Monthly Archives: September 2010

Team Arctic Crushes Haydays with 21 Wins!

New Stock Sled World Speed Record

Twenty-one class wins at the largest grass drag race in history… a new 141mph world speed record with a stock sled on asphalt… and news that Team Arctic’s Tucker Hibbert will compete in the entire ISOC national snocross circuit this season! Yep, it was an ugly weekend for any brand other than Arctic Cat.

The 21 class wins at the 44th Annual Sno Baron’s Haydays Grass Drags was a repeat of what’s happened at other grass drags this season, namely that Arctic Cat owns the big stock classes. Between Glenn Hall, Ron Gilland, Scott Moser and Denny Mousseau, Arctic Cat’s CFR 800 claimed four Stock and Improved Stock victories, adding to their World’s Fastest Snowmobile legend.

“We were looking forward to seeing what the competition was capable of with their new 800-class sleds,” said Mike Kloety, Team Arctic Race Manager. “Seeing the claims they made in their advertising, we expected more of a fight. But at the end of the day, the 162-hp Arctic Cat CFR 800 H.O. is absolutely the best in its class.”

While the World’s Fastest were cleaning up at Haydays, Team Arctic’s Billy Howard set yet another World’s Fastest Snowmobile speed record on asphalt, this time at Empire Dragway in Leicester, N.Y.

Aboard a stock, race-prepped Arctic Cat Z1 Turbo equipped with an asphalt drag track, boosted turbocharger and tweaks to the clutching, Howard ripped through the quarter-mile with a 140.91 mph/8.863-second elapsed time, setting a new world record for a stock snowmobile.

“When it comes to top speed for a stock sled, nothing comes close to the Arctic Cat Z1 Turbo,” said Al Shimpa, Team Arctic Drag Racing Coordinator. “Billy Howard topped 140 mph in the quarter-mile on his, with an elapsed time that’s quicker than what it took to read this sentence.

“That’s with a stock motor, stock suspensions, stock hood, stock clutches… pretty much stock everything except the boost pressure and the asphalt-only track. There is no other stock snowmobile that can touch these numbers.”

Arctic Cat congratulates all the hard work and great effort of all Team Arctic racers.

Hibbert Commits to Racing a Full SnoCross Season

The official start to winter took place this past weekend at the largest snowmobile event in the world – Haydays. In the midst of an iconic wedding ceremony held in the Arctic Cat display joining Arctic Blast Man and Mother Nature, an additional commitment was made – this time by snocross icon, Tucker Hibbert.

As the vows were being sealed, Hibbert interrupted the ceremony, walked up on stage and told the crowd of his commitment to race the entire 2010/2011 ISOC National tour aboard his SnoPro 600. Tucker said, “I have a real commitment to make – a commitment I know many of you have been waiting to hear for a long time. For the first time since the 2002/2003 season, I’m racing the full national series and will fight ‘til the end for Team Arctic to bring home the Pro Super Stock and Pro Open Championship titles.”

Arctic Cat CEO Chris Twomey stated, “Arctic Cat is happy to have Tucker racing the entire season. I’m guessing the other OEMs don’t feel that way. This commitment is something Arctic Cat has been looking forward to as well as the allegiance of Hibbert fans around the world.”

In Hibbert’s 11 years as a professional rider, he has only raced three full national seasons. Despite his past “part-time” racing schedule, he holds 55 national tour victories and four national championship titles. Hibbert raised the bar last season at the Winter X Games with his fourth-straight gold medal performance as well as winning his first-ever World title at the FIM Snocross World Championship in Mala, Sweden aboard his Sno Pro 600.

Team Arctic Race Manager Mike Kloety stated, “It’s great to have Tucker back on the track for a full season. He’s a crowd favorite with a relentless drive to win. We expect quite a few podiums from him and his Sno Pro 600 this season.”