USXC returns to the roots of cross country snowmobile racing in Grafton, ND

After the first two lake lemans events, terrain racing was back with a vengeance! It was typical USXC cross country racing, with eight miles of tight river and 13 miles of rough ditch. The day started out with heavy, wet snow and poor visibility, with the sun coming out at noon. Drivers hadn't seen this rough of a course for quite some time.Grafton2015Recap2-300x200

The incomparable #312 Zach Herfindahl drove his Arctic Cat ZR to another Pro class win. #28 Justin Tate, on a Polaris Axys, kept the heat on the entire 100 miles, finishing a mere 45 seconds behind Herfindahl. #131 Bobby Menne was a close 3rd on another well prepared Polaris Axys. Drivers were completely exhausted after 100 miles of one of the roughest courses Mother Nature can create. The top female driver the sport has ever seen, #22 Jolene Bute, was back at the top of her game, dominating the rough course on her Arctic Cat ZR. Polaris riders, #4J Jill Tangen and #144 Anne Pladson, were second and third respectively.Grafton2015Recap3-300x200

Semi-Pro was dominated by a marquee name in snowmobiling – Polaris. #154 Alex Hetteen just keeps getting better and faster, winning the large Semi-Pro class by over one minute on his fast Polaris Axys. Hetteen is the grandson of the founder of Polaris. Other top riders were plagued by various issues, with Yamaha's top rider, #52 Re Wadena, having the flu. His teammate, #51 Matt Piche, had one of his best runs of the year putting his Viper in the top 10 with a sixth place finish. Ski-Doo had a best finish in Pro with, #5 Dillon Dohrn, finishing in fourth place.

For a full list of results and updated point standings, click here.

Due to low snow conditions, USXC will head to Park Rapids, MN, for another lemans ice race on January 31 and February 1. Over the last 2 years, drivers have been getting much better at setting up their sleds for ice. The Park Rapids promoters have added an additional $7000 to the purse in the top seven USXC classes! Racing is set to begin at 9 AM both days.