USXC Plans Mini I-500

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131 Racing Suffers Setback At Duluth

Not exactly the seat time Menne was looking for from Duluth.

2013 was good to Bobby Menne – he got his first Pro cross-country win, finished Top 3 in Pro Open points and got a podium finish at the Soo I-500. 2014 was shaping up to be a great year for Bobby until Friday at the Duluth National Snocross when he cased a downhill double and shattered his heel or, as they call it in med school, his Calcaneus. The result? A lot of pain, reconstructive surgery and 6-8 weeks of no pressure on the heel.

“This is not how I wanted the season to start,” said Menne. “I just want to let all my friends and sponsors know that I will do everything I can to come back as fast as I can. I am hoping to be back in time for the Soo.”

 

Watching races from St Mary's in Duluth.

Win Autographed APV Oil From Tucker Hibbert

The real question is, how many Sharpies does Tucker go through in a season?

Tucker Hibbert has won more snocross races than any other active racer and right now he’s just a handful of wins away from becoming the winningest snocross racer ever. He’s won all his races using APV Oil and APV is proud to once again be the official oil supplier to Tucker Hibbert. APV is the oil of choice for Arctic Cat racers like Hibbert who demand the best performance and protection for their race-winning Arctic Cat snowmobiles.

During the 2013-2014 season Hibbert wants his fans to win with APV just like he does, so every time he wins a race he will give eight fans an autographed jug of APV oil. Odds are good too – last season Tucker won over 70-percent of the races he entered while using APV Lubricants.

It’s easy, just log on to http://arcticcatlubricants.com/win/ and enter your info. You only need to enter once to be eligible to win after any of the races on Hibbert’s calendar. Visit www.tucker-hibbert.com to see Hibbert’s race schedule. Enter and watch Tucker win!

Planet X Scheduled To Open November 15

Steve Scheuring announced today that the 15th is a go. “We are experiencing great snowmaking weather and already have more snow on the ground them we had when we opened last year. This is going to be a fantastic test track this year. We will also have a holeshot area and are hoping to make a smaller 120 track separate from the actual test track”

The price for track time has not changed and is the same as last year. We have plenty of parking and being located right in Aurora we have hardware, gas, groceries, auto parts store, and restaurants all within a mile.

Check our Scheuring speed sports Facebook page our or website www.scheuring-speedsports.com for updates

ECS Announces 2013-2014 Schedule

CHESHIRE, Conn. (Oct. 9, 2013) – As the leaves continue to fall and our thoughts turn to the coming winter, officials at East Coast Snocross (ECS) are pleased to announce their 2013-2014 event schedule. As the sanctioning body prepares for its fourth season, teams and fans alike can begin making their plans.

Technically, since ECS picked up where the former regional circuit (RMR) left off, this is the 23rd consecutive season for sanctioned snocross here in the northeast. RMR held its first races during the winter of 1991-92, and since that time – the sport has advanced by leaps and bounds.

ECS will kick things off at a wonderful new venue in mid-December, in an area surrounded by snowmobile enthusiasts. Race teams will converge on the friendly town of Rumney, New Hampshire, on Dec. 14-15, to contest Round 1. The track will be built on the grounds of the Riverbrook RV Resort on Route 25, just seven miles off of Interstate 93.

The facility provides amenities like a large heated building with bathrooms and showers; electrical hookups for race teams; groomed trail access for snowmobilers; and our hosts even have their own snow making equipment. Located on the banks of the scenic Baker River, Riverbrook Resort has it all. Our host for this year’s season opener is Wicked Snocross, a group planning a full winter of activities, including a full-scale practice track for snocross, at this beautiful facility throughout 2013-14.

The actual race site for Round 2 is yet to be finalized, but it is tentatively slated for January 4-5 or January 10-11, 2014.

Round 3 on the nine-race schedule will be run on Jan. 18-19 at the famed Airborne Park Speedway, in Plattsburgh, New York. After two events at the Crete Civic Center, this event moved to Airborne last winter and was a big hit with fans and racers. With its ample pit area, large grandstands and beautiful 1/2-mile oval, Airborne is the perfect venue for snocross in upstate New York.

This event will change to a Saturday night and Sunday show for 2014, with racing “under the lights” on Saturday evening. Airborne will also mark the first of three Triple Crown races in conjunction with the Quebec-based SCM circuit. Last winter, the inaugural Triple Crown series produced high entry numbers and created exciting rivalries that thrilled fans on both sides of
the border.

Round 4 will be held on Jan. 25-26 in Louiseville, Quebec, the second Triple Crown event with teams from SCM. Officials in Louiseville built a fabulous track last winter, and we believe they’ll do the same again in 2014. This part of Quebec has ample snow and cold temperatures – ideal for snocross.

After two successful visits there last season, ECS will return to the scenic town of Lake George, New York, for Round 5 on Feb. 1-2. This area rolled out the red carpet when teams descended on the village last winter, offering warm hospitality and a big crowd to watch the action. Built on the site of the former Gaslight Village, the track was adequate to host a return visit just two weeks after the first race, as a lack of snow prevented the circuit from racing at a different venue.

Round 6 will be run alongside the ISOC AMSOIL Championship Snocross national circuit on Feb. 7-8 in Salamanca, New York. Located in the western edge of the Empire State, Salamanca represents a long haul for teams, yet also offers a chance to compete in front of a huge crowd. Last February’s inaugural ISOC event at the Seneca Allegany Casino drew thousands of eager fans. We have every reason to believe this winter’s attendance will be equal or even greater.

The seventh event on the 2013-14 ECS schedule will take place on Feb. 15-16 during the prestigious Grand Prix de Valcourt, and include the Triple Crown finals for Pro, Pro Lite and Sport classes. The SCM teams will be on top of their game at Canada’s biggest sled race; so ECS riders will have a strong challenge. Race fans are the big winners, with three days of high-stakes, big drama competition. The famed Grand Prix de Valcourt is a not-to-be-missed event for those who love snowmobile racing.

Round 8 will see teams visit a new site in western Massachusetts. On Feb. 22-23, the tour will descend on North Adams at a fine facility known as “The Range.” This venue is Berkshire County’s finest family recreation center. Offering an 18-hole miniature golf course, three batting cages and a 300-yard driving range, The Range will transform from a summer paradise into a winter hotspot for snocross.

A return visit to Rumney on March 8-9 is on tap for Round 9, marking the first time a venue has requested two races in quite some time. As mentioned earlier, the good folks at Wicked Snocross are planning a full season of activities at the Riverbrook RV Resort, and a second points race for ECS is part of those ambitious plans. With a shorter haul, great hosts and nice accommodations, this is a good opportunity for teams. It’s also a chance for locals to witness more side-by-side snocross action.

The venue for Round 10 has yet to be named, yet the event is tentatively scheduled for March 22-23.

For the 11th and final round of competition, ECS will travel to the beautiful Titus Mountain Ski Resort in Malone, New York. When the series concluded its 2013 season this past March at Titus, everybody from race teams to fans had a wide smile. Titus Mountain keeps ample snow cover well into spring, so having a high-quality track for the event is a given. The 2014 season finale is slated for March 28-29.

East Coast Snocross, presented by AMSOIL and Woody’s Traction, is the eastern regional affiliate of ISOC. ECS strives to maintain a healthy level of competition in grassroots snocross, while also cultivating new talent for tomorrow’s factory-backed national teams.

For more information, please go to www.eastcoastsnocross.com.

ECS Announces New Novice 250 Class

CHESHIRE, Conn. (Oct. 7, 2013) – In snowmobile snocross racing, it’s the youth riders who represent the sport’s future. It is these young boys and often girls, as well, who will carry snocross and recreational snowmobiling itself forward into the next decade and beyond.

With that fact in mind, officials at East Coast Snocross (ECS) are pleased to announce the addition of a new youth class for 2013-14. The new Novice 250 class will be contested on 250cc Phantom Snowmobiles, the ideal sled to fill the gap between 120cc machines and a full-size sled.

Longtime ECS team owner Bruce Gaspardi Sr. of North Adams, Mass., will become a dealer for Phantom snowmobiles. His many years of tuning sleds will assist those families trying snocross for the first time, and can guide veteran parents not familiar with the Phantom brand. A sled and class like this should boost interest in snocross among kids, helping to ensure a healthy series on down the road.

“These sleds are going to be ideal for a transition class,” Gaspardi said. “The four-stroke engine has plenty of torque and power, and the suspension is well-designed. We started selling Phantom sleds one year ago, and they’ve been quite popular. I feel they’ll be a great addition to youth classes at ECS.”

Gaspardi will have a ton of expertise to draw from as he guides racers and parents in 2013-14. The patriarch of Team Southside will have access to CSRA Race Director Brock Norris, who’s son Roy is a champion in CSRA’s 250 class. Norris will be available to Gaspardi for technical advice and assistance, and is also the man in charge of Novice 250 development for CSRA. Norris will be of great value to ECS as we get this exciting new program up and running.

Phantom Snowmobiles are billed as “the ultimate youth snowmobile,” and it is an accurate description. With a 250cc four-stroke engine, electric start, reverse and a full independent suspension, the industry’s only mid-size sleds are a technological delight. One ride on a Phantom snowmobile will show just how fun and advanced youth racing can be.

ECS is the second sanctioning body to partner with Phantom Snowmobiles in an effort to grow the sport. The Ontario-based Canadian Snowcross Racing Association (CSRA) started a similar program for rider development in 2009. The class has strong participation that has exceeded expectations and produces some of the most exciting racing on the circuit.

“I think our new Novice 250 class is a great way to reach new kids and families,” said ECS president Bob Roscoe. “Phantom Snowmobiles are well built, safe and exciting machines. I expect to see this class expand youth participation at ECS and help ensure a bright future in grassroots snocross.”

East Coast Snocross, presented by AMSOIL and Woody’s Traction Products, is the eastern affiliate of International Series of Champions (ISOC), the national sanctioning body for snowmobile snocross. ECS strives to maintain a healthy level of grassroots racing throughout the northeast, while also cultivating new talent for tomorrow’s factory-back Pro teams.

www.novice250.com

daSilva Racing Gears Up For 2013-2014 Season

Connor Roscoe

HAMPSTEAD, N.H. (Sept. 26, 2013) – With widespread frost warnings posted across much of northern New England and early snows touching the summit of Mount Washington, one of the region’s veteran snowmobile race teams is gearing up for a busy and competitive winter.

New Hampshire-based daSilva Racing competes on the East Coast Snocross (ECS) series, presented by AMSOIL and Woody’s traction products. The team will enter the 2013-14 season with a trio of eager riders; led by veteran Jake daSilva, who advances from Pro Lite to the Pro division.

Jake will be joined once again by rising star Connor Roscoe, of Cheshire, CT, who after tearing it up in the Sport ranks, advances to Pro Lite for 2014. New to the roster this year is talented female racer Tatum Hax of Durham, Connecticut. With strong skills and a passion for snocross, Hax will enter the ECS Women’s classes.

For daSilva, the move to Pro comes at a time when big name riders like Mathieu Morin, Danny Poirier and now Brett Bender are preparing for title runs in ECS competition. Yet his goals are realistic, knowing all too well how tough his move is going to be.

“My hope is to just be consistent in my first year of Pro,” daSilva said. “I know it will be a difficult task, but I’d like to see myself in the top five on a weekly basis. I’ve had a busy off-season working in a new program from the Rockwell Training Facility. It helped me a lot in motocross; and I hope to have a smooth transition back onto sleds this winter. I love riding a Mod sled, and hope I’ve stepped up my game enough to be competitive. I’m looking forward to an exciting season.”

Roscoe has also been busy in the gym and is anxious to take on the immense challenge that is Pro Lite. After an injury ended his season early last winter, he’s more than excited about 2014.

“Last year was a roller coaster ride for me,” Roscoe said. “It started off strong with me leading all three classes, but ended in the worst possible way after a broken wrist with just two races to go. My injury last year has really fired me up to race again, and made me realize how much I love racing.”

As he moves into a higher class, Roscoe is thankful for his situation while reflecting on more than a decade of racing.

“The support I get from daSilva Racing is unreal,” he added. “The daSilvas are like a second family to me; it’s a team effort to win races every weekend. My first year in the Pro Lite class might actually be my last season of racing before I head off to college. My goals are to be competitive every weekend and have fun.”

Newcomer Hax is as anxious as any other racer when it comes to looking ahead. She loves the friendly, yet often serious rivalries that develop on the track, and likes the thought of learning from her new teammates at daSilva Racing.

“Last season was very kind to me, landing on the podium on a regular basis,” Hax said. “Yet I think the 2014 campaign could be even better. After earning my first wins in Women’s Sport 600 last year, my goal is to claim that class championship. I’m also going to challenge myself to run several races in the Pro Women’s class. Joining a strong team like daSilva Racing is important to me. It will provide a support system which can help me move forward and gain confidence. I’m very excited.”

Team owner Paul daSilva and the entire squad would like to thank the following partners for their highly-valued support: Ski-doo, daSilva Motorsports; That’s Great News; FOX Racing Shox; Spectro Performance Oils; MB Tractor & Equipment; Fox Racing Apparel; C&A Pro Skis; Loiselle’s Installers; Miracle Farms Landscape Contractors; Parts Unlimited; HCP Designs; Osiris Shoes and Woody’s Traction Products. Without these companies, daSilva Racing would be a mere fraction of the entity it is today.

For more information, please go to www.dasilvaracing172.com.

Monster Energy/Arctic Cat Signs Kaufman As Mechanic

Garth Kaufman

September 26, 2013 – Longtime Team Arctic racer, Garth Kaufman, has joined team Monster Energy/Arctic Cat as a mechanic for Tucker Hibbert, the reigning ISOC National Snocross Pro Open Champion. Kaufman will work side-by-side with Kirk Hibbert on the testing and tuning of Tucker’s practice and race snowmobiles.

“Garth is a great addition to our tight-knit, hard-working team,” said Tucker. “He has a lot of racing experience and works well with my dad. The fact he’s my cousin, is a bonus. I trust him and know he’ll do what it takes to get the job done.”

Kaufman has a storied career in snowmobile racing and is one of the world’s most diverse riders. He was a pioneer in freestyle and backcountry riding, took a run at hill climbing, then established himself as one of the world’s top cross-country and snocross racers. His highest racing honors include multiple top-three cross-country finishes and taking second in the 2009 National Snocross Pro Super Stock Championship.

“I’ve always admired the way Tucker and his team operate and am stoked to be a part of it,” said Kaufman. “It feels like a natural progression from racer to race mechanic. I’ve always enjoyed the development and testing part of racing and am excited to put my experience to good use.”

To stay connected to team Monster Energy/Arctic Cat, visit www.tucker-hibbert.com and link to Tucker’s multiple social media sites.

Polaris Racers Still Available

We’re two months out from the race season and usually if you don’t have a race sled by now you’re SOL. Lucky for you, Polaris still has sleds available, but the supply of 2014 Polaris 600R IQ race sleds is getting low so if you’ve been thinking about going racing this season and need a sled the time is now. Contact the Polaris Race Department at (715) 355-5157 to get your Terrain Dominator before they’re gone.

2014 Cain’s Quest Route

Labrador City, NL, September 19, 2013 – Cain’s Quest Inc. today announced a new 3,300 kilometre route through Labrador’s rugged wilderness for the 2014 Cain’s Quest Snowmobile Endurance Race, making it the longest adventure of its kind in the world.

The race kicks off in Labrador West on March 1 and continues through 20 checkpoints, first bringing racers through central Labrador to L’Anse au Loup on the south coast. From there, they will start a northern journey through many coastal communities to Nain before making their way back to Labrador West.

“We are excited about the new route,” said Todd Kent, chair of Cain’s Quest Inc. “We want to offer racers an extreme snowmobiling experience while showcasing Labrador’s beauty, from the iron-rich Labrador trough, to the bogs, hills and valleys in the south and the fiords and mountains in the north.”

Twelve teams of two have registered to date. One will be travelling all the way from the remote Arctic city of Iqaluit, Nunavut, the first team to register from that territory since the race began in 2006. The remainder comes from Labrador, Quebec, Ontario, Saskatchewan and British Columbia.

“We are hoping that this route, combined with a hefty purse of $100,000, will attract 40 teams before registration closes on December 31,” said Mr. Kent.

A race of this magnitude requires many months of planning and coordination. ViVa Group, a new communications and event management company in Labrador West, was recently hired to assist the organizing committee with all race details.

“We both bring a great deal of experience to the team,” said ViVa owners Krista Norman and Kelly Nippard. “We, along with our associate Brittany MacIsaac, are thrilled to work with such a dedicated group of volunteers to elevate the 2014 race to a new level.”

For more information on Cain’s Quest, including how to register or volunteer, visit www.cainsquest.com Follow us on Twitter @cainsquest, use #cq2014 or join the conversation on our Cain’s Quest Inc. Facebook page.