2012 SHOF Inductees

Joey Hallstrom

Joey Hallstrom
DATE OF INDUCTION: February 18, 2012
CAREER SPAN: 1979 – Present
BRANDS REPRESENTED: Arctic Cat
AGE AT INDUCTION: 51

Combining a deep passion for the sport with the competitive heart of a racer, Joey Hallstrom built the Team Arctic Racing Program into a winning powerhouse; helped launch the iconic Jeep 500 cross-country race; and strongly influenced several pioneering Arctic Cat snowmobiles. The many accomplishments during his 25-plus-year career at Arctic Cat reflect his strong vision, persuasiveness and force of will.

An independent Arctic Cat terrain racer beginning in the late 1978, Hallstrom’s career with a reborn-Arctic Cat began first as a racer then as Race Manager in 1987. Recognizing the talent of racers and technicians and leveraging both in equal measure, Hallstrom built Team Arctic into a dominant force whose success defined the 1990s. Recognizing Arctic Cat’s need for race-focused snowmobiles, Hallstrom strongly influenced the creation of the iconic 1990 EXT Special and the legendary ZRs. He was intent to grow the sport of racing, spearheading the “boy racer” Jag Special in 1990 and launching a unique program that offered beginners the opportunity to freely compete on such machines in snocross. He dedicated similar support to Formula III and Mod class oval racing by commissioning small production runs of such chassis by T/S Racing beginning in 1989.

Hallstrom’s vision to grow the sport included helping launch the Jeep 500 cross-country snowmobile race in 1987 and initiated the first NHRA snowmobile asphalt drag exhibition in 1994. He played key roles at magazine photo shoots and helped produce two books on Arctic Cat’s history. Hallstrom transitioned to Arctic Cat Product Manager in 1999, where he continues to influence the success of Arctic Cat snowmobiles now and in the future.

Toni Haikonen

Toni Haikonen
DATE OF INDUCTION: February 18, 2012
CAREER SPAN: 1983 – 2002
BRANDS REPRESENTED: Ski-Doo, Polaris, Lynx, Arctic Cat
AGE AT INDUCTION: 41

An international racing legend whose raw talent intersected with the rebirth of North American snocross, Toni Haikonen catapult himself and the sport into new heights beginning in the mid-1990s. Haikonen’s fluid style and blazing speed would produce historic wins at nearly every venue, while his easy-to-like personality made him fan favorite throughout the world.

With a snocross career that began at age 12, Haikonen scored a Finnish National Championship, Scandinavian Championship and hundreds of victories prior to his introduction to North American snocross in 1993. His success in the U.S. earned him a sponsored ride with Ski-Doo/FAST beginning in 1994. In a history-making night at Canterbury Park in Shakopee, Minn., in 1995, Haikonen began double-jumping the course’s massive jumps to score a monumental victory that simultaneously launched the high-flying era of snocross.

In 1998 Haikonen notched another historic first by winning the inaugural ESPN Winter X Games snocross in Crested Butte, Colo., setting the stage for another period of snocross popularity. During his eight years of racing in North America, Haikonen scored dozens of National snocross wins, European Snocross Championships, MRP Championships and was a top finisher in select cross-country events. His last victory came in 2000, and he retired from the sport after the 2002 season.

Marcel Fontaine

Marcel Fontaine
DATE OF INDUCTION: February 18, 2012
CAREER SPAN: 1970 – Present
BRANDS REPRESENTED: All
AGE AT INDUCTION: 63

From racer to mechanic to race director, Marcel Fontaine lived, loved and dedicated himself to the sport of snowmobile racing for more than four decades. Most often cited for his undying passion for oval racing in Quebec, Fontaine masterfully guided Eastern Canadian oval racing for 30 years. His influence extended to nearly all forms of competition as he added snocross, drags, hillcross and watercross to his palette of offerings, while simultaneously building both relationships and coalitions that have preserved and expanded snowmobile racing during good times and bad.

An oval racer from 1970-1976, Fontaine would transition to mechanic, then to race director for CCMQ beginning in 1983. It was as a race director and sanctioning body that Fontaine would fulfill his greatest achievements and lasting contributions. He founded SCM and Eastern Pro Tour, worked with ISR and Quebec race rules committees and raised the professionalism of snowmobile competition throughout North America. In particular, Fontaine’s efforts to improve safety and fairness made him a standout race director who was recognized by racers, peers and industry as one of the great leaders of the sport.

Fontaine’s honest embrace of the snowmobile racing world as his “family” fostered a deeply loyal base of competitors and officials, and his unyielding professionalism leaves a legacy of success that will be felt for future generations of competitors.

Larry Bosacki

Larry Bosacki
DATE OF INDUCTION: February xx, 2012
CAREER SPAN: 1967 – Present
BRANDS REPRESENTED: All
AGE AT INDUCTION: 79

By embracing and nurturing the sport of snowmobiling during its formative years, civic-minded people like Larry Bosacki transformed winter recreation and the Wisconsin north woods. The third-generation owner of Bosacki’s Boathouse eatery on Minocqua Lake in the town of Minocqua, Larry understood that the fledgling sport was about people, experiences and hospitality. For more than three decades Larry gave from his business and himself to foster those key elements.

By partnering with snowmobile clubs, grooming local spur trails at his own expense and promoting snowmobile tourism at every turn, Bosacki helped grow the winter economies of an entire region. To expand his local business and the opportunity to ride, he operated a Ski-Daddler dealership from his boathouse in the late 1960s. Bosacki also leveraged his many statewide political relationships to help forge important trail accesses and routes that would come to define the north woods snowmobile experience. Two breakthrough efforts included saving railroad trestle bridges for snowmobile trail use, as well as spearheading the first dedicated snowmobile trail crossing of an active railroad track.

His love of snowmobile competition took many forms, including supporting and working on several race teams, and helping launch (and fund) the Snowmobile Hall of Fame. Bosacki’s accomplishments over three decades are testament to the power of people who act locally.

Christian Brothers Racing Dealt Three Podiums At Blackjack Nats

Garth Kaufman

Fertile, Minn. (December 12, 2011) – The Christian Brothers Racing team traveled to Bessemer, Michigan, for Round 2 of 8 on the ISOC National snocross series. The two-day Blackjack National was held at Blackjack Resort, a ski hill just outside the town of Bessemer, and featured a challenging, V-shaped track cut into the side of resort’s ski hill. Coming into the event the Christian Brothers team was looking to build on momentum it had gained at the opening race two weeks earlier and during testing with its new Arctic Cat Sno Pro 600 snowmobiles leading up to the Blackjack National.

During the week leading up to the race the team suffered a setback when Pro rider Logan Christian made the decision to sit out the event to let his knee heal up. Christian underwent off-season surgery to repair a knee injury sustained while racing motocross. That left Garth Kaufman and Cory Davis to carry the flag for the team in the Pro Open class while D.J. Ekre joined the team to race Pro AM Vet 30+ and Evan Christian rode in Champ 120 and Transition 8-12 Limited.

Kaufman and Davis struggled in Saturday’s Pro Open racing and both riders landed in the LCQ. Only Kaufman transferred and he posted a 12th place finish in the final. On Sunday Davis and Kaufman both landed in the LCQ again. Kaufman won it and Davis finished 5th which got them both a back row starting position for the final. Pro Open riders put in 14-laps on the brutally rough track which tested the fitness of the riders and setup of their Arctic Cat machines. When the checkered flag flew Kaufman was up with the frontrunners in 7th place and Davis crossed the line further back in 12th place.

“We were hoping for better results this weekend but the good thing is we’re making progress,” said Kaufman. “We were able to do a bunch of testing and got a lot figured out on the new Arctic Cat Sno Pro 600 race sleds. It’s still early in the season and we have some ground to make up but with 12 races to go we have a lot of time to do it.”

D.J. Ekre

Long-time CBR rider D.J. Ekre raced the Pro AM Plus 30 class at the Blackjack National for team. Ekre was part of the first-ever National level snocross squad for Christian Brothers Racing during the 2002-2003 season Normally a cross-country specialist, Ekre hasn’t raced snocross since 2007 but proved his versatility as a terrain racer when he finished third in the dog-eat-dog Plus 30 race.

“It’s been a while since I raced snocross,” said Ekre. “But it’s like riding a bike – you never forget how to do it. It’s been a while since I’ve stood on the podium at a snocross National, that’s for sure!”

Evan Christian backed up Ekre and stood on the podium in both the Transition Limited 8-12 class, where he finished second, and in the super-competitive Champ 120 class where he took home third place.

“It was a positive weekend for the team,” said team co-owner Dwight Christian. “The team is definitely headed in the right direction. The new Arctic Cat race sled is going to be very good and it won’t take much before it’s there. Garth and Cory looked very good and it was fun to watch D.J. battle again. As long as we keep working hard the results will come.”

Next up for Christian Brothers Racing is the USCC Grafton 100 in Grafton, North Dakota, December 31. For more information visit www.isocracing.com. For more information on Christian Brothers Racing visit www.christianbrosracing.com.

Hibbert Notches Near Perfect Weekend in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula

Dec. 12, 2011 – Monster Energy’s Tucker Hibbert put on an impressive show at the second stop of the ISOC National Snocross Series in Bessemer, Mich. putting to rest the questions surrounding Arctic Cat’s all-new Sno Pro 600. Hibbert won all of his qualifying rounds and ran away with the Pro Open final Sunday afternoon by taking the holeshot, riding flawlessly and crossing the finish line over 15 seconds ahead of second place.

The Blackjack National featured a massive track built on the side of a ski hill stacked with deep rollers, towering berms and challenging rhythm sections. Hibbert, the defending Pro Open Champion, consistently turned the fastest laps of the weekend proving once again he’s the man to beat.

After a rough season opener two weeks ago in Duluth, Minn., Hibbert and Team Monster Energy/Arctic Cat went to work to improve his race package. He proved his hard work paid off by notching a near perfect race weekend. While leading the Pro Open final Saturday afternoon and with two laps to go, a mechanical issue forced him to back off and coast in to finish fourth, eluding him of a weekend sweep. He bounced back Sunday by winning both qualifiers and the final with a dominating race from start to finish.

With a three-week break on the schedule, Hibbert has no plan to slow down but to continue to test and tune. Racing action resumes Jan. 6-7 at the historic Canterbury Park Racetrack outside of Minneapolis, Minn. Until then, catch the NBC Sports (VERSUS) broadcast of the Duluth National Sunday, Dec. 18 at 5 p.m. ET.

Tucker Hibbert – Blackjack National Results
Pro Open 1 – Saturday
Round 1: 1st
Round 2: 1st
Final: 4th
Pro Open 2 – Sunday
Round 1: 1st
Round 2: 1st
Final: 1st

Tucker Hibbert – #68 Monster Energy/Arctic Cat
“This was a big weekend for me. We (the team) made huge improvements on our overall race package and it showed. The track was long and rough. ISOC did an awesome job building a challenging track. I felt night and day better than I did at Duluth. With a weekend off, I was able to put more time on new ProCross chassis to get more comfortable. I was able to charge hard and ride to my potential. I felt strong, just like I have in the past. Going into this break, I have a lot of confidence and I’m excited to see how much more we can improve. After our performance this weekend, I know we’re up-to-speed and fully capable of winning races.”

Noteworthy: Hibbert’s 2012 Official Merchandise Line is now online with shipping available to seven countries – tuckerstore.mybigcommerce.com

Round 2: Blackjack National

The Blackjack National marked Round 2 of the National snocross tour. It went down this past weekend in Ironwood, Michigan, -well, actuall Bessemer, which is the next town down Highway 2 as you head East into Michigan’s U.P. Here are some photos I shot on Saturday and some of my impressions on the day as well as the competition overall.

Travis Muller got the call from Warnert Racing to fill in for the injured Kaven Benoit. Benoit was at the race walking with a crutch. He dislocated his hip at Duluth.

No, Ron Pattyn's trailer isn't foggy, it's just my lens. Here he pours some of Dragon's finest race fuel into a test container to bring to tech.

The Stud Boy trailer is guarded by these two vicious guard dogs.

Iain Hayden does his dynamic warm up before Pro practice. He had a gnarly crash at Duluth and had another in the first round of qualifying at Blackjack.

Dan Ebert's mechanic Greg Muller warms up his mod before Pro practice. Dan had a great weekend that the Regional race at Quadna Mountain Park the weekend before.

Johan Lidman warms up on the bike before Pro practice. That Muscle Milk is good stuff!

The lodge at Blackjack. Word is the owners want to make the race a regular deal every year - same date, same everything to people keep coming back. It's not a bad idea as this is about the only place there's snow so early in the snowmobile/ski season.

Pro Lite is where the action is this season and the class has the best racing on the circuit in my opinion. Here Petter Narsa lets Garrett Mees know that the guy with the red plate should go first.

One reason I like the Pro Lite class is there are about 10 guys who can win on any given weekend, and some of them aren't the guys racing out of the big haulers. Chase Rosemeyer is one of those guys.

CSRA regulars Joey Sagan and Dylan Hall were strong all weekend. Hall swept the Semi-Pro points on the CSRA circuit last year and is a rookie Pro on that circuit this season.

Of course, everyone knows Dylan Martin, he's Ross Martin's brother. Like his brother, Dylan has a lot of talent and can win on any given weekend. He will race Pro on the East Coast Snocross circuit this season for Team Southside.

Jake Scott races for Team LaVallee. With Levi Lavallee sitting out the weekend because he was in California testing for his distance jump and Bobby LePage out with injury, Scott carried the flag for the LaVallee squad.

Even with all the talent in the Pro Lite class if you could name one kid who is the next big thing it might have to be Kody Kamm. Kamm is still learning the snocross ropes and is sometimes his own worst enemy on the track. When things fall into place for him he's blazing fast though.

James Johnstad has been lighting it up in the Pro Lite class. He's still super-young too, so who knows where he will go?

Andrew Carlson has the massive support of the Carlson Motorsports team behind him. He seems on the brink of breaking big in the next season or so.

Dave Joanis is another guy who races Pro on CSRA and has dabbled on the National circuit over the past few years. He had a great day at the race on Saturday, winning the final.

With Kyle Pallin and Cody Thomsen moving up to Pro, the Pro Lite ranks in the Cat amp are pretty thin. Perhaps their best hope at a good result lies with Matt Pichner.

Nick Pattyn has risen to the top of every class he's raced in so far, now he's racing Pro Lite. He's young, but definitely on the pace.

Andy Lieders came out of nowhere a few years back and I think still shows promise. He seems plagued by bad luck though.

Joe Fallen has had a great start to his season. He's another one of those privateers who could steal a race if he has a good day.

Oh hey, there's Tucker Hibbert.

Emil Ohman watches Pro Open heats. He's proven so far this season that a healthy Emil is a serious competitor.

Ross Martin says, "That's the gnarly part, right over there," as Dani pees her pants cuz hey, it's Ross Martin!

This isn't the gnarly part Ross was pointing at, this is the kinda gnarly part.

Apparently Mathieu Morin is feeling better after popping his shoulder out at Duluth. He finished fifth in Pro Open Saturday. Must be the Jimmy Johns.

Scott Judnick lookin' all serious and stuff.

OK, HERE's the gnarly part. Downhill, close-spaced, kind-of-a-rhythm-section that was the scene of more than a few crashes. Woulda been sweet to have a massive X Games-style flyaway on this downhill but hey, what do I know?

Justin Tate was running fourth at Duluth on Sunday before he got bumped off the track. He also injured his shoulder in that incident but he said it wasn't a big deal it was better a few days later. He's pretty much a privateer in Pro Open, which is really cool.

Cory Davis was on out Top 10 snocross rider rankings list. He's shown moments of brilliance this season but for the most part has struggled after sitting out snocross racing last year.

Brett Bender's mod is super-cool. The trend this year seems to be black sleds.

Dan Ebert transferred to the main through the LCQ. One of only four Cats to make it in.

The sun was setting behind the mountain as the Pro Lite final went down. Here, Dave Joanis has the lead but he's looking back...

...because Derek Ellis (along with Ellis' teammate Petter Narsa) is right behind him.

Joanis got the win followed by Narsa and Ellis. Narsa still had the red plate at the end of the weekend but he's headed back to Scandinavia to fulfill his contract to race for Lynx. By the way, that's an all-Ski-Doo Pro Lite podium folks.

T.J. Gulla looks for a good place to watch the Pro Open final. After a podium finish at Duluth on Sunday Gulla struggled at Blackjack on Saturday. He came back Sunday, won the LCQ and finished eighth.

The Hibbert and Martin show lines up for the final. First year Pro Mike Bauer qualified fourth.

Hibbert got a monster holeshot, but the start was a tricky one, kind of a double dogleg deal combined with an uphill.

The riders get funneled into the uphill run and yup, looks like Hibbert's got it.

But wait! Hibbert gets tagged from behind and pushed out onto the soft stuff. That taillight at the top of the hill? Oh, that's just Martin, pretty much checked out.

Martin learned last season that you can't let up even when you get a monster holeshot and crazy lead. He was on the gas trying to put distance between himself and whatever was behind him.

He almost had the race right off the start, but once again Hibbert was forced to eat roost as he went to work running down Martin. Something in the driveline on Bender's sled locked up early in the race leaving Tremblay and Malinoski between Hibbert and the leader.

Hibbert got by Malinoski and then ran down Tremblay.

Paul Bauerly ended up tenth on Saturday and ninth on Sunday. Not a bad weekend for a guy who doesn't get much recognition.

Martin came around with about two laps left to go in the 14-lap race headed into the finish line jump...

...with Hibbert close enough to catch some of his roost blast.

Hibbert caught Martin and tried a block pass, running into Martin. Hibbert got by but lost his spindle. He nursed it around to start the final lap...

...then got on the gas, realizing his sled didn't handle THAT bad and hey, every spot lost cost him valuable points.

Shortly after Martin's win Nate Hentges, Tim Bender and Tom Rager Jr. talk about the general awesomeness of the race.

Advantage: Martin.

 

Tucker Hibbert To Use Arctic Cat APV Oil In Pursuit Of 2012 Championship

Thief River Falls, Minn. (December 8, 2011) – Arctic Cat APV Synthetic Lubricants announced today that it has renewed its sponsorship support program with Pro snocross racer Tucker Hibbert. The deal ensures that Hibbert will again rely on the best, most performance-oriented lubricant available for the Arctic Cat snowmobiles he races.

Last season Hibbert used APV Synthetic Lubricants to win a fifth Winter X Games snocross gold medal and to win the ISOC National Pro Stock and Pro Open snocross points championships. This season Hibbert will contend for the ISOC Pro Open points championship. His machines will use Arctic Cat APV Synthetic Lubricant exclusively.

“Time after time, APV oil stands up to the challenge on the track,” Hibbert said. “APV is thoroughly tested and proven to work flawlessly in Arctic Cat sleds so for me, it’s the clear winner. I work too hard to leave anything on the table. That’s why I trust APV.”

Hibbert’s Open class snowmobile uses a modified Arctic Cat engine built by Speedwerx. That APV is able to protect an engine as hard-working and high-revving as the one in Hibbert’s Arctic Cat Sno Pro 600 is testament to the quality of its formulation and its ability to work in all Arctic Cat Power Valve engines.

“Arctic Cat APV oil provides the lubrication, engine protection and durability Speedwerx needs to build the engines that power Tucker Hibbert’s race sleds,” said Speedwerx owner Steve Houle. “We use the same oil you can buy off the shelf in Tucker’s sleds and we couldn’t make the horsepower that we do without it.”

In addition to being the reigning ISOC Pro points champion, Hibbert holds 66 Pro National snocross wins, he won the FIM Snowcross World Championship in 2010 and holds 10 Winter X Games snocross medals, including five gold medals. He has amassed nearly all these stats using APV Lubricants. For more information about Tucker Hibbert visit www.tucker-hibbert.com. For more information about Arctic Cat Lubricants or to buy online visit www.arcticcatlubricants.com.

Arctic Cat Launches E-Commerce Store For Canada

Thief River Falls, Minn. (December 7, 2011) – Arctic Cat launched its first on-line Arctic Store in the U.S. late May and has now launched its second on-line store in Canada. Consumers in Canada are now able to shop for Arctic Cat parts, oil, garments and accessories on-line and have them delivered to their home or to a nearby Arctic Cat dealer. From dirt to snow, Arctic Cat makes on-line shopping easier to match the perfect product to your riding style and machine.

Just to name a few of the consumer benefits:
• 24-7 shopping: On-line orders are allocated within 24 hours and the consumer usually receives their order within 7 days either at their home or nearby dealer pick-up.
• Easy Navigation & Product Searching: Parts can be searched by category, by model year or model name, color or size.
• Secure, Confidential and Reliable: Built-in security measures protect your information from loss, misuse and alteration. Visa, MasterCard, American Express and Discover are currently accepted.
• For dealer pick up orders, the consumer indicates which dealership they want to visit for order pick up (within a 150 mile radius).

“As on-line shopping becomes quicker, easier and more popular, our new on-line store will give consumers more access to Arctic Cat products and product information at any time. We partnered with Shopatron because their Coex Freedom technology funnels consumer orders to our participating dealers for fulfillment,” said Mary Ellen Walker, Vice President – General Manager of PG&A division. Walker goes on to say, “No doubt our dealers will see new customers and sales growth of their Arctic Cat parts, garments and accessories without the investment of building their own internet store.”

The Arctic Cat on-line store also utilizes new technology from ARI – PartStream; an ever-expanding collection of parts diagrams dating back to 1974. This feature simplifies a consumer’s search for the exact part they require regardless of the age of their machine.

ECS 2011-2012 Competition Preview

Jesse James Bonaduce leads the field. Photo: Mike Key/Extreme Exposures

CHESHIRE, Conn. (Dec. 2, 2011) – For the first time in several years, there is no true favorite on the northeastern regional snocross scene as a new season draws near.

When it was announced last summer that 2011 ECS Pro champion Mathieu Morin had signed with BOSS Racing for an assault on the ISOC national title, racers across New York and New England let out a sigh of relief, just as they did one year earlier when 2010 champion Bobby LePage headed back west to ride for Levi LaVallee.

Morin’s move back to the national stage swings the door wide open for a new star atop the podium, with a fine mix of talented veterans and fresh faces ready to step into the spotlight.

Last season, Morin claimed 13 of 17 Pro finals en route to the class titles. This season, many feel former champion and longtime veteran Danny Poirier could regain his spot on top of the podium. With his years of experience, finely-honed skills and race-proven sleds (Polaris), the famed “Canadian Blast” may set the gold standard in performance this winter.

Another snocross veteran with years of top-level experience is Minnesota native Matt Piche. Piche is known affectionately as “The Bull Rider” for his skills muscling a 400-pound sled around the track. Piche, along with Christian Salemark of Sweden, will pilot the all-new Arctic Cat sleds for Green Mountain Racing in 2011-12, giving the Cat faithful here in the northeast an exciting team to follow. Piche and Salemark both have national experience and ample skills to reach the podium.

Another Cat rider fans should watch is sophomore campaigner Corin Todd, of Otego, New York. Todd won a Pro Stock final during his rookie season and finished third in points. Now part of Vermont-based Camara Racing for 2011-12, Todd has his sights set squarely on consistent finishes that could propel him on to the 2012 Pro crown. Once he, Piche and Salemark get their new Cats dialed in, battles up front between manufacturers should get pretty competitive.

Lucas Brunelle and Jacob Muller. Photo: Mike Key/Extreme Exposures

A pair of top-notch organizations are leading the Ski-doo contingent this season. Ingles Performance, of Phoenix, N.Y., will feature regional veterans Michael George and Chris Ackerman as they compete for Rookie of the Year honors in the Pro division. Also piloting the new MX Zx 600 RS this winter will be Quebec veteran Renaud Alexandre, riding for Damexco Racing. Unfortunately, Alexandre suffered a dislocated hip in Duluth and will be out until the injury is healed. The entire staff at ECS wishes him a speedy recovery.

A familiar name is headed east to compete this season. His older brother is a former national champion, and he’s got great skills of his own. Dylan Martin will lead Team Southside this season on the newly-refined 600 IQ race sled, and while he may not have rookie status, Martin is a sure bet to contend for wins in ECS competition.

Martin will be joined at Team Southside by Jacob Muller, the Minnesota native that won the Semi-Pro (now called Pro Lite) championship last winter. It’s a potent combination for the North Adams, Mass.-based team.

With Muller, Ackerman and George all advancing to Pro, the door is also wide open for a new star atop that newly-named Pro Lite Class. Many feel if veteran racer and Quebec native Lucas Brunelle stays consistent, he may be the favorite to claim the titles in both Saturday and Sunday action (Pro Lite riders run qualifying rounds and Finals each day).

Some the other challengers preparing for battle include Jesse James Bonaduce, the gifted New Jersey native back for more in 2011-12. Bonaduce is super-fast and silky-smooth, and could easily be a championship contender. Another veteran to watch is New Yorker Adam Sedlmeier, who has the experience and talent to succeed. Many will put their money on him, and he is without argument a safe bet to land on the podium.

Two young graduates of the Sport division are making the move to Pro Lite this winter. Vermont native Leo Patenaude and Ed Bandel both bring solid skills to the table, and both could turn heads in this division. Their presence will certainly elevate the level of competition.

One rider not to e overlooked is Albany, NY, rider Chris Coleman. This urban dweller looks more and more like a skilled veteran with each outing, having matured a great deal last season. Expect Coleman to challenge the leaders on occasion this coming winter.

ECS is blessed to have great talent throughout all divisions for 2011-12, including the Sport, Junior and Women’s divisions. And the surprising competition within the Trail classes is fun to watch, as those who want to give snocross a try hit the track.

It all kicks off when ECS launches its second season Dec. 10-11 at the beautiful Burke Mountain Ski Resort in East Burke, Vermont.

East Coast Snocross, presented by Woody’s Traction and AMSOIL, is the sanctioning body for snowmobile racing in the northeastern United States. ECS maintains a regional circuit intended to keep grass-roots snocross racing healthy in this part of the snowbelt, while also cultivating new talent for tomorrow’s factory-backed Pro teams.

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

Tucker Hibbert Releases 2012 Merchandise

December 2, 2011 – Tucker Hibbert’s 2012 Official Merchandise line is now available online. Tucker added new men’s, women’s and youth clothing along with a new hat to his growing line-up of uniquely branded clothing and accessories.
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Adjustable Snap-Back
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Tucker Hibbert Zip-Up Hooded Sweatshirt
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Full Fleece-Lined Hood
Long, Set-In Sleeves
Adult: $50 USD

Tucker Hibbert T-Train T-Shirt 2012
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Christian Brothers Racing Kicks Off Season At Duluth National

Photo: Wayne Davis

Fertile, Minn. (November 28, 2011) – Excitement was high for the Christian Brothers Racing team as it headed into the first snocross race on the schedule in Duluth, Minnesota, this past November 25-27. The Duluth National Snocross takes place Thanksgiving weekend and is traditionally the race that kicks off the racing season. It is also one of the largest and most prestigious races on the snowmobile calendar.

CBR riders Logan Christian, Cory Davis, Garth Kaufman entered the event with little test time on their new Arctic Cat Sno Pro 600 snowmobiles. A vendor parts supply problem meant they weren’t able to ride their new snowmobiles until the Wednesday before the event, leaving little time to test and tune the machines leading into Friday’s opening ceremonies and the AMSOIL Dominator event.

Friday night featured a 16-rider bracketed racing format where two riders faced off in a two-lap sprint-type race. The loser was eliminated, the winner moved on. The winner received $10,000. In the first round Christian faced ISOC points champion and X Games gold medal winner Tucker Hibbert. Christian, who is coming off knee surgery, was behind Hibbert off the start and gave an all-out effort to catch him but came off his sled and was eliminated. Kaufman and Davis were matched against each other in the first round with Davis getting the best of Kaufman. In the next round Davis made a brilliant pass in the uphill mogul section to eliminate Tim Tremblay. Davis met eventual winner Ross Martin in the semi-final where Martin got the holeshot. Davis couldn’t catch him and was finally eliminated.

“This is my first race back after sitting out snocross racing last season with an injury,” Davis said. “Making it this far in my first night back racing? I’d say that’s a pretty good start to the season!”

The team entered Saturday’s Pro racing with a little more seat time after Friday’s Dominator event but they were still at a disadvantage to the other brands who had weeks more test time. A tough day of heat racing put all three CBR riders in the LCQ and only Davis was able to transfer to the final where he finished 12th.

Photo: Wayne Davis

“This was my first real time on the new sled and the first time we had the full mod package together to ride,” said Christian. “My knee was sore, but I felt good. It’s a little frustrating because we were definitely at a disadvantage having so little test time compared to our competition. Our crew did a great job putting the sleds together and they should get a ton of credit.”

In Sunday afternoon’s racing, Kaufman went 5-3 in heats and Davis went 2-4, good enough to get them in final. Christian went 2-6 which put him in the LCQ where he finished 9th and failed to transfer. The 20-lap final took place Sunday afternoon in front of a packed crowd. Davis and Kaufman navigated a brutally-rough course and managed to finish 10th and 11th respectively.

“This definitely wasn’t how we envisioned the weekend playing out,” said team co-owner Dwight Christian. “But it’s a long season and everyone came out of the event healthy. We have our work cut out for us but we will get to the front of the pack. We have too much talent not to.”

After two races Davis sits in 10th place in the Pro Open points standings. Kaufman sits in 17th and Christian is in 20th.

Photo: Wayne Davis

CBR rider Evan Christian had a good showing in the Transition Limited 8-12 class, he rode to a second place finish and a spot on the podium. He also landed a podium spot in Champ 120 where he finished third.

“Evan is the future of our team,” said Dwight Christian. “He’s picking up right where he left off last season standing on the podium at the end of the day.”

Next up for Christian Brothers Racing is the ISOC Blackjack National in Ironwood, Michigan, December 9-11. For more information visit www.isocracing.com. For more information on Christian Brothers Racing visit www.christianbrosracing.com.

Hibbert Welcomes New and Long-Standing Partners to Snocross Team

Tucker Hibbert will welcome both new and long-standing partners to his factory-supported snowmobile team for the 2011/2012 ISOC Racing National Snocross Tour. Monster Energy will headline the program as Hibbert defends his 2011 Pro Open National Championship aboard Arctic Cat’s all-new Sno Pro 600. New to team Monster Energy/Arctic Cat this season are Hot Stuff Pizza, APV Synthetic Oil and TekVest.

Hot Stuff Pizza announced its plans to rollout a national promotion wrapped around Hibbert that will give consumers a chance to win a VIP trip to a race, free pizza, snowmobile gear and more. Hot Stuff Pizza franchises over 1000 restaurant locations worldwide.

Hibbert will rely exclusively on APV Synthetic Oil to protect and lubricate his Speedwerx modified Arctic Cat 600 race engines. APV produces performance-oriented lubricants specifically formulated for Arctic Cat race and consumer snowmobiles.

For over ten years, Hibbert has put his trust into TekVest’s upper body protection. He believes in the quality of the product and the protection it provides riders on the track and trail.

Long-time supporters of Hibbert returning to the team include: Castle X Racewear, Stud Boy Traction, Speedwerx, FOX Racing Shox, Spy Optic, Leatt, Kicker, Digital Ink Design & Graphics and CTi.

The Monster Energy/Arctic Cat team transporter will debut its new look Thanksgiving Day when it hits the road for Hibbert’s first race of the season in Duluth, Minn. Nov. 25-27. The 20th Annual Duluth National will mark the beginning of his 12th professional snocross season. For his full schedule, log on to www.tucker-hibbert.com.

Tucker Hibbert – #68 Monster Energy/Arctic Cat
“It’s a good feeling entering a new race season knowing I have solid people and brands behind me. It’s an honor having the opportunity to represent companies passionate about creating quality products. It’s a big year for me defending my title. I have high expectations for myself and everyone involved in my program. I can’t wait to hit the track at Duluth!”