Archive for December, 2015

December WSN Now Online

Posted on December 29th, 2015 in Sledder Featured Article

Dec2015WSN_cover-featureThe holiday’s were cheery, snow has fallen and the December issue of Wisconsin Snowmobile News is now online. Check it out for features including:

-Meet the new Miss Snowflake – Callie Brice

-AWSC Honors Annual Award Winners

-Marinette County – Recreation Destination

-So much more!

USXC Announces 2016 Oil Sponsorships

Posted on December 21st, 2015 in Sledder Featured Article, Sledder News

Willmar, Minnesota (December 20, 2015) – The 2016 USXC X-Country Snowmobile Racing season will not feature just one, but three different industry-leading snowmobile engine oils. Three separate brands – Polaris VES Synthetic, Arctic Cat C-TEC 2 Synthetic Oil and XPS 2-Stroke Synthetic Oil – are each on board as 2015-2016 USXC sponsors. As part of the sponsorship, each brand has agreed to award specific weekend class winners with oil as part of contingency.

unnamed (5)These three oils are specifically-formulated by each manufacturer’s engineering department to work in the exact same sleds that race on the USXC circuit:

Arctic Cat C-TEC2 Synthetic Oil 

Validated through thousands of hours of testing, Arctic Cat C-TEC2 Synthetic Oil has been proven to provide ultimate protection for Arctic Cat 2-cycle engines. C-TEC2 Synthetic Oil excellent cold flow properties mean easy starting even in extreme cold temperatures and pouch packaging makes for easy, no-spill pouring. C-TEC2 Synthetic Oil is the best oil choice for any Arctic Cat 2-cycle snowmobile engine and the only oil recommended by Arctic Cat engineering for use in the new 600 C-TEC engine.

Polaris VES Synthetic

Polaris VES is a full-synthetic formula engineered to provide maximum engine wear protection, enhanced valve cleanliness, low smoke and easy starting in extreme cold temperatures.  Polaris rigorously tests each lubricant on the dyno and on the trail before it earns the right to wear the Polaris Engineered Lubricant logo.

XPS 2-Stroke Synthetic Oil

Years of development went into XPS 2-Stroke Synthetic Oil to ensure it was up to the task of protecting Ski-Doo Rotax engines equipped with E-TEC technology. E-TEC engines feature a computer-controlled oiling system only providing the engine with as much oil as it needs. XPS 2-Stroke Synthetic is designed as an actual mechanical part during engine development to meet the needs of Ski-Doo Rotax E-TEC engine technology.

USXC Owner Brian Nelson said the support from the three oil brands blends seamlessly with the mission of USXC X-Country Snowmobile Racing, which is to promote OEM snowmobile manufacturer’s products.

“USXC X-Country Snowmobile Racing is excited to have three different brands of OEM snowmobile oil as official oil sponsors,” said USXC owner Brian Nelson. “I have been involved in snowmobile racing for over 40 years and from my experience OEM engine oils have always been the best choice for protecting your snowmobile engine.”

 

Fargo Recap from Christian Bros. Racing

Posted on December 17th, 2015 in Sledder News

Fertile, MN (December 14, 2015) – With the warm temperatures blanketing the region putting a damper on snow making, the Christian Brothers Racing team arrived at the second stop on the Snocross National tour to find a small, tight track awaiting them at Buffalo River Race Park in Glyndon, Minnesota, site of the Fargo National. The small track made passing tough, and wet snow roost coated the goggles of anyone caught in the pack. Starts were key throughout the weekend!

unnamed (4)Logan Christian (DOC360/Arcticwear/Arctic Cat) started his weekend off well with a win and a 4th place finish in heats Fridayearning him a front row spot in the final.  Christian unfortunately fell victim to the tight first turn off the start when another sled hit him forcing him off the track and damaging his front suspension, Christian salvaged a 13th.  On Saturday he transferred through the LCQ and rode out the 20-lap final to a 6th place finish.

“Coming back from Duluth I felt great on the track in Fargo,” said Christian. “My mechanics Betsy Haldorson, D.J. Ekre and Mike Carver had my sled really working good. We need a to figure out a few small things but we’ll be ready for Shakopee.”

Dave Joanis (Royal Distributing/Arctic Cat) had a similar weekend to Christian, transferring through the LCQ Friday but then struggling with an off in the in the final. Joanis sailed through qualifying Saturday finishing 3rd and 2nd in heats but had to fight heavy traffic on the tight track in the final where he finished 10th.

“After working through some crashes on Friday I came back and had a good day of qualifying on Saturday,” said Joanis. “I was feeling good in the final but made some mistakes early in the race and ended up in 10th. Right now I’m looking forward to the break before the next race to work on things I need to do to get better.”

Tyler Adams (Arctic Cat) had a good day of racing Friday, qualifying for the final with 6th place and 2nd place finishes in heat racing and battling traffic in the final to an 11th place slot. On Saturday Adams went out for the second round of heats, got a great start but had his weekend come to an early end when he he was hit in the air by another racer.

“I was in second going over the finish line jump and got landed on,” said Adams. “Diagnosis is a fractured pelvis, so overall the weekend did not turn out well for me.”

Normally the spearhead for CBR’s cross-country efforts, Zach Herfindahl (Arcticwear/Arctic Cat) was racing in Fargo to get some track time before his season starts. Jumping into the ultra-competitive Pro Lite class is no picnic, but Herfindahl put in a good showing. After spending Friday finding the pace, he carved out 3rd place and 2nd place finishes in heats Saturday which earned him a spot in the final. Ultimately Herfindahl left Fargo with a 14th place finish on his rookie Pro Lite debut.

“My first time racing a snocross national, I got 4th pick for the main on Saturday,” said Herfindahl. “I came out mid-pack and was running good but had an off about three-quarters of the way through. Friday I struggled with my starts but overall it was a fun weekend.”

The second of eight Arctic Cat ZR 120 snowmobile giveaways took place at the Fargo National with young Logan Herfindahl walking away with a new sled. You’d be hard-pressed to find a happier kid after he claimed his prize. The next giveaway will take place at the Snocross National in Shakopee, Minnesota, January 8-9, 2016. Fans can get more information and sign up at the Christian Brothers Racing merchandise trailer.

Follow the team this season on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and Instagram. For more information on Christian Brothers Racing visit www.christianbrosracing.com.

Click on the link below to watch the Fargo 2015 Recap Video
https://youtu.be/Ris6J72UWzI

CBS Sports Television Coverage
Episode #3 : Fargo National December 26, 2015 @ 10:00AM
Episode #4 : Fargo National January 2, 2016 @ 10:00AM

TEAM ARCTIC PREVAILS AT ISOC SNOCROSS NATIONAL IN FARGO

Posted on December 17th, 2015 in Sledder Featured Article, Sledder News

Plymouth, Minnesota (December 14, 2015) – Team Arctic snocross racers prevailed at Round #3 and #4 of the ISOC National series in Fargo, ND, capturing eight class wins, 19 podium finishes and the top spot among the competitive brands. From the youngest classes to the premier Pro Open category, Team Arctic racers and the Arctic Cat ZR6000R SX once again proved to be the winning combination.

ac hibbertTucker Hibbert captured his second Pro Open win of the season in Fargo with a masterful, dominant performance in Round 4 that all but erased the frustrations of a chaotic first turn pileup the previous evening that left him out of contention for the win, but still able to salvage a fourth. Hibbert remains in the Pro Open points lead.

Team Arctic’s Martin Moland delivered a storybook performance en route to winning the Pro Lite final ahead of teammate Montana Jess on Saturday. The young racer from Alta, Sweden, was originally planning to return home after the Fargo round. But after a strong showing in Duluth, his dad offered an incentive: win in Fargo and Martin could stay and race the full season. With focus, grit and determination, Moland won and will finish the ISOC season with the expert help of the Frattalone Race team.

Team Arctic maintained its place atop the support and youth categories at Fargo. Ryley Bester continued his perfect season in the Junior classes at Fargo, winning the Jr. 14-15 and 16-17 finals in dominant fashion. Baily Forst took his first win of the season in Sport Lite #2, while Eric Downs continued his winning ways by leading a Team Arctic podium sweep of Jr. 10-13. Likewise, Taven Woodie notched her second win of the season in Jr. Girls 9-13. Andy Pake was another first time winner in Fargo, leading a 1-2-3 finish for Team Green in the Transition 8-12 final.

“To leave Fargo with the most wins and most podium finishes of any brand is both gratifying and a huge relief,” said Mike Kloety, Team Arctic Race Manager. “It was a marginal track that left zero margin for error. Our racers and teams stepped up to the challenging conditions and proved themselves by hauling home the most hardware, which makes everyone at Arctic Cat even more proud. Now they can rest up for a few weeks while the cold temps and snow return for the rest of the season.”

The next ISOC snocross national is January 8-9 at Canterbury Park in Shakopee, Minnesota.

Tremblay Leads Podium Charge for Ski-Doo Snocrossers

Posted on December 17th, 2015 in Sledder News

(December 12, 2015) Fargo, N.D.– With no natural snow to be found and temperatures well above freezing throughout the weekend, Ski-Doo X-Team snocross racers battled slush, mud and fellow competitors to wrap up one of the most successful weekends in recent history for the brand at the Makita Tools National Snocross event outside of Fargo, North Dakota.

Tremblay 1Scheuring SpeedSports’ Tim Tremblay opened the weekend by winning the coveted Pro Open final on Friday, leading fellow Ski-Doo racer, BOSS racing’s Adam Renheim across the line. Although still early in the season, Tremblay is in the thick of the championship battle; for Renheim, it was his first Pro Open podium in the three years he has come from his home in Lima, Sweden to race in the US.

Tremblay’s teammate Lincoln Lemieux made a strong charge from deep in the field to finish fifth in the Pro Open final. On Saturday, Lemieux was the top X-Team racer in Pro Open with his third place finish; Tremblay overcame a mid-pack start to finish fifth.

One of the feel-good stories of the weekend was Team Bauerly Racing’s Shane Sewell capturing his first Pro Lite podium (2nd place) when he turned in a strong ride Friday night. Sewell, who is an accomplished national-level motocross racer from Indiana, has experienced more than his share of hard knocks trying to carve out a path in professional snocross. Sewell was injured in the first weekend of the season two weeks ago in Duluth, Minn., but bounced back strong in round three and is gaining valuable confidence after also making the final on Saturday.

The Pro Lite class was a strong point all weekend. X-Team racers captured multiple top-five finishes each day.

  • Maxime Taillefer finished fifth on Friday and raced to a podium in third on Saturday, climbing back into the championship chase.
  • Swedish import Marcus Ogemar Hellgren, who has been impressive in his rookie season in the U.S., was fourth on Saturday.
  • Kevin Wallenstein has been very consistent in the class and with his Saturday fifth place, he’s positioned himself second in points just ahead of Taillefer.

Ski-Doo riders dominated the Pro AM +30 podium with multi-time east coast Pro champion Danny Poirier taking his second straight win in the class aboard his Ingles Performance MXZ. Poirier will now head back to Québec to prepare for the East Coast Snocross (ECS) season, no doubt a relief to defending class champion Kurt Bauerly. Bauerly finished third in Saturday’s final behind weekly rival Patrick Brodeur, who is riding for the Anderson Racing squad this season. Poirier-Bordeur-Baurerly are 1-2-3 in the points race in the class so far.

Marica Renheim successfully returned from injury, winning the Pro AM Women’s final over Megan Brodeur. Renheim sat out the season opener after crashing in a Sport Lite prelim race, but was back in full form this weekend. Brodeur, who picked up the win in Duluth, finished second on her Anderson Racing machine and maintains a three point lead over her closest challenger.

In a heart-breaker, Ingles Performance mainstay Leo Patenaude’s chance at a Sport class win slipped away in the final corner of the main event when he was bottled up behind lapped traffic. Deteriorating snow conditions created a narrow, one-line track forcing Patenaude to check up to move around the lapper, and the second place rider slipped by both of them. It was still a great finish for the Hartland, Vt. Racer, who now sits second overall in the class as the series takes a holiday break before resuming action at Canterbury Park in Shakopee, Minnesota on January 8-9.