The USXC Racing season went out with a bang. Pinehurst Resort and the Naytahwaush Nightriders played host to 180+ entries on beautiful North Twin Lake. Terrific weather and a fast 10 mile Lemans course made for some great side by side racing over two days.
The Pro Stock final was won by Chad Lian on a super fast Arctic Cat. It was Chad’s first Pro win in 11 years of racing plus the first ever pro class win for a four-stroke powered snowmobile. The ever present Polaris of Canadian driver Aaron Christensen was a close second. Zach Herfindahl who has won the previous 6 USXC Pro Stock finals came in third.
Ryan Trout, the winner of Semi Pro, was offered the chance to start last behind 18 Pro riders and he made the most of it, passing all but the top 3 ending up fourth. Veteran Pro rider Gabe Bunke rounded out the top 5 on his fast Polaris.
The Semi Pro final was the best race of the day as Skidoo’s Craig Ritzinger and Arctic Cat’s Ryan Trout battled side by side for 60 miles. Trout passed Ritzinger 20 feet from the finish line winning by 2 feet. Check out the USXC Racing web site for complete results. The USXC season ending awards banquet will be held at Thumper Pond Resort in Ottertail, MN on April 8. USXC ran 6 two-day events plus the 3-day Winnipeg to Willmar I-500 in 2017.
For full results from the Naytahwaush 200 race, please Click Here.
For Season End Points with one race removed for each racer on MyLaps, Click Here.