Delivering the dirt on Dirt City.
The Speedwerx/Tralo Motorsports/Arctic Cat short course team had a successful weekend at rounds three and four of the Championship Off-Road season at Dirt City Motorplex in Lena, Wisc., for the first running of the Dirt City Motorplex Off-Road National. The team had five Wildcat XXs competing in the event: Jeremy Houle No. 54 and Rookie Pro Jack LeTourneau No. 97 in the Pro Stock class; and Sportsman class rookies Mike LeTourneau No. 99, Jake Jorgenson No. 11, and Jonny Hentges No. 15.
The Speedwerx-prepped machines were fast. Of the 10 individual main event results recorded for the weekend, the team logged a win, a podium, and nine top 10 finishes. Saturday morning started off with Pro Stock qualifying. Jack LeTourneau was fourth, and Houle had an electrical issue and was not able to record a qualifying time. This had LeTourneau starting first after the invert, while Houle would start 24th in the main event.
The 32-car, eight-lap Sportsman SXS main was the first race for the team on Saturday. The Sportsman class does not qualify on time; they invert the top 12 in points with the 12 th place in points starting first. Hentges was outside the invert after his DNF in round two and would start fourteenth, while Mike LeTourneau was eighth and Jorgenson ninth. When the green flag flew, the Wildcat XXs began to work their way forward and all three were battling for top 10 positions. The race was cut to six laps due to time, but when the dust settled LeTourneau came home in fifth, Jorgenson sixth and Hentges eighth.
The first race up after Pro opening ceremonies was the 24-car, 10-lap Pro Stock SXS main with Jack LeTourneau and Houle starting on opposite ends of the field. LeTourneau used his pole position start to jump to a big lead in the opening laps, but a couple small bobbles had him give up the lead. When the competition caution flew at the halfway mark, LeTourneau was sitting in second while Houle had worked through half the field and was up to eleventh.