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EPIC WEEKEND OF WINNING FOR TEAM ARCTIC AT I-500 AND NEW YORK

 

Photo by Arcticinsider.com

Photo by Arcticinsider.com

 

Team Arctic terrain racers delivered a winning weekend of epic proportion, completely dominating both the USXC Seven Clans Casino I-500 cross-country with 14 class wins and the ISOC Seneca Allegany Air Force National Snocross with 10 wins.

Team Arctic’s Brian Dick delivered a dramatic victory at the I-500 in Thief River Falls, setting the fast time during the first two days and holding off his Christian Bros. Racing teammate Zach Herfindahl on the final day to notch his second career win in the legendary event. In addition, Team Arctic racers took seven of the top-10 places in Pro 600, with Cody Kallock (fourth), Ben Langaas (fifth), Timmy Kallock (seventh), Chad Lian (eighth) and Nick Fischer (ninth) scoring outstanding finishes.

Brian Dick also captured the Pro Open win at the I-500. Ben Langaas and Kevin Tinjum joined him as two-class winners at the event. Team Arctic won 14 of 17 classes at the I-500 and captured 32 of 51 possible podium positions, including a 1-2-3 sweep in five classes, underscoring racer talent and the performance of the ZR 6000R, ZR 6000RR and Sno Pro 500 machines.

“Our racers and crews delivered a phenomenal performance at the I-500,” said Race Manager Mike Kloety. “In a race infamous for its unpredictability, our racers and snowmobiles proved fast and consistent in the brutally rough conditions that challenged them over three days and 500 miles. We’re proud of all the Team Arctic racers who challenged themselves in this great race.”

At the ISOC double-header in Salamanca, NY, Team Arctic’s Tucker Hibbert once again delivered a crushing performance to win both Pro Open finals in convincing fashion. Trent Wittwer and Carson Alread joined Hibbert with two class victories apiece, while Marica Renheim continued her undefeated season in Women Pro AM. Team Arctic owned the Sport class in New York, with Montana Jess winning the first night and Travis Kern taking the second.

“Our snocross racers and teams have worked hard and the pros finished a marathon three-week road trip that began before the X Games and finished in New York,” said Kloety. “The New York results are fantastic and we’re proud of the effort given by our racers and teams. Their success in all the classes proves that Team Arctic is strong. “The only disappointment was that, after scoring his first National win on Friday, Montana Jess suffered a season-ending hand injury after a competitor’s sled landed on him. Our best wishes go to Montana.”

The next national events for Team Arctic are the USXC Park Rapids 100 on Feb. 22-23 in Park Rapids, Minn., and the ISOC National Snocross in Mt. Pleasant, Mich., Feb. 21-22.

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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.”

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Team Arctic Wins the USXC Seven Clans Casino I-500 Cross-Country

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Photo by ArcticInsider.com

Ryan Simons Captures I-500 Victory; Tucker Hibbert Sweeps Michigan ISOC Snocross; Six Wins in RMSHA Hillclimb

Team Arctic racers and crews continued the magnificent history and tradition of the I-500 cross-country snowmobile race, capturing 13 wins in 16 classes including victory by Ryan Simons in the prestigious Pro 600 event. The three-day, 500-mile cross-country event in Thief River Falls proved both challenging and reflective of history, with rugged ditch and winding rivers testing the fortitude and speed of racers and machines.

Racing for the Christian Brothers Racing team, Ryan Simons delivered a blistering pace, setting the fastest time each of the three days en route to his first win in the I-500. Team Arctic’s Cody Kallock notched his first I-500 podium finish in the Pro 600 class, taking third, with Wes Selby, Cole Nymann, Nathan Moritz and Jordan Torgerson rounding out the top-10.

Numerous stand-out performances highlighted this year’s I-500, including Cole Nymann winning the Semi Pro 600 class with seven Team Arctic teammates in the top-10; and Mason Kallock leading a Team Arctic top-10 sweep of the first-ever Junior 12-17 class to conquer the famous event.

Race Manager Mike Kloety reflected on the success of the team while acknowledging the disappointment that always affects racers who weren’t able to finish: “Winning 13 of 16 classes in the I-500 highlights Arctic Cat’s commitment to build the best snowmobiles in the world as well as the dedication of our great team of riders and crews. Yet it’s also true that there’s room for improvement. What we learn with the ProCross Sno Pro race sleds is used to improve both our race and consumer snowmobiles.”

While Team Green racers cleaned up at the I-500, Team Arctic/Monster Energy sensation Tucker Hibbert swept the Pro Open finals at the ISOC National Snocross race in Traverse City, Mich., claiming his sixth and seventh wins (out of 10 finals) already this season. Hibbert went undefeated in his heats and finals to continue his class domination aboard the ProCross Sno Pro 600. Josh Zelinski, Carson Alread and Cora Hauger also notched class wins for Team Arctic in Traverse City.

And at the first Rocky Mountain Hillclimb event of the season in Montpelier, Idaho, Team Arctic’s Mountain Team scored six wins. Congratulations to all Team Arctic racers on another successful weekend of racing.

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Team Arctic Finishes Strong in the I-500 Cross-Country

Seven of the Top 10 and Six Class Wins

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The USCC Red Lake I-500 Cross-Country lived up to its legend, challenging the world’s toughest terrain racers with deep snow, driving winds and a rugged assortment of ditch, river and woods. Team Arctic racers rose to the challenge, delivering a record-setting performance that included seven of the top 10 finishers and six individual class victories.

“To put seven racers in the top 10 of the Pro Class says a lot about our pro racers and Sno Pro 600 race sled,” said Mike Kloety, Team Arctic Race Manager. “And with wins in six of the individual classes, it’s clear we have great depth.”

D.J. Ekre’s performance in Pro class was dramatic and great. Sitting in second place just 49 seconds out of the lead after the first of three days, Ekre suffered the fate of having to lead the second day’s run. The problem: blowing snow filled the ditches prior to race start, and Ekre had to break trail through the loose (and slow) snow.

“It was tough to see and it was slow being the first racer on course,” said Ekre. “That’s the luck of the draw, but it definitely slowed me down.”

Ekre’s Christian Bros. Racing teammate, Brian Dick, turned in a blistering performance on the second day, setting the fast time and putting him in a four-rider fight for the win on the third day.

On the final day Ekre and Dick went for broke, riding at a pace that thrilled the hundreds of people gathered along the roads and following in automobiles. With Dick down a few mph on top speed, Ekre broke away to move into second place and got within sight of the leader and eventual winner, Bryan Dyrdahl.

Dick finished a solid fourth, followed by teammate Dan Ebert, who was competing in his first-ever I-500.

Dick’s 58-year-old father, Paul, once again proved his mettle to win the Legends 50-plus class, adding yet another highlight to his long career of cross-country success.

Other class winners include Jolene Bute in Women’s, Adam Brandt in Trophy 600, Jon Arneson in Masters 40-plus, Marty Feil in Fan 600 and Brian Carey, Sr., in 440.

Commenting on the team’s success, Kloety had nothing but praise for the Sno Pro 600 race sled: “To put so many racers high in the standings and finish a race like this proves our sled is tough, fast and great in the rough stuff.”

The next race on the USCC cross-country race schedule is the Ada 100 in Ada, Minn., on Jan. 31. See http://www.uscc.com for more info.

Pro 600
2. D.J. Ekre
4. Brian Dick
5. Dan Ebert
6. Chad Lian
7. Brandon Gerszewski
9. Phil Storlie
10. Nathan Potucek

Masters 40-plus
1. Jon Arneson

Legends 50-plus
1. Paul Dick
3. Doug Oster

440
1. Brian Carey, Sr.

Sport 85
2. Bill Slominski
3. Timmy Kallock

Women
1. Jolene Bute

Fan 600
1. Marty Feil

Trophy 600
1. Adam Brandt