Monthly Archives: February 2009

New York Double for Davis and Thomsen

As the ISOC Championship Snocross Series began its Eastern swing, Team Arctic racers showed once again they are the class of the field by winning finals and filling podiums. Highlighting the show were Cory Davis and Cody Thomsen, both of whom delivered rare double wins in their respective classes at the Arctic Cat Eastern Nationals in Farmington, N.Y.

Davis did his magic double in Semi Pro Super Stock and Open. Bolstered by the confidence earned from winning a class the prior weekend, Davis (of Soldotna, Alaska) attacked the Finger Lakes Gaming and Racetrack track like he was on a mission. In both finals he worked his way through traffic on a course shortened due to weather, then checked out with convincing margins to win big.

Davis’s teammate Dan Ebert of Lake Shore, Minn., was equally impressive, having led the Semi Pro Open final momentarily until he was taken out by a competitor. Sitting in seventh after the melee, Ebert charged through the pack and brought the crowd to its feet en route to an impressive third-place finish. Ebert also took a strong fourth in the Stock final and remains in contention with Davis for the class championship.

For the second time this season, Nisswa, Minnesota’s Cody Thomsen did his own double dance in the two Sport Super Stock finals. Kurt Heiser of Wind Lake, Wis., made the trek out East to take second in the Sport Super Stock #1 final.

With Tucker Hibbert ending his season the week prior, a cadre of Team Arctic pros proved they’re ready to assume control of the premier class. For the third race in a row, Garth Kaufman put himself on the podium, this time with a strong second in Pro Stock and a fourth in Pro Open.

After struggling with bad luck for a couple races, Ryan Simons returned to the podium with second in Pro Open. Likewise, Brett Turcotte and Matt Piche delivered top-10 finishes to remain in the hunt for the class championships.

“It gives us great satisfaction to go out East and win races like we did,” said Team Arctic Race Manager Mike Kloety. “We’ve worked extra hard to improve our strength in this area, and our mechanics Russ Ebert, Corey Berberich, Brian “Hector” Olson and Steve Houle from Speedwerx gave a huge effort to help the Eastern racers who came to the event. I’m sure it will pay off at the regional events there later this season, as well as attracting future racer prospects.”

The next race in the ISOC Championship Series is Feb. 20-22 in Valcourt, Quebec. See for more information.

Team Arctic Podium Results at Farmington, N.Y.

Pro Open
2. Ryan Simons
4. Garth Kaufman

Pro Super Stock
2. Garth Kaufman
4. Brett Turcotte

Semi Pro Open
1. Cory Davis
3. Dan Ebert

Semi Pro Super Stock
1. Cory Davis

Pro Am Women Stock
2. Amanda Kirchmeyer

Sport Women
2. Steffanie Lemieux

Sport Super Stock #1
1. Cody Thomsen
2. Kurt Heiser

Sport Super Stock #2
1. Cody Thomsen

Junior Novice 10-14
2. Richard Ghezzi

120 Champ
1. Brandon ONeil
3. Nicholas Delella

Team Arctic Takes Five at Brainerd Snocross


Hibbert Undefeated in Pro, Davis Stomps Semi Pro Stock.

The famed Brainerd International Raceway in Brainerd, Minn., witnessed another historic performance as Team Arctic racers stormed to five class victories in Round Four of the ISOC Championship Snocross Tour. Leading the charge was the indomitable Tucker Hibbert, who finished his perfect, abbreviated season with two more Pro class victories.

The winning continued into the Semi Pro Stock class, where Cory Davis of Soldotna, Alaska, went wire-to-wire for his first National win of the season. Local hero Cody Thomsen won Sport Super Stock #2, while J.C. Hupe led the Team Arctic contingent in the Women’s class.

While there are no guarantees in racing, it was little surprise that Hibbert would remain undefeated. The Goodridge, Minn., sensation hasn’t lost a heat or final all season and, with Brainerd pegged as his final race until next year, he once again put his stamp on both Pro Super Stock and Pro Open. Team Arctic racers filled five of the top-10 spots in each Pro final, with Garth Kaufman taking third in the Pro Stock final.

When asked if there would be a chance he would return for the last race of the season in Lake Geneva, Wis., Hibbert responded with a nod to his father Kirk, “If we’re going to Geneva this sled will have a #41 on it, my dad will be racing and I’ll be running the pit board.”

With Hibbert stepping away at Brainerd, Cory Davis stepped up big-time in the Semi Pro Super Stock final. After emerging from the first lap chaos with a lead, Davis scorched a series of laps that put him in front by a large margin, and then cruised to the win. Teammate Dan Ebert was a victim of the first lap shuffle, but with a strong run and never-give-up approach, put himself back into contention and finished third. Ebert, Christian Salemark and Davis were equally tough in the Semi Pro Open final, finishing second, third and fourth respectively.

“It feels good to finally get a win this season,” said Davis, “especially after being so close to winning at Canterbury earlier this year. I’m confident more wins will come during the second half of the National tour.”

In the Sport Super Stock #2 final, Thomsen brought the hometown crowd to its feet as he laid down a series of blistering-fast lap times and took the win. Team Arctic’s Dusty Miller finished second, just as he did in the previous day’s Sport Super Stock #1 final.

J.C. Hupe took her first National win of the season in the Pro Women’s final despite being bruised and battered with a foot injury.

“The first half of the race season is complete and we’ve enjoyed the most wins and greatest success,” said Mike Kloety, Team Arctic Race Manager. “In the second half you’ll see the true strength of our racers, teams and Arctic Cat Engineering staff as we work harder to improve our race sleds and achieve our championship aspirations. That challenge is what they race and live for, and it’s what keeps us ahead of the competition.”

“We can’t just replace the spot in our team that Tucker filled in the first half of the season, but we’re fortunate to have some other very hungry and talented Pro racers who have tasted the podium and are ready to take the top step for us.”

The ISOC Championship Series heads on an Eastern swing, beginning with the Arctic Cat eastern National in Farmington, N.Y., Feb. 13-15. For more information, go to

Team Arctic on Pace to Conquer Alaska’s Iron Dog Cross-Country

Teams include Scott Davis/Todd Palin and defending champ Eric Quam/Bradly Helwig

The eyes of the world are focused on the dynamic duo of Scott Davis and Todd Palin as they attempt to win the rugged Tesoro Iron Dog snowmobile cross-country race from Wasilla to Fairbanks, Alaska, which began Sunday, Feb. 8.

After one day of racing the team is at the mandatory layover location of McGrath, roughly 372 miles into the race. They’re currently in third place overall.

The pair is racing on 2009 Arctic Cat F6 Sno Pro production snowmobiles. They are contending with defending champion Eric Quam and new partner Bradly Helwig (in fifth at the McGrath layover), as well as 2006 winners Dwayne Drake and Andy George (sixth in McGrath), all competing aboard Arctic Cat F6 machines. Of the 35 Pro teams entered in this year’s race, 14 have chosen Arctic Cat. Arctic Cat snowmobiles have endured to win 10 of the 24 editions of this race.

Palin, the husband of Alaska Governor Sarah Palin, has won the Iron Dog on four previous occasions, most recently in 2007 with current partner Scott Davis. Davis is a legend of the Iron Dog, having conquered the event seven times, beginning with his first win in 1985. The two experienced a media whirlwind surrounding the race following the Governor’s nomination as Vice President in John McCain’s 2008 Presidential campaign.

The Iron Dog course length is 1,971 miles, starting outside of Anchorage in Wasilla/Big Lake and heading northwest for 1,106 miles to the roughly halfway point in Nome on Feb. 11. From Nome the course heads east for the 865-mile run to the finish in Fairbanks on Feb. 11.

As the world’s longest snowmobile race, the Iron Dog is also one of the toughest as it traverses some of Alaska’s most remote and rugged terrain while confronting harsh winter conditions.

The Iron Dog Pro Class consists of a team of two persons on two snowmobiles. The Pro Class teams are released at the race start in Big Lake at two-minute intervals. Between Big Lake and Nome the teams are required to take three layovers at a minimum of 6 hours per location and 28 hours total. Between Nome and Fairbanks they must take a minimum of two layovers, at least 6 hours per location and 18 hours total, before they reach Tanana. At Tanana the race teams are held to secure a midday finish on Saturday in Fairbanks.

You can follow the race and the location of each team via the Iron Dog website at