Press Release –
Black Magic Powersports/Team Arctic racers finish well at this past weekends United States Cross-Country Snowmobile Racing Association (USCC) Stallion 200 in Albertville, MN.
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) finish strong this weekend in the first leg of the Triple Crown.
The racing took place just outside the Twin Cities Metro Area on Pelican Lake near St. Michael, MN. Snow conditions continue to be a problem. Much of the race was held on the lake, with about 1.5 miles on land. Snow was sparse, but event organizers did an excellent job with available snow to create a fun course.
In the Pro Open class, riders Jim Wilson (#177) and Arne Rantanen Jr. (#175) both competed and placed well. The Open was a two day combined time event. After two days of racing Wilson (#177) finished in 4th place and Rantanen Jr. (#175) finished 5th.
In the Semi-Pro 600 Open class, Jason Kangas, the Goodridge MN racer, had another solid run. After two days of racing, Jason (#24) finished in the 2nd position, which should put him in the overall points lead with 4 events to go.
The Pro Stock 600 final was a two day combined time event as well. Racers completed 10 laps on Saturday and 15 laps on Sunday. Laps were about 6.5 miles long and it took the racers an average of 6 minutes per lap to complete.
The Black Magic Powersports racers posted some of the fastest speeds of all Cats on the lake throughout the weekend. At the end of 2 days of racing, Jim Wilson put his Arctic Cat F600 in the 3rd place position and Arne Rantanen Jr. put his F600 in the 7th spot. Nathan Potucek finished 12th despite a crash on Sunday that put him on the sideline with a concussion and a fractured collarbone.
The Semi-Pro 600 Stock class was also a 2-day event with racers completing 3 laps on Saturday and 8 laps on Sunday. Jason Kangas rode his #24 Arctic Cat to a 2nd 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 2nd in the Junior 14-17 class. Sara Larson took 2nd place in 120 stock. In the 120 Mod, Sara brought home the big iron with her 1st place finish on the Black Magic Powersports/Team Arctic 120.
February 10th and 11th are the dates of our next event. The Mille Lacs 300 is the second event of the Triple Crown Series. 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.