Archive for November, 2013

When Tucker Hibbert Wins With APV Oil, You Win!

Posted on November 27th, 2013 in Facebook, Sledder Featured Article, Sledder News

TUCKER_WINS_YOU_WIN1Thief River Falls, Minn. (November 26, 2013) – Tucker Hibbert has won more snocross races than any other active racer and is currently a handful of wins away from becoming the winningest snocross racer ever. Tucker and his team demand the best performance and protection for their championship-winning Arctic Cat snowmobiles, and that’s why they run APV. For the 2013-2014 Snocross race season, APV Oil is proud to continue being the Official Oil Supplier for Hibbert Racing.

Hibbert wants his fans to win with APV just like he does, so every time he takes the checkers this season during a Pro Open Final, eight fans will receive an autographed jug of APV oil. Odds are good too – last season Tucker won over 70-percent of the races he entered while using APV Lubricants.

Signing up for a chance to win is easy, just log on to http://arcticcatlubricants.com/win/ and enter your info. You only need to enter once to be eligible to win after any of the races on Hibbert’s calendar. Visit www.tucker-hibbert.com to see Hibbert’s race schedule. Enter for a chance to win when Tucker wins!

Tucker Hibbert’s 2013/2014 Snocross Schedule

November 29-December 1, 2013: Duluth, MN / Spirit Mountain- ISOC National

December 6-7, 2013: Bessemer, MI / Blackjack Ski Resort – ISOC National

January 3-4, 2014: Shakopee, MN / Canterbury Park – ISOC National

January 23-24, 2014: Aspen, CO / Buttermilk Mountain – Winter X Games

January 31-Feb. 1, 2014: Deadwood, SD / Rodeo Grounds – ISOC National

February 7-8, 2014: Salamanca, NY / Seneca Allegany Casino – ISOC National

February 21-22, 2014: Mt. Pleasant, MI / Soaring Eagle Casino – ISOC National

March 7-8, 2014: Fargo, ND / Buffalo River Race Park – ISOC National

March 14-15, 2014: Lake Geneva, WI / Grand Geneva Resort – ISOC National

About Arctic Cat

Arctic Cat Inc., based in Minnesota, designs, engineers, manufactures and markets snowmobiles and all-terrain vehicles (ATVs) / Recreational Off-Highway Vehicles (ROVs) under the Arctic Cat® brand name, as well as related parts, garments and accessories.  Arctic Cat is among the most widely recognized and respected brands in the snowmobile and ATV/ROV industry. The company markets its products through a network of independent dealers located throughout the United States, Canada and Europe, and through distributors representing dealers in Europe, the Middle East, Asia and other international markets. Arctic Cat trades on the NASDAQ Global Select Market under the symbol ACAT. For more information, please visit www.arcticcat.com.

Discover Wisconsin Premieres “Join the Club – Snowmobiling In Wisconsin”

Posted on November 26th, 2013 in Facebook, Sledder Featured Article, Sledder News

TV show shines spotlight on popular winter pastime in Wisconsin

Discover Wis. logoWISCONSIN – (November 26, 2013) – A popular wintertime pursuit in Wisconsin is highlighted in an upcoming episode of the nation’s longest-running tourism TV show, Discover Wisconsin. “Join the Club—Snowmobiling in Wisconsin” airs November 31-December 1, 2013 and will reach Discover Wisconsin’s broadcast network of 480,000 viewers across the upper Great Lakes region, including Wisconsin, Northern Illinois, Minnesota, Iowa, and Upper Michigan. The show was produced in partnership with the Association of Wisconsin Snowmobile Clubs (AWSC) and Discover Wisconsin. This episode can also be viewed online.

“Most people who don’t snowmobile simply assume that the DNR takes care of the trails,” says AWSC president, Doug Johnson. “The truth of the matter is it’s the local clubs that really manage the trails and make the activity accessible to everyone with a sled.” Add to that the fact that Wisconsin has more trails than any other state or province in North America and you can see the important role this group plays.

Snowmobiling does fall under the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (DNR), but funding comes from snowmobile registration and gas taxes for winter recreational vehicles. More important, the nearly 600 clubs plan, create and maintain nearly 95 percent of the trails throughout the state and ensure that the trails in their areas are safe and clear of debris.

“Snowmobiling is a very family-friendly winter sport,” adds Johnson. “Members of the clubs understand that, and are also very conscious of the fact that 75 percent of our state’s trails cross private property. Our club members appreciate that and encourage respect for the areas adjacent to the trails.”

The show, which is sponsored by AWSC, highlights the importance of its member clubs. It also covers year-around events like the Snowmobile Water-Cross Championships in Grantsburg. For more information, visit DiscoverWisconsin.com.

About Discover Wisconsin

As the nation’s longest running tourism program, Discover Wisconsin can be seen statewide on Fox Sports North (FSN) Saturday mornings at 10 a.m. For more on this and other episodes or the broadcast schedule in other areas please visit www.discoverwisconsin.com. Connect with Discover Wisconsin on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube.

Yamaha to Use Early Snocross Events for USXC Pre-Season Warmup

Posted on November 25th, 2013 in Facebook, Sledder Featured Article, Sledder News

Yamaha Ben on Viper

USXC Semi-Pro Champ Ben Lindbom

Pleasant Prairie, WI – Yamaha is pleased to announce that it’s supported riders will appear at select snocross races early this season as part of its testing ahead of the USXC cross country racing season. “We have been working on our new SR Viper RTX race sleds all summer and fall,” explained Yamaha Snowmobile Racing’s Eric Josephsen. “Our team has developed a great setup on the new sled with an eye on our primary goal, which is to win the USXC Pro title this season and be a consistent podium finisher in RMSHA. With this new sled, we want to test it in competition before the season gets under way, like a preseason football game. That will let us work out any hiccups before we get to the Pine Lake race.”

Reigning USXC Semi-Pro Champ Ben Lindbom will return to the team in the Pro ranks this season, and is joined by Pro rider Matt Piche on the Cross Country circuit. Both riders plan to gain seat time at the first two ISOC events in Duluth, MN, and Bessemer, MI, before they begin the battle for the Cross Country title.

Yamaha has also hired Steve Taylor to participate in the ISOC test and development sessions. “Most people know Steve as a fierce snocross competitor,” explained Josephsen. “But he is also a very talented and methodical testing and development rider. He brings a lot of experience and enthusiasm to the team.

“We know this is an unconventional way to start a race season,” Josephsen added. “But we think it will give us a lot of momentum and insight into the new sleds as the USXC season gets going.”

Yamaha fans can follow the team throughout the season at facebook.com/YamahaSnowmobilesUSA and youtube.com/user/YamahaSnowmobilesUSA.

AMSOIL Ski-Doo Teammates Malinoski, Tremblay Aiming for Fast Starts

Posted on November 25th, 2013 in Facebook, Sledder Featured Article, Sledder News

Amsoil Ski-Doo teamDuluth, Minn. (Nov. 22) – AMSOIL Ski-Doo teammates Robbie Malinoski and Tim Tremblay have plenty of reasons for wanting to do well at the AMSOIL Duluth National on Spirit Mountain next weekend, the season-opener for the AMSOIL Championship Snocross series.

Malinoski dominated the Pro Open race in Duluth last year, winning both finals for Scheuring Speed Sports. Teammate Tremblay had a terrific race, too, finishing second and third in the two main events.

But though Malinoski and Tremblay went on to have good seasons, neither finished where they wanted. Malinoski hurt his knee later in the year and ended up sixth in the final points standings, and Tremblay rode with an injured thumb through most of his campaign, finishing third in points.

“Last year I started out the season awesome in Duluth,” Malinoski said. “Everything went well there, but later in the season I got hurt. I couldn’t keep going at the pace I was on, and that was a bummer. Staying healthy is a big key for me this year.”

Malinoski suffered a torn meniscus in his knee in a non-national event race, but he’s back to 100 percent now. So is Tremblay, whose thumb injury was one of the best-kept mysteries in the sport.

“It was kind of a secret the whole winter, but I couldn’t really ride like I wanted to, and I wasn’t ready to go 100 percent,” Tremblay said. “But I’m fully healed, and my thumb is really good now.”

Early in his pro career, Tremblay was hesitant to race in Duluth, as memories from a crash there lingered, but he’s gotten over that and is ready to go all-out on Spirit Mountain.

“The first year I came to the U.S. I got hurt in Duluth,” said Tremblay, a Canadian. “Every time I’d go back, I was a little scared and just wanted to get through the weekend and make sure I didn’t get hurt.

“But everything’s been good for me the last couple of times in Duluth, so the bad memory is fading. We get to the track early here at Scheuring Speed Sports, and we get in lots of riding. It should be good for us.”

Duluth is one of Malinoski’s favorite tracks, and not just because he has won there.

“It’s always a fun race,” Malinoski said. “It’s a tough race because there’s a lot of work that goes into it and there’s not a lot of time, but you get to start with a fresh slate right there in Duluth.”

The energy surrounding the Duluth event also makes it distinct.

“The first round is always a little bit more special,” Malinoski said. “Everybody is a little more excited. As the season wears on, everybody mellows out.”

Pro-level practice and qualifying action, along with amateur-level racing, takes place throughout all three days of the event with gates opening at 8 a.m., Friday through Sunday. The pre-race ceremony for the AMSOIL Dominator is slated for 5 p.m., Friday, with Race 1 of the AMSOIL Championship Snocross series beginning at 5 p.m., Saturday. Race 2 will start at noon, Sunday.

Race 1 will air at 7:30 p.m., Dec. 22, on CBS Sports Network. Race 2 will be broadcast one week later at 7:30 p.m., Dec. 29, also on CBS Sports Network.

Please visit www.amsoilracing.com for more information

Tucker Hibbert Set to Break Records During 2013/2014 Snocross Season

Posted on November 25th, 2013 in Facebook, Sledder Featured Article, Sledder News

TuckerHibbert-ActionNovember 25, 2013 – Tucker Hibbert enters the 2013/2014 snocross season with a proven program that’s prepared to break records. Hibbert’s on track to defend his ISOC National Snocross Pro Open title, become the first person in Winter X Games history to win seven consecutive gold medals and pass legend Blair Morgan’s Pro National win record to become the most decorated snocross racer in history.

Monster Energy leads Hibbert’s team while Arctic Cat provides factory support with its 2014 ZR 6000 R. After a successful first season, Ram Truck returns as the official truck of team Monster Energy/Arctic Cat.

Castle X Racewear, Fly Helmets, Leatt Brace, SPY Optic, TekVest and CTi continue to outfit Hibbert in the industry’s leading race gear and protective equipment. On the mechanical side, Stud Boy, Speedwerx, FOX and APV Synthetic Oil and Lubricants keep his sled running at its peak performance. Hot Stuff Pizza, Kicker Audio and Digital Ink Design & Graphics complete the program.

The reigning ISOC Pro Open champion kicks off his season this weekend in Duluth, Minn. at the first of eight stops on the ISOC tour. With 80 pro victories, he’s only five wins away from passing Morgan’s record. To follow Hibbert’s racing this winter, visit www.tucker-hibbert.com.

Tucker Hibbert – #68 Monster Energy/Arctic Cat

“I’m fortunate to work with brands that share my passion and drive for success. We (the team) have big goals for this winter and need people who can stand behind us to help us achieve those goals. We’ve found a good groove and are focused on fine-tuning what we know works. In racing, it’s the little improvements that add up to make a big difference. If we keep doing what we’re doing, the wins will come and we’ll reach our goals.”

“Going into this season, I feel as ready as I’ve ever been. I was able to get on snow the beginning of October, which is really rare. Overall, I think most of the pro riders have been riding more this preseason than years past. It’ll make for a competitive, intense race this weekend at Duluth.”

Tucker Hibbert’s 2013/2014 Snocross Schedule

November 29-December 1, 2013: Duluth, MN / Spirit Mountain- ISOC National

December 6-7, 2013: Bessemer, MI / Blackjack Ski Resort – ISOC National

January 3-4, 2014: Shakopee, MN / Canterbury Park – ISOC National

January 23-24, 2014: Aspen, CO / Buttermilk Mountain – Winter X Games

January 31-Feb. 1, 2014: Deadwood, SD / Rodeo Grounds – ISOC National

February 7-8, 2014: Salamanca, NY / Seneca Allegany Casino – ISOC National

February 21-22, 2014: Mt. Pleasant, MI / Soaring Eagle Casino – ISOC National

March 7-8, 2014: Fargo, ND / Buffalo River Race Park – ISOC National

March 14-15, 2014: Lake Geneva, WI / Grand Geneva Resort – ISOC National

Resources: www.tucker-hibbert.com • www.monsterenergy.com • www.arcticcat.com

Photo by John Hanson