Press Release –
Polaris Dominates Top Snocross Classes at Eagle River
Nick Van Strydonk Wins 4 Oval Titles & Snocrossers Sweep Pro, Semi-Pro
Polaris oval racer Nick Van Strydonk tied a record for victories and Polaris snocross racers dominated the podium during racing at the 44th annual World Championship Snowmobile Derby in Eagle River, Wisconsin, on January 18-21.
Van Strydonk tied a Derby record by winning four class titles in a single weekend on the legendary ice oval.
The Tomahawk, Wisconsin, racer won the Pro Sprint 600, Pro Sprint 500, and the Semi-Pro Sprint 600 and Sprint 500 titles aboard his Polaris race sleds.
In snocross racing, Polaris racers swept the top spots in the Pro and Semi-Pro classes and they crowded the podium in several classes.
“Eagle River is a special place and there’s nothing like Derby weekend, so it’s extra special to win big on Derby weekend,” said Polaris Racing Manager Tom Rager, Sr. “Some of our young racers really stepped up to win big races and gain valuable confidence in themselves and their Polaris race sleds. What Nick Van Strydonk did was outstanding, and it gives him momentum for the remainder of the season.”
The checkered flags and trophies awarded to class winners at Eagle River are among the most coveted prizes in snowmobile racing, and Polaris oval racers earned a large share of the weekend’s hardware.
Along with the impressive record-tying performance of Van Strydonk, other Polaris racers who won on the unique banked ice oval were:
Dustin Wahl, who led fellow Polaris racer Matt Schultz in a 1-2 finish in Formula 1 Open. Jeff Ludwig, who won the Top Gun Champ 440 title. Trevor Fontaine, the winner in Formula 500 and young Dylan Jansen, who led a 1-2-3 Polaris sweep in the 120 class ahead of Kevin Kuklinski and Jake Drexler.
In the World Championship race on Sunday, Dustin Wahl finished second, Matt Schultz was third, Terry Wahl took fourth and Jeff Ludwig finished eighth.