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Tucker Hibbert Nominated for 2014 ESPY Award

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

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Tucker Hibbert Nominated for 2014 ESPY Award

June 26, 2014 – The world’s leading snowmobile snocross racer, Tucker Hibbert, received his second ESPY (Excellence in Sports Performance Yearly) Award nomination in the Best Male Action Sports Athlete category. Hibbert hopes to become the first snowmobiler in history to win the prestigious award.
In his 14th year as a pro, he recorded his most successful season-to-date. In January, he eclipsed legend Blair Morgan’s long-standing snocross pro national win record to become the most-winning racer in the sport. Later that month, he became the first athlete in history to win seven consecutive gold medals at X Games Aspen. He now holds 95 pro national victories, two World Championships, eight National Championships and 12 X Games medals.
Alongside Hibbert, surfer Grant Baker, skateboarder Nyjah Huston, Supercross champion Ryan Villopoto and Olympic free skier David Wise were selected by a panel of judges for their standout performances in the action sports category. Through online and mobile voting, fans will decide who will take home the ESPY award. The winner will be announced live on ESPN Wednesday, July 16.
2014 ESPYS Voting
Tucker Hibbert – #68 Monster Energy/Arctic Cat
“I didn’t see this coming but couldn’t be more excited. To step back and think about how many talented action sports athletes there are worldwide, then realize that you’re one of five selected for this award is incredible. When I was first nominated in 2011, I didn’t fully understand the scope of the honor. Now, I get it. It’d be a huge honor to be the first snowmobile athlete to win an ESPY. My fans already stepped up and voted me 2014 ISOC Fan Favorite Rider. Now, I hope they can help me take home the ESPY!”
Tucker Hibbert Fast Facts
• Hometown: Pelican Rapids, MN | Age: 30
• Second ESPY Award Nomination – 2011 and 2014
• 2010 and 2012 FIM Snowcross World Champion
• Eight-Time National Snocross Champion – 95 National Pro Wins
• 12-Time X Games Medalist
• 2014 ISOC Fan Favorite Rider
• Races Pro Motocross in the summer

The AMSOIL World Championship Snowmobile Derby Announces “NEW DATES”: Reunion/Expo June Sat. 28th – Sun. 29th

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

“TWO BIG EVENTS IN ONE”
The popular World Championship Derby REUNION, a celebration of classic & vintage snowmobiles is expanding to include a Snowmobile Racing & Performance Expo.

There’s not a sport from fishing to golf that doesn’t have an “EXPO” to introduce new ideas and products and offer various items for sale, re-sale and purchase. Race teams bring your race rigs to sell trade or just show off.

Racing is the life blood of the Derby and a big part of our sport; it’s time that a grand exhibit is offered to all the friends and fans of snowmobile racing. Of special interest will be the seminars on race prep and set up conducted by some of the foremost experts in the business.

All disciplines of racing will be covered, Oval, Sno-X, Vintage, Drag Racing, Speed Runs, Cross Country, etc., even Kitty Kat & 120’s.

Adding to the show’s appeal will be the staging of the 14th Annual REUNION & Swap meet. A large contingent of show sleds is expected. The swap meet will offer lots of snowmobile items for sale.

Confirmed at this time to offer seminars are the following:

Woody’s Traction & Control Seminar

The new Outlaw 600 class Seminar

ASCOA Antique Snowmobile Seminar

Regan Vehring of 4 Cycle Central the top engine builder for the 120 Champ Sleds Seminar

JUNE Sat. 28TH – Sun. 29TH AMSOIL EAGLE RIVER DERBY TRACK 715-479-4424
www.derbytrack.com
715-479-4424

Carlson Back in the Saddle and Back on the Podium

Posted on June 23rd, 2014 in Facebook, Sledder Featured Article, Sledder News

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Elk River, Minnesota (June 23, 2014) – Holeshots, turn one tangles, marbled berms, heavy roost, and finish line podiums…it sounds like another perfect race weekend, and for Carlson Motorsports professional snocross driver Andrew Carlson, it was. With last winter’s amazing podium streak in the rear view mirror, Carlson is intensely focused on the snocross season ahead, and in preparation, Andrew has been honing his entire skill set.

Off the track, a dedicated workout and nutrition regiment has Andrew on pace to be one of the most physically prepared athletes when the season commences in Duluth, Minnesota. Complimenting the program is a summer season filled with on track, side-by-side competition to keep both the competitive fire lit, and the mind sharp.

With a win on his home track during the kick-off to the ERX Motor Park Beatercross series in early June, and a first and second place finish at The Off-Road Championship (TORC) series side-by-side class in Bark River Michigan; Carlson has picked up where he left off last winter…atop the podium.

“So much of snocross (racing) is mental…that’s what so much of this (side-by-side) racing focuses on,” said Carlson. “It’s not making mistakes, it’s not getting pressured and reacting to other people. It’s you and the track. All you can control is how fast you race the track.”

The Bark River TORQ event was the first one to include a side-by-side class, but according the Carlson, it will become a regular feature going forward.

“It was my kind of track…it was fast with lots of lead changes and strategy. It’s a great way to stay sharp for snocross.”

With a taste for the TORQ series, Carlson plans to campaign his AMSOIL Polaris RZR at as many upcoming events as time will allow. Despite a rigorous training schedule and considerable time commitments as he pursues his business management degree, Andrew’s plate if full but his thoughts are never far from the race track.

“I can’t imagine what I’d be doing it I wasn’t racing on the weekends…I’d be bored out of my mind.”

Andrew will return to the track on Thursday, June 26, for round two action at ERX Motor Park in Elk River. Then it’s on to Crandon, Wisconsin for the TORQ series Big House Brawl. You can stay abreast of all the happenings at Carlson Motorsports through their website www.carlsonmotorsportsllc.com or follow them on Facebook. You can also follow Andrew Carlson via Twitter @151Carlson.

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Different season, different buggy…same results, another podium.

About Carlson Motorsports
Carlson Motorsports is a family of racers, mechanics and sponsors who are proud of our accomplishments on the track and off, and are driven to excellence in everything we do. Our racing organization is driven by a deep-rooted passion for the sport and an operational philosophy grounded in integrity. To learn more about Carlson Motorsports LLC, and how you can partner and share in their success, visit their website at www.carlsonmotorsportsllc.com

POLARIS CHAIRMAN AND CEO JOINS U.S. BANCORP BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Posted on June 18th, 2014 in Facebook, Sledder Featured Article, Sledder News

Wine MN Chamber 2013 (preferred photo)MINNEAPOLIS (June 18, 2014) – Polaris Industries Inc. (NYSE: PII) announced that Scott W. Wine, its Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, has been elected to serve as a director of U.S. Bancorp (NYSE: USB), effective July 14, 2014.

“It is a tremendous honor to join the Board of Directors of U.S. Bancorp, a great banking institution with a stellar reputation for efficiency, integrity, and strong financial results,” said Wine. “I look forward to contributing to, and learning from, Richard and the rest of the board.”

Minneapolis-based U.S. Bancorp, with $371 billion in assets as of March 31, 2014, is the parent company of U.S. Bank National Association, the 5th largest commercial bank in the United States. The company operates 3,083 banking offices in 25 states and 4,906 ATMs and provides a comprehensive line of banking, brokerage, insurance, investment, mortgage, trust and payment services products to consumers, businesses and institutions.

“We are delighted that Scott will be bringing his extensive experience and insight to our board,” said Richard K Davis, chairman, president and chief executive officer of U.S. Bancorp. “He is a talented and recognized leader, and will provide valuable contributions and guidance in the years ahead.”

Visit U.S. Bancorp on the web at usbank.com.

About Polaris

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.

Polaris is among the global sales leaders for both snowmobiles and off-road vehicles and has established a presence in the heavyweight cruiser and touring motorcycle market with the Victory and Indian Motorcycle brands. Additionally, Polaris continues to invest in the global on-road small electric/hybrid powered vehicle industry with Global Electric Motorcars (GEM), Goupil Industrie SA, Aixam Mega S.A.S., and internally developed vehicles. Polaris enhances the riding experience with a complete line of Polaris Engineered Parts, Accessories and Apparel, Klim branded apparel and ORV accessories under the Kolpin and Cycle Country brands.

Polaris Industries Inc. trades on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol “PII”, and the Company is included in the S&P Mid-Cap 400 stock price index.

Information about the complete line of Polaris products, apparel and vehicle accessories are available from authorized Polaris dealers or anytime at www.polaris.com.

Warnert Racing Signs John Stenberg To Pro Open Squad

Posted on June 17th, 2014 in Facebook, Sledder Featured Article, Sledder News

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Warnert Racing is pleased to announce the signing of two-time Swedish Pro Lite Champion John Stenberg. The 25 year-old Stenberg, of Lofsdalen, Sweden will be joining countryman Johan Lidman on the team while making his debut in the Pro Open class in 2014-15.

Stenberg finished 7th in the Pro Lite class in 2012 and was Ski-Doo’s top rider in the division last season when he finished 8th, collecting two podiums and a number of top five finishes while racing for Team Bauerly.

“I am super excited for the season,” said Stenberg. I have been in contact with Warnert Team Manager, Ryan Duncan, every since he worked for Bauerlys and I have raced against Johan Lidman since we were  both in Juniors. It means a lot to be able to race with him, to practice with him and just hang out. We live a long ways from each other in Sweden but we just talked the other day and are going to get together and train this summer.”

The addition was also a welcomed move for Lidman. “I’m excited to have John on the team with me for the upcoming season to compete in the Pro Open class,” said Lidman. It’s cool that he is Swedish, of course, and we know each other from before. He is a good rider and deserves a shot in the Pro Open ranks. It will also be beneficial to have another guy on the same equipment on the team to be able to fine-tune and come up with better settings throughout the year. Im looking forward to get 2014-15 started.”

Lidman, who was in the midst of his best season ever in the U.S. before shattering his kneecap in Fargo, North Dakota, is well on his way to complete recovery after surgery in March and has been ramping up his his rehab program in recent weeks.

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For more information, visit: www.warnertracing.com