Press Release –
Black Magic Powersports/Team Arctic racers finish well at this past weekends United States Cross-Country Snowmobile Racing Association (USCC) Drummers Diesel 100 in Minto, ND. Racers Jim Wilson (#177 Pro), Nathan Potucek (#151 Pro), Arne Rantanen Jr. (#175 Pro), Jason Kangas (#24 Semi-Pro), Justin Morkin (#93 Juniors/Amateur), and Sara Larson (#6x 120 stock & mod) post some good results this weekend.
The racing took place in and around the town of Minto North Dakota. Snow cover was not the greatest, but the Black Magic/Team Arctic riders forged ahead. In the Pro Open class, rider Jim Wilson (#177) was the only racer from the Black Magic Powersports/Team Arctic stable to compete.
The race was a one-lap sprint over the 17-mile long course. Wilson crossed the line in 19 minutes 16 seconds, good enough for a 7th place finish. 2nd through 7th place were separated by only 17 seconds!
In the Semi-Pro 600 Open class, Jason Kangas, the Goodridge MN racer, had another solid run. 1st through 5th place were separated by only 10 seconds and Jason ended up with the 5th place finish.
In the Pro Stock 600 final, Jim Wilson rode his Black Magic Powersports prepped Arctic Cat F600 to a hard earned 6th place finish. Nathan Potucek continued to show improvement with his 12th place finish out of 27 competitors. Arne Rantanen Jr. finished in the 14th position.
The Semi-Pro 600 Stock class saw a field of 27 racers sign up for the day’s competition. Once again competition was fierce as the top 10 finishers were separated by a minute. Jason Kangas rode is #24 Arctic Cat to a 5th place finish.
In the amateur ranks Black Magic Powersports/Team Arctic racers Sara Larson and Justin Morkin were competitive all weekend. Justin went home 1st in the Amateur Fan and 1st in the Junior 14-17 class. Sara Larson took 5th place in 120 stock and a 3rd place in 120 mod.
Points standings after the first 3 races have Black Magic Powersports/Team Arctic racers occupying top positions. Jim Wilson currently sits 4th in Pro 600 Stock and 7th in Pro 600 Open. Arne Rantanen Jr. is 12th in Pro 600 Stock and 12th in Pro 600 Open. Nathan Potucek is 19th in Pro 600 stock.
Jason Kangas currently sits in a tie for 6th place in Semi-Pro 600 Stock and is 2nd in Semi-Pro 600 Open only 2 points from first. Kangas also sits 2nd in points in the 440 class. Justin Morkin has a strong lead in both the Amateur Fan and Junior 14-17 classes. Sara Larson is leading the 120 mod class aboard her Dean Larson/Black Magic prepped mod sled, and sits 2nd in her 120 Stock class.
January 27th and 28th are the dates of our next event. The Stallion 200 will take place just outside the town of Albertville, MN, which is north of the Minneapolis/St. Paul metro area. A large crowd of spectators is expected for the event.
The entire Black Magic Powersports/Team Arctic race team will be attending the event and hope to place well and showcase their talents and the abilities of their Arctic Cat snowmobiles.