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    RACE REPORT: Hibbert Extends Winning Streak at Eastern Snocross National

    Posted yesterday by Emily Hare
    The AMSOIL ISOC National Snocross tour resumed action in Salamanca, N.Y., this past weekend, and Tucker Hibbert (Monster Energy / Arctic Cat / Ram Truck) was as dominant as ever, sweeping rounds nine and 10 to extend his winning streak to seven straight finals. In front of a large crowd at the Seneca-Allegany Resort and Casino, Hibbert pulled the holeshot nearly every time he hit the track, winning all four of his qualifying rounds and both Pro Open finals. With warm temperatures throughout the...
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    NSSR Schedule Updates

    Posted yesterday by Emily Hare
    Last week, National Straightline Snowmobile Racing (NSSR) released what it hopes will be its last schedule adjustment this season. The unseasonably mild weather in the Midwest has put a damper on winter and a significant dent into the original NSSR schedule. Races at Green Bay, Wis.; Fairmont, Minn.; and Howard Lake, Minn., have been cancelled because of unsafe conditions, but the NSSR is hopeful that the events at Forest Lake, Minn., and Chetek, Wis., will still go on as scheduled. The Sweethe...
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    BRP Plans New Global Training Center

    Posted 4 days ago by Emily Hare
    Only time will tell what BRP has in store for us this year as far as new sleds go, but the company has other goals in 2016 that go beyond Ski-Doo snowmobiles. According to an article by the Racine Journal TImes, BRP plans to establish a global training center in Sturtevant, Wis.The training center would be built into existing space at the BRP campus. It would draw more than 500 dealers and technicians annually, as they attend weeklong training sessions on several company products, including Sea-...
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    Polaris Appoints New Board of Directors Member

    Posted 5 days ago by Emily Hare
    Polaris Industries Inc. appointed Lawrence D. Kingsley to the Company’s Board of Directors on Jan. 28, 2016. Mr. Kingsley served as the Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Pall Corporation from 2013 to 2015, and as CEO and President from 2011 to 2013. He served in the roles of Chairman, Chief Executive Officer and President of IDEX Corporation between 2005 and 2011, in addition to being Chief Operating Officer prior to that. “We are extremely pleased to welcome Larry to our Boa...
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    USXC Cancels I-500

    Posted 6 days ago by Ross Halvorson
    Once again the Winnipeg to Wilmar I-500 has fallen victim to Mother Nature. USXC announced the cancellation of the 2016 event on Monday, February 1, citing poor snow conditions throughout much of the planned Minnesota portion of the route. "The conditions were marginal prior to the rain and 40 degree temperature Wednesday, January 27th. We will reschedule for 2017," a statement from Brian Nelson, head of USXC, read. Several changes to the course had been announced over recent weeks i...
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    Red Bull Snow Boundaries Announces Revised Course

    Posted 6 days ago by Emily Hare
    Despite very little snowfall so far this year, organizers and crew have been working around the clock in preparation for Red Bull Snow Boundaries at the Elk River Extreme Motor Park in Elk River, Minn., scheduled to take place on Feb. 20. Snow Boundaries is a closed-course endurance race designed to challenge competitors with a wide variety of terrain. Organizers have been making snow and coming up with an alternative plan in place to ensure that the race will go on. Instead of the original...
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    X Games Aspen 2016 Recap: Snowmobile Freestyle

    Posted 8 days ago by Emily Hare
    After a one year hiatus, the Snowmobile Freestyle competition returned to X Games this year, and the riders from the Monster Energy team swept the podium on Friday night in Aspen, Colo. Joe Parsons earned his fourth career gold medal, Heath Frisby took the silver, and Brett Turcotte got the bronze. (For a recap of the SnoCross and SnoCross Adaptive events from Day 1 of the X Games, click here.) Parsons had not won gold since 2011, settling for silver five times. Throughout his career, Parsons h...
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    X Games Aspen 2016: Day 1 Recap

    Posted 11 days ago by Emily Hare
    The first day of the 2016 X Games is in the books, and whether you were a fan attending the events in Aspen, Colo., or watching the action on ESPN3, you were not disappointed. Day 1 featured the SnoCross and SnoCross Adaptive snowmobiling events, as well as the Men's Ski SuperPipe Final and the Special Olympics Unified Snowboarding Final. SnoCross - Tucker Hibbert came away with his ninth-straight gold medal and 10th gold medal overall in this event. With the win, he’s now tied for th...
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    Arctic Cat Reports Q3 Earnings

    Posted 11 days ago by Emily Hare
    Arctic Cat Inc. recently released its third-quarter financial report, and despite a decrease in sales and net profits over the previous year, the OEM is optimistic that it is using strategies to position itself for a healthier financial future. Arctic Cat reported a net loss of $2.4 million, or $0.18 per share, on net sales of $166.0 million for the fiscal 2016 third quarter ended Dec. 31, 2015. In the prior-year quarter, Arctic Cat reported net earnings of $7.5 million, or $0.57 per diluted sh...
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    X Games Get Underway in Aspen, Colo.

    Posted 11 days ago by Emily Hare
    The high-flying action of the 2016 ESPN Winter X Games is officially underway in Aspen, Colo., and the snocross adaptive final will kick off the weekend's high-octane snowmobiling events at 4:30 p.m. CST. After making an exciting return to the X Games in 2015, snowmobile hillcross has been dropped from the 2016 event lineup. However, making its return to the event lineup is the snowmobile freestyle competition, which was last contested at X Games in 2014. “We are thrilled to be celeb...
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    Arctic Cat Hires New VP/GM of PG&A

    Posted 12 days ago by Emily Hare
    Arctic Cat Inc. recently named Steven L. Nadler its new vice president and general manager of the parts, garments and accessories (PG&A) business, effective immediately. Nadler reports to Bradley Darling, vice president and general manager of Arctic Cat’s snowmobile division and international sales.“Steve brings a strategic mindset and proven track record of developing and selling innovative consumer products,” said Christopher Metz, Arctic Cat’s president and CEO. &l...
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    Polaris Eliminates 100 Positions Following a Disappointing Q4

    Posted 12 days ago by Emily Hare
    Despite posting a record $4.7 billion in sales in 2015, Polaris Industries Inc. announced Tuesday that it had eliminated about 100 salaried positions worldwide. Half of those affected were employed in the Twin Cities, according to a report by the Star Tribune. Less than 10 people at the Roseau, Minn., plant were laid off. "Over the last several months, we have taken actions to reduce overall employment costs by approximately 7% to right-size our costs with our growth projections," sai...
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    RACE RECAP: Team Arctic Dominates in USXC Thief River Falls 250

    Posted 14 days ago by Emily Hare
    At the rough and rugged USXC Thief River Falls 250 this past weekend, Team Arctic was dominant, capturing 17 wins (out of 21 classes), 46 out of 63 podium positions and a 1-2-3 finish in the premier Pro 600 class. Zach Herfindahl scored his second win in as many weeks, overcoming teammate and race leader Wes Selby with 10 miles remaining in the two-day, 250-mile race. Cody Kallock finished third for a Team Green podium sweep and perhaps a bit of foreshadowing for the upcoming I-500 XC. Arctic ...
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    RACE RECAP: Hibbert Impressive at Deadwood Shootout

    Posted 14 days ago by Emily Hare
    We've come to expect that Tucker Hibbert (Monster Energy / Arctic Cat / Ram Trucks) will find his way onto many ISOC National Snocross podiums, but he was especially dominant this past weekend at the Deadwood Shootout in Deadwood, S.D. For the first time in his career, Hibbert won all four qualifying rounds and both final events at the Days of ‘76 Rodeo Grounds. To the delight of the sold-out crowd, Hibbert overcame startline picks and poor starts. No matter how rough the course got, ...
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    Christian Brothers Racing Giving Away One Youth Sled at Each ISOC Event

    Posted 19 days ago by Emily Hare
    Christian Brothers Racing (CBR) has teamed up with Arctic Cat and ISOC to give away a new Arctic Cat ZR 120 snowmobile at each of the eight ISOC National Snocross events this season. Any child age 10 and under who is present at the time of the giveaway is eligible to win. Kids can sign up any day of the snocross event by visiting the CBR merchandise trailer parked near the track.So far, three of eight sleds have been given away: Duluth, Minn., Nov. 27-29: Kendall Fargo, N.D., Dec. 11-12: Log...
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    Divas SnowGear Partners with Mountain Sports Distribution

    Posted 21 days ago by Emily Hare
    Divas SnowGear (DSG) and Mountain Sports Distribution (MSD) announced a newly formed partnership for exclusive distribution in Canada. MSD is a leading Canadian snowmobile industry distributor located in Golden, British Columbia, so DSG's line of women’s snowmobile riding apparel is a perfect fit. “Mountain Sports Distribution is a specialty snow distributor focused on the snowmobile industry who we are confident will be able to grow our brand for years to come," said Wendy...
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    RACE REPORT: USXC Wraps Up Two Weekends in North Dakota

    Posted 21 days ago by Emily Hare
    Over the past two weekends, the USXC circuit has been tearing it up in the state of North Dakota. Polaris racer Taylor Bunke (Bunke Racing) has been one of the most successful cross country competitors on the tour, winning two classes at the USXC’s Devils Lake 250 in Devils Lake, N.D. (Jan. 9-10), then winning the Semi-Pro 600 race on Jan. 16 in Grafton, N.D. In the Semi-Pro 600 class at Devils Lake, Bunke beat out Team Arctic's Ryan Trout (Christian Brothers Racing) while fellow Pol...
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    Schulz Wins World Championship Derby

    Posted 22 days ago by Ross Halvorson
    Matt Schulz (Wausau, Wis.) took the checkered flag on Sunday at the Eagle River Derby Track to claim the World Championship win. Schulz beat out Nick Van Strydonk (2nd) and defending champion Cardell Potter (3rd) for his second WC win, his first since 2010. The frigid sub-zero temps did little to cool the action on the track. A few racers even got a little hot under their helmets when a red flag created some controversy on the last lap of the first leg of the race. Schulz had complet...
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    Changes Made to NSSR Schedule

    Posted 25 days ago by Emily Hare
    Once again, this year's relatively mild winter weather in the Midwest is wreaking havoc on snowmobile racing schedules. National Straightline Snowmobile Racing (NSSR) officials released its most recent round of schedule changes, indicating that the start of the ice drag racing season would now be pushed all the way back to Feb. 13, due to a lack of sufficient ice thickness in most locations. RESCHEDULED: Ice Kahuna Festival season opener, in Fairmont, Minn., originally scheduled for Jan. ...
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    Team Arctic Has Successful Weekend of Racing

    Posted 27 days ago by Emily Hare
    Plymouth, Minn. – It was a stunning show of force for Team Arctic racers on a cold and wintery January weekend as they dominated the ranks at the ISOC Canterbury snocross in Shakopee, Minn., and the USXC cross country in Devil’s Lake, N.D. Team Arctic took home a total of nine wins in 17 classes – including 25 of 51 podium positions – at the Canterbury snocross, while the cross country corps delivered 16 wins in 20 classes and 40 out of 60 podium positions. Tucker Hibber...
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    Schedule Changes for Cor PowerSports XC and MESC

    Posted 27 days ago by Emily Hare
    This year's late arrival of winter weather has not been kind to Cor PowerSports racing events. Rounds 1 and 2 of the cross country series, which were originally scheduled for last weekend in Lac du Flambeau, Wis., had to be rescheduled due to lack of sufficient ice on Pokegama Lake. Those rounds will now be taking place at Birch Island Resort in Phillips, Wis. (Jan. 23-24), where Wilson Lake has been averaging a 1/2 inch of ice growth per day. If conditions on the Wilson Flowage remain favo...
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    Catching Up With Colten Moore

    Posted 28 days ago by Emily Hare
    It’s been a couple of years since we talked with freestyle extraordinaire Colten Moore. From touring with Nitro Circus, to racing Pro Lite trucks and Polaris RZR's, to working on an autobiographical book, he's been quite busy. When he's not on tour, you can find Colten at his parents' place in Texas, practicing jumps and freestyle tricks in the big foam pit they installed years ago so their two sons could safely pursue their adrenaline-filled passion. Right now, he's p...
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    Hibbert Sweeps Canterbury Park Snocross

    Posted 29 days ago by Emily Hare
    After a couple weeks of practice, Tucker Hibbert (Team Monster Energy / Arctic Cat / Ram Truck) spent this past weekend sweeping rounds five and six of the ISOC National Snocross tour in Shakopee, Minn. The nine-time champion excelled on Canterbury Park’s long, technical track and relied on experience to extend his championship points lead. "It feels really good to have a weekend like this," said Hibbert. "After Fargo, we [the team] really put our heads down. I didn’t...
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    Dayco Named Silver Sponsor of Grand Prix Ski-Doo of Valcourt

    Posted one month ago by Emily Hare
    Dayco, a leading engine products and drive systems supplier for the automotive, industrial and aftermarket industries, announced that it will serve as a Silver Sponsor for the upcoming Grand Prix Ski-Doo of Valcourt presented by Intact Insurance (Feb. 12-14). This is the second consecutive year Dayco has been a sponsor of this world-class event, held at the Yvon-Duhamel Circuit in Maricourt, Quebec.  “The Grand Prix Ski-Doo of Valcourt is the only winter motorsport event in North Ame...
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    Hibbert Sets Sights on Winning at Canterbury Park

    Posted one month ago by Emily Hare
    After a two-weekend hiatus over the holidays, the ISOC National Snocross Tour returns to action this weekend at Canterbury Park Snocross National in Shakopee, Minn. Monster Energy / Arctic Cat / Ram Truck’s Tucker Hibbert is looking to take the top step of the podium on both Friday and Saturday night. Hibbert and his team took advantage of the time off to fine tune their sled's setup. Confident in the gains made, the nine-time champion is entering the Canterbury Park National wit...
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    Polaris Acquires 509

    Posted one month ago by Emily Hare
    Late yesterday, Polaris Industries Inc. announced the acquisition of 509, a leading aftermarket manufacturer of snowmobile helmets and goggles. A privately owned company based in Spokane, Wash., 509 joins Polaris’ growing portfolio of aftermarket apparel and accessories brands, which includes Klim, Kolpin, and Pro-Armor. The terms of the transaction were not disclosed. “We are always exploring opportunities to make Polaris a stronger, more competitive global company. As we look towa...
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    Levi LaVallee Exclusive Q&A on Red Bull Snow Boundaries

    Posted one month ago by Ross Halvorson
    Snowmobile living legend, Levi LaVallee, took some time to talk with American Snowmobiler about his involvement with the upcoming Red Bull Snow Boundaries race. Find out what he's looking forward to the most, and what he's been up to with the late arrival of winter. AmSnow (AS): It's been three years since we last sat down for an interview. What have you been up to? Levi LaVallee (LL): With little snow, I'm spending a lot of time in the shop getting sleds ready for the Snow Bou...
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    Wisconsin Snowmobilers Fight for Trail Through Blue Mound State Park

    Posted one month ago by Emily Hare
    Earlier this month, the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (DNR) held a public hearing to discuss a proposed master plan amendment to the recreational trails of Blue Mount State Park west of Madison, Wis. The plan would establish 1.4-mile snowmobile route. The connector trail would utilize a segment of the bike trail that connects the Military Ridge State Trail to Blue Mound State Park. The addition of a snowmobile trail in the park has been a topic of heated debate in recent years, as ...
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    2015 AmSnow / Dynotech N.Y. Shootout in the Books

    Posted one month ago by Ross Halvorson
    Inlet, N.Y. – Despite an unseasonably warm start to winter, the 26th Annual American Snowmobiler Magazine / Dynotech Research Shootout took place Friday, Dec. 11, 2015 in Inlet, N.Y.  Lack of snow did little to deter a crowd of well over 1,000 spectators from showing up to see which of the four OEM stock sleds in box stock form, right out of the crate, could stake claim to being the quickest and fastest of the 2016 model year.  Stock sleds from CJ Motor Sports (Ski-Doo, Boonvil...
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    COR Powersports Cancels First Races

    Posted one month ago by Ross Halvorson
    The first race cancellation domino fell this morning as we received word the first scheduled races of the COR Powersports Series are officially canceled. "It is with great frustration that we must announce that the races in Lac Du Flambeau, Wis., Jan. 9-10 have been canceled. We have had numerous meetings over the past two weeks with the Lake of the Torches Resort Casino staff and the Lac Du Flambeau Tribal DNR officers; unusually mild weather has resulted in conditions that are unsuitable...

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