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January 13, 2016
Barnum Motorsports Starts Off The New WORCS Season

Barnum Motorsports headed down to Taft California for the first round of the Worcs series. We got the car all dialed in during practice and ready to line up for my first pro race. With me bumping up into the pro class from Production 1000, they staged the top 10 in points in the first row and then everyone else was first come first pick. I started on the 4th row and on the second row for Pro stock.

The flag dropped and I got a good jump heading to the first corner getting pushed wide and funneling about mid pack. During the first two laps I made my way through the traffic of my row and the 3 other rows and keep the throttle down pushing forward. The newly build RZR was working great and I could tell a HUGE difference in the changes that we made for this year. The car was light and handling better then ever. I was able to cross over the finish line and would end up finishing 7th. I am extremely happy to get the first round out of the way and a top 10 finish to set us up for a championship hunt.

For the next round, I will be staged on the first row and will have less traffic to fight through. I could have not finished or got the car completed with out all of the support and sponsors that have backed me for this year. I can’t wait to share and invite you come head out to the Worcs races while i shoot for the pro stock championship.

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January 13, 2016
Double Podium Weekend Rockets Narsa Into Championship Contention

Shakopee, Minnesota (January 13, 2016) – Hentges Racing embraced the bitter cold as it swept down from the Canadian border, and threw down a one-two punch in the International Series of Champions (ISOC) National Snocross Pro-Open ranks with top of the pack qualifying and podium results to back it up. With tens of thousands of fans in attendance at the iconic Canterbury Park racing facility in Shakopee, Minnesota for the Pirtek Snocross Nationals, the tandem of Petter Narsa and Kody Kamm romped in qualifying both days, consistently running at the front of the competitive field and easily earning front row starts in both finals.

For more than 20-years, the massive horse racing facility on the outskirts of the Minneapolis metro area has hosted snowmobile racing. Each year the crowds get bigger and the track more technical and this year was no exception. An all-new elevated starting line threw racers and their set-up mechanics a new twist. Joining the “drop-in” start was a long, jump littered track with multiple racing lines and a rare right-hand turn. All these changes didn’t slow the Hentges Pro-Open duo as they consistently ran out front in qualifying; earning four first place finishes and a trio of runner up spots.

While both riders rode with blistering speed, it was Petter Narsa who stood out both nights on what can only be called a “break-out” weekend for the Swedish native. After securing a third place podium on Friday night, Petter bested that effort with a second place ride on Saturday. The strong showing quickly elevated Narsa in the year-end chase, cementing him in fifth and only 2-points out of fourth.

“Petter found another gear this weekend, said Team Manager and owner Nate Hentges. “We could see him getting stronger and faster in practice leading up to Canterbury and he put it all together for his best weekend of racing as an ISOC pro…I don’t think this will be his last podium this winter.”

Saturday’s final was especially sweet for the Hentges Team as both Kamm and Narsa blasted from the “drop-in” start and led the charge over the 15-rider final field for much of the race. While Hibbert eventually caught and passed Narsa, Kamm amassed a lead of more than 6-seconds and was running lap times faster than the defending champ.

Despite riding with a sore groin which Kamm had reinjured the night prior when he miscalculated a tricky hole; Kamm was looking to put the pressure back on Hibbert in the championship chase. Then tragedy struck as an awkward landing from a backside triple sent Kody into hard off, ending his chances for his second win of the season.

“I was running the far outside line where I had found a smooth line,” said Kamm after the race. “When I came down the sled kicked right and sent me off the track.”

The landing resulted in a dislocated shoulder for Kamm, but with two weeks until the next race the team is hopefully Kody will be ready for the next race in Deadwood, South Dakota.

“Obviously we were pretty pumped when both Kody and Petter were running one-two in Saturday’s final,” said Hentges. “But we still had a great weekend with Petter getting on the box twice…this is our hometown race and we hosted more than 600 people in our (Pirtek/S.M. Hentges and Sons) hospitality area Saturday night.”

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January 13, 2016
Bunke Racing Claims First Place Finishes At The Devils Lake North Dakota 250

Moorhead, Minn. – Bunke Racing claims two first place podium finishes at the USXC Devils Lake North Dakota 250 in Devils Lake, ND.

Even though the temperatures outside were bitterly cold, things were heating up in the Bunke Racing trailer this weekend in Devils Lake, ND. Gabe Bunke was assisting Taylor fine tuning and testing looking for the perfect set up. With Gabe on the clutches and Taylor Bunke behind the handlebars, team Bunke found a winning combination.

The sun was shining but old man winter had decided to show up in full force, dropping temperatures below the donut.  Saturday’s race was pushed back an hour and a half due to the cold temperatures. The green flag dropped at 10:30am and you could feel the excitement in the air for the first true cross country race of the season. Only to find out the course was a lot more challenging than expected.  This grueling course took out 23 racers causing them to DNF.  Cross Country is a demanding sport, riding safe and smart is the name of this game and Taylor Bunke did just that, crossing the finish line only 7 seconds behind Arctic Cat rider Ryan Trout.

Racing was pushed back to 10am on Sunday due to extremely cold temperatures dipping well below zero making the wind chill a factor.  The green flagged dropped and the racers left the line by their finishing times from Saturday.  Taylor Bunke and Ryan Trout were lined up together making for an intense day of racing. The snow dust seemed to be a bit of an issue early in the day, finally once riders spread out the snow dust dissipated. The boys battled it out with Taylor Bunke taking the lead followed by Polaris rider Alex Hetteen and Arctic Cat rider Ryan Trout.  The checkered flag was in the air; Taylor Bunke was the first Polaris to cross the line, followed by Hetteen on a Polaris and Trout on an Arctic Cat. Bunke would go on to secure the number one Podium finish in the Semi Pro Stock class and the I-500 class.

Up next for Bunke Racing will be the USXC Grafton 100 this Saturday, January 16th in Grafton, ND.

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January 12, 2016
Pair Of Top 10 Finishes Boosts Corin Todd In Pro Open Standings

Zimmerman, Minn. -  Corin Todd worked from a back row starting position in Friday night's Pro Open main event to claim a seventh place finish at round number five of the AMSOIL Championship Snocross tour in Shakopee, Minnesota.

The course layout at the Pirtek National is always a favorite among riders and spectators and this year's version brought a unique twist that featured an elevated staring line. While the raised start presented a quick learning curve for competitors, it was a big hit with the record crowd that was on hand, despite the sub-zero temperatures that moved in on Saturday.

Todd improved his qualifying efforts on day two, moving straight to the front row of the final. A couple of mistakes ended a chance at a top five but Todd was able to hold on for a ninth place finish and improve one position in the season standings.

Trevor Leighton struggled to get comfortable on his machine throughout the weekend. Typically strong at the Canterbury Park venue, Leighton was making his first start here on an open mod sled where the balance between high horsepower and a technically difficult track can be a challenge for the most seasoned veteran. 

Leighton did make the main event on Saturday where he finished 13th.

Next weekend is an off date on the ISOC schedule, however, the team will be in Eagle River, Wisconsin taking part in the snocross portion of the World Championship Snowmobile Derby. From there we head west to The Deadwood Shootout in the Black Hills of South Dakota before moving on to Aspen and the Winter X Games on January 28.

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January 11, 2016
Jake Angove Wins Round 5, Advances Six Positions In Pro Lite Championship
 

Lake Nebagamon, Wisc. - Canterubury Park proved to be the perfect venue for rounds five and six of the AMSOIL Championship Snocross Series as the warm and spacious indoor seating of the first-class horse racing facility allowed fans to escape brutally cold temps and witness Jake Angove winning the first Pro Lite main event of his career.

Since joining the team in November, Angove has shown a growing sense of confidence and is riding both smart and aggressively. Throughout the weekend Angove finished in the top two in his qualifying rounds on three out of four occasions, all contributing to a rapid rise in the points standings.

On Friday Angove raced to an early lead in the class final and was never challenged. "This is what I've worked for my whole snocross career," said Angove. I was the tenth qualifier so I started on the way outside but just ripped the holeshot and never looked back. It feels really good."

The start to Saturday's final was not as good with the number 177 getting caught coming off the line in mid pack. As the race settled in he began picking off riders one at a time, while a couple of the front-runners were also dropping by the wayside. On the final lap he made a pass for fourth place, completing a very solid weekend. 

Angove gained six positions in the class championship and is now fourth overall as the series heads to Deadwood, South Dakota in two weeks.

Ross Martin continues to recover from an ankle injury and did take part in Friday qualifying but was unable to compete for the remainder of the weekend.

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January 5, 2015
Bunke Racing Claims Podium Finishes at Pine Lake

Moorhead, Minn. (January 5, 2016) –Bunke Racing claims podium finishes at the USXC Gerald Dyrdahl memorial Pine lake 200 in Gonvick, MN.

The sun was shining and it was a perfect weekend for heads up racing. The day started out a little rough. It was right away Saturday morning; Gabe was riding in the ice groove on the track when he felt his hi fax getting a little warm so he decided to slide over to the powder to get a little lube. With the snow dust hanging he didn’t notice the 3 foot berm, landing him sideways and hitting the rock solid ice with his shoulder, dislocating it.  Luckily the injuries were not too severe and Gabe hopes to be back out riding in a couple weeks.

The father/ son Bunke team had signed up to run the No bull Triple Crown challenge race together later that day. While Gabe was getting his shoulder popped back into place; Taylor had a decision to make. Taylor decided to continue on with a fellow Polaris race team member Travis Faust.  Taylor and Travis teamed up piloting the 74 sled to a Third Place Podium finish in the PRO Enduro.  The boys were clocked going 119 miles per hour on the straight away. The Bunke Racing 74 Polaris Mod was howling.

Taylor Bunke had a great run in the I-500 class securing another spot on the podium with a second place finish on his 600 AXYS Polaris.

The qualifying heats on Saturday didn’t give Taylor a very good starting position on Sunday.  He ended up starting in the 3rd row in the Semi Pro Final. The Green flag dropped and so did Bunkes throttle.  He landed a great holeshot and didn’t let off the gas, one by one he started picking thru the snow dust. He started in 14th position and finished in the 6th position.

Up next for Bunke Racing will be the USXC Devils Lake North Dakota 250 on January 9th and 10th in Devils Lake, ND.

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RESULTS           
Round 1                 Heat 1   Heat 2   Final

Corin Todd                  3            2          6
Trevor Leighton           1            2          2

Zak Mason                  3            2          5

Round 2                  Heat 1   Heat 2   Final           YTD
Corin Todd                   9          DNS       -                 14
Trevor Leighton            2           3          7                   3

Zak Mason                   1            1          2                   2
  
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