|Herfindahl rips up cross-country series|
Eighteen-year-old Zach Herfindahl of Eagle River had another outstanding season, racing in the USXC Series — a snowmobile cross-country racing circuit that provides ice and terrain for racers across the Midwest.
Herfindahl, a Northland Pines senior and son of Sue and Greg Herfindahl, races for Arctic Cat on the Christian Brothers Racing team out of Fertile, Minn.
The USXC Series hosted eight events, all held in Minnesota, and included the I-500, a premier three-day, 500-mile cross-country race held in Thief River Falls, Minn. Zach competes in both the Pro Openand Pro 600 Stock classes. Most of the pro
class races consist of approximately 50 miles for the Open class and 100 miles for the 600 Stock class.
The young racer started out the season Dec. 14 at Pine Lake, Minn., on an ice race, and finished with a win in the Pro 600 stock class. Zach’s season consisted of mostly first- and second-place finishes in both classes with a few lesser finishes when he experienced engine troubles.
At the prestigious I-500, Zach was in second place and within reach of first place during the grueling three-day event. Despite suffering a blown belt and some clutch issues, Zach held on for second place, finishing just behind his teammate, Brian Dick, who was able to capture the win at the I-500.
Zach also captured the win at the Pro Open class and was running strong on day one of the weekend races at Park Rapids, Minn., Feb. 22 when he crashed his snowmobile. He got back on the sled and finished that race with a fourth place despite the crash.
Unfortunately, Zach broke his left thumb in the crash, got taped up for the next day’s race and came back to race on day two, taking an impressive second place in the Pro 600 Stock class, just 32 seconds behind the leader.
After seeing an orthopedic doctor upon his return to Eagle River and getting an Arctic Cat green-colored cast put on his left hand and arm, he raced at Warroad, Minn., the following weekend and finished in first place in the Pro 600 Stock class and second in the Pro Open class.
When the USXC race season ended with a banquet March 8 in Walker, Minn., Zach was awarded the Pro 600 Stock Season Championship along with a second-place season point finish in the Pro Open class.
As far as anyone in the race community can remember, Zach was the youngest cross-country racer, at age 18, to win the Pro 600 Stock Championship.
Everyone knows that in the racing world, sponsors are vital. Zach’s sponsors include Arctic Cat, Christian Brothers Racing, Scott, Drift, Virus, Troy Lee Designs, Stud Boy, Speedwerx and Fox Racing Shocks.
Hats off to Zach for another great racing season.
|Tuesday, March 25, 2014 11:46 AM|
|Last Updated on Wednesday, March 26, 2014 8:05 AM|