Archive for February, 2014

Polaris Teams Set the Pace Through First Half of Grueling Iron Dog Cross-Country Race Across Alaska

Posted on February 26th, 2014 in Facebook, Sledder Featured Article, Sledder News

Polaris Team Leads at Halfway Point and Nine of Top 20 Teams Are on Polaris Sleds

MEDINA, Minn. (Feb. 20, 2014) – Polaris cross-country snowmobile racers Mike Morgan and Chris Olds were the leaders at the midway point of the grueling 2014 Iron Dog cross-country snowmobile race across Alaska. Competing in the Pro class, Morgan and Olds led the field into Nome, Alaska, where the drivers enjoyed a midway banquet on Wednesday night before racing resumed Thursday, Feb. 20.

The Pros are expected to cross the finish line in Fairbanks on Saturday, Feb. 22.

Racers on Polaris snowmobiles dominated the Pro-class field at the midway point. Of the two-man Pro teams that reached Nome:
• Polaris teams were in first and third places.
• Five of the top 10 teams were on Polaris.
• Nine of the top 20 Pro teams were on Polaris sleds, more than any other brand.

Morgan and Olds arrived at the midway point in Nome 25 minutes ahead of the second-place team, meaning they would start the second half of the race with that advantage. Both were competing on Polaris 600 Switchback PRO-R sleds. Morgan, 28, is from Nome and is in his fifth Iron Dog. Olds, 42, who is from Eagle River, Alaska, has run the race 12 times before this year and was on back-to-back winning teams in 2010 and 2011.

In third place at Nome was the Polaris team of Todd Minnick and Nick Olstad, a pair of Wasilla, Alaska, racers who teamed up to win the 2009 race. Minnick, 34, is on a 600 Switchback PRO-R in his 12th Iron Dog race. Olstad, 31, who is on a 600 RUSH in his 10th Iron Dog, won in 2005, his first year as a Pro, as well as in 2009.

Experienced racers said conditions for this year’s 2,013-mile race were as rough as they could recall. The final leg of the first half, from Unalakleet to Nome, was reportedly as challenging as the veterans had ever seen it, with a severe lack of snow, frozen tundra tussocks, exposed rock, and broken ice slowing teams and causing significant sled damage.

Polaris racer Scott Faeo rode the final 40 miles to Nome on one ski after an aftermarket ski on his sled broke. He and all the other racers took advantage of the layover in Nome to work on their sleds.

Other Polaris race teams in the top 10 at the halfway point were:

7. Archie Agnes and Arnold Marks, both from Tanana, Alaska, and both on 600 Switchback PRO-R sleds.

8. Shane Barber of Willow, Alaska, and Ryan Sottosanti of Wasilla. They reached Nome just 39 seconds behind the team ahead of them, and are racing on 600 Switchback PRO-R sleds.

10. Gabe Bunke of Moorhead, Minnesota, and Scott Faeo of Wasilla. They were racing on 600 INDY sleds, and arrived in Nome just 8 seconds behind the ninth-place team. Faeo is in his second Iron Dog as a Pro, and Bunke, a Midwest cross-country and enduro racing star, is competing in the Iron Dog for the first time in his career.

Polaris Pro-class racers in the second 10 spots at Nome included:
13. Archie Beetus and Ryan Folsom, both on 600 INDY models.
16. Kyle Conner on a 600 Switchback and Jerrod Vaughn on a 600 Switchback PRO-R.
18. Chris Carroll and Ray Chvastasz, both on 600 RUSH PRO-R models.
20. Tyler Delimont and Larry Jones, both on 600 INDY sleds.

Of the Trail-class teams that had reached Nome, the third-place team includes Rachel Kidwell, a rookie who was racing on a 600 Switchback PRO-R.
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Polaris is a recognized leader in the powersports industry with annual 2013 sales of $3.8 billion. Polaris designs, engineers, manufactures and markets innovative, high quality off-road vehicles, including all-terrain vehicles (ATVs) and the Polaris RANGER® and RZR® side-by-side vehicles, snowmobiles, motorcycles and on-road electric/hybrid powered vehicles.

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Epic Weekend of Winning For Team Arctic at I-500 and New York

Posted on February 14th, 2014 in Facebook, Sledder Featured Article, Sledder News

Brian Dick and Zach Herfindahl go 1-2 at USXC I-500 Cross-Country; Tucker Hibbert Leads 10-Win Weekend at New York ISOC National Snocross

Team Arctic's Brian Dick at 2014 USXC I-500. Photo by ArcticInsider

Team Arctic’s Brian Dick at 2014 USXC I-500. Photo by ArcticInsider

Thief River Falls, Minn. (Feb. 14, 2014) – 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.

Team Arctic Results from the 2014 USXC Seven Clans Casino I-500 Cross-Country

• Pro 600 : 1. Brian Dick; 2. Zach Herfindahl; 4. Cody Kallock; 5. Ben Langaas; 7. Timmy Kallock; 8. Chad Lian; 9. Nick Fischer

• Pro Open: 1. Brian Dick; 2. Zach Herfindahl

• Semi Pro 600: 1. Ben Langaas; 2. Timmy Kallock

• Semi Pro Improved: 1. Ben Langaas; 3. Lance Efteland

• Super Stock: 3. Jon Arneson

• Women: 1. Jolene Bute

• Masters 40-plus: 1. Jon Arneson

• Masters 50-plus: 1. Dan Fischer; 2. Paul Dick; 3. Brian Brown

• Trail: 1. Kevin Tinjum; 2. Ross Ilstrup; 3. Garet Grzadzielewski

• Trophy 85: 1. Ryan Weidemann; 2. Nathan Joyce; 3. Marty Feil

• Vintage: 2. Peter Behm

• Vintage Legends: 1. Gerry Mattison; 3. John Dusek III

• Classic IFS: 1. Brad Naplin

• Expert 85: 1. Kevin Tinjum; 2. Ryan Trout; 3. Trevis Rothschadl

• Junior 12-17: 1. Ross Ilstrup; 2. Tyler Brown; 3. Blake Johnson

• Junior 12-17 Girls: 1. Kelsey Pladson; 3. Sara Larson

Team Arctic Results from the 2014 ISOC National Snocross in New York

• Pro Open #1: 1. Tucker Hibbert

• Pro Open #2: 1. Tucker Hibbert

• Pro Lite #1: 2. Corey Watkinson

• Pro AM Women: 1. Marica Renheim

• Sport #1: 1. Montana Jess

• Sport #2: 1. Travis Kern

• Jr. 16-17: 1. Trent Wittwer

• Jr. 14-15: 1. Trent Wittwer

• Jr. Novice 10-13: 1. Carson Alread ; 2. Taylor Cole; 3. Tucker Keirstead

• Transition 8-12: 1. Carson Alread; 3. Brendon Gouin

• 120 Champ 6-12: 1. Tucker Haala

Polaris Snocross Racers Sweep Both Pro Lite Finals & Finish 2-3 in Pair of ISOC Pro Open Finals in New York

Posted on February 11th, 2014 in Facebook, Sledder Featured Article, Sledder News

Corin Todd Wins Saturday Night Pro Lite Final in Front of Home State Fans

MEDINA, Minn. (Feb. 11, 2014) – Polaris snocross racers claimed four of the weekend’s six available Pro Open podium spots, and Polaris racers won both Pro Lite finals during ISOC National snocross racing Feb. 8-9 in Salamanca, New York. Kody Kamm (Hentges Racing) and Kyle Pallin (Team LaVallee) each had a second- and third-place finish in the Pro Open finals, and the Pro Lite winners were James Johnstad (Judnick Motorsports) on Friday night and native New Yorker Corin Todd (Leighton Motorsports) on Saturday.

With those outstanding finishes, Kamm is second, Pallin is third, and Justin Broberg (Hentges Racing) is fourth in Pro Open points. Polaris racers hold six of the top seven spots in the Pro Lite points standings, with Andrew Carlson (Carlson Motorsports) in first and Corin Todd in second.

Pro Open: Kamm, Pallin & Broberg Run Up Front

Kody Kamm continued his outstanding season in ISOC National Pro Open racing with a second-place finish on Friday night in New York, one spot ahead of Kyle Pallin. Justin Broberg was sixth and Levi LaVallee (Team LaVallee) was 14th.

“That was definitely some interesting racing,” Pallin said after Friday night’s final. “I made a couple mistakes early, but just kept picking off guys there towards the end and made it up here.”

In Saturday night’s final, Pallin and Kamm swapped places, with Pallin taking second and Kamm third. Broberg was fifth, LaVallee was 12th, Bobby LePage (Cottew Motorsports) was 13th, and Mike Pilotte was 14th.

“This is my third year racing the Pros and I learn more and more each race,” Pallin said from the podium after Saturday’s final. “It’s really starting to pay off. I’m having an awesome time.”

Kamm is second in Pro Open points, Pallin is third, and Broberg is fourth. LaVallee is 11th, Ross Martin (Judnick Motorsports) is 12th despite missing recent races due to injury, Jake Scott (Team LaVallee) is 13th, and Bobby LePage is 17th.

Pro Lite: Polaris Domination Continues With N.Y. Sweep

Seven of the top 10 finishers in Friday night’s Pro Lite final were on Polaris race sleds, including race winner James Johnstad and third-place finisher Corin Todd. Andrew Lieders (Team LaVallee) was fourth, Andrew Carlson (Carlson Motorsports) was seventh, Jordan Kraus (Relentless Racing) was eighth, Zak Mason (Leighton Motorsports) was ninth, and Trevor Leighton (Leighton Motorsports) was 10th.

Johnstad said he’s battling for every point to rebound from an early season setback. “It’s a bummer I got hurt at Duluth [in the season opener], but I’ve been able to come back and we’ve got our heads down and are trying to get as many wins as we can and see where we end up at the end.”

In the Saturday night final, Todd, who is from Otego, New York, won in front of his home state fans and led a Polaris podium sweep as Lieders (Team LaVallee) was second and Carlson was third. Johnstad was fifth, Kraus was eighth, Leighton was ninth, and Mason was 14th.

“I said coming into this weekend I wanted to ride consistent and limit the errors,” Todd said after winning Saturday. “So I just put my head down and here we are on the box again.”

Polaris racers dominate the Pro Lite points standings, which show Andrew Carlson in first, Corin Todd in second, Andrew Lieders in fourth, Zak Mason in fifth, James Johnstad in sixth, Trevor Leighton in seventh, Jordan Kraus in 13th, and Marcus Johansson in 16th.

Polaris Racers Earn Three Podium Finishes in Sport Finals

In the weekend’s Sport class finals, Polaris racers Adam Weiler (Wright and Filippis Racing) finished second and Cole Cottew (Cottew Motorsports) was third on Friday, and Braydon Love (444 Motorsports) finished second on Saturday.

Polaris racers fill the Sport points standings, led by Ryan Springer (Carlson Motorsports) in third and Braydon Love in fourth. Durk Roper (Roper Racing) is sixth, Evan Daudt (Daudt Racing) is seventh, Cole Cottew is ninth, Luke Wollenberg (2 Three 7 Motorsports) is 11th, Kyle LaCoe (LaCoe Racing) is 14th, Jacob Yurk (Team Vermillion) is 15th, Dylan Jansen (Jansen Brothers Racing) is 16th, and Adam Weiler is 17th.

In the Pro-Am +30 final in New York, Jason Boran (Team Southside) took first place, Bruce Jesionowski (Snirt Racing) took third and Scot Adams (JTA Racing) was fifth. Jesionowski is third in points, and Justin Tate (2-Eight Motorsports) is fourth.

In the Pro-Am Women final, Nykea Williams (Team Southside) finished second, Janell Smith (Team NorthStar) was fourth, Tabitha Bode (Team BSR) was seventh, and Rachelle Fountain (Fountain Racing) was eighth. Bode is currently third in points, followed by Jakki Farmer (Farmer Racing/Fort Fremont Racing) in fourth, Jennifer Martel in fifth, Jennifer Pare (Leighton Motorsports) in ninth, Jessica Martel in 11th, and Rachelle Fountain (Fountain Racing) in 12th.

Bruce Gaspardi, Jr. (Team Southside), won Friday and Saturday night’s Amateur race and James Obine (Team North Star) took third.

The next ISOC National event will be Feb. 21-22 in Mt. Pleasant, Michigan.

Celebrate Wisconsin Snowmobiling Sport Show to Be Held In Trego

Posted on February 5th, 2014 in Facebook, Sledder Featured Article, Sledder News

Trego, Wis. (February 4, 2014) – Snowmobile enthusiasts, club volunteers, state officials and even the Association of Wisconsin’s Snowmobile Club’s Miss Snowflake will be gathering at Heartwood Conference Center & Retreat on Thursday, February 20, 2014 from 5 to 9 p.m. The first annual AWSC Celebrate Wisconsin Snowmobiling Sport Show is being held that evening and will bring many great displays for snowmobile enthusiasts to enjoy. Displays will include destination booths, local snowmobile club booths, safety displays and learn to ride area, vintage snowmobile and race displays, and local grooming equipment.

Admission to the event is free and the public is encouraged to stop out and see all of the great displays and talk with fellow snowmobile enthusiasts as well as members of the Wisconsin Dept. of Natural Resources, Wisconsin Dept. of Tourism, Association of Wisconsin Snowmobile Clubs and many others. This event is being held in conjunction with the 1st Annual AWSC Celebrate WI Snowmobiling VIP Ride and is hosted by AWSC, WI Dept. of Tourism, Washburn County, Burnett County and the sponsors. The event will bring snowmobile enthusiasts and leaders together for an enjoyable event and ride to celebrate the sport of snowmobiling.

For more information on the sport show or to reserve a booth, call Michelle at 1-800-367-3306.

FOX Athletes Sweep Gold at Winter X Games 2014

Posted on February 3rd, 2014 in Facebook, Sledder Featured Article, Sledder News

Tucker Hibbert, Mike Schultz, Colten Moore, and Levi LaVallee capture gold at Winter X 2014.

Colten Moore by Brett Moist Photogrphy

Colten Moore by Brett Moist Photogrphy

February 3, 2014 – BAXTER, Minn. — From insane aerial acrobatics and jumps of 140+ feet, to a record-breaking performance in snocross and an inspiring performance in adaptive snocross, FOX athletes took center stage at Winter X Games 2014, capturing 10 of a possible 12 medals including a gold medal sweep.  Next generation FOX shocks, with their incredible control and tuning capabilities, helped pave the way to victory for the world’s top snowmobile athletes as they tackled the slopes in Aspen, Colorado.

The winning runs started not long after Winter X 2014 commenced, as Colten Moore made an emotional return to the same event that brought a tragic end to his brother Caleb’s life just one year ago. Colten was flawless in his quest for X Games gold, pulling off tricks with unparalleled ease and confidence. Colten had the gold medal virtually locked up after his first run, allowing him to focus his second run on impressing his family and friends in attendance.

The following day, a new competition at Winter X pitted some of the best snocross racers, backcountry riders and freestyle athletes head-to-head in the snowmobile long jump event. Not surprisingly, FOX-equipped snowmobiles ridden by Levi LaVallee, Cory Davis, and Colten Moore swept the medal round, with LaVallee taking the gold with an impressive jump of just over 147 feet.

Levi LaVallee by Brett Moist Photography

Levi LaVallee by Brett Moist Photography

Mike Schultz by Brett Moist Photography

Mike Schultz by Brett Moist Photography

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sunday marked the final day of Winter X, with adaptive snocross and snocross as the day’s featured events. It was another FOX sweep in adaptive snocross where favorite Mike Schultz used FOX shocks to help optimize performance of both his sled and his prosthetic leg. Mike has proven to be an inspiration to all athletes after a snocross accident resulted in the loss of Mike’s left leg from just above the knee in 2008. Mike not only returned to competition, but also started a company called Biodapt and developed his own prosthetic leg called the Moto Knee, which utilizes FOX shocks in its design. In addition to Schultz’s win, Garrett Goodwin and Doug Henry rode their FOX-equipped sleds across the line for Silver and Bronze medals respectively.

Tucker Hibbert by Brett Moist Photography

Tucker Hibbert by Brett Moist Photography

The finale of Winter X was once again the snocross competition, where FOX athlete Tucker Hibbert was looking to set the all-time Winter X Games consecutive gold medal count. As has been the case the entire season, Hibbert was an early favorite who quickly found himself at the front of the 15-sled pack.  Hibbert easily won his seventh consecutive gold medal, beating the record previously he held along with snowboarding athlete Shaun White. Following Hibbert across the line with silver and bronze medals draped around their necks were Kody Kamm and Justin Broberg, giving FOX-equipped sleds another medal sweep.

“Winter X Games is the big show for our sport,” said FOX Snowmobile Race Manager Rick Strobel. “To have every racer who won gold running a sled with FOX shocks is about as good as it gets. Everyone puts their hearts and souls to get to this point, and the information we learn is so valuable towards the future development of FOX shocks. The athletes keep pushing which forces us to keep pushing as well and making improvements.”