Archive for March, 2014

Polaris Hillclimbers Win 10 of 12 Pro Titles and Sweep All King of the Hill Titles to Completely Dominate at the 2014 Jackson Hole World Championship Hillclimb

Posted on March 31st, 2014 in Facebook, Sledder Featured Article, Sledder News

Keith Curtis Wins Five Pro Classes, Two King of the Hill Crowns & King of Kings

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Polaris snowmobile hillclimbers delivered one of the most powerful displays of Terrain Domination® in the history of snowmobile racing when they won 10 of 12 Pro class titles, including all four Stock and all four Mod classes, and won all four Pro King of the Hill titles at the 39th annual Jackson Hole World Championship Snowmobile Hillclimb.

Polaris racer David Sharp, Jr., won the Pro 800 Improved class and the Improved King of the Hill crown at the event held March 20-23 in Jackson Hole, Wyoming, and Keith Curtis won all five classes he entered, the Stock and Mod King of the Hill titles, and the event’s ultimate competition, the King of Kings crown.

Polaris racer Andy Thomas won the Semi-Pro Stock and Semi-Pro Improved classes, and the Semi-Pro King of the Hill crown, giving Polaris a full sweep of the event’s King competitions. Polaris racer Christy Frisby won the Women’s Improved Stock title and Shelley Heap won the Women’s Stock class.

Pro Classes: Polaris Rules the Mountain

Snow King Mountain, the imposing peak overlooking the city of Jackson Hole, belonged to the Polaris Pro-class hillclimbers during the 2014 edition of the sport’s premier event. Five Polaris racers won a total of 10 class titles, and Polaris racers filled the lion’s share of top five and top 10 spots in most classes.

Keith Curtis won the 600 Stock, 800 Stock, 800 Mod, 1000 Stock and Open Mod classes. He then won the Stock King of the Hill crown and the Mod King of the Hill title. In the final run-off involving King titlists, Curtis won the 2014 Jackson Hole King of Kings crown. It was the fifth time in his career that Curtis won all five classes he entered at an RMSHA event, and the first time he achieved such a sweep at Jackson Hole.

David Sharp, Jr., won the 800 Improved class title and finished second in 800 Mod. He won the Improved King of the Hill crown, and finished second to Curtis in the King of Kings competition.

Erin Beukelman won the 700 Mod and 1000 Improved class titles, was second in 800 Improved and was third in 800 Mod. He finished third in the Improved King of the Hill run-off.

Cole Willford won the 600 Mod class and finished second in the Mod King of the Hill run-off.

Luke Rainey won the 700 Stock title and was second in 1000 Stock. He finished second in the Stock King of the Hill competition.

Polaris hillclimbers who finished in the top three to earn podium spots included: Dolan Phelps, second in 700 Stock and third in 600 Stock; Tyler Crockett, second in 600 Mod; Toby Shepherd, second in 700 Stock; Aaron Sterck, second in 800 Stock; Les Keller, second in 600 Improved; and Brandon Titensor, third in 600 Improved.

Polaris dominated the Stock classes, winning all four and taking six of the top seven spots in 600 Stock, sweeping the top three spots in 700 Stock, earning five of the top 10 spots in 800 Stock, and finishing 1-2 and taking four of the top six spots in 1000 Stock.

Polaris racers earned seven of top eight spots in 600 Improved, six of the top eight places in 800 Improved, and Polaris racers swept the podium and grabbed five of the top 10 spots in 800 Mod.

Jackson Hole was a Rocky Mountain Snowmobile Hillclimb Assn. (RMSHA) points event. The season’s three remaining hillclimbs start with the Crested Butte [CO] Hillclimb, April 12-13.

Polaris Dominates in Semi-Pro, Women’s, Pro Masters & Juniors

Andy Thomas won the Stock and Improved classes, and the Semi-Pro King of the Hill title. Jesse Hotchkiss took third in Semi-Pro Stock, and Tavern Rupp was third in Semi-Pro Mod.

In the Pro Masters classes, David Sharp finished second in Stock and Mod, and third in Improved Stock. Dennis Durmas took third in the Pro Masters Mod class. Polaris racers took seven of the top nine spots in the Juniors class, with Tanner Meyers winning and Jonathon Durmas finishing third. In the Women’s classes, Christy Frisby won the Improved Stock class and finished second in Stock and Mod before finishing third in the Queen of the Hill runs. Shelley Heap won the Stock class, took third in Improved Stock, and was second in the Queen competition.

Auction Honors Memory of Raysha Gladfelder Nielsen

Earlier this winter, avid Polaris snowmobiler and hillclimb competitor Raysha Gladfelder Nielsen passed away. She had been a major inspiration for Polaris partnering with the Pink Ribbon Riders, a non-profit organization that provides support to cancer patients and their families, on a 2015 SnowCheck Limited Edition Pink Ribbon Riders sled. With each sale of these LE RMK and Switchback Assault models during SnowCheck, Polaris is donating $100 to the Pink Ribbon Riders.

At the Jackson Hole hillclimb, Polaris honored Raysha’s memory by auctioning off a 2015 PRO-RMK® 155 Limited Edition Pink Ribbon Riders snowmobile. All proceeds from the auction will go to the Raysha Gladfelder Nielsen Memorial Fund, a fund established to benefit Raysha’s family.

Yamaha Wins at Jackson Hole; Gavin Balls Romps SRViper M-TX Fastest to the Top

Posted on March 27th, 2014 in Facebook, Sledder Featured Article, Sledder News

The steep and rock littered ascent up the vertical face of Snow King Mountain in Jackson Hole, Wyoming has become the ultimate proving ground for both mountain man and his machine. This past weekend, it was Gavin Balls and his 2015 SRViper M-TX proving to the world Yamaha has returned to the snowmobile mountain segment in a big way, as Gavin and his Viper M-TX beat the best for the win in Improved Stock 700.

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Just two weeks prior, Gavin and the SRViper M-TX did what many thought was impossible, finishing on the podium in second place in Pinedale. Turns out that was just a precursor to what most would consider the biggest stage in hillclimb competition, Jackson Hole.

After just missing the final field in several classes during qualifying the previous day, Yamaha racers and technicians set about making some last minute traction calibrations in hopes of turning the tide. “We had been working on our suspension and traction set-up for the past couple of weeks,” said Mountain Race Team Manager Troy Johnson. “None of our racers had seat time on the new sleds until a few weeks ago, but we were real good from the get go and just had to find that small edge to put us over the top.”

That competitive edge combined with Gavin’s acute ability to find lines other hadn’t is what put the Viper M-TX atop the podium.

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“There was a real tricky section about two-thirds up where someone had trenched out,” said Gavin after his victorious run. “Everyone was having a hard time getting through.”

However Gavin found the line others didn’t, and using the smooth and predictable power only a four-stroke can deliver, and the balanced and maneuverable control of the new Viper M-TX, Gavin nailed the line perfectly and sliced his way through to the top.

The win backed up the Pinedale podium and clearly demonstrated the abilities of the new SR Viper M-TX. For an encore, Gavin went on to claim third in 700 Modified and finished in the top ten in 800 Modified; a huge accomplishment given the class was filled with more than 35 of the best riders in the world, many of whom were on more powerful sleds. Yamaha teammate Chad Jorgensen added a fourth-place finish in 700 Mod to cap off the historic weekend.

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“We’ve had Jackson Hole circled on our calendars since early winter,” said Yamaha Snowmobile Product Manager Rob Powers. “We knew the new Viper M-TX would open some eyes once our racers had some seat time. It was rewarding to see the hard work by everyone involved in this project (SR Viper M-TX) pay-off in a big way. Our booth at the base of the hill was filled with other racers and fans not only congratulating us, but also looking at the M-TX in a new light.”

With momentum building, the Yamaha Hillclimb team will continue to test and tune in preparation for the final three Rocky Mountain Snowmobile Hillclimb Association (RMSHA) events on the calendar. The next race is slated for Crested Butte, Colorado, April 12-13. You can follow all the action throughout the season at facebook.com/YamahaSnowmobilesUSA and at youtube.com/user/YamahaSnowmobilesUSA

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Polaris Hillclimbers Win 10 of 12 Pro Titles and Sweep All King of the Hill Titles to Completely Dominate at the 2014 Jackson Hole World Championship Hillclimb

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

Keith Curtis Wins Five Pro Classes, Two King of the Hill Crowns & King of Kings

 Polaris snowmobile hillclimbers delivered one of the most powerful displays of Terrain Domination® in the history of snowmobile racing when they won 10 of 12 Pro class titles, including all four Stock and all four Mod classes, and won all four Pro King of the Hill titles at the 39th annual Jackson Hole World Championship Snowmobile Hillclimb.

Polaris racer David Sharp, Jr., won the Pro 800 Improved class and the Improved King of the Hill crown at the event held March 20-23 in Jackson Hole, Wyoming, and Keith Curtis won all five classes he entered, the Stock and Mod King of the Hill titles, and the event’s ultimate competition, the King of Kings crown.

Polaris racer Andy Thomas won the Semi-Pro Stock and Semi-Pro Improved classes, and the Semi-Pro King of the Hill crown, giving Polaris a full sweep of the event’s King competitions. Polaris racer Christy Frisby won the Women’s Improved Stock title and Shelley Heap won the Women’s Stock class.

Pro Classes: Polaris Rules the Mountain

Snow King Mountain, the imposing peak overlooking the city of Jackson Hole, belonged to the Polaris Pro-class hillclimbers during the 2014 edition of the sport’s premier event. Five Polaris racers won a total of 10 class titles, and Polaris racers filled the lion’s share of top five and top 10 spots in most classes.

Keith Curtis won the 600 Stock, 800 Stock, 800 Mod, 1000 Stock and Open Mod classes. He then won the Stock King of the Hill crown and the Mod King of the Hill title. In the final run-off involving King titlists, Curtis won the 2014 Jackson Hole King of Kings crown. It was the fifth time in his career that Curtis won all five classes he entered at an RMSHA event, and the first time he achieved such a sweep at Jackson Hole.

David Sharp, Jr., won the 800 Improved class title and finished second in 800 Mod. He won the Improved King of the Hill crown, and finished second to Curtis in the King of Kings competition.

Erin Beukelman won the 700 Mod and 1000 Improved class titles, was second in 800 Improved and was third in 800 Mod. He finished third in the Improved King of the Hill run-off.

Cole Willford won the 600 Mod class and finished second in the Mod King of the Hill run-off.

Luke Rainey won the 700 Stock title and was second in 1000 Stock. He finished second in the Stock King of the Hill competition.

Polaris hillclimbers who finished in the top three to earn podium spots included: Dolan Phelps, second in 700 Stock and third in 600 Stock; Tyler Crockett, second in 600 Mod; Toby Shepherd, second in 700 Stock; Aaron Sterck, second in 800 Stock; Les Keller, second in 600 Improved; and Brandon Titensor, third in 600 Improved.

Polaris dominated the Stock classes, winning all four and taking six of the top seven spots in 600 Stock, sweeping the top three spots in 700 Stock, earning five of the top 10 spots in 800 Stock, and finishing 1-2 and taking four of the top six spots in 1000 Stock.

Polaris racers earned seven of top eight spots in 600 Improved, six of the top eight places in 800 Improved, and Polaris racers swept the podium and grabbed five of the top 10 spots in 800 Mod.

Jackson Hole was a Rocky Mountain Snowmobile Hillclimb Assn. (RMSHA) points event. The season’s three remaining hillclimbs start with the Crested Butte [CO] Hillclimb, April 12-13.

Polaris Dominates in Semi-Pro, Women’s, Pro Masters & Juniors

Andy Thomas won the Stock and Improved classes, and the Semi-Pro King of the Hill title. Jesse Hotchkiss took third in Semi-Pro Stock, and Tavern Rupp was third in Semi-Pro Mod.

In the Pro Masters classes, David Sharp finished second in Stock and Mod, and third in Improved Stock. Dennis Durmas took third in the Pro Masters Mod class. Polaris racers took seven of the top nine spots in the Juniors class, with Tanner Meyers winning and Jonathon Durmas finishing third. In the Women’s classes, Christy Frisby won the Improved Stock class and finished second in Stock and Mod before finishing third in the Queen of the Hill runs. Shelley Heap won the Stock class, took third in Improved Stock, and was second in the Queen competition.

Auction Honors Memory of Raysha Gladfelder Nielse

Earlier this winter, avid Polaris snowmobiler and hillclimb competitor Raysha Gladfelder Nielsen passed away. She had been a major inspiration for Polaris partnering with the Pink Ribbon Riders, a non-profit organization that provides support to cancer patients and their families, on a 2015 SnowCheck Limited Edition Pink Ribbon Riders sled. With each sale of these LE RMK and Switchback Assault models during SnowCheck, Polaris is donating $100 to the Pink Ribbon Riders.

At the Jackson Hole hillclimb, Polaris honored Raysha’s memory by auctioning off a 2015 PRO-RMK® 155 Limited Edition Pink Ribbon Riders snowmobile. All proceeds from the auction will go to the Raysha Gladfelder Nielsen Memorial Fund, a fund established to benefit Raysha’s family.

TEAM ARCTIC WRAPS UP LAKE GENEVA SNOCROSS AND TERRAIN CHAMPIONSHIPS

Posted on March 25th, 2014 in Facebook, Sledder Featured Article, Sledder News

When the checkered flag flew to end the 2014 ISOC National snocross season in Lake Geneva, Wis., Team Arctic stood atop the podium with seven class wins, two class championships and a podium place in each of the five championship points classes.

As the final event of ISOC National season, Lake Geneva saw another historic crushing of the Pro classes by Tucker Hibbert and Marica Renheim. Hibbert was victorious each of the three Pro Open finals, bringing his season win total to 15 out of 17 possible. Marica Renheim was equally impressive, staying undefeated in season finals to record her eighth win. In fact, Renheim lost only once the entire season: a heat race at the season-opener in Duluth.

“Tucker and Marica’s performances this season set a new standard,” said Mike Kloety, Team Arctic Race Manager. “What makes their phenomenal win records even more honorable is the fact that both are great people and excellent ambassadors for snowmobiling.”

Having dominated their classes all season, Hibbert and Renheim also claimed their respective ISOC high point championship titles. In addition, Corey Watkinson capped an excellent season in Pro Lite with a third place overall title. Josh Zelinski did the same in Pro Am 30 Plus. And Travis Kern graciously accepted his second place point title in Sport despite being crashed out of the championship title by another racer at Lake Geneva while Kern was in third place, just two corners before the finish line.

Team Arctic’s contingent of USXC cross-country racers cleaned house in the season championship points war, taking the title in 16 classes including eight podium sweeps and 42 out of 60 championship podium positions. Zach Herfindahl capped his remarkable sophomore season in the Pro class by winning the Pro Stock championship and taking a close second in the Pro Open chase. Jolene Bute won yet another Women’s class championship. And Jon Arneson captured three class championships, including the tough-fought Semi Pro Stock and all-new Super Stock classes.

“The team’s performance in cross-country racing is unmatched in the sport,” said Kloety, and then added; “We dominated at the top end in the Pro and Semi Pro classes, as well as in the Junior, Sport and Expert 85 classes. Team Arctic’s current and future talent is exceptional, with class winners like Hunter Houle, Ryan Trout, Jon Langaas and many others pointing to dominance for years to come. I thank all of our snocross and cross-country racers, teams, crews and families for their dedication and excellence on behalf of everyone at Arctic Cat. It’s our greatest honor to build and support the snowmobiles that you race, and we’re grateful for your efforts.”

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

Pro Open #1 

1. Tucker Hibbert

Pro Open #2 

1. Tucker Hibbert

4. Cody Thomsen

Pro Open #3 

1. Tucker Hibbert

Pro AM 30 Plus 

2. Josh Zelinski

Pro AM Women 

1. Marica Renheim

Pro Lite #1 

2. Corey Watkinson

Sport #1 

3. Travis Kern

Amateur #1 

2. Jay Lura

Amateur #2 

1. Jay Lura

Jr. 14-15 

3. Trent Wittwer

Jr. Novice 10-13 

1. Ryley Bester

3. Carson Alread

Transition 8-12 

1. Isaac Schlauderaff

2. Eric Downs

3. Kaleb Kindsvatter

2014 ISOC National Season Championship Points for Team Arctic 

Pro Open 

1. Tucker Hibbert

4. Cody Thomsen

6. Logan Christian

7. David Joanis

Pro AM 30 Plus 

3. Josh Zelinski

Pro AM Women 

1. Marica Renheim

Pro Lite 

3. Corey Watkinson

Sport 

2. Travis Kern

2014 USXC Cross-Country Championship Points for Team Arctic 

Pro Stock 

1. Zach Herfindahl

4. Wes Selby

Pro Open 

2. Zach Herfindahl

3. Wes Selby

Super Stock 

1. Jon Arneson

2. Jon Koch

Women 

1. Jolene Bute

Semi Pro Stock 

1. Jon Arneson

3. Cole Nymann

Semi Pro Improved 

2. Lance Efteland

Expert 85 

1. Ryan Trout

2. John Langaas

3. Austin Lunde

Expert 85 Improved 

1. John Langaas

2. Matt Feil

Sport 600 

1. Chase Nordstrom

Masters 40 Plus 

1. Jon Arneson

2. Jon Koch

Masters 50 Plus 

2. Brian Brown

3. Brian Perreault

Trail 

1. Garet Grzadzielewski

2. Ross Ilstrup

3. Tom Junglen

Sport 85 

1. Hunter Houle

2. Ryan Weidemann

3. Ross Ilstrup

Classic IFS 

1. Tom Clement

2. Steve Martinson

3. Brad Naplin

Vintage 

1. Peter Behm

2. Gary Tintes

3. Jim Mattison

Vintage Legends 

1. Gerry Mattison

2. Gary Tintes

3. Pete Mattison

Junior 14-17 

1. Hunter Houle

2. Ean Voigt

3. Tom Junglen

Jr. Girls 14-17 

1. Kelsey Pladson

3. Sara Larson

Junior 10-13 

1. Tyler Brown

2. David Brown

3. Keaton Black

Polaris Snocross Racer Corin Todd Wins ISOC Pro Lite Title, Ryan Springer Wins Sport Crown, & Kody Kamm Finishes Second in Pro Open Points

Posted on March 24th, 2014 in Facebook, Sledder Featured Article, Sledder News

Polaris snocross racers climbed up on the podium more than racers on any other brand of sled during the season’s final weekend of ISOC National racing, March 14-16 at Lake Geneva, Wisconsin. When the snow dust settled, Polaris racer Corin Todd (Leighton Motorsports) was the ISOC National Pro Lite champion, Ryan Springer (Carlson Motorsports) won the Sport Class title, and Kody Kamm (Hentges Racing) and Kyle Pallin (Team LaVallee) finished second and third, respectively, in the Pro Open points standings.

Polaris racers dominated the top 10 spots in the final standings in the major ISOC classes, and several drivers improved on their 2012-2013 finishes as the Polaris Racing program maintained its winning momentum.

Pro Open: Polaris Racers Take Six of Top 11 Places in Standings

Polaris Pro Open racers had an outstanding weekend at Lake Geneva, earning five of nine podium spots available after three finals were run. Kody Kamm finished second once and had two thirds, reaching the podium in all three of the weekend’s Pro Open finals. Ross Martin (second on Saturday) and Justin Broberg (second on Sunday) also reached the podium.

Polaris racers claimed six of the top 11 spots in the final Pro Open points standings. Along with Kamm and Pallin finishing second and third in points, respectively, Justin Broberg finished fifth in the standings, the highest position in his Pro Open career. Ross Martin, who finished second in points in 2012-2013, finished ninth in points this season even though he missed six rounds of Pro Open racing while recovering from a mid-season injury.

Levi LaVallee (Team LaVallee) finished 10th in points, one spot ahead of teammate Jake Scott (Team LaVallee), while Bobby LePage (Cottew Motorsports) was 17th.

Pro Lite: Polaris Racers Demonstrate True Terrain Domination®

Polaris racers totally dominated the ISOC Pro Lite class this season. They finished 1-2 in points and claimed six of the top seven spots in the standings. They also dominated at Lake Geneva, earning five of the six podium spots available on the final weekend.

Corin Todd entered the Lake Geneva weekend as the points leader with a 10-point lead over Andrew Carlson in second. Both racers went off-course in Saturday’s final, and Todd had an 11-point lead heading into Sunday’s final. Carlson did all he could, winning the Sunday final, but Todd finished third to sew up the points title and finish seven points ahead of Carlson.

In Saturday’s racing, Polaris racers finished first in every qualifying race and earned six of the top 11 spots in the final. Andrew Lieders (Team LaVallee) won and was joined on the podium by James Johnstad (Judnick Motorsports) in third. Zak Mason (Leighton Motorsports) was fourth, Todd was ninth, Trevor Leighton (Leighton Motorsports) was 10th, and Carlson finished 11th.

The Sunday final was a Polaris parade as Polaris racers finish 1-2-3-4, with Carlson winning, Johnstad taking second, and Todd finishing third to clinch the points title. Mason was fourth, Leighton was eighth, and Cole Cottew (Cottew Motorsports) finished ninth.

As a result, Todd won the 2013-2014 Pro Lite championship, Carlson finished second in points, Johnstad was fourth, Lieders was fifth, Mason – the 2012-2013 Sport class champion – finished sixth, and Leighton was seventh.

Sport Class: Springer Wins Points Title

Ryan Springer (Carlson Motorsports) won the weekend’s first Sport final, took third in the finale on Sunday, and he won the 2013-2014 ISOC Sport class championship.

In the Saturday final, Polaris racers finished 1-2 and earned nine of the top 12 spots. Eleven of the 15 racers who reached the final were on Polaris sleds. Race winner Springer was joined on the podium by second-place finisher Jeff Jasan (RSI Racing), while Evan Daudt (Daudt Racing) took fifth, Braydon Love (444 Motorsports) was seventh, Nickolas Lorenz (Lorenz Racing) was eighth, Cole Cottew (Cottew Motorsports) ran ninth, and Adam Weiler (Weiler Racing) was 10th.

It was another display of Polaris Terrain Domination in the Sunday final as Polaris racers finished 1-2-3 and took five of the top 10 spots. Cole Cottew won the Sunday Sport final and was joined on the podium by Braydon Love in second and Springer in third. Durk Roper (Roper Racing) finished seventh, and Kyle LaCoe (LaCoe Racing) was eighth.

Springer won the Sport title one season after he finished 11th in Sport points, and Love finished third in points for the second straight season. Roper was fifth, Cottew took sixth, Daudt was eighth, Jacob Yurk (Team Vermillion) was ninth, Adam Weiler (Weiler Racing) finished 10th, Dylan Jansen (Jansen Brothers Racing) was 12th, and Kyle LaCoe was 15th.