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Team Arctic Crowned King at Hillclimb World Championships

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Team Arctic is King of Kings at Hillclimb World Championships

Kyle Tapio Climbs into the Record Books with Five Wins aboard Arctic Cat ProClimb

It was a beating of epic proportions at the World Championships of Hillclimbs in Jackson Hole, Wyo., as Team Arctic racers out-climbed the competition to score 10 victories by six different riders, including two podium sweeps. The star of the weekend was Kyle Tapio, whose record-breaking performance aboard the 2012 Arctic Cat ProClimb produced two class wins; both the Improved and Mod King titles; and the ultimate King of Kings crown.

Facing the steep and wickedly-challenging Snow King mountain aboard Arctic Cat M sleds, Team Arctic racers notched victories in every category, from 600 to 800, and in Stock, Improved and Mod classes. Jeremy Archibald started the ball rolling by leading a podium sweep with Chance Buckallew and Ben Adams in the 600 Improved class. That was followed by another podium sweep in the 700 Improved final, this time by Rob Kincaid, David McClure and Archibald. Then Tony Zollinger claimed victory in the 700 Mod final.

Having dominated the Women’s classes for several years, Team Arctic’s Amy Zollinger, Jan Ottobre and Christy Frisby once again put on a winning clinic at Jackson Hole, with Zollinger claiming the Stock class (where Frisby took third) and Ottobre winning Mod and taking second in Improved, all on M8 HCRs.

In the big iron classes it was time for Kyle Tapio to reinforce his hillclimb legend status. Piloting his M8 HCR, Tapio won both 800 Improved and 800 Mod in convincing fashion. If Tapio felt any disappointment for taking third in the Open Mod final, he more than made up for it in the King competition, where the class winners in each category race for overall status. There, Tapio not only won the Improved and Mod King titles, he also scored the overall King of Kings crown as the best racer of the weekend.

“Team Arctic racers and crews did an outstanding job at the World Championship, especially the incredible performance of Kyle Tapio, who was in a class by himself at Jackson,” said Arctic Cat Hillclimb Coordinator, Al Shimpa. “Ten victories by six different racers is a testament to the depth of our team and the strength of our M machines.

“In addition, I’m especially proud of Rob Kincaid, who finally knocked the monkey off his back to win his first-ever pro class World Championship in 15 years of competing at Jackson. And I’d also like to thank the Speedwerx crew, who worked extra-hard to ensure the success of most of our Improved and Mod-class machines.”


Team Arctic Hillclimbers Start 2012 Season on Top

The 2012 RMSHA hillclimb season started just as it has for years, with Team Arctic men and women claiming the most victories of any brand at the Bear Lake Hillclimb in Montpelier, Idaho. Piloting the formidable M Series snowmobiles, including the new ProClimb chassis, Team Arctic racers won nine of 18 classes, then added two King titles for a final stamp of authority at the first race of the season.

It was the potent combination of the new ProClimb HCR and an experienced crew of racers that dominated the big-engine classes. Kyle Tapio delivered a career-performance by winning 800 Improved, 800 Mod and Open Mod, then topped it off with the Improved King title. Hot on his heels, brother Nels won the 700 Mod final and had enough mojo to overtake Kyle to win the Mod King title.

Arctic Cat racer and M-sled engineer Todd Tupper showed he’s still the man to beat in the Masters classes, winning both Stock and Improved finals aboard his 2012 M800 HCR in the ProClimb chassis.

Other class winners aboard Arctic Cat M machines include Rob Kincaid in 600 Improved; Amy Zollinger in Women’s Improved; and Derek Merritt in RMSHA Stock.

“With the start of a new season and the all-new ProClimb chassis, there were questions about what to expect from the team,” said Al Shimpa, Team Arctic Hillclimb Coordinator. “Winning nine classes and two King titles was a powerful and impressive answer. We have a tremendous team of racers, and our snowmobiles are only going to get better as we get more race experience.”

 

Team Arctic Wins 11 Classes at Pebble Creek

Complete Class Domination in RMSHA Hillclimb Competition

Fresh off winning 9 World Championship titles at Jackson Hole, Team Arctic hillclimbers delivered an encore performance at the RMSHA Pebble Creek race in Pocatello, Idaho, winning 11 of 22 class finals and taking the Improved King title.

Once again, the potency of the M Series line of snowmobiles proved decisive in the battle for the high country, accounting for wins in the 600, 800 and Open categories, including the all-important 800 stock class. Coupled with wins in the Junior, Semi Pro, Women’s and Pro men’s classes, it was comprehensive crushing of the competition by Team Green.

Ten different Team Arctic Racers scored wins, with Sid Archibald taking two class wins and Scott Cheeney winning both a class and the Improved King title. The Zollinger family continued their winning ways at Pebble Creek, with Nate, Tony and Amy scoring one win each.

“Our racers have worked hard all season, and it’s paid off with two dominant performances in the past two weeks,” said Mike Kloety, Team Arctic Race Manager. “When we win half of the class finals and put 15 different racers on the podium, you know our racers and M Series sleds are the best in the world.”

Ten World Championship Titles for Team Arctic

World Domination in Snocross and Hillclimb

If there was any doubt about which snowmobile was the world’s best, Team Arctic snocross and hillclimb racers answered by winning a combined 10 World Championship titles and taking 29 podium positions.

At the FIM Snocross World Championship in Mala, Sweden, Team Arctic’s Tucker Hibbert won his first-ever World title in convincing fashion, going 1-1-2 in the round-robin format finals. Just as impressive was the history-making Team Arctic podium sweep, with Sweden’s Johan Lidman taking second and Alaska’s Cory Davis taking third.

On this side of the pond, Team Arctic hillclimbers applied their skill with the incredible climbing ability of the M Series snowmobiles to win nine classes at the Jackson Hole (Wyoming) World Championships, including two King of the Mountain titles.

Highlighting Arctic Cat’s strength in all engine categories, Team Arctic racers scored wins in the 600, 700, 800 and Open classes to once again confirm that M Series Mountain sleds are best-in-class.

“Winning 10 World Championship titles in a single weekend is a huge accomplishment for Team Arctic,” said Mike Kloety, race manager. “Sweeping the podium in Sweden put an exclamation mark on another winning season of snocross.

“Taking nine hillclimb World Championship titles across the full spectrum of classes confirms the strength of our racers and crews, the hard work of Al Shimpa our hillclimb coordinator, and the performance of our machines.”

2009: A Winter of Domination for Team Arctic

More Wins, More Podiums and More Championships

It’s true: You can’t win them all. But Team Arctic proved that you can win most of them.

For a company whose winning tradition stretches nearly five decades, Team Arctic’s 2009 winter snowmobile race season ranks among the most memorable. The winning started at the first snocross in November, expanded into cross-country arena and continued through the entire hillclimb series with a level of domination that placed Team Arctic alone and on top. After the final race in March, the results were tallied and told a story of record-breaking success and supremacy.

In the eight-race ISOC National Snocross Series, Team Arctic proved the potency of top talent matched by the phenomenal Sno Pro 600 race sled, winning 32 of the 60 possible finals comprised of Pro, Semi Pro and Sport classes.

Just as impressive, of the 180 possible podium finishers during the season, 85 wore the proud colors of Team Arctic. And three racers scored championship point titles: Carly Davis in Pro Women, Cory Davis in Semi Pro Stock, and Cody Thomsen in Sport Super Stock.

“The fact that we won more than half of all the finals says everything about the quality of our racers and snowmobiles,” said Mike Kloety, Team Arctic Race Manager. “Plus, Tucker Hibbert went undefeated in the four Nationals he competed in, as well as winning the ESPN X Games. Had he raced the entire season, there’s no doubt he’d have won more finals and taken both championships.”

A similar story unfolded in the seven-race USCC cross-country circuit, where Team Arctic racers captured 39 of the 87 possible class victories, and 126 of the 261 podium positions.

Such domination netted seven class championships for Team Arctic, with D.J. Ekre grabbing Pro Open, Cody Kallock taking Semi Pro Improved, Adam Brandt winning both Amateur 600 and Amateur Improved, Marty Feil in Fan 600, Adam Mach taking Jr. 10-13 and Timmy Kallock winning Jr. 14-17.

“We support all levels of cross-country racing, and it shows,” said Kloety. “We had four different Pros winning in the top classes, and a similar range of winners in all the classes.”

Winning from the top on down was a hallmark of Team Arctic in the RMSHA hillclimb circuit, where the formidable M Series snowmobiles and a cadre of great racers combined to dominate the eight-race series.

Out of 172 possible first place finishes for the year, Team Arctic hillclimbers won 78 plus took 15 King titles along the way. Likewise, Team Green occupied 201 of the 519 possible podium positions, scored five highpoint championship awards and claimed 15 World Championship titles at Jackson Hole.

“In the race to the top, our hillclimb team was unmatched,” said Kloety. “We’re accustomed to winning, but their performance this season was beyond expectation.”

While the winter race season has ended, Team Arctic’s summer drag and asphalt racers are poised to extend the win streak. With a powered-up 800 engine on tap in the new 2010 models, along with the 177-hp Z1 Turbo, Team Arctic has unmatched firepower for the straightline battles that will soon begin.

A Perfect 10 (Wins) for Team Arctic at Beaver Mountain Hillclimb

The Competition is Glad the Season has Ended

The end of the RMSHA hillclimb season couldn’t come soon enough for anyone not riding an Arctic Cat M Series. So when the last sled crested Beaver Mountain in Logan, Utah, with Team Arctic claiming 10 more victories, there was a collective sigh of relief from the competition.

“There was no denying our racers and teams this year, and Beaver Mountain was another example of their dominance,” said Mike Kloety, Team Arctic Race Manager. “Even though a few of our top racers weren’t there, we still won more classes than any brand.”

While five different Team Arctic racers claimed wins at Beaver Mountain, Ty Free and Nathan Zollinger were the clear standouts. Both won two classes and a King title during the event, leaving no doubt that they and Arctic Cat rule the big horsepower classes.

Nearly as impressive was the continued domination of the Women’s classes by Christy Frisby and Amy Zollinger, who together finished first and/or second in all three events.

“It didn’t matter if it was a Stock, Improved or Modified class, from 600cc to 1000cc, we won everywhere,” said Kloety. “And knowing what’s in store with our powered-up 800HO engine for model year 2010 and hearing the positive test reports from our engineers, I’m certain that our current success is just a primer for what’s to dominate next season.”

Team Arctic Results from the Beaver Mountain Hillclimb in Logan, Utah.

600 Stock
2. Chance Buckallew
3. Tony Zollinger

600 Improved
1. Chance Buckallew
3. Jeremy Archibald

600 Mod
2. KC Stone

700 Improved
2. Ty Free

700 Mod
3. Nathan Zollinger

800 Improved
1. Ty Free

800 Mod
1. Nathan Zollinger

1000 Improved
1. Ty Free
2. Jeremy Archibald
3. Les Keller

Open Mod
1. Nathan Zollinger

Women’s Stock
1. Amy Zollinger
2. Christy Frisby
3. Mindee Zollinger

Women’s Improved
1. Christy Frisby
2. Amy Zollinger

Women’s Mod
1. Christy Frisby
2. Amy Zollinger

Semi Pro Stock
3. Kyler Stone

Semi Pro Improved
2. Justin Sampson

King Winners
Improved – Ty Free
Mod – Nathan Zollinger

Sixteen Victories for Team Arctic at Pebble Creek Hillclimb

Another Record-Setting, Competition-Crushing Performance

Demoralizing. That describes Western hillclimb competition for anyone not on an Arctic Cat M Series. Team Arctic’s dominance reached epic proportions at the RMSHA Pebble Creek race in Pocatello, Idaho,

Fresh off of winning 15 World Championship titles at the Jackson Hole Hillclimb, Team Arctic racers hit Pebble Creek with overwhelming confidence and unmatched firepower to win 13 classes and three King titles while destroying any shred of hope the competition may have held onto.

“That was the most impressive performance of any team that I can remember,” said Mike Kloety, Team Arctic Race Manager. “Even more remarkable is the team’s depth, with seven different racers notching wins. There’s no arguing that we have the best combination of racers and snowmobiles.”

The results tell the story, with Team Arctic sweeping the Stock, Improved and Mod classes in the 600, 800 and 1000cc engine categories, usually with a teammate taking second in each class.

Likewise, Team Arctic swept all three of the Women’s classes, while the men put an exclamation point on the weekend by winning the Stock, Improved and Mod King competition. The M8 HCR went undefeated in the 800 Stock, Improved and Mod classes, as well as taking the three King titles.

“Our M Series sleds have run roughshod over the competition all season long,” said Kloety. “With our powered-up, 160-hp 800HO engine coming next season, we’re going straight for their jugulars.”

With one race remaining in the RMSHA season (April 10, in Logan, Utah), Team Arctic racers are set to deliver a final knockout punch. Go to www.rmsha.com for more information.

Team Arctic Results from the Pebble Creek Hillclimb in Pocatello, Idaho.

600 Stock
1. Chance Buckallew

600 Improved
1. Chance Buckallew
2. Jeremy Archibald

600 Mod
1. Nels Tapio
2. Nathan Zollinger

700 Stock
1. Chance Buckallew

700 Improved
2. Mike Zollinger

700 Mod
2. Nathan Zollinger
3. Tyler Ropelato

800 Stock
1. Kyle Tapio

800 Improved
1. Todd Tupper
3. Kyle Tapio

800 Mod
1. Russ Tapio
2. Todd Tupper

1000 Stock
1. Chance Buckallew
3. Ty Free

1000 Improved
1. Kyle Tapio
2. Ty Free

Open Mod
1. Russ Tapio
2. Tony Zollinger

Women’s Stock
1. Amy Zollinger
2. Christy Frisby
3. Jan Ottobre

Women’s Improved
1. Amy Zollinger
2. Christy Frisby

Women’s Mod
1. Christy Frisby

Semi Pro Stock
2. Landon Archibald

Semi Pro Improved
2. Justin Sampson

Semi Pro Mod
2. Justin Sampson

Juniors
2. Parker Sampson
3. Tabor Cresap

King Winners
Chance Buckallew — Stock
Todd Tupper – Improved
Russ Tapio – Mod

Arctic Cat is King of the Mountain and the World

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Photo Courtesy of BAM Film

15 World Championship Victories at Jackson Hole

Even for Arctic Cat, which has won more than its share of World Championship titles, the historic haul at the 2009 Jackson Hole World Championship Hillclimbs was unprecedented. When the last sled crested Snow King Mountain – an Arctic Cat, of course – and the wins were added, Team Arctic racers laid claim to 15 World Championship victories, included the overall King of Kings title.

“I’ve never seen anything like it,” said Al Shimpa, Team Arctic Hillclimb Coordinator and a 20-year veteran of the Jackson, Wyo., event. “Even though we’ve dominated the hillclimb races all season, everyone comes to Jackson Hole ready to battle.

“To take twelve individual class championships, two King titles and the overall King of Kings victory was extraordinary. Congratulations go to our outstanding men and women racers.”

Chief among the outstanding performances were those delivered by Kyle Tapio of Battle Ground, Wash., who piloted his modified M8 to a win in 800 Mod, Open Mod, the Mod King competition and topped it all with the overall King of Kings title that’s awarded to the best of the best.

To win it, Tapio had to beat teammate Les Keller of Kalispell, Mont., who tapped the firepower of his M1000 to win 1000 Improved and the Improved King title (all King events pit against each other all the class winners in a given category).

Team Arctic racers were so dominant that, in addition to winning all of the 700 engine classes, they won two of three classes in the 600, 800 and 1000cc categories. If there was any doubt about the capability of M Series mountain sleds, it was erased as Team Arctic racers conquered Snow King Mountain, one after another.

“It was like a victory party on top of the mountain in almost every class,” said Team Arctic Race Manager Mike Kloety. “We captured 15 of 24 World Championship titles. Al Shimpa and Speedwerx worked hard to better our Stock, Improved and Open class sleds. The hard work is paying off big-time for our racers as well as our customers.”

The next race on the RMSHA hillclimb calendar is April 4 – 5 in Pocatello, Idaho. Go to www.rmsha.com for more information.

Team Arctic Results from the World Championship Hillclimb in Jackson, Wyo.

600 Improved
1. Jeremy Archibald
3. Cody Clawson

600 Mod
1. Nathan Zollinger
2. Russ Tapio
3. Nels Tapio

700 Stock
1. Chance Buckallew

700 Improved
1. Shad Free

700 Mod
1. Nels Tapio
2. Russ Tapio

800 Stock
2. Ty Free

800 Improved
1. Kyle Tapio

800 Mod
1. Kyle Tapio
3. Russ Tapio

1000 Stock
3. David McClure

1000 Improved
1. Les Keller
3. Ty Free

1000 Mod
1. Kyle Tapio

Open Mod
1. Kyle Tapio

Pro Masters Improved
3. Tony Ottobre

Pro Masters Mod
3. Derick Stone

Women’s Mod
1. Christy Frisby
2. Danielle Grange
3. Amy Zollinger

Semi Pro Stock
1. Landon Archibald
2. Justin Sampson

Semi Pro Improved
2. Braiden Coleman
3. Landon Archibald

Juniors
2. Parker Sampson

King Winners
Les Keller – Improved
Kyle Tapio – Mod

King of Kings – Kyle Tapio

Nineteen Victories in Two Days

Team Arctic Conquers the Terrain and Humiliates the Competition

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Nineteen victories would be considered an exceptional season for some race programs. For Team Arctic, it’s just another weekend during the 2009 race season.

With a USCC cross-country race in Warroad, Minn., and the Lost Trail Hillclimb competition near Jackson, Mont., Team Green continued their season-long terrain blitz, racking up wins and showcasing their Sno Pro and M Series snowmobiles.

The biggest blowout happened at the Lost Trail Hillclimb, where for the second race in a row on the RMSHA circuit, Team Arctic proved their superiority with 12 class victories – including six Stock class wins and two King titles.

Todd Tupper had a weekend that won’t soon be forgotten, piloting his M8 HCR to wins in two Stock classes and two Mod classes, plus claiming King titles in both the Stock and Mod classes. Chance Buckallew was nearly unbeatable as well, scoring wins in three classes. Tony Zollinger, Amy Zollinger, Christy Frisby and Tabor Cresap continued their winning streaks and added to the team’s victory dance.

“When our team scored 11 wins at the last RMSHA race, I thought that performance would be the best of the season,” said Al Shimpa, Team Arctic Hillclimb Coordinator. “Given their hard work, talent and the strength of the M Series, I should have suspected that they could win even more.”

At the Seven Clans Casino 100 cross-country in Warroad, Minn., Team Arctic racers concluded the USCC season with five class wins and seven championship point titles.

D.J. Ekre kept his leadership in the Pro Open class intact with his fourth victory of the season, edging teammate Brian Dick for the win and the championship title. Ekre put on a strong charge in the closing laps of the 10-lap Pro 600 class, setting the fastest lap times over the 8.5-mile course, but came up just 31 seconds short of victory to finish second.

Chad Kyllo, Jolene Bute, Justin Morken and Adam Brandt each scored class victories in Warroad, adding to the serious hardware haul displayed throughout the race season.

“I’m pleased with the team’s results from Warroad and during the entire USCC season,” said Team Arctic Race Director Mike Kloety. “Taking five class wins and notching seven championship titles is impressive. Incorporating what we’ve learned about the Sno Pro 600 race sled, plus adding the new Sno Pro 500 to our program, I’m confident we’ll be even stronger next season.

The next race on the RMSHA circuit is the World Championship Hillclimb in Jackson Hole, Wyo., March 26-29. Go to www.rmsha.com for more information.

Team Arctic Results from RMSHA Lost Trail Hillclimb

600 Stock
1. Chance Buckallew
2. Tony Zollinger

600 Improved
1. Chance Buckallew
3. Jeremy Archibald

600 Mod
2. Tony Zollinger
3. David McClure

700 Stock
1. Chance Buckallew
3. Scott Cheeney

700 Improved
3. Rob Kincaid

700 Mod
1. Tony Zollinger

800 Stock
1. Todd Tupper

800 Mod
1. Todd Tupper

1000 Improved
2. Russell Frisby

Pro Masters Stock
1. Todd Tupper

Pro Masters Improved
3. Tony Ottobre

Women’s Stock
1. Amy Zollinger
3. Christy Frisby

Women’s Improved
1. Amy Zollinger
2. Christy Frisby

Women’s Mod
1. Christy Frisby
2. Amy Zollinger

Semi Pro Mod
1. Kyler Stone

Juniors
1. Tabor Cresap

Stock King: Todd Tupper
Mod King: Todd Tupper

Team Arctic Results from the USCC Warroad 100 Cross-Country

Pro Open
1. D.J. Ekre
2. Brian Dick

Pro 600
2. D.J. Ekre

Vet 30
2. Chad Lian

Semi-Pro Improved
1. Chad Kyllo

Masters 40 Plus
3. Steve Arneson

Legends 50
2. Doug Oster

Juniors 14-17
1. Justin Morken
2. Timmy Kallock

Juniors 10-13
2. Adam Mach
3. Cole Lian

Sport 85
2. Timmy Kallock

Women’s
1. Jolene Bute

Fan 600
2. Marty Feil
3. Justin Morken

Amateur 600
1. Adam Brandt
2. Erik Bute

Amateur Improved
2. Erik Bute
3. Adam Brandt