MINNEAPOLIS, Minnesota – Arctic Cat Inc. announced it is launching the “Race and Ride with Robby Gordon” contest. The Grand Prize winner will race an Arctic Cat Wildcat X with Robby Gordon during the Stadium Super Trucks race at the Sand Sports Super Show in Costa Mesa, Calif., on September 16-18, 2016. The Grand Prize also includes a two-night stay in Orange County, Calif., for the winner and a guest.
Having spent two weeks prior in Colorado getting his sled dialed in and a convincing first place finish in his qualifier race, Tucker was looking and feeling confident. That didn’t stop him from watching the other two qualifier races and walking the track prior to the final confirming his lines. Based on what he saw, he elected to change his place on the start and move right by one position. A decision that helped him get out ahead of the pack in second place by turn one. From there, Tucker propelled his Sno Pro 600 past Ross Martin in the first lap and had 15 laps to build his lead and finish 11 seconds ahead of second place.
This gold medal gives Tucker 11 Winter X Games medals, seven of which are gold. We look forward to Tucker going for the seven-peat next year.
MEDINA, MN (Feb. 21, 2012) – Bill Rader, the long-time racing coordinator for the Polaris snowmobile race program passed away Monday, Feb. 20, 2012, after a courageous battle with cancer. He was 54. Rader played a major role in the resurgence of the Polaris snowmobile racing program over the past dozen years. He worked closely with Racing Director Tom Rager, Sr., a close friend of Rader’s for more than 20 years.
“He was extremely well-liked and everyone in the industry knows how instrumental he was in rebuilding this Polaris program,” Rager said of Rader. “His specialty was working with young talent, the father-son race teams, nurturing them to get them to the next level. He worked with people like [Pro racers] TJ Gulla and D.J. Eckstrom and helped them as they rose through the program.”
In the early 1990s, Rager was managing the Ski-Doo racing program and he hired Rader as his race program coordinator. Rader and his family – his survivors include his wife Tammy and daughter Dana – moved from Michigan’s Upper Peninsula to Wausau, Wisconsin, at that time for the job.
When Rager was hired as racing manager by Polaris in August 2000, he immediately hired Rader as racing coordinator. The two men led the rebuilding of the Polaris racing program back to the championship level program it is today. “Billy took care of the ‘B Team’ programs, assisted me with outside sponsorships and he dealt heavily with the ISR,” the racing sanctioning body, Rager said.
The two men developed an incredible friendship over the years. “They always say you meet one person in life who is truly your best friend, and for me he was truly my best friend,” Rager said.
A Great Sportsman
Scott Judnick, co-owner of the Judnick Motorsports snocross racing team, said Rader was a great influence on racers of all brands. “I can remember when we were racing for Arctic Cat – this is our 10th year with Polaris – Bill would always come up and talk to you at the track, give you encouragement. He was a great sportsman. He worked with the Sport-class guys and he’d go trailer to trailer and make sure everybody had what they needed and give them input… Bill was a big part of our team and our success and the championships we’ve won over the years.”
Judnick said Rader contributed to the spirit and technology of racing. “He made it fun. He was always willing to help, whatever you needed, he was there for you,” Judnick said. “He came up with ideas, he would run for stuff – nothing was beneath him. He was a big part of the success of this program. On a lot of different test trips Bill would be there and his input was always fantastic. The guy would be talking to you and he was so smart, and you’d be like, ‘what did he say?’ He’s get into the chemistry end of things and he loved to study and read and figure things out.”
Rader was unable to attend races while battling cancer, and he was missed. “The snowmobile racing world was very concerned about Bill,” Judnick said. “Every single weekend people come up and ask, ‘how’s Bill doing?’ I can’t tell you how much we’ve missed not having him at the track, and now that he has passed, how much we will miss him going forward.”
Judnick said commemorative decals were being prepared for racers to put on their sleds in Rader’s honor.
A Vintage Mopar Enthusiast
William E. “Bill” Rader grew up in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula, where he loved racing snowmobiles and stock cars. He worked for a time in the mines and served as technical inspector for the USSA snowmobile racing circuit, where he was exemplary in his fairness and his concern for racer safety. He was operating an industrial supply company when Rager hired him to work with the Ski-Doo racing program.
Rader was focused on his family and his job, and he enjoyed restoring old vehicles. “He loved building old hot rods,” Rager said. “He rebuilt a ‘70 Road Runner, and his latest project was a ‘73 Dart. He loved the old Mopar stuff. He also did an incredible job refurbishing old Polaris snowmobiles, and his latest was an old StarFire sled.”
A memorial service is scheduled for 11 a.m. Friday, Feb. 24, 2012, at Saint Andrew Lutheran Church, 3200 N. Mountain Road, Wausau. Visitation will be from 5-8 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 23, at Brainard Funeral Home, 5712 Memorial Court, Weston, WI, and again from 9:30 a.m. until the time of services Friday at the church.
Moab, UT – Rally On The Rocks (ROTR) is pleased to announce our third annual UTV/SXS rally in beautiful Moab, Utah on May 16-19, 2012. We are excited to also announce that this years rally is sponsored by Arctic Cat! In addition to a new presenting sponsor we have a lot of great and new things planned for this years event including an on-site rock crawling demo track with demo rides being provided by Arctic Cat. Arctic Cat will also be offering attendees the opportunity to drive the industries hottest new UTV, the 2012 Arctic Cat Wildcat!
Come join us in beautiful Moab, UT and drive the greatest, coolest, gnarliest, and most scenic trails in the world in your UTV/SXS. Also, our vendor row promises to be bigger and better than ever. Come see the latest advances and accessories the UTV/SXS industry has to offer and don’t forget about the catered dinner and raffle! Due to the success of last years raffle, ROTR was able to donate $2500 to Take Back Utah which helps preserve our right to enjoy the trails in this great state via our off-road vehicles. We are also excited to mention that this year we’ve added the Sagebrush Coalition, a Moab local trail support group to support the rally and our attendees while on the trails adding even more experience to our already experienced group here at ROTR!
Online registration opens the first week of January 2012 with early bird registration at $70.00 per person so make sure you take advantage of this deal as it does end on February 29th, 2012. Regular online registration is from March 1st to May 6th and is $80.00 per person. Walkups at the event are $90.00 per person.
If you are interested in joining the rally as a vendor please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org ASAP as spots are filling up quick.
Thank you to all who volunteer, support, sponsor, and attend – we’ll see you in Moab!!
Arctic Cat will celebrate the brand’s 50th Anniversary as thousands of loyal Arctic Cat enthusiasts converge upon Thief River Falls, MN on July 29th and 30th. The celebration will be open to the public and all events are free.
Arctic Cat’s 50th marks a major milestone which began in 1961 when Edgar Hetteen founded Polar Manufacturing in Thief River Falls. There he began producing snowmobiles that reflected his dreams. One year later he changed the company name to Arctic Cat, and began a series of innovations that transformed hulking snow “machines” into small, playful snowmobiles.
Arctic Cat has two days of non-stop activities planned with the central location sharing space between the Pennington County Fairgrounds and the REA Huck Olson arena complex.