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TEAM ARCTIC CAPTURES MORE WINS AT 2016 CROSS-COUNTRY OPENER

Team Arctic's Zach Herfindahl at 2016 USXC Pine Lake. Photo by ArcticInsider.com

Team Arctic cross-country racers rang in the new year with an overwhelming display of strength to capture 14 wins in 21 classes and 44 out 63 podium finishes at the USXC season opener on Pine Lake in Gonvick, Minn. Competing with the 2016 ZR 6000R XC and ZR 4000RR snowmobils, Team Green once again proved their handling, speed and durability were second to none in top level cross-country competition.

The highlight win of the weekend came in the 100-mile No-Bull Triple Crown Enduro 600, where the Team Arctic/Christian Brothers Racing duo of Zach Herfindahl and Wes Selby delivered an overpowering win aboard their Soo 500 mod sled with the Speedwerx modified C-TEC2 600 Arctic Cat engine. Team Arctic racers also captured five of the top-10 Pro 600 class positions.

Team Arctic's Lance Efteland Sweeps Semi Pro at 2016 USXC Pine Lake. Photo by ArcticInsider.com

Lance Efteland picked up where he left off last season in the Semi Pro classes, taking two first place finishes. Dustin Schwandt captured the Sport 600 class while Hunter Houle and Ean Voight gave a preview of what’s to come in the Expert 85 classes as each racer claimed a first and second respectively.

Team Arctic dominated the support classes, with Jordan Bute, Garet Grzadzielewski, Ryan Weidemann, Lydia Sobek and Paul Brown capturing class wins. And Karl Valtinson and Jesse Watland kept the Classic IFS and Vintage spirit alive by taking victory in their classes.

“We’re really pleased with the awesome performance of our drivers and crew, as well as our ZR series snowmobiles,” said Mike Kloety, Team Arctic Race Manager. “We swept the podium in seven classes; captured the most wins and podium positions; and won the prestigious Enduro 600 final. It was an excellent result for the first cross-country of the season and something we’ll build upon as we head into the ditches for the upcoming races.”

The next USXC cross-country race is Jan. 9-10 in Devil’s Lake, ND. Visit www.usxcracing.com for more cross-country snowmobile racing news as well as the Team Arctic website: http://www.arcticcat.com/teamarctic/

USXC Pine Lake 2016 Results

 

TEAM ARCTIC SHOWS TRUE TERRRAIN DOMINATION AT USXC WARROAD 100

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Team Arctic cross-country proved what terrain domination really means during their 14-victory performance at the USXC Warroad 100. Competing in deep snow conditions ranging from ditch, lakes and river aboard ZR 6000R XC and ZR 4000RR snowmobiles in the ProCross chassis, Team Green claimed 14 wins out of 19 classes, 39 out of 57 podium positions and ended the season with 15 of 20 class high point championship titles.

The competition-crushing performance was led by Zach Herfindahl, who claimed two emphatic wins en rout to championship titles in Pro Stock and Pro Open, edging out teammate Wes Selby for high point honors. Class-rookie Ryan Trout notched his first victory of the season in Semi Pro Stock, while Timmy Kallock took the Semi Pro Improved win and championship title. Additional class winners in Warroad include Brandon Wolter, Nathan Sillerud, Mike Lenarz, Mike Dirkman, Jolene Bute, Ross Ilstrup, Hunter Houle, Blair Herfindahl and Savannah Landrus.

Team Arctic’s 2015 USXC high point champions include Zach Herfindahl (Pro Stock, Pro Open); Lance Efteland (Semi Pro Stock); Timmy Kallock (Semi Pro Improved); Jeremy Grove (Expert 85, Expert 85 Improved); Mike Dirkman (Masters 40 Plus); Brandon Wolter (Sport 85); Ean Voigt (Trail); Savannah Landrus (Junior Girls); Hunter Houle (Junior 14-17); Keaton Black (Junior 10-13); Steve Martinson (Classic IFS); Jesse Watland (Vintage) and Gerry Mattison (Vintage 50 Plus).

“We couldn’t be happier and more proud of our racers and crews who dominated Warroad as well as the entire USXC cross-country season,” said Mike Kloety, Team Arctic Race Manager. “Their talent and hard work combined with our ProCross ZR snowmobiles delivered twice as many wins and championship titles as all other brands combined.”

Team Arctic hillclimb racers conquered the RMSHA White Pine event in Pinedale, Wyo., with five class wins and 14 podium finishes aboard Arctic Cat M Series snowmobiles with the ProClimb chassis. The top finishes occurred in a range of categories and engine classes, proving the versatility and range of the machines along with the expertise and preparation of the racers and crews.

Warroad Results March 2015

RMSHA Results Pindale 2015

TEAM ARCTIC WINS MORE IN DEADWOOD AND PARK RAPIDS

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Team Arctic snocross and cross-country racers hit the bullseye at national events in Deadwood, SD, and Park Rapids, Minn., capturing more wins and more podiums than any other brand.

Team Green kept their leadership position intact at the ISOC snocross national in Deadwood, where they won 7 of 15 classes while notching 20 of 45 podium positions, the most of any brand. Tucker Hibbert delivered one of the most memorable performances in snocross history, coming from last place to win the Pro Open #2 final, his 100th career Pro National victory.

Other top Team Arctic performances include Dan Benham’s two wins in Sport; Trent Wittwer and Kaden Woodie swapping wins in the Amateur classes; Tyler Adams’s pair of seconds in Pro Lite; Eric Downs’s win in Jr. Novice and Brandon Nelson’s win in Transition.

7-13-06While Team Green snocrossers were shooting them down in Deadwood, the cross-country corps stamped out any battle that might have occurred in Park Rapids, taking 13 of 19 class victories and 37 of 56 podium positions, including eight podium sweeps.

For the first time in his short cross-country career, Wes Selby achieved victory in the hotly contested Pro Stock class, while his teammate Zach Herfindahl led a sweep of the Pro Open final. Team Arctic proved its depth and talent with eleven different class winners, including: Lance Efteland, Dylan Stevens, Todd Frischmon, Hunter Houle, Ean Voigt, Steve Martinson, Tyler Brown, Savannah Landrus and Keaton Black.

“Our racers and teams are truly exceptional,” said Mike Kloety. “This past weekend was historic on so many levels, from the number of wins and podium finishes, to the key victories that define careers. We couldn’t be more proud of our racers, or the snowmobiles they ride.”

The next stop on the 2015 ISOC National schedule is Feb. 6-7 in Salamanca, NY. The next USXC cross-country Feb. 28 – March 1 in Thief River Falls, Minn. The Soo International 500 enduro begins this week, with the premier-class final on Feb. 6.

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NEW YEAR, SAME STORY AS TEAM ARCTIC CRUSHES USXC CROSS-COUNTRY IN DETROIT LAKES

Detroit Lakes 2015

Team Arctic cross-country racers rang in the New Year with a crushing performance at the USXC J&K Marine 200 in Detroit Lakes, Minn., scoring wins in 16 of 19 classes and capturing 30 of 57 podium positions while leaving the competition nursing a painful hangover. It was the second event of the USXC season and it showcased the dedicated racers and crews as well as the speed, handling and performance of the production ZR 6000 R XC and ZR 4000 RR snowmobiles with EFI engines.

Team Green’s stunning performance was headlined by Zach Herfindahl’s emphatic victory in the 100- mile Pro Stock final, where he led every one of the 10 laps to win by more than 20 seconds over the next finisher. He and Pro teammate Wes Selby were the number one and two qualifiers in both Pro classes during the weekend. Selby’s run for the Stock class podium ended with a crash while battling for second place, leaving his sled inoperable, however he found solace with an impressive victory in Pro Open with Herfindahl taking second.

Lance Efteland delivered a dramatic performance to win both Semi Pro Stock and Open classes. He was joined by Hunter Houle, who won Junior 14-17 and both Expert 85 classes, as the only other multiple class winners at Detroit Lakes.

Other Team Arctic class winners at Detroit Lakes included Dylan Parsons, Ean Voigt, Dalton Fredrickson, Savannah Landrus, Keaton Black, Steve Martinson, Jesse Watland, Todd Frishmon and Erik Nymann. While capturing more than half of the available podium places, Team Arctic racers swept three podiums at Detroit Lakes.

“We’re so impressed with the hard work and effort on the part of our racers and teams since the last race,” said Mike Kloety, Team Arctic Race Manager. “The fantastic results at Detroit Lakes reflect that effort, as well as the strength of the new ZR6000R XC with the 600 C-TEC2 engine and the new ZR4000RR in the ProCross chassis. From here the cross-country events move onto the ditches and rivers, so the challenges continue for the rest of the season.”

The next stop on the 2015 USXC cross-country schedule is Jan. 17, 2015, in Grafton, ND.

Detroit Lakes 2015 Results

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

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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 WRAPS UP LAKE GENEVA SNOCROSS AND TERRAIN CHAMPIONSHIPS

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When the checkered flag flew to end the 2014 ISOC National snocross season in Lake Geneva, Wis., Team Arctic stood atop the podium with seven class wins, two class championships and a podium place in each of the five championship points classes.

As the final event of ISOC National season, Lake Geneva saw another historic crushing of the Pro classes by Tucker Hibbert and Marica Renheim. Hibbert was victorious each of the three Pro Open finals, bringing his season win total to 15 out of 17 possible. Marica Renheim was equally impressive, staying undefeated in season finals to record her eighth win. In fact, Renheim lost only once the entire season: a heat race at the season-opener in Duluth.

“Tucker and Marica’s performances this season set a new standard,” said Mike Kloety, Team Arctic Race Manager. “What makes their phenomenal win records even more honorable is the fact that both are great people and excellent ambassadors for snowmobiling.”

Having dominated their classes all season, Hibbert and Renheim also claimed their respective ISOC high point championship titles. In addition, Corey Watkinson capped an excellent season in Pro Lite with a third place overall title. Josh Zelinski did the same in Pro Am 30 Plus. And Travis Kern graciously accepted his second place point title in Sport despite being crashed out of the championship title by another racer at Lake Geneva while Kern was in third place, just two corners before the finish line.

Team Arctic’s contingent of USXC cross-country racers cleaned house in the season championship points war, taking the title in 16 classes including eight podium sweeps and 42 out of 60 championship podium positions. Zach Herfindahl capped his remarkable sophomore season in the Pro class by winning the Pro Stock championship and taking a close second in the Pro Open chase. Jolene Bute won yet another Women’s class championship. And Jon Arneson captured three class championships, including the tough-fought Semi Pro Stock and all-new Super Stock classes.

“The team’s performance in cross-country racing is unmatched in the sport,” said Kloety, and then added; “We dominated at the top end in the Pro and Semi Pro classes, as well as in the Junior, Sport and Expert 85 classes. Team Arctic’s current and future talent is exceptional, with class winners like Hunter Houle, Ryan Trout, Jon Langaas and many others pointing to dominance for years to come. I thank all of our snocross and cross-country racers, teams, crews and families for their dedication and excellence on behalf of everyone at Arctic Cat. It’s our greatest honor to build and support the snowmobiles that you race, and we’re grateful for your efforts.”

2014 Lake Geneva Results

ONE SNOCROSS GOLD AND 17 CROSS-COUNTRY WINS FOR TEAM ARCTIC

Photo by John Hanson

Photo by John Hanson

 

Team Arctic terrain racers struck gold again, winning the snocross at the ESPN Winter X Games in Aspen, Colo., and taking 17 class wins at the USXC cross-country in Oslo, Minn. The X Games snocross gold once again belonged to Team Arctic/Monster Energy pro Tucker Hibbert, the winningest snocross racer in history and the first X Games athlete to win seven back-to-back gold medals. Hibbert dominated the snocross event from start to finish, winning by 13 seconds over second place to claim his eighth career gold and 12th career medal at the prestigious event.

“To win the X Games gold medal seven years in a row is an accomplishment that’s beyond words,” said Mike Kloety, Team Arctic Race Manager. “Tucker and his team dedicate themselves to winning this race, with untold hours of testing and practice. Tucker’s wins have elevated the sport of snocross while making him a genuine living legend among action sports athletes.”

Kloety also added, “In addition to winning gold at the ESPN X Games, Team Arctic placed four other pros in the snocross final with Dave Joanis, Cody Thomsen, Mike Bauer and Logan Christian. Chris Heppding took sixth in the Snocross Adaptive final; Cory Davis finished second in the Long Jump and sixth in Freestyle; and Willie Elam took seventh in freestyle.”

Team Arctic cross-country racers delivered their own gold medal-winning weekend, capturing the win in 17 of 21 finals at the first ditch event of the season in USXC. Zach Herfindahl led the victory march with a solid win in the Pro Stock class. After suffering a DNF while leading the Pro Open final – the result of a rock puncturing his sled’s heat exchanger – Herfindahl raced the stock class on the sled of his Christian Brothers Racing teammate Ryan Simons. Simons finished second in the Open class and would have been in contention to win the Stock class had he not graciously offered his sled to Herfindahl, who leads the point chase.

Timmy Kallock waited for the ditch races to start his season, and it paid off with his sweep of the Semi Pro Stock and Improved classes. Other double winners included Jon Arneson (Super Stock and Masters 40 Plus) and Hunter Houle (Sport 85 and Junior 14-17). Team Arctic racers swept eight class podiums while garnering 43 of 63 possible podium places.

“The first multi-terrain race of the season is always exciting, you don’t really know what to expect. It was good to see some new names at the front of the pack, as well as those names we’ve seen there all year. Oslo proved that Arctic Cat’s snowmobiles and racers are as good in the rough ditch as they are on the lake courses,” said Kloety. “The team will be ready for the I-500 beginning Feb. 6.”

USXC Willmar 2014