Monthly Archives: December 2014

TEAM ARCTIC DELIVERS A SWIFT KICK AT THE USXC CROSS-COUNTRY SEASON OPENER ON PINE LAKE

Pine Lake 2014

As the 2014-2015 USXC cross-country season kicked off at the Gerald Dyrdahl Memorial Pine Lake event near Gonvick, Minn., it was the hard working and talented Team Arctic crew who were doing the kicking. The results left painful imprints on the competitions’ back ends as Team Green captured 14 of 20 class wins and 36 of 50 podium finishes on production ZR6000 R XC and ZR 4000 RR snowmobiles with EFI engines, proving again that Arctic Cat wins more.

The wins came in all categories and at all levels, starting with Zach Herfindahl’s victory in Pro Open. Herfindahl and teammate Wes Selby delivered strong performances in the thrilling 100-mile Pro Stock final, with Selby finishing second and Herfindahl in fourth, less than three seconds separating the top-four finishers. Dylan Stevens debuted in the Semi Pro Stock class and on Team Arctic with a win. And Lance Efteland delivered the ironman performance of the weekend, winning Semi Pro Improved, taking a close second to Stevens in Semi Pro Stock and then jumping into the Pro Stock class where he finished eighth!

Other Team Arctic class winners at Pine Lake included Chad Dyrdahl, Jeremy Grove, Mason Kallock, Marty Feil, Hunter Houle, Ean Voigt, Keaton Black, Sara Larson, Savannah Landrus and Tyler Knutson. In addition to claiming the lion’s share of podium places, Team Arctic racers swept the podium in five classes at Pine Lake.

“We’re thrilled to win 70 percent of the finals and the podium places,” said Mike Kloety, Team Arctic Race Manager. “The first race of any season requires a huge effort on the part of our racers and crews to set up and dial-in their snowmobiles. Especially for first-year sleds like the new ZR 6000 R XC with the 600 C-TEC2 engine and the new ZR 4000 RR in the ProCross chassis. We have some more work to do to help all of our racers better learn about these sleds, but earning 11 class wins with these new machines is a great start.”

The next stop on the 2015 USXC cross-country schedule is Jan. 3, 2015, in Detroit Lakes, MN.

Pine Lake 2014 Results

TEAM ARCTIC ROLLS OVER THE COMPETITION AT THE 2014-2015 ISOC SNOCROSS NATIONAL IN FARGO, ND

Tucker 2014 Fargo

Team Arctic rolled into Fargo, ND, for the second stop of the 2014-2015 ISOC National Snocross tour, and then rolled over the competition just like they did at the season opener. When the last checkered flag dropped, Team Arctic once again stood atop with victory in 9 of 15 classes, and with 18 of 45 possible podium finishes.

Once again it was Tucker Hibbert leading the charge in the premier Pro Open class, handily winning both nights to score his 98th and 99th career Pro victories. David Joanis and Logan Christian of the Christian Brothers Racing team scored their best finishes of the young season, taking third and fourth in the Friday night show and staying in the thick of the points battle.

Dan Benham and Montana Jess have emerged as the top talent in the Sport division, with each scoring a win on the mighty ZR6000R SX in the ProCross chassis. Trent Wittwer joined Hibbert as the only other double winner at Fargo, taking both Amateur #1 and Amateur #2 finals on his ZR6000R SX. Other class winners for Team Arctic included Brandon Lind in Junior 14-15; Ryley Bester who led a Cat-sweep of the podium in Junior Novice 10-13; and Anson Scheele who also led a podium sweep in Transition 8-12.

“We are impressed and proud of the team’s success in all the Sport, Amateur and all the youth classes, said Mike Kloety, Team Arctic Race Manager. “It highlights their tremendous talent, fantastic team support as well as the capability of our stock ZR snocross sled. Especially considering the vastly different track, snow and temperature conditions that we saw compared to the first race at Duluth. Matched with the lock that Tucker has on victory in the Pro Open class, it’s clear that Team Arctic is on a winning roll.”

The next stop on the 2015 ISOC National tour is Jan. 9-10, 2015, at Canterbury Park in Shakopee, MN.

2014 Fargo Results

TEAM ARCTIC SENDS A MESSAGE AT 2014-2015 ISOC NATIONAL SNOCROSS OPENER

Tucker Duluth 2014

Photo by Arcticinsider.com

 

If there were any questions about which brand would reign supreme at the 2014-2015 ISOC National Snocross opener in Duluth, Minn., Team Arctic delivered a resounding answer: We’re the ones to beat! It was an answer that echoed among the 20,000 race fans atop Spirit Mountain who witnessed Team Green victory in 8 of 15 classes, as well as 20 out of 45 possible podium finishes.

Leading the charge for the beginning of his 15th season atop the Pro category was Tucker Hibbert, who stomped his particular brand of authority on the premier class with wins in every heat and both Pro Open finals to notch his 96th and 97th career victories. David Joanis and Logan Christian also delivered inspired performances in the premier class, setting the stage for a strong season.

Montana Jess returned to competition for the first time since suffering what was nearly a career-ending hand injury last season, taking an emotional win in the Sport final. Other Team Arctic class winners at Duluth included Lee Butler in ProAm Plus 30, Trent Wittwer and Colin Kernz in the Amateur classes, Carson Alread in Junior Novice, and Anson Scheele in Transition.

“With the talented racers and mechanics on our team matched by the more potent 2015 ZR 6000R SX in the ProCross chassis, we expected to do well at the season opener,” said Mike Kloety, Team Arctic Race Manager, “But you never know until it all plays out. To win more than half of the classes while taking 45 percent of the podium places proves that we are the ones to beat for the 2015 season. We’re proud of all the Team Arctic racers, crew and fans who made Duluth the perfect season opener.”

The next stop on the 2015 ISOC National tour is Dec. 12-13, 2014, in Fargo, ND.

Duluth 2014 Results