Wednesday, November 25, 2020

The Potterville Sod Slingers

October 12, 2020
<p>Chase Morrison, left, and his son Cayden Morrison, right, tune one of their three racing mowers in Potterville, Michigan, on Sept. 19, 2020.</p>

Chase Morrison, left, and his son Cayden Morrison, right, tune one of their three racing mowers in Potterville, Michigan, on Sept. 19, 2020.

Photo by Annie Barker | The State News

Chance Morrison, his girlfriend Nicole Kiogima, brother Chase Morrison and nephew Cayden Morrison, all race regularly with the racing group Potterville Sod Slingers. Sometimes venturing to race in Ohio, the family tricks out lawnmowers to go high speeds around a track. Each race, their friends and family come to watch, cheer them on, share food, and laugh. The atmosphere is light, but the racers get serious when they need quick fixes for their carts in between races.

The final races of the season are taking place next weekend at 3 p.m. on Oct. 17 and at 1 p.m. on Oct. 18. The racetrack is located at 515 Alliance Drive in Potterville, Michigan. Admittance is $5 for patrons 11 years and older. Admittance is free for 10-year-olds and below. More information can be found on the Potterville Sod Slinger's Facebook page.

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The racers enjoy poking fun at each other and are usually laughing at each other's jokes.

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The racers need to be quick on their feet when something goes wrong. There isn't a lot of time between races to make adjustments.

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From the racers to the spectators, the energy is high. There's even something for the kids: a footrace.

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Biological or not, the Potterville Sod Slingers are one big family.

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