Photos and Story by Emily Wicklund
Fog, fog, and more fog. That is how round one of the 2021 Cor Powersports seasons started in Cable Wisconsin for the Lakewood’s Resort 100. This event was set up as a two-day event with the amateur classes running both days and placing based on a two-day merge. The Semi Pro Factory, Semi Pro Improved, Pro Open, and Pro Factory Stock ran a qualifier and final for each class. On Saturday the fog was low and hung around all morning which caused us to push back the start of the event until noon.
The first race of the day was the three lap Semi Pro Improved qualifier. Paul Brown showed speed from the start and landed himself the top qualifier spot on his Arctic Cat with a time of 15:09 with Busse on his Polaris in second and Schwandt on his Arctic Cat in third.
Next race on the line was the three lap Pro Open qualifier. Reigning champ, Zach Herfindahl, picked up where he left off last year claiming the top qualifier spot with a time of 14:44. Wes Selby came through second with a 14:45 and David Brown at 14:59.
Heats three, four, five and six consisted of classes that were a part of the two-day merge format. Heat three had Masters 40+, Pro Factory Women’s, and Sport 600 Improved running five laps. Heat four consisted of Vintage, Sport Women’s, and all junior classes ran four laps. Heat five was Pro Factory Vet 40+, Trail, and Classic ran five laps. Heat six had Sport Stock 600, Masters 50+, and Expert 600 Limited competing in four laps. Due to the increasing fog and the visibility reducing rapidly, the DNR asked us to shut down racing for the day and continue tomorrow when the weather conditions looked better.
On Sunday, the fog lifted by 9 AM and we were set to go racing on time. The first race of the day was the eight lap Semi Pro Improved final which was supposed to run Saturday. Number one qualifier Paul Brown kept his speed on his Arctic Cat from the previous day to snag the win in the first final of the season with a time of 40:09. Marshall Busse brought his Polaris home second and Dustin Schwandt on his Arctic Cat in third.
The last race from day one that was pushed to Sunday was the 10 lap Pro Open final. Herfindahl and Selby were the first two off the line on their Arctic Cats. Selby took the early lead on lap one and continued to lead through lap two with Herfindahl on his tail. Herfindahl made up some time on lap three and jumped to the lead with Pro Open rookie Dylan Stevens creeping up in third on his Arctic Cat. Selby too the lead again on lap four and kept the lead through lap nine. On lap ten, everything changed. During his Pro debut race, Dylan Stevens came from third to first in the final lap. Stevens took the win with a time of 49:03 with Selby in second with a 49:04 and Herfindahl in third with a 49:07 making it an Arctic Cat sweep in the Pro Open final. Ross Erdman came through fourth and Brown in fifth.
The next four heats ran the same as day one with those racers finishing up their weekend with the two-day merge format. In the Vintage class, Paul Sillerud took the win on his Arctic Cat. In the Junior 10-13 class, Jett Cornelius took the win with a time of 47:30 on his Arctic Cat. In the Junior 10-13 girls class, Danika Diesen came out on top on her Arctic Cat with the time of 44:46. In the Junior 14-17 class, Aiden Johnson was victorious on his Arctic Cat with a total time of 42:40. In the Junior 14-17 girls class, Gabby Hallstrom took the win with a total time of 47:10 on her Arctic Cat. In the Masters 40+ class, Arctic Cat’s Jon Arneson took the overall win at 53:07. Leah Bauer edged ahead and took the win in the Pro Factory Women’s class at 53:44 on her Polaris. In the Sport 600 Improved Stock class, Luke Van Lyssel took the win on his Polaris with a time of 51:37. In the Expert 600 Limited class, Derek Kloety took the victory on his Arctic Cat with a total time of 49:45. John Griep won the Masters 50+ class. In the Sport Stock class, Luke Van Lyssel took another victory for the weekend on his Polaris with a time of 45:45. In the Classic class, Kellin Geisler took the win on his Polaris with a time of 56:15. In Pro Factory Vet 40+, Craig Ritzinger was victorious on his Skidoo with a 52:08. Lastly in the trail class, Eric Reinemann was took the top spot with a time of 54:10. The results for these classes are a total from the two-day weekend.
In between these amateur races, The Semi Pros and Pros ran their three-lap qualifiers for their finals at the end of the day. In the Semi Pro class, Arctic Cat took the top three qualifying spots with Abe Olson first, Dustin Schwandt second, and Paul Brown third. In the Pro Stock qualifier, Polaris took the top spot with Taylor Bunke having the fastest time. Herfindahl timed in second and Stevens in third.
Then it was time for the last two finals of the weekend. The Semi Pro Factory 600 class was up first with their eight-lap final. The race was a timed event instead of the usual heads up final with 22 sleds set to get the green flag. Arctic Cat riders Paul Brown, Abe Olson, and Dustin Schwandt took the top spots early on and swapped track positions consistently. By lap seven, Polaris rider Marshall Busse took the lead from the Arctic Cat pack. After tracking down the three green sleds, Busse made up enough time to claim the Semi Pro Factory 600 win with a time of 39: 28. Paul Brown came through second at 39:34 and Dustin Schwandt in third at 39:38.
The last race of the weekend was the featured Pro Stock final. The race was supposed to be 15 laps but due to daylight running low it was dropped down to a 10-lap final. Bunke and Herfindahl were the first two off the like with Stevens and Brown chasing behind. After lap one Pro rookie Stevens had the early lead with Herfindahl and Brown clocking in second and third. The top three stayed the same through lap nine with Herfindahl pulling away from the pack on the course. Stevens held onto second with Brown in third. Zach Herfindahl kept the hammer down and took the first win of the season in the Pro Stock class with a time of 47:04. Dylan Stevens took the runner up spot ending his Pro debut weekend with a bang (47:12). Taylor Bunke had a quick final lap and edged out Brown for the final spot on the podium with a time of 47:31 and Browns time of 47:34 placing him fourth.
Cor Powersports will be racing in Okoboji for the Okoboji 100 presented by Dickinson County Snowhawks at Parks Marina on January 23rd and 24th.
Full results are posted at Race Results - Cor Powersports