Alex Hetteen Takes Second in Both Semi-Pro Races, Ties for 600-Class Points Lead

MEDINA, Minn. (Jan. 28, 2014) – Gabe Bunke (Bunke Racing) won the Pro Open race and finished second in Pro 600, where four Polaris racers earned top-five finishes, during USXC cross-country snowmobile racing at Oslo, Minn., on January 25.

Bunke was joined on the Pro 600 podium by Justin Tate (2 Eight Motorsports), who finished third, followed by Spencer Kadlec (Bunke Racing) in third, Aaron Christensen (AC Racing) in fifth, and Ryan Faust (Faust Racing) in seventh.

Bunke is second in Pro 600 points, followed by Faust in fourth, Christensen in fifth, Kadlec in seventh, and Travis Faust (Faust Racing) in 10th.

With his victory in Pro Open, Bunke solidified his grasp on the class points lead. His fellow Polaris racers who earned top-10 finishes at Oslo were Kadlec in fourth, Tate in sixth, Ryan Faust in ninth, and Christensen in 11th.

Tate is third in Pro Open points, while Kadlec is fourth, Christensen is fifth, and Ryan Faust is in seventh.

In Semi-Pro racing, Alex Hetteen (131 Racing) extended his string of impressive finishes by finishing second in both Semi-Pro 600 and Semi-Pro Improved at Oslo. Taylor Bunke (Bunke Racing) was seventh in Improved.

The strong showing at Oslo put Hetteen in a tie for the Semi-Pro 600 points lead. He is currently listed in second based on the first tie-breaker, number of victories. Hetteen is fifth in Improved points and Bunke is in eighth.

Nels Wicklund won the Sport 600 Stock race and Austin Reinertson finished second, while Chuck Annable was sixth, Jill Tangen was eighth, and Leon Huot finished 10th.

Reinertson is the current leader in Sport 600 Stock points, followed by Wicklund in second. Huot in fourth, Michael Feigitsch in fifth and Tangen in seventh.

In Sport 600 Improved at Oslo, Chuck Annable finished second, Michael Feigitsch was third, and Leon Huot was fourth. Austin Reinertson is the Sport 600 Improved points leader, followed by Wicklund in second, Huot in third, Feigitsch in fifth, and Annable in eighth.

Anne Pladson won the Women’s race at Oslo while Jill Tangen took third and Callie Slominski was fourth. Pladson is currently second in points and Tangen is third.

Kalley Bardson won the Junior 14-17 Girls race.

The next race on the USXC schedule is the three-day I-500, scheduled for Feb. 6-8 in Thief River Falls, Minn.


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