Monthly Archives: April 2009

A Perfect 10 (Wins) for Team Arctic at Beaver Mountain Hillclimb

The Competition is Glad the Season has Ended

The end of the RMSHA hillclimb season couldn’t come soon enough for anyone not riding an Arctic Cat M Series. So when the last sled crested Beaver Mountain in Logan, Utah, with Team Arctic claiming 10 more victories, there was a collective sigh of relief from the competition.

“There was no denying our racers and teams this year, and Beaver Mountain was another example of their dominance,” said Mike Kloety, Team Arctic Race Manager. “Even though a few of our top racers weren’t there, we still won more classes than any brand.”

While five different Team Arctic racers claimed wins at Beaver Mountain, Ty Free and Nathan Zollinger were the clear standouts. Both won two classes and a King title during the event, leaving no doubt that they and Arctic Cat rule the big horsepower classes.

Nearly as impressive was the continued domination of the Women’s classes by Christy Frisby and Amy Zollinger, who together finished first and/or second in all three events.

“It didn’t matter if it was a Stock, Improved or Modified class, from 600cc to 1000cc, we won everywhere,” said Kloety. “And knowing what’s in store with our powered-up 800HO engine for model year 2010 and hearing the positive test reports from our engineers, I’m certain that our current success is just a primer for what’s to dominate next season.”

Team Arctic Results from the Beaver Mountain Hillclimb in Logan, Utah.

600 Stock
2. Chance Buckallew
3. Tony Zollinger

600 Improved
1. Chance Buckallew
3. Jeremy Archibald

600 Mod
2. KC Stone

700 Improved
2. Ty Free

700 Mod
3. Nathan Zollinger

800 Improved
1. Ty Free

800 Mod
1. Nathan Zollinger

1000 Improved
1. Ty Free
2. Jeremy Archibald
3. Les Keller

Open Mod
1. Nathan Zollinger

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

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

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

Semi Pro Stock
3. Kyler Stone

Semi Pro Improved
2. Justin Sampson

King Winners
Improved – Ty Free
Mod – Nathan Zollinger

Team Arctic Conquers Mud Nationals in Jacksonville, Texas

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Team Arctic mud racers have come full circle since last season’s introduction of the Thundercat. That full circle ran around the competition all weekend at Mud Nationals, this time aboard the TRV 1000H2.

“I’m unbelievably proud of our Team Arctic racers and the dominating results they posted at the Daytona 500 of mud racing; Mud Nationals,” said Ted Bettin, Team Arctic ATV Race Coordinator.

“At the end of last season, Arctic Cat promised our racers we would work on the problems that plagued them. This year we came back with new racing setups in the TRV chassis, and they kicked some serious butt. With the help of the Arctic Cat-built 1000 motor and a little more tuning, these TRVs will be unstoppable.”

Charles Touchet of Maurice, Louisiana, piloted his TRV 1000H2 to victory in the premier Open Class in the Mudda-Cross event. The next day, Touchet repeated with a second-place podium in the Open Class of the Mud Bog race.

Teammate Charlie Neese from Fort Walton Beach, Florida, found himself in the first-place driver’s seat as he won the Pro Class aboard a similarly prepared TRV 1000H2.

Other notable performances were from Anthony Abrameit aboard his 650H1 in the Bogger Class of the Mud Bog race. Representing Arctic Cat dealer Brazos Cycles in Richmond, TX, Abrameit took third place.

Look for other Team Arctic racers, Mark Kelly, Mike Johnson and Travis Tucker, at the next race on the CMR mud racing calendar April 24-26 in Choudrant, Louisiana. Go to www.championshipmudracing.com for more information.

Sixteen Victories for Team Arctic at Pebble Creek Hillclimb

Another Record-Setting, Competition-Crushing Performance

Demoralizing. That describes Western hillclimb competition for anyone not on an Arctic Cat M Series. Team Arctic’s dominance reached epic proportions at the RMSHA Pebble Creek race in Pocatello, Idaho,

Fresh off of winning 15 World Championship titles at the Jackson Hole Hillclimb, Team Arctic racers hit Pebble Creek with overwhelming confidence and unmatched firepower to win 13 classes and three King titles while destroying any shred of hope the competition may have held onto.

“That was the most impressive performance of any team that I can remember,” said Mike Kloety, Team Arctic Race Manager. “Even more remarkable is the team’s depth, with seven different racers notching wins. There’s no arguing that we have the best combination of racers and snowmobiles.”

The results tell the story, with Team Arctic sweeping the Stock, Improved and Mod classes in the 600, 800 and 1000cc engine categories, usually with a teammate taking second in each class.

Likewise, Team Arctic swept all three of the Women’s classes, while the men put an exclamation point on the weekend by winning the Stock, Improved and Mod King competition. The M8 HCR went undefeated in the 800 Stock, Improved and Mod classes, as well as taking the three King titles.

“Our M Series sleds have run roughshod over the competition all season long,” said Kloety. “With our powered-up, 160-hp 800HO engine coming next season, we’re going straight for their jugulars.”

With one race remaining in the RMSHA season (April 10, in Logan, Utah), Team Arctic racers are set to deliver a final knockout punch. Go to www.rmsha.com for more information.

Team Arctic Results from the Pebble Creek Hillclimb in Pocatello, Idaho.

600 Stock
1. Chance Buckallew

600 Improved
1. Chance Buckallew
2. Jeremy Archibald

600 Mod
1. Nels Tapio
2. Nathan Zollinger

700 Stock
1. Chance Buckallew

700 Improved
2. Mike Zollinger

700 Mod
2. Nathan Zollinger
3. Tyler Ropelato

800 Stock
1. Kyle Tapio

800 Improved
1. Todd Tupper
3. Kyle Tapio

800 Mod
1. Russ Tapio
2. Todd Tupper

1000 Stock
1. Chance Buckallew
3. Ty Free

1000 Improved
1. Kyle Tapio
2. Ty Free

Open Mod
1. Russ Tapio
2. Tony Zollinger

Women’s Stock
1. Amy Zollinger
2. Christy Frisby
3. Jan Ottobre

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

Women’s Mod
1. Christy Frisby

Semi Pro Stock
2. Landon Archibald

Semi Pro Improved
2. Justin Sampson

Semi Pro Mod
2. Justin Sampson

Juniors
2. Parker Sampson
3. Tabor Cresap

King Winners
Chance Buckallew — Stock
Todd Tupper – Improved
Russ Tapio – Mod

Arctic Cat is King of the Mountain and the World

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Photo Courtesy of BAM Film

15 World Championship Victories at Jackson Hole

Even for Arctic Cat, which has won more than its share of World Championship titles, the historic haul at the 2009 Jackson Hole World Championship Hillclimbs was unprecedented. When the last sled crested Snow King Mountain – an Arctic Cat, of course – and the wins were added, Team Arctic racers laid claim to 15 World Championship victories, included the overall King of Kings title.

“I’ve never seen anything like it,” said Al Shimpa, Team Arctic Hillclimb Coordinator and a 20-year veteran of the Jackson, Wyo., event. “Even though we’ve dominated the hillclimb races all season, everyone comes to Jackson Hole ready to battle.

“To take twelve individual class championships, two King titles and the overall King of Kings victory was extraordinary. Congratulations go to our outstanding men and women racers.”

Chief among the outstanding performances were those delivered by Kyle Tapio of Battle Ground, Wash., who piloted his modified M8 to a win in 800 Mod, Open Mod, the Mod King competition and topped it all with the overall King of Kings title that’s awarded to the best of the best.

To win it, Tapio had to beat teammate Les Keller of Kalispell, Mont., who tapped the firepower of his M1000 to win 1000 Improved and the Improved King title (all King events pit against each other all the class winners in a given category).

Team Arctic racers were so dominant that, in addition to winning all of the 700 engine classes, they won two of three classes in the 600, 800 and 1000cc categories. If there was any doubt about the capability of M Series mountain sleds, it was erased as Team Arctic racers conquered Snow King Mountain, one after another.

“It was like a victory party on top of the mountain in almost every class,” said Team Arctic Race Manager Mike Kloety. “We captured 15 of 24 World Championship titles. Al Shimpa and Speedwerx worked hard to better our Stock, Improved and Open class sleds. The hard work is paying off big-time for our racers as well as our customers.”

The next race on the RMSHA hillclimb calendar is April 4 – 5 in Pocatello, Idaho. Go to www.rmsha.com for more information.

Team Arctic Results from the World Championship Hillclimb in Jackson, Wyo.

600 Improved
1. Jeremy Archibald
3. Cody Clawson

600 Mod
1. Nathan Zollinger
2. Russ Tapio
3. Nels Tapio

700 Stock
1. Chance Buckallew

700 Improved
1. Shad Free

700 Mod
1. Nels Tapio
2. Russ Tapio

800 Stock
2. Ty Free

800 Improved
1. Kyle Tapio

800 Mod
1. Kyle Tapio
3. Russ Tapio

1000 Stock
3. David McClure

1000 Improved
1. Les Keller
3. Ty Free

1000 Mod
1. Kyle Tapio

Open Mod
1. Kyle Tapio

Pro Masters Improved
3. Tony Ottobre

Pro Masters Mod
3. Derick Stone

Women’s Mod
1. Christy Frisby
2. Danielle Grange
3. Amy Zollinger

Semi Pro Stock
1. Landon Archibald
2. Justin Sampson

Semi Pro Improved
2. Braiden Coleman
3. Landon Archibald

Juniors
2. Parker Sampson

King Winners
Les Keller – Improved
Kyle Tapio – Mod

King of Kings – Kyle Tapio