Arctic Cat was definitely proud of their race track accomplishments this past season, and after taking a look at their season as a whole, we were too. Here’s the official release from the Cat crew and the year end championships they amassed. Congrats to all!
Thief River Falls, Minn. (May 6, 2013) – As the last checkered flag dropped on the 2012-2013 snowmobile racing season, Team Arctic racers upheld the tradition of claiming the most high-point championship titles in the sport’s most prestigious circuits. The championship success underscores the talent and dedication of the racers and crews, as well as the high-performance pedigree of the Sno Pro and M Series snowmobiles.
“When you win most of the battles, you’re likely going to win the war,” said Team Arctic Race Manager, Mike Kloety. “In USXC cross-country especially, yet also in ISOC snocross and RMSHA hillclimbs, we won more than our share of the battles and, as a result, took home most of the championship high point titles.”
The most stunning display of championship supremacy unfolded in the USXC cross-country circuit, where Team Arctic racers claimed High-Point titles in 13 of 20 classes. Headlining the cross-country domination were Christian Brothers Racing Pros Ryan Simons and Zach Herfindahl, who finished 1-2 in both Pro 600 and Pro Open championship tallies. Other stand-out title performances in USXC belong to Benjamin Langaas, who won both Expert 85 and Improved 85 titles; And Jolene Bute, who won all 10 Womens finals (and the Championship title) during the season.
In ISOC National snocross competition, Team Arctic/Monster Energy superstar Tucker Hibbert reclaimed the Pro Open Championship title following a season of ironclad domination during which he won 11 of 16 finals, plus his sixth Winter X Games gold medal in a row. Joining him atop the ISOC Championship box was Team Arctic’s Josh Zelinski, who captured the Pro-Am Plus 30 high-point title.
In the MIRA enduro circuit, Cadarette Racing added to their long series of outstanding accomplishments by taking the overall Pro Enduro Championship with racers Troy DeWald and Ryan Spencer.
Out west in the RMSHA hillclimb series, Team Arctic’s Rob Kincaid, Chance Buckallew and Kaycee Balls added Championship titles to their win tallies, reinforcing the team’s strength that was also highlighted by Kyle Tapio’s King of Kings title (and five total victories) at the Jackson Hole World Championships.
“As much as we value and appreciate individual race wins, I believe that high-point titles tell the most complete story about Team Arctic,” said Kloety. “These championship titles reflect speed, consistency, mechanical aptitude and, of course, dedication. So on behalf of everyone at Arctic Cat, we want to thank all the racers, crews and teams who made 2013 a season of championship success.
“Likewise, I want to express our gratitude to all Team Arctic racers who took part in the 2013 race season. We’re already moving forward with improvements to our race sleds and program for the coming season, and we’ll be back in the action this summer with grass drag competition.”
Team Arctic Snowmobile High-Point Champions in 2013
Ryan Simons, Pro 600 & Pro Open
Benjamin Langaas, Expert 85 & Expert 85 Improved
Kevin Tinjum, Sport 85
Garrett Johnson, Sport 600
Joseph Wood, Vintage
Gerry Mattison, Vintage 50 Plus & Classic IFS 50 Plus
Jolene Bute, Women’s
Ean Voigt, Junior 10-13
Cole Lian, Junior 14-17
Marissa Kallock, Junior Girls 10-15
ISOC National Snocross
Tucker Hibbert, Pro Open
Josh Zelinski, Pro-Am Plus 30
ISOC Minnesota Regional Snocross
Jacob Blanshan, Pro Stock
Sasha Cook, Pro Women
Travis Kern, Pro Lite
Deon Guinn, Sport
Deon Guinn, Amateur 16-29
Jay Lura, Junior 14-15 & Junior 16-17
Ryley Bester, Jr. Novice LTD & Jr. Novice Combined
Evan Christian, Transition LTD & Transition Combined
Ayden Zimmerman, 120 Stock 4-5
MIRA Pro Enduro
Cadarette Racing, Troy DeWald & Ryan Spencer
CSRA – Alexxa Callan, Pro Womens
COR Powersports – Mark Wiedmeyer, Expert 85
COR Powersports – Casey Pries, Semi Pro
USCC East – Robin Deschenes, Semi Pro 600
MXR – Tyler Oomen, Pro Lite
IWA Watercross – Dale Lindbeck, Pro Stock
NSSR World Speed Records
James Leitl, Trail Stock 440 Fan
Joe Reinhardt, Trail Stock 700 & TS 1000
Valinda Hermanson, Stock 440
Patty Olson, Stock 500, 700 Single Pipe, Stock 100
Brandon Damask, Stock 600 Single Pipe
Brett Nelson, Imp Stock 500
Kris Doberstein, Imp Stock 600
Al Doberstein, Imp Stock 700, Super Stock Twin, 4-Stroke Stock Turbo
Doyle Swift, Imp Stock 1000 & Lake Racer All
Ed Ensor, Lake Racer
Kyle Shilts, 4-Stroke Stock Turbo IS
Steve Spire, Super Twin Lake Racer
Mike Martin, Super Twin Lake Racer 4-Stroke