Petter Narsa Wins For Team BOSS Racing At Duluth

The 20th annual running of the Duluth National Snocross event saw a number of firsts for Team Jimmy John’s/ Ski-Doo/ BOSS Racing. Friday night Mathieu Morin (#14) was the first to take the Jimmy John’s sleds to the field for a 16 rider bracket challenge during the inaugural AMSOIL Dominator. Morin drew an early pick against Broberg and knocked him out of the running. The next bracket saw Morin head to head against Tucker Hibbert— who took the holeshot and left Morin just 2 short laps to recover. It was not to be, Morin was left to focus on Saturday’s Pro Open as Ross
Martin walked away with the $10,000 prize.

Saturday began with BOSS Pro Light Riders; Derek Ellis, Corey Watkinson and Petter Narsa showing astonishing speed, pulling holeshots and displaying soaring triples to a crowded grandstands. The team took four 1st place wins in the heat races— sending both Ellis and Narsa to the Main. Host athlete, Petter Narsa (#271) was the undisputed fastest rider on the track and top qualifier headed into this final. At the start, Narsa pulled the holeshot and led the entire race to win the opening round of the ACSS Pro Light class— clearly displaying his internationally renowned talent.

When the Pro Mods screamed onto the track, the crowd was in a frenzy as a super fast Mathieu Morin advanced to pass leader Malinoski during the first heat in Pro Open qualifying. A dislocated shoulder injury cut things short and sent Morin to the back leaving him with an 8th place result. Round 2 qualifying brought a 3rd place finish for Morin- leaving him 1 point shy of the LCQ and edging him out of the main.

Sunday‘s Pro Light was a near perfect repeat of day one, with Ellis, Narsa and Watkinson taking 4 combined first place finishes during qualifying- this time sending all 3 riders into the Main, with Derek Ellis (#106) ranked as the number one qualifier. Narsa came off the line in 2nd advancing on Kody Kamm, when he got tangled up in lap traffic only 2 laps left to go. Narsa continued to hold his 2nd place position taking the number 2 podium slot. Ellis took 4th overall.

Lead Pro, Mathieu Morin (#14) had a strange series of highs and lows during Sunday’s Pro Open qualifying rounds; he consistently exploded off the line moving to the 2nd place spot. Due to his earlier shoulder injury he could not sustain his position. During all three rounds he left the crowd bewildered as he would move to pass the leader – then suddenly he appeared to slump over the sled and pull off the track- the result of his shoulder popping out of its socket and leaving him
briefly unable to use his arm. Mathieu has been equipped with a state-of-the-art brace and doctors have already given him the green light for the next race of the season.

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BOSS Racing Signs Jimmy John’s As Title Sponsor

Brett Turcotte will be replaced by Mathieu Morin in the BOSS Racing rig this year.

Winnipeg, Manitoba September 6, 2011 – To loud applause from speed focused and hungry snocross fans everywhere, BOSS Racing is pleased to announce the signing of Jimmy John’s Gourmet Sandwiches as the Title Sponsor of its high profile snocross team. Jimmy John’s will lead a list of iconic companies supporting the team this season as it heads into a full schedule of competition including the AMSOIL Championship Snocross Series, Eagle River World Championship, Grand Prix De Valcourt and internationally acclaimed Winter X Games.

“Jimmy John’s is looking forward to its very first Pro Snocross sponsorship” said James North, president, Jimmy John’s. “We’re known for our freaky fast sandwich delivery and Derek Ellis, Corey Watkinson and Mathieu Morin are just as obsessed with speed”. Jimmy John’s Gourmet Sandwich Shops was founded in 1983 by 19-year-old Jimmy John Liautaud in a converted garage in Charleston, Ill. Since its inception, the company has grown to over
1251 corporate and franchised locations in more than 40 states throughout the U.S. Jimmy John’s success can be attributed to its entrepreneurial and hard-working franchisees and employees and its focus on serving only the freshest and highest-quality products with highspeed execution.

“As a team, we are very familiar with Jimmy John locations on our national route. Now we have the chance to share one of our time-saving secrets with our fans (and competitors)” remarked team owner, Garry Querel. We are privileged to join the stable of teams sponsored by Jimmy John’s and we look forward to introducing our fans to the world’s greatest gourmet sandwich!

To find a location close to you, visit www.jimmyjohns.com and see what the excitement is all about!

Pre-Season Buzz Building For East Coast Snocross Series

Corin Todd had a stellar rookie Pro season last year on the ECS circuit. Photo: Mike Key/Extreme Exposures

CHESHIRE, Conn. (Aug. 19, 2011) — While summer’s heat may be at its peak, a loud buzz is already building within snocross circles as plans for the 2011-2012 season begin to take shape. For teams and riders within the East Coast Snocross (ECS) series, summer is when plans are made and new sleds are ordered. The month of July has already produced some big news, and more pieces of the 2012 puzzle will start falling into place on a weekly basis.

Headlining the off-season news is the announcement that 2011 ECS Pro champion Mathieu Morin has signed with Winnipeg-based BOSS Racing to compete on the International Series of Champions (ISOC) circuit. This swings the doors wide open for a new champion at ECS, with several skilled athletes lining up to take Morin’s place atop the mountain. One of the big guns looking to claim those titles is Lake Shore, Minnesota, native Matt Piche. The veteran rider with national experience raced a Polaris for Hulten Speed Sports (HSS) last season, but will now pilot Arctic Cat sleds for Nate Tatro’s Green Mountain Racing squad. Piche is lightning-fast and silky smooth on any brand of sled, so look for him to adapt to Arctic Cat’s mighty Sno Pro 600 with ease.

Another athlete with national experience returning to regional action this season is Quebec veteran Renaud Alexandre. The 21-year-old Val-D’Or native competed as a privateer on the ISOC circuit last winter, but is now a member of the high-profile Quebec-based Damexco Racing team. Alexandre has ridden Polaris the last four years, but returns to his roots at Ski-doo for 2012.

“I’m really excited to be part of Damexco Racing and am anxious to ride Ski-doo’s new race sled,” Alexandre said. ”I had surgery on my knee last Spring, but was able to start training again in early July. I think running ISOC last winter helped raise my intensity level, I plan to race at that level from the moment we go green. I’m also very excited to be running the new ECS series, I know the competition will be tough, but with more training, fast sleds and a great team, I’ll be ready for the challenge.”

Alexandre will compete in the Pro classes, while teammate Lucas Brunelle will race in the new Pro Lite class (formerly known as Semi-Pro).

Going into their inaugural season, nobody at East Coast Snocross could have predicted a rookie performance in the Pro division like the one put forth by Corin Todd. After riding BRP/Ski-doo products his entire career, the gifted athlete from Otego, NY, switched to Arctic Cat last season at the same time he advanced to Pro. Most thought the challenge would be too great, yet Todd felt otherwise. He landed on the podium his first time out at Vermont’s Burke Mountain Ski Resort, then astounded the most seasoned of fans as he went wire-to-wire and held off Morin to win the 25-lap Pro Stock final in Ossipee, New Hampshire, just two races later. After finishing third in Pro Stock points and fifth in Open (he didn’t even have a Mod motor until Salem, NH) last year, Todd will return to ECS competition in 2011-12 as a member of Camara Slate Racing and will be riding Arctic Cat sleds. At this point Todd’s teammate will be Chris Ackerman (Pro).

While most talk in snocross centers around the Pro and Pro Lite riders, the importance of Junior classes is not to be overlooked. This is where the next stars of the sport hone their skills, and starting in 2011-12, many of them will do so aboard an exciting new sled. Arctic Cat has released its new Sno Pro 500 model that will be utilized for a number of Junior classes.

As for the 2011-2012 ECS schedule, that too, is starting to take shape. For its second season, the sanctioning body will once again present eight or nine points races, hosted at a mix of existing and new sites. While negotiations are still being finalized, six events are already locked in starting with the season opener in East Burke, VT (Dec. 11-12); Plattsburgh, NY (January 2012 TBA); Boonville, NY (with ice ovals, Jan. 27-
29); Farmington, NY (Feb. 4-5, w/ISOC); Findley Lake, NY (March 24-25); and Killington, VT (Pico Mtn., March 31-April 1).

More details on team and rider plans, as well as news on the schedule as it develops will be released in the coming weeks. Don’t let summer’s heat get you down, the cold nights and deep snow will be here before you know it.

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 grassroots snocross racing healthy in this part of the snowbelt, while also cultivating new talent for tomorrow’s factory-backed Pro teams.

For more information, visit ECS online at www.eastcoastsnocross.com.

Boss Racing Announces 2011-2012 Riders

Mathieu Morin was the 2011 ECS Pro Stock points champion. Photo: ECS/Mike Key, Extreme Exposures

Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada- BOSS Racing has announced its athlete line-up for the 2011-2012 snocross season. 2011 ISOC East Coast Series Pro Open and Pro Stock Champion, Mathieu Morin (#27) has been signed as lead Pro rounding out a three man team with returning BOSS Semi-Pro athletes, Derek Ellis (#106) and Corey Watkinson (#193). The 3 man team will position BOSS Racing for championship points in both the Semi-Pro and Pro classes, in the world’s most high profile snocross venues. The 23 year old Morin hails from Val d’Or, Quebec, Canada and has a long standing relationship with Ski-Doo and a noteworthy list of podium finishes to his credit.

“We are excited to add Mathieu to our roster of athletes. He rigorously trains to be the best and has a dominating record in the East in both pro classes. In his brief participation on the ACSS series last season, he rocketed to the podium in every heat and main.

Morin is a young aggressive rider who diligently trains to enhance his edge and proves it at track. He’s an impressive snocross athlete, with many hours under his belt, a commitment to win and a proven record. I think he’s going to give the boys a run for their money this season!” Garry Querel

Snow In His Blood

Jayme Cheney, far right, is the crew chief for BOSS Racing.

Cool story about Jayme Cheney and BOSS Racing:

When it comes to snowmobile racing, and specifically snocross, household names for the industry likely include Tucker Hibbert or Blair Morgan. But if you’re from West Fargo, there’s only one name you need to know: Jayme Cheney.

The West Fargo native eats, sleeps and breathes snowmobile racing. At 33 years old, the 1996 graduate from West Fargo High School has completed a competitive racing career spanning 15 years and two forms of motorized missiles: snowmobiles and jet skis.

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sledRacer.com Does The Duluth National

The Duluth track sent riders around the track clockwise instead of counter-clockwise as in years past.

What a difference a year makes. Last year the Duluth National Snocross was delayed because temperatures leading up to the race were too warm to make enough snow. This year? The snow piles were so high the crowd had trouble seeing over them. Plus, the Duluth area had at least 6-8 inches of natural snowfall leading up to the race. It made for a white thanksgiving as well as for a really sweet race weekend.

We spent two days at Duluth prowling the pits and checking out the racing. The way Duluth goes you could spent a week there and not see and do everything, but here are a bunch of photos that we hope will make you feel like you were there. Read on as sledRacer takes you on a journey to the Duluth National Snocross.

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Hibbert Sweeps Duluth. Again.

In a repeat of his performance in Saturday's Pro Super Stock race, Tucker Hibbert won Sunday's Pro Open final.

For the third year in a row Arctic Cat rider Tucker Hibbert made a clean sweep of the Pro classes at the AMSOIL Duluth National Snocross. But it wasn’t easy. Or, you might say, Hibbert took his own sweet time making his way to the front of the pack. Sunday at Spirit Mountain dawned warmer, with temps in the mid-30s Fahrenheit by mid-day and the sun shone through hazy clouds.

In somewhat of a repeat of Saturday night’s Pro Stuper Stock final, Hibbert gave up the holeshot to a Polaris rider, this time it was Ross Martin. While Hibbert came out second off the start, he briefly took the lead but Martin had more momentum and claimed a solid lead from Hibbert heading down the hill on the backstretch. Martin set a blistering pace and he and Hibbert quickly began to leave the rest of the pack, led by Brett Turcotte, Ryan Simons and Johan Lidman, in their snow dust.

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BOSS Racing Signs Multi-Year Deal With Ski-Doo

Brett Turcotte will ride the No. 16 for BOSS Racing again this year.

Brett Turcotte will ride the No. 16 for BOSS Racing again this year.

BOSS Racing has announced it has signed a multi-year deal with Ski-Doo. The Winnipeg-based team will again field Pro rider Brett Turcotte who, after running a limited ISOC National schedule last season, stood on the podium at the final race in Lake Geneva, Wis., ending the team’s season on a high note.

“Continuing our strong partnership with BRP is a real honor and we are extremely proud of our association,” said team owner Garry Querel. “We greatly respect the guys at Ski-Doo for their expertise and their ability to deliver continual upgrades to their already powerful sled lineup.”

Jayme Cheney will join the team as Crew Chief. Cheney’s a from Pro National rider and was crew chief for the now defunct Glefke Racing team. Also, Derek Ellis will ride for BOSS in the Semi-Pro class.

For more info on BOSS Racing check out www.teambossracing.com