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November 30, 2014 7:22 pm

Scheuring Speed Sports’ Tim Tremblay successfully defends his AMSOIL DOMINATOR® title in Duluth, Minn.

Tremblay wins the unique one-on-one bracket race format on Friday at Spirit Mountain, topping Ross Martin (2nd) and Cody Thomsen (3rd) in the main event

Tremblay accepts the AMSOIL DOMINATOR trophy & $10,000 check from AMSOIL's Jeremy Meyer

Tremblay accepts the AMSOIL DOMINATOR trophy & $10,000 check from AMSOIL’s Jeremy Meyer

DULUTH, Minn. (Nov. 28, 2014) – Former AMSOIL Championship Snocross, powered by Ram, champion Tim Tremblay (AMSOIL/Scheuring/Ski-Doo) was unstoppable atop Duluth’s Spirit Mountain tonight, defending his title in the one-on-one AMSOIL DOMINATOR® event to open the 2014-’15 AMSOIL Championship Snocross season.

Cruising through the DOMINATOR’s bracket-style format with wins over Arctic Cat’s Logan Christian (Rd. 1), Hentges Racing/Polaris’ Kody Kamm (Rd. 2) and Mystic/Loctite/Polaris’ Jake Scott (Rd. 3), Tremblay would tow Cody Thomsen (Arctic Cat) and Ross Martin (Judnick/Polaris) up the start hill in the final race and power home to a convincing win in the three-lap main event.

“This means a lot for me,” said Tremblay, accepting a giant check for $10,000 from AMSOIL Race Program Manager Jeremy Meyer, along with a custom DOMINATOR trophy. “I was hurt last year and I couldn’t wait to get back. So this is a great way to start the season.”

Tremblay on a rail in the DOMINATOR finals!

Tremblay on a rail in the DOMINATOR finals!

Making the finals against the Canadian Tremblay were Thomsen, who got by Mike Bauer (Haala Racing/Arctic Cat) in Rd. 1, Corin Todd (Leighton/Polaris) in Rd. 2 and Martin in Rd. 3. Martin would fight his way back through the Last Chance Qualifier with a win over Scott, and started in the second row behind Tremblay and Thomsen in the main event.

Round Three Highlights

• Thomsen pulled a monster holeshot off the start and led Martin up the hill and into the first turn. Charging hard to catch Thomsen, Martin fell off his sled on the last lap and was relegated to the LCQ.
• Tremblay went outside/inside on the first turn and got past Scott, opening up a gap that Scott couldn’t close after the opening lap (of three).

Round Two Highlights

• Rd. 2’s best race was between Sweden’s Adam Renheim (Boss Racing/Ski Doo) and Scott. The former Pro Lite champ Scott would get off the start first and took the lead after the opening lap, only to be caught in the bottom corner by Renheim – the only pass made on that section of the track all night. Scott would then take advantage of a slight Renheim mistake on the uphill, re-passing the Swede and rocketing into the semis.
• In the most anticipated matchup of Rd. 2, Tremblay met Hentges/Polaris racer Kody Kamm. Tremblay used a strong shoulder-to-shoulder move to stop Kamm’s initial pass attempt on top of Spirit Mountain, then held off an insane jump attempt by Kamm that resulted in the night’s closest finish – 33/100ths of a second at the checkers.
• Todd would lead Thomsen off the start, but cased a jump in the rhythm section, momentarily checking up. This would be all Thomsen would need to take the lead and the eventual win.

Round One Highlights

• After taking last year off to free ride and film, McGuire Racing/Arctic Cat’s Brett Turcotte pulled the upset of the night when he topped defending ACS champ Tucker Hibbert (Monster/Arctic Cat/Ram) in the first race of the DOMINATOR. Hibbert was actually DQ’d for nudging Turcotte off the track on the first turn.
• “I heard a sled held wide open and he (Hibbert) bucked me off my sled,” said Turcotte.
• Martin nailed one of the best passes of the night when he went high, then dove down on Lincoln Lemieux (AMSOIL/Scheuring/Rockstar/Ski-Doo) on top of the hill for the lead and eventual win.
• The closest race of round one was Justin Broberg (Hentges/Polaris) versus Renheim, with Renheim holding off a charging Broberg at the tape for the win.
• Other round one winners included: Scott over teammate Kyle Pallin (Mystic/Loctite/Polaris); Defending DOMINATOR champ Tremblay over Christian; Kamm over Andrew Lieders (Mystic/Loctite/Polaris); Pro Open rookie Todd over David Joanis (Royal Distributing/Arctic Cat); Thomsen over Bauer.

About the AMSOIL DOMINATOR: The unique event pits 16 of the world’s top Pro Open-class racers against each other in a one-on-one, bracket-race format. The top dogs from Friday’s Pro Open qualifying session move on in this winner-take-all contest for a chance at winning a cool $10,000, along with the custom AMSOIL DOMINATOR trophy designed and constructed by AMSOIL.

Action at Spirit Mountain continues on Saturday with the opening round of the 2014-’15 AMSOIL Championship Snocross, powered by Ram, series.

Round / Date City / State
1 – Nov. 28-30 Duluth, Minnesota
2 – Dec. 12-13 Fargo, North Dakota
3 – Jan. 9-10 Shakopee, Minnesota
4 – Jan. 30-31 Deadwood, South Dakota
5 – Feb. 6-7 Salamanca, New York
6 – Feb. 20-21 Chicago, Illinois
7 – Feb. 27-28 Mt. Pleasant, Michigan
8 – March 13-15 Lake Geneva, Wisconsin

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 16 half-hour programs of the ACS races.

Photos courtesy of Lissa Marsolek/ISOC.

 
November 30, 2014 6:01 pm

Arctic Cat Assesories and Products


NEW MEN’S BACKCOUNTRY JACKET FROM ARCTIC CAT
Built for Comfort and Dryness on Trails and in the Back Country

Arctic Cat Backcountry jacket for men

Arctic Cat Backcountry jacket for men

Thief River Falls, Minn. (Nov. 17, 2014) – Enjoy the warmth, dryness and versatility of the new men’s Backcountry Jacket from Arctic Cat. It features a slimmer, lightweight fit for aggressive riding, with a Teflon-treated nylon shell and a two-layer waterproof and breathable membrane to keep riders dry. Its adjustable neoprene cuffs featuring interior Lycra® cuff thumbholes are matched by fully taped seams and a removable internal waist snow skirt to deliver maximum protection from the elements. Riders can customize their comfort with zippered underarm and back vents, plus the adjustable bottom draw cord. Five zippered pockets offer ample storage, while hi-viz 3M™ Scotchlite™ Reflective Material provides enhanced reflectivity in low light conditions. It’s available in S – 3XL and Tall sizes with an MSRP starting at $299.95 U.S./$349.95 Canada.

The men’s Backcountry Jacket is available now at most Arctic Cat dealerships, and through the Arctic Cat online store at www.store.arcticcat.com.

For additional information on Arctic Cat Arcticwear clothing and accessories, see your local Arctic Cat dealer or visit www.arcticcat.com. To find a dealer near you, call 1-800-3-ARCTIC.

NEW WOMEN’S BACKCOUNTRY JACKET FROM ARCTIC CAT
Built for Comfort and Dryness on Trails and in the Back Country

Arctic Cat Backcountry jacket for women

Arctic Cat Backcountry jacket for women

Thief River Falls, Minn. (Nov. 17, 2014) – The new women’s Backcountry Jacket from Arctic Cat is engineered for maximum comfort and versatility, with a slimmer and lighter-weight fit that’s ideal for aggressive riding. It’s constructed with a Teflon-treated nylon shell with a two-layer membrane fabric that’s waterproof and breathable. Fully taped seams work in concert with a removable internal waist snow skirt and adjustable neoprene cuffs featuring interior Lycra® cuff thumbholes for maximum protection from the elements. Zippered underarm and back vents match the adjustable bottom draw cord to deliver custom airflow, while 3M™ Scotchlite™ Reflective Material provides enhanced reflectivity. It’s available in XS – 2XL sizes with an MSRP starting at $299.95 U.S./$349.95 Canada.

The women’s Backcountry Jacket is available now at most Arctic Cat dealerships, and through the Arctic Cat online store at www.store.arcticcat.com.

For additional information on Arctic Cat Arcticwear clothing and accessories, see your local Arctic Cat dealer or visit www.arcticcat.com. To find a dealer near you, call 1-800-3-ARCTIC.

NEW EXPEDITION RACK FROM ARCTIC CAT
Built to Carry Extra Adventure Gear

Arctic Cat Expedition Rack

Arctic Cat Expedition Rack

Thief River Falls, Minn. (Nov. 17, 2014) – Constructed from rugged powder-coated steel, the new Expedition Rack from Arctic Cat is a versatile platform for carrying extra adventure gear. Working in tandem with the accessory 8-pocket Hitch Kit, the Expedition Rack features a quick-attach mount for simple and swift deployment. The rack features mounts for accessory Hard Saddlebags and also works in conjunction with the 2-up Seat Kit. It’s available in Black and fits Arctic Cat XF models with a flat tunnel. The MSRP is $189.95 U.S./$219.95 Canada.

The Expedition Rack is available now at most Arctic Cat dealerships, and through the Arctic Cat online store at www.store.arcticcat.com.

For additional information on Arctic Cat Arcticwear clothing and accessories, see your local Arctic Cat dealer or visit www.arcticcat.com. To find a dealer near you, call 1-800-3-ARCTIC.

NEW SPORT MUFFS FROM ARCTIC CAT
Stylish and Easy-to-Attach Design Keeps Hands Warm

Arctic Cat Sport Muffs

Arctic Cat Sport Muffs

Arctic Cat Sport Muffs

Arctic Cat Sport Muffs

Thief River Falls, Minn. (Nov. 17, 2014) – Enjoy the added warmth and lightweight design of the new handlebar Sport Muffs from Arctic Cat. Their semi-rigid design holds its shape against the wind, yet flexes enough to use with a full range of windshield styles. They attach securely in seconds with Velcro straps, without the need for additional mounting hardware. They fit on all ProCross and ProClimb models. The MSRP is $49.95 U.S./$57.95 Canada.

 
November 30, 2014 5:28 pm

NEW TUCKER HIBBERT SPORTSWEAR LINE FROM ARCTIC CAT

5263-210_S_2015Inspired and Designed by Tucker Hibbert and Available from Arctic Cat

Thief River Falls, Minn. (Nov. 17, 2014) – The All-New Tucker Hibbert Sportswear line of hats, shirts and hoodies is available now from Arctic Cat, offering fresh styles that are inspired and designed by the all-time winningest snocross champion. The fifteen premium items include an assortment of knitwear, caps, shirts and hoodies for men, women and youth, all adorned with the iconic No. 68 made famous by the legendary Team Arctic racer.

“My fans are the driving force behind my signature sportswear line,” said Tucker Hibbert, “They’re my inspiration to keep pushing on the racetrack and I wanted to create something they’re proud to wear. It’s really exciting to know my fans worldwide can stop by their local Arctic Cat dealer to get their 68 gear.”

The Tucker Hibbert signature line of premium Arcticwear sportswear incorporates many of the unique design elements found on Tucker’s 2015 ZR 6000 R SX race sled, on-track race gear and the 2015 ZR6000 Tucker Hibbert-Edition RR snowmobile. These items are available at your local Arctic Cat dealer, and through the Arctic Cat online store at www.store.arcticcat.com.

For additional information on Arctic Cat’s Arcticwear clothing and accessories, see your local Arctic Cat dealer or visit www.arcticcat.com. To find a dealer near you, call 1-800-3-ARCTIC.

 
November 30, 2014 5:14 pm

Arctic Cat Hires Christopher T. Metz as Chief Executive Officer

Christopher Metz (Photo: Business Wire)

Christopher Metz (Photo: Business Wire)

Metz succeeds CEO Christopher Twomey, who remains board chair

MINNEAPOLIS–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Nov. 14, 2014– Arctic Cat Inc. (NASDAQ: ACAT) today announced that Christopher T. Metz, 49, will join the company as president and chief executive officer on December 3, 2014. Metz succeeds Christopher Twomey, who remains Arctic Cat’s board chair.

Christopher Metz (Photo: Business Wire)

Commented Twomey: “The board conducted a national search for a new CEO and we are delighted that Chris is joining Arctic Cat. Chris is a proven leader in the consumer and durable goods industries. He has built a career on improving the performance of market-leading companies. He brings an outstanding strategic skill set to his new role at Arctic Cat – a keen focus on executional excellence and deep experience in product marketing, finance, global operations and talent management. Importantly, he is adept at creating strong partnerships with customers and dealers. Along with the rest of the board, I am pleased to welcome Chris and look forward to working with him.”

Since 2005, Metz has served as a managing director of Sun Capital Partners, Inc., a leading private investment firm with more than $10 billion in capital under management. Prior to Sun Capital, Metz was president at Black & Decker, leading its Hardware and Home Improvement Group from 1999 to 2005. During his 13-year tenure at Black & Decker, he held various other senior leadership positions, including: president of Kwikset Corporation, the world’s largest residential lockset manufacturer; president of Price Pfister, a leading manufacturer of finish faucets; president of Baldwin Hardware; and general manager of European Professional Power Tools and Accessories, based in Frankfurt, Germany.

Metz said: “I am excited to lead a terrific team at Arctic Cat. The company has a strong consumer brand and significant opportunities to increase its sales and profitability. I am eager to build on the company’s success and enhance shareholder value.”

Metz serves on the board of directors of NYSE-listed Vince Holdings Corp., a global fashion brand and retailer with approximately $300 million in annual revenue.

Metz earned a master of business administration degree from the Kenan Flagler School of Business of the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. He holds a bachelor’s degree in finance and marketing from the University of Delaware.

 

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