MEDINA, Minn. (Feb 11, 2013) - Polaris cross-country snowmobile racer Aaron Christensen put together three strong days of racing to finish second in the Pro 600 and Pro Open classes at the United States X-Country Snowmobile Racing (USXC) Seven Clans I-500. The race was run near Thief River Falls, MN, on Feb. 8-10.
Polaris racer Eric Gausen earned top-five finishes in both Pro classes, and Spencer Kadlec and Bobby Menne finished in the top eight. Kadlec came back with the third day's fastest time to finish third in the Semi-Pro 600 class. Jill Tangen finished second in the Women's class, Richard Hanson took second in Masters 50+, and Robert Nichols won the Trophy 600 class.
Consistency Pays in Pro Classes
Aaron Christensen, who is from Metiskow, Alberta, Canada, posted three strong Pro 600 finishes as he came home fourth on the first day and second on both of the next two days. Gausen finished consistently higher through the weekend, finishing 11th on Friday, then sixth and finally fifth on the final day. Kadlec got off to a slow start, coming in 17th on the first day. But he backed it up with a 13th on day two and a third place finish on the final day to rise to eighth overall.
Other Polaris racers in the Pro 600 class were: Bobby Menne in 11th, Eric Christiansen in 13th,
Joshua Bloomquist in 15th, Gabe Bunke in 16th, Corey Davidson in 20th, Ryan Faust in 21st and Tommy Mulligan in 23rd.
In Pro Open, Christensen had daily finishes of fifth, third and second, which earned him second
place overall. Gausen finished fifth in Pro Open, followed by Menne in eighth and Mulligan in 13th.
Spencer Kadlec Rebounds in Semi-Pro 600
In the Semi-Pro 600 class, Polaris racer Spencer Kadlec finished 14th on the first day but
improved to fifth on day two and was the fastest in the class on the final day, which boosted him to third place overall in the final standings. Travis Faust was seventh in Semi-Pro 600, Dylan
Stevens was 12th, Mark Chesterman finished 16th, Alex Hetteen was 21st, and Scott Chesterman was 23rd.
Travis Faust finished fourth in the Semi-Pro Improved class, Eric Christensen was fourth in
In the Women's class, Jill Tangen finished second all three days and wound up second in the final standings. Anne Pladson was third, Callie Slominski was fourth, and Jennifer Fuller was sixth.
Robert Nichols won the Trophy 600 class while Taylor Bunke was third, Jason Woods was sixth, Nels Wicklund finished seventh, and Jared Christensen was eighth.