Gabe Bunke Leads in Pro Open Points, Faust is in Second

MEDINA, Minn. (Jan. 21, 2014) – Polaris cross-country snowmobile racer Ryan Faust (Faust Racing) won the Pro Stock race and finished second in Pro Open in USXC racing at Willmar, Minn., January 18. Gabe Bunke (Bunke Racing) finished in the top six in both Pro races and is the current points leader in Pro Open.

In the Pro Stock race at the Willmar Lakes Area 100, Ryan Faust earned the victory and Bunke finished fifth. Aaron Christensen (AC Racing) was seventh and Travis Faust (Faust Racing) was eighth.

The victory left Ryan Faust third in Pro Stock points, five out of second place. Bunke is fourth in points, six points behind Ryan Faust, while Christensen is in sixth and Travis Faust is in eighth.

Ryan Faust ran strong in Pro Open as well at Willmar, finishing second while Bunke was sixth and Christensen was seventh. Bunke leads in Pro Open points, 23 points ahead of Ryan Faust, who’s in second. Christensen is fifth in Pro Open points.

Alex Hetteen finished fourth at Willmar in both Semi-Pro classes, Semi-Pro 600 and Improved. He is third in points in the 600 class, and sixth in points in Semi-Pro Improved.

In Sport 600 Stock, six Polaris racers finished in the top nine spots, led by Austin Reinertson in second and Michael Feigitsch in third. Nels Wicklund finished fifth, Leon Huot was seventh, Jared Christensen was eighth, and Brian Hovland was ninth.

Reinertson is the leader in Sport 600 Stock points, and Wicklund is fourth, Huot is fifth, Feigitsch is sixth, Christensen is seventh, and Hovland is in 13th.

In the Sport 600 Improved race at Willmar, Reinertson finished second, Feigitsch was fourth and Wicklund was fifth. Reinertson is the Sport 600 points leader, Wicklund is in second, Huot is in sixth, and Feigitsch is in eighth.

In the Women’s race at Willmar, Anne Pladson finished third and Jill Tangen took fourth. Tangen is second in points, and Pladson is third.

The next USXC cross-country race will be the Oslo 100, Jan. 25 at Oslo, Minn. That’s the final tune-up prior to the Feb. 6-8 I-500.


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