Team Arctic Hillclimbers Post Impressive Results at Preston

Claim Eight Podiums and One King Title


From one end of the country to the other, weekend after weekend, Team Arctic racers are mopping up the snowmobile competition. This time Arctic Cat racers flexed their muscles in the mountains at the Preston Hill Climb season opener, claiming eight podiums and one King title.

There was plenty of snow, sun, and 167 racers combined for 578 entries. Race promoter and acting race director Bret Rasmussen was very pleased with the outcome.  “We qualified more racers in one day than we ever have,” said Rasmussen.  “The Preston Hill Climb is unique; it has the longest run when compared to other hill climbs, and we use two lanes up the mountain so we can send  two sleds up at the same time with nonstop action.”

Arctic Cat started their winning streak off early on Saturday with Nathan Zollinger from Logan, Utah winning the 600 Mod class and Nels Tapio from Battle Ground, Washington in third.

In 700-class competition, Arctic Cat’s Nels Tapio won the 700 mod class and Rob Kincaid from Victor, Idaho took third in 700 improved.

The all-new HCR M8 made its debut as Les Keller took third in 800 stock, where all machines have to be raced from the factory in stock form. Keller said, “The HCR was really strong and performed well, and in no time it should be at the top of the podium.” In the 800 improved class Todd Tupper ended in third. In the 800 mod class Nathan Zollinger also brought in third.

To round out all the classes, Arctic Cat handed it to the competition in the 1000 stock class with Russell Frisby from Caldwell, Idaho standing proudly on the podium in first.

The Women’s Class was equally as strong as they won 7 out of 9 podiums with all three 1st places. In the stock class Amy Zollinger from Providence, Utah won first, and Christy Frisby from Caldwell, Idaho took third. Arctic Cat’s women swept the improved class with Christy Frisby in first, followed by Jan Ottobre in second from Jackson Hole, WY, and Amy Zollinger taking third. In the mod class Amy Zollinger took first and Jan Ottobre took second.

To finish off the day Nels Tapio brought home the Mod King title, where he competed against all other mod class winners.


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