Schultz Wins Moto-X At Extremity Games

Photo: www.monstermikeschultz.com

Ski-Doo racer Mike Schultz won the Limb Loss class at Extremity Games 6 at Baja Acres in Millington, Michigan. Results for the Limb Loss class: 1st Place Mike Schultz, 2nd Place Nick Mardis, 3rd Place Jim Wazny. Results for the Limb Difference class: 1st Place Justin Weeks, 2nd Place Doug Henry, 3rd Nick Pappas. The Extremity Games is an extreme sports event including competitions, instructional clinics and exhibitions for individuals living with limb loss or limb difference.

 

Park X, 2003

A few days ago I found myself going through old snocross photos. Fans and racers may remember Park X hosted a couple National snocross races, the first in December 2003. This was the third of 11 events on the WSA National schedule in 2003-2004, coming after Duluth and Winnipeg. Scroll on an sledRacer fires up the Wayback Machine.

Yes, that's Kirk Hibbert, racing Semi-Pro and leading the pack up the hill.

 

Jeff Gruhlke was a force in Semi-Pro in 2003-2004. He finished second in Pro Open points and nearly won Pro Open at Canterbury but got passed by Ryan Simons on the last lap.

Speaking of Ryan Simons, he had moved from the Olah Racing team to the Engelstad rig and raced Semi-Pro Open and Pro Stock. Paul Engelstad is now part of Tucker Hibbert's crew and Hibbert's race trailer is the old Engelstad rig.

The 602 is Dan Ebert, racing the Sport class.

D.J. Eckstrom finished on the podium nine times in '03-'04 and finished third in Pro Open and fourth in Pro Stock points.

Speaking of Engelstad, this is Alex Engelstad. He was a force in the Sport classes but decided to quit snocross and race cars. That's a new and totally green Colorado Rob with the mic.

This guy showed up with one of the T&S Racing mods from 2001. I wonder where all these sleds went? I'd sure like to have one.

I found a string of photos from the Pro Vet class that reads like a who's who of snowmobile racing. No. 60 is Scott Davis. Scott and Cory would come down for a few races each year.

People who know Dan Benham wouldn't be surprised to hear he gave the likes of Hibbert, Strege, Davis, Reimer and Engelstad a run for their money in Pro Vet that day.

Andrew Johnstad racing Sport. He's a Pro now.

Brett Bender racing Sport. He's a Pro now too.

Kylie Abrahamson used to race Sport against the boys. See the two numbers? She shared a sled with her brother Brett.

Brett Turcotte was riding Sport for Blair Morgan Racing. Park X was one of a handful of races he was at that year.

Semi-Pro Open final, r-l: Schultz, Malinoski, Simons, ?, Christensen, Gruhlke, Bauerly, Hentges, Olson. The question mark is a Warnert Racing rider, not sure who. Could be Jeff Arsenault.

Robbie Malinoski and Brian Sturgeon. The bald guy behind him is Brad Olah, his team owner.

Aaron Christensen was racing Semi-Pro Open and Pro Stock, seen here. He had changed his number from 137 to 10. He saved his sled from a yard sale off the big double at Winter X that year during practice - I still call that one of the best pieces of riding I ever saw.

After Tucker Hibbert left, Shaun Crapo was signed away from Polaris to run out of the Team Arctic rig. By mid-season he had three wins and the points lead in Pro Stock, but back pain led to a visit to the doctor just prior to Winter X. The diagnosis? A bulging disc that was close to his spinal cord ended his season.

Scott Vig takes a digger at the bottom of the hill. Scott and mechanic Rob Schatzle made a great team.

T.J. Gulla was brought on board with Team when a wrist injury sidelined Levi LaVallee at Duluth. He earned a call back the next year after he took two seconds and was leading the Pro Stock final at Valcourt before his sled broke. At that point I thought Gulla was jinxed. Since when do Bender-prepped sleds fail?

Zach Pattyn made a few WSA races in 2003-2004. At Park X he was with Zelinskis and shared a sled with Josh Zelinski.

After being plucked from Ski-Doo by Steve Scheuring to fill in for D.J. Eckstrom the season before, Ross Martin was once again a privateer, only this time on Polaris. By season's end he had a backdoor support program with Polaris via Judnick Motorsports. The rest is history.

In his early days, Levi LaVallee was the center of a lot of drama. At Park X he had an on-track run-in with Steve Martin that led to a confrontation with Martin's mechanic Chad Kyllo (white shirt) and his former mechanic Ron Verly (in sunglasses). Verly was C.W. Sirjane's mechanic that season, but C-dub missed a few races after breaking his foot at Duluth. My question is, who is the guy sippin' the 40?

The dynamic duo, Blair Morgan and Carl Kuster discuss the uphill run before the Pro Open final. Morgan was coming off a broken back and broken leg sustained in Motocross. Morgan won Pro Open that day and went on to win six more races and both points championships. That's why they call him Superman.

A month after Park X Mike Island would win the Gold Medal at Winter X. He won Pro Open at Syracuse and Geneva and finished second in points. His mechanic was Tony Swiontek, the guy who now wrenches for Ross Martin.

 

Extremity Games Adaptive Snocross Clinic and Race Announced

X Games gold medalist Mike Schultz will run the adaptive snocross clinic. Mike is part robot. Photo: Gary Walton

Elk River, MN (December 16, 2010) – Extremity Games, an extreme sports competition for athletes with limb loss or limb difference, will host the first-ever Adaptive Snocross Clinic December 29, 2011 at ERX Motor Park in Elk River, Minnesota, with a race to follow Thursday, December 30. Winter X Games Adaptive Snocross Gold Medalist “Monster” Mike Schultz will run the clinic, along with help from Silver Medalist Jim Wazny.

The Adaptive Snocross race is a part of the six race ERX Grassroots Snocross Series. Located just on the outskirts of the Minneapolis/St. Paul metro area, ERX has developed a family friendly atmosphere for racers and fans alike. The popular Thursday night racing series offers classes for every caliber of rider and every type of machine. The “run what ya brung” atmosphere and great value, (tickets are just $10 with kids 12 and under free), has made ERX the talk of the snowmobile industry.

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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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Mike Schultz Wins ADN Award

Mike Schultz wins ADN Male Athlete of the Year (photo: Gary Walton, www.actiongraphics.net

Rocky Hill, Conn. – November, 17, 2010… LoctiteR-sponsored snocross and motocross racer Mike Schultz recently received the 2010 Roger McCarville Male Athlete of the Year Award from the Athletes with Disabilities Network (ADN). The award was given at the Athletes with Disabilities Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony and Dinner, an annual event that recognizes and honors men and women who have overcome physical challenges to become elite athletes and superior role models. Mike Schultz was one of six inductees who received awards at the ADN’s Hall of Fame event on October 28, in Troy, Michigan.

Known as “Monster Mike” in the snocross and motocross community, Mike Schultz was a national pro-snocross and amateur motocross rider until 2008, when a racing accident led to the above-the-knee amputation of his left leg.

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Mike Schultz Qualifies For Summer X

Mike Schultz Qualified for the Summer X Games adpative motocross event at Extremity Games 5 this past May 29. Monster Mike finished fifth behind Chris Ridgway, Todd Thompson, Beau Meier and Jim Wazny in the Motocross LL class. He finished second the X Games qualifier taking a first and a third in his motos. You can see Mike racing in this video (he’s No. 5)

Read the race write-up here: www.extremitygames.com

Full results here: http://bajaacres.com/results/

Mission Accomplished

MSERXMike Schultz made his return to professional racing last weekend, just over a year after the crash that resulted in him losing his left leg. Competing at the ISOC regional at ERX in Elk River, Minnesota, the determined Schultz had this to say about the weekend. “I signed up for both pro classes and pretty much brought up the tail. Everything went really well except for the cold weather. There was a lot of snow dust so I took it a little easy and I did get tired pretty fast. I was able to hang on to the pack, though, so I was pretty happy with it.”

Schultz is on schedule to make his national return at the ISOC stop in Shakopee, Minnesota in three weeks, followed by a run at the adaptive snocross class to be held at the Winter X-Games.