Taylor Bunke won his first career win as a Semi-Pro racer in cross country during Jan. 31-Feb. 1 races in Park Rapids, Minn. Ryan Faust took third in the Pro Stock class, where five Polaris racers are in the top 11 in points.
Bunke, in his second season in the Semi-Pro classes, finished second in the first day of racing, then was the top finisher on Sunday to win the Semi-Pro Improved class aboard a RUSH, built on the new AXYS platform. That gave him two podium finishes in four races and put him second in class points.
Alex Hetteen finished third in the Semi-Pro Stock class and is currently third in Stock points.
Faust, also racing on a RUSH in Pro Stock, finished back in the field on the first day but rebounded to cross the line third fastest on Sunday.
Bobby Menne (131 Racing) took fourth, Spencer Kadlec (Bunke Racing) was sixth, and Travis Faust (Faust Racing) finished ninth.
With two strong finishes in the past two races, Menne left Park Rapids second in Pro Stock points, followed by five more Polaris racers in the top 11: Justin Tate (2-Eight Motorsports) is fourth in points, Ryan Faust is fifth, Gabe Bunke (Bunke Racing) is sixth, Kadlec is ninth, and Travis Faust is in 10th.
Jeff Hayford won the Sport 600 Open class and finished third in Sport 600 Stock, and Robert Loire finished second in both classes. Loire is the points leader in both Sport classes, Daniel Herberg is second in Sport 600 Stock points, and Hayford is third in Open points.
Jill Tangen won the Women’s class at Park Rapids and is the class points leader. Kelsey Pladson (Bunke Racing) finished third and is also third in points.
Due to the lack of snow, USXC cancelled the I-500 race scheduled for mid February. The next USXC event was set for Feb. 28-March 1, before press time, to allow for results.