Press Release –
TJ Gulla Wins Pro Open Crown, Levi LaVallee Wins Super Stock Title
After battling through eight races on the ISOC circuit’s National Tour, three Polaris snocross racers on the Hentges Racing team made history by finishing 1-2-3 in Pro Open points. TJ Gulla led the way, winning the class title ahead of runner-up Brett Bender and third-place finisher Levi LaVallee.
In Pro Super Stock, LaVallee rose to the top with a tremendous final race and won the season points title while Gulla finished third in points. LaVallee’s title-clinching Pro Super Stock victory came at the ISOC circuit’s final race, March 20-22 in Lake Geneva, Wisconsin.
Other Polaris snocross racers who won ISOC points titles were Andrew Lieders (Lieders Racing) in Sport Super Stock 2 and James Johnstad (Avalanche Racing), who won titles in two Junior classes.
PRO OPEN: Bender Wins at Finale to Create Historic Finish
Brett Bender of Colden, N.Y., won the Pro Open race at the Lake Geneva season finale, giving him Pro-class wins at the final three races on the schedule and pushing him 3 points ahead of teammate LaVallee in the final points standings.
Gulla, who is from Jericho, Vermont, finished third at Lake Geneva to end the season with 230 points while Bender had 210 points and LaVallee, who is from Longville, Minnesota, had 207.
Five Polaris racers finished among the top 11 in Pro Open points. Following the top three Polaris racers were: Matt Judnick (Judnick Motorsports) in eighth and Shaun Crapo (Amsoil/US Air Force) in 11th.
Andrew Johnstad (Avalanche Racing) finished 14th in points, followed by DJ Eckstrom (Amsoil/US Air Force) in 16th, Ross Martin (Judnick Motorsports) in 17th despite running just three races before suffering an injury, Parker Brown (No Limits Racing), 20th, Lee Butler (Royal Distributing/Bourque’s Polaris, Canada’s Polaris Snocross Team), 21st, and Danny Poirier (Hultens Speed Sport) 22nd.
PRO SUPER STOCK: LaVallee Powers to Win & Points Title
Heading to Lake Geneva, Levi LaVallee was tied for first in Pro Super Stock points, and he remained deadlocked following the weekend’s preliminary rounds of racing. That made it essential that he excel in the final, and LaVallee delivered, pulling away to win the race and secure the season points title.
LaVallee was followed across the finish line by his teammate Gulla, who finished third in class points. Fellow Polaris racers in the top 10 at Lake Geneva were Eckstrom in seventh and Judnick in 10th.
In Pro Super Stock points, there were five Polaris racers in the top 10 and eight in the top 13. After title-winner LaVallee and Gulla in third, the top-placing Polaris racers were: Crapo in fifth, Eckstrom in eighth, Bender in 10th, Judnick in 11th, Andrew Johnstad in 12th and Bobby LePage (Hentges Racing) in 13th.
SEMI-PRO & SPORT CLASSES: Lieders Wins Sport SS2 Title
Andrew Lieders and Stephen Edwards (Leighton Motorsports) finished 1-2 in the Sport Super Stock 2 race at Lake Geneva, which helped Lieders clinch the class points title and put Edwards third in points. Other Polaris racers in the top 10 in Sport Super Stock 2 points were: Joe Fallen (Fallen Racing) in fifth, Kyle Fiebelkorn (Avalanche Racing) in sixth, Brian Ludwig (Ludwig Racing) in seventh and Ben Lindbom in ninth.
In the Semi-Pro classes, Bobby LePage finished third in Open points and Derek Ellis (Avalanche Racing) was sixth in Super Stock points.
In Sport Women’s Super Stock at Lake Geneva, Kendra Dallmann (LePage Racing) and Stephanie Schmidt (Schmidt Racing) finished 1-2, which meant Dallmann ended the season second in class points while Schmidt was third. Taylor Achterberg (Amsoil Eagle River Derby Track) was fourth in points and Janae Johnson (Triple H & J Racing) was fifth.
In Sport Super Stock 1, five Polaris racers finished in the top eight in points, led by Fallen in second. He was followed in the standings by Lieders in third, Fiebelkorn in fourth, Ludwig in sixth and Lindbom in eighth.
James Johnstad swept the points titles in the top two Junior classes, Jr. 16-17 and Jr. 14-15. Other top 10 Polaris racers in Jr. 16-17 were Brett Nastala (Redline Racing) in second, Jake Jorgenson (No Limits Racing) in sixth, Kyle LaCoe (LaCoe Racing) in eighth and Trevor Leighton (Leighton Motorsports) in 10th.
Along with Johnstad, other Polaris racers in the top 10 in Jr. 14-15 points were Brandon Herheim (Triple H & J Racing) in fourth, Colton Lampi (Lampiracing) in sixth, Jake Jorgenson (No Limits Racing) seventh and Trevor Leighton (Leighton Motorsports) ninth.