Round 2 from the Ironwood Snowmobile Olympus

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

(January 10, 2017) - After a successful Round 1, the TLR Cup Tour invaded Ironwood, Mich. last weekend to host Round 2 at the Ironwood Snowmobile Olympus. With lake effect snow falling on Saturday, on-track visibility was severely limited, leading officials to call the day's races. Clear, sunny skies greeted drivers and fans on Sunday however, and racing got underway bright and early. 

DeVault Racing's Billy DeVault made his Factory Stock 600 debut on board the #289 Polaris. Compared to the gang of Arctic Cats and Ski-Doo who put on the show during Round 1, the red and black machines that raced in Ironwood are proof that the class is reaching its goal of representing the manufacturers and getting new drivers on the ice oval. DeVault took the checkered and a check for $800, while Tom Olson claimed the runner up spot. 

Eagle River, Wisconsin's Bob Richardson made it two for two, as he earned the top spot on the podium for the second weekend in a row in Outlaw 600. The #2 machine was fast all day and after several red flags in the final, Richardson maintained the lead. He now has an eleven point advantage over points runner-up Trever Spokely, who took the #2 spot in the final followed by the #44 machine of Tom Larson, earning his first podium finish in the class.  

After three rounds of Pro Champ 440 qualifying Cardell Potter, driver of the #58 Ski-Doo, came out in the top spot when it came time to run the 15-lap final. Nick Van Strydonk was the second qualifier and Blaine Stephenson, who made impressive runs all day, qualified third. To round out the 12-man field, Jordan Wahl and Travis MacDonald raced their way in from the LCQ.

This season has already shown fans some of the closest racing the Pro Champ 440 class has ever seen, with many sleds evenly matched and reaching over 100 mph on the 1/2 mile track. As drivers battled to assert their positions early on the race, a crash involving Matt Goede, driver of the #28 Arctic Cat and Blaine Stephenson, piloting the #102 Polaris, resulted in a red flag. The race was then called off due to deteriorating day light, with safety of the drivers being the number one priority.

The Round 2 Pro Champ 440 final will be made-up at another event, yet to be announced. Be sure to follow us on social media and check our website for updates. Next up is the AMSOIL World Championship Derby in Eagle River, Wisc., where all TLR Cup Tour finals will take place during Friday Night Thunder.   

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