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

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2 Comments

  1. John Zanon
    Posted December 16, 2009 at 4:14 PM | Permalink | Reply

    Wait until the regional season starts! Our Arctic Cats are ready to dominate the plus classes again in Wisconsin (GNSS). John Zanon will be on his old 2006 snopro 440 and Mick Zanon is starting to race on Carly Davis’ old sled, a 2009 snopro 600. John is probably the oldest racer at 51 and will have the traget on his back after winning the 2009 plus 40 GNSS points, Eagle River World Championship in plus 40, 2nd in Eagle River in plus 30, and winning the US Open sno-X championships in plus 30 at Boyne Mountain last March. “We’re ready”! …John #368

  2. John Zanon
    Posted December 16, 2009 at 4:16 PM | Permalink | Reply

    Watch Dan Ebert…I think he’s going to be the man to beat by the end of the season…no offense, Tucker! …John #368

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