Youngest Gavel fifth at Park X

‘X’ marked the spot where Rob Gavel put together one of his best results of the sno-cross racing season.
The youngest member of the Gavel racing family based in Stratton, the 15-year-old zoomed to a fifth-place finish in the Junior 14-15 age group at a World Snowmobile Association nationals event at the brand-new Park X facility in Hill City, Mn. over the weekend.
Older brother, Danny, 16, was not as fortunate as he failed to make the final in the Junior 16-17 division.
The boys’ father, John Gavel, managed to make it into the final in the Pro Veterans class, claiming 11th place in the event.
He now sits in 22nd place out of 44 competitors in the Pro Veterans points standings, with a total of 19 points.
Gavel’s oldest son Mike, 19, missed the Park X event after sustaining an injury at a WSA event in Russell, Man. two weeks ago. He will be out of action indefinitely.
Nestor Falls racer Thatcher Haggberg, 21, came up short at Hill City in his third try at making a final this season in both the Pro Stock National and the Semi Pro Open divisions.
Haggberg—in his first full season on the WSA circuit—currently is 25th out of 53 racers in the Pro Stock National category (69 points) and holds 36th position out of 113 in the Semi Pro Open division.
The next scheduled WSA event will be the Menominee Superstars of Sno-cross in Shawano, Wis. on Jan. 2-4.