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Photo Recap – USXC Warroad, Minnesota

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Herfindahl, Christensen Trade Wins at Seven Clans Warroad 100

Presented by YAMAHA

Words & Pics: Aaron Kennedy

Two years ago, racers and fans enjoyed a sunny, balmy day for the USXC in Warroad, Minnesota. While the sun returned for this year’s USXC race, temperatures were over 50 degrees colder than two years ago! Temperatures struggled to get above -20F, and wind chills hovered a few tens of degrees below that. The cold weather brought cold, hard snow that made for a rough 17 mile lap along the lake shore and in the nearby ditches.

Results

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Mixing up the order, the vintage, junior, classic-IFS, and Expert 85 riders started the day off. Peter Behm (#591) grabbed his 6th podium finish of the year in the vintage class. His consistent riding means the point series is locked up. Behind Behm, a number of riders will be competing for the 2nd/3rd spots.

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For the past 3 races, Savannah Landrus (#506L) has been ripping it up in the Jr. Girls 14-17 class. At Warroad, she grabbed her third straight victory. If it wasn’t for a couple of missed races early in the season, she would be in a competitive battle with Kelsey Pladson (#496) for the season crown.

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Aaron Christensen (#10) continued his winning ways, and captured the victory in the pro open class. Mathematically, this keeps him in the hunt for the series title, however, this is dependant on the performance of the current leader, Zach Herfindahl (#312)…

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Any questions regarding the impact of Zach Herfindahl’s injury on his riding were quickly answered during the Pro Open race. Zach kept on the pace and managed a 2nd place finish, keeping him in control of the season title in the Pro Open Class. Barring a DNF, his 29 point lead should be enough to hold off Aaron Christensen.

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In the Semi Pro and Semi Pro Improved classes, Alex Hetteen (#154) grabbed both victories, gaining him much needed points for the season standings. Both classes are wide open promising plenty of action at the final race of the season next weekend.

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The Warroad track included long stretches along the Lake of the Woods shore. Along the outbound stretch, racers such as Jon Arneson (#190) took advantage of long open-stretches to pin the throttle.

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Along the shore, racers like Thomas Junglen (#335) and Matthew Piche (#51) stayed clear of the cattails. The cold weather and hard snow prevented the track from getting too whooped out like in past years.

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That said, there were plenty of places to keep riders on their toes as Chris Dymus (#919), Chase Nordstrom (#418), and Jared Christensen (#87) demonstrate.

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Prominent snocross rider Logan Christian (#43) made an appearance during the pro race. Also spotted in the pits was Tucker Hibbert who was in town for an appearance.

 

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At the end of the day, all of the attention was on Zach after taking the podium in the Pro class. With that win the points title is just about wrapped up. Only a DNS can prevent him from the most coveted title on the USXC circuit. Note that this victory was accomplished with a fresh cast on his left hand!