series, first off the line and into corner one. Again, Potter’s Ski Doo made quick work of the field and by the end of the 20 lap feature had a seven second lead on the first sled behind him. Mirroring the previous night’s race, Schulz was putting the pressure on Chartier for second place, and with three laps to go made the pass for position. In a close competition for the fourth position, Van Strydonk had a slight edge on Dustin Wahl, who rounded out the top five.
TLR Cup #2 Super Mod 440 FA/LC
Friday night, drivers in the Super Mod 440 class lined up for a ten lap final where the winner would not only get the glory of winning under the lights in front of a full grandstand, but a 2015 Sea-Doo Spark and trailer (sponsored by several local Ski-Doo dealers), and a check from Country Cat for $1,015 as well. The flag left the ice and it was brother’s Jacob and Matt Goede out front and in battle, both driving Polaris Starfire’s. Bradee Mlaskoch pursued in third but the three would finish in that order.
TLR Cup #4 Super Mod 340 FA/LC
The other vintage final that ran Friday night was Super Mod 340. Tom Olson led the first lap but the front runners raced three wide through the corners for most of the five lap final. Bradee Mlaskoch, who finished third in his previous TLR Cup #2 feature got out front and took the win on his Moto-Ski. Kyle Roskoski finished second and Olson rounded out the top three.
TLR Cup #5 Super Stock 340 FA/LC
After a restart due to a jump in the TLR Cup #5 feature, Jordan Johnson got out in front of the pack and led until a mechanical failure took him out of the race in lap two. Donnie Fedie was there to pick up the pace and piloted his Arctic Cat to the win, followed by Gregory Bauman and Joshua Miller.
TLR Cup #1 IFSX 340
In a class that almost always guarantees tight racing action, the drivers in TLR Cup #1 lived up to their reputation. Russell Liba was fast off the line but Brent Miller was hot on his tail, as was Matt Goede. By lap three Miller had the lead but Goede remained close and made his pass for the win with two laps to go in the ten lap final. Miller finished second and Christian Gmiterek took third.
TLR Cup #3 Super Stock 440 Fan
In the last TLR Cup vintage feature of the weekend, Mitchel Giesking was first through the corners on his Yamaha, with Justin Ernst and Dave Dahl in the mix as well. With the front of the pack mixing it up and swapping positions, it looked like it could be anyone’s race. When the leaders got tangled up going through corners three and four, a red flag was thrown and not all sleds restarted. Those remaining lined up in staggered order to dice it out for the last two laps of the race but ultimately Donnie Fedie got the win, his second of the day, with Chuck Poirier and Dave Dahl rounding out the top three.
Next on the TLR Cup Pro Championship Series schedule is Round 7 at the 141 Speedway in Francis Creek, Wisconsin. With races scheduled Sunday, February 8 only, there’s no reason not to check out this new venue and keep up with the points chase in person! For more information visit www.tlrcup.com.