Archive for February, 2015

Springer Races to Fourth Win in a Row in Chicago

Posted on February 25th, 2015 in Facebook, Sledder News

Elk River, Minnesota (February 25, 2015) – Ryan Springer picked up the chase for the year-end AMSOIL Championship Snocross crown right where he left off…atop the box with his fourth win in a row. However it was not without a fight at the famed Route 66 Raceway near Chicago, as his teammate Andrew Carlson found new speed and tenacity, challenging Springer at every turn and pushing him to the very end of the 10-lap final. At the checkered Springer had won again and Carlson gained valuable points with a second, but perhaps more importantly Carlson found “another gear” as he posted the fastest lap of the night.

Close racing between Springer and Carlson.

Close racing between Springer and Carlson.

“Springer has been nearly untouchable,” said team owner Chris Carlson. “When was the last time a Pro-Lite rider has won four in a row…ever? Now Andrew is riding with the same speed and confidence…no question this thing (points race) is going down to the final race in Lake Geneva.”

Testament to the speed and abilities of both riders came Friday night when they battled side-by-side for several laps before Springer narrowly edged Carlson for the win. The rest of the Pro-Lite field offered little to challenge the teammates as they pulled away during the 10-lap final.

Day two at Route 66 saw Carlson rip-it-up in qualifying as his confidence continued to swell, and that speed carried over into the main event where Andrew nailed the holeshot with teammate Springer close in tow. Unfortunately both riders came out on the wrong end of traffic tangles and had to battle back. Springer narrowly missed the podium as a lap rider blocked his progress; and Carlson finished 6th, earning valuable points in the championship chase.

Springer still has a firm grasp on the number one red plate, and teammate Carlson is just 15 points behind. “It’s gonna go down to the wire,” said a pumped up Carlson after the Chicago event. Geneva is my favorite track and it feels like the team just keeps getting stronger with each race.”

Racing highlights from the weekend will be televised on CBS Sports with complete day one (round #11) coverage airing March 8 at 9:00am and 11:00am (central); and day 2 (round #12) broadcast March 15 at 9:00am and 11:00am.

Next the team will travel to Mt. Pleasant, Michigan – February 27 – 28, 2015. You can stay abreast of all the team happenings through their website www.carlsonmoto.com or follow them on Facebook @CarlsonMoto or Twitter #CarlsonMoto. You can also follow Pro Lite racer Andrew Carlson via Twitter @151Carlson.

Team Arctic Triumphant at Enduro Triple Crown and ISOC National Chicago

Posted on February 24th, 2015 in Facebook, Sledder News

Thief River Falls, Minnesota (Feb. 24, 2015) –Team Arctic was on the gas and cashing in on big wins at the MIRA Triple Crown of enduro racing in Lincoln, Michigan, and at the ISOC National snocross in Chicago. From the high-speed oval to the high-flying snocross terrain, Team Green wins more.

Cadarette Racing proved to be the best team in the MIRA No Bull Triple Crown series, capturing the overall title and the $15,000 payday with a second place finish in last weekend’s race in the Lincoln 500, combined with a second in the Soo 500 and a fourth at the Kinross 500. The team proved exceedingly fast and consistent, with pro racers Troy Dewald, Chad Lian, Cody Miaskoch and Jeff Leuenberger matched by the dominant Arctic Cat ZR 6000R race sled powered by a Speedwerx-modified Arctic Cat 600 C-TEC2 EFI engine.

Team Arctic snocross racers continued their onslaught of the ISOC national series, storming into Route 66 Raceway in Chicago for rounds 11 and 12. Tucker Hibbert delivered another stunning performance in Pro Open, winning every heat and both finals in dominant fashion while solidifying his nearly insurmountable championship points lead. Logan Christian, of the Christian Brothers Racing team, continued his season long march to the top of the Pro Open class, taking second place in round 12.

Ryley Bester and Brayden Kernz also scored wins for Team Arctic in Chicago while continuing the momentum into what will be the final two stops of the 2015 season.

“Winning the No Bull Triple Crown enduro series and finishing one-two in ISOC Pro Open reflects the talent and hard work of our racers, teams and snowmobiles,” said Mike Kloety, Team Arctic Race Manager.”

The next stop on the ISOC National snocross tour is February 28 – March 1 in Mt. Pleasant, Michigan.

Team Blu Racing Wins Second-Straight Michigan Cat 500 Snowmobile Enduro

Posted on February 24th, 2015 in Facebook, Sledder News

(MEDINA, Minnesota-February 23, 2015) – The Polaris snowmobile enduro racing team of James Hicks and Cardell Potter – Team Blu Racing – outran the competition and won the Michigan Cat 500 race at Lincoln, Michigan, on Saturday, Feb. 21. The Team Blu drivers had their sled out in front when the race scheduled for 500 laps was called after 357 laps due to darkness. It was their second straight win in the annual enduro at Lincoln.

Like the Soo I-500 and all the enduro races on the Midwest International Racing Assn. (MIRA) circuit, Polaris sleds dominated the field at Lincoln, and 15 of the top 20 finishers at Lincoln were on Polaris sleds.

The R&R Racing team of Josh Ware and Jon Giffel finished third at Lincoln, and other Polaris teams in the top 10 were: 4. Beard Motorsports; 5. XLT Performance; 6. Wuppet Racing; 7. Piche Performance; 8. Bunke Racing (sled No. 74); and 10. Yovich Racing.

With its win, Team Blu finished second in the No Bull Triple Crown, a bonus purse program based on three of this season’s snowmobile enduro races. Hicks and Potter had finished second in the Kinross (Michigan) Enduro and sixth in the Soo I-500, so the Lincoln win earned them second-place money in the Triple Crown competition.

The No. 74 Bunke Racing sled piloted by Gabe Bunke and Aaron Christensen finished third in No Bull Triple Crown points. The Bunke team won at Kinross and finished third in the Soo I-500 before finishing eighth at Lincoln.

Polaris Snocrosser Ryan Springer Wins Fourth Straight Pro Lite Final

Posted on February 24th, 2015 in Facebook, Sledder News

(MEDINA, Minnesota-February 23, 2015) – Polaris snocross racer Ryan Springer (Carlson Motorsports) won the Pro Lite final on Friday night, February 20, to extend his streak to four straight wins, and Pro Open racer Kyle Pallin (Team LaVallee) reached the podium twice with a pair of third-place finishes during ISOC National snocross racing February 20-21 in Chicago.

As a result, Springer remained atop the points standings in Pro Lite, where Polaris racers rank first through fourth. Pallin is third in Pro Open points with five rounds of ISOC National racing to go.

PRO OPEN: Pallin Battling for Top 3 Points Finish Pallin finished third in Friday night’s Pro Open final and Ross Martin (Judnick Motorsports) was fourth. That ended a streak of seven straight finals in which Martin had earned a top-three finish. In Saturday’s final, Pallin finished third again to return to the podium, while Andrew Lieders (Team LaVallee) was sixth and Jake Scott (Team LaVallee) took seventh.

Pallin left Chicago in third place in Pro Open points, just 17 points out of second (419-402) with five rounds of Pro Open racing to go. Martin is fourth in points, Justin Broberg (Hentges Racing) is seventh, Corin Todd (Leighton Motorsports) is eighth, and Scott is 10th.

PRO LITE: Polaris Racers Dominate in Chicago Polaris Pro Lite racers demonstrated true Terrain Domination® in Chicago, sweeping the top five spots in Friday’s final, and earning two more podium spots with a win and a third on Saturday.

In Friday’s final, Springer won for the fourth straight time this season and was joined on the podium by teammate Andrew Carlson (Carlson Motorsports), who finished second, and Travis Muller (Cottew Motorsports) in third. Trevor Leighton (Leighton Motorsports) finished fourth and James Johnstad (Judnick Motorsports) was fifth.

In Saturday’s final, Travis Muller earned the victory and Johnstad finished third. Springer was fourth, Leighton was fifth, and Andrew Carlson was sixth. Polaris racers now fill the top four spots in the Pro Lite points standings. Springer is the points leader, Leighton is in second, Muller is third, Carlson is in fourth, and Johnstad is in sixth.

SPORT & AMATEUR: Polaris Racers Sweep Four Finals In the weekend’s Sport-class racing, Cole Cottew (Cottew Motorsports) won both finals as Polaris racers claimed five of six podium spots. Cottew won and Jacob Yurk (Team Vermillion) took second on Friday night, and in Saturday’s final, Cottew won, Durk Roper (Roper Racing) took second, and Nickolas Lorenz (Lorenz Racing) was third.

Cottew is second in Sport points, just two points behind the leader. Yurk is third, Evan Daudt (Daudt Racing) is fourth, and Roper is fifth.

In the Amateur class, Mitchell Thelen (Cottew Motorsports) won both of the weekend’s finals, and in Saturday’s final, Adam Peterson (Peterson Racing) took second and Devin Katzman (Eagle Disposal Racing) was third.

The next stop on the ISOC National tour is in Mt. Pleasant, Michigan, February 27-28.

BRP ENHANCES THE FUN OF RIDING A SKI-DOO WITH 2016 LINE-UP

Posted on February 24th, 2015 in Facebook, Sledder News

(Las Vegas, Nevada, February 23, 2015) – BRP (TSX:DOO) today introduced the 2016 Ski-Doo snowmobile line-up at its semi-annual dealer meeting. Features include an industry-first adjustable ski, new models, expansion of proven technologies and more innovative accessories.

“The 2016 Ski-Doo line-up shows that BRP never stops pushing innovation,” stated Anne Bélec, senior vice-president, Global Brand Strategy and Information Systems. “A ski, one of the basic components of a snowmobile, has been re-engineered so riders can instantly adjust ski bite for changing snow conditions and riding styles. Plus, we bring new models that re-invent or shape segments of the business. It’s this kind of leadership that keeps BRP at the forefront.”

The proven innovations and product reliability of its snowmobiles and accessories further consolidates BRP’s number one position in the industry. For 2016, BRP’s product breadth reaches new heights in every segment with the new:

• Summit Burton edition, appealing to the large population of snowboarders and skiers that want easy access to the backcountry;

• Renegade Enduro model, inspired by an adventure motorcycle, delivering all-around capability no matter where it is ridden;

• Expedition Xtreme sled, the most rugged and high-performing Ski-Doo utility snowmobile;

• MXZ Blizzard snowmobile with 129” (327 cm) track configuration to give in-season buyers the features they want; and

• Intelligent Throttle Control (iTC) technology now expanded to the Rotax 1200 4-TEC series of engines. The iTC system improves throttle response, allows operators to choose between three driving modes on the fly and includes learning key functions to control top speed and acceleration.

An equally impressive array of clothing and innovative accessories complements the 2016 snowmobile product line.

BRP also introduced three Can-Am off-road models designed specifically for law enforcement organizations, with a special matte black coloration, pre-installed emergency lights and a warning device.

For more information on Ski-Doo snowmobiles, visit www.ski-doo.com. For more information about the new Can-Am Off-Road Law enforcement models, visit www.brp.com/commercial.