Team Arctic on Top at RMSHA Afton Hillclimb

11 Wins and a Full Sweep of all 800 Classes


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 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



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