Archive for January, 2015

Kody Kamm Wins Pro Open Main in Deadwood

Posted on January 31st, 2015 in Facebook, Sledder News

DEADWOOD, S.D. (Jan. 30, 2015) – An incredible finish at Deadwood, S.D.’s Days of ’76 Rodeo Grounds on Friday as Kody Kamm (Hentges Racing/Polaris) kept Tucker Hibbert (Monster Energy/Arctic Cat/Ram) off the top of the podium for the third-straight race, beating the defending Pro Open class champ straight up and putting Hibbert’s quest for his 100thpro snocross win on hold – at least until Saturday night in Deadwood.

And winning the Deadwood Snocross Shootout, presented by Four Seasons Motorsports & Marine Pro Lite class earlier in the program in another thrilling main event was 16-year-old Norwegian Elias Ishoel (Warnert Racing/Ski-Doo).

Pro Open

Round seven of AMSOIL Championship Snocross, powered by Ram was a rematch of last year’s Deadwood final that had Kamm getting black flagged for running into Hibbert. Friday’s 22-lap main saw Kamm qualify in the No. 1 spot (1st/1st in heats), with Hibbert qualifying No. 1 – salvaging a huge win in the 2nd heat after false starting and having to start the race from the back row.

The Stud Boy Holeshot would go to Ross Martin (Judnick Motorsports/Polaris), who edged out Kyle Pallin (Mystic/Loctite/Polaris) to the stripe. Kamm would quickly dart to the lead by lap two – passing Martin over the finish line jump.

Hibbert would follow suit in quickly getting past Martin as well, setting the stage for the year’s best battle to date in the Pro Open class.

The race turned into a two-man show by lap three, case-in-point being eventual 3rd place Martin – who finished the race TWENTY SECONDS behind Kamm and Hibbert!

From the grandstands it looked as if Hibbert was biding his time, playing some cat-and-mouse with Kamm, carefully eying his lines and waiting for the race leader to catch up to lapped traffic before making his move. But in actuality, according to Hibbert, he was doing all he could to keep pace with the younger racer from the opening laps of the contest.

“I followed him (Kamm) for a while and actually tried to pass him before we got into the lappers,” said Hibbert. “I’ve got to hand it to Kody, he rode really well tonight. I gave it everything I had.”

Running smooth and selecting smart lines through the traffic on the tight bull ring-like course at Deadwood, Kamm had a little over one second on Hibbert heading into lap 19. Kamm would nearly throw it away down the front straight, making a miraculous recovery while keeping the all-time winningest snocross racer from taking the lead. (“I honestly surprised myself that I was able to hold Tucker off there,” Kamm would later say.)

The final three laps will be replayed may times in ISOC highlight reels as Kamm fired through to the checkers for his first Pro Open win of the season, Hibbert pulling up to his rival and extending a congratulatory handshake on the track afterwards.

“That’s the first time in many, many years that somebody’s been able to beat Tucker straight up,” added former champion racer-turned-announcer Levi LaVallee. “That was an incredible race.”

Deadwood Friday Pro Open Results

1 – Kody Kamm, Kenosha, WI, Polaris

2 – Tucker Hibbert, Pelican Rapids, MN, Arctic Cat

3 – Ross Martin, Burlington, WI, Polaris

4 – Tim Tremblay, Ste Jeanne D’Arc, Quebec, Ski-Doo

5 – Logan Christian, Fertile, MN, Arctic Cat

Pro Lite

With his parents coming all the way from Norway to Deadwood, S.D., Elisa Ishoel put on yet another spectacular show in the Pro Lite main event. The 16-year old came from 5th place off the start and passed race leader Tyler Adams (Christian Brothers/Arctic Cat) on lap 14 (of 16) to capture first place honors on Friday, as well as taking over the series point lead.

“It was cool,” said Ishoel when asked of his performance. “The track was rough, difficult to pass. So nice to have my family here – yeah!”

Pulling the Stud Boy Holeshot was Adams, with the No. 1 qualifier (Ishoel, 1st/1st in heats) back behind Nick Pattyn (Stud Boy/Ski-Doo) in 2nd and Andrew Carlson (Carlson Motorsports/Polaris) in 3rd.

Moving up quick was Max Taillefer (Taillefer Motorsports/Ski-Doo), racing into 3rd place on lap two. Ishoel would quickly get past Taillefer on lap four and into 3rd, then into 2nd on the following lap. Pro Lite point leader heading into Deadwood, Trevor Leighton (Leighton Motorsports/Polaris), would move up to 4th place and would battle Taillefer for the final podium spot throughout the remainder of the race (eventually won by Taillefer).

On lap 13, in a completely cupped out course, Ishoel – like he did in Fargo (N.D.) earlier this year – grabbed a handful of throttle off the finish line jump and literally cleared Adams to take the lead.

“I was landing off the finish line jump and I could still see him (Ishoel) above me,” said Adams. “It was insane.”

Adams would wrestle the lead back from Ishoel in the next corner, only to have Ishoel grab the lead back soon thereafter and run it home for the last two laps to grab the checkers. Adams held on for a well-deserved 2nd and Taillefer rounded out the podium in 3rd. Leighton (4th) and Ryan Springer (Carlson Motorsports/Polaris) rounding out the top Pro Lite five at Deadwood on Friday.

Deadwood Friday Pro Lite Results

1 – Elias Ishoel, Norway, Ski-Doo

2 – Tyler Adams, Elk River, MN, Arctic Cat

3 – Max Taillefer, Quebec, Ski-Doo

4 – Trevor Leighton, Eagle, ID, Polaris

5 – Ryan Springer, St. Francis, MN, Polaris

AMSOIL Championship Snocross, powered by Ram, continues on Saturday at Deadwood, S.D.’s Days of ’76 Rodeo Grounds for round eight of AMSOIL Championship Snocross, powered by Ram, with the Deadwood Snocross Shootout, presented by Four Seasons Motorsports & Marine.

Beginning with AMSOIL Championship Snocross’ season-opening round in Duluth, Minn. and running through the season finale in Lake Geneva, Wis., CBS Sports Network will air 17 one-hour programs of the ACS races.

Simons Wins X Games Gold for Christian Bros Racing

Posted on January 28th, 2015 in Facebook, Sledder News

Fertile, Minn. (January 28, 2015) – Since it began in 1997, the ESPN Winter X Games has become the benchmark for winter sporting competition.  A win here puts you among the elite in your sport. The 2015 version of Winter X saw the Christian Brothers Racing team competing in HillCross and SnoCross, two of the most popular and competitive events on the X Games schedule.

Ryan Simons wins gold

Ryan Simons wins gold

After being away for over a decade, HillCross returned to X Games competition with an eclectic mix of riders including hillclimb racers, backcountry riders and snocross racers.  One name in the mix was Christian Brothers Racing rider Ryan Simons.  A former X Games SnoCross medal winner, Simons piloted a special-build Arctic Cat/Speedwerx mod in the competition.  Despite this being the first time Simons had ever competed in HillCross, he was the model of perfection. He won both his qualifying rounds and the medal round, leading all from start to finish.

“Winning Gold is so awesome,” said Simons. “I have won a silver and bronze medal in SnoCross and have always dreamed of winning gold at Winter X. Since I retired from SnoCross I didn’t think I would have the chance until they brought back HillCross this year.  My mechanics and team had my sled dialed in and I’m really thankful for everyone who helped make this possible.”

David Joanis

David Joanis

In SnoCross, each athlete gets one qualifying round to make it into the final, there is no LCQ.  Royal Distributing/Arctic Cat rider Dave Joanis made his way through an elite field of riders in qualifying and into the medal round where he finished 7th.

“Qualifying went good,” said Joanis.  “The track was crazy rough, the toughest we’ve seen all year.  Getting a good start here is the key.  I came out of the gate clean, passed a few people and worked my way up to 7th place.”

DOC 360/DRIFT Racing/Arctic Cat rider Logan Christian was off to a good start in his qualifying race, however an incident with another rider left Christian fighting his way back for a transfer spot.  Despite a hard charge from Christian, he was unable to make the medal round.

Logan Christian

Logan Christian

“Practice went well, I ended up third qualifier for the second heat so I had a good pick on the line,” said Christian.  “In the heat I got in a first corner tangle and then had to ride pretty hard to try to make up ground and I ended up crashing. I’m ready to get to Deadwood and get the ball rolling again.”

To watch Simons Gold Medal Win go to http://youtu.be/xL–KgZY8ac

For more information on Christian Brothers Racing visit www.christianbrosracing.com.

Posted on January 27th, 2015 in Facebook, Sledder News

Thief River Falls, Minn. (Jan. 27, 2015) –Team Arctic proved that green is gold at the 2015 ESPN Winter X Games in Aspen, Colo., capturing two gold medals, a silver and one bronze, with outstanding performances by 17 athletes and crew members.

Team 68 at the X GamesTucker Hibbert kept his incredible win-streak alive, taking his eighth-consecutive gold medal after a dominant performance in snocross. Hibbert now has 13 overall medals in X Games competition dating back to his first appearance in 2000, at which he won his first of nine career gold medals. Joining Hibbert in snocross competition were Team Arctic racers David Joanis, Logan Christian, Cody Thomsen and Mike Bauer.

Ryan Simons scored his first career gold medal when he delivered a commanding the win in Hillcross competition, an event that combined elements of hill climb and snocross. His path to victory included competition from teammates Kyle Tapio, David McClure, Rob Kincaid, Nathan Zollinger, Trace Tupper and Taylor Meuwissen.

Cory Davis captured the most medals of any snowmobile athlete at this year’s X Games, with a Silver in Long Jump and a Bronze in Speed & Style. Willie Elam and Brett Turcotte were the other Team Arctic competitors in Speed & Style.

Jeff Tweet was a whisker from collecting a medal in Snocross Adaptive. He finished fourth overall, with teammate Chris Heppding taking sixth.

“Everyone at Arctic Cat is proud of the 17 athletes and crew members who made this the most successful X Games in recent memory,” said Mike Kloety, Team Arctic Race Manager. “It takes a huge effort to just make it to X Games. With millions of viewers watching from all over the world, Team Green gave an outstanding performance that brought medals and great competition.”

Hibbert Wins Eighth-Consecutive X Games Snocross Gold Medal

Posted on January 26th, 2015 in Facebook, Sledder News

(Jan. 26, 2015) – Monster Energy / Arctic Cat / Ram Truck’s Tucker Hibbert put on a dominating performance at X Games Aspen 2015 to win a record eighth-consecutive Snocross gold medal. Now with 13 overall medals, he’s tied for first on X Games’ list for the most medals in a single winter discipline.

Photo courtesy of John Hanson

Photo courtesy of John Hanson

Typically, the X Games Snocross course features a wide start line, massive big-air jumps and sweeping banked corners but, this year it was more like a minefield. Riders struggled to find rhythm on the rough, 45-second track. With his sled setup perfected for Aspen’s high-elevation, Hibbert relied on his years of experience and fitness to navigate the grueling course.

After winning his qualifying round, Hibbert locked-in the number one qualifying position for the ten-rider, 20-lap final event. He once again chose the far inside for the short start straight. A little late on the throttle, he still had a good launch into the sharp right-hand first turn. He drifted wide over the field, avoiding getting tangled with another rider, and shot up the hill. With a clear course in front of him, he rode his own race and was never challenged for the win.

To celebrate winning his eighth-consecutive gold medal by over 20 seconds, Hibbert threw an uncharacteristic trick over the finish line. To honor his first X Games gold medal run in 2000, he threw his legs over his handlebars and executed a near-perfect heelclicker.

“I’m having a ton of fun racing.  The heelclicker was just to do something different. It’s not my style. A couple guys from Monster Energy were teasing me about the heelclicker because I threw one in 2000 when I won my first X Games. I didn’t think about it until I was ten feet from the finish. At first I thought I’d do a whip. Then, I remembered I should do a heelclicker. I just went for it. I’m still a little shocked I pulled it off so clean!”

Next up for Hibbert is the fifth stop of the ISOC National Snocross tour in Deadwood, SD. With 99 Pro National victories, he’ll attempt to capture his 100th win this weekend at the Deadwood Shootout. For more information on Hibbert and the remainder of his 2015 snocross season, visit www.tucker-hibbert.com.

USXC Park Rapids Heartland 106 This Weekend

Posted on January 26th, 2015 in Facebook, Sledder News

The fourth event in the 2015 USXC schedule will bring racers and fans to Park Rapids, MN, where drivers will take on a two-day, lemans style ice race. This event will be held on Fish Hook Lake, bringing with it extremely intense driving and record speeds by the top manufacturers and drivers in the country.

USXC has had a tremendous start to the 2014-15 season, despite the lack of snow Mother Nature has given to us. With record number of entries in the first three events this year, Park Rapids should prove nothing short of that.

Racing is set to begin both Saturday and Sunday, January 31 and February 1, at 9:00 a.m.; you can listen to live broadcasting on USXC 88.1FM and also on Hot Country 92.5 in Park Rapids. We look forward to seeing you at the 2015 Park Rapids Heartland 106 cheering on your favorite driver(s)!