Archive for March, 2013

Team Arctic Crowned King At Hillclimb World Championships

Posted on March 26th, 2013 in Facebook, Sledder Featured Article

Kyle Tapio Conquers Jackson Hole with Five Wins and King of King Title

KyleTapioJackson2013Thief River Falls, Minn. (March 26, 2013) – When the big guns arrive for the biggest battle of the year sporting the highest-powered artillery, you just know that domination will ensue. That was the case at the 2013 Jackson Hole World Championship Hillclimb, where a talented corp of Team Arctic racers aboard M Series machines battled to seven wins including the ultimate “King of Kings” title.

The star of the weekend was perennial champion Kyle Tapio. Riding an Arctic Cat M800 HCR with the ProClimb chassis, Tapio waged a personal war against the gnarly course at Snow King Mountain, winning both the 800 Improved and 800 Mod finals. But that was just a warm-up. When all of the class winners competed in the final King competition, Tapio proved who the true World Champion is by taking the Improved, Mod and King of Kings titles in convincing fashion.

“There’s a reason that Kyle is regarded as the King of Jackson,” said Al Shimpa, Team Arctic Hillclimb Coordinator. “For the second year in a row, he won two class finals, two King-of-class titles and the ultimate King of King championship as best of the entire event. He is truly an outstanding hillclimb racer.”

Joining Tapio on top of the Snow King podium were two additional Team Arctic teammates. David McClure won the 600 Improved class in addition to finishing second in 700 Improved and third in 800 Stock aboard his Arctic Cat M800 HCR. Likewise, Jeremy Archibald led a Team Arctic podium sweep of the 700 Improved class. Team Arctic racers scored 19 podium finishes at the World Championships.

“I’m so impressed with all of the Team Arctic racers and crews,” said Shimpa. “Everyone came to  Jackson with their best effort, proving Arctic Cat dominated  the toughest mountain race  of the year. With three races remaining on the RMSHA circuit, I expect we’ll see a lot more wins before the 2013 hillclimb season concludes.”

Team Arctic Results from the 2013 Jackson Hole World Championships of Hillclimbs

  • 600 Improved: 1. David McClure; 2. Rob Kincaid; 3. Jeremy Archibald
  • 600 Mod: 2. Russ Tapio
  • 700 Stock: 3. Chance Buckallew
  • 700 Improved: 1. Jeremy Archibald; 2. David McClure;3. Rob Kinciad
  • 700 Mod: 2. Nels Tapio
  • 800 Stock: 3. David McClure
  • 800 Improved: 1. Kyle Tapio
  • Open Mod: 1. Kyle Tapio
  • Pro Masters Improved: 3. Tony Ottobre
  • Pro Masters Mod: 3. Tony Ottobre
  • Women’s Stock: 3. Jan Ottobre
  • Women’s Improved: 2. Amy Zollinger; 3. Jan Ottobre
  • Women’s Mod: 3. Kaycee Balls
  • Amateur Final: 2. Shay Smith
  • Improved Stock King: Kyle Tapio
  • Mod King: Kyle Tapio
  • King of Kings: Kyle Tapio

Ross Martin Closes Season With Biggest Win of The Year

Posted on March 20th, 2013 in Facebook, Sledder Featured Article

It was without a doubt the most exciting snocross racing ever on Saturday at the Grand Finale in Lake Geneva, WI.

MartinMarch 19, 2013 – Lake Nebagamon, WI. Ross Martin (Geneva’s hometown hero) was on fire! The fans were on their feet going ballistic as Martin won every time he hit the track. As the number 1 qualifier, he had first pick on the line for the Pro Open Final. Ross exploded off the starting line straight up the hill, pulling the Stud Boy Holeshot and setting a blistering pace. It was an intense battle the first couple of laps with several competitors trying to take Martin, but he held the lead and pulled away from the group lap by lap. But about the second to last lap, Hibbert emerged from the pack closing the gap and coming up on Martin’s tail. It was a cat and mouse game with Martin keeping the slight edge until the final corner just before the checkered. With everyone on their feet, they came out or the final corner side by side. It was a pure power drag race to the finish line and all 12,000 fans were screaming while Ross took the checkered for the Pro Open win.

Scott Judnick, Judnick Motorsports Team owner said, “We could hardly get through the fans to get up to the podium. In my 16 years of snocross racing, I have never seen anything like it! Even Roger Skime, Vice President of Snowmobile Engineering with Arctic Cat Inc. said in the 50 years he has been in the industry, this was the best race he’d ever seen! What an amazing way to finish the season. I am very proud of our team.”

Ross clinches 2nd in the overall 2012/2013 Amsoil Championship Snocross Series Pro Open Points Race.

There is little downtime though. We are up at the ERX Motor Park for the next week or two testing for next season.

A huge thanks to our incredible sponsors who make this all possible!

Make sure to catch the action or set your DVR on CBS Sports Network. For the intense action from Lake Geneva tune in April 14, at 10:30 am EST.

CBS Sports Network TV Schedule:

Buffalo River Race Park  Snocross, Glyndon, MN – March 24 – 10:30 a.m. EST Round 13

Buffalo River Race Park Snocross, Glyndon, MN – March 31 – 10:30 a.m. EST Round 14

Nielsen Enterprises Grand Finale, Lake Geneva, WI – April 7 – 10:30 a.m. EST Round 15

Nielsen Enterprises Grand Finale, Lake Geneva, WI – April 14 – 10:30 a.m. EST Round 16

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Four Podium Weekend Punctuates Strong Finish for Carlson Motorsports

Posted on March 20th, 2013 in Facebook, Sledder Featured Article

The efforts of the "boys in the hauler" were evident at Geneva as the Carlson Motorsports Polaris sleds were often first to the top of the hill.

The efforts of the “boys in the hauler” were evident at Geneva as the Carlson Motorsports Polaris sleds were often first to the top of the hill.

MINNEAPOLIS (March 20, 2013) – You could sense the floodgates were ready to burst well before the Carlson Motorsports Team hit the monster-sized Lake Geneva track for the ISOC Season Finale this past weekend. The momentum and positive results had been accumulating race after race, and then the “burst” happened; as the team captured four podiums and a pair of top-ten year-end finishes.

The most dominating performances came from Pro-Lite athlete Andrew Carlson, whose second half of the season has been one of steady improvement, perseverance, and confidence. At Geneva, Carlson brought everything, along with a well-prepared and freaky fast Polaris snowmobile to the line.

The Geneva track has long been regarded as one of the toughest and biggest tracks in the sport, marked by nasty holes, a spooky vertical descent, and an up-hill starting line drag race that often separates the skillful “tuners” from those who end up simply being “tuned”. For Carlson, the results speak for themselves. In six starts up the hill, Andrew was first to the top five times.

Carlson qualified for the front row both days, with a 2-2 qualifying effort on Friday and a 3-1 showing on Saturday. Even more impressive were the main event results, where Carlson bested the group with a holeshot, battled with eventual Pro-Lite champion Jake Scott, and finished third. Saturday, it was more of the same for Carlson, who again grabbed the lead from the start and led for much of the race until his combatant, Andrew Lieders, went for the lead on a “checkers or wrecker” move on the sketchy downhill section and made it stick, barely. Carlson stood proud on the second place box on the podium, his second of the season and in the process moved up to fifth overall in the year-end standings.

Johan Lidman showed the speed and tenacity that got him first noticed as a novice in Sweden as he passed back year-end champ Hibbert for a heat win in Geneva.

Johan Lidman showed the speed and tenacity that got him first noticed as a novice in Sweden as he passed back year-end champ Hibbert for a heat win in Geneva.

Not to be outdone by his teammate, the speedy Swede, Johan Lidman has also been showing much improved speed during the second half of the season, and he continued to lay down fast laps on the massive Geneva track. While he failed to make the podium, narrowly missing the box with a fourth place finish on Friday, a pair of qualifying wins and front row starts underscored his much improved performance. One race in particular showcased Johan’s improvement, as he battled with champ Tucker Hibbert; saw Hibbert pass him; and then regrouped, charged, and passed the multi-time champ back for the win. Lidman finished the season 10th in points, breaking into the elite group on the final weekend.

“I’ve been involved in snowmobile racing for a long time, but these past few race weekends have been the most fun I’ve ever had at the track,” said a jubilant team owner Chris Carlson. “I’m so proud of the team and thankful to our sponsors and supporters who make it all possible.”

More wins for the team came from upstart rider Ryan Springer in the Sport class. While Ryan failed to make the final on Saturday due to a crash, he won both of his heat races on Sunday and finished second in the final.

The weekend was capped by the RAM World Cup, which pitted Team USA against a world team. Andrew Carlson qualified as one of five riders to represent Team USA, who defeated Team World in a three-moto format.

Ryan Springer has already left his mark in the Sport ranks despite racing a limited schedule. Many predict Springer will battle for year-end honors next season.

Ryan Springer has already left his mark in the Sport ranks despite racing a limited schedule. Many predict Springer will battle for year-end honors next season.

Team Carlson Motorsports scored eight ISOC podiums on the season plus an Eagle River World Championship podium, an impressive showing with much improvement over last season. The team has gelled, the sleds are some of the best tuned on the track, and more podiums are almost assuredly to come.

The team will now trek across the pond where they will compete in the Clash of Nations, March 28-29 in Fulun Sweden.

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Photos by Gary Walton

Team Arctic Finishes Isoc Snocross Season With Pro Open Championship

Posted on March 20th, 2013 in Facebook, Sledder Featured Article

Tucker Hibbert Leads the Team’s Best Weekend of the Season in Lake Geneva

Photo courtesy Joe Wiegele

Photo courtesy Joe Wiegele

Thief River Falls, Minn. (March 19, 2013) – Team Arctic’s ISOC national snocross effort delivered its top performance of the season at the year-end event in Lake Geneva, Wis., with five victories across a range of classes and winning the coveted Pro Open Championship.

Tucker Hibbert continued his one-man stranglehold of the Pro Open class with another powerful victory in the Friday night program, locking up the points championship despite one more night of racing the following evening. A seventh-place start in the second final set up a dramatic come-from-behind charge that saw Hibbert narrowly miss his second victory of the weekend by just two-one-hundredths of a second.

Team Arctic Race Manager Mike Kloety summarized Hibbert’s performance at Lake Geneva and the entire ISOC season: “Once again we’re in awe of Tucker Hibbert. He dominated the Friday night program like he has done at nearly every race this season, winning by a huge margin. His seventh-to-almost-winning run in Saturday’s program was a huge win for snocross fans who were treated to another amazing display of speed and cunning to pass other riders on a one-line track that produced single-file racing most of the weekend. The drama of that final was exhilarating! And the success of his championship-winning was nothing less than incredible.”

Other winning Team Arctic racers at Lake Geneva included Jay Lura who scored two victories in the Junior classes; Carson Alread in Jr. Novice 10-13; and Evan Christian in Jr. Novice 8-12. And Josh Zelinski captured the ISOC Pro Am Plus 30 high point title with his second place finish, capping a season of top finishes for the tough competitor.

“We take great pride in the efforts of our racers, teams and crews at Lake Geneva,” said Kloety. “Our improved success there, especially in the Sport and Junior classes, illustrates the depth of our team and the future of our program. This will be a great springboard into next season.”

Team Arctic Race Results from ISOC National Snocross in Lake Geneva, Wis.

Pro Open #1: 1. Tucker Hibbert; 8. Logan Christian; 10. Derek Ellis; 12. Matt Piche

Pro Open #2: 2. Tucker Hibbert; 14. Derek Ellis; 15. Logan Christian

Pro Am Plus 30: 2. Josh Zelinski

Sport #1: 2. Travis Kern

Amateur 16-29: 2. Jonathan Schwantz

Jr. 16-17: 1. Jay Lura; 2. Kyle Kuntsman

Jr. 14-15: 1. Jay Lura; 2. Colin Kernz

Jr. Novice 10-13: 1. Carson Alread

Transition 8-12: 1. Evan Christian; 2. Carson Alread; 3. Justin Hodge

Vote for Tucker Hibbert as the Best Athlete in Action Sports

Posted on March 19th, 2013 in Facebook, Sledder News

Photo courtesy John Hanson

Photo courtesy John Hanson

Fresh off of capturing his seventh National Snocross Championship title, Tucker Hibbert has been selected as one of 32 male action sports athletes to be included in X Games’ “Best in Action Sports” online bracket competition. Starting today, you can cast your vote to crown the top current action sports star. In the opening round, Hibbert is up against pro skier Seth Morrison. You have until March 24 to push Hibbert to the next round!

What: Vote for Tucker Hibbert as the Best in Action Sports

How: // VOTE for Tucker Hibbert

When: March 19-March 24