Round 1: Said & Done

Tuesday, January 3, 2017

(January 3, 2017) - The TLR Cup Tour kicked off the race season last weekend with Round 1 at the Buffalo River Race Park in Glyndon, MN. A new venue on the tour, the 1/4 mile banked track was well received by drivers, as the indoor heated seating accommodated a slew of fans.

The event, sanctioned by the Oval Racers Alliance, got underway on Friday and featured a full day of racing which ended with the 20 lap Pro Champ final. Nick Van Strydonk walked away with the win and would go on to finish fourth in the TLR Cup Tour points race on Saturday. After failing to qualify for the Friday night feature due to engine problems, Cardell Potter came back with a vengeance on Saturday to claim a win and two second place finishes in qualifying, setting him up for a great starting position in the feature.

He made quick work of taking the lead and would remain out front when the checkered waved after 15 laps. Matt Goede, a relative newcomer to the class, turned heads as he posted a second place finish in both night's features on board a sled he rode for the first time the day before the race. Matt Schulz rounded out the top three, coming back from handling issues leading to a ninth place finish the day before. 

The weekend also brought the first round of Factory Stock 600 racing, the newest class to join the TLR Cup Tour designed to encourage new driver participation on stock sleds with limited modifications allowed. Ross Erdman, driver of the #311 Arctic Cat, was the guy to beat all weekend and won the features both nights. During the points race on Saturday, Chad Lian claimed the number two spot and Dalton Fredrickson earned third - both on Cats. 

In the Outlaw 600 class it was Bob Richardson who took the win in the TLR feature, besting Trever Spokely and Joe Schneider, who finished second and third respectively. The racing was filled with spin-outs and lead changes - making it a fan favorite.

Next up on the schedule is Round 2 at the Ironwood Snowmobile Olympus in Ironwood, MI this weekend. There and at every round of the Tour, fans are invited to attend the Woody's Meet & Greet to get autographs and talk to drivers.

If you can't make it the race, you can catch all the action live and for free on Ditch Banger TV. Additionally, you can tune in to our Facebook page as we bring you ICED COFFEE live from the track each morning of the race day; a conversation about track stats, venue details and a new guest appearance each episode. 

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