Monthly Archives: February 2010

Team Arctic Cleans House

Sweeps Away the Competition in Hillclimb, Cross-Country and Snocross

Team Arctic racers got out the broom again this past weekend, methodically sweeping their classes – and the competition – in snocross, cross-country and hillclimb events across the country.

The most complete class-cleaning occurred at the RMSHA hillclimb in Afton, Wyo., where Team Arctic racers won an astounding 14 classes – including a sweep of the 800 Stock, Improved and Mod classes with the best-selling M8 HCR – plus three King of the Mountain titles.

Add to the tally wins in 600, 700, 1000, and Open classes, and it’s evident that the ever-versatile Arctic Cat’s M Series can climb mountains and clean the competition’s clocks.

“We won more than half the classes in Afton, and at least one final in every engine category,” said Mike Kloety, Team Arctic Race Manager. “This was just the third race in the RMSHA schedule and our best performance of the season, so clearly the team’s trajectory is pointed to the top.”

While the hill-climbers were standing the highest out west, Team Arctic’s eastern contingent welcomed USCC cross-country to Tug Hill, NY, for the first time. And with their welcome came the obligatory door-slam-in-the-face of the competition, as the guys in green stood atop of the podium in six classes.

The trip to Tug Hill by Team Arctic/Christian Bros. Racing star D.J. Ekre proved worthwhile, as he led a sweep of the Pro classes aboard his Sno Pro 600, while helping kick-off cross-country racing on the east coast.

National-level snocross racing made its first and only foray into Canada this weekend, at the ISOC Canadian Nationals/CSRA regional in Sarnia, Ontario. Four class victories highlighted the team’s success as it presses to finish the season strong and on top of the points’ battles. Semi Pro stalwarts Cody Thomsen and Logan Christian each won a class and took third on another, with Christian leaving Sarnia with the points lead in both classes.

This next weekend (Feb. 27-28) Team Arctic racers will tackle the USCC cross-country in Munising, Mich. See www.usccracing.com for more info.

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30-Win Weekend for Team Arctic

Crushing the Competition in USCC Cross-Country

It was a weekend that will go down as one of the greatest in Team Arctic history.

With two USCC cross-country races on tap, Team Arctic racers went on a winning spree that might never again be equaled: taking 15 of 18 class victories in Grand Forks and 14 of 18 wins in Fargo. Add a class win at the ISOC National snocross in New Hampshire, and this Valentine weekend was a victory love-fest of epic proportions.

Cross-country Pro racer and Arctic Cat engineer Brian Dick delivered an all-star performance, winning the Pro 600 class at both events, plus taking a first and second in the Pro Open classes, his teammate D.J. Ekre squeaking past for the Open win and three more podium finishes.

With three-of-four Semi Pro class victories, the top-9 in both Expert 85 classes and a Team Arctic podium sweep of 14 classes over the weekend, it’s never been more apparent that Arctic Cat owns cross-country racing.

“Our commitment to win in the most demanding terrain is unmatched and our Sno Pro 600 and 500s are the perfect sleds to win with,” said Mike Kloety, Team Arctic Race Manager.

He added, “Brian taking three of four Pro classes is a huge step for him. Teams like Brother’s Motorsports Racing have brought massive support and winning results. And our individual racers and crew members have reinvigorated the sport’s truest form of competition while completely dominating it.”

While the cross-country team swept the North Dakota rounds of the USCC schedule, Team Arctic snocross racers rolled into the ISOC New England Nationals in Salem, NH, where Factory Team pilot Kyle Pallin took his second Semi Pro Stock victory in two weeks. Pallin’s win was bolstered by the podium finishes of Logan Christian in Semi Pro Stock and Open, as well as Cory Davis’ third in Pro Open.

“Nineteen podium finishes in snocross coupled with 30 total victories is a weekend that might never be matched by a single team,” said Kloety.

The next ISOC National snocross race is Feb. 19-21 in Sarnia, Ontario, while USCC cross-country resumes Feb. 27-28 in Munising, Mich.

Victory Across America for Team Arctic

Major Wins in Snocross, Enduro and Hillclimb

For Team Arctic it was a transcendent – and Transamerica – winning weekend for Team Arctic, with six snocross wins in the Empire State and eight hillclimb wins in the Rockies and the Soo 500 Enduro victory in Michigan.

“That was one of the best weekends of racing in our team’s history,” said manager Mike Kloety. “Fifteen major wins in three disciplines and spread across North America proves the depth of our Team; the quality of our racers, crews and sponsors; and the performance of our snowmobiles.”

Team Arctic took control of the ISOC National in Farmington, NY (which also served as a RMR Regional race), with six major wins and multiple podium finishes. As he has done throughout his career, Tucker Hibbert dominated the Pro ranks with career wins number 54 and 55. This was the last snocross race of the season for Hibbert, and he leaves with a commanding lead in both championship points.

With final appearances and high finishes in New York by other Team Arctic Pros like Dan Ebert, Ryan Simons, Cory Davis and Garth Kaufman, the stage is set for some new names atop the podium for the rest of the season.

The most emotional win of the New York weekend was scored by Factory Team Arctic’s Kyle Pallin, who took his first Semi Pro victory this season by combining excellent starts and technical savvy. His Factory teammate Cody Thomsen nailed another win in the Semi Pro Open class, making for an enthusiast celebration for the entire team.

A dedicated corps of Team Arctic racers made a huge impact in the RMR Regional races that ran in conjunction with the ISOC National, with victories by Nick Pattyn and Tyler Adams highlighting the effort.

On the other side of the snowbelt, Team Arctic hillclimbers ascended the RMSHA Bear Lake race in Montpelier, Idaho to notch seven class victories and the Pro Mod King title.

With six class wins recorded on the Arctic Cat M8 HCR, Bear Lake proved a stunning display of what happens when the best racers aim the most potent sleds at the top of the mountain.

“The Team Arctic hillclimbers are the class of the field,” said Team Arctic Coordinator, Al Shimpa. “Six different racers won their class, and nearly 20 others finished on the podium.”

Topping the weekend off was the incredible win at the Soo International 500 enduro by Cadarette Racing’s Troy Dewald and Jeff Leuenberger. Despite racing with broken bones, this dynamic duo made history as the first Arctic Cat team to conquer this monument of snowmobile competition.

“Winning the Soo is a monumental achievement,” said Kloety. “That team and those drivers were simply incredible.

“Much of the winning success this weekend (and all season) is the result of the incredible work and products offered by Factory Team Arctic Sponsor Speedwerx. From modified motor packages to expert clutch calibration, Speedwerx has played an important role in nearly every win this season.”

The next ISOC National snocross race for Team Arctic is Feb. 12-14 in Salem, NH, while the next RMSHA hillclimb is Feb. 20-21 in Afton, Wyoming.

Three Victories (so far) for P.J. Wanderscheid

DRIFT Racing’s Premier Oval Racer Goes on a Tear


When it comes to Friday Night oval racing, DRIFT Racing’s P.J. Wanderscheid has been all but unbeatable this season.

At the Eagle River World Championship Friday Night Thunder program, Wanderscheid won his heat race and the coveted Champ 440 final in convincing fashion. Better still, the Team Arctic champion was wearing special pink DRIFT Authority race gear that, after his win, he autographed and donated as auction items to the Pink Ribbon Riders.

Two days after winning Friday Night Thunder, Wanderscheid finished second in the Champ 440 World Championship final.

“Second place in the World Championships is a solid result,” said the three-time World Champ. “The truth is that we go there to win, which we did convincingly in the Friday Night program but, unfortunately, not in the title event.” Clearly unsatisfied with anything less than winning, Wanderscheid left Eagle River intent to dominate the rest of the season. In Wausau, Wis., Wanderscheid stamped his authority by handily winning Champ 440.

A week later, in his hometown of Sauk Center, Minn., Wanderscheid claimed the Friday Night Champ Shootout. He was about to back it up with a dominating victory in the Champ 440 final on Sunday when a blown belt on the final lap cost him the win. “We’ve won our class in three of the four weekends we’ve raced this season,” said Wanderscheid. “We have three or four more races remaining, and it’s my goal to win at each of them.”

See the DRIFT Racing/Team Arctic-sponsored Wanderscheid Race team Feb. 13-14 in Weyauwega, Wis., and Feb. 19-21 in Grey Eagle, Minn.

Team Arctic Wins First-Ever Soo 500 Enduro

Cadarette Racing’s Troy Dewald and Jeff Leuenberger Overcome the Soo Hex

Photo Courtesy of Steve Landon The Winning Edge

It took a racer with a broken shoulder to finally knock the monkey off Team Arctic’s back at the Soo International 500 enduro in Sault Ste. Marie, Mich.

Piloting a 2010 Arctic Cat Sno Pro 600 while nursing a broken shoulder blade, Troy Dewald and his Cadarette Racing teammate Jeff Leuenberger broke the 42-year hex to finally put Arctic Cat atop the world’s most prestigious snowmobile enduro race.

“The Arctic Cat family of dealers, racers and race fans extends a huge high-five to
Dewald, Leuenberger and the whole Cadarette racing team,” said Mike Kloety, Team Arctic Race Manager. “Aided by the never-say-die attitude of team owner Greg Cadarette, these two amazing racers overcame incredible adversity to win. The pride we feel toward them is immense.”

The greatest adversity wasn’t history, rather it was the crash sustained on Thursday while testing for the race. The result: Dewald’s broken right scapula and a seriously tweaked race sled just two days before the Soo 500, which put into doubt their ability to race let alone win for the second-consecutive year.

“The pain was terrible and that made this win extra special,” said Dewald, who started from the pole position and raced an estimated 200 of the 500 laps. “We came close to scrapping the program. To come back after that big crash makes this feel great.”

“The sled was all bent and the crew worked feverishly on it,” said Leuenberger. “Troy just said he would tough it out. I can’t believe he was able to ride as much as he rode.”

Tucker Hibbert 4-peat at Winter X-Games

If there were any doubt about who would win the ESPN Winter X Games Snocross final in Aspen, Colo., Tucker Hibbert set the record straight with his fourth-straight gold medal performance in the sport’s most visible event. Racing his Team Arctic/Monster Energy Arctic Cat Sno Pro 600, Hibbert turned the 20-lap final into his personal tour de force, winning by 28 seconds over second place.

The gold-medal-winning ride was Hibbert’s fifth career win at the made-for-TV event, and marked his ninth medal since he first won the event in 2000.

Hibbert lead a dominating performance by Team Arctic racers at the X Games. Ryan Simons (Team Arctic/Christian Bros. Racing) earned a bronze medal, while Team Arctic/Sportech’s Paul Bauerly finished fifth. Cory Davis, Garth Kaufman and Dan Ebert also reached the final, bolstering Team Arctic’s impressive performance. Arctic Cat engineer Jeff Tweet also represented Arctic Cat at the X Games, racing the Adaptive Snocross event on the Monster Energy Cat.

Click here to view exclusive behind-the-scenes photos from X Games.

The next National snocross race for Team Arctic is Feb. 5-6 in Farmington, NY. Go to isocracing.com for more information.

X-Games Snocross Results
1 Tucker Hibbert
3 Ryan Simons
5 Paul Bauerly

X-Games Snocross Adaptive Results
4 Jeff Tweet

Cross-Country Team Wins Nine Classes at USCC Red Lake 200

Team Arctic’s cross-country team delivered solid results at the USCC Red Lake 200 in Red Lake, Minn., including nine class victories.

Team Arctic racer and Arctic Cat engineer Brian Dick nailed second place finishes in both Pro 600 and Pro Open classes at the two-day event, while his Christian Bros. Racing teammate D.J. Ekre went for the Ironman award, taking third in both Pro classes and winning the Expert 85 class.

A continuing story at USCC cross-country events is the large entries in the 85-hp classes, where the new Arctic Cat Sno Pro 500 has proven exceedingly capable. At the Red Lake 200, Arctic Cat Sno Pro 500s claimed the top-10 positions in Expert 85 and the top-12 in Sport 85.

“This was another great weekend for Team Arctic,” said Race Manager Mike Kloety. “Tucker’s emphatic win at the X Games was as impressive as ever, and Ryan’s third place finish, combined with four other teammates in the final, made it a strong showing.

“At the Red Lake 200 we showed the depth of our team by winning nine classes. This was the first cross-country this season where we didn’t win Pro 600 or Semi Pro 600, but we were close. And to see the growth of the 85-hp classes proves that our Sno Pro 500 has been a huge hit.”

The next cross-country race is Feb. 13 in Grand Forks, ND. Go to usccracing.com for more information.