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OFFICER’S NOTES Greetings all snowmobilers and associate members! It the ďŹ rst day of the New Year and all I can think about is getting a few miles on the sled today! We got snow but not enough to groom. Groom, Groom, Groom that goes with Vroom, Vroom, Vroom! Okay, just having a little fun. Visited with a good friend of mine up at Lake Metigoshe, they rode the north trail and asked why we didn’t groom. The snow would not pack to the 4 inch base required to groom the trail, so when the groomer tried, he started to dig up dirt. We need some good 12 inches of new snow to get ‘er done. Then they commented on the faded trail maps so I informed them they could go to the SND page and download the trail on their smart phones. They said, “Wow, what a great program.â€? Kudos to our Team SND ofďŹ ce, technology has really improved and given us a super tool. By the way SND has new trail maps, if you need more please contact the ofďŹ ce. Let’s get these new maps in the warming houses and to the local communities to utilize. Hey, how about helping your neighbors trail system? After talking to a few members at the SND Convention in December, we discussed how the Peace Garden Trail was starting to need some grubbing done. I know there are only a few members up there trying to keep up with just getting the trail signed and groomed but help is needed to grub. Do you have a weekend where you can go grub and trim the trail? Would it be possible to

do it during the snow season or wait ‘till fall? Can we make the grubbing a social activity and ďŹ nd area sponsors to help with the event? How about the last weekend of October? These are a few of the questions that were asked. So now take this to the SND board meeting for future discussions. As snowmobilers, we really like riding the Peace Garden trail, so what do you think about helping your neighbor’s trail? “My Helmet is offâ€? to Laura Forbes for volunteering to become the President of SND. Laura has been on the board for a couple years, made some hard decisions on the Safety committee, and been active on the employee and budget committees. There are many meetings and decisions to be handled in the next few years, I know she will be a good leader. On another note I would like to say Thank-you to my SND Family and the SND ofďŹ ce for your support, and guidance to help make SND what it is today. Thanks for the opportunity to be the President of a wonderful organization, it takes many hours but they are worth every minute. It has been rewarding personally. I have grown to be a better listener rather than a solver of issues and communicate with the public and NDPR for the beneďŹ t of our trails. One of the best times I had was meeting you at the Associations/Regional trips throughout the state and taking your suggestions and compliments back to SND board for review. Seeing the new snowmobilers ride for the ďŹ rst time, watching the younger

generation becoming proactive, the 12 year children taking a snowmobile safety course with NDPR guidance, watch the younger children ride on the snowmobile simulator! I could keep on, but without the volunteers we have in SND this would not be a reality. Many Thanks! Are you ready to be part of the SND State ride in Fordville it should be a fantastic time. Please feel free to sit in on the board meeting on Friday night if you get the chance. If you have something on your mind, please have it ready to add to the agenda. Keep safe, ride with a partner, and Have a Super Happy New Year! Happy Snowy Trails, Marty

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Hi everyone, Well we have approximately 4 inches of snow. Mother Nature is teasing us. It would be great if we could get a foot of snow. It would open the trails throughout North Dakota and we will have snowmobile enthusiasts riding everywhere. Keep doing the snow dance; the winter is not over with yet.

The board will be working hard this season on the strategic plan. If you have any suggestions please contact your local board of directors and let them know your ideas. Remember more ideas the better.

I have been at a few snowmobile fun runs. The clubs have put on a great ride. It was a great time visiting with friends that we hadn’t seen for a while. If you have not gotten your rafe ticket yet, please get a hold of a snowmobile club and get one. Remember there are only 1000 tickets sold and all three prizes are cold hard cash. The drawing will be held at the SND State Ride in February. Good Luck!

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Brintnell was with us and he thought Bri his uncle had been on that trip. I am guessing that was somewhere in the gue neighborhood of 50 years ago. They nei pulled their sleds out there behind cars. pul Of course cars then had some weight and horsepower, but I bet rear wheel driv drive was fun! And the sleds, it is hard to believe our sport even survived, much less thrived on those machines. My husband, Neil, and some of the guys around here have amassed quite a collection of “old iron.â€? One of his sleds, a Mercury, you can barely keep upright. I rode it once on the hard pack snow and it just wants to tip over all of the time. I can’t imagine riding it on uneven ground or powder. Most of his old sleds have no suspension to speak of, they sit at on the ground and your back absorbs every bump. No hand warmers, ďŹ nicky carburetors, no GoreTex, no thinsulate, all but open face helmets, yet they still had a good time. I wonder what the next generation will think of the sleds that we think are so

great? Anyway, it was pretty cool to see that out there. The 2013 SND convention will be in Grand Forks. It hasn’t been on this side of the state for a while and we thought it was time. It will be hosted by SND, with help from the Ridge Runners and the Red River Snowmobile Club. We are working on that already. Next December will be here before we know it! We have been getting ready for the state ride in February. That, too, is difďŹ cult with no snow. Plan on coming anyway, we’ll have something fun to do and the vintage show and dance are on either way. Thanks for all you do and keep the faith! Sheri

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OFFICER’S NOTES Envision, traveling down the road cruising 70, mind busy thinking about what you should be doing or could be doing. It seems nothing will break your trance staring at the highway in front of you and suddenly you catch a glimpse. A glimpse that makes you turn your head left and follows that unsuspecting vehicle pulling a trailer full of sleds. The sound of the rumble strips brings you back to the present but not without catching one last glance at the snowmobiles. Is this you? Yup, you are a snowmobiler. I had the privilege of traveling to Florida for Christmas to spend time with my family. Trust me, family is the only reason Corey and I didn’t chase snow because our thumbs were itching. It was crazy, as I walked up and down the streets and visited amazing golf courses, I noticed all of the high end clothes, bags, shoes and jewelry that passed me by and seriously could have cared less about. Then again Corey and I were the only couple sporting Mod Rods and Ten High t-shirts and carrying our Klim bags. All this got me thinking, to most people they could have cared less about the snowmobile gear Corey and I were

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so much. Well, I just answered the question. Why do you love to snowmobile? Make sure to share it with someone, you never know, they just might be the next person that can’t live without the sport.

Why is it, you don’t need to know the face or the name but you see a fellow snowmobiler passing you by and you feel like you should know them as part of your family. Some people laugh at me when I refer to my snowmobile family when in truth that is what we are. We all have the same exciting interest that brings us together to chat about the latest gear, the best in snowmobile parts and just what did Snow Goer say?! We work hard to play hard and we play even harder when we are in the company of our snowmobile friends and family. All we care is that you represent a snowmobile brand, show up and have fun.

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Northeast Trail System Trail Description: The Northeast Trail System, known as the Pembina Gorge Trail, is located in the northeast corner of the state. The Gorge itself is a must see natural phenomenon. This system ties into the Canadian trail at three major points and it also ties into two major Minnesota trails. This trail offers miles of riding and usually has very good snow. Miles of Trail: 423 Miles Trails Included: Border, Moonlighter Gorge, Nekoma Trailblazers, Gorge Bypass, Tetrault Woods, NESCA, TriCounty, Cruisers, Par Site, Sandhills, Neche, Pembina and Cavalier Connecting Trails: Lake Region Trail and Red River North Trail

Red River South Trail System em Trail Description: The Red River South Trail Association grooms miles of marked snowmobile trails in the northeastern part of North Dakota. Miles of Trail: 139 Miles Trails Included: West Loop, East Loop, Alberta Clipper Loop, Reynolds and Turtle River Connecting Trails: Red River North Trail and Mayville-Portland Trail

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What do you think about Polaris acquiring Klim? Well, that was a surprise but after asking some questions I feel it is going to be a good partnership. Polaris has been working hard to get their Pure line of clothing back in the public’s eye and I believe with help from Klim they will be able to accomplish that goal. What is your favorite place to ride in North Dakota? I haven’t been able to do a lot of pleasure riding in ND other than around the Fargo area. I’ve spent most of my time on the racetrack. I have raced the northern red river valley from Grand Forks to Grafton. I raced in Belcourt, ND the first couple years of USCC and I would have to say that was probably some of the nicest area I’ve raced in ND. I’ve always wanted to ride the gorge up by Walhalla but never have, heard that’s good. If you could try one other type of extreme racing, what would it be? (i.e. Hillclimb, Snocross, Drag Race, etc.) Hillclimbs would be really the only other form of racing at this point. I really like watching those hillclimb guys pick lines and figure out how to get to the top of the hill the fastest. How did you help NDSU last season to prepare for the Clean Snowmobile Challenge? Last year we sponsored the NDSU Clean Snowmobile challenge with a monetary sponsorship for expenses they incurred. This sponsorship was made possible by our sponsorship with Tharldson Ethanol to promote the use of renewable fuels. We also provided some parts and technical advice during the setup and testing of their machine last winter. What type of socks do recommend for riding? We all ride with Klim’s vented long sock. They are awesome. It keeps our feet dry from sweat and doesn’t add a lot of bulk. Our KLIM boots keep our feet warm. The other important thing is to keep the blood flowing, keep moving and the blood pumping. When preparing for a day trip on sled, what do you put in your backpack? My backpack pretty much stays packed at all times. I’ve got a couple misc. tools that you can fix just about anything with, a spare set of goggles, extra light weight gloves, my Klim torque jacket and a facemask. I have to pack the jacket just because I can; the torque jacket is so cool it’s like a sleeping bag that packs up into a small square. Luckily I’ve never needed to use it but you never know. I also always have a handful of mojo granola bars. Mechanically, what is the most important advice for any snowmobiler? Remember, your snowmobile is only a machine and if you abuse it and don’t take care of it will break down so keep up on your maintenance and take care of things. What is your go to drink on the day of a race? Water!!

Gabe Bunke Have you ever volunteered to help maintain a snowmobile trail system? No, sorry to say.. What does USXC bring to the snowmobile industry? USXC gives people like me and other guys/gals a place to ride or race against your buddies. It’s simply a good time for all involved and a safe place to ride fast. As far as technical things we are the best field testing and R&D for the manufactures. We are able to give valuable feedback to Polaris on durability issues and performance specifications. How long have you been part of the local snowmobile club? I first started with the local Clay County Club in 2001 or 2002 I think. Out of all the pro snowmobile racers in the industry, is there one rider you were excited to meet or still looking forward to meet? I cannot single out just one racer; I really enjoy meeting old time racers that raced with my dad. I would have to say meeting Steve Thorson and Brad Hulings was pretty cool since they were his teammates on the midnight blue express in 1977 - 78. Last season, Bobby Menne podiumed at the Soo I-500 with you, setting the precedence for the Bunke Racing season. What has Bobby brought to Bunke Racing? Bobby is a great kid and terrific snowmobile racer. Bobby’s abilities on the track have proven to be well noticed in snowmobile racing. He has a lot of energy and is always thinking about winning. Bobby’s 2011 year as a semi pro was big for Bunke Racing, his season wins and year-end finish was good enough to elevate him to Pro status. Have you ever groomed a snowmobile trail or race track? No, I have not ever driven trail groomer, I think my son, Boe, would think I would be the coolest dad ever if I did. As for race tracks we never ride a groomed track so no there too, but I have broken trail before though and that’s not cool especially when you get lost and lose 15 minutes backtracking to find the trail and then get second in the I-500 8 minutes out of the lead. Bummer deal….


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Hello Snowmobilers! Time for a little update from The Red River Sno-Riders, like all riders we are looking forward to some good snow this winter for cruising and speed, but the question is, what is your top end? Come out to this yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s annual Red River SnoRiders RADAR Run to find out. The RADAR Run will be held on Saturday February 9th at the Wild Rice Bar

& Grill, 10 AM til 2 PM. Bring out your sled and compete on our 700 ft track! We will have 6 classes, Vintage (1980 or older), 0-500cc, 501-600cc, 601-700cc, 701-800cc, and an open class. Registration is only $10 and includes 2 runs with the option for 2 additional runs for only $5 (no limit). You must be 18 or older and wear a helmet to participate. Trophies awarded for 1st place in each class and a cash prize for the fastest speed of the day. Even if you canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t compete, come out and see our local snowmobiling talent put on a show and the Wild Rice will

have good food and a warm fire to keep you comfortable! We look forward to seeing you out on the trails this winterâ&#x20AC;Ś Have a safe and enjoyable season. Bring on the snow! Victor Evjen

DAKOTA TRAILBLAZERS Hello Sno Fans, I would like to wish everyone a Happy New Year, hope this coming year is a good one for all. Our club held the first Fun Run of the year in the Minot area, had a great turn out, good to see a lot of good friends you donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t see over the summer. Congrats to all the prize winners. A special thanks to all the establishments that participated and for all the great food they put out for us.

All of the trail signing is complete except for a little fine tuning. Thanks to all that helped, especially Dale Deibert for taking on this large task. Every year we canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t help thinking we have plenty of signs but we still seem to run out and need to make more. The next event is the Pink Ribbon Ride; hope to see a big turnout for this special endeavor. All the money donated stays in the state to help those suffering from cancer financial problems, a very worthwhile cause to donate too.

Our club is having their annual winter outing at Lake Metigoshe this month, this is always a fun time, and hopefully Mother Nature helps us out this year to make the event more enjoyable. Well all for now, hope for snow! Sherman Pladsen

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connoisseur of Snowmobile North Dakota conventions for over 20 years has delivered poodle skirts for Halloween dancing the night away to Rock aâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Billy, snowmobile manufacturer plant tours, past BlueRibbon Coalition Executive Director Clark Collins as a presenter, snowmobile bashing with a sledgehammer , hammerschlagginâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;, fashion shows, the Furtle Turtles are Coming and a celebration of 25 years in 1999. The convention is the good oleâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; days and brings new memories and fun each year as we reconnect with friends and make new ones. This year the Northern Lights Trail Blazers took on the challenge of hosting the 34th annual convention in Rugby, ND. They were presented with the challenge of hosting it in one day and in a smaller community than most years. Needless to say, they took on the challenge with full force and succeeded with ďŹ&#x201A;ying colors. There is a saying â&#x20AC;&#x153;Youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve Been Servedâ&#x20AC;? in todayâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s dance contests, weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll the Northern Lights Trail Blazers has served the rest of the state. Can you handle the challenge? The 2013 convention will be held in Grand Forks, ND on December 7th at the Howard Johnson hotel. The Board of Directors will once again host the event with emphasis on the meetings and trainings. Special thanks to local snowmobile club members from the Red River South Trail Association that have agreed to help with the planning of the event to make sure itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s another success. The 2014 convention is still up for grabs, so if you are willing to show up and take on the challenge! Give SND a call! We know you can handle it! This yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s event was one to remember which is no different than the others. We got business done and certiďŹ ed trail signers and groomer operators.

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ate Convention Thanks to all of you who attended for taking the time out of your busy schedules and supporting the event. Once again you helped raise $2,800 for the scholarship and Grant & Aid programs. What an accomplishment! With the help of so many great clubs and companies like Choko, Klim, True Adventure Gear and Yamaha to name a few, annual convention goers have helped generate over $12,000 for these programs since 2006.

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Congrats to all the recipients who received awards for your hard work and dedication to the state snowmobile trails and local clubs. Keep up the excellent work and please know your efforts are greatly appreciated. Remember nominations for the awards are due on April 1st each year.

The Northern Lights Trail Blazers walked We are extremely excited to away with the traveling promote our new programs Project Ride and the rafďŹ&#x201A;e ticket trophy for the club with program. Information regarding the most attendance! Whoâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s it going to be in these new programs has been sent to the members and thanks 2013? See you in Forks to celebrate the 35th annual to those of you supporting convention. them. We are also excited to continue our Membership Rewards Program and Keep ND Clean Poster Contest. If you havenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t heard about these programs, visit SNDâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s website or contact the ofďŹ ce for more information. This year SND is also offering clubs a special Sno-Dak News rate of $100 for a full color business card ad in the magazine to help promote local events. This is 40% discount! Just remember ads have to be purchased a month in advance of when they should be promoted. The best part is the designer will create the ad for free!

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Dale Deibert reporting on activities from Region 1 for Snowmobile North Dakota from Minot. The local trail has been completed and is ready for use. Additional signs are being put up after state inspection is done. There have been some people riding the trial systems, but a little more snow sure could be used. There has been much more riding on the Peace Garden Trail system at Bottineau, Lake Metigoshe and Rolla area. The snow is good with grooming to hopefully start soon. Two snowmobile clubs in the Sno-Trails system have had Fun Runs so far. There was a good turnout for both even with the low snow conditions. The Dakota Trailblazers had a Fun Run on December 8. There were 266 participants for the Run. A portion of the money gained went to the Relay for Life and the American Diabetes Association. The Mouse River Sled Runner Snowmobile Club had a Fun Run on December 29 at Towner. There were about 30 people riding snowmobiles. There were more than 200 that participated in the Fun Run. There was a very good meal put on by the club at the end of the day at the Hallows club house. I hope all of you are planning on attending the Snowmobile State Ride in Fordville on February 16th. Some of the upcoming events for the snowmobilers in the area are the Dakota Trailblazers meeting on February 1st and March 1st, at 501 Grill & Bar in Surrey. Sno-Trails meetings on February 12th and March 12th at 7:30 p.m. The Sno-Trails Fun Run will be February 2nd. The Ghost Rider Fun Run will be February 9th at Velva. The Gasmann Coullee Cruisers meetings will be February 6th and March 6th. Hope to see you on the trails soon. Bye for now and pray for snow!

Greetings! I am your new director for region 5. Raised in south eastern North Dakota. I have been riding snowmobiles from a very young age. Sitting in front of my Dad on the Rupp, we would ride from our house in town to the farm to have Sunday Dinner at Grandmaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s. He would pull us for hours on the toboggan laughing and bouncing along until we were frozen and hardly able to walk to the house. A love of snowmobiling and the outdoors go hand in hand. These days we ride for fun. We ride with our friends, old and new. We ride to the local pub for Sunday dinner. We ride to the next town to attend the Fun run. We ride to be outside, to see the country side, to ride the trail, we ride just to ride. We need no purpose, we just want to go. We need to ride smart. We all get caught up in the excitement from time to time. The snow is perfect, the weather is perfect and the fellow riders are perfect. The result is we go too fast, and take a few too many chances. Take the time to account for everyone in your group. From the youngest to the least experienced rider. Put someone in the lead that will take the time to make sure everyone is with your group at a pre-determined location. If someone is late or missing make sure to go back for them slowly, and with caution. They may be broke down just on the other side of that â&#x20AC;&#x153;Awesomeâ&#x20AC;? jump. Put someone in the last position who will make sure to help anyone who may have trouble. If you are riding with a group donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t decide to turn around and leave the group and travel on your own. You should always travel with a sledding partner. Never go it alone. Even with the new phones and GPS , you still need to be logged in

or able to text or call for help should you break down or have an accident. Take the time to ask the snowmobiler riding the trail alone if they would like to ride with you. Make time to take the kids riding or the spouse riding. Take the time to go slow and teach them the correct way, the safe way, the fun way. Remember, you are making memories.

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Ridge Runners Perry Printnell PO Box 132 Fordville, ND 58231

Sno-Busters Dirck Nash 609 Ivy Ave Oakes, ND 58474

Magic City Driftbusters Laura Forbes PO Box 1094 Minot, ND 58702

Northern Exposure Snowmobile Club Nick Parslow 403 Washington St Bisbee, ND 58317

Roaring 20’s Loren Johnson 61 Green Acres Rd Bottineau, ND 58318

Southern Valley Trail Riders Association JD Link 17290 78th St SE Wahpeton, ND 58075

Marion Snoriders Kevin Isakson 10510 63rd St SE Litchville, ND 58461

Northern Lights Trailblazers Joanie Bruggeman PO Box 191 Rugby, ND 58368

Rough Rider Snowmobile Association Al Hoesel PO Box 4162 Bismarck, ND 58502

Tri-County Snow Dusters Bev Bachmeier 10517 55th St NE Brocket, ND 58321

May-Port Sno Travelers Greg Thykeson Box 221 Portland, ND 58274

Northwest Trailblazers Jason Brenno 9451 101st Ave NW Columbus, ND 58727

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Minto Area Joy Riders Trevor Slominski PO Box 111 Minto, ND 58261

Pembina Hills Trail Riders Tod Soeby PO Box 825 Walhalla, ND 58282

Sargent County Snowmobile Club Aaron Lyon PO Box 58 Milnor, ND 58060

Turtle River Roughriders Brandon Thorvilson PO Box 131 Manvel, ND 58256

Moonlighters Snowmobile & ATV Club Randy Barta 9453 104th Ave NE Langdon, ND 58249

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Hibbert takes AMSOIL Championship Snocross Friday night Pro Open main @ Canterbury 1/5/13 - Snowmobile racing fans from the great State of Minnesota packed into the Twin Cities’ Canterbury Raceway on Friday for the opening of two rounds of AMSOIL Championship Snocross this weekend the Traxxas National, presented by Jimmy John’s. And taking top honors in the two Pro class main events were Monster Energy/Arctic Cat racer Tucker Hibbert (Pro Open) and Pro Lite racer Travis Muller (Ski-Doo).

Pro Open Winning his thirdstraight Pro Open main event, Hibbert was flat out dominant at the Canterbury opener on Friday, putting up a 16-second victory in the 22-lap contest against 2nd place Ross Martin (DuPont/ Jack Links/Polaris), with rookie Pro Open racer Kody Kamm (Monster Energy/ Polaris) scoring his first podium of the year with a 3rd. Foreshadowing the Pro Open main was Hibbert’s opening

qualifier. Pulling out of the gate late, Hibbert had a big chunk of track to make up against defending AMSOIL Championship Snocross Pro Open champion Tim Tremblay (AMSOIL/ Scheuring Speed Sports/Ski-Doo). Hibbert was up for it, tracking down Tremblay, passing him with two laps to go in the eight-lap contest and cruising to the win. In the main the fans were looking for a Hibbert/Martin showdown - and they


Pictured: Doug Henry

Yamaha snowmobile racers podium across the snowbelt! Four-stroke Yamaha snowmobiles enjoyed a tremendous Jan. 26-27 race weekend in everything from the snowy X Games in Aspen, Colo. to frigid cross-country competition in Minnesota and Maine. Spectacularly leading the charge was Yamaha legend Doug Henry, formerly a motocross champion and now a snowmobiling inspiration, who led most of the X Games SnoCross Adaptive race aboard his FX Nytro RTX before ultimately finishing

a close second. In Minnesota, Ben Lindbom won the 50mile USXC Semi Pro Improved event, while in Maine, Erik Frigon grabbed a strong third in the 20-mile USSC East Pro Open race, both aboard Nytro RTXs. Henry rewrote the motocross rulebook when he won the 1998 AMA Motocross title on Yamahaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s revolutionary YZ400F four-stroke. After suffering a career-ending spinal injury in 2007, he then

rewrote the rulebook for handicapped athletes by outfitting a Yamaha snowmobile with a special shockabsorbing seat to race snocross. After taking a bronze in X Games 14, this weekend Henry returned to Aspen and led nearly the entire final aboard his specially outfitted sled before finishing second to Mike Schultz and claiming a silver medal. â&#x20AC;&#x153;My Yamaha gave me a great start and put me out front, and after that I just tried


to have fun,” Henry said. “Thanks to Yamaha Snowmobiles for getting me the equipment and to ESPN for putting on the event.” Yamaha Snowmobile Racing’s Eric Josephsen added, “Doug started the four-stroke motocross era for Yamaha, and it’s awesome to see him continuing today with the four-stroke Nytro RTX. But even important, continues to

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that even the toughest challenges can be overcome with vision, focus and hard work.” Cross-country racers in Oslo, Minn. faced brutal weather for the USXC Oslo 100, with temperatures of -5 degrees plummeting to -25 degrees due to icy winds. The 24.6-mile course was just as difficult, with half made up of natural terrain and the other half following a winding river – and plenty of concretehard snowdrifts in the

ditches. “Racing over this type of terrain is like driving a car over railroad tracks,” said Yamaha Snowmobile Racing technical coordinator Brian Strawsell. “It’s so unpredictable that it makes setting up the sleds particularly hard.” Nonetheless, despite various challenges during the day, Lindbom had it all sorted out by the time the Semi Pro Improved race lined up.


Although he drew the last starting position of 16 drivers, he passed every other sled in his class after two long laps to win by an amazing 2 min. 30 sec. – a total domination of the event. In other results for Yamaha during the day, Ross Erdman and Lindbom both put in top-10 performances in the morning Pro Open event. Yamaha’s Josephsen added, “I’m proud of Ben and Brian for working through their early setup issues, and then coming back to win the Semi Pro Improved race.” Over in Parlin Pond, Maine, the 2013 USCC East series began with the equally frigid Lake Parlin 100. Here a fivemile course featured half woods trails and half frozen lake surface. Besides brutal wind chill, snow dust was a significant challenge,

regardless of whether you were a race leader catching lappers or else a lapper yourself. Erik Frigon found this out after starting in fifth place and then working his way past the four sleds ahead of him one by one, ultimately setting the third fastest Pro Open time to grab a podium in the top race of the day. “It’s awesome to ride this Nytro RTX on such cold days – the motor runs so good!” he said happily. “Some of the two-strokes teams have to mess with jetting on a day like this but the Yamaha’s EFI gets the mixture right automatically. Plus the motor has a great powerband and tons of torque!” Backing up Frigon’s podium finish, 19-year-old Raymond Petrin finished second in the Pro 600 race on another Nytro RTX, a great result for his first-ever event on a

Yamaha. As well, Scott Brownell finished third in Semi Pro Improved on a Nytro RTX and Michael Ewaschuk finished third in Sport Improved on a Nytro XTX. Congratulations all!


Pictured: Ben Lindbom

FX Nytros rip at USXC Beach Bar 200 Four-stroke FX Nytro RTX snowmobiles raced to a strong pair of podium finishes at the USXC Beach Bar 200 at Detroit Lakes, Minn. on Saturday, Jan. 5. Here, Fuel Med RX Yamaha’s Ben Lindbom took a close second and Jake Muller finished third in the afternoon SemiPro Improved final, while Re Wadena and Muller added

respective 7thand 12th-place finishes in Pro Open. Longtime Yamaha racer Ross Erdman was poised to do even better, leading the Pro Open event until a minor electrical issue took him out of the running.

on ice. And the USXC lake course took full advantage of it, as the 10-mile layout featured dozens of groomed turns and straightaways up to a half-mile long – plenty of room for the Yamaha fourstrokes to stretch their legs.

With 15-degree temperatures, calm winds and blue skies, the weather conditions proved ideal for snowmobile racing

Even veteran racer Erdman was impressed with the FX Nytro’s power. “It absolutely rips,” he said.


Ross Erdman

“I can get five sled lengths on everybody out of corners, but it doesn’t hit so hard and rip your arms off like a twostroke. Instead it’s smooth and easy to ride. But the most impressive thing was seeing 110 mph on my speedometer on the back straightaway!”

Morning Pro Open heat races saw Erdman, Lindbom, Muller and Wadena all qualifying for their afternoon finals. The 40-mile Pro Open event then started three riders per row, with Erdman jumping into the lead immediately over rival Brian Dick and Yamaha teammate Wadena.

With a time-trial format rather than heads-up racing determining the winner, racers needed to charge hard right from the start – and by taking the early lead in his flight Erdman was well poised to compete for the win. But after he and Lindbom were both sidelined by minor


electrical glitches, it was Wadena and Muller who swept in to claim the their 7th- and 12thplace finishes for Yamaha. The afternoon Semi Pro Improved finale put the four top qualifiers – including Yamaha’s Lindbom and Muller – in the first flight. Rival John Arneson jumped off the line with the early lead, closely followed by Lindbom and Muller on their FX Nytros. Lindbom quickly took the advantage though, holding onto the lead until the final lap when Arneson slipped past. Lindbom hounded his rival for the remainder of the 20-mile race, and while the duo pulled

steadily away from the pack, Ben had to settle for a close second, with Muller following up in third. “I’m happy with the team as they didn’t get down, worked hard and pulled together for some good results with two podium finishes,” said Yamaha’s Eric Josephsen. “That have to do ready race Minn. 12.”

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Thief River Falls, Minn. (Jan. 28, 2013) â&#x20AC;&#x201C; It was a gold-medal weekend for Team Arctic Racing, with emphatic wins by Tucker Hibbert at the ESPN X Games and another dominating performance by the team in USXC cross-country. Hibbertâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s historic seventh gold was also his sixth in        

 athlete to achieve this feat. When the then-15year-old catapult himself into the world spotlight by      

 gold in the year 2000, it was clear that Hibbert was destined for further snocross greatness.

Including his seven gold medals, Hibbert has won 11 medals in his X Games career. Team Arctic racers Derek Ellis and Logan Christian earned eighth    

    

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100 in Oslo, Minn. The racers and their Arctic Cat Sno Pro 600 and Sno Pro 500 machines proved equally dominant in the rough conditions, scoring wins in 17 of 20 classes including eight podium sweeps. For the second time this season, Team Arctic Cat/Christian Brothers Racing champion Ryan Simons swept the Pro 600 and Pro Open classes at a single event, with his teammates Zach "      Dick taking second and       # With help from pro teammates Wes Selby


and Cody Kallock, Team $  %     top-10 places in both Pro events. “It was another great weekend for Team Arctic,” commented Race Manager Mike Kloety. “Tucker’s dominant

performance at the X Games highlights the effort he and his team put into that event. And our success at the Oslo crosscountry proves that our ProCross sleds are every bit as dominant in the rough stuff as they are on the lakes.”

The next national events for Team Arctic are the ISOC snocross race in Deadwood, S.D., Feb. 1-2, and the USXC I-500 in Thief River Falls Feb. 7-9.

Team Arctic Race Results from the Oslo Merchants 100 in Oslo, Minn. Pro 600 1. Ryan Simons 2. Zach Herfindahl 3. Brian Dick Pro Open 1. Ryan Simons Semi Pro 600 1. Nathan Moritz 3. Tyler Johnsrud Semi Pro Open 2. Timmy Kallock Expert 85 1. Cole Lian 2. Chad Dyrdahl 3. Lance Efteland Expert 85 Improved 1. Benjamin Langaas 2. Chad Dyrdahl 3. Cole Lian

Masters 40 1. Jon Arneson 3. Steve Arneson Masters 50 Plus 1. Don Rogers 2. Todd Hoyhtya Sport 85 1. Wyatt Alby 2. Nathan Sillerud 3. Ross Engelstad Sport 600 1. Garrett Johnson 2. Brandon Brodehl Sport 600 Improved 1. Garth Reinking 3. Nathan Peters Trail 3. Nathan Sillerud

Vintage 50 Plus 1. Gerry Mattison Classic IFS 1. Brad Naplin 3. Tom Kallock Women 1. Jolene Bute Junior 10-13 1. John Langaas 2. Ean Voigt 3. Thomas Junglen Junior 14-17 1. Cody Chubaty 2. Nathan Sillerud 3. Austin Reinertson Jr. Girls 10-15 1. Mayce Brodehl 2. Cecily Nordstrom 3. Marissa Kallock Jr. Girls 16-17 1. Callie Slominski 2. Kelsey Pladson


BRP SKI-DOO X-TEAM RACER CHARTIER DOMINATES DERBY

BRP racer Malcolm l l Chartier h jumped d to a commanding d lead l d at the h start off the h 50th h annual running of the Eagle River World Championship Derby and survived a number of red flag restarts plus a photo finish to earn his first Champ 440 world title. Chartier was fast throughout Derby week, setting second quick time in Thursday time trials, winning the Sweet 16 final on Friday, pole position for the main event and then wrapping up the championship on Sunday. Chartier’s win at the storied Eagle River Derby track while they were celebrating the 50th anniversary was especially sweet and one he worked hard for. The race was red flagged for an accident in the second corner of the first lap, placing Chartier on the point of a staggered restart. On this and the three ensuing restarts, His Mike Houle prepared Ski-Doo sled would rocket to a commanding lead. With two laps to go, Chartier was challenged and briefly passed by Jordan Wahl. “I don’t want to take anything away from Jordan because he is a great racer.” said Chartier. “We got together coming out of the corner and I lost my line, but I was confident I could get back past him.” Chartier did just that, regaining his line and crossing the finish


stripe less than one sled length ahead of Wahl. The 23 year old racer from Marine City, Michigan is a rising star on the oval racing scene and solidified his place in the sport and snowmobile racing history with the big win in Eagle River. Another Ski-Doo X-team racer and former winner, Matt Schulz of Wausau, Wisconsin rounded out the podium in third place, just .001 seconds behind the number two finisher. In the snocross World Championship final Tim Tremblay just missed winning his second consecutive Derby title. Tremblay won his qualifying round early in the day on Sunday and raced to within a couple sled lengths of first place at the finish of the snocross feature. Robbie Malinoski, Tremblayâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s teammate on the Scheuring Speed Sport/Ski-Doo team grabbed the holeshot in the main event put was knocked off the track in the first turn by another racer, ending his day. BOSS Racing rookie Pro Open competitor Petter Narsa had a good showing in his first trip to the Derby, finishing fourth. One of the feel good stories of Derby weekend was Quebecâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Sabrina Blanchet collecting 2 World Championship titles. Sabrina and family learned of the passing of her grandmother just as the weekend was getting under way but still was able to focus her energy on winning the Junior 1 Sprint and Semi-Pro Champ finals, as well as the portion of the Fridayy Night program. JJunior 1 Sprint p p g Thunder p g


PARSONS COLLECTS 3 MEDALS, SCHULTZ THREE-PEATS

Joe Parsons topped all snowmobile competitors at Winter X 2013, collecting medals in each of the three events he entered, including silver in Freestyle and Best Trick. Parsons stepped up his game to carry the torch when his teammate and defending Best Trick winner Heath Frisby suffered two hard practice crashes on Thursday. Frisby was forced to withdraw from the Freestyle competition and limped through the Speed and Style event, in which Parsons earned the bronze medal. Frisby did take part in Best Trick on Sunday night and appeared to have a winning run when he threw out his signature Underflip, but judges saw it differently. In his second run, Frisby tried to raise the bar even higher with a variation, but was unable to land the trick. Parsons then unleashed his Gator Wrestler backflip and added a new twist by landing it backward to the roar of the crowd, earning the silver. In Snocross, Tim Tremblay raced to the first medal of his career finishing third and collecting the bronze. Tremblay was third off of the start and held his position throughout the race with a sizable margin over fourth. That position belonged to Warnert Racingâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Emil Ohman who battled back and fourth for the position before closing it out for his best career finish at Winter X. Swedenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Petter Narsa was competing in his first X Games and made an impressive debut in fifth, giving Ski-Doo three of the top five spots. Mike Schultz put himself among rare X Games company, winning his fourth gold medal and third straight in Adaptive Snocross. Although Schultz is a perennial favorite in the event, the feat was not accomplished without drama. In the morning practice session Schultz crashed, badly damaging his sled. Virtually everyone in the snocross pit area came to his aid, as mechanics from Warnert Racing and Scheuring Speed Sports stepped in to get Monster Mike to the starting line on time. Then, as the Adaptive final launched, Schultz tangled with another competitor and tipped over in the first turn restarting last. As the laps wound down, Schultz picked off competitors, making the pass for the win with one lap to go. Garret Goodwin rounded out the podium in third, competing in his first X Games.


Ross Martin dominates AMSOIL Championship Snocross’ Saturday Pro Open main at Deadwood 2/2/13 - The little historic town of Deadwood, South Dakota was the snowmobile capital of the world this past weekend, hosting the world’s top snowmobile racers for the seven and eight AMSOIL Championship Snocross, presented by Traxxas rounds at the Days of ‘76 Rodeo Grounds. Coming out on top in one of the more thrilling storylines of the ACS season was Ross Martin (DuPont/Jack Links/

Polaris), who put an end to Tucker Hibbert’s (Monster Energy/Arctic Cat) five-race Pro Open class win streak with a dominant performance at Deadwood. And in the support Pro Lite division it was Jake Scott (Mystik Lubricants/Loctite/ Polaris) who would capture his second win of the weekend at take over the points lead from SkiDoo’s David Joanis. Pro Open Tonight’s AMSOIL Championship

Snocross premier Pro Open class story really began back in the second heat race when points leader Hibbert was black flagged for what ISOC officials deemed as an overly-aggressive pass on Garth Kaufman (Arctic Cat). In the same heat Friday’s runner-up to Hibbert, Martin, got bucked off his sled then put on a spectacular charge from the back of the pack to 3rd place in the heat. So top three Pro Open final gate picks


went to Kody Kamm (Monster Energy/ Polaris), Darrin Mees (AMSOIL/Scheuring Speed Sports/SkiDoo) - who suffered a spectacular wreck on Friday - and the third top qualifier, Logan Christian (Christian Bros. Racing/Arctic Cat). Hibbert would be forced to gate all the way to the outside of the front row, which would end up being a disaster at the start for the current Pro Open point leader as he was forced off the track to avoid a pile-up and began the race close to last place. With Kamm pulling the Stud Boy Holeshot, he was quickly passed by Christian for the lead. Doubling over the massive Air Force Fly-Away jump (which was more like a wall), Christian would extend his lead through lap six (of 24) before Martin came blazing out of nowhere to

take the lead - a lead he wouldn’t relinquish through the checkers. “I told the guys on my team ‘Dude, I’m ending this thing,’” said Martin, laughing, of yet another “Hibbert Dominates” headline. My second heat didn’t go that well, but I felt good. Qualified seventh, lined up on the outside but got a descent start and was able to stay out of trouble and get up front with Logan, then got by for the lead.” Martin then added: “I want to dedicate this win to Caleb Moore. We miss you but I know you’ve got your eyes on us and are keeping up safe.” With Martin leading Christian and Kamm on lap 11, Christian would go down briefly - allowing Kamm to move into 2nd place. One of the reasons Kamm

hadn’t been able to catch Martin and Christian was that the two had been berzerking it over the Air Force Fly-Away jump, something which Kamm didn’t feel comfortable doing until midway through the contest. “I’m feeling really good right now coming out in 2nd,” said Kamm, who also paid tribute to Caleb Moore on the podium. “Got a descent holeshot, but was scared of that wall jump (Air Force Fly-Away) over there. (I) finally got it and it helped out a lot.” By lap 15 Hibbert had charged up to 7th place and continued to move forward. Sixth on lap 16 and, eventually, 5th place by the checkers - salvaging some valuable points for the Pro Open point chase, which he still leads. Christian would regroup after


his mistake and caught Mees late in the race to take the third and final Pro Open podium spot at Deadwood. “Feels good to be up here,” said Christian. “It was a tough race. Track was rough but I got a good start and battled with Ross early. (I’m) happy to be up here.” Pro Lite Polaris’ Jake Scott (Mystik Lubricants/ Loctite) made ‘er two wins in a row by running it from the holeshot to the checkers at Deadwood on Friday, winning the Pro Lite main by nearly seven seconds over Kevin Wallenstein (Ingalls Performance/SkiDoo), with Renaud Alexandre (BOSS Racing/Jimmy John’s/Ski-Doo) placing 3rd for the second-straight night at Deadwood. “Hurt my knee at X Games, don’t know

how I did it this weekend,” said Scott. “Holeshots are key on this short track.” With Scott out front pulling the Pro Lite holeshot from the inside lane pick, David Joanis (Ski-Doo) pulled into 2nd, but was quickly passed by Polaris’ Andrew Lieders. But on the very next lap Lieders got bucked off his sled - which enabled Scott to open up a four-second lead on 2nd place. On lap seven (of 16) Joanis, who was tied with Scott at 251 points for the overall AMSOIL Championship Snocross Pro Lite overall points chase heading into tonight at Deadwood, would crash in the triple section, then ended up getting clipped by another sled. And though he got up and kept racing, Joanis wouldn’t challenge for tonight’s Pro Lite

podium. Inheriting Joanis’ 2nd place spot was Wallenstein, who was in 2nd place as well in the Pro Lites on Friday when he ended up getting clipped by another rider. “Yesterday didn’t go good. Was in second, but crashed. So it feels good to get up here,” said Wallenstein of his 2nd place finish tonight. With Scott up on Wallenstein by six seconds, Dylan Hall (Ski-Doo) moved up to 3rd for a few laps before being caught by Alexandre. “I went outside on the start and it worked out pretty good. Just focused there and charged the whole race,” said Alexandre. “Despite all the ruts and it being so tough out there I was able to come back to 3rd again.”


By Keri Wanner You’re standing in front of your closet, you notice it’s filled with things you love. It’s clothing that defines who you are and how you live your life. Picture Castle, Klim, Motorfist and HMK filling the shelves and you love it all but you are looking for that custom product made for a woman by a woman! You are a woman that follows the road less traveled, a.k.a. ‘offroad.’ And a woman that is bold and adventurous, daring

Just do it! Off-Road Vixen it! Do you dare? taker a.k.a. aka and a risk-taker, ‘vixen.’ A woman with an attitude, confidence, strength and guts. So shouldn’t your clothes be too? The clothing walks the line off freshness while being subtle and edgy all at the same time. It makes you want a piece of it the minute you see it. The owners

of Off-Road Off-Road Vixens, Vixe of Shari and Carey, have dedicated time


to understand clothing design, layouts and fits and the best part, they are just like you and me! They share a passion for dirt biking and snowmobiling; combine it with a passion for fashion and Off-Road Vixens has been created! The company carries everything from hats, tanks, tees, long sleeves, hoodies, bottoms and even intimates! But my favorite line is the pink ribbon

tees! This excellent company provides a 20 percent kickback to the Pink Ribbon Riders on all sales of the pink ribbon tees. How hot is an Off-Road Vixen that donates to a great organization! And we canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t do a review without giving a shout out to the new Sled Vixen line featuring a slouchy beanie, tech fleece zip hoodie (my favorite), boondocker hoodie and an edgy off-the shoulder backcountry long sleeve tee. This line is universal keeping you warm while you ride and showing off your Off-Road Vixen attitude while relaxing with family and friends in the evening. The tech fleece zip hoodie is the companies first of many technical pieces to come. It keeps moisture


under control and allows for maximum movement while rockin’ the look. The left arm features a zipper pocket and the sleeves have the added bonus of thumbholes to keep your hands warm. Off-Road Vixens was formed in November of 2008. Shari and Carey were friends who shared a passion for the outdoors. Their theory is being a woman who rides a dirt bike, snowmobile, ATV or anything else in the extreme motorsports category gives a girl a certain amount of pride. Shari and Carey wanted to give us ladies a way to show our pride in the motorized industry by designing a line of clothing just for us. “Girls Get Dirty Too!” A motto any Off-Road Vixen lives by! So if you haven’t snuck a peek at this awesome brand and snagged some swag for yourself, visit www.offroadvixens.com and to share your attitude!


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Interview Here is the interview continued from the printed magazine: Sno-Dak News: “What products do you provide to consumers?” Alex Lund: We provide anything motorsports related. Motocross Graphics, Snowmobile Graphics, ATV Graphics and Jersey graphics are some of our main items. Sno-Dak News: “Why should customers choose you versus another company?” Alex Lund: We are completely custom. We specialize in making graphics that represent who you are. Sno-Dak News: “Out of all of the projects you have completed, what is your favorite?” Alex Lund: Some of my favorite graphics are the ladies graphics. There really haven’t been a lot of decent designs out there for the women, and there are quite a few women that ride! I love making graphics that stand out! Sno-Dak News: “So what do you bring to TruDaddy Graphics and what does your husband and partner Matt bring?” Alex Lund: For the longest time, I did all of the design work and Matt helped me with the production side of things. As things have been getting busier and busier out west here, Matt has started to do more designing as well. Sno-Dak News: “We are so excited to see a young company excel in this industry, do you have plans to go bigger?” Alex Lund: We have always had it in the back of our heads. Matt is a mechanical engineer and I am an express graphics specialist and sign salesperson. In order for us to expand, one of us would have to quit our job and we are both very passionate about what we do. I don’t see it happening anytime in the near future. If we could clone ourselves, then maybe. Sno-Dak News: industry.”

“Thanks so much for your time and bringing excellent designs to the recreational

Alex Lund: Thanks for this opportunity to and helping market TruDaddy Graphics.


www.isc2013.org The Association of Wisconsin Snowmobile Clubs invites the snowmobile world to Green Bay, Wisconsin, June 6-8 for the 45th annual International Snowmobile Congress The 45th annual International Snowmobile Congress (ISC) will be held at the Radisson Hotel and Conference Center, 2040 Airport Drive, Green Bay, on June 6-8, 2013, hosted by the Association of Wisconsin Snowmobile Clubs (AWSC). ISC is held once a year to bring snowmobilers from the US, Canada, Sweden, and Russia together for three days of meetings and exchanging of ideas. The event will include meetings of several organizations including the International Snowmobile Council (ISC), the American Council of Snowmobile Associations (ACSA), the Canadian Council of Snowmobile Organizations (CCSO), the International Association of Snowmobile Administrators (IASA), the International Snowmobile Media Council (ISMC), the International Snowmobile Tourism Council (ISTC), and the Iron Dog Brigade. The Radisson Hotel is located on the west side of Green Bay, right across the road from the Austin Straubel International Airport. It is connected to the Oneida Casino, offering plenty of gaming opportunities to you in your free time. The hotel is providing us a very economic nightly room rate of $80 (plus tax). We invite you to come early or stay late at the same rate â&#x20AC;&#x201C; there is plenty to see


and do in the area! Full registration for the event is $225 if paid before April 1, 2013. Registration includes a welcome reception on Wednesday evening, June 5, hosted by the AWSC. Breakfast and coffee breaks are included all three days, along with dinner each evening. The opening ceremonies will be held on Thursday morning and a speaker will be featured at each breakfast. Numerous educational seminars on a variety of topics will also be available. Any event in Green Bay wouldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t be complete without a trip to the famous Lambeau Field and the Packers Hall of Fame. With our large group, we will not be able to participate in their stadium tour, but you are welcome to take the tour on your own while you are in town. On Friday evening, the groomer companies will sponsor a reception that includes dinner, followed by hospitality put on by the Colorado Snowmobile Association, hosts of ISC in 2014. It all concludes with a banquet on Saturday night with the national awards presentations. Of course, the Thirsty Dogs will convene following the banquet. For more information, check out our website at www.isc2013.org . We also have a FaceBook page to keep you up to date as plans proceed. Either site includes a draft agenda of the events along with registration forms. There is also information available about exhibitor and sponsorship opportunities. The Association of Wisconsin Snowmobile Clubs is looking forward to seeing everyone in Green Bay, Wisconsin in June.


LUCKY YOUTH WINS! Snowmobile-ed.com Ken Rossum of Sandy, Utah, won a new youth model Arctic Cat Sno-Pro 120 snowmobile, helmet, goggles, and a free online snowmobile safety course at www.snowmobileed.com/utah. Rossum entered a drawing at the 2012 Intermountain Snowmobile Show. The contest was sponsored by the Utah Snowmobile Association, Utah State Parks Off-highway Vehicle Program, Arctic

Cat, and snowmobile-ed. com. “There is no better way to get a child interested in snowmobiling than providing a brand new snowmobile of their own to ride,” said Jeff Eddings, president of the Utah Snowmobile Association. “Moreover, as nice as a new snowmobile is, we also felt it was important to promote safety. Not only is this lucky winner

getting a new Arctic Cat snowmobile, but they are also receiving a brand new helmet and goggles courtesy of the Utah State Parks Off-Highway Vehicle Program and a free online Utah snowmobile safety course courtesy of snowmobileed.com. This partnership serves as a solid reminder of the commitment many organizations are making to preserve the sport of snowmobiling,


while instilling the importance of safety in the next generation of snowmobilers.”

snowmobile safety course and the online course we won will go to the next grandchild in line.”

Rossum, an avid snowmobile rider with more than 45 years of experience, said he is excited to share the sport of snowmobiling with his nine grandchildren.

The Arctic Cat SnoPro 120 snowmobile giveaway was promoted at the 2012 Intermountain Snowmobile Show. Monies raised from this fundraiser will be awarded to local clubs through a grant program. Clubs will use the money for constructing new signs at trailheads, upkeep of warming huts, and coordinating snowmobiling-related charitable events within

“We have a cabin in the Uinta Mountains and the sled will find a good home there. Our grandchildren will love that,” Rossum said. “We already have one of our grandchildren taking the

the local community. “This giveaway is a great example of how a public/ private partnership can influence our youth to enhance snowmobiling,” said Chris Haller, Utah State Parks OffHighway Vehicle Program coordinator. “It demonstrates the commonalities that exist between different organizations and businesses in order to promote a safe, responsible recreational opportunity.”

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Snowmobile Challenge for 2013 The Snowmobile Challenge for 2013 will be held March 4-9, 2013 at the Keweenaw Research Center at Michigan Technological University in Houghton, MI.

This year 21 teams have registered for the event â&#x20AC;&#x201C; the most ever in the history of the event! The members of the International Snowmobile Manufacturers Association (Arctic Cat, BRP, Polaris and Yamaha) are proud gold level sponsors of the event. Staff from all of the manufacturers will be involved in the event and many serve as judges and reviewers of the many activities.

The SAE Challenge includes such activities as: 1. 2. 3. 4. 5.

an endurance run from Houghton, MI to Copper Harbor technical presentations regarding emissions and design presentations a subjective handling event an acceleration test scientific testing for emissions levels and sound

Further information on the Snowmobile Challenge can be found at www.mtukrc.org


Battles Through First Rounds Of

USXC CROSS-COUNTRY Moorhead, Minn. (January 17, 2013) - they say when life hands you lemons you make lemonade, and thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s what the Bunke Racing team and the rest of the cross-country snowmobile racing world has been forced to do so far this season. With low snow, the circuit has taken to the lakes and racers are relearning the art of ice racing stock snowmobiles. With terrain and

snocross ruling the past decade itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s been a task, but it is a task the team has taken on with enthusiasm.

competitive in ice racing. Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve had to make changes to our setups and pay close attention to areas weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve never had issues with before.

â&#x20AC;&#x153;We have a lot of great sponsors behind us and they have been more than willing to jump in and help us get our sleds dialed in on the ice,â&#x20AC;? said Gabe Bunke.

Because ice racing is so     drive (chaincase and brakes) weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve had to deal with brake failure and excess heat in the chaincase.

â&#x20AC;&#x153;We have had to almost start from scratch and re-learn how to make our sleds work and be

In order to maintain durability of the driveline we started using Energy Release addi-


tives from Applied HiPerformance in our     reduces the failure rate in the driveline. Woodyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s traction has helped us with stud and carbide combinations that make the sleds work better and feel better to ride. We changed to C&A Pro skis and they help our sleds handle a lot better on the ice. Finally, we had some track durability issues last year so we turned to Camoplast and Tracks USA for advice and they helped set us

up with a good, durable track for ice racing.â&#x20AC;? After three events Eric Christensen leads team results with a win in the Masters 40 class at the Willmar race. Christensen also has the points lead in that class. Gabe Bunke sits in 5th place in Pro 600 points and Bobby Menne is in 13th. Menne is in 8th place in Pro Open points and Spencer Kadlec is in 15th. Kadlec is in 8th place in the highlycompetitive Semi-Pro

points. Jennifer Fuller is in 6th place in the Pro Womens class. Taylor Bunke is doing       

  of cross-country racing and sits in 5th place in Sport 600 and Sport 600 Improved classes. The next event, the Oslo 100, is scheduled to be a terrain race and that often means a totally different scenario and different race results. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Oslo should be a good venue for us,â&#x20AC;? said Bunke. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Last year the course was a mix of terrain that suited or Polaris snowmobiles well, so we should get good results.â&#x20AC;?


Backin’ the Bunke SND “Backs the Bunke”, do you? Who are these guys, and why in the world is everyone “Backin’ the Bunke”?

By Keri Wanner Visiting www. bunkeracing.com will tell you to “Back the Bunke” because these guys have snowmobiles and racing in their blood. Team owner, Gabe Bunke, has more than a 16 year racing career including three Soo I-500 Enduro wins with the latest in 2012. The team includes six racers; Gabe Bunke #74, Bobby Menne #131, Spencer Kadlec #57, Jen Fuller, Jeff Klein and the newest member Gabe’s son Taylor Bunke. In 2012,

Bobby shared the podium with Gabe at the Soo I-500 placing third. Jen is even working on mastering the hillclimb circuit; while Taylor let’s his Bunke shine through finishing in the top three at several USXC races during his first season. This team is unstoppable! But if you ask SND why the organization is “Backin’ the Bunke” and wishing them an amazing 2013 USXC season, it’s

because they show up! In November last fall the ND Parks and Recreation Department asked for SND’s assistance in producing snowmobile safety video’s. One of the ideas was to find a rider that would get the safety video’s noticed. SND recommended none other than Bunke Racing. After a few emails and phone calls the plan was in place and Gabe not only brought himself, he brought his entire family including the


adopted Puff, Jen Fuller.

a.k.a.

Bunke Racing showed SND exactly why they are such an amazing team. Hour after hour, even with only a couple naps, the youngest of the Bunke’s, Britta, showed up with a smile on her face and helped shoot the safety video’s providing the fun family atmosphere we requested. SND is a family organization and was very appreciative the Bunke’s made this a family event too. All of

them, especially Gabe, found out endurance on the track is one thing; but endurance during a video shoot is a whole other ball game. After a few takes and a few laughs and words of encouragement (or was that sarcasm) Gabe and the rest of the Bunke’s ‘Aced’ the shoots with flying colors. The video’s promote sticking to the trail, maintenance tips, safety classes, s n o w m o b i l e registration, two are

better than one and dressing right! You can visit the “Ride Safe Ride Smart Trailer” on the SnowmobileNDtrails YouTube page. The video’s will premiere before the 2013-2014 season. Just remember, as Thora says, “Ride Hard, Ride Fast”, oops excuse me! I mean this is SND with “Ride Safe, Ride Smart! Gabe, we better see renowned actor on your race resume! So now do you know why SND is “Backin’ the Bunke”?


"&   '   ()    ( %"* &   MINNEAPOLIS (Jan. 4, 2013) - Officials with the International Series of Champions (ISOC) and the Ram Truck brand are pleased to announce that Ram has been named the Official Truck of 2012-â&#x20AC;&#x2122;13 AMSOIL Championship Snocross, presented by Traxxas. Ram Truckâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s awardwinning line of vehicles, including the reigning 2013 Motor Trend magazine Truck of the Year - the Ram 1500 - are known for their durability and are relied upon by the snowmobile industry, whose participants

log thousands of miles a year in their trucks, towing their sleds in pursuit of snow. â&#x20AC;&#x153;You need look no further than our own Ram Truck team to understand Ram Truckâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s longstanding relationship with the snowmobile industry,â&#x20AC;? explained Fred Diaz, President and CEO - Ram Truck Brand and Chrysler de Mexico. â&#x20AC;&#x153;As soon as the whistle blows on Friday, many of our employees race to the parking lot and jump in their Ram trucks - snowmobile trailers in tow - and make the trek up I-75

to northern Michigan for a couple days of riding. â&#x20AC;&#x153;For winter sports, snowmobiling is the place to be. Ram Truck is looking forward to reaching a core group of truck customers through our new partnership with AMSOIL Championship Snocross.â&#x20AC;? In addition to being named the official truck of AMSOIL Championship Snocross, Ram Truck will also serve as the title sponsor of the March 8-9 Fargo, N.D. National ACS rounds held at nearby


G l y n d o n ’s (Minn.) Buffalo River Race Park. Ram Trucks will also be the title sponsor of the seasonending Ram Trucks World Cup event held at Lake Geneva, Wis., a special one-off match race event held in conjunction with the final rounds of ACS to determine which nation has the top snocross racers. “Everyone at ISOC and AMSOIL Championship Snocross is pumped to welcome Ram Truck to the team of tier-one sponsors backing the world’s premier competition snowmobile series,” said Carl Schubitzke, ISOC President/ Race Director. “We’re looking forward to showcasing the Ram Truck brand product this weekend at Canterbury Raceway in Minneapolis and continuing to activate the brand at the

remaining ISOC ACS stops - through the March 15-17 finals in Lake Geneva, Wisconsin. Ram Trucks has a strong track record with the sport of snowmobiling and we’re confident they’ll continue to be warmly welcomed by the AMSOIL Championships Snocross racing community.” In addition to its AMSOIL Championship Snocross official truck status, the Ram Truck brand also sponsors six-time ACS champion Tucker Hibbert (Arctic Cat).

Beginning with AMSOIL Championship Snocross’ seasonopening round in Duluth, Minn. (Nov. 23-25) and running through the season finale in Lake Geneva, Wis. (March 15-17), CBS Sports Network will broadcast 16 halfhour race shows - all in HD - on Sundays at 10:30 a.m. EST. The AMSOIL Championship Snocross - as an added bonus - will also air in an evening repeat of each show during the week.


got just that - in the first 300 feet of the race. The two railed their sleds out front, banging shoulderto-shoulder with Hibbert holding onto the throttle of his Arctic Cat just a bit longer as the track bent into the start straight. Hibbert then put the hammer down and clicked off mistakefree lap after lap, eventually building a 16-second lead over 2nd place Martin. “Tucker rode a great race. I did everything I could to stay with him, but he just had a little more tonight,” said Martin. Added

Hibbert:

“We’ve been working so hard for this - it feels good for sure.” With Hibbert and Martin all but checked out Pro Open points leader (heading into Canterbury) Robbie Malinoski (AMSOIL/ Scheuring Speed Sports/Ski-Doo) was looking to salvage as many points as he could running in 4th place. But something let go on Malinoski sled and he was forced to leave the race - and handing the red series points leader plate to the #68 Hibbert. Kamm would hold on in through the battle with the two heavyweights, racing

to a strong 3rd place finish. “It was really rough out there,” said Kamm. “I got a descent holeshot, but it was tough racing against Ross and Tucker. So I just held onto 3rd.” Rounding out the top five in the Pro Open class and Canterbury were Emil Ohman (Ski-Doo) and Garth Kaufman (Arctic Cat). Pro Open Results 1. 68 Hibbert Tucker Arctic Cat Pelican Rapids MN 2. 837 Martin Ross Polaris Burlington WI 3. 53 Kamm Kody Polaris Kenosha WI 4. 27 Ohman Emil SkiDoo Pitea Sweden 5. 48 Kaufman Garth Arctic Cat Driggs ID 6. 324 Pallin Kyle Polaris Ironwood MI 7. 43 Christian Logan


Arctic Cat Fertile MN 8. 11 Tremblay Tim Ski-Doo Ste Jeanne D’Arc Quebec 9. 9 Mees Darrin SkiDoo Stanchfield MN

down with one lap to go, allowing Muller to take the top spot after he inherited 2nd place earlier in the race from Jake Scott (Polaris).

15. 62 Thomsen Cody Arctic Cat Nisswa MN

The high speed, high action Canterbury track got more technical as the night went on in the Pro Lite division, with the rhythm section being particularly tough on the stock class sleds. “This is an awesome crowd out there, really nice night and just glad I could win in front of all my family. My dad’s doing an excellent job keeping my sled running good,” said Muller in recording his first Pro Lite win of the year.

Pro Lite Local Minnesota racer Travis Muller (Ski-Doo) won a battle of attrition in the Canterbury Pro Lite main event as race leader Andrew Lieders (Polaris) went

Pulling the holeshot in the Pro Lite main was Lieders, with Scott in hot pursuit. And for a portion of the race it appeared as if the two would make it a two sled race - but mistakes

10. 108 LaVallee Levi Polaris Longville MN 11. 168 Broberg Justin Polaris Waukesha WI 12. 271 Narsa Petter Ski-Doo Moskosel Sweden 13. 999 Crapo Colby Polaris St.Anthony ID 14. 4 Malinoski Robbie Ski-Doo Stacy MN

would bring both the leaders back to earth quick. Scott’s came when he leaned into Lieders on a pass attempt and tipped over. “(I) ended up having to chase my sled down through all that deep snow. Can’t even remember when I got back on,” added Scott on his crash. With Scott down Lieders was running away with the win, only to wad up at the end of the rhythm section. Pouncing on the opportunity was Muller, along with Pro Lite point leader David Joanis (Ski-Doo), who raced up towards the front after a back row start. “I was feeling good. Didn’t get the greatest start from the back row, but rode my own race and things just unfolded - so I’m pumped,” said Joanis.


Rounding out the top five were Dylan Hall (Ski-Doo) and Todd Corin (Polaris). Pro Lite Results 1. 436 Muller Travis Ski-Doo Windom MN 2. 115 Joanis David Ski-Doo Cochrane Ontario 3. 42 Scott Jake Polaris Port Jefferson Statio NY 4. 421 Hall Dylan SkiDoo Ayr Ontario 5. 136 Todd Corin Polaris Otego NY

6. 122 Wallenstein Kevin Ski-Doo Cadillac MI 3,

12. 630 Boylan Casey Ski-Doo Anchorage AK

7. 793 Alexandre Renaud Ski-Doo ValDâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;or Quebec

13. 154 Johnstad James Polaris Beltrami MN

8. 173 Watkinson Corey Ski-Doo Port Carling Ontario

14. 193 Pichner Matt Arctic Cat Owatonna MN

9. 675 Rosemeyer Chase Ski-Doo Chippewa Falls WI

15. 144 Taillefer Maxime Ski-Doo Laval West Quebec

10. 857 Lieders Andrew Polaris Colby WI 11. 202 Sagan Joey Ski-Doo Elmvale Ontario


Tucker Hibbert completes sweep of AMSOIL Championship Snocross Canterbury 1/5/13 With a massive crowd packing Minnesota’s premier thoroughbred horse racing track - Canterbury Park Raceway - to the brim, AMSOIL Championship Snocross put on a second great night of racing action for the hearty fans in this snowmobilefriendly region of the country. Minnesota Tucker (Pelican

native Hibbert Rapids)

quite literally ran away with his second win on the weekend, making it a clean sweep of the Traxxas National, presented by Jimmy John’s. And in the support Pro Lite class action it was Ski-Doo’s David Joanis(Canada) taking top honors and extending his overall class points lead as well. Pro Open Canterbury’s race weekend culminated with a WILD one on

Saturday night in the Pro Open main event with Hibbert winning his fourth straight while defending AMSOIL Championship Snocross Pro Open champion Tim Tremblay (AMSOIL/ Scheuring Speed Sports/Ski-Doo) was black flagged (and eventually DQ’ed) for an aggressive driving move on Ross Martin (DuPont/Jack Links/ Polaris). The three aforementioned


racers led the contest early, separating themselves from the rest of the pack and looking as if they’d finish up the 22-lap contest in that order. However, Martin would go down on his own on lap 17 - then was dragged by Tremblay’s sled as Tremblay tried to get by. ISOC officials would quickly point the black flag at Tremblay while Martin eventually got back to his sled and kept running. In the midst of all this Hibbert rode as dominant a race as he had all season, the best part of it for the Canterbury fans being that Hibbert had to rush to the front of the pack - cleanly past Tremblay and Martin - following a 4th place start. “It was a little bit

tougher to get up here today, but it was really fun early on running with Ross and Tim,” said Hibbert. “Just an exciting race. I hope everyone had fun

tonight and make sure you stop by our booth later on for a poster!” With Tremblay and Martin out of the picture, Kody Kamm (Monster Energy/ Polaris) put himself in a position to podium for the secondstraight night. “I saw Ross fall off and I was like ‘Oooo ... podium!’ I’m lucky to be up here I guess.” And scoring his firstever Pro Open class podium was rookie

racer Petter Narsa (BOSS Racing/Jimmy John’s/Ski-Doo). “The track was really rough and tight but I liked it,” said Narsa. Rounding out the top five in the Pro Open class at Canterbury on Saturday were Justin Broberg (Polaris/Pirtek/ FXR) in 4th and Kyle Pallin (Mystik Lubricants/ Loctite/Polaris) in 5th. Pro Open Results 1. 68 Hibbert Tucker Arctic Cat Pelican Rapids MN 2. 53 Kamm Kody Polaris Kenosha WI 3. 271 Narsa Petter Ski-Doo Moskosel 4. 168 Broberg Justin Polaris Waukesha WI 5. 324 Pallin Kyle Polaris Ironwood MI


6. 27 Ohman Emil SkiDoo Pitea Sweden 7. 43 Christian Logan Arctic Cat Fertile MN 8. 4 Malinoski Robbie Ski-Doo Stacy MN

10. 837 Martin Ross Polaris Burlington WI 11. 48 Kaufman Garth Arctic Cat Driggs ID 12. 99 Pattyn Zach Ski-Doo Ravenna MI

13. 999 Crapo Colby Polaris St.Anthony ID 14. 106 Ellis Derek Arctic Cat Fargo ND DQ. 11 Tremblay Tim Ski-Doo Ste Jeanne D’Arc Quebec

9. 108 LaVallee Levi Polaris Longville MN Pro Open Overall Points 1. Tucker Hibbert 6 245 Monster Energy/Arctic Cat 68 Arctic Cat Pelican Rapids, MN 2. Robbie Malinoski 6 216 AMSOIL/Air Force/Makita 4 Ski-Doo Stacy, MN 3. Ross Martin 6 215 Judnick Motorsports 837 Polaris Burlington, WI 4. Tim Tremblay 6 201 AMSOIL/Air Force/Makita 11 Ski-Doo Ste Jeanne D’Arc, Quebec 5. Darrin Mees 6 173 Scheuring Speedsports 9 Ski-Doo Stanchfield, MN 6. Logan Christian 6 167 Christian Brothers Racing 43 Arctic Cat Fertile, MN 7. Kody Kamm 6 157 Hentges Racing 53 Polaris Kenosha, WI 8. Justin Broberg 6 146 Hentges Racing 168 Polaris Waukesha, WI 9. Emil Ohman 6 146 Warnert Racing 27 Ski-Doo Pitea, Norrbotten 10. Petter Narsa 6 142 Team Jimmy John’s/Skidoo/BossRacing 271 Ski-Doo, Sweden


February 2013 Sno-Dak News