Polaris Snocross Racers Earn Half of All Pro Open Podium Spots in ISOC National Season Opener in Duluth, and Sweep Top Four Spots in Pro Lite Final
Polaris Racers Are Among Pro Open & Pro Lite Points Leaders
MEDINA, Minn. (Dec. 1, 2014) – Polaris snocross racers started the 2014-2015 ISOC National season with a powerful performance as they earned three of the weekend’s six Pro Open podium spots, and they dominated the Pro Lite class – including finishing first through fourth in the weekend’s second Pro Lite final. The ISOC National tour opened Nov. 28-30 in Duluth, Minnesota, with the AMSOIL National at Spirit Mountain.
Kyle Pallin (Team LaVallee) reached the podium in both Pro Open finals with third- and second-place finishes, which put him second in Pro Open points after two rounds of racing.
Ryan Springer (Carlson Motorsports) won one Pro Lite final, and Andrew Carlson (Carlson Motorsports) finished fourth and third in the weekend’s finals, making Carlson the points leader.
Pro Open: Pallin & Kamm Have Sights Set on Title
In the weekend’s first Pro Open final on Saturday, Nov. 29, Kody Kamm (Hentges Racing) finished second and Kyle Pallin took third. Justin Broberg (Hentges Racing) finished sixth and Jake Scott (Team LaVallee) finished 11th.
In the second Pro Open final held on Sunday, Pallin once again reached the podium with a second-place finish, and Kamm finished fourth after making it into the final via the last chance qualifier (LCQ). Jake Scott finished eighth and Justin Broberg (Hentges Racing) finished 10th.
After two rounds of Pro Open racing, Pallin was second in points while Kamm was third. Broberg was in eighth, Jake Scott was in ninth, Ross Martin (Judnick Motorsports) was 12th, and Andrew Lieders (Team LaVallee) was 13th.
Pro Lite: Podium Dominance & a 1-2-3-4 Sweep
In the weekend’s first Pro Lite final, Jake Angove (Fort Fremont Racing) reached the podium with a second-place finish. Andrew Carlson was fourth, Travis Muller (Cottew Motorsports) was fifth, and Zak Mason (Leighton Motorsports) was sixth.
In Sunday’s Pro Lite final, Polaris Terrain Domination® was on full display as Polaris racers finished 1-2-3-4. Ryan Springer (Carlson Motorsports) earned the victory, Zak Mason took second, Andrew Carlson was third, and Trevor Leighton (Leighton Motorsports) finished fourth.
Andrew Carlson, who finished second overall in Pro Lite points last season, left Duluth as the class points leader. Zak Mason was third in points after two rounds, Trevor Leighton was fourth, Jake Angove was sixth, Ryan Springer was eighth, James Johnstad (Judnick Motorsports) was 10th, and Travis Muller (Cottew Motorsports) was 11th.
Ross Martin Takes Second in AMSOIL Dominator
In the AMSOIL Dominator, the non-points feature traditionally held on Friday night of the Duluth racing weekend, Ross Martin reached the final by winning the LCQ and finished second in the finale. Martin, a two-time winner of the AMSOIL Dominator, had to start one row behind the other two racers in the final, and his determined bid to win the special trophy and $10,000 winner’s purse fell just short. The AMSOIL Dominator field is made up of the weekend’s top Pro Open qualifiers. They face off in three-lap head-to-head duels until just three racers are left for the final.
More Podium Finishes in Pro-Am & Sport Classes
In the weekend’s Pro-Am +30 final, Justin Tate (2-Eight Motorsports) finished second as five Polaris racers earned top-10 finishes. Patrick Brodeur (Walls-Unlimited) took fifth, Luke Routh (RF3 Industries) was seventh, Bruce Jesionowski (Snirt Racing) finished ninth, and Scot Adams (Never Enough Racing) took 10th.
Four Polaris racers finished in the top 10 in the Pro-Am Women’s final, led by Janell Smith (Team NorthStar) in fourth. Amanda Duitsman (Plaisted Racing) finished sixth, Jakki Farmer (Farmer Racing) was seventh, and Jessica Martel took 10th.
Jacob Yurk (Team Vermillion) won the weekend’s first Sport final, and Jake Geeseman (Wollenberg Motorsports) took second in the second Sport final. Geeseman had finished fifth in the first final, which left him third in Sport points after the season’s first two rounds of racing. Yurk was fourth in points, and Cole Cottew (Cottew Motorsports) was fifth.
The second round of ISOC National racing will be the U.S. Air Force National at Buffalo River Race Park in Glyndon, Minnesota, near Fargo, N.D. Racing will be held Dec. 12-13.
(Pleasant Prairie, WI)— Team Yamaha Rider Matt Piche scored the first Pro Stock win of the Cross Country racing season on his SR Viper race sled at Houghton, MI. “Everyone on the team wanted to come out strong at the first race of the year,” said Yamaha Cross Country Crew Chief Brian Strawsell. “We knew we had a sled that would be competitive and that Matt and Re were ready to race. Everything just worked well for us today.”
The Yamaha Pro squad opened the day with strong results in the Pro Factory 600 class—a second-place finish for Piche with teammate Re Wadena just missing the podium. That afforded the guys an opportunity to assess setups and scout the shortened, sloppy course. “The new Elka shocks worked killer,” Piche said. “I was happy with the way the Viper was set up from our preseason testing.”
With light and course conditions quickly fading, race officials opted to shorten the marquee Pro Stock race. “It was a rough course that was down to mud and rocks in some places,” Strawsell noted. The Viper racers put on a good show, with Piche in front of his next closest competitor by 20 seconds. Wadena used his years of race experience to smartly bring his Viper in fourth, with a developing driveline issue. “Re knew that it’s more important to score points by finishing a little farther back in the pack than it is to push the envelope and risk a mechanical failure and a DNF.”
Yamaha youth put in a great effort during the day’s middle rounds. New racer, Robby Resch claimed a 4th in Sport Factory Stock and Mitch Sebastian battled to a fourth in Sport Stock. The Team Blue duo finished 1-2 in the Schoolboy 16-24 class to button up a strong day for the up-and-comers. “It was great to see the younger guys step up and do so well,” said Seth Thorson, Sebastian’s head mechanic and race mentor.
No stranger to competition himself, Thorson pulled in a pair of top-10 finishes himself in Semi-Pro Factory 600 and Semi-Pro Stock classes.
Yamaha Factory Snowmobile Racing is sponsored by Elka Suspensions and Fly Racing with additional support from Camoplast, Woody’s, WPS and Yamalube. Follow the Yamaha Factory Racing season at facebook.com/YamahaSnowmobilesUSA.
The board of directors of the Snowmobile Hall of Fame in St. Germain, WI is proud to announce the 2015 Inductees. They are BOB ENNS of Oak Bluff, Manitoba, HERB HOWE of Siren, WI, PAT MACH of Minto, North Dakota, and MARK ZELICH of Wausau, WI.
Bob Enns, of Oak Bluff, Manitoba, was a star racer for the famed Enduro Team Deere in the 1970s, and who captured key victories in multiple ICCSF cross-country races during the first golden era of terrain competition. Herb Howe of Siren, Wis., won the inaugural Winnipeg-to-St. Paul International 500 cross-country in 1966, and later served as its race director. Pat Mach of Minto, North Dakota, was a racer-turned-organizer who founded the United States Cross-Country circuit that launched a renaissance of cross-country competition beginning in mid-2000s. Mach will be inducted posthumously. Mark Zelich of Wausau, Wis., is a famed television personality famous for his in-depth coverage of the Eagle River World Championships and other snowmobile racing events.
Induction ceremonies will take place Saturday, February 7, 2015 at the Whitetail Inn in St. Germain as the evening event of the day long RIDE WITH THE CHAMPS sponsored by Modine, Hot Dawg Garage Heaters of Racine, WI. This is our 32nd annual RIDE WITH THE CHAMPS and our 28th annual induction ceremonies. The RWTC begins with breakfast and registration at 7 am. There will be three vintage trail groups and two late model trail groups to choose from. One of the vintage groups will be the VINTAGE CHALLENGE which runs to Lake Gogebic in the UP for lunch and the other is the SWAMP CHALLENGE which runs south to the Tomahawk area. One late model group will go to Lake Gogebic for lunch at Fish Tales. NEW this year is a bus trip to Three Lakes for those who want to still enjoy the day but not ride. Great for the significant others and wives!! Call for information or see our website for details. The $150 RWTC fee includes three meals, a souvenir bib, a cap and many great memories! Dinner tickets only are available for $50. The autograph session begins at 6 pm at the Whitetail Inn. All race and snowmobile fans are invited where they can meet and talk with many of the sport’s biggest stars.
The SHOF operates a year round museum, gift shop and library on Hwy 70 W in St. Germain, WI. This year the museum is featuring an exhibit dedicating the Winnipeg to St. Paul I-500 race from 1966 to 1980. Snowmobiles and memorabilia are on display from Herb Howe, Brian Nelson, Gerard Karpik, Stan Hayes, Bruce Olsen, Jon Carlson, Jim Langley and more……Please visit our website to see our new event: The SHOF presents Winnipeg to St. Paul I-500 Legends. This event will take place in Alexandria, MN, February 13th and 14th. Enjoy an evening reliving the greatest moments and the following day ride the final leg of the Winnipeg to Willmar I-500.
Visit the SHOF website at www.snowmobilehalloffame.com for more information and details of the RWTC and the Winnipeg to St. Paul event. Tickets can also be purchased for our two raffles that are going this year. One is a beautiful restored 1976 Ski-Doo RV and the other is a brand new 2015 Ski-Doo Sport 600. Tickets are $10 each, 3 for $20, or 10 for $50. For additional information please contact the SHOF at 715-542-4463 or email: Jamie@snowmobilehalloffame.com.
TEAM ARCTIC SENDS A MESSAGE AT 2014-2015 ISOC NATIONAL SNOCROSS OPENER
Eight Class Victories and 20 Podium Finishes Proves that Team Green Wins More
Team Arctic’s Anson Scheele (M), Brayden Kernz (L) and Raycer Frank (R)- sweep Duluth. photo by ArcticInsider.com
Thief River Falls, Minn. (Dec. 2, 2014) – If there were any questions about which brand would reign supreme at the 2014-2015 ISOC National Snocross opener in Duluth, Minn., Team Arctic delivered a resounding answer: