Polaris cross-country snowmobile racers used the competitive advantage of their AXYS Chassis race sleds to win two top classes at the USXC Grafton 100, as Taylor Bunke (Bunke Racing) won the Semi-Pro 600 race and Alex Hetteen (Hayford Racing) won the I-500 class. Polaris racer Derick Krug (Krug Racing) won the Sport 600 Open class during the USXC event held Jan. 16 in Grafton, N.D.
As Bunke took top honors in Semi-Pro 600, he was joined on the podium by Hetteen, who finished third. Polaris racer Nicholas Jahnke (Midwest Powersports) took ninth.
Hetteen also finished second in the Semi-Pro Improved class and won the I-500 class. Bunke finished fourth in the I-500 class as racers continued to prep themselves and their sleds for the Winnipeg to Willmar I-500 Feb. 10-13.
Aaron Christensen (AC Racing) took second in the Pro Stock class, while Bobby Menne (Hayford Racing) finished eighth and Jahnke took ninth.
Krug won Sport 600 Open and was the first of five Polaris racers to finish in the top 10. He was followed by: 3. Jared Christensen; 4. Jeff Hayford (Hayford Racing); 7. Michael Feigitsch (Mueller Racing); and 10. Derek Frie.
Krug finished second in Sport 600 Stock and was joined on the podium by Andrew Diekmann, who finished third. Other Polaris racers with top-10 finishes were: 5. Jeff Hayford; 8. Jared Christensen; and 10. Dan Herberg.
Jill Tangen (Hayford Racing) took second in the Women’s class. Next up on the busy USXC schedule is the Thief River Falls [MN] 300, Jan. 23-24.