Clear skies and mild temperatures, combined with slick ice conditions, made for some interesting racing Saturday, March 2, on Big Pine Lake, south of Crosslake, for the Crosslake Ice Racing series.
In the studded tire division, Taylor Pratt from Merrifield in the 2 car took first, while his father, Shawn, in the Superman car took second. Matt Borden, also from Merrifield, in the 80 car took third.
In the age 15 and under class, first place went to Sarah Hines from Randall in the 21 car, with second place going to Logan Pratt of Merrifield in the T4 car. His brother, Connor Pratt, took third in the other Superman car.
In the rubber tire class, Borden in his other 80 car took first, while Shawn Pratt in Superman took second and Taylor Pratt in the T4 car took third.
Toward the end of the racing day there was standing water on the track in several locations, which may be a portent of more melting to occur with the expected warming temperatures this week.
It is hoped that one more session of ice racing would be set for Saturday, March 9, beginning around noon, but that possibility will be dependent on ice conditions.
Spectators are welcome to view the proceedings from the spectator parking area on Big Pine Lake in front of the Cedar Chest, south of downtown Crosslake. Follow the “Race Ice” signs on County Road 3 to the public water access.
If no signs are visible from the road Saturday, and no race cars are in the pits or practicing on the track, it would be safe to assume that racing is done for this year.
The Crosslake Ice Racing Association thanks everyone for coming to racing events and hopes it has provided people with a source of entertainment this winter.