Gonvick, Minn. (December 15, 2013) – The icy surface of Pine Lake near Gonvick, Minnesota, traditionally marks the kickoff to the cross-country racing season. This year the USXC (Untied States X-Country Snowmobile Racing Circuit) laid out an 11-mile ice-lemans-style course where Christian Brothers Racing riders Zach Herfindahl and Brian Dick showed up to challenge the best at the two-day event that rewards raw speed and machine setup. Frigid temperatures and blinding snow dust made the win a hard-fought one for the Christian Brothers Racing duo.
Zach Herfindahl – Entering his second season in the Pro Open and Pro 600 class, Herfindahl is already recognized as one of the riders to beat on the USXC circuit. Zach got the holeshot in the 10-lap, 110-mile Pro 600 final eventually turning what began as a 16-second lead into a 50-second lead over the second place rider by race end. The win earns Zach not only an early points lead in Pro 600, but permanent recognition since his name will get engraved on the Pine Lake trophy that holds permanent residence at the Sportsman Lodge on Pine Lake. Herfindahl was able to back up his win with a 4th place finish in a five-lap Pro Open final was shortened to three laps due to the conditions.
Brian Dick – After a challenging day of heats on Saturday where he suffered a mechanical failure, Brian Dick came back to finish 5th in the three-lap Pro Open final on Sunday. With a banged-up sled and an engine they put together overnight, Dick made the decision to pull out of the Pro 600 final and regroup for the next race.
Zach Herfindahl – It was so much fun – we had a great race in Pro 600 and after passing Wes Selby I was able to lead the entire race. It’s a great spot to be in and I’m happy to come out of the first race with a win.
Brian Dick – Well, Pine Lake didn’t go like we hoped. The cold temperatures threw some challenges at us but we learned a lot, the team worked hard and we will be ready for the next race.
Dwight Christian – What a great start to the season! I’m proud of Zach and Brian and all the hard work the team put in supporting them behind the scenes. We are definitely looking forward to getting more wins this season.
1. Zach Herfindahl
4. Zach Herfindahl
5. Brian Dick