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    Russ Davis Back to Race Action

    Posted by Ross Halvorson
    on Friday, October 17, 2014

     While he's not exactly back in the driver's seat Russ Davis has taken on the responsibilities of Vice President of Sales and Marketing for the AMSOIL World Championship Snowmobile Derby presented by First Place Parts.com.

    Chuck Decker, President and track owner, describes Russ as, “One of the true gentlemen of our sport, extremely knowledgeable and a prime mover in our snowmobile world. There is probably no more respected snowmobile industry executive then Russ Davis. We are looking forward to having him on our staff.”

     “I am very excited to join a recreational sports orientated business with opportunities that are unlimited. Chuck Decker and the Decker family have built the World Championship Derby and the Vintage World Championship events into a year-round world class venue. This along with young Natalie Decker’s car racing career will challenge me to put a strategic plan together that makes sense to all involved,” said Davis. “I will be out looking for future sponsors and partners that want to help take advantage of this great opportunity.”

    Davis’s lifelong association in the snowmobile arena began as the owner of a retail store in Sayner, Wis. and started as a salesman for Snowmobile Sales Inc., selling Scorpion snowmobiles. He then became National Sales Manager for the Scorpion Factory in Crosby, Minn. Soon after, he moved to Duluth, Minn. to become National Sales Manager for the Central U.S. for Ski-Doo. After closing Ski-Doo’s office in Chicago, he brought the team back to Wausau, Wis. to open a brand new distribution center for Bombardier Ski-Doo / Sea-Doo for North America and became National Sales Manager for this expanded entity. He was again promoted to Vice President of Sales and Marketing for snowmobiles worldwide, which included snowmobile manufacturing facilities in Rovaniemi, Finland.

    He also enjoyed early success as a snowmobile racer, winning the 1969 Stock Class “B” on a Ski-Doo 292, at the Eagle River World Championship. His involvement with racing continued as he head up the Ski-Doo race department in Valcourt, Quebec. Russ was also responsible for the Ski-Doo sponsored television race coverage of the World Championship Snowmobile Derby for 14 years by CBS channel 7 in Wausau.

    Befitting his prominence in the snowmobile world, Russ was inducted into the International Snowmobile Hall of Fame in 2012.

    The 2015 World Championship Snowmobile Derby will be held Jan. 15-18, 2015. The Vintage Snowmobile Derby Weekend will be held Jan. 9-11, 2015.

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