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The Future of Oval Racing (or Just Another Sideshow)?

3/29/2011 3:21:00 PM

Thanks to the slednecks over at, my eyes were opened to this concept "sit in" oval race sled conceived and built by oval guru John Hooper.

I can't help but think of Gilles Villeneueve, Alouette, Manta, Ski-Doo twin-trackers and other interesting sleds that have have carved a unique niche (while slicing away the very elements that we think of as "normal").

The future of oval racing...or just the latest in a long line of sideshows?

Click to read more.

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14 More Dates & Locations to See the 2012 Arctic Cats

3/29/2011 2:22:00 PM

Stadium snowmobiling?

There are 14 more North American locations to see, touch, lift, scratch, sniff, dream and otherwise get intimate with the new 2012 Arctic Cat line.

Click for the remaining dates/locations.





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Q&A with Jack Nelson, Arctic Cat Styling Engineer

3/29/2011 8:20:00 AM

Jack Nelson

One of the guys responsible for helping shape and create the new line of 2012 Arctic Cat snowmobiles, Jack Nelson earns his keep as a Styling Engineer in the Arctic Cat Plastics Group. It's the kind of job he's performed at Arctic Cat since 1975, and he's damn good at it.

Smilin' Jack was kind enough to answer some questions about role within the company. Click to read them.




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Tucker Practicing in Finland

3/26/2011 8:50:00 AM

Now THIS is what a sweet snocross track tooks like. Check out this short video of Tucker Hibbert and Pieti Puhakka practing for today's FIM Snocross World Championship.

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2012 Arctic Cat Wildcat with 95-hp & 16-in. Travel

3/26/2011 8:16:00 AM

2012 Arctic Cat Wildcat

I see a RZR-beater, future Baja-winner and Glamis-hero, not to mention the fastest trip to the deer stand ever offered.

Arctic Cat sent a press release about the "Wildcat," the wicked-looking sport side-by-side they teased at their recent snowmobile dealer show.

Click to read the release.

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March Border Lakes Ride

3/23/2011 1:15:00 PM

Border Route Ride

Last weekend, my brother-in-law and I hauled a load of lumber to the family cabin on North Fowl Lake. A border lake of Minnesota and Ontario, Fowl is part of a chain of lakes that serves as the basis of a REALLY cool ride, skirting the BWCA Wilderness and through some very wild country.

Done with our chores, we embarked on a fine March ride that totalled 160 miles, two lake trout, one dead deer, one dead moose and myriad memories.

Click to read about it.

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She'd Rather Squeal, on a Snow-mo-bile

3/23/2011 8:50:00 AM

Metalflake... open-face helmets... Fresca pop...and great sled lyrics.

"We tip the glass to the Northern lass, for she won't let you kneel. She'd rather squeal, on a snowmobile."

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10 Q&As with Tucker Hibbert

3/22/2011 11:39:00 AM

Tucker gives everyone the finger

By winning both ISOC Pro high-point championship titles this past weekend at the season finale in Lake Geneva, Wis., Tucker Hibbert fulfilled one of his main goals for the season.

Then, while sitting in the airport waiting for his flight to Norway (for the FIM Snocross World Championships) he fulfilled his other goal of being interviewed by me for

Click to read it.



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Four ISOC Championships For Team Arctic

3/22/2011 11:03:00 AM

Cody Thomsen, Semi Pro Snocross Champion

Team Arctic snocross racers ended their 2011 ISOC campaign with five class wins and four high-point championship titles. Nice!

Click to read the Team Arctic press release.





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July 29-31: Arctic Cat 50th Anniversary Party

3/21/2011 10:33:00 AM

Arctic Cat employees at the 1 Millionth Celebration

The dates have been set: Arctic Cat's 50th Anniversary Celebration will take place July 29-31, 2011, in Thief River Falls, Minn.





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Random Photos, March Edition

3/18/2011 9:15:00 AM

What the 2012s Arctic Cats could have looked like?

Welcome to the March, 2011 version of Random Photos.

Click to see what I scrounged up for your viewing pleasure (and my own laughter).





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Magnus Lindback is Euro Snocross Champ

3/18/2011 8:47:00 AM

Arctic Cat's Magnus Lindback, European Champion

Team Arctic's Magnus Lindback (Alta, Norway) is the 2011 European Snocross Champion!

Click to read Magnus's short description about how he won it.





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33 Wins in XC, SX and Hillclimb

3/16/2011 6:15:00 AM

Ryan Simons won the Pro 600 Points Championship in USCC

Heckuva weekend for Team Arctic, racking up 33 combined wins between the finalt two USCC races in Warroad, Minn., the ISOC National snocross in Elko, Minn., and the RMSHA hillclimb in Lost River, Mont.

Click to read, and to see the visuals.




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My Son's First Snowmobile Race

3/15/2011 10:08:00 AM

Calvin and race sled

My son Calvin raced a snowmobile for the first time this past weekend, at the USCC cross-country race in Warroad, Minn.

During a winter in which we've had some amazing snowmobile experiences, this was MAJOR highlight.

Here's what we learned.



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More Tech Pix and Descriptions of the 2012 Arctic Cats

3/11/2011 11:45:00 AM

2012 Arctic Cat

There's so much more to explain about the 2012 model year Arctic Cat sleds, here's a brief overview of just some of it.

Lots more in-depth stuff coming over the next weeks.

Click to see it.




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A New Arctic Cat Side-X-Side?

3/10/2011 3:03:00 PM

Shown (briefly) at the Arctic Cat snowmobile dealer show this week, was a Prowler-like side-x-side that looks WAY sportier than a Prowler.

Yep, Arctic Cat has been pretty busy lately!

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2012 Arctic Cat Snowmobile MSRP for U.S. and Canada

3/9/2011 7:17:00 PM

2012 Arctic Cat Snowmobile Retail Pricing

Click to see the U.S. and Canadian MSRP of the 2012 Arctic Cat snowmobiles.





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10 Observations About the 2012 Arctic Cats

3/9/2011 12:22:00 AM

2012 Arctic Cat

After witnessing the evolution of the “F4” during the past three years, then recently spending the better part of three days riding pre-production versions of the 2012 Arctic Cat snowmobiles, here are 10 observations I’d like to share.

Click to read.




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2012 Arctic Cat F1100 in the Bumps

3/8/2011 9:17:00 PM

While we're all waiting, how about a little video of the new 2012 Arctic Cat F1100 flying through the bumps?

Sounds good to me.

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Pro Podium Sweep at Hayward Snocross

3/8/2011 10:14:00 AM

Logan Christian nabbed his first Pro podium

Team Arctic Cat snocrossers scored their first Pro podium sweep in a long while, with Logan Christian (shown) nearly taking the win.

Click to read the official Team Arctic press release.

All photos by Wayne Davis



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