Warnert Racing: Pair of 3s At Blackjack National

St. Cloud, MN December 11, 2011 – Warnert Racing rolled into the Blackjack National on Friday evening with all riders ready to go!

Day 1 started off great, with all the riders putting in fantastic qualifying efforts. Locking them all into positions for the final. The Pro-lite final kicked off the evening’s excitement. With an aggressive left to right starting line that was eating up riders all day. We knew it was going to be an exciting one to watch. Travis got a great jump off the ling, but then was pushed far outside where he caught someone’s ski. This caused him to flip over, ending his chase for the night. In Pro-open all three Warnert Racing Ski-doo’s where able to get great starts and finish in the top ten. Justin charged hard to ride his way to 8th, while Emil was just a couple spots off the box finishing 6th. Tim was running 2nd when an Ice ridge almost swallowed him up, causing his sled to catapult on its side. Tim was able to muscle his machine back over and finish off the night with a well-deserved 3rd.

Hard riding pays off in Day 2 of the Blackjack National. Travis attacked the track right away coming out the back row in the Pro-lite final, on his #436 NSK Ski-doo. He was able push his way through the stacked field of talent, up to 3rd place when the checkered flags flew! With teammate Justin Broberg having an unfortunate tangle in the LCQ, Emil and Tim where put on the hunt for the number One spot in Pro-Open final. Emil was putting a great ride in, when an unfavorable incident ended his race dropping him to 14th. Tim was able to keep his consistency toward the front. Pulling off a solid 4th place finish and locking up 3rd place in the point’s standings as we prepare for round 3 of the ISOC National Tour.

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Polaris Racer Ross Martin Earns Two Podium Finishes at Ironwood

MEDINA, MN (Dec. 12, 2011) – Polaris snocross racer Ross Martin (Judnick Motorsports) won one of two Pro finals at the ISOC Ironwood National and extended his early season streak to four straight podium finishes.

Martin won the Pro final on Saturday, Dec. 10, at Bessemer, Michigan, and finished second on Sunday, which gave him two first and two seconds in the season’s four Pro finals. Martin left Ironwood with a 13-point lead in the Pro point standings (168-155).

Kody Kamm (Hentges Racing) won one of two Pro Lite finals at Ironwood, Justin Tate (Two-Eight Motorsports) won the Pro-Am Plus 30 final, and Jennifer Pare (JFP Racing) won the Pro-Am Women’s final. Tate and Pare lead the points races in their respective classes and Kamm is second in Pro Lite points.

Martin won the Pro final on Saturday while teammate Mike Bauer (Judnick Motorsports) finished ninth and Brett Bender (Hentges Racing) came home 15th. In Sunday’s Pro final, Martin took second, Johan Lidman (Carlson Motorsports) was sixth, TJ Gulla (Hentges Racing) was eighth and Bauer was 13th.

After two of eight rounds in the 2011-2012 ISOC schedule, Martin is the Pro class points leader and Gulla is in sixth, Lidman is seventh and Bauer is eighth.

In Pro Lite racing, Kody Kamm earned his second win of the season, winning Sunday’s Pro Lite final. He was joined on the podium by fellow Polaris racer Andrew Lieders (Lieders Racing), who took second, while Jake Scott (Team LaVallee) finished fourth, James Johnstad (Judnick Motorsports) was fifth and Joe Fallen (Fallen Racing) was seventh.

Kamm left Ironwood in second in the points standings, followed by Lieders in third, Johnstad in seventh, Scott in eighth, Andrew Carlson (Carlson Motorsports) in ninth and Fallen in 12th.

Justin Tate (Two-Eight Motorsports), the defending ISOC class champion, won his second straight Pro-Am Plus 30 final and solidified his lead in the points race. Michael Berghorn (Sierra Motorsports) finished fourth at Ironwood and is fourth in points. Polaris racer Marcus Evensson is 10th in class points.

Jennifer Pare (JFP Racing), who won the Pro-Am Women’s final in the season opener at Duluth, made it two straight with a win at Ironwood, which gave her an 18-point lead (90-72) in the standings. Stephanie Schmidt (Schmidt Racing) finished fourth in Michigan and Tabitha Bode (Fort Fremont Marine Racing) was 10th.

Schmidt is fourth in Pro-Am Women’s points after two rounds, followed by Tabitha Bode in sixth and Kendra Dallmann (LePage Racing) in 11th.

In Junior class racing at Ironwood, Evan Daudt (Daudt Racing) won the Junior 14-15 final and was joined on the podium by third-place finisher Cole Cottew (Cottew Motorsports). Nickolas Lorenz (Lorenz Racing) won the Junior Novice 10-13 final and Cottew was second in Junior 16-17.

The next ISOC race weekend will be the Canterbury National on Jan. 6-8, 2012, at Canterbury Downs in Shakopee, Minnesota.

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.

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.

LaVallee To Miss Blackjack National

Photo: Marv Watson/Red Bull Photofiles

LONGVILLE, Minn., December 8, 2011 – This coming weekend, December 10th and 11th, most of Team LaVallee will be heading north to the Blackjack Ski Resort in Bessemer, MI for the second race on the AMSOIL Championship Snocross Series (ACSS). However, Team LaVallee’s pro rider, Levi LaVallee will not be able to compete in the Blackjack National. Immediately following the AMSOIL Duluth National, LaVallee left for California to do another round of testing for his Red Bull: New Year. No Limits. distance jump. With Santa Ana winds blowing strong throughout Southern California, testing was put on-hold until the winds were calm and the conditions were right to start jumping again.

“It was tough decision to miss the Blackjack National, but I knew that there was more testing needed for my distance jump. And ultimately, safety is my first priority and I want to make sure I have this jump dialed for New Years. So I am going to stay here in California, continue to test, and hopefully I can still catch the races online.” states LaVallee.

Team LaVallee’s other pro rider, Bobby LePage will only be doing starts this coming weekend as LePage suffered an injury to his leg late this fall and still has not been given approval to ride from his doctor. Team LaVallee’s Pro Lites Rider, Jake Scott will be riding this coming weekend and hopes to have a successful weekend of racing!

For ticketing and information, visit www.isocracing.com
Can’t make it to Michigan? Watch the races online! http://www.ustream.tv/xsantv

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.

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Bunke Racing Partners With Tharaldson Ethanol and NDSU Clean Snowmobile Challenge

Gabe Bunke (right) with the Bison Motorsports crew.

Moorhead, Minn. (December 6, 2011) – Bunke Racing is best known for competing in snowmobile cross-country and endurance races such as the Soo I-500 and the Red Lake I-500, but the team’s knowledge and competitive drive will be channeled in a totally new direction this year. In a partnership with Tharaldson Ethanol and the North Dakota State University Clean Snowmobile Challenge, the Moorhead, Minnesota-based Bunke Racing team will lend its snowmobile expertise in helping both groups build a cleaner, more efficient snowmobile.

Bison Motorsports, a student-led group of engineers at NDSU, will be participating in the annual Clean Snowmobile Challenge sponsored by the Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE). This is an event which challenges teams of students to create a snowmobile suitable for use in our Nation’s pristine wilderness areas and National Parks. The goal of the competition is to create a sled that produces significantly less noise and emissions pollutants while retaining practicality, ride performance and attractiveness to consumers.

This year, NDSU students are working on their second entrant to the competition after placing sixth in the 2010 event. Bison Motorsports will be only the second school to enter a Turbo-Diesel sled and will be focusing on power delivery, weight control and emissions of noise and pollutants. The design will be centered around a donated Polaris IQ LX chassis and Kubota D902 3-Cylinder Diesel engine. The partnership with Bunke Racing and Tharaldson Ethanol will give the team a competitive advantage with the racing expertise and financial backing they will provide.

Bunke discusses some build plans with the Bison Motorsports crew.

Tharaldson Ethanol is the nation’s seventh largest ethanol facility and produces high-octane, clean burning fuel from corn grown locally in North Dakota and western Minnesota. Tharaldson’s expertise with ethanol production and its use as a clean-burning fuel will be an integral part of Bison Motorsports’ success in the Clean Snowmobile Challenge as well as Bunke Racing’s on-track success on the snowmobile racing circuits this winter.

“We’re proud to help North Dakota State’s brightest engineering students in any way we can,” Tharaldson Ethanol CEO Kyle Newman said. “The high-octane, clean burning characteristics of ethanol are a perfect fit for this competition.”

“This is totally new ground for us,” said Bunke Racing’s Gabe Bunke. “We’ve never raced a diesel engine and for the most part, noise and emissions aren’t a concern when you’re racing. But we can help the team out a ton with ride quality, drivetrain and a bunch of other areas. They have a great start and we can help them win.”

The 2012 SAE Clean Snowmobile Challenge is set to take place March 5-10 at the Keeweenaw Research Center in Houghton, Michigan. Registration is limited to 25 teams so Bison Motorsports could face up to 24 other teams in the competition.

For more information on Bunke Racing please visit www.bunkeracing.com. Follow Bunke Racing on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/BunkeRacing

Yamaha Releases Nytro Deep-Lug Kit Sled

Pleasant Prairie, WI– Yamaha Motor Corporation, USA announced today the release of a 2012 model year FX Nytro XTX kitted with a Camoplast Backcountry 15x144x1.75-inch track. “We are excited to bring this special sled to market just in time for the season,” said Yamaha Snowmobile Product Manager Rob Powers.

“I had the opportunity to personally put this model through its paces last winter,” Powers continued. “I thought it was awesome on the trail, with great traction for accelerating but it also had just enough side slip to let the sled corner well. The deeper lugs also give this Nytro XTX better deep snow performance than the original 1.25-inch model. This sled is easily the most versatile model we have in the lineup.”

There will be a very limited number of units available to consumers near the end of December, 2011.
To find your closest Yamaha Snowmobile Dealer, visit www.yamaha-snowmobiles.com

FX Nytro XTX 1.75 Kit Specs

TYPE: 4-Stroke / 3-Cyl / 1049cc
FUEL DELIVERY: 3 x 41mm fuel injection
FRONT SHOCKS: 40mm GYTR® dual-clicker HPG
REAR SHOCKS: C40 R12.5 aluminum HPG / C40 R12.5 aluminum HPG w/ clicker
REAR TRAVEL: 13.8 in
TRACK / W X L X H: 15 x 144 1.75 in
TRACK TYPE: Camoplast® Backcountry®
SKI STANCE (CTR. TO CTR.): 41.3 in
REVERSE: Standard
DC OUTLET: Optional
COLOR: Yamaha Blue & White
MSRP: $11,599

Fjerstad Racing Counts Down To Ice Opener

Here’s the latest from Fjerstad Racing written by Joey Fjerstad himself:

If you’re following my season on sledracer.com you’re probably wondering why I wasn’t at Beausejour for the CPTC race getting some seat time. We have a new engine and we decided it wasn’t the best idea to shake it down at a race, so, with no test time, we decided to stay home. Not to mention it would save us about $3K, since that’s about what it costs to race up there for a weekend.

I was sad to hear about my friend Curtis Boivin. He was at the CPTC race and crashed into Travis McDonald’s sled. He’s in a coma right now and we’re hoping he pulls out of it. The next 48 hours are critical for him. Curtis is like me, he’s just a guy out there racing against the big names and it’s just him, his dad Al, his mom Carol and his dog Sally. I hope he gets better soon.

We may not have been racing this past weekend and there hasn’t been any ice to do testing, but that doesn’t mean we haven’t been busy.Me and my crew, Andy Fjerstad, Sam Anderson, my dad Ron, Rich Felegy, Mike Busch (and everyone else who pitches in) have been making my sled better and hopefully more competitive. Also, we took a trip to our painter to get our new hood and that was really cool. As always, I snapped a few photos:

This is TG Design, my hood painter and one of my sponsors. It may sound familiar because they paint all of Wahl's hoods too.

Nothing too exciting here, just a paint booth. But just think of how many race winning champ hoods were painted here.

Somewhere on here is the pearl white that will go on my hood. Check out the photo of Terry Wahl!

After my visit the hoods were sent to Digital Ink where they applied all my new graphics. These guys do a great job. That's Dan Lundberg putting the latest stuff on.

Back at Rich Felegy's shop we did some more engine work. Here's Andy building a spare engine for my sled. We also had to rebuild my race engine after all the pipe testing we did with it.

We like to work out of our trailer, which we park in front of Rich's shop. Most of the stuff we need is in there.

Sometimes we have to work inside Rich's shop. Here's Sam studding up one of the tracks we'll use this season. Can't let you see my stud pattern, it's top secret!

While there's lots of cool stuff going on in Rich's shop this time of year, you can see here why we like to work in our trailer. There's just way too much going on! That's Johan Lidman's snocross mod, Rich builds the engines for Carlson Motorsports. That's Rich and Bill Foner working on Shane Felegy's new top secret superChamp sled. It's unlike anything out there and you should see it at the races this season.

Here's a spy shot I took of Rich working our engine on the dyno. The bad news is Rich doesn't like to have his picture taken and when he sees this I'm going to be in trouble. The good news is he found 10 more horsepower for us!

Here's my old toolbox I used to use at the races. Hard to believe we raced out of this toolbox at one time. That SNO-X Magazine sticker is probably worth something, don't you think?

Here's the new Leatt Brace I got from my sponsor Apparelfreaks.com. Hopefully I won't have to use it this season.

Here's what I do on a Saturday night, I paint suspension parts! We added some bracing to some of the A-arms on the sled and had to make them look pretty again.

Of course, sledracer.com kept us busy while we watched them dry.

That’s it for now. We’re going testing this weekend and my first race is the ORA event in Rock Rapids, Iowa, December 17-18. Hopefully we’ll have some race wins to report.