Press Release –
In what is becoming a common refrain on the World PowerSports Association (WPSA) National series, Arctic Cat once again earned the most Pro-class podiums of any manufacturer at an event. This time, Cat men turned the trick at the Verona, New York, National, taking four of the six Pro podium positions.
Tucker Hibbert continued his scorching stretch. In what was his final snocross race of the 2006-07 campaign, Hibbert and his Arctic Cat dominated. The 22-year-old finished first each time he took to the track: He won all three Pro Stock heats before leading every lap of the final and then duplicated that impressive feat in Pro Open. The New York sweep gives Hibbert victories in half of the eight WPSA National finals held thus far in ’06-’07.
“Tucker’s on fire; he’s really on top of his game,” said Arctic Cat Race Manager Russ Ebert. “He just mowed ‘em down this weekend. Sometimes, things just line up perfectly for you. He was ready to rip and his equipment is just excellent.”
Hibbert isn’t the only one with excellent equipment – the entire Arctic Cat team is dialed in right now. That includes Ryan Simons, who – coming off his silver medal in Winter X Games snocross – continued his hot riding with a second.
“The Arctic Cat machine has been superb and the durability is outstanding,” said Ebert. “Honestly, we expected this; our engineering team is great and we knew the Stock vehicle would be very good.”
In Pro Open, five Team Green drivers finished in the top seven and Garth Kaufman landed on the box yet again. The Alta, Wyoming, native now has four podiums on the season. “We’ve had Garth do spring testing for us and I’ve seen his skill,” Ebert said. “He’s worked very hard to improve and it’s showing in his results.”
A limited number of support classes were run in New York. Cory Davis earned his first Semi-Pro top-three of the season by taking third in Semi-Pro Open, and Dan Ebert added a pair of top-five S.P. finishes. The stars of the support classes were the Pallin brothers. Podium fixtures all year, Josh Pallin won Sport Stock and finished fourth in Sport Open, while younger brother Kyle took both Junior 14-15 and Junior 16-17.
“The Pallins are from Ironwood, Michigan, and they’ve raced Cat all their lives,” said Ebert. “I recognized their talent three years ago, and I’ve been impressed with the whole family’s dedication.
“I’m very proud of the work all of our guys have done,” Ebert continued. “We’ve had phenomenal teamwork between our teams and that’s great to see. Our results show what you can achieve when everyone pulls together.”