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AUTO RACING: Ideal weather creates exciting day of ice racing

LAPORTE -- With the best weather conditions of the racing season so far, 28 cars, drivers and crew members came to Garfield Lake in Laporte for ice racing on Sunday. A total of 16 B class drivers and 12 A class drivers were on hand for the races.

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Class A driver John Farrington found good traction on the front straight Sunday and won the first feature at Garfield Lake in Laporte. (Dennis Peterson | Special to the Pioneer)

LAPORTE -- With the best weather conditions of the racing season so far, 28 cars, drivers and crew members came to Garfield Lake in Laporte for ice racing on Sunday.  A total of 16 B class drivers and 12 A class drivers were on hand for the races.

The fans in attendance witnessed excellent racing with many side-by-side finishes. The racing is free to watch on the east side of the track viewing area.

In the A class, set one heat races went to Ryan Julin and Ryan Huston with John Farrington winning the feature. Set two heat races were won by Farrington and Huston with Julin winning the feature race.

The B class set one heat winners were Sam Delaney and Cody Hoffman. The B class set one feature winner was Charlie Doughty. Set two winners in the B class were Josh Bitker and Nic Lewis. Delaney picked up the checkered flag in the feature of the second set in the B class.

The racers will return to Garfield Lake for another day of racing this Sunday at noon.

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Sunday’s Results

A Class Set 1 Feature (Top 10): John Farrington, Ryan Julin, John Sharpnack, Ryan Huston, Kalin Honer, Reid Watson, Bonnie Farrington, Bob Pawlitschek, Bryan Karl, Joel Harvey.

Heat 1: Ryan Julin, John Farrington, Kalin Honer, Reid Watson, Joel Harvey.

Heat 2: Ryan Huston, John Sharpnack, Fritz Meyers, Bonnie Farrington, Bob Pawlitschek.

A Class Set 2 Feature (Top 10): Ryan Julin, Ryan Huston, John Farrington, Reid Watson, Kalin Honer, Bonnie Farrington, Joel Harvey, John Sharpnack, Bryan Karl, Bob Pawlitschek.

Heat 1: John Farrington, Ryan Julin, Kalin Honer, Reid Watson, Joel Harvey.

Heat 2: Ryan Huston, John Sharpnack, Bryan Karl, Bonnie Farrington, Bob Pawlitschek.

B Class Set 1 Feature (Top 10): Charlie Doughty, Cody Hoffman, Sam Delaney, Nathan Doughty, Josh Bitker, Zack Tolman, Tony Rohloff, Dan Riggs, Matt Harvey, Rob Martinson.

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Heat 1: Sam Delaney, Charlie Doughty, Josh Bitker, Zach Tolman, Tony Rohloff.

Heat 2: Cody Hoffman, Nathan Doughty, Matt Harvey, Dennis Clark, Nic Lewis.

B Class Set 2 Feature (Top 10): Sam Delaney, Nic Lewis, Cody Hoffman, Josh Bitker, Charlie Doughty, Dan Riggs, Nathan Doughty, Abe Forseman, Zach Tolman, Miranda Richards.

Heat 1: Josh Bitker, Sam Delaney, Charlie Doughty, Tony Rohloff, Zach Tolman.

Heat 2: Nic Lewis, Matt Harvey, Cody Hoffman, Dan Riggs, Nathan Doughty.

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It was another perfect Sunday with clear skies and comfortable temperatures on Garfield Lake. Thirty-three racers and crews filled the pits, and the oval track was surrounded by hundreds of fans.
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The following is a letter to the editor submitted by a reader and does not reflect the views of the Pioneer. Letters can be sent to letters@bemidjipioneer.com or P.O. Box 455, Bemidji, MN 56601.