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Team Arctic Sweeps Pro Classes in Bessemer, Michigan

Team Arctic Logo-2013Arctic Cat returned to the top of the snocross scoreboard during the third and fourth round of the ISOC series in Bessemer, Michigan, where Team Arctic racers scored nine class victories in the combined National/Regional event. Leading the charge once again was the indomitable Tucker Hibbert, whose sweep of the Pro Open classes was as powerful as it was complete.

“That was the kind of Pro class domination that only Tucker is capable of,” said Mike Kloety, Team Arctic Race Manager. “He won the first final with a  35-second margin of victory, and the second final with an 11-second margin. He firmly reestablished himself and the new 2013 Arctic Cat ProCross Sno Pro 600 as the ones to beat.”

Bolstering Team Arctic’s performance in the top classes in Bessemer were Joshua Zelinski and Matt Pichner. Zelinski scored a first and a third in the two Pro Am Plus 30 finals, while Matt Pichner took a bittersweet fourth in Pro Lite after having led for several laps. Also landing a strong performance in Bessemer was Travis Kern, who scored a third in Sport at the national event and a third in Pro Lite during the regional competition.

In other classes, both Trent Wittwer and Evan Christian scored two wins apiece, while Ryan Trout and Ian Eboy Buchman nearly notched doubles of their own. And of the nine class finals won by Team Arctic racers, four were full podium sweeps.

“We had a great weekend in Michigan and our new Sno Pro 600 with the ProCross chassis is working excellent,” said Kloety. “What we need now is for some of our racers to log some seat time before the next race, since many of them hadn’t ridden since the opener in Duluth.

The next ISOC National Snocross is Jan. 4-5, 2013, at Canterbury Park in Shakopee, Minn.

Bessemer Results

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High Five for Team Arctic at Spirit National Snocross

Five Wins and a Clean Sweep of Season Opener

Photos courtesy of John Sandberg

Despite postponing the Spirit National ISOC Snocross race two weeks, the inevitable happened: Team Arctic racers collected the most wins in the biggest classes, including both Pro finals and two-of-three in Semi Pro.

In other words, it’s going to be another long and disappointing season for the competition.

“Of the 10 classes comprising Sport to Pro, Team Arctic won five,” said Mike Kloety, Race Team Manager. “I’d call that a dominating performance. And I’d credit the preparation and hard work of our teams coupled with the performance and durability of our Sno Pro 600 race sled.”

Tucker Hibbert’s reign over the Pro class continued as the Arctic Cat/Monster racer won every heat and final in both Stock and Open with his customary combination of speed, control and sled preparation. Hibbert’s strongest challenge came from Team Arctic’s Dan Ebert, who took the holeshot and led the Pro Stock final for six of the 20 laps before settling for second ahead of Christian Bros. Racing’s (CBR) Garth Kaufman, also on an Arctic Cat.

Matching Hibbert’s outstanding performance was Factory Team Arctic racer and first-year Semi Pro, Cody Thomsen, who swept the Open and Stock #2 finals en route to an undefeated weekend (Note: ISOC allows Semi Pro racers to enter two of three classes: Open, Stock #1 or Stock #2).

Logan Christian of the CBR team showed strong speed and conditioning to move within striking distance of Thomsen in the Open final, setting up what will likely be a season-long battle between them.  Add to the mix Thomsen’s new teammate, Kyle Pallin, who took second in Stock #1 (and appeared one additional lap away from winning), and looks poised for a heavy haul of hardware.

As if winning four of the top-five classes weren’t enough, Team Arctic/Sportech racer Andrew Carlson’s victory in Sport Stock #2 and third in Stock #1 proved two things: He’s the guy to beat for the class championship; and the Sno Pro 600 is a winner in every class.

“This is our third year with the Sno Pro 600,” said Kloety. “We’ve optimized the power, handling and durability to the point that it’s a turn-key winner. Add to the mix the on-track clutching support of Speedwerx, plus the knowledge and dedication of our teams’ crews, and the result is a top-to-bottom sweep like we saw at Duluth.”

The next race in the ISOC National Snocross Series is Dec. 18-19 at the Milwaukee Mile in Milwaukee, Wis. Go to ISOC Racing for more information.

Team Arctic Results from the ISOC Duluth Spirit National

Pro Stock

1. Tucker Hibbert

2. Dan Ebert

3. Garth Kaufman

Pro Open

1. Tucker Hibbert

Pro Women

3. Carly Davis

4. JC Hupe

Semi Pro Open

1. Cody Thomsen

2. Logan Christian

4. Matt Pichner

Semi Pro Stock #1

2. Kyle Pallin

Semi Pro Stock #2

1. Cody Thomsen

Sport Stock #1

3. Andrew Carlson

Sport Stock #2

1. Andrew Carlson

Jr. 16-17

3. Wesley Sweeney

Jr. 14-15

2. Wesley Sweeney

Team Arctic Dominates at Quadna

The first snocross race of 2009-2010 season is in the history books, and with it a return to Team Arctic’s winning tradition. With the postponement of the ISOC National Series until Dec. 12-13, a Regional ISOC race at Quadna Mountain Park (QMP) in Hill City, Minn., served as a tune-up for many Team Arctic snocrossers. Eight class wins, including three of four Pro class victories, proves that only fine-tuning is needed to dominate the rest of the season.

Although many familiar Team Arctic racers stayed home, a handful of top National and Regional competitors were all the team needed to win the biggest classes. With a victory in the National Pro Open class and third in National Pro Stock, first-year pro Dan Ebert proved he’s ready to win at the highest level. His teammate Kyle Pallin, a Semi Pro on the National circuit, won the Pro Super Stock final, while Matt Pichner and Cody Thomsen went one-two in the Pro Open final.

Racers who normally compete in the National Series are required to bump up to the next category at Regional Events, which is why Pallin, Pichner and Thomsen were competing in the Pro classes rather than Semi Pro.

Team Arctic racers decimated the Semi Pro Super Stock #1 final, with Jacob Muller leading a sweep of the top-four placings. And Wesley Sweeney took the win in Jr. 14-15, completing the top-down victory run for Team Green.

Winning finals in all major categories answered any questions about whether the new 2010 Sno Pro 600 race sled was as formidable as it was the previous season, and what fans should expect from the team.

“We believe we have many of the top racers and that our Sno Pro is a top sled,” said Team Arctic Race Manager, Mike Kloety, “But there’s always a question of what to expect at the beginning of each season. Our success at QMP proved that we’ve hit our marks for both talent and equipment.

“Two of our new racers, Paul Bauerly and Kyle Pallin, came from another brand and showed an immediate, marked improvement. With all of our top racers ready to do battle at the Spirit National this coming weekend, we’re confident that Team Arctic’s winning tradition will prevail.”

National Pro Open:

  • 1st – Dan Ebert
  • 4th – Paul Bauerly

National Pro Super Stock:

  • 2nd – Paul Bauerly
  • 3rd – Dan Ebert

Pro Open:

  • 1st – Matt Pichner
  • 2nd – Cody Thomsen
  • 6th – Justin Steck
  • 7th – Kyle Pallin

Semi Pro Super Stock:

  • 1st – Kyle Pallin
  • 3rd – Justin Steck
  • 4th – Cody Thomsen
  • 6th – Matt Pichner

Pro Am +30 Super Stock:

  • 4th – Karl Christian
  • 5th – Roger Bastyr

Pro Am Womens Super Stock:

  • 2nd – April Moritz

Semi Pro Open:

  • 2nd – Andrew Carlson
  • 6th – Devin Bertoch
  • 7th – Jacob Blanshan

Semi Pro Super Stock #1:

  • 1st – Jacob Muller
  • 2nd – Andrew Carlson
  • 3rd – Nathan Moritz
  • 4th – Dusty Miller
  • 6th – Jacob Blanshan
  • 8th – Devin Bertoch
  • 9th – Levi Tipcke

Semi Pro Super Stock #2:

  • 2nd – Nathan Moritz
  • 3rd – Mike Hansen
  • 4th – Devin Bertoch
  • 6th – Levi Tipcke
  • 7th – Jacob Muller
  • 10th – Andrew Carlson
  • 12th – Dusty Miller

Sport Stock #1:

  • 2nd – Jesse Hendrickson
  • 4th – Johan Sundstrom

Sport Stock #2:

  • 2nd – Jesse Hendrickson
  • 3rd – Tyler Riewer

Plus 30:

  • 2nd – Les Anderson
  • 3rd – Roger Bastyr

Plus 40:

  • 2nd – Les Anderson

Novice Stock #1:

  • 1st – Nick Patterson
  • 2nd – Mickey Moore
  • 3rd – Drew Cook
  • 4th – Cody Roloff
  • 5th – Britt Anderson
  • 6th – Adam Wolfe

Novice Stock #2:

  • 1st – Mickey Moore
  • 3rd – Drew Cook
  • 4th – Cody Roloff
  • 5th – Nick Patterson
  • 6th – Britt Anderson

Jr. 16-17:

  • 2nd – Wesley Sweeney
  • 3rd – Johan Sundstrom
  • 4th – Nick Patterson

Jr. 14-15 Sun.:

  • 1st – Wesley Sweeney