Monthly Archives: December 2009

Team Arctic Blasts Brew City with Four Wins

Victory in Three Classes at ISOC’s Milwaukee Mile National


Round two of the ISOC National Snocross season brought Team Arctic to the famed Milwaukee Mile and a crowd estimated at 15,000. The team responded with historic wins of their own, taking Pro classes, Semi Pro Stock and Jr. 14-15, as well as top finishes in all classes.

“Team Arctic has a long and storied tradition at the Milwaukee Mile, going all the way back to Dave Thompson’s historic oval win in 1973,” said Mike Kloety, Team Arctic Race Manager. “To return here and win four classes was a highlight for our team and our fans.”

Team Arctic/Monster Energy phenom Tucker Hibbert continued his unbeaten march in the Pro classes, thrilling race fans with come-from-behind wins and his nearly flawless combination of speed and talent. The victories marked career wins #49 and #50 for Hibbert.

As was the case the week prior at Duluth, Team Arctic/Christian Bros. Racing stalwart Garth Kaufman shrugged off a poor start in the Pro Stock final, picked off racers on every lap and put himself into third place with the most exciting run of the weekend.

For the first time in his young career, Team Arctic/Christian Bros. Racing’s Logan Christian scored victory in the Semi Pro class, winning the Stock #2 final after a tough battle with Factory Team Arctic’s Cody Thomsen and Kyle Pallin. Christian also took third in the Semi Pro Open which, combined with his finishes the week prior, put him and Thomsen on a path towards the season point championships. Likewise, Pallin’s second place in both Semi Pro Stock classes underscores his consistency, and the strong likelihood he’ll stand atop the podium yet this season.

“We’re two races into the season and already we’re in a great position for our championship hopes in Pro, Semi Pro and the Sport classes,” said Kloety. “Our Sno Pro 600 is practically bulletproof, our racers are on top and we head into the holiday break with no significant injuries.”

The next race in the ISOC National Snocross Series is Jan. 8-9 in Sandy, Utah. Go to ISOC Racing for more information.

Team Arctic Results from the ISOC Milwaukee Mile National

Pro Stock

1. Tucker Hibbert

3. Garth Kaufman

Pro Open

1. Tucker Hibbert

Semi Pro Stock #2

1. Logan Christian

2. Kyle Pallin

4. Matt Pichner

Semi Pro Stock #1

2. Kyle Pallin

Semi Pro Open

3. Logan Christian

Pro Women Stock

2. Carly Davis

3. Samantha Tarnowski

Sport Stock #1

2. Levi Tipcke

3. Andrew Carlson

Sport Stock #2

2. Andrew Carlson

Jr. 14-14

1. Riley McClelland

Sport Women Stock

2. Erika Rau

High Five for Team Arctic at Spirit National Snocross

Five Wins and a Clean Sweep of Season Opener

Photos courtesy of John Sandberg

Despite postponing the Spirit National ISOC Snocross race two weeks, the inevitable happened: Team Arctic racers collected the most wins in the biggest classes, including both Pro finals and two-of-three in Semi Pro.

In other words, it’s going to be another long and disappointing season for the competition.

“Of the 10 classes comprising Sport to Pro, Team Arctic won five,” said Mike Kloety, Race Team Manager. “I’d call that a dominating performance. And I’d credit the preparation and hard work of our teams coupled with the performance and durability of our Sno Pro 600 race sled.”

Tucker Hibbert’s reign over the Pro class continued as the Arctic Cat/Monster racer won every heat and final in both Stock and Open with his customary combination of speed, control and sled preparation. Hibbert’s strongest challenge came from Team Arctic’s Dan Ebert, who took the holeshot and led the Pro Stock final for six of the 20 laps before settling for second ahead of Christian Bros. Racing’s (CBR) Garth Kaufman, also on an Arctic Cat.

Matching Hibbert’s outstanding performance was Factory Team Arctic racer and first-year Semi Pro, Cody Thomsen, who swept the Open and Stock #2 finals en route to an undefeated weekend (Note: ISOC allows Semi Pro racers to enter two of three classes: Open, Stock #1 or Stock #2).

Logan Christian of the CBR team showed strong speed and conditioning to move within striking distance of Thomsen in the Open final, setting up what will likely be a season-long battle between them.  Add to the mix Thomsen’s new teammate, Kyle Pallin, who took second in Stock #1 (and appeared one additional lap away from winning), and looks poised for a heavy haul of hardware.

As if winning four of the top-five classes weren’t enough, Team Arctic/Sportech racer Andrew Carlson’s victory in Sport Stock #2 and third in Stock #1 proved two things: He’s the guy to beat for the class championship; and the Sno Pro 600 is a winner in every class.

“This is our third year with the Sno Pro 600,” said Kloety. “We’ve optimized the power, handling and durability to the point that it’s a turn-key winner. Add to the mix the on-track clutching support of Speedwerx, plus the knowledge and dedication of our teams’ crews, and the result is a top-to-bottom sweep like we saw at Duluth.”

The next race in the ISOC National Snocross Series is Dec. 18-19 at the Milwaukee Mile in Milwaukee, Wis. Go to ISOC Racing for more information.

Team Arctic Results from the ISOC Duluth Spirit National

Pro Stock

1. Tucker Hibbert

2. Dan Ebert

3. Garth Kaufman

Pro Open

1. Tucker Hibbert

Pro Women

3. Carly Davis

4. JC Hupe

Semi Pro Open

1. Cody Thomsen

2. Logan Christian

4. Matt Pichner

Semi Pro Stock #1

2. Kyle Pallin

Semi Pro Stock #2

1. Cody Thomsen

Sport Stock #1

3. Andrew Carlson

Sport Stock #2

1. Andrew Carlson

Jr. 16-17

3. Wesley Sweeney

Jr. 14-15

2. Wesley Sweeney

Arctic Cat/Bi-Polar Finishes Third Overall in Best-in-the-Desert Series

By any stretch of the imagination, the goal for Arctic Cat/ Bi-Polar Prowler race team for the 2009 race season was daunting: Compete against fully-modified UTVs in the seven-event Best-In-The-Desert (BITD) off-road race series using a stock Prowler XTZ 1000 H2. And by any measure, third place overall is an exceptional accomplishment.

“We came into this series committed to show the world that the major stock components comprising a Prowler XTZ can run with the wild, one-off creations that our competition use,” said team owner/driver Jim Creagan of Yacolt, Wash. “Aside from the required roll cage, extra lighting and King shocks, our Prowler is stock, including the engine, axles and suspension arms. That makes it very satisfying to blow past the other guys.”

While the 1000 H2 EFI engine delivered speeds the fully-modified UTVs couldn’t match, BITD races throw down wicked-rough routes of rocks, holes, ledges, drop-offs and miles of whoops.

Nevertheless, the Arctic Cat/ Bi-Polar team attacked each race in the Nevada desert with the same go-for-it attitude that delivered a 1-2 finish in last year’s Baja 1000 off-road race. Two second-place finishes in the series’ longest races proved the durability of the team and Prowler, while top-fives at other events showed their consistency. Seven races entered, seven finished for third place overall series, which is an accomplishment few teams can claim.

Just as impressive, this was the first season of racing the BITD series for the team.

“Knowing the race courses makes a huge difference,” remarked Creagan. “With a year’s experience, we’ll return next year in a better position to challenge for race wins and the series championship.”

The team’s success coupled with the Prowler’s outstanding durability was an impressive combination that drew the immediate respect of other racers.

“The Nevada desert is an unforgiving place,” said Ted Bettin, Arctic Cat ATV Race Coordinator. “For a first-year effort, to finish every race and take third overall in the series proves the best-in-class performance and durability of our machines.”

The Arctic Cat/ Bi-Polar race team is sponsored by Arctic Cat, GBC Motorsports, TrailReady Beadlock Rims, Tire Balls, Vision X Lighting, King Shocks and Dragonfire Racing

Team Arctic Dominates at Quadna

The first snocross race of 2009-2010 season is in the history books, and with it a return to Team Arctic’s winning tradition. With the postponement of the ISOC National Series until Dec. 12-13, a Regional ISOC race at Quadna Mountain Park (QMP) in Hill City, Minn., served as a tune-up for many Team Arctic snocrossers. Eight class wins, including three of four Pro class victories, proves that only fine-tuning is needed to dominate the rest of the season.

Although many familiar Team Arctic racers stayed home, a handful of top National and Regional competitors were all the team needed to win the biggest classes. With a victory in the National Pro Open class and third in National Pro Stock, first-year pro Dan Ebert proved he’s ready to win at the highest level. His teammate Kyle Pallin, a Semi Pro on the National circuit, won the Pro Super Stock final, while Matt Pichner and Cody Thomsen went one-two in the Pro Open final.

Racers who normally compete in the National Series are required to bump up to the next category at Regional Events, which is why Pallin, Pichner and Thomsen were competing in the Pro classes rather than Semi Pro.

Team Arctic racers decimated the Semi Pro Super Stock #1 final, with Jacob Muller leading a sweep of the top-four placings. And Wesley Sweeney took the win in Jr. 14-15, completing the top-down victory run for Team Green.

Winning finals in all major categories answered any questions about whether the new 2010 Sno Pro 600 race sled was as formidable as it was the previous season, and what fans should expect from the team.

“We believe we have many of the top racers and that our Sno Pro is a top sled,” said Team Arctic Race Manager, Mike Kloety, “But there’s always a question of what to expect at the beginning of each season. Our success at QMP proved that we’ve hit our marks for both talent and equipment.

“Two of our new racers, Paul Bauerly and Kyle Pallin, came from another brand and showed an immediate, marked improvement. With all of our top racers ready to do battle at the Spirit National this coming weekend, we’re confident that Team Arctic’s winning tradition will prevail.”

National Pro Open:

  • 1st – Dan Ebert
  • 4th – Paul Bauerly

National Pro Super Stock:

  • 2nd – Paul Bauerly
  • 3rd – Dan Ebert

Pro Open:

  • 1st – Matt Pichner
  • 2nd – Cody Thomsen
  • 6th – Justin Steck
  • 7th – Kyle Pallin

Semi Pro Super Stock:

  • 1st – Kyle Pallin
  • 3rd – Justin Steck
  • 4th – Cody Thomsen
  • 6th – Matt Pichner

Pro Am +30 Super Stock:

  • 4th – Karl Christian
  • 5th – Roger Bastyr

Pro Am Womens Super Stock:

  • 2nd – April Moritz

Semi Pro Open:

  • 2nd – Andrew Carlson
  • 6th – Devin Bertoch
  • 7th – Jacob Blanshan

Semi Pro Super Stock #1:

  • 1st – Jacob Muller
  • 2nd – Andrew Carlson
  • 3rd – Nathan Moritz
  • 4th – Dusty Miller
  • 6th – Jacob Blanshan
  • 8th – Devin Bertoch
  • 9th – Levi Tipcke

Semi Pro Super Stock #2:

  • 2nd – Nathan Moritz
  • 3rd – Mike Hansen
  • 4th – Devin Bertoch
  • 6th – Levi Tipcke
  • 7th – Jacob Muller
  • 10th – Andrew Carlson
  • 12th – Dusty Miller

Sport Stock #1:

  • 2nd – Jesse Hendrickson
  • 4th – Johan Sundstrom

Sport Stock #2:

  • 2nd – Jesse Hendrickson
  • 3rd – Tyler Riewer

Plus 30:

  • 2nd – Les Anderson
  • 3rd – Roger Bastyr

Plus 40:

  • 2nd – Les Anderson

Novice Stock #1:

  • 1st – Nick Patterson
  • 2nd – Mickey Moore
  • 3rd – Drew Cook
  • 4th – Cody Roloff
  • 5th – Britt Anderson
  • 6th – Adam Wolfe

Novice Stock #2:

  • 1st – Mickey Moore
  • 3rd – Drew Cook
  • 4th – Cody Roloff
  • 5th – Nick Patterson
  • 6th – Britt Anderson

Jr. 16-17:

  • 2nd – Wesley Sweeney
  • 3rd – Johan Sundstrom
  • 4th – Nick Patterson

Jr. 14-15 Sun.:

  • 1st – Wesley Sweeney

Arctic Cat Thundercat ATV Wins the Baja 1000

A First-Ever Undefeated SCORE Season Leads To Championship Record

Arctic Cat and its factory off-road racers are setting more “firsts” for the company and the sport of off-road racing than anyone else.

The Arctic Cat/Fines Double Racing team (FDR) delivered another record-setting performance at the SCORE-Tecate Baja 1000 off-road race, winning the 4×4 Utility ATV class aboard the powerful Thundercat 1000 H2. The FDR team swept the entire 2009 SCORE series, including wins at the Baja 250 and 500.

The Arctic Cat/FDR team achieved their unmatched results by pressing the advantage of the industry’s most powerful production ATV. The 951cc V-Twin with EFI helped provide the muscle, torque, horsepower and acceleration necessary to dominate the demands of high speed desert racing.

“Our Thundercats are race-proven, with several thousand miles stacked up on the odometer,” said team captain Reid Rutherford. “This 2009 Baja 1000 win completes 13 finishes in a row between Nevada’s Best-In-The-Desert series and the SCORE Off-road series. This is our 9th Baja finish in a row, which is an unheard of record when it comes to competing in long distance races as brutal and unforgiving as the Baja, and that’s something that our team, sponsors and Arctic Cat can be proud of.”

Arctic Cat Race Coordinator, Ted Bettin said, “We are extremely proud of the FDR team, the historic win and championship, our ATVs and our continued success in Baja.”

“In 2008 an Arctic Cat Prowler became the first UTV to finish and win the Baja 1000. This year we were the first to sweep the entire series in the ATV class. That‘s a bold statement about the performance and durability of every Arctic Cat ATV and UTV.”

For more information on the Arctic Cat Thundercat 1000 H2 4×4, log onto www.arcticcat.com or visit your local dealer. Check out www.finesdoubleracing.com for information about Team FDR.

ISOC Snocross Race to Run at Quadna this Weekend

Minnesota regional event has plenty of snow to race

The ISOC Minnesota Regional Circuit will have its first race this weekend at Quadna Mountain Park in Hill City, MN. Recent cold temperatures have enabled the ski hill to create enough snow for good racing conditions.

Warm weather across the country has made snow making difficult and postponed many races, which will likely create the event at Quadna a popular one for racers.

“It is great that Quadna has as much snow as it does with all the warm weather conditions across the country,” said ISOC Director of Operations Scott Lorentz. “We are looking forward to finally starting the season off and we should have a very good racer turn out.”

The race will be a two-day event running all day December 5th & 6th. Racers can enter the race online at ISOCRacing.com up to midnight on Wednesday prior to the event. Registrations after Wednesday include additional late fees. Spectator tickets start as low as $5.

ISOC’s AMSOIL Championship Snocross Series will kick-off the following weekend with the AMSOIL Duluth National at Spirit Mountain in Duluth, MN. The traditional Thanksgiving weekend event was postponed until December 11th – 13th.

For more information, visit ISOCRacing.com or call (763) 497-8474