A cold front blew in and sent the third event on the USXC schedule, the Willmar Area Lakes 100, into a deep-freeze on Saturday, January 12.
The USXC crew laid out roughly a 10-mile course on the frozen surface of Foot Lake just outside downtown Willmar, racers set up shop at the Kandiyohi County fairgrounds.
Brian Dick claimed the, 100-mile race, Pro 600 win with a time of 1:34:40.222, seven seconds faster than second place finisher Herfindahl and over a minute faster than the third place Arctic Cat of Wes Selby. Just behind Selby was Simons and rounding out the Top 5 was the Arctic Cat of Chad Lian.
The 16-year-old rookie Pro, Zach Herfindahl, laid down the fastest time in the 5-lap, 50-mile Pro Open race (47:37.106) besting his teammate Ryan Simons (47:42.328) by over five seconds. Brian Dick, another one of Herfindahl’s teammates, finished in third with a time of 47:44.148.
Arctic Cat rider Cole Nymann won the Polaris Semi-Pro 600 class finishing the 5-lap, 50-mile race with a time of 49:33.223, nearly 38-second faster than second place Polaris rider Travis Faust and 46-seconds faster than the third place Polaris of Spencer Kadlec.
Faust won the AMSOIL Semi-Pro Improved race logging a five-lap time of 49:22.355 besting the Ski-Doo of Cale Anseeuw and the Polaris of Alex Hetteen by just over 30-seconds.
“The Willmar Area Lakes 100 was a special event for me since it is so close to my home town and the headquarters of USXC, Spicer, Minn.,” said USXC owner Brian Nelson. “The city was a gracious host and being able to hold a race so close to the center of town made for a great event.”
Other class winners from the Willmar Area Lakes 100 include:
Brothers Motorsports Expert 85: Lance Efteland (Cat); FOX Expert 85 Improved: Lance Efteland (Cat); Sport 600 Improved: Erik Nymann (Cat); Ski-Doo Masters 50+: Jim Sobeck (Doo); Mattracks Masters 40: Eric Christensen (Pol); Carver Performance Sport 85: Kevin Tinjum (Cat); Woody’s Sport 600 Stock: Garrett Johnson (Cat); Sport 600 Improved: Garrett Johnson (Cat); C&A Pro Trail: Gunnar Arlaud (Polaris); FLY Racing Vintage: Gary Tintes (Cat); Stud Boy Vintage Legends 50+: Gary Tintes (Cat); TEAM Classic IFS 18-50: Brad Naplin (Cat); On Snow Magazine Women’s: Jolene Bute (Cat); Yamaha Junior 10-13: John Langaas (Cat); Junior 14-17: Cole Lian (Cat); Arctic Cat Junior Girls 10-15: Marissa Kallock (Cat); Junior Girls 16-17: Callie Slominski (Cat).