Press Release –
TJ Gulla Leads in Pro Open, Levi LaVallee is Tops in Super Stock
Polaris snocross racers climbed to the top of the ISOC circuit’s Pro Open and Pro Super Stock points standings with a dominating effort in February 21-22 racing at Valcourt, Quebec.
The Polaris Pro-class racers, who enjoy a performance advantage provided by their Polaris IQ® Race Sleds, won Pro Open and earned four of six available podium positions at Valcourt.
Three Hentges Racing teammates – Brett Bender, TJ Gulla and Levi LaVallee – stole the show in Quebec:
• Bender won the Pro Open class and is currently in the top 10 in the Open and Super Stock classes.
• Gulla earned two podium spots, finishing second in Pro Super Stock and third in Pro Open, where he is now the class points leaders by 10 points over LaVallee. Gulla is fifth in Super Stock Points.
• LaVallee finished third in Super Stock and is the class points leader by a 17-point margin. He was seventh in Open in Valcourt and is now second in class points.
In Semi-Pro racing, Bobby LePage – also from the Hentges Racing team – won the Open class in Valcourt, putting him in second place in class points with two races remaining on the ISOC schedule.
Pro Open: Bender Earns First Pro Win
Race fans in Quebec saw the latest step in the development of first-year Pro racer Brett Bender. After a dominant career in Semi-Pro racing, he has struggled at times this winter, but now seems to have found his stride among the Pros. He won the Open class in Valcourt and is now sixth in class points.
Gulla finished third and rose to the top in Pro Open points, and three fellow Polaris racers finished among the top 10 in Quebec: DJ Eckstrom (Amsoil/US Air Force) was fifth, LaVallee was seventh – and is now second in class points – and Matt Judnick (Judnick Motorsports) finished 10th.
Pro Super Stock: Familiar Faces on the Podium
Gulla and LaVallee finished 2-3 in Super Stock to earn spots on the podium, and LaVallee took over as the points leader with two races to go. He is one of five Polaris racers in the top nine in points.
It was a Polaris parade across the Pro Stock finish line in Quebec, as seven Polaris racers finished in the top 12. They were: Gulla in second, LaVallee in third, Andrew Johnstad (Avalanche Racing) in fifth, Eckstrom in eighth, Shaun Crapo (Amsoil/US Air Force) in ninth, Bender in 11th and David Joanis (Royal Distributing/Bourque’s Polaris/Canada’s Polaris Snocross Team) in 12th.
The next race on the ISOC circuit is the HACC Hayward 300, March 6-8, in Hayward, Wisconsin.
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