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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.”

Improved SNO PRO 600, M8 HCR and New SNO PRO 500

Team Arctic Returns with the Most Potent Race Sleds

Team Arctic racers will head into battle this upcoming 2009-2010 race season piloting an improved and more potent array of race sleds, including the Sno Pro 600, Sno Pro 500 and M8 HCR hillclimber.

Leading the charge is an updated, race-only Sno Pro 600 that builds upon its place atop snocross and cross-country competition via a handful of improvements aimed at improved durability.

The 4130 chrome-moly and extruded-aluminum chassis sees reinforcement to the rear of tunnel for increased strength where the heat-exchanger mounts. A longer, more durably-mounted rear bumper complements the stiffened upper-chassis spar brackets for increased rigidity.

Additional focus was given to both suspensions, with more durable tie-rod ends for the upper A-arms (and on the steering arms), and a more robust front arm, idler arm and rear shock pivot in the Slide Action rear suspension.

The race-only 600 laydown engine proved to be the performance-leader last season and returns for 2010 with a new exhaust manifold that emphasizes quicker throttle response for improved holeshots. Stainless steel baffle plates in the resonator and additional welding on the exhaust pipe seams reinforce the system’s durability. A new metric-threaded crankshaft bolt is now used for commonality with other Arctic Cat engines. Horsepower for this ultra-light, high-performance engine remains 127 with pump gas.

The drive train on the Sno Pro has also been beefed up, with a 15-wide chain and gears, a stiffer driven shaft and stronger drive belt.

As it did last year, Arctic Cat produced both snocross and cross-country versions of the 2010 600 Sno Pro. The snocross Sno Pro incorporates a 15 x 128 x 1.7-in. lug Camoplast track, the Peak Torque Limiting (PTL) driveshaft system and 9-tooth drivers, C&A Pro skis, a 7-gallon fuel tank and unique calibration for the clutches and suspensions.

The cross-country Sno Pro utilizes a 1.25-in. Ripsaw track; a dash-mounted choke cable; 11-gallon fuel tank; the new ACT skis; 10-tooth drivers on the standard (non-PTL) driveshaft; a dash-mounted speedometer/tachometer; standard snow flap; and taller mid-height windshield.

Both versions of the 600 Sno Pro are equipped with high-performance goodies like V-Force Reeds, remote-reservoir FOX IFP shocks and TEAM driven clutch.

“Last season, Team Arctic racers won 32 out of 60 finals in the ISOC Pro, Semi-Pro and Sport snocross classes, as well as 39 of 87 possible class victories in USCC cross-country competition,” said Team Arctic Race Manager, Mike Kloety. “Clearly we have the best race sled in the business, and our focus for 2010 was to eliminate the few minor durability gremlins.”

Racers who are aiming at the 85-hp and Junior classes are will have the ultimate entry-level racer in the all-new Sno Pro 500. Based on the same championship-winning chassis of the 600 Sno Pro, this new consumer-available sled offers an 85-hp, EFI-equipped engine and oil injection for simplicity, ease and a level of performance that matches most riders’ abilities.

Besides the engine, the Sno Pro 500 is nearly identical to the cross-country version of the 600 Sno Pro, the only significant exception being the non-reservoir FOX IFP shocks and their calibration.

“The Sno Pro 500 is truly a gas-and-go race sled,” said Kloety. “To go racing, racers will simply have to stud the track, add more aggressive carbides and put on their race number. With EFI, there’s no jetting to mess with. And with a suspension calibration by Kirk Hibbert, it will be ideal for anyone in cross-country, and for less-aggressive snocross racers.

“We built the Sno Pro 500 to make it easy for would-be competitors to go snowmobile racing. It’s a fun, durable and extremely competitive sled that’s going to bring added attention to the 85-hp class this season.”

In the RMSHA hillclimb circuit, Team Arctic racers will go over-the-top with a more powerful and potent M8 HCR (Hill Climb Racer). Powered by the all-new 800 H.O. that pumps out 162 hp and has a 4.3-pound lighter, quicker-revving crankshaft, the 2010 M8 HCR comes to a knife-fight bearing a big gun.

In addition to the more powerful engine, the new HCR gets a wider 42-44-inch adjustable ski stance; more aggressively-calibrated FOX Float shocks in the rear suspension and Zero Pro shocks on the front; the new tall and extra light M seat; FrogzSkin-covered hood vents; and a harder 90-durometer 15 x 153 x 2.25-inch Power Claw track.

“The HCR was the dominant sled in RMSHA competition last year, with our phenomenal racers claiming 15 World Championship titles at Jackson Hole, 78 out of 172 first place finishes, 15 King titles and five High Point titles during the season,” said Mike Kloety. “We’ve provided them an even more-capable HCR this year, so I can confidently expect another stunning season.”

S N O P R O 6 0 0
2 0 1 0  A R C T I C  C A T  T E C H N I C A L  S P E C I F I C A T I O N S

ENGINE TYPE, DISPLACEMENT (cc): 2-stroke, 599
BORE X STROKE (mm): 73.8 x 70 mm (2.906 x 2.755 in.)
GASOLINE: (Recommended 92 Octane (minimum) Non-Oxygenated
LUBRICATION: Premix (32:1 Ratio) Arctic Cat Synthetic APV 2-Cycle Oil
CARBURETION: Mikuni TM40 mm rack
EXHAUST: APV with tuned ceramic – coated pipe, pipe sensor and canister
DRIVE: Arctic (rpm sensing)
DRIVEN CLUTCH: Team driven
SKI STANCE (in.): 42.5
FRONT SUSPENSION: AWS VIII double-wishbone A-arms with FOX Zero Pro IFP shocks and sway bar
FRONT TRAVEL (in.): 10
REAR SUSPENSION: Slide-action frame with 7-position coupling, FOX ZERO X Piggyback front and rear shocks with adjustable dampening
REAR TRAVEL (in.): 13.5
TRACK WIDTH X LENGTH X LUG (in.): 15 x 128 x 1.7 Camoplast
BRAKES: Hydraulic disc
GAS TANK CAPACITY (Actual): 27.41 l (7.23 U.S. gal.)
GAS TANK CAPACITY (Rated): 24.61 l (6.5 U.S. gal.)
LENGTH x WIDTH (in.): 117 x 49.5
HEADLIGHT: Dual halogen (4-bulb)
DRY WEIGHT (approx): 204 kg (450 lb.)
STANDARD EQUIPMENT: Handwarmer, thumbwarmer, low-height windshield, check engine temp light, tether swtich, V_Force reeds, adjustable timing-select module, sway bar, ACT Hot start system
OPTIONAL EQUIPMENT: VIP Data Acquisition System, digital/analog tachometer, digital/analog speedometer, dual stage trip odometer, mid-height windshield, 11 gallon gas tank


Team Arctic Racers Aim High for 2010

A Winning Tradition in Every Arena throughout North America

Tucker HibbertPhoto Courtesy of John Sandberg

With the winter 2009-2010 snowmobile race season set to begin in just three weeks, another legendary crew of Team Arctic racers is poised to pounce upon the podiums available in snocross, cross-country, hill climb, drag racing and more.

“I look at the combined experience of our teams and racers, the improvements we’ve made to our race sleds, the support of our sponsors and the new racers we’ve brought in, and I’m convinced Team Arctic will be as potent in 2010 as it was in 2009,” said Team Arctic Race Manager, Mike Kloety.

While the national-level races remain a high-priority for Team Arctic in 2010, Arctic Cat understands that its regional racers are the back-bone of the program, and their success is equally important for the team.

“Look at our list of racers, and not just the headline-winners,” said Kloety. “Across all disciplines and geographic areas, these racers and teams carry the passion of this company through their dedication, sportsmanship and, ultimately, their success. Their efforts are appreciated by everyone in the Arctic Cat family.”

Snocross: New and Familiar Names

The Team Arctic Snocross program includes the most successful core of racers from last year, but with a few twists that will bolster their overall performance.

Tucker Hibbert – defending X Games champion and undefeated in the four ISOC Nationals that he raced last season – is back on the Monster Energy Arctic Cat, with a six-race schedule focused on the first half of the season.

The Arctic Cat Factory Team will consist of neo-Pro Dan Ebert, who scored multiple Semi-Pro wins last year; Cody Thomsen, who won the Sport Super Stock championship last season and is now in Semi Pro; and new-to-the-team Kyle Pallin (Semi-Pro), whose speed and success will complement the crew that’s headed by crew chief Russ Ebert.

The Christian Bros. Racing (CBR) team returns with an even more potent cadre of racers. New additions to CBR include Ryan Simons (who won in both ISOC and USCC in 2009), Cory Davis (ISOC Semi-Pro Stock Champion and USCC Pro winner) and Zach Pattyn. They join last year’s Pro Open Championship challenger Garth Kauffman; Pro Women’s Champion Carly Davis; Semi-Pro stalwart Logan Christian; and Pro Vet Karl Christian.

Along with the Sportech Racing team (which now hosts Pro racer Paul Bauerly) and the strong contingent of racers and teams listed below, Team Arctic’s snocross program combines strong experience, talent and both National/Regional focus.

National Snocross
Tucker Hibbert
Ryan Simons
Garth Kaufman
Dan Ebert
Cory Davis
Zach Pattyn
Logan Christian
Cody Thomsen
Kyle Pallin
Justin Steck
Dusty Miller
Jacob Muller
Jacob Blanshan
Devin Bertoch
Nathan Moritz
Matt Pichner
Frattalone Racing
Sportech Racing

Canadian Snocross
Shoreline Racing
OTSFF Racing
Robin Deschenes
Kelly Boyd
Jamie Clement
Shaun Demarcke

MWR Snocross
Wes Selby
Taylor Meuwissen
Zach Acord
Willie Elam
Pat McLam
Tuffy McDonald

RMR Snocross
Chris Chico
David Duchnik
Trevor Bouchard
Jacob Phalen
Kyle Becker
KC Anderson

Midwest Snocross
Sticker Dude Racing
Josh Zelenski
Nick Pattyn
Johnathan schwantz
Peer Pressure Racing

Cross-Country: Comprehensive Support at all Levels

As the only factory supporting all classes and areas of cross-country racing, Team Arctic remains the most formidable force in terrain competition throughout North America.

In the USCC circuit, defending Pro Open champion D.J. Ekre and teammate Brian Dick will fly the Christian Bros. Racing banner, aiming for individual race wins and the I-500 in particular.

Joining them will be Team Green racers in the Pro, Semi-Pro, Pro Women and 85-hp classes, the latter of which will prove the effectiveness and competitiveness of the new Sno Pro 500.

In Alaska’s famed Iron Dog cross-country, former champions Scott Davis/Todd Palin,  Brad Helwig/Eric Quam and Andy George/Trey West are focused on returning Team Arctic to the top, where a win would mark 11 victories out of 26 editions of this famed event.

USCC Cross-Country
DJ Ekre
Brian Dick
Chad Lian
Ryan Houston
Dave Dirkman
Josh Carey
Jon Arneson
Josh Glendenning
Phil Storlie
Arne Rantanen JR
Bobby Menne
Cody Kallock
Trevor Fett
Ryan Greening
Cole Nymann
Mike Dirkman
Adam Brandt
Chris Sobeck
Eric Bute
Nathan Moritz
Mark Arneson
Bryce Buchanan
Tom Clement
Chris Klie
Justn Morken
Brad Cierzan
Jim Sobeck
Coltan Vandeputte
Jenna Sobeck
Brent Liggett
Marty Feil
Tim Kallock
Trevor Fett
Jolene Bute
Sasha Cook
April Moritz

IronDog Cross-Country
Scott Davis
Todd Palin
Brad Helwig
Eric Quam
Andy George
Trey West
Micah Huss
Brandon Baxter
Darrick Johnson
Kurt Steiner

Hillclimb: The Kings Remain the Same

With 15 World Championships, 15 King titles and 78 first place finishes in 2009, Team Arctic hillclimb racers approach the 2010 season as the undisputed kings of the mountain.

Names like Tapio, Zollinger, McClure, Tupper, Buckallew, Frisby, Free, Keller and Archibald have dominated the RMSHA mountain circuit aboard M Series snowmobiles, and their return for 2010 will maintain that momentum.

RMSHA Hillclimb
Team Tapio
Todd Tupper
Chance Buckallew
David McClure
Ty Free
Shad Free
Nathan Zollinger
Leslie Keller
Brent Cheeney
Scott Cheeney
Zollinger Racing
Ben Adams
Rob Kincaid
Tony & Jan Ottobre
Robert Tillotson
Jeremy Archibald
Cody Clawson
Russell & Christy Frisby
Derek, KC & Kyler Stone
Jonathan & Dusty Hancy
Rachel Humphery
Chad Smith
Justin Sampson
Braiden Coleman
Cody Swanson
Matt Elliott
Landon Archibald
Lonnie Keller
Sid Archibald

Drag, Oval, Enduro and Watercross

Throughout the history of snowmobile racing, Team Arctic has supported all forms of competition, and its focus for 2010 is to continue its winning tradition.

The drag racing program has proven unbeatable during the grass season thanks to the team’s hard work and dedication, as well as the potent mix of CFR 800, CFR 1000 and F Series snowmobiles.

In oval and enduro competition, Team Arctic comes to the track supporting a mix of teams that blend decades of experience with youthful focus. Names like three-time Eagle River World Champion P.J. Wanderscheid and endure mainstays Team Highland Racing will lead the charge in these legendary race venues.

Drag Racing
Gilland Racing
Glenn Hall
Kelly Shilts
Craig Wyent
Kerry Mcdonald
Matt Lemire
Ice Oval
P.J. Wanderschied
Hoglund Racing

Water Cross
Lindbeck Racing
Enduro Racing
Chris Ryan
Caddarette Racing
Lance Kalbfleisch
Team Highland Racing

Team Arctic’s Dedicated Sponsors

Team Arctic’s success on and off the track is made possible in part because of the strong, loyal support of its sponsors, each of whom shares the same passion as our racers and Arctic Cat.

For 2010, Team Arctic is grateful to announce the return of these great sponsors: Camoplast tracks, APV Synthetic Oil, Fox Racing Shox, Speedwerx, Renton Coil Springs (RCS), Moto Tassinari/VForce3, TEAM, Figgins Transport, Mitsuboshi drive belts, Stud Boy traction, C&A Ultra Pro skis, Smith Optics, Action Graphics and Sportech.


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

Arctic Cat is King of the Mountain and the World


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

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


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

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

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

Team Arctic Hillclimbers Post Impressive Results at Preston

Claim Eight Podiums and One King Title


From one end of the country to the other, weekend after weekend, Team Arctic racers are mopping up the snowmobile competition. This time Arctic Cat racers flexed their muscles in the mountains at the Preston Hill Climb season opener, claiming eight podiums and one King title.

There was plenty of snow, sun, and 167 racers combined for 578 entries. Race promoter and acting race director Bret Rasmussen was very pleased with the outcome.  “We qualified more racers in one day than we ever have,” said Rasmussen.  “The Preston Hill Climb is unique; it has the longest run when compared to other hill climbs, and we use two lanes up the mountain so we can send  two sleds up at the same time with nonstop action.”

Arctic Cat started their winning streak off early on Saturday with Nathan Zollinger from Logan, Utah winning the 600 Mod class and Nels Tapio from Battle Ground, Washington in third.

In 700-class competition, Arctic Cat’s Nels Tapio won the 700 mod class and Rob Kincaid from Victor, Idaho took third in 700 improved.

The all-new HCR M8 made its debut as Les Keller took third in 800 stock, where all machines have to be raced from the factory in stock form. Keller said, “The HCR was really strong and performed well, and in no time it should be at the top of the podium.” In the 800 improved class Todd Tupper ended in third. In the 800 mod class Nathan Zollinger also brought in third.

To round out all the classes, Arctic Cat handed it to the competition in the 1000 stock class with Russell Frisby from Caldwell, Idaho standing proudly on the podium in first.

The Women’s Class was equally as strong as they won 7 out of 9 podiums with all three 1st places. In the stock class Amy Zollinger from Providence, Utah won first, and Christy Frisby from Caldwell, Idaho took third. Arctic Cat’s women swept the improved class with Christy Frisby in first, followed by Jan Ottobre in second from Jackson Hole, WY, and Amy Zollinger taking third. In the mod class Amy Zollinger took first and Jan Ottobre took second.

To finish off the day Nels Tapio brought home the Mod King title, where he competed against all other mod class winners.