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Team Arctic Finishes ISOC Snocross Season on Top in Lake Geneva

Four Victories and Two Championship Titles

The 2008-09 ISOC Snocross Series ended in the same way it began, with Team Arctic racers taking wins and filling the podium positions on their Sno Pro 600 race sleds. The finale, held in its traditional location of Lake Geneva, Wis., saw Team Green drop an exclamation point on another victorious season with four class wins and three championship titles.

In the Pro classes, Garth Kaufman and Ryan Simons traded podium positions with Kaufman taking second in Open and Simons third in Stock. Kaufman entered Lake Geneva tied in points for the Stock championship, and a win in the qualifying round kept him on pace to take the title. Fourth in the final was a great result, but not quite enough to take the title.

“Garth was the emotional favorite of many race fans,” said Team Arctic Race Manager Mike Kloety. “After Tucker Hibbert ended his season early with a large point lead, Garth made a huge effort to take command of the overall title. He was close, and we’re extremely proud of him.”

After a season of wins and podium finishes – including a second at Lake Geneva – Cory Davis earned a well-deserved Semi Pro Super Stock class championship title. Showing the depth of the team in this class, Christian Salemark won the class at Lake Geneva while Dan Ebert took third in the championship.

Team Arctic was equally strong in Semi Pro Open, with Ebert winning the final and Salemark in second. But the win proved bittersweet for Ebert, who ended up just two heartbreaking points from taking the class championship.

“Dan won the battles but lost the war,” said Kloety. “Had he not missed the first race of the season due to injury, I’m certain he would have taken the championship. But that’s racing: We won one championship with Cory, but just missed the other with Dan.”

Two classes where Team Arctic obliterated the competition included Pro Women and Sport Super Stock.

In the former, Carly Davis returned to the winning form that characterized the first half of her season to easily sew up the first of what appear to be many championship titles. Taking third at Geneva and second in points was JC Hupe, who rose to the occasion with wins in the second half of the season.

Likewise, in Sport Super Stock #1, Cody Thomsen nailed yet another convincing win to earn the title of Class Champion.

Team Arctic’s results from the ISOC Snocross Series in Lake Geneva, Wis.

Pro Open
2. Garth Kaufman
4. Ryan Simons

Pro Super Stock
3. Ryan Simons
4. Garth Kaufman

Pro Women
1. Carly Davis
3. JC Hupe

Semi Pro Open
1. Dan Ebert
2. Christian Salemark

Semi Pro Super Stock
1. Christian Salemark
2. Cory Davis
4. Christian Logan

Sport Super Stock #1
1. Cody Thomsen
3. Ryan Huston

Sport Super Stock #2
3. Ryan Huston
4. Cody Thomsen

Pro Plus 30 Stock
3. Josh Zelinski

Championship Titles
Semi Pro Super Stock
Pro Women
Sport Super Stock #1

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Nineteen Victories in Two Days

Team Arctic Conquers the Terrain and Humiliates the Competition

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Nineteen victories would be considered an exceptional season for some race programs. For Team Arctic, it’s just another weekend during the 2009 race season.

With a USCC cross-country race in Warroad, Minn., and the Lost Trail Hillclimb competition near Jackson, Mont., Team Green continued their season-long terrain blitz, racking up wins and showcasing their Sno Pro and M Series snowmobiles.

The biggest blowout happened at the Lost Trail Hillclimb, where for the second race in a row on the RMSHA circuit, Team Arctic proved their superiority with 12 class victories – including six Stock class wins and two King titles.

Todd Tupper had a weekend that won’t soon be forgotten, piloting his M8 HCR to wins in two Stock classes and two Mod classes, plus claiming King titles in both the Stock and Mod classes. Chance Buckallew was nearly unbeatable as well, scoring wins in three classes. Tony Zollinger, Amy Zollinger, Christy Frisby and Tabor Cresap continued their winning streaks and added to the team’s victory dance.

“When our team scored 11 wins at the last RMSHA race, I thought that performance would be the best of the season,” said Al Shimpa, Team Arctic Hillclimb Coordinator. “Given their hard work, talent and the strength of the M Series, I should have suspected that they could win even more.”

At the Seven Clans Casino 100 cross-country in Warroad, Minn., Team Arctic racers concluded the USCC season with five class wins and seven championship point titles.

D.J. Ekre kept his leadership in the Pro Open class intact with his fourth victory of the season, edging teammate Brian Dick for the win and the championship title. Ekre put on a strong charge in the closing laps of the 10-lap Pro 600 class, setting the fastest lap times over the 8.5-mile course, but came up just 31 seconds short of victory to finish second.

Chad Kyllo, Jolene Bute, Justin Morken and Adam Brandt each scored class victories in Warroad, adding to the serious hardware haul displayed throughout the race season.

“I’m pleased with the team’s results from Warroad and during the entire USCC season,” said Team Arctic Race Director Mike Kloety. “Taking five class wins and notching seven championship titles is impressive. Incorporating what we’ve learned about the Sno Pro 600 race sled, plus adding the new Sno Pro 500 to our program, I’m confident we’ll be even stronger next season.

The next race on the RMSHA circuit is the World Championship Hillclimb in Jackson Hole, Wyo., March 26-29. Go to www.rmsha.com for more information.

Team Arctic Results from RMSHA Lost Trail Hillclimb

600 Stock
1. Chance Buckallew
2. Tony Zollinger

600 Improved
1. Chance Buckallew
3. Jeremy Archibald

600 Mod
2. Tony Zollinger
3. David McClure

700 Stock
1. Chance Buckallew
3. Scott Cheeney

700 Improved
3. Rob Kincaid

700 Mod
1. Tony Zollinger

800 Stock
1. Todd Tupper

800 Mod
1. Todd Tupper

1000 Improved
2. Russell Frisby

Pro Masters Stock
1. Todd Tupper

Pro Masters Improved
3. Tony Ottobre

Women’s Stock
1. Amy Zollinger
3. Christy Frisby

Women’s Improved
1. Amy Zollinger
2. Christy Frisby

Women’s Mod
1. Christy Frisby
2. Amy Zollinger

Semi Pro Mod
1. Kyler Stone

Juniors
1. Tabor Cresap

Stock King: Todd Tupper
Mod King: Todd Tupper

Team Arctic Results from the USCC Warroad 100 Cross-Country

Pro Open
1. D.J. Ekre
2. Brian Dick

Pro 600
2. D.J. Ekre

Vet 30
2. Chad Lian

Semi-Pro Improved
1. Chad Kyllo

Masters 40 Plus
3. Steve Arneson

Legends 50
2. Doug Oster

Juniors 14-17
1. Justin Morken
2. Timmy Kallock

Juniors 10-13
2. Adam Mach
3. Cole Lian

Sport 85
2. Timmy Kallock

Women’s
1. Jolene Bute

Fan 600
2. Marty Feil
3. Justin Morken

Amateur 600
1. Adam Brandt
2. Erik Bute

Amateur Improved
2. Erik Bute
3. Adam Brandt

Team Arctic Takes Two in Hayward, Wis.

Top Finishes, Championship Point Leads Highlight the Weekend

The adage “You can’t win ’em all” proved true for Team Arctic at the penultimate round of the ISOC National Snocross Series in Hayward, Wis. For the first time during the 2008-’09 season, Team Arctic didn’t score a victory in one of the men’s Pro or Semi Pro classes. Yet even without victories in the premier classes, Team Arctic left Hayward with wins in Pro Women and Sport Super Stock finals, and podium finishes in the big classes.

In the Pro Super Stock final, Garth Kaufman scored a second-place finish to put himself into a tie for the championship points lead with one race remaining. Teammates Ryan Simons and Matt Piche were close to standing on the podium with their fourth- and fifth-place finishes, with Simons pushing himself to third in the points chase. Kaufman’s fifth place was also the highest-placing Cat in Pro Open.

Despite not standing on top of the box, Team Arctic’s Semi Pros swarmed the two finals in dominating fashion. In Semi Pro Open, Dan Ebert and Christian Salemark finished two-three to keep their championship hopes alive. Salemark also nailed a second in Semi Pro Super Stock, with teammate Logan Christian taking fifth. And though he didn’t factor into the final podium positions, Cory Davis left Hayward with the Stock points lead.

“It was a mixed bag for us in the Pro and Semi Pro classes,” said Team Arctic Race Manager Mike Kloety. “Podium finishes are a huge accomplishment, and we look pretty good in the championship point races. But we also suffered some disappointment, namely Dan Ebert’s thigh injury in the Stock final and Carl Schubitzke’s heal injury in the Pro class.”

Not surprisingly, Hayward also hosted a couple of big wins for the team. The first came in the Pro Women final, where J.C. Hupe notched her second win of the national season ahead of April Moritz, with series point leader Carly Davis taking fourth.

The second win went down in the Sport Super Stock #1 final, where season star Cody Thomsen led a Team Arctic sweep of five of the top-six positions. Andrew Carlson busted out his best performance of the season, taking third in the Stock final and second in Sport Open.

The final ISOC National Snocross of the season is March 20-22 in Lake Geneva, Wis. Learn more at www.isocracing.com.

Results from ISOC Snocross Series in Hayward, Wis.

Pro Super Stock
2. Garth Kaufman
4. Ryan Simons

Pro Women
1. J.C. Hupe
2. April Moritz
4. Carly Davis

Semi Pro Open
2. Dan Ebert
3. Christian Salemark

Semi Pro Super Stock
2. Christian Salemark

Sport Super Stock #1
1. Cody Thomsen
3. Andrew Carlson

Sport Super Stock #2
2. Andrew Carlson

Team Arctic on Top at RMSHA Afton Hillclimb

11 Wins and a Full Sweep of all 800 Classes

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Four races into the RMSHA hillclimb series, a clear pattern has emerged: Team Arctic racers and their lightweight, powerful M Series snowmobiles are on top and enjoying the view. Eleven class victories and two King of Kings titles at the Afton, Wyo., event prove the point.

In fact, there wasn’t an engine displacement category that Team Arctic didn’t win. However, the crew thoroughly trounced the all-important 800 classes with wins in Stock, Improved and Mod. The M8 HCR finished one-two for the second race in a row, this time at the hands of Chance Buckallew and Todd Tupper.

Aboard a massaged HCR, Kyle Tapio topped the 800 Improved and 800 Mod finals (the latter of which saw Team Arctic racers finish one-two-three), then proceeded to win Improved King of Kings title.

“The 800 classes have the strongest competition and are where people look to determine the best overall sled for consumer riding,” said Al Shimpa, Team Arctic Hillclimb Coordinator. “Winning every 800 category at Afton proves that no matter if you’re riding a stock, slightly modified or full-bore mod machine, Cat is the way to go.”

Like Tapio, Buckallew managed to score three wins over the weekend. In addition to his 800 Stock win, the fiery competitor showed his versatility by taking the 700 Stock class and 600 Improved.

Once again, the Afton raced proved that if you’re going to win a Women’s race in RMSHA, you gotta be on a Cat. Between Christy Frisby, Amy Zollinger and Jan Ottobre, there was little left for the competition except table scraps. Ditto for the Semi Pro classes, where Landon Archibald won the Stock class and the King title, and where Braiden Colamen took the Mod class.

“Winning the Pro class is hugely impressive,” said Team Arctic Race Manager Mike Kloety, “But the dominating performances in the Women’s and Semi Pro categories speak volumes about the M Series rideability and performance.”

The next race on the RMSHA circuit is the Lost Trail – David Shepherd Memorial, March 13-14. Go to www.rmsha.com for more information.

Team Arctic Results from RHSHA Afton Hillclimb

600 Stock
3. Mike Zollinger

600 Improved
1. Chance Buckallew
2. Brent Cheeney
3. Miles Lambert

600 Mod
1. Russ Tapio
2. Nathan Zollinger

700 Stock
1. Chance Buckallew

700 Mod
3. Tony Zollinger

800 Stock
1. Chance Buckallew
2. Todd Tupper

800 Improved
1. Kyle Tapio

800 Mod
1. Kyle Tapio
2. David McClure
3. Tony Zollinger

1000 Stock
2. Ty Free

1000 Improved
2. Les Keller

Open Mod
2. Kyle Tapio

Pro Masters Improved
3. Derick Stone

Women’s Stock
1. Christy Frisby
3. Rachel Humphrey

Women’s Improved
1. Amy Zollinger
3. Christy Frisby

Women’s Mod
1. Jan Ottobre
2. Amy Zollinger
3. Mindee Zollinger

Semi Pro Stock
1. Landon Archibald

Semi Pro Mod
1. Braiden Colamen

King Winners
Kyle Tapio – Improved
Landon Archibald – Semi Pro

March Madness: Team Arctic Takes 17 Wins in Snocross and Cross-Country

Davis, Ebert, Christian and Thomsen Lead the Charge

March came in like a lion for the Team Arctic terrain program, with its cross-country corps riding roughshod over the competition at the USCC Munising 300 while the snocross contingent roared at the ISOC regional in Hill City, Minn. All totaled, Team Arctic notched 17 wins in two races during the weekend.

Two of the cross-country wins came from standout Semi Pro snocrosser Cory Davis at the two-day, 300-mile event in Munising, Mich. Looking to avenge an unsatisfactory experience at his first-ever cross-country race earlier this season, Davis (of Soldotna, Alaska) returned to his second USCC event intent on winning. And win he did, turning in the fastest times each day in the Pro 600, and in the second day of Pro Open, to take convincing victories in both classes.

When the times were tallied, the highest finishing Polaris (Gabe Bunke, fourth) was 15 minutes off Davis’s pace, while the highest finishing Ski-Doo (Bryan Dyrdahl, fifth) was 17 minutes back.

“The Munising course was easily the most brutal of any race this season,” said Team Arctic Team Manager Mike Kloety. “Eight feet of snow on the ground meant the holes got six feet deep throughout the 14-mile course. That was perfect conditions for Cory and our Sno Pro 600 race sled.”

Team Arctic racer and engineer Brian Dick (of Thief River Falls) backed up Davis with second place in both classes, while Ryan Huston and D.J. Ekre’s third place finishes culminated in a podium sweep of both classes. Five additional individual class wins meant Munising was another huge success for Team Green.

Another display of domination marked the ISOC regional event at Quadna Mountain, where Team Arctic racers combined for 10 class wins and multiple podium sweeps.

Dan Ebert of Lake Shore, Minn., continued his amazing season with two class victories at Quadna. A Semi Pro racer on the National circuit, Ebert jumps into the Pro ranks at Regional events and, despite strong pressure from teammate Carl Schubitzke, cruised to an impressive double win.

Even without Ebert, the Semi Pro finals were an all-Arctic Cat affair. Another class-jumper, Cody Thomsen of Nisswa, Minn., proved he’s ready for prime time with a win in the Semi Pro Open that stacked five Cats in the top five. Logan Christian of Fertile, Minn., returned the favor by winning both Semi Pro Stock #1 and #2 finals, leading a Cat podium sweep of both classes.

“Our racers are firing on all cylinders right now,” said Team Arctic mechanic/engineer Russ Ebert. “With 10 class wins and filling up the podium positions in most classes, Quadna was an impressive display for our guys and gals.”

The next race on the USCC calendar is in Warroad, Minn., on March 15 (see www.usccracing.com). The next race for most Team Arctic snocross racers is the ISOC National Snocross Series in Hayward, Wis., March 6-8 (see www.isocracing.com for more info).

Team Arctic Results from the USCC Munising 300
Pro 600
1. Cory Davis
2. Brian Dick
3. Ryan Huston

Pro Open
1. Cory Davis
2. Brian Dick
3. D.J. Ekre

Semi Pro Improved
3. Spencer Fett

Vet 30
2. Chad Lian

Masters 40
1. Jon Arneson

Legends 50 Plus
3. Doug Oster

Sport 85
3. Timmy Kallock

Fan 600
2. Justin Morken

Amateur 600
2. Adam Brandt
3. Erik Bute

Junior 10-13
1. Adam Mach
3. Tanner Russell

Junior 14-17
1. Zak Mason
2. Justin Morken
3. Timmy Kallock

Amateur Improved
1. Adam Brandt
3. Erik Bute

120 Stock
1. Sara Larson
2. Emily Morken
3. Seth Carey

120 Improved
1. Sara Larson

Team Arctic Results from ISOC Hill City Regional Snocross

Pro Open
1. Dan Ebert
2. Carl Schubitzke

Pro Super Stock
1. Dan Ebert
3. Carl Schubitzke

Pro-Am 30 Plus Stock
1. Karl Christian

Pro-Am Women Stock
1. Carly Davis
2. April Moritz

Semi Pro Open
1. Cody Thomsen
2. Matt Pichner
3. Logan Christian
4. Dusty Miller
5. Devin Bertoch

Semi Pro Stock #1
1. Logan Christian
2. Cody Thomsen
3. Dusty Miller

Semi Pro Stock #2
1. Logan Christian
2. Devin Bertoch
3. Matt Pichner
4. Nathan Moritz
5. Levi Tipcke

Sport Super Stock #1
2. Carly Davis
3. Nathan Baer

Sport Super Stock #2
2. Nathan Baer

Novice Super Stock
1. Nick Patterson
3. Drew Cook

Plus 30
2. Chris Carlson

Plus 40
1. Chris Carlson
3. Les Anderson

Junior 14-15 #1
2. Wesley Sweeney

Junior 14-15 #2
1. Wesley Sweeney
3. Nick Patterson

Junior Novice 10-14
2. Evan Romu