TRACKSIDE IWA Opens Its Season While most race sleds are stored away for summer, watercross racers continue to re-define the capabilities of a snowmobile. The International Watercross Association held its first two races of the season on Minnesota waters: the first in Moose Lake on June 6-7 and then at Brainerd International Raceway in Brainerd the following weekend. The scene at the Moose Lake Grand Prix was nearly perfect. Rains delayed racing on Sunday for about a half-hour, but it was otherwise well-attended with a good racer turnout. Brian McCurdy Jr. of Lindstrom had planned to retire after the 2014 season, but came back to Moose Lake with a new, fast machine prepped by Bikeman Performance and a winning mindset. He says that he still needs a Grantsburg World Championship Watercross title before he hangs it up for good. McCurdy won the feature Pro Open oval class. Kyle Carpenter of Stacy was the man to beat in the Pro Stock class in Moose Lake, as he went home with the title. He also raced his stock machine in the Pro Open and took third. David Fischer of Eagan won the Mod Drag class in Moose Lake on a Motorsports Plusprepped Yamaha. The next race in the IWA schedule is the Grantsburg World Championship on July 17-19. Race Notes • The National Hot Sled Racing Alliance (NHSRA) will sanction the grass drag races at Haydays this year. NHSRA is based in Illinois. The full race schedule and registration information is at www.snobarons.com under the “race” tab. • Team LaVallee of Longville has signed Zak Mason as its Pro Lite driver for the 2015-16 snocross season. Mason, 20, is from Gaylord, Mich. • Cottew Motorsports will sponsor Mitchel Thelen of Paynesville in the Sport class for 2015-16. Cole Cottew will bump up to the Pro Lite class. • The Seven Clans Winnipeg to Willmar 500 is back on the USXC schedule for 2016. The race, a re-born I-500 crosscountry race, was cancelled in 2015 for snow-related reasons. The 2016 event will start in Winnipeg, Manitoba, on February 10 and end in Willmar on February 13. Overnight stops will be in Thief River Falls, Bemidji and Alexandria. Hibbert, Springer Honored By ISOC Minnesota racers and teams were honored for their snocross achievements in the ISOC series at its year-end banquet in March. The two racers that stood out above the rest this season were the Pro Open points champion Tucker Hibbert of Pelican Rapids and Pro Lite points champion Ryan Springer of St. Francis. Hibbert’s season was highlighted by his 100th career win and his 9th Championship Snocross title. He also earned the “Fan Favorite” award. And Springer – in only his second year racing pro snocross – was crowned the Pro Lite champ, as well as the Pro class “Rookie of the Year.” Duluth-based Cottew Motorsports was named Top Team, with Cole Cottew taking points in the Sport class. Kurt and Ross Bauerly, of Sauk Rapids, went one-two in points in the ProAm +30 class. “On behalf of the entire staff at ISOC, a big congrats to Tucker, Ryan – as well as the rest of the racers that competed this year on the AMSOIL Championship Snocross, powered by Ram, tour,” said Carl Schubitzke, ISOC’s President and Race Director. “Everyone at ISOC knows firsthand the effort involved in terms of preparation and dedication to the sport – and we commend the racers and teams on all their hard work during the 2014-’15 season.” Herfindahl Wins XC Points Christian Bros. Racing’s Zach Herfindahl, of Eagle River, Wis., won the USXC points titles in the Pro Stock and the Pro Open classes for the 2014-15 cross-country race season. Wes Selby took second in both classes, just 11 points behind. Both drivers ride Arctic Cat. Herfindahl sealed the deal at the final race of the season on March 7 and 8 in Warroad, where he completed the three-lap Pro Open course in 52:57 on Saturday and 1:32:31 on Sunday. He also won the shortened Pro Open class on Sunday. Summer 2015 25