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Sundboms in contention at Cloquet

Hermantown High School graduate Taylor Sundbom shot an opening-round 72 Friday to take the lead over a host of contenders, including his younger brother Trent, in the Cloquet Invitational at Cloquet Country Club.

Brian Moores, winner of last week’s Bill Law Nemadji Invitational, is one shot back in second place.

Trent Sundbom, former winner Dan Moline and Brett Morrison all shot 74s, while former winner Reed Kolquist is in a three-way tie for sixth at 75.

The second round is today, with the final group teeing off in the final round at 2 p.m. Sunday.

Auto racing

Mars cashes in at World of Outlaws race

Jimmy Mars of Menomonie, Wis., returned to Hibbing Raceway for the first time in nearly two decades Thursday night and captured the speedway’s first World of Outlaws Late Model Series event.

In his self-designed MB Customs car, Mars led the final 12 of 50 laps in the main event and finished 3.018 seconds ahead of Tim McCreadie of Watertown, N.Y., to earn a $10,050 payday for his sixth career victory.

World of Outlaws points leader Darrell Lanigan of Union, Ky., who led the first 37 laps on the ⅜ mile circuit,  slid back to third at the finish.

Mountain biking

Racers to hit Lester Park on Sunday

More than 400 mountain bike racers are expected to compete in the fifth race of the Minnesota Mountain Bike Series on Sunday at Lester Park.

The Great Hawk Chase, one of 10 races on the series schedule, also features an opportunity for any seventh- or eighth-grade or high school student to try mountain bike racing for free if they register for the Citizen class race (9:30 a.m. start, helmets and signed waiver required).

The Great Hawk Chase also features a Kids Comp class race, as well as the third Marathon Class race of the season. In the Marathon Class, racers begin at 9:30 a.m. and bike for 3½ hours.

  • A beginner’s skills clinic will be held at 3 p.m. today at Lester Park for all who wish to race in the citizen race Sunday.

More information on the Great Hawk Chase can be found at