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2015 WILDCAT 700 SPORT WINS AT WORCS SERIES

Photo by RCH Designs

Photo by RCH Designs

Team Arctic/D&P Performance race team consisting of Karl Munford, Dean Bulloch and Stacey Pike have sent a clear message that the 60-inch wide Wildcat Sport Limited continues to be competitive straight off the showroom floor.

Fresh off a 2nd place King of the Hammers podium in the Pro UTV Class, the D&P Performance team built three Wildcat Sport Limited’s in three days to compete in Round 6 of the WORCS series. The fruit of their labor was nothing but success as Karl Munford won the 700 Production Class while Stacey Pike and Dean Bulloch finished 2nd and 3rd respectively in 900 Production.

Dean Bulloch said on the podium, “These Wildcat Sports continue to amaze us. We literally pulled these three units off the showroom floor and prepped them to race spec in three days. To get a win and two podiums says something about the durability and capability of these 60-inch Arctic Cat UTVs.”

“We are impressed and proud of the D&P Performance team success in the Production classes at WORCS, said Greg Williamson, Arctic Cat Chief Marketing Officer. “It highlights what this team is capable of in a short timeframe, and it shows the capability of our Wildcat Sport Limited’s off the showroom floor.”

The next stop on the 2015 WORCS tour is July 31-August 2nd, 2015, at Straddeline ORV in McCleary, WA.

If you’d like to learn more about the WORCS series visit: worcsracing.com.

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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.

Arctic Cat/Bi-Polar Finishes Third Overall in Best-in-the-Desert Series

By any stretch of the imagination, the goal for Arctic Cat/ Bi-Polar Prowler race team for the 2009 race season was daunting: Compete against fully-modified UTVs in the seven-event Best-In-The-Desert (BITD) off-road race series using a stock Prowler XTZ 1000 H2. And by any measure, third place overall is an exceptional accomplishment.

“We came into this series committed to show the world that the major stock components comprising a Prowler XTZ can run with the wild, one-off creations that our competition use,” said team owner/driver Jim Creagan of Yacolt, Wash. “Aside from the required roll cage, extra lighting and King shocks, our Prowler is stock, including the engine, axles and suspension arms. That makes it very satisfying to blow past the other guys.”

While the 1000 H2 EFI engine delivered speeds the fully-modified UTVs couldn’t match, BITD races throw down wicked-rough routes of rocks, holes, ledges, drop-offs and miles of whoops.

Nevertheless, the Arctic Cat/ Bi-Polar team attacked each race in the Nevada desert with the same go-for-it attitude that delivered a 1-2 finish in last year’s Baja 1000 off-road race. Two second-place finishes in the series’ longest races proved the durability of the team and Prowler, while top-fives at other events showed their consistency. Seven races entered, seven finished for third place overall series, which is an accomplishment few teams can claim.

Just as impressive, this was the first season of racing the BITD series for the team.

“Knowing the race courses makes a huge difference,” remarked Creagan. “With a year’s experience, we’ll return next year in a better position to challenge for race wins and the series championship.”

The team’s success coupled with the Prowler’s outstanding durability was an impressive combination that drew the immediate respect of other racers.

“The Nevada desert is an unforgiving place,” said Ted Bettin, Arctic Cat ATV Race Coordinator. “For a first-year effort, to finish every race and take third overall in the series proves the best-in-class performance and durability of our machines.”

The Arctic Cat/ Bi-Polar race team is sponsored by Arctic Cat, GBC Motorsports, TrailReady Beadlock Rims, Tire Balls, Vision X Lighting, King Shocks and Dragonfire Racing

Arctic Cat Thundercat ATV Wins the Baja 1000

A First-Ever Undefeated SCORE Season Leads To Championship Record

Arctic Cat and its factory off-road racers are setting more “firsts” for the company and the sport of off-road racing than anyone else.

The Arctic Cat/Fines Double Racing team (FDR) delivered another record-setting performance at the SCORE-Tecate Baja 1000 off-road race, winning the 4×4 Utility ATV class aboard the powerful Thundercat 1000 H2. The FDR team swept the entire 2009 SCORE series, including wins at the Baja 250 and 500.

The Arctic Cat/FDR team achieved their unmatched results by pressing the advantage of the industry’s most powerful production ATV. The 951cc V-Twin with EFI helped provide the muscle, torque, horsepower and acceleration necessary to dominate the demands of high speed desert racing.

“Our Thundercats are race-proven, with several thousand miles stacked up on the odometer,” said team captain Reid Rutherford. “This 2009 Baja 1000 win completes 13 finishes in a row between Nevada’s Best-In-The-Desert series and the SCORE Off-road series. This is our 9th Baja finish in a row, which is an unheard of record when it comes to competing in long distance races as brutal and unforgiving as the Baja, and that’s something that our team, sponsors and Arctic Cat can be proud of.”

Arctic Cat Race Coordinator, Ted Bettin said, “We are extremely proud of the FDR team, the historic win and championship, our ATVs and our continued success in Baja.”

“In 2008 an Arctic Cat Prowler became the first UTV to finish and win the Baja 1000. This year we were the first to sweep the entire series in the ATV class. That‘s a bold statement about the performance and durability of every Arctic Cat ATV and UTV.”

For more information on the Arctic Cat Thundercat 1000 H2 4×4, log onto www.arcticcat.com or visit your local dealer. Check out www.finesdoubleracing.com for information about Team FDR.

Arctic Cat Prowler XTZ Poised for Best In The Desert Championship

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Photo courtesy of Jon Crowley, UTVWeekly.com

Once a race team is the first to finish and win the Baja 1000 in the UTV class that should speak loud enough for the team and the durability of their Prowler. Not if you’re Jim Creagan and the BiPolar/Arctic Cat team. Currently second in the Best in the Desert points with three races remaining, this hard-charging Prowler team is poised to take home another monumental championship in the Prowler XTZ 1000.

The team’s second place finish in the recent Vegas to Reno race came down to a neck-and-neck, 998-mile battle separating the two positions by 15 minutes. Deemed the longest, toughest, point-to-point race in the United States, danger-packed rocks, silt, sand and nastiness were dominated by the Prowler XTZ 1000.

“Bottom line, we wanted to win, but were really happy with the way the Prowler XTZ performed. Our stock 1000 H2 engine is seriously fast and it makes our competitors nervous knowing this. If we hadn’t had a couple teething issues common to racing a new vehicle, we would have beat the first place competitor by three hours! It was a hell of a fun race,” said Creagan.

Team Arctic Race Coordinator, Ted Bettin said, “This 1900 UTV class is showing some true racing potential. Now that competitors are finally finishing races, the battles are raging right up until the checkered flag drops! We’re proud of the BiPolar Team and look forward to the next race.”

The BiPolar/Arctic Cat team is unofficially 6 points out of first place. The next race is the Bilek Racing Silver State 300, September 25-27, in Mesquite, Nevada.
For more information on Arctic Cat Prowlers, log on to www.arcticcat.com or visit your local dealer. To learn more about BiPolar Racing, log on to www.bipolarracing.com.

Arctic Cat Thundercat Continues SCORE Win Streak

Fines Double Racing Wins Baja 500

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Photos Courtesy of Jeff Henson

Unmatched performance. This is the best way to describe the domination of the Arctic Cat Thundercat in the 2009 SCORE International desert race series. After winning the 41st annual Baja 500, Fines Double Racing retains a perfect two-for-two win record in Class 26.

Racers Reid Rutherford, Benn Vernadakis and Tony Valerio finished with a time of 13 hours and 57 minutes while averaging 31mph in the grueling terrain.

“The power of the Thundercat’s 1000H2 motor is amazing. It says something when you can go out with a 600lb Sport Utility 4×4 and beat some of the true sport ATVs and dirtbikes half its size. Arctic Cat’s are known to take abuse, and the obstacles this race throws at them is proof it’s the most durable ATV,” said Rutherford.

Team Arctic Race Coordinator Ted Bettin said, “We are extremely proud of the Fines Double team. This victory shows how strong their team is, and how strong the Thundercat is. A lot of what we learn from winning these races is applied to our new models. It just so happens we released the 2010 Thundercat today; perfect timing!”

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Team Arctic Conquers Mud Nationals in Jacksonville, Texas

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Team Arctic mud racers have come full circle since last season’s introduction of the Thundercat. That full circle ran around the competition all weekend at Mud Nationals, this time aboard the TRV 1000H2.

“I’m unbelievably proud of our Team Arctic racers and the dominating results they posted at the Daytona 500 of mud racing; Mud Nationals,” said Ted Bettin, Team Arctic ATV Race Coordinator.

“At the end of last season, Arctic Cat promised our racers we would work on the problems that plagued them. This year we came back with new racing setups in the TRV chassis, and they kicked some serious butt. With the help of the Arctic Cat-built 1000 motor and a little more tuning, these TRVs will be unstoppable.”

Charles Touchet of Maurice, Louisiana, piloted his TRV 1000H2 to victory in the premier Open Class in the Mudda-Cross event. The next day, Touchet repeated with a second-place podium in the Open Class of the Mud Bog race.

Teammate Charlie Neese from Fort Walton Beach, Florida, found himself in the first-place driver’s seat as he won the Pro Class aboard a similarly prepared TRV 1000H2.

Other notable performances were from Anthony Abrameit aboard his 650H1 in the Bogger Class of the Mud Bog race. Representing Arctic Cat dealer Brazos Cycles in Richmond, TX, Abrameit took third place.

Look for other Team Arctic racers, Mark Kelly, Mike Johnson and Travis Tucker, at the next race on the CMR mud racing calendar April 24-26 in Choudrant, Louisiana. Go to www.championshipmudracing.com for more information.