The ERX Off-Road National.
The Speedwerx/Tralo Motorsports/Arctic Cat Team made the short trip to ERX Motor Park in Elk River, Minn., this past weekend for the fifth running of the ERX Off-Road National, which served as the opening round of the new Championship Off-Road series.
The team was running five Wildcat XXs at the event. Jeremy Houle, No. 54, and Rookie Pro Jack LeTourneau, No. 97, competed in the Pro Stock SXS division; and in the Sportsman division, rookies Jake Jorgenson, No. 11, and Mike LeTourneau, No. 99, were joined by a late addition to the roster, Jonny Hentges, No. 15.
Friday morning started off with Jack LeTourneau and Houle qualifying second and third placing Houle on the outside front row and LeTourneau inside row two for the main event later that day.
Following several Sportsman truck and buggy races, the Sportsman SXS racers took to the track for their 10-lap main event. Starting positions in the 31-car field were selected with a random draw that had Hentges starting in second, Mike LeTourneau in sixth and Jorgenson in 23rd.
When the green flag flew, Hentges jumped out to an early lead and LeTourneau slotted into second, but there was a yellow before the lap was completed and they lined back up in their original positions for a restart. On the second attempt, Hentges again jumped out to an early lead, but would cross the line in second, with LeTourneau in fourth and Jorgenson in 14th. The racers continued to battle for position until a yellow flew on lap seven with LeTourneau in third, Hentges in fifth and Jorgenson in sixth. The race was shortened to eight laps due to time and on the restart, the green and white were displayed for a one-lap dash to the finish. With the field bunched up, there was a lot of jockeying for position and when the checkers flew, it was Hentges in fifth, Jorgenson in sixth and LeTourneau in seventh. LeTourneau posted the fastest lap of the race, and Jorgenson had the second fastest.
Following opening ceremonies, Houle and Jack LeTourneau lined up for the 12-lap.