Monthly Archives: December 2010

Team Arctic Hits The Jackpot at Fargo National SnoCross

Eight-of-12 Class Wins and a Sweep of Pro and Semi Pro

Team Arctic rolled into Fargo, ND, for the Dakota Magic Casino Snocross, hit the jackpot and rolled away with the lion’s share of hardware on the second stop of the ISOC National Tour. After taking eight of 12 class wins, including every Pro and Semi Pro final, Team Arctic racers and crew proved the only magic in Fargo was the classic Arctic Cat Black Magic.

Tucker Hibbert continued his one man wrecking-ball approach to the Pro Class, with similar come-from-behind dramatics that brought Arctic Cat fans to their feet. Racing his Arctic Cat/Monster Energy Sno Pro 600s, Hibbert led a cache of Team Arctic Pros that accounted for nine-of-15 finalists in Pro Stock, and seven-of-15 in Open. He’s now four-for-four on the season.

Factory Team Arctic teammates Cody Thomsen and Kyle Pallin put on a clinic in the Semi Pro Stock classes at Fargo. In the first race, Thomsen started in the back row, chased down a fast-starting Pallin, got around him and took the highly-dramatic win. But Pallin would not be denied, and in the second Semi Pro final he again nailed the holeshot and simply checked-out, taking his first win of the season and Arctic’s third (of four) in this highly-competitive class.

Carly Davis returned to the top-step of the podium in the Pro Am Women’s class, putting her Christian Bros. Racing Arctic Cat at the sharp end of the field for the first time this season. Proving the depth of the Team Arctic race program, Jesse Hendrickson won the Sport Stock final, while Travis Kern won the Junior 14-15 class.

“Our riders had one of those amazing weekends, where we either won or finished on the podium in nearly every class,” said Mike Kloety, Team Arctic Race Manager. “Sure we love to see wins from top-class racers like Hibbert, Thomsen, Pallin and Davis, but it’s extra-satisfying when our Sport and Junior racers get some of the glory. Taking eight of 12 finals illustrates the strength of our Sno Pro 600, the talent of our racers and the dedication of their crews.

“At the first National in Duluth, we noticed our sleds needed help with the 50-percent-throttle rule for the Junior classes. Steve Houle from Speedwerx jumped in and, with the help of Russ Ebert and the great folks up at ERX Motor Park, made significant improvements. We saw the result of that effort at Fargo, and with more testing I suspect this package will only get better.”

The next race in the ISOC National Tour is at Rio Tinto Stadium in Sandy, Utah, on Jan. 8. Go to www.isocracing for more information.

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World Champion Snocross Racer Has Home Field Advantage at Fargo National

Tucker Hibbert is known across the world for his dominance on a snowmobile but he won’t have to travel far this weekend to showcase his skills. The Pelican Rapids, Minn. resident will be competing at Fargo’s Newman Outdoor Field Friday and Saturday for round two of the AMSOIL Championship Snocross Series(ACSS). For the first time, the FM RedHawks baseball stadium will be transformed into a battlefield for the world’s top snocross racers.

Since the Dakota Magic Casino Fargo National is slated to feature a tight racecourse, the holeshot will be key for Hibbert to hold his points lead in the series. Although he won both pro finals at the season opener in Duluth, Minn., he was forced to ride “out of his comfort zone” due to poor starts. With a weekend break on the ACSS Tour, the Monster Energy/Arctic Cat pilot and his crew have put their focus into tuning his machine and polishing his starting procedure.

Pro racing action begins Friday evening at Newman Outdoor Field and continues through Saturday afternoon. If you can’t make it to Fargo, stream the event live online at www.isocracing.com and mark your calendar to watch the one-hour VERSUS broadcast Sunday, Dec. 26 at 3 p.m. EST.

Dakota Magic Casino Fargo National Presented by Finley Motorsports

Friday, Dec. 10

4:15 p.m – Pro Autograph Signing

5:30 p.m. – Pro Qualifying Begins

7:00 p.m. – Opening Ceremonies

9:00 p.m. – Pro Open Final

Saturday, Dec. 11

12:00 p.m. – Opening Ceremonies

1:30 p.m. – Pro Qualifying Begins

3: 00 p.m. – Pro Super Stock Final

General Admission Daily Tickets: $10 in advance (www.fmredhawks.com), $15 at event

Tucker Hibbert – #68 Monster Energy/Arctic Cat

“I’m pumped about competing so close to home. I guess I’ll have the home field advantage which is a cool feeling. I have a lot of family and friends that will be at the race including the youth group from my home church in Pelican Rapids. I’m going to do my best to make them proud.

Duluth was tough. The course was rough and I had to ride out of my comfort zone to win the finals. We (the team) spent a lot of time dialing in my starts and feel we have a much better chance to get a holeshot at Fargo. It sounds like the course will be tight this weekend so getting the holeshot will be key. No matter what happens, I won’t be settling for second.”

Fast Facts

• Resides: Pelican Rapids, Minn. | Born: Driggs, Idaho | Hometown: Goodridge, Minn.

• 2010 FIM Snowcross World Champion

• Nine-time ESPN Winter X Games medalist

Has raced for one snowmobile manufacturer his entire career – Arctic Cat

• Only athlete in the world to race both snowmobiles and motorcycles at a premier level

Resources: tucker-hibbert.commonsterenergy.comarcticcat.comisocracing.com

Fines Double Racing Wins the 2010 SCORE Baja 1000

Thief River Falls, Minn. (Nov. 29, 2010) The Fines Double Racing Team consisting of Reid Rutherford, Tony Valerio, Benn Vernadakis and Agustin Maduena showed the rest of the Class 26 competition that their Arctic Cat 1000 LTD 4×4 had what it takes to win the 2010 Baja 1000.

Returning as the defending class champions, the team piloted their big Cat to the finish line with an amazing time of thirty-nine hours and twenty-five minutes through the most adverse of conditions, finishing four hours ahead of second place and several sport ATVs and dirtbikes.

Team captain Reid Rutherford said, “We knew our fiercest class competitor would be Mike Penland on his Can-Am 800, but by the time we hit San Felipe, we had a twenty minute lead on second place and never looked back. The Arctic Cat 1000 ran flawlessly for two days of endless punishment. Winning this race is quite a statement for the durability of the Arctic Cat product.”

For 2010, the race started in Ensenada, Mexico, crossed the Peninsula twice and ended in the southern city of La Paz totaling 1,067 race miles. The terrain is described as primitive at best and ever-changing with silt, rocks, water crossings, heat, snow and outrageous elevation changes.

For more information on Fines Double Racing, please visit www.finesdoubleracing.com. For more information on Arctic Cat ATV product, please log on to www.arcticcat.com or visit your local dealer.