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The fact they weren among the top qualifiers has done little to dampen the confidence of local drivers entered in Saturday International 500 Snowmobile Race. in the Michigan Sault.
“We have a pretty good racing package and we absolutely expect to contend, said Antero Tarvudd, an Echo Bay native and the lead driver for Team Applebees from the host city.
The 41 year old Tarvudd, who now lives in Petoskey, Mich., helped carry his team to a 26th place finish in the three day qualifying, which wrapped up on Thursday.
A total of 38 sleds are expected in the starting field.
Piloting a Polaris 600R, Team Applebees completed its best lap in 42.440 seconds.
About to compete in his 23rd I 500, Tarvudd spoke of how all goes well, we feel we be in contention.
The 32 year old Joseph, preparing to begin his third I 500, spoke of how he feels good heading into the race.
“The sled is handling just the way I want it to, said Joseph, who drove his Polaris IQR to a 31st place finish in qualifying, turning a lap in 42.939 seconds. the weather holds out. There also a chance veteran driver Terry Wright of the Canadian Sault will have joined the team before the race is to begin.
Serving as lead driver for Rivercity Motorsports in the Canadian Sault, Ted Ritchie said he feels confident heading into what will be his 29th I 500.
“The sled is running well and we feel real good, said Ritchie, 48, who is joined by his son, 22 year old Jake Ritchie, and Brandon Lemieux, 30.
For both, this marks their first I 500 appearance.
Riding a Polaris IQR, Ted Ritchie qualified 36th, finishing a mile in a time of 44.361 seconds.
“I don think our sled will be slower once the track gets sloppy, Ritchie said as he looked ahead to the race. be the same at the end of the day as the beginning of the day.
As for the pole position, that belongs to I 500 veteran Troy Dewald of Au Gres, Mich.
Aboard an Arctic Cat and representing Cadarette Collision Racing, Dewald qualified in top spot after turning a lap on the one mile oval in 39.527 seconds.
Riding a Polaris, Ryan Faust of Bunke Racing was second among qualifiers (39.621 seconds), while Gabe Bunke, also of Bunke Racing, qualified third (40.133 seconds) on a Polaris.