Polaris Racers Win Both Semi-Pro Classes at Duluth, Earn Podium Spots in Both Pro Classes

Bobby LePage, Dylan Martin Open ISOC Season With Semi-Pro Wins

Dec. 01, 2008 By Press Release
MEDINA, MN (Dec. 1, 2008) – Polaris racers swept the Semi-Pro classes and earned podium positions in both the Pro classes at the ISOC season opener held November 28-30 in Duluth, Minnesota. Polaris racer Bobby LePage (Hentges Racing) won the Semi-Pro Open class and Dylan Martin (Martin Racing Inc.) won Semi-Pro Super Stock.

Levi LaVallee (Hentges Racing) took second place in the Pro Super Stock final and was one of four Polaris racers in the top 10. In the Pro Open final, defending class champion Ross Martin (Judnick Motorsports) finished third, one of six Polaris racers in the top 12 at Duluth. In Pro Women’s Super Stock, defending class champion Kylie Abrahamson (Avalanche Racing) finished second.

“Everybody has stepped up their game for this season, and our guys will definitely be facing tough competition at every race,” said Polaris Racing Manager Tom Rager, Sr. “It’s good to get a race under our belts and see where we stand. We’ve got plenty of work to do, but we still feel a lot of our guys should have very strong seasons.”

Pro Finals Run 30 Laps

The AMSOIL Duluth National held at Spirit Mountain was the 17th annual snocross season opener held in Duluth. It was the first race with ISOC as the national racing sanctioning body, and the changes ISOC implemented included Pro finals that lasted 30 laps.

In Pro Open, Martin posted the highest Polaris finish, followed by: Shaun Crapo (Scheuring Speed Sports) in seventh; TJ Gulla (Hentges Racing) in ninth; Matt Judnick (Judnick Motorsports) in 10th; D.J. Eckstrom (Scheuring Speed Sports) in 11th; and LaVallee in 12th.

In Pro Super Stock, LaVallee earned a podium spot with his second-place finish, followed by: Gulla in fourth; Eckstrom in ninth; Crapo in 10th; Judnick in 11th; LePage in 14th; and Ross Martin in 15th.

LePage, Dylan Martin Gunning for Semi-Pro Titles

In Semi-Pro racing last winter, LePage finished second in Open points and third in Super Stock points. He hopes his Duluth victory springboards him toward the Open title this season.

Finishing second in Semi-Pro Open was Chris Kafka (Hentges Racing), followed by: Derek Ellis (Avalanche Racing) in sixth; Mike Bauer (Judnick Motorsports) in eighth; Dylan Martin (Martin Racing Inc.) in 10th; Ryan Carey (Scheuring Speed Sports) in 12th; and David Joanis (Royal Distributing/Borque’s Polaris, Canada’s Polaris Snocross Team) in 15th.

Dylan Martin also left Duluth with a confidence boost from his Semi-Pro Super Stock victory. There were five Polaris racers in the top 10, including: Chris Kafka in fifth; Ellis in seventh; Bauer in ninth and Matt Bristow (Bristow racing) in 10th. In 13th was newcomer Ryan Carey (Scheuring Speed Sports).

Abrahamson Runs Strong in Title Defense

Two-time defending Pro Women’s Super Stock points champion Kylie Abrahamson won first- and second-round heat races, but came home second in the final. Other Polaris racers in the class were Christina Herheim (Triple H&J Racing) in eighth, Kendra Daniel (CMR Racing) in 10 th, and Katie Baxter (No Limits Racing) in 11 th.

Andrew Lieders (Lieders Racing) won the Sport Super Stock 2 class at Duluth, and James Johnstad (Avalanche racing won the Jr. 14-15 class and was second in Jr. 16-17.

About Polaris

With annual 2007 sales of $1.8 billion, Polaris designs, engineers, manufactures and markets all terrain vehicles (ATVs), including the Polaris RANGER™, snowmobiles and Victory motorcycles for recreational and utility use. Polaris is a recognized leader in the snowmobile industry; and one of the largest manufacturers of ATVs in the world. Victory motorcycles, established in 1998 and representing the first all-new American made motorcycle from a major company in nearly 60 years, are rapidly making impressive in-roads into the cruiser and touring motorcycle marketplace. Polaris also enhances the riding experience with a complete line of Pure Polaris apparel, accessories and parts, available at Polaris dealerships. Polaris Industries Inc. trades on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol “PII,” and the Company is included in the S&P Small-Cap 600 stock price index. Information about the complete line of Polaris products, apparel and vehicle accessories are available from authorized Polaris dealers or anytime from the Polaris homepage at www.polarisindustries.com.

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