Race Circuit and Race Class(es): USXC, Pro Stock and Open; Soo I-500

Race Team Name: AC Racing

Crew Members:

Sponsors:

  • Polaris, Walker Evans Racing, HMK, Stud Boy Traction Products, Western Rentals and Sales, Carlan Services, Regent Power and Compresion

Last Season's Awards/Wins/Accomplishments: Third at Soo I-500; Third place overall in the No Bull Triple Crown Enduro Series

Age: 33

Birthdate (MM/DD/YYYY): 10/30/1981

Hometown (City, State/Province): Metiskow, Alberta, Canada

Married (Yes/No): Yes

Kids (Yes/No):  Yes

Occupation: Service Tech

Hobbies:

Motocross, Jet-Skiing, UTV riding, fishing

Favorite Musicians/Bands:  Alice Cooper, Rush, White Snake

Favorite TV Shows/Movies: Top Gear

Car You Drive: F350 Diesel

Car You Wish You Drove:  Hennessey VelociRaptor 600

Number of Years Racing:  19

Numbers of Years with Polaris:  17

Most Memorable Racing Moment: Winning Soo I-500 three times in a row

How did you get started in Racing?:  Through family

Goals for 2015-2016 Race Season:  Win a USXC championship and the Soo I-500

Favorite Track/Race: Any track that is technical and has a good amount of snow

Any pre-race rituals (routines, apparel) you do for good luck?:  Right knee brace and boot on first

Who has influenced your race career the most?: Blair Morgan and my family

Race Circuit and Race Class(es): ISOC Sport 

Race Team Name: Peterson Racing/ Team Lavallee 

Crew Members:

  • Jeff Peterson, Brad Scalzman, Ben Kraus

Sponsors:

  • Polaris, Team Lavallee, Mystic, Loctite,  FXR, Rox, Woodys C&A Pro, Peterson Concrete, J Ryan Bonding, Furniture by Jake, Roland Machinery,  Bauer Excavating and entertainment

Last Season's Awards/Wins/Accomplishments: 13 ISOC National first place finishes,first place Sport and Amatuer Show Down at Sundown,Wisconsin State Champion Sport and Amatuer.  

Age: 16

Birthdate (MM/DD/YYYY): 11/30/1998

Hometown (City, State/Province): Medford Wi

Married (Yes/No): No

Hobbies:

  • Racing

Favorite Musicians/Bands: J.Cole

Favorite TV Shows/Movies: Spongebob

Car You Drive: Dodge  Ram

Car You Wish You Drove: Chevy Silverado

Number of Years Racing: 6

Numbers of Years with Polaris: 3

Most Memorable Racing Moment: First National win in Fargo

How did you get started in Racing?: Jim Bauer

Goals for 2015-2016 Race Season: National Podium finish in Sport

Favorite Track/Race: Lake Geneva

Any pre-race rituals (routines, apparel) you do for good luck?: Pin It To Win It

Who has influenced your race career the most?: Jim Bauer

Alex Hetteen

Race Circuit and Race Class(es): USXC Semi-Pro Stock and Semi-Pro Improved

Race Team Name: Hayford Racing

Crew Members:

Jeff Hayford (Owner & Manager)

Sponsors:

Hayford Ford
Polaris Racing
Fly Racing
Polaris Engineered Lubricants
Asterisk
StudBoy
Walker Evans
WPS
C&A Pro Skis
Strait Productions
LRM Motorsports
Northway Sports
Rapids Ford

Last Season's Awards/Wins/Accomplishments: Fourth Overall Semi-Pro Stock Points, two wins, one second-place finish, two third-place finishes

Age: 26

Birthdate (MM/DD/YYYY): 4/29/1989

Hometown (City, State/Province): Roseau, MN

Married (Yes/No): No

Kids (Yes/No): No

Occupation: Polaris ORV Powertrain Development Engineer

Hobbies:

Backcountry snowmobiling in Michigan's UP and the Rockies; racing dirt bike enduros & hare scrambles; Wrenching/fixing things

Favorite Musicians/Bands:

Whatever is playing on XM or Pandora

Favorite TV Shows/Movies:

Shark Tank, The Profit

Car You Drive 2008 Chevy Duramax

Car You Wish You Drove: 2016 Ford F250 Platinum

Number of Years Racing: 4 (two in USXC, one in hillclimbs)

Numbers of Years with Polaris: 26 - My whole life!

Most Memorable Racing Moment: "Winning Stock King of the Hill, six podiums, and qualifying for the Jackson Hole World Championship Hillclimbs at my first ever Hillclimb Competition in Caspian, MI."

How did you get started in Racing?: "I've wanted to race since I was a little kid, but never really got an opportunity. After graduating college I finally had some spare time & money and was able to go to a race where I was introduced to the Bunke Racing crew. I hung around the Bunke trailer and helped out everywhere I could – and learned a ton. I think I went to every race that season just to help out and learn as much as I could. But each race I went to made me want to try it for myself more and more. So the next summer I went to Haydays and bought an old used race sled and decided to give it a try!"

Goals for 2015-2016 Race Season: Win the Semi-Pro Stock Season Points Championship; Finish the I-500; Win a Semi-Pro Ice Race; Start my transition to Pro Class

Favorite Track/Race: Park Rapids, MN. It has a little of everything! Ditches, fields, lakes, woods, trails.

Any pre-race rituals (routines, apparel) you do for good luck?: "No, I don't have any rituals; I think the best "good luck" comes from having your equipment, gear, and mind properly prepared."

Who has influenced your race career the most?: "Good question. I think a lot of my race inspiration and motivation comes from old stories about guys like my grandpa Allan, Bob Eastman, and Jerry Bunke. I mean, just try reading the Star Fire Kids book and not be inspired to go buy a sled and start racing!"

Andy Thomas

Race Circuit and Race Class(es):

  • RMSHA 600 Stock
  • 600 Improved Stock
  • 700 Stock
  • 700 Improved Stock

Race Team Name: Thomas Racing

Crew Members:

  • Tyson Thomas
  • Justin Thomas

Sponsors:

  • Motorfist
  • 509
  • Polaris
  • Carl's Cycle
  • Tyson Thomas
  • Thomas Drilling
  • Fox
  • Starting Line Products
  • EZRyde
  • Boondocker
  • Gates
  • Sled2sled

Last Season's Awards/Wins/Accomplishments: Won World Championship titles in Semi-Pro Stock and Semi-Pro Improved at the Jackson Hole World Championship, and won the Semi-Pro King of the Hill crown at Jackson. Finished second in points in all three RMSHA Semi-Pro classes (Stock, Improved Stock, Mod). It was just Andy's second year of racing, and his first year racing on Polaris sleds.

Age: 19

Birthdate (MM/DD/YYYY): 5/22/1995

Hometown (City, State/Province): Afton, WY

Married (Yes/No): No!

Kids (Yes/No): No

Occupation: I work for the family company drilling water wells.

Hobbies:

  • Motorcycling
  • hunting
  • fishing
  • RZR riding
  • mountain biking

Favorite Musicians/Bands:

  • Imagine Dragons
  • G-Easy

Favorite TV Shows/Movies:

  • Lone Survivor

Car You Drive 2001 Chevy truck

Car You Wish You Drove: 2015 Denali Duramax

Number of Years Racing: 2

Numbers of Years with Polaris: 1

Most Memorable Racing Moment: My most memorable moment would have to be when I went over Jackson for the third time, winning King Of The Hill. I don't think I've ever had such an accomplished feeling.

How did you get started in Racing?: I have a lot of friends that do it, so I figured I should try it.

Goals for 2013-2014 Race Season: My goals for this year are to place in the top 5 at every race and have a podium at the Jackson Hill climb!

Favorite Track/Race: A toss-up between Afton, WY, and Jackson Hole

Any pre-race rituals (routines, apparel) you do for good luck?: I always try to walk the course before my run.

Who has influenced your race career the most?: I'd say my uncle Tyson Thomas. Without him none of this would be possible. I'm super grateful for all the help he has given me!

Race Circuit and Race Class(es): Cor Powersports / Pro Stock/Pro Open

Race Team Name: 

Crew Members:

  • Doug Wenzlaff

Sponsors:

  • Polaris Racing, Woody's, Curve Industries, Arctic FX, Trail Tank, Solarus, Triple 9 Optics, DP Brakes, Atlas, Venom Products, Redline Oil, EVS, Climb Design, K&M Sales and Service

Last Season's Awards/Wins/Accomplishments: 3rd place Pro Stock/Pro Open season points 

Age: 21

Birthdate (MM/DD/YYYY): 1/17/1994

Hometown (City, State/Province): Nekoosa,WI

Married (Yes/No): No

Occupation:Business Administration Student

Hobbies:

  • Dirtbikes

Favorite Musicians/Bands: 

Favorite TV Shows/Movies: Friday Night Lights

Car You Drive: 2011 F-250 Powwerstroke

Car You Wish You Drove: 

Number of Years Racing: 4

Numbers of Years with Polaris: 4

Most Memorable Racing Moment: Starting 35th and driving up to 16th in my first Soo 500

How did you get started in Racing?:  We were good friends with Fausts and Terry steered us into it.

Goals for 2015-2016 Race Season:  Consistent Podium finishes, Top 10 in Soo 500

Favorite Track/Race: Pine Lake

Any pre-race rituals (routines, apparel) you do for good luck?: Put everything on left side first

Who has influenced your race career the most?: Terry Faust

Bobby Menne

Race Circuit and Race Class(es): USXC Pro Stock and Pro Open

Race Team Name: Hayford Racing

Crew Members:

Jeff Hayford
Bob Menne
Austin Reinertson
Alex Hetteen
Dan Herberg

Sponsors:

Hayford Ford
Polaris Racing
Fly Racing
Polaris Engineered Lubricants
Asterisk
StudBoy
Walker Evans
WPS
C&A Pro Skis
Strait Productions
LRM Motorsports
Northway Sports
Rapids Ford

Last Season's Awards/Wins/Accomplishments: 3rd Place, USXC Pro 600 Season Points

Age: 24

Birthdate (MM/DD/YYYY): 7/25/1991

Hometown (City, State/Province): Virginia, MN

Married (Yes/No): No

Kids (Yes/No): No

Occupation: Sales Consultant at Rapids Ford Lincoln & Quick Lane

Hobbies:

  • Motocross
  • Jet-Skiing
  • boating

Favorite Musicians/Bands:

  • Blink 182
  • O.A.R.

Favorite TV Shows/Movies:

Wolf of Wall Street

Car You Drive: Ford F-150

Car You Wish You Drove: 2015 Ford F-150

Number of Years Racing: 10

Numbers of Years with Polaris: 5

Most Memorable Racing Moment: “Too many to count” Probably the 2014 Soo I-500 3rd Place

How did you get started in Racing?: "My dad and grandpa were racers in the past and the family was always into racing."

Goals for 2015-2016 Race Season: USXC Season Points Champion

Favorite Track/Race: "It's cross-country, so we usually don't see the same track twice. I’ve always liked the rougher tight tracks"

Who has influenced your race career the most?: "Lots of guys. Steve Houle, Larry Rugland, My dad. Gabe Bunke."

Brandon Titensor

Race Circuit and Race Class(es):

  • RMSHA 600 Stock
  • 600 Improved Stock
  • 700 Stock
  • 700 Improved Stoc

Race Team Name: Robinson Motors Race Team

Crew Members:

  • Luke Rainey
  • Taylor Wilkes

Sponsors:

  • Splash Day Spa
  • R & T Construction (Hal Titensor)
  • Robinson Motors
  • Salt River Motors
  • Kilroy LLC
  • Dave's Barber Shop
  • Tyson Thomas
  • KLIM
  • Polaris
  • Polaris Engineered Lubricants
  • Simplot Smokey Canyon Mine
  • Bret Jensen

Last Season's Awards/Wins/Accomplishments: Brandon had 11 top-five finishes, including three wins. In RMSHA season points, he finished: second in 600 Improved Stock; fourth in 700 Stock; eighth in 600 Stock; 10th in 800 Improved Stock; and 12th in 700 Improved Stock. At the Jackson Hole World Championship, he finished third in 600 Improved Stock, and fifth in 700 Improved Stock.

Age: 27

Birthdate (MM/DD/YYYY): 7/17/1987

Hometown (City, State/Province): Afton, WY

Married (Yes/No): Yes

Spouse's Name (if applicable) Kristi Titensor

Kids (Yes/No): Yes

Kids' Names (if applicable) Haydon, Colson, and Jaxon

Occupation: Simplot Smokey Canyon Mine

Hobbies:

  • Hunting
  • snowmobiling
  • camping

Favorite Musicians/Bands:

  • Chris LeDoux

Favorite TV Shows/Movies:

  • Shooter

Car You Drive 2014 GMS Duramax

Car You Wish You Drove: 2015 GMC Denali Duramax

Number of Years Racing: 0

Numbers of Years with Polaris: 4

Most Memorable Racing Moment: First time going over Jackson placing 2nd in 1000 stock.

How did you get started in Racing?: "I was the garbage boy at Robinson Motors and wanted to be part of the 'Robinson Motor Race Team' so I worked hard & got a sled so I could race with Scott Brown, Brock Brown, &apmp; Kevin Kilroy."

Goals for 2013-2014 Race Season: Place top 5 in 5 classes points and to win a 1st at Jackson.

Favorite Track/Race: Afton Challenge Hillclimb

Any pre-race rituals (routines, apparel) you do for good luck?: Try to get lots of sleep & just stay positive even after a bad run.

Who has influenced your race career the most?: I'm not sure there is just one but every racer & most of all Luke Rainey and my dad (VP Hal).

Cole Willford

Race Circuit and Race Class(es):

  • RMSHA 600 Mod
  • 700 Mod
  • 800 Mod
  • Open Mod
  • 800 Stock

Race Team Name: 2Five2Crew

Sponsors:

  • Polaris
  • Klim
  • Boondocker
  • Skinz Protective Gear
  • FOX
  • SCS Unlimited
  • RSI Racing
  • Camoplast
  • Starting Line Products
  • Stud Boy
  • Amsoil Racing
  • EZRyde
  • Weekender Sports
  • Corkle Oil

Last Season's Awards/Wins/Accomplishments: Three-Peat 600 Mod World Champion - Jackson Hole
18 Top 5 finishes
End of Season Point Standings: Second place in 600 Mod
2nd place in 700 Mod
5th place in 800 Mod
5th place in Open Mod

Age: 6

Birthdate (MM/DD/YYYY): 9/24/1977

Hometown (City, State/Province): Fruita, CO

Married (Yes/No): Yes

Spouse's Name (if applicable) Jill

Kids (Yes/No): Yes

Kids' Names (if applicable) Tanner (12), Peyton (7)

Occupation: Wireline Operator

Hobbies:

  • Dirt biking
  • mountain biking
  • wakeboarding

Favorite Musicians/Bands:

  • Ellie Goulding

Favorite TV Shows/Movies:

  • AMA motocross and supercross
  • Thunderstruck
  • Schooled
  • and Boondockers films

Car You Drive F450

Car You Wish You Drove: Trophy Truck

Number of Years Racing: 8

Numbers of Years with Polaris: 7

Most Memorable Racing Moment: To date, it has to be once again defending my 600 Mod world title and winning at Jackson Hole for the 3rd year in a row.

How did you get started in Racing?: My dad raced in the 80's. I grew up riding and watching him hoping that some day I would be able to compete, too. In 2008, I finally felt as though it was my time, so I signed up as a RMSHA member and the rest is history as they say.

Goals for 2013-2014 Race Season: I have a lot of goals, but the biggest goal that I have been chasing for my entire career is to win Mod King at the World Championships in Jackson Hole, WY.

Favorite Track/Race: Snow King Mountain at the World Championship race held in Jackson Hole, WY.

Any pre-race rituals (routines, apparel) you do for good luck?: Work out and train hard!

Who has influenced your race career the most?:

David Sharp Jr.

Race Circuit and Race Class(es):

  • RMSHA Circuit

Race Team Name: Sharp Bros. Racing

Crew Members:

  • Dave Sharp, Sr., Daniele Sharp, Taylor Irwin

Sponsors:

  • Polaris, Klim, Walker Evans, Boondocker, Starting Line Products, Wheeler Enterprises, 509 Films, Patrick Custom Carbon, Arctic FX Graphics, Carl's Cycle Sales, Kurt's Polaris, Skinz Protective Gear, Bully Dog, Fly Racing, EZ Ryde, Rocky Mountain Wash, SRCC Red Line Oil, Jason Scheibner, Z Bros Racing, Alpine Assassins, YAK Fitness, V Force Reeds, Darin Gould, Dr. Boss, Poppoff Inc., Dave Verhey, Dr. Tew, Mike Bartheld, Guns West 2, Volution Fitness, The Tricke Shoppe, Todd Hammermeister, Butcher Racing, Family & Friends

Last Season's Awards/Wins/Accomplishments: ESPN X Games Finalist (Top 6); Mod & Improved King of the Hill (Afton); Stock & Mod King of the Hill (Grand Targhee); Open Mod Season Points Champion; 1000 Improved Season Points Champion; 2nd Place in 800 Mod Points; 2nd Place in 1000 Stock Points; 3rd Place in 800 Stock Points

Age: 23

Birthdate (MM/DD/YYYY): 8/12/1992

Hometown (City, State/Province): Moxee, WA

Married (Yes/No): No

Kids (Yes/No): No

Occupation: Professional Snowmobile Athlete, Factory Rider for Team Polaris & Operations at Rocky Mountain Wash

Hobbies:

  • Traveling, Dirtbiking, Snowmobiling, Jeeping, Fourwheeling, Fishing, Camping, Hunting, Shooting, Water sports, and anything outdoors

Favorite Musicians/Bands:

  • Johnny Cash, George Strait, Garth Brooks

Favorite TV Shows/Movies:

  • AMA Supercross, Motocross, Breaking Bad, Prison Break

Car You Drive 2012 Dodge Ram 3500

Car You Wish You Drove: '67 Camaro

Number of Years Racing: 8

Numbers of Years with Polaris: 3

Most Memorable Racing Moment: "ESPN X Games 2015, Racer of the Year in 2009, and Jackson Hole World Championship Improved King 2014"

How did you get started in Racing?: "Dad, Dave Sharp, Sr., raced for over 20 years on the RMSHA circuit."

Goals for 2015-2016 Race Season: "ESPN X Games HillCross Gold, Jackson Hole World Championships full sweep, and dominating the RMSHA circuit."

Favorite Track/Race: Afton and Jackson Hole World Championships

Any pre-race rituals (routines, apparel) you do for good luck?: "Ride it like I stole it"

Who has influenced your race career the most?: "My dad, Dave Sharp, Sr., and Rick Ward."

David Sharp, Sr.

Race Circuit and Race Class(es):

  • RMSHA Pro Master Stock
  • Pro Master Improved
  • Pro Master Modified

Race Team Name: Sharp Bros. Racing

Crew Members:

  • Dave Sharp, Jr.
  • Brad Sharp

Sponsors:

  • Polaris
  • Wheeler Enterprises
  • Boondock
  • Starting Line Products
  • 509 Films
  • Renegade Sports
  • Bully Dog
  • SCS Unlimited
  • Exit Shocks
  • Fly Racing
  • Patrick Custom Carbon
  • Pepsi
  • Kurt's Polaris
  • Carl's Cycle
  • EZRyde
  • SRCC Red Line Oil
  • Force Reeds
  • Mid Valley Dodge
  • Pop off Inc.
  • Yak Fitness
  • Owens Cycle
  • Darin Gould
  • Dave Verhey
  • Dr. Boss
  • The Trick Shop
  • Guns West 2

Last Season's Awards/Wins/Accomplishments: David won the RMSHA Pro Master Stock points championship, and he finished third in both Pro Master Improved Stock and Pro Master Modified. At the Jackson Hole World Championship, he finished second in Pro Master Stock and Pro Master Modified, and third in Pro Master Improved Stock.

Age: 52

Birthdate (MM/DD/YYYY): 2/13/1962

Hometown (City, State/Province): Moxee, WA

Married (Yes/No): Yes

Spouse's Name (if applicable) Daniele Sharp

Kids (Yes/No): Yes

Kids' Names (if applicable) Brandi Sharp, Jami Sharp, David Sharp, Jr.

Occupation: Owner, Sharps Muffler

Hobbies:

  • Fishing
  • dirt biking
  • 4-wheeling
  • Jeeping
  • snowmobiling
  • hunting
  • camping

Favorite Musicians/Bands:

  • George Straight
  • Garth Brooks
  • Jason Aldean
  • Johnny Cash
  • Waylon Jennings

Favorite TV Shows/Movies:

  • Gunsmoke
  • Bonanza

Car You Drive 2012 Dodge 1 Ton

Car You Wish You Drove: 2012 Dodge 1 Ton

Number of Years Racing: 16

Numbers of Years with Polaris: 7

Most Memorable Racing Moment: "Going over the top of Jackson Hole for the first time."

How did you get started in Racing?: "A friend of mine in town, Mke VanAmburg, was racing at the time, so I decided to try it."

Goals for 2013-2014 Race Season: "Do the best I can in every race."

Favorite Track/Race: Jackson Hole, WY

Any pre-race rituals (routines, apparel) you do for good luck?: "Stay confident."

Who has influenced your race career the most?: "Rick Ward and Darin Gould."

Dennis Durmas

Race Circuit and Race Class(es): RMSHA: Pro Master Stock, Pro Master Improved Stock, Pro Master Mod

Race Team Name: Durmas Racing

Crew Members:

  • Chris McCallum, Josh Hartlerode, John Durmas

Sponsors:

  • Durmas Racing, Polaris, FXR, Studboy, Walker Evans Racing, Triple 9 Optics, Weekender Sports, Boon Docker, Hartlerode Racing, Maxima Racing Oils, SCS, RSI, Goodwin Performance, Camoplast, Tekvest

Last Season's Awards/Wins/Accomplishments: Pro Master Mod champion, Pro Master Improved Stock and Pro Master Stock both 3rd in overall season points.

Age: 49

Birthdate (MM/DD/YYYY): 3/10/1966

Hometown (City, State/Province): Whitewater, CO

Married (Yes/No): Yes

Spouse's Name (if applicable) Karla

Kids (Yes/No): Yes

Kids' Names (if applicable) Johnathon

Occupation: Self employed

Hobbies:

  • Snowmobiling, hunting

Favorite Musicians/Bands:Country music and a little rock and roll

Favorite TV Shows/Movies:  Days of Thunder

Car You Drive Ford F250

Car You Wish You Drove: "My wife's Corvette."

Number of Years Racing: "Too many (27)"

Numbers of Years with Polaris: 17

Most Memorable Racing Moment: Jackson Hole World Champion

How did you get started in Racing?: "Bought a sled and lined it up."

Goals for 2015-2016 Race Season: "Push my teammates to new heights."

Favorite Track/Race: Jackson Hole 

Any pre-race rituals (routines, apparel) you do for good luck?: My headsock

Who has influenced your race career the most?: Gerard Karpik

Race Circuit and Race Class(es): Isoc

Race Team Name: 

Crew Members:

  • Dad, Durk Roper Mom Cindy Roper

Sponsors:

  • Polairs, mom dad fxr 

Last Season's Awards/Wins/Accomplishments: 2 in joliet 3 dead wood sd 6th over all in points sport class 

Age: 22

Birthdate (MM/DD/YYYY): 1/14/1993

Hometown (City, State/Province): Winnebago IL

Married (Yes/No): No

Occupation: Work at nite equipment 

Hobbies:

Jet skis, ride motocross, and work out

Favorite Musicians/Bands:  Chase Rice 

Favorite TV Shows/Movies: Street out laws 

Car You Drive: 

Car You Wish You Drove: gmc duramax

Number of Years Racing: 3

Numbers of Years with Polaris: 3

Most Memorable Racing Moment: When I finish good and know I worked hard to get there

How did you get started in Racing?:  Road snowmobiles and wanted to try it

Goals for 2015-2016 Race Season:  Do the best I can do and try to top five every race 

Favorite Track/Race: Joliet

Any pre-race rituals (routines, apparel) you do for good luck?: not really

Who has influenced your race career the most?: My dad and ross martin and cody kamm

Dustin Wahl

Race Circuit and Race Class(es):

  • TLR Cup
  • Pro Champ

Race Team Name: Jimmy John's/Wahl Bros/Polaris Racing

Crew Members:

Dave Wahl
Durmont Wahl
Terry Wahl
Jeremy Wahl
Jeff Wahl

Sponsors:

Jimmy John's
Polaris
Micro Belmont
T.G. Design
FXR
Fox Shox
NGK
Super Seer
Moto Tassinari
Millenium Technologies
Red Line Oil
PPD
Camoplast
Woody's
Carlisle Belts
Oakley
DRB Fab
Central Boiler
Altoz Mowers
RCCA
Peak Antifreeze
Leatt
Patrick Custom Carbon

Age: 30

Birthdate (MM/DD/YYYY): 11/18/1985

Hometown (City, State/Province): Greenbush, MN

Married (Yes/No): Yes

Spouse's Name (if applicable) Kayla

Kids (Yes/No): No

Occupation: Wahl Bros Racing

Hobbies:

  • Racing Dirt Modifieds
  • Hunting
  • Fishing
  • Snowmobiling

Favorite Musicians/Bands:

  • Pretty much anything country and rock

Favorite TV Shows/Movies:

  • Comedies and action shows

Car You Drive F350

Car You Wish You Drove: Always wanted to drive a WoO Sprint Car.

Number of Years Racing: 15

Numbers of Years with Polaris: 15

Most Memorable Racing Moment: "Winning my first race in my first attempt in Beausejour in March of 2000, the same day my father retired."

How did you get started in Racing?: "Borrowed an XCF 440 from Andy Moyle, won, and I was full time the next year."

Goals for 2015-2016 Race Season: Same as always, be in contention to win at every event. Especially Wausau 525, and Eagle River.

Favorite Track/Race: Alexandria, MN

Who has influenced your race career the most?: "My Father. He has done so much for me and I would not be the person I am today without him."

Erin Beukelman

Race Circuit and Race Class(es):

  • RMSHA 800 Stock
  • 800 Improved Stock
  • 1000 Improved Stock
  • 700 Modified
  • 800 Modified

Race Team Name:

Crew Members:

  • My Dad (Jerry)
  • Jack Struthers

Sponsors:

  • Polaris Industries, Carl’s Cycle Sales, Boondocker, SLP, Fly Racing, Fox Shox, Patrick Custom Carbon, Edmark Superstore, SCS Sled Wraps, 2cool Air Vents, WPS, Triple 9 Optics

Last Season's Awards/Wins/Accomplishments: Nine class wins, 3 RMSHA points championships, X Games Hillcross qualifier

Age: 33

Birthdate (MM/DD/YYYY): 2/21/1982

Hometown (City, State/Province): Caldwell, ID

Married (Yes/No): Yes

Spouse's Name (if applicable) 

Kids (Yes/No): Yes

Kids' Names (if applicable) Blaine

Occupation: Snowmobile racing

Hobbies:

  • Golf, team roping, back country sledding

Favorite Musicians/Bands:

  • "Too many favorites to name just one."

Favorite TV Shows/Movies:

  • Walking Dead

Car You Drive 3500 Chevy

Car You Wish You Drove: A new Chevy/GMC 3500

Number of Years Racing: 13

Numbers of Years with Polaris: 13

Most Memorable Racing Moment: "Going over the top of Jackson Hole on my first attempt."

How did you get started in Racing?: "Watched Jackson Hole one year and thought I could do it!"

Goals for 2015-2016 Race Season: "To become a better rider and racer each time I pull to the start line, and to have fun!"

Favorite Track/Race: Jackson Hole, WY, and X Games Hillcross course in Aspen, CO

Any pre-race rituals (routines, apparel) you do for good luck?: "Negative"

Who has influenced your race career the most?: Jack Struthers

Race Circuit and Race Class(es): ISOC National/Sport class

Race Team Name: Daudt Racing/Team Lavallee

Crew Members:

  • Matt and Katie Daudt, Terry and Lori Daudt

Sponsors:

  • Team Lavallee, Polaris, FXR, Mystik Lubricants, Loctite, Fox shocks, C&A Pro, Woodys, Shoei, Oakley, Ace Hardware

Last Season's Awards/Wins/Accomplishments: Pro-lite points champion, Fourth place points finish in the national sport class

Age: 18

Birthdate (MM/DD/YYYY): 9/13/1996

Hometown (City, State/Province): Longville, MN

Married (Yes/No): No

Occupation: 

Hobbies:

Dirt biking, wakeboarding, writing, baseball

Favorite Musicians/Bands:  Lecrae, The Script

Favorite TV Shows/Movies: I rarely watch TV

Car You Drive: 2000 Chevy Silverado

Car You Wish You Drove:  2015 Corvette

Number of Years Racing:  6

Numbers of Years with Polaris:  6

Most Memorable Racing Moment: Winning the sport national race at Bessemer, MI during the 2013-2014 season.

How did you get started in Racing?:  It has always been my dream to race snocross and once my dad introduced me to Levi Lavallee I knew that was all I wanted to do.

Goals for 2015-2016 Race Season:  Be on top of the box and win the points championship.

Favorite Track/Race: Lake Geneva, WI

Any pre-race rituals (routines, apparel) you do for good luck?:  I always say a prayer before heading up to the line and make sure I'm all stretched out.

Who has influenced your race career the most?: My dad has ridden sleds since he was little and he deffinitely passed his love of snowmobiles on to me which fueled my passion for snocross.

Gabe Bunke

Race Circuit and Race Class(es):

  • USXC
  • Soo I-500

Race Team Name: Bunke Racing

Crew Members:

Dale Kadlec, Jeff  Klien

Sponsors:

Polaris, Klim, Autolite, Woody's, Arctic FX Graphics, Walker Evans Racing, Energy Release, Polaris Engineered Lubricants, PowerMadd, Trail Tanks, USI Skis, Camoplast, Performance AG, Snowmobile ND, LRM, XLT Engineering, XLT Performance, Hayes Brakes

Last Season's Awards/Wins/Accomplishments: Win at Kinross Pro Enduro (MIRA & No Bull Triple Crown); USXC 2nd place Pro Stock, Detroit Lakes; 3rd Soo I-500

Age: 39

Birthdate (MM/DD/YYYY): 7/9/1976

Hometown (City, State/Province): Moorhead, MN

Married (Yes/No): Yep

Spouse's Name (if applicable) Thora

Kids (Yes/No): Yep

Kids' Names (if applicable) Taylor, Boe, Britta

Occupation: Race Team Owner/Manager, Performance AG Owner/Operator

Hobbies:

  • Fishing
  • mountain biking
  • hunting
  • waterskiing

Car You Drive 2004 Chevy Venture mini van, 2012 Dodge Ram

Car You Wish You Drove: New Dodge Ram

Number of Years Racing: 18

Numbers of Years with Polaris: 18

Most Memorable Racing Moment: 3 consecutive Soo I-500 Wins, 2012-2014

How did you get started in Racing?: "I liked to ride sleds as a kid, loved to go fast, filled out a Polaris race app at 20 years old and got accepted."

Goals for 2013-2014 Race Season: Win Soo I-500 for a 4th straight year, build the best AXYS for cross country and win the I-500

Favorite Track/Race: Soo I-500

Who has influenced your race career the most?: Polaris Racing Dept. and Pro 5 Racing

James Johnstad

Race Circuit and Race Class(es): National Pro Lite

Race Team Name: Cottew Motorsports

Crew Members:

  • Jeff "Dommer" Torgerson
  • Tony Swiontek
  • Scott Judnick
  • Colleen Judnick
  • Dave and Marie Johnstad

Sponsors:

Polaris

Cottew Motorsports

Last Season's Awards/Wins/Accomplishments:

1 Pro Lite Win

6 Pro Lite Podiums

6th Pro Lite Points

16 Podiums Last two years

Age: 21

Birthdate (MM/DD/YYYY): 12/3/1993

Hometown (City, State/Province): Beltrami, MN

Married (Yes/No): No

Kids (Yes/No): No

Occupation: Racer, Farmer, Volunteer Fire Fighter

Hobbies:

Dirt bikes, Jet Skis, Wakesurfing, Mtn Biking, Hunting

Favorite Musicians/Bands:

Anything

Favorite TV Shows/Movies:

300, Dumb & Dumber

Car You Drive 2011 Chevy Silverado

Car You Wish You Drove: Koenigsegg Agera R

Number of Years Racing: 11

Numbers of Years with Polaris: 11

Most Memorable Racing Moment: "First Pro lite win, Second Pro Lite win 4 weeks after Breaking my Collor bone. Winning and Podiuming at my hometown national last year."

How did you get started in Racing?: "My brother started and I couldn’t resist trying."

Goals for 2015-2016 Race Season: "Stay healthy and win the Championship and have fun!"

Favorite Track/Race: Duluth, Fargo, Lake Geneva

Any pre-race rituals (routines, apparel) you do for good luck?: Right side first.

Who has influenced your race career the most?: "My Family, they are always behind me 110% and pushing me to do my best on and off the track."

Johnathon Durmas

Race Circuit and Race Class(es): RMSHA: Semi Pro Stock , Semi Pro Improved Stock, Semi Pro Mod

Race Team Name: Durmas Racing

Crew Members:

  • Chris McCallum, Josh Hartlerode, John Durmas

Sponsors:

  • Durmas Racing, Polaris, FXR, Studboy, Walker Evans Racing, Triple 9 Optics, Weekender Sports, Boon Docker, Monument Transportation, Hartlerode Racing, Maxima Racing Oils, SCS, RSI, Goodwin Performance, Camoplast, Tekvest

Last Season's Awards/Wins/Accomplishments: I won the Junior championship and every race in that class but one during the season.

Age: 16

Birthdate (MM/DD/YYYY): 12/14/1999

Hometown (City, State/Province): Whitewater, CO

Married (Yes/No): No

Kids (Yes/No): No

Occupation: Student

Hobbies:

  • Riding dirtbikes and snowmobiles

Favorite Musicians/Bands:

  • Big Smo, Emenem

Favorite TV Shows/Movies:

  • Big Bang Theory, Talladega Nights

Car You Drive: 2001 Ford F150

Car You Wish You Drove: Single cab Ford F350

Number of Years Racing: 3

Numbers of Years with Polaris: 3

Most Memorable Racing Moment: "Winning the Junior championship."

How did you get started in Racing?: "My dad."

Goals for 2015-2016 Race Season: "Placing in top 5 in overall points."

Favorite Track/Race: Crested Butte, CO

Any pre-race rituals (routines, apparel) you do for good luck?: "Blaring loud music in our trailer."

Who has influenced your race career the most?: "My dad."

Jordan Wahl

Race Circuit and Race Class(es): TLR Cup, Pro Champ

Race Team Name: Jimmy John's/Wahl Bros/Polaris Racing

Crew Members:

  • Durmont Wahl
  • Jeff Wahl
  • Dave Wahl
  • Terry Wahl
  • Jeremy Wahl

Sponsors:

Jimmy John's
Polaris
Micro Belmont
T.G. Design
FXR
Fox Shox
NGK
Super Seer
Moto Tassinari
Millenium Technologies
Red Line Oil
PPD
Camoplast
Woody's
Carlisle Belts
Oakley
DRB Fab
Central Boiler
Altoz Mowers
RCCA
Peak Antifreeze
Leatt
Patrick Custom Carbon

Last Season's Awards/Wins/Accomplishments: Won at the CPTC in Beausejour, MB

Age: 21

Birthdate (MM/DD/YYYY): 6/26/1994

Hometown (City, State/Province): Greenbush, MN

Married (Yes/No): No

Spouse's Name (if applicable) Girlfriend Erin

Kids (Yes/No): no

Occupation: Wahl Bros Racing

Hobbies:

Hunting, Fishing, Snowmobiling, Racing Dirt Modifieds

Favorite Musicians/Bands:

  • Florida Georgia Line

Favorite TV Shows/Movies:

  • Shooter
  • Lone Survivor

Car You Drive F150

Number of Years Racing: 11

Numbers of Years with Polaris: 11

Most Memorable Racing Moment: "Winning a race in the Wausau 525."

How did you get started in Racing?: "My family has raced forever, I was kind of born into it."

Goals for 2015-2016 Race Season: "Consistently win."

Favorite Track/Race: Wausau 525

Who has influenced your race career the most?: My family

Race Circuit and Race Class(es): ISOC Pro + 30    USXC Pro stock  and Pro Open

Race Team Name: Daudt Racing/Team Lavallee

Crew Members:

Sponsors:

  • Polaris, Woody's, C&A pro ski, Walker Evans, Fly, Tripple Nine.

Last Season's Awards/Wins/Accomplishments: ISOC Snocross national wins and USXC National cross country wins.

Age: 38

Birthdate (MM/DD/YYYY): 11/21/1976

Hometown (City, State/Province): Scandia MN

Married (Yes/No): No

Kids (Yes/No):   Yes

Occupation: 

Hobbies:

Lots

Favorite Musicians/Bands:  Lecrae, The Script

Favorite TV Shows/Movies: The League.

Car You Drive: Ford Escort

Car You Wish You Drove:  Convertible Minni Copper

Number of Years Racing:  19

Numbers of Years with Polaris:  10

Most Memorable Racing Moment: Winning Duluth Snocross Nationa

How did you get started in Racing?:  Watching Jack Struthers in I-500

Goals for 2015-2016 Race Season:  Winning Duluth Snocross Nationa

Favorite Track/Race: Lake Geneva, WI

Any pre-race rituals (routines, apparel) you do for good luck?:  none

Who has influenced your race career the most?: Ricky Bobby

Justin Thomas

Race Circuit and Race Class(es):

  • RMSHA 600 Mod, 700 Mod, 800 Stock, 800 Mod, 1000 Improved

Race Team Name: Team Thomas

Crew Members:

Sponsors:

  • Polaris, Klim Gear, Boondocker, Carl’s Cycles, EZ-RYDE, Starting Line Products, Zollinger Racing Products, Thomas Drilling, Afton Tire Factory, Gates

Last Season's Awards/Wins/Accomplishments: RMSHA Rider of the Year; First place, RMSHA 600 Mod points; Second place, RMSHA 700 Mod points; Third place, RMSHA 1000 Improved points; X Games Hillcross Silver medalist; 

Age: 20

Birthdate (MM/DD/YYYY): 4/27/1995

Hometown (City, State/Province): Idaho Falls, ID

Married (Yes/No): No

Kids (Yes/No): No

Occupation: Part-time technician at Boondocker; part-time drill hand for Thomas Drilling

Hobbies:

  • Motocross, Mountain biking, Horseback riding, Fishing, Hiking, Boating, RC

Favorite Musicians/Bands:

  • Shinedown, Hale Storm, Eminem

Favorite TV Shows/Movies:

  • Big Bang Theory, The Strain, Cars, American Sniper

Car You Drive 2007 Chevy Silverado 3500 HD Long Bed

Car You Wish You Drove: 2016 GMC Denali 3500

Number of Years Racing: 7

Numbers of Years with Polaris: 7

Most Memorable Racing Moment: "RMSHA Racer of the Year."

How did you get started in racing? "My father introduced me to the sport and I was hooked."

Goals for 2015-2016 Race Season: "X Games Hillcross Gold, Multiple Points Titles in the RMSHA circuit, compete at the Pro Lite level in Snocross."

Favorite Track/Race: World Championship Hillclimb in Jackson Hole, WY

Any pre-race rituals (routines, apparel) you do for good luck?: Walk the race course looking for possible lines, get pumped before I run.

Who has influenced your race career the most?: My father, Tyson Thomas, has influenced me the most. He has taught me everything I know.

Keith Curtis

Race Circuit and Race Class(es):

  • RMSHA: Pro Stock 600, 800, 1000, Modified 800, Open Modified

Race Team Name: KC711 Racing

Crew Members:

  • Fred, Maggie & Conrad Curtis; Katie Griebenow, Kyle Finlay, Steven Brown, Darin Gould

Sponsors:

  • Polaris Industries, FOX Shox, KLIM, Boondocker Performance, Charmac KC711 Edition Trailers, Arctic FX Graphics, Skinz Protective Gear, 509 Goggles, Polaris Engineered Lubricants, Kurt’s Polaris, Camoplast Tracks, Ripcord Arrow Rest, Starting Line Products, TEAM Industries, RCS Titanium Springs

Last Season's Awards/Wins/Accomplishments:

  • Nine 1st place finishes; Five 2nd place finishes; One 3rd place finish; Two Stock King of the Hill titles; Two Modified King of the Hill titles

 

Age: 28

Birthdate (MM/DD/YYYY): 4/14/1987

Hometown (City, State/Province): Dillon, MT

Married (Yes/No): No

Kids (Yes/No): No

Occupation: Professional Snowmobile Hillclimb Racer, Professional Backcountry Rider, Traveling Nomad

Hobbies:

  • Motorcycling, RZRing, mountain biking

Favorite Musicians/Bands:

  • Dirty Heads, Citizen Cope, Jay Z, Eminem, Odesza

Favorite TV Shows/Movies:

  • "Rarely watch tv but Tosh.O is hilarious."

Car You Drive Depends what time of year! 2015 Ram 3500 in the winter. 2006 Converted Sprinter Van in the summer. 1998 Dodge 12 valve for a Sunday driver"

Car You Wish You Drove: Corvette Z06

Number of Years Racing: 9 years in RMSHA, 17 years total

Numbers of Years with Polaris: 8

Most Memorable Racing Moment: "2014 Jackson Hole full sweep"

How did you get started in Racing?: "Racing with friends."

Goals for 2015-2016 Race Season: "My plans for the 2015-16 season are to stay focused, stay healthy, and to win as many classes, king titles, and points titles as I possibly can."

Favorite Track/Race: Jackson Hole, WY

Any pre-race rituals (routines, apparel) you do for good luck?: "Stay focused."

Who has influenced your race career the most?: Darin Gould, Rick Ward

Kyle Heap

Race Circuit and Race Class(es):

  • RMSHA 600 Stock
  • 600 Modified
  • 800 Stock
  • 1000 Improved Stock
  • Open Modified

Race Team Name: Heap of Fun racing

Sponsors:

  • Polaris Racing
  • Morcon Industrial
  • SLP
  • Mountain States Oil Field
  • EZRyde
  • Parnell's Auto Body and Glass
  • Smoooth
  • PR Graphix
  • WMS Enterprise
  • Boondocker Turbos

Last Season's Awards/Wins/Accomplishments: In RMSHA season points standings, Kyle finished seventh in 800 Improved Stock, eighth in 700 Stock and Open Modified, and 11th in 600 Stock and 800 Modified. At the 2014 Jackson Hole World Championship, he finished eighth in 800 Improved Stock, took ninth in Open Modified, and was 10th in 800 Modified.

Age: 23

Birthdate (MM/DD/YYYY): 4/16/1991

Hometown (City, State/Province): Evanston, WY

Married (Yes/No): Yes

Spouse's Name (if applicable) Sarah Heap

Kids (Yes/No): Yes

Kids' Names (if applicable) Taven Heap

Occupation: Corrosion Tech.

Hobbies:

  • Hunting
  • fishing
  • anything outdoors

Favorite Musicians/Bands:

  • Rock and Country

Favorite TV Shows/Movies:

  • Any comedies

Car You Drive 2003 GMC Duramax

Car You Wish You Drove: A newer one!

Number of Years Racing: 7

Numbers of Years with Polaris: 4

Most Memorable Racing Moment: "My first time over the top of Jackson Hole with a qualifying time for the finals on Sunday."

How did you get started in Racing?: "My father raced on the hillclimb circuit so I wanted to follow in his footsteps."

Goals for 2013-2014 Race Season: Top five in points and win a class for the first time.

Favorite Track/Race: Jackson Hole and Afton, WY

Any pre-race rituals (routines, apparel) you do for good luck?: Lucky gloves

Luke Rainey

Race Circuit and Race Class(es):

  • RMSHA 600 Stock
  • 700 Stock
  • 800 Stock
  • 1000 Stock
  • 800 Mod

Race Team Name: Rainey Racing

Crew Members:

  • Brandon Titensor

Sponsors:

  • Polaris
  • Trails West Trailers
  • Klim
  • Boondocker
  • EZRyde
  • SCS
  • Salt River Motors
  • NAPA
  • Precision Auto Body
  • Simplot
  • Roberson Motors
  • Dan Adams Next Level Riding Clinic
  • Carl's Cycle
  • SLP
  • Skinz
  • Tyson Thomas
  • Brett Jensen
  • my wife Natosha

Last Season's Awards/Wins/Accomplishments: I placed in the top five in points in all of my classes.

Age: 27

Birthdate (MM/DD/YYYY): 3/11/1987

Hometown (City, State/Province): Star Valley, WY

Married (Yes/No): Yes

Spouse's Name (if applicable) Natosha Rainey

Kids (Yes/No): Yes

Kids' Names (if applicable) Kaden and Nevaeh

Occupation: I work on the oil rigs

Hobbies:

  • Snowmobiling in the mountains and hillclimbing
  • Riding my dirt bike
  • watching my boy ride and race his bike and sled.

Favorite Musicians/Bands:

  • Seven Fold

Favorite TV Shows/Movies:

  • Ridiculousness

Car You Drive Dodge Mega Cab

Car You Wish You Drove: 69 Dodge Charger

Number of Years Racing: 10

Numbers of Years with Polaris: Two

Most Memorable Racing Moment: When I won the World Championship Hillclimb in Jackson Hole in 2010, 2011 and 2013.

How did you get started in Racing?: My friend Brandon Titensor told me to try and ever since then I've been hooked.

Goals for 2013-2014 Race Season: Go into it having fun and try my best.

Favorite Track/Race: Jackson Hole and Afton, WY

Any pre-race rituals (routines, apparel) you do for good luck?: I don't really have one. Stretch.

Who has influenced your race career the most?: It is hard to just say one as there have been so many that have helped me get to where I am now.

Race Circuit and Race Class(es): National Pro-Lite

Race Team Name: Wollenberg Motorsports

Crew Members:

Kurt Wollenberg, Don hawkins, austin fenner, Dale oudenhoven, josh hietpas, Grandpa Wollenberg

Sponsors:

  • Polaris, green bay blizzard football, Baytek Games, Miller, Castle-X, HJC helmets, EZpro123.com, Powersports1, walker evans, kens sports, praxair, polaris 365

Last Season's Awards/Wins/Accomplishments: Making front row of first pro race

Age: 21

Birthdate (MM/DD/YYYY): 4/8/1994

Hometown (City, State/Province): Appleton, WI

Married (Yes/No): No

Kids (Yes/No):   No

Occupation: Owner of EZPro123.com

Hobbies:

golf, moto, softball, boating, hunting, fishing

Favorite Musicians/Bands:  stitches

Favorite TV Shows/Movies: bar rescue

Car You Drive: Chevy 2500HD

Car You Wish You Drove:  GMC 1500 Sierra denali

Number of Years Racing:  14

Numbers of Years with Polaris:  14

Most Memorable Racing Moment: Sweeping national sport class in bessemer-2012

How did you get started in Racing?:  Dad was a mechanic and started bringing me along. Took off from there

Goals for 2015-2016 Race Season:  stay healthy, be consistent

Favorite Track/Race: Shakopee

Any pre-race rituals (routines, apparel) you do for good luck?:  left knee brace and left boot first. Pray

Who has influenced your race career the most?: my dad

Matt Ritchie

Race Circuit and Race Class(es): Pro Champ 440

Race Team Name: Ritchie Motorsports

Crew Members:

Crew Chief Dennis Weinke; Ryan Volm, Coty Coyle, Ty Trapp, Bruno Borowczyk

Sponsors:

Polaris
Amsoil
Woodys
Walker Evans
SPY Optics
FXR
Ritchie Oil and Propane
Monster Energy
C-Tech
Matrix Concepts
SMS Audio
PGA Plumbing
Felegy Racing
Wrap Right Graphics

Last Season's Awards/Wins/Accomplishments: Qualified top 10 Eagle River World Championship

Age: 20

Birthdate (MM/DD/YYYY): 2/18/1995

Hometown (City, State/Province): Minocqua, WI

Married (Yes/No): No

Kids (Yes/No): No

Occupation: Ritchie Oil and Propane

Hobbies:

  • Dirt biking
  • four-wheeling
  • hunting
  • boating

Favorite Musicians/Bands:

  • Justin Moore
  • Eric Church
  • Rise Against

Favorite TV Shows/Movies:

  • Shooter
  • Lone Survivor

Car You Drive Chevy 2500

Car You Wish You Drove: Ford Raptor

Number of Years Racing: 15

Numbers of Years with Polaris: 5

Most Memorable Racing Moment: "Winning my first Semi-Pro World Championship."

How did you get started in Racing?: "My brother and my sister started racing and I just followed in their footsteps."

Goals for 2015-2016 Race Season: "To win the Eagle River World Championship and the TLR Cup"

Favorite Track/Race: Valcourt, PQ

Who has influenced your race career the most?: My brother Jeremy and Mechanic Zeke Jonas

Michael Crockett

Race Circuit and Race Class(es):

  • RMSHA 600 Improved Stock
  • 700 Improved Stock
  • 600 Modified
  • 700 Modified
  • 1000 Stock

Race Team Name: Team Crockett

Crew Members:

  • Tyler Crockett

Sponsors:

  • Polaris
  • Mayhem Design Works
  • RSI
  • C3 Sled Gear
  • Aerocharger Turbos
  • TB Racing
  • SLP
  • Blown Motors
  • 509
  • Dobeck Performance
  • Bully Dog
  • TNM Trucking
  • Doug Crockett Trucking

Last Season's Awards/Wins/Accomplishments: Third place in RMSHA 600 Modified points and 700 Modified points, fourth in 700 Improved Stock points, and fifth in 600 Improved Stock points

Age: 30

Birthdate (MM/DD/YYYY): 10/2/1983

Hometown (City, State/Province): Polson, MT

Married (Yes/No): No

Kids (Yes/No): No

Occupation: Owner/Operator TNM Trucking, and professionalk snowmobile racer

Hobbies:

  • Dirt bikes
  • mountain bikes
  • Jet-Skis
  • fishing
  • hunting

Car You Drive Dodge

Car You Wish You Drove:

Number of Years Racing: 14

Numbers of Years with Polaris: 9

Most Memorable Racing Moment: "The first time over Jackson Hole."

How did you get started in Racing?:

Goals for 2013-2014 Race Season: "Win."

Favorite Track/Race: Jackson Hole

Who has influenced your race career the most?: Rick Ward

Nick Van Strydonk

Race Circuit and Race Class(es): Champ 440

Race Team Name: T&N Racing

Crew Members:

Team Owners: Alan and Stephanie Van Strydonk
Crew Chief: Tom Duplayee
Mechanics: Jim Van Strydonk; Terry Hoffman
Welder, Fabricator: Jerry Van Strydonk
Traction Control: Bob Langeberg
Timing: Larry Van Strydonk
Hauler Driver: Gary Axlen
Technical Advisor/Public Relations: Ben Bolte
Chiropractor: Dr. Scott A. Henrichs

Sponsors:

Innovia Consulting
Nelson's County Market
Erv's Sales and Service
Timberland Chiropractic
Tripoli Propane
Walker Evans Racing
Polaris Industries
Stud Boy Traction Products
AMSOIL
509
FXR
Moto Tassinari
Dayco Products
CASE Construction
NGK Spark Plugs
Augie's Collectibles
DuWayne Kreager Insurance Center
Bull Dog
Fulton

Last Season's Awards/Wins/Accomplishments: Finished fourth in the TLR Cup

Age: 25

Birthdate (MM/DD/YYYY): 6/26/1990

Hometown (City, State/Province): Tomahawk, WI

Married (Yes/No): No

Kids (Yes/No): No

Occupation: Mechanic at family's Polaris dealership

Hobbies:

  • Airbrushing
  • working on my car
  • mountain biking

Favorite Musicians/Bands:

  • Brian "Head" Welch
  • Corey Taylor
  • a day to remember
  • ten years
  • 311
  • attackattack
  • pierce the viel
  • as i lay dieing
  • escape the fate

Favorite TV Shows/Movies:

  • Sons of Anarchy
  • Top Gear
  • Family Guy
  • Gone in 60 Seconds
  • All Fast and Furious
  • Top Gun
  • Days of Thunder

Car You Drive 2004 Subaru STi

Car You Wish You Drove: I drive it…

Number of Years Racing: 21

Numbers of Years with Polaris: 9

Most Memorable Racing Moment: Winning the 49th running of the World Championship in Eagle River

How did you get started in Racing?: Saw a Kitty Cat race in Minoqua

Goals for 2015-2016 Race Season: Win the TLR Cup and Eagle River Derby

Favorite Track/Race: Valcourt, Quebec

Who has influenced your race career the most?: Jeff Ludwig

Ross Martin

Race Circuit and Race Class(es): ISOC National Pro Open

Race Team Name: Judnick Motorsports

Crew Members:

  • Tony Swiontek, Scott Judnick, Colleen Judnick, Steve Angove

Sponsors:

  • Polaris, AMSOIL, Axalta, Jack Link's Beef Jerky, Klim, SSI Decals, Fly Racing, Rockstar Energy Drink, MICI, Walker Evans Racing, Stud Boy Traction, Renton Coil Spring, Kutzler Express, AirGroup, C&A Pro Skis, Jeff Foster Trucking, Camoplast, Champion Spark Plugs, MBL, Factory Pipe, ROX, Link Ford, C-TECH, Hayes Racing, VForce, Mo-Flow Ventilation, Tekrider

Last Season's Awards/Wins/Accomplishments: "One ISOC National Pro Open Win (Shakopee, MN); Nine ISOC National Pro Open Podiums; Bronze Medal, Winter X Games"

Age: 31

Birthdate (MM/DD/YYYY): 9/22/1984

Hometown (City, State/Province): Burlington, WI

Married (Yes/No): Yes

Spouse's Name (if applicable) Kim

Kids (Yes/No): No

Occupation: Professional snocross racer

Hobbies:

  • Racing motocross; racing mountain bikes; stand-up Jet Skis

Favorite Musicians/Bands:

  • Nickelback

Favorite Musicians/Bands:

  • Supercross and outdoor motocross

Car You Drive 2013 Dodge RAM 2500

Car You Wish You Drove: Corvette ZR1

Number of Years Racing: 14

Numbers of Years with Polaris: 13

Most Memorable Racing Moment: "Winning my first Pro race from the back row in Lake Geneva, WI."

How did you get started in Racing?: "My dad got me started racing dirt bikes when I was 9. During high school I worked at Goodwin and eventually started racing snowmobiles."

Goals for 2015-2016 Race Season: "My goal for this season is to get as many wins and podiums as I can!"

Favorite Track/Race: Lake Geneva, WI

Any pre-race rituals (routines, apparel) you do for good luck?: "If I do bad in a race or crash I always switch something for the next race, like goggles, gloves or helmet."

Who has influenced your race career the most?: "My dad, brother, grandpa, wife, and Scott Judnick."

Ryan Faust

Race Circuit and Race Class(es): USXC Pro Stock; No Bull Triple Crown; Pro Enduro

Race Team Name: Faust Racing

Crew Members:

Terry Faust, Travis Faust, Ben Brown, Joe Grensavitch, Justin Rettler

Sponsors:

Polaris, Walker Evans

Woody's

PowerMadd

LRM

FXR Racing

Baehmann's Four Season Recreation

Wissota Sand and Gravel

Triton Trailers

North Country Plumbing

King's Firewood

Kluge Trucking

Last Season's Awards/Wins/Accomplishments: 1st Place Pro Stock, Pine Lake 200 USXC; 3rd Place Pro Stock, Detroit Lakes USXC; 3rd Place Pro Stock, Park Rapids USXC; 4th Place Pro, Soo I-500

Age: 26

Birthdate (MM/DD/YYYY): 12/1/1988

Hometown (City, State/Province): Rubicon, WI

Married (Yes/No): No

Kids (Yes/No): No

Occupation: Elevator Constructor

Hobbies:

  • Hunting
  • fishing
  • motorcross

Favorite Musicians/Bands:

  • Theory of a Deadman
  • Volbeat
  • AC/DC

Favorite TV Shows/Movies:

  • Tommy Boy
  • Step Brothers

Car You Drive 2006 Ford F-350

Car You Wish You Drove: 2015 Ford F-350

Number of Years Racing: 14 years

Numbers of Years with Polaris: 7 years

Most Memorable Racing Moment: "My First SOO I-500 podium, second place in 2013."

How did you get started in Racing?: "I grew up going to races with my dad, when he raced."

Goals for 2015-2016 Race Season: "Keep my buggy on the podium."

Favorite Track/Race: Sault St. Marie, MI

Any pre-race rituals (routines, apparel) you do for good luck?: "Hope for the best."

Who has influenced your race career the most?: "My Dad and Gabe Bunke."

Sandy Sletten

Race Circuit and Race Class(es): RMSHA 600 Stock, 700 Stock, 600 Improved Stock, 700 Improved Stock, and 800 Improved Stock

Race Team Name: Bucky's

Crew Members: Bucky's crew

Sponsors:

  • Polaris
  • KLIM
  • SLP
  • Bucky's Outdoors
  • Rocky Mtn. Wash
  • Walker Evans Racing

Last Season's Awards/Wins/Accomplishments:

Age: 39

Birthdate (MM/DD/YYYY): 7/8/1975

Hometown (City, State/Province): Pinedale, WY

Married (Yes/No): Yes

Kids (Yes/No): Yes

Kids' Names (if applicable) Noah, Nicholas

Occupation: Polaris dealership owner

Hobbies:

  • Snowmobiling
  • motorcycling
  • wakeboarding
  • waterskiing

Favorite Musicians/Bands:

  • Skillet
  • Red
  • Ashes Remain

Favorite TV Shows/Movies: Person of Interest series

Car You Drive Ford F350

Car You Wish You Drove: Ferrari

Number of Years Racing: 15

Numbers of Years with Polaris: 13

Most Memorable Racing Moment: "Going over the top at Jackson for the first time on a 2001 Polaris 600 XC!"

How did you get started in Racing?: "Always wanted to."

Goals for 2013-2014 Race Season: "Be in the top 3 in all my classes."

Favorite Track/Race: Aften, WY, and Jackson Hole

Who has influenced your race career the most?: Gary Neely

Shelley Heap

Race Circuit and Race Class(es): RMSHA Women’s Classes: 800 Stock, 600 Stock, 800 Improved Stock, 800 Modified

Race Team Name: Heap of Fun Racing

Crew Members:

  • Eric Heap, Scott Siemers

Sponsors:

  • KLIM, Polaris, Carl’s Cycle Sales, A Bit Better, Bar-H Motel and Cabins, Morcon Industrial Inc., Boondocker, WMS Enterprises, Morgan Valley Polaris, Mountain States Oilfield, Parnell’s Auto Body, EzRyde, Smooth, Starting Line Products, Highmark by Snowpulse, Sledfilm

Last Season's Awards/Wins/Accomplishments: Won RMSHA Women’s Pro Stock title with 1,064 points; Won RMSHA Women’s Pro Improved Stock title with 1,032 points; Won RMSHA Women’s Pro 600 Stock with 754 points; Second in RMSHA Women’s Pro Modified points; Queen of the Hill at Bear Lake Hillclimb; Queen of the Hill at the White Pine Hillclimb (Pinedale, WY); Queen of the Hill at the Sled Fest Hillclimb (Crested Butte, CO)

Age: 22

Birthdate (MM/DD/YYYY): 11/3/1993

Hometown (City, State/Province): Evanstron, WY

Married (Yes/No): No

Kids (Yes/No): No

Occupation: Student at Utah State University and summer work

Hobbies:

  • Snowmobiling, motorcycling, mountain biking, hiking, camping, hunting, fishing, playing sports, and riding horses

Favorite Musicians/Bands:

  • I don’t have any favorites; I’ll listen to anything.

Favorite TV Shows/Movies:

  • I have three favorite movies: Lone Survivor, The Guardian and Just Go With It.

Car You Drive: 2002 Sierra GMC Long Bed (gotta fit that race sled in there!)

Car You Wish You Drove: 2016 Denali GMC

Number of Years Racing: 4

Numbers of Years with Polaris: 4

Most Memorable Racing Moment: "When my tether fell out in the 600 Stock class at the Pinedale race in 2015. I was super bummed because I was working so hard to get a Quadruple Crown."

How did you get started in Racing?: "My dad Eric Heap was a hillclimber just a “few” years back and he taught me all the ropes."

Goals for 2015-2016 Race Season: "Climb to the top of Jackson Hole.."

Favorite Track/Race: "That’s hard because I love Jackson for the challenge but I really like racing at Targhee and Crested Butte because they have fun courses."

Any pre-race rituals (routines, apparel) you do for good luck?: "Lucky socks, and I always have to make sure my pockets are zipped up."

Who has influenced your race career the most?: "My dad has influenced my race career the most because he was the one who gave me the chance to ride snowmobiles as a kid, and has supported me through every race season. I couldn’t do it without his help."

Toby Shepherd

Race Circuit and Race Class(es): RMSHA 600 Stock, 700 Stock, 800 Stock, 1000 Stock, and 800 Improved Stock

Race Team Name: Shepherd Racing

Crew Members: Curt Owen

Sponsors:

  • Klim
  • Polaris
  • Kurt's Polaris
  • Shepherd's Garage
  • and Helena Cycle Center

Last Season's Awards/Wins/Accomplishments: In the RMSHA points standings, he finished fifth in 600 Stock and 700 Stock, was sixth in 800 Improved Stock, took eighth in 1000 Stock, and finished 12th in 800 Stock. At the 2014 Jackson Hole World Championship, he finished third in 700 Stock, took sixth in 800 Improved Stock, and finished seventh in 600 Stock.

Age: 23

Birthdate (MM/DD/YYYY): 7/16/1991

Hometown (City, State/Province): Jackson, MT

Married (Yes/No): No

Kids (Yes/No): No

Occupation: Owner/Service Technician

Hobbies:

  • Dirt bikes
  • ATV's
  • hunting
  • bonfires
  • Netflix!

Favorite Musicians/Bands:

  • Eric Church
  • Casey Donahew Band
  • country

Favorite TV Shows/Movies: About anything

Car You Drive: Chevy Silverado

Car You Wish You Drove: Chevy Silverado Duramax

Number of Years Racing: 7

Numbers of Years with Polaris: 7

Most Memorable Racing Moment: "At the 2014 Jackson Hole World Championship hillclimb I was able to take my Father's homebuilt tube chassis (1997) to the top of Snow King Mountain. My time matched his time 14 years earlier. Nothing will top that in my book."

How did you get started in Racing?: "My dad started me in snowcross at the Yellowstone Expo in 1999."

Goals for 2013-2014 Race Season: "Get some wins under my belt. I came close a few times last in in my rookie season in the Pro classes, but I'm hoping to step it up another notch."

Favorite Track/Race: "Biggest venue, most fun, most pressure - Jackson Hole!"

Any pre-race rituals (routines, apparel) you do for good luck?: "Nothing in particular, just get comfortable."

Who has influenced your race career the most?: "I am the third generation Polaris Snowmobile racer, my father and my grandfather both could haul the mail. They are my inspiration."

Race Circuit and Race Class(es): USXC, Pro Women's

Race Team Name: Hayford Racing

Crew Members:

Jeff Hayford (Owner & Manager)

Sponsors:

  • Hayford Ford
    Polaris Racing
    Fly Racing
    Polaris Engineered Lubricants
    STUD BOY Traction
    WPS
    C&A Pro Skis
    Rapids Ford
    Lube-Tech
    Triple9Optics
    QuickLane
    Northway Sports
    KRE8 Graphics

Last Season's Awards/Wins/Accomplishments: USXC Pro Women’s Points Champion, four wins, and two second-place finishes

Age: 

Birthdate (MM/DD/YYYY):

Hometown (City, State/Province): Roseau, MN

Married (Yes/No): No

Kids (Yes/No):  No

Occupation: Project Assistant for Snow Engineering at Polaris Industries

Hobbies:

Snowmobiling, Dirt Biking (Hare Scrambles & Enduros), Volleyball, anything outdoors, trying new things!

Favorite Musicians/Bands:  A little bit of everything

Favorite TV Shows/Movies: Anything comedy

Car You Drive: 2001 Honda Civic

Car You Wish You Drove:  2002 Honda Civic

Number of Years Racing:  5

Numbers of Years with Polaris:  All my life

Most Memorable Racing Moment: I crashed off the starting line in my very first race. I jumped up and realized my nerves had relaxed and I already got that out of the way so I could just drive… and I ended up on the podium, finishing third!

How did you get started in Racing?:  I used to watch the I-500 and dreamed of racing. After some different paths my life took, I finally decided to try it! I slapped on studs and a tether to my stock trail sled, and had one of the best days ever on my sled, and I was absolutely hooked on racing!

Goals for 2015-2016 Race Season:  Get another points championship in Pro Women’s and go for a win in the I-500!

Favorite Track/Race: Park Rapids, MN

Any pre-race rituals (routines, apparel) you do for good luck?:  I like to blast music in the trailer before going to staging!

Who has influenced your race career the most?: My family! I didn’t come from a racing family and it was a little out of the ordinary to be a woman wanting to start racing a little later in life, but my family has been behind me 100%! Having them cheering me on and rooting for me definitely keeps me going!

Race Circuit and Race Class(es): USXC Racing, Semi-Pro Stock, Semi-Pro Improved

Race Team Name: Bunke Racing

Crew Members:

Gabe Bunke, Jeff Klein, Dale Kadleck 

Sponsors:

  • Polaris, Klim, Autolite, Woody's, Arctic FX Graphics, Walker Evans Racing, Energy Release, Polaris Engineered Lubricants, PowerMadd, Trail Tanks, USI Skis, Camoplast, Performance AG, Snowmobile ND, LRM, XLT Engineering, XLT Performance, Hayes Brakes

Last Season's Awards/Wins/Accomplishments: Third place in both Semi-Pro and Semi-Pro Improved USXC year-end points; 1st place Semi-Pro Improved at the Park Rapids 106; 1st place Semi-Pro at Sevin Clans TRF 300 Cup Challenge; was on the podium seven times all season, and was awarded USXC Most Improved Driver of the Year 2015

Age: 19

Birthdate (MM/DD/YYYY): 1/17/1996

Hometown (City, State/Province): Moorhead MN

Married (Yes/No): No

Kids (Yes/No):  No

Occupation: Full-time college student

Hobbies:

Water skiing, fishing, dirtbiking, mountain biking, playing with anything that has a motor!

Favorite Musicians/Bands:  Nothing More, Mudvayne, Creed, Def Leppard, Guns N' Roses

Favorite TV Shows/Movies: Lets Be Cops

Car You Drive: 2002 Chevy Silverado pickup

Car You Wish You Drove:  2015 Dodge ECO Diesel

Number of Years Racing:  4

Numbers of Years with Polaris:  All my life

Most Memorable Racing Moment: Running the Pro-Am race with my dad (Gabe Bunke) at the Soo Sault Marie I-500

How did you get started in Racing?:  My family, you can say it is a big family affair

Goals for 2015-2016 Race Season:  Make the top of the podium in both the Semi-Pro classes

Favorite Track/Race: Warroad, MN

Any pre-race rituals (routines, apparel) you do for good luck?:  As long as I have my KLIM tactical pants, I'm good!

Who has influenced your race career the most?: My Father, Gabe Bunke and my Grandfather, Jerry Bunke. They are both my idols and influences!

Travis Faust

Race Circuit and Race Class(es): USXC; Cor PowerSports Pro class; Soo I-500

Crew Members:

  • Terry Faust
  • Ryan Faust
  • Nancy Faust

Sponsors:

  • Polaris
  • Walker Evans Racing
  • Woody's
  • Hayes
  • FXR Racing
  • Wissota Sand and Gravel
  • Powermadd
  • Kluge Trucking
  • Kings Firewood
  • North Country Plumbing
  • Baehmann's 4 Season Recreation

Last Season's Awards/Wins/Accomplishments: 1st place Pro Stock, Birch Island Resort, Cor PowerSports; 5th place Pro Stock, Pine Lake; 6th Place Pro Stock, Detroit Lakes; 4th place Soo I-500

Age: 23

Birthdate (MM/DD/YYYY): 7/14/1992

Hometown (City, State/Province): Rubicon, WI

Married (Yes/No): No

Kids (Yes/No): No

Occupation: Motorcycle mechanic

Hobbies:

  • Dirtbiking
  • hunting
  • fishing

 

Favorite TV Shows/Movies:

  • Mythbusters
  • Nitro Circus

Car You Drive: Ford Super Duty

Car You Wish You Drove: "Something fast."

Number of Years Racing: 11

Numbers of Years with Polaris: 5

Most Memorable Racing Moment: USXC Semi-Pro points championship 2013

How did you get started in Racing?: "My Dad and brother."

Goals for 2015-2016 Race Season: "Try to finish each race in the top five and get my first USXC podium."

Favorite Track/Race: Park Rapics, MN (USXC)

Any pre-race rituals (routines, apparel) you do for good luck?: "Use the bathroom."

Who has influenced your race career the most?: "My brother Ryan. It's a good feeling when you can beat your brother."

Race Circuit and Race Class(es): ISOC National Sport

Race Team Name: Team Vermillion

Crew Members:

Scott Yurk, Jacob Yurk, Janine Yurk

Sponsors:

  • Factory Polaris, FXR, EVS, Scott Goggles, C&A Pro Skis, Studboy Traction, Yurk Construction, Delduca Welding, Mach One Graphics

Last Season's Awards/Wins/Accomplishments: 2nd place overall points in Sport National class

Age: 18

Birthdate (MM/DD/YYYY): 6/22/1997

Hometown (City, State/Province): Grand Blanc, Mi, U.S

Married (Yes/No): No

Kids (Yes/No):  No

Occupation: 

Hobbies:

Motocross, stand up jet skiing, water polo, cycling 

Favorite Musicians/Bands:  everything

Favorite TV Shows/Movies: Motocross, snocross, Modern Family, Impractical Jokers

Car You Drive: 1994 Chevrolet s10

Car You Wish You Drove:  1997 Ford F350 

Number of Years Racing:  5

Numbers of Years with Polaris:  4

Most Memorable Racing Moment: Winning Saturday night at Lake Geneva, Wisconsin.  2014/15 season.

How did you get started in Racing?:  Always raced motocross, and loved riding snowmobiles.  Decided to give racing a try.

Goals for 2015-2016 Race Season:  My goal is to win the points championship in the Sport National class.

Favorite Track/Race: Mount Pleasant Soaring Eagle Snocross.

Any pre-race rituals (routines, apparel) you do for good luck?:  Stretch, cycle, pray.

Who has influenced your race career the most?: My parents because they put in 100% effort every day of the season.

Tyson Thomas

Race Circuit and Race Class(es):RMSHA Pro Master classes

Race Team Name:Team Thomas

Crew Members:

  • Tyson
  • Justin
  • Andy Thomas

Sponsors:

  • Polaris
  • Gates
  • Fox Shox
  • Boondocker
  • Carl's Cycle Sales
  • Klim
  • Starting Line Products
  • EZRyde
  • Sled2sled
  • Afton Tire Factory
  • Thomas Drilling

Last Season's Awards/Wins/Accomplishments:Medical issues kept him from competing most of the season, but he raced in the season's final two events and placed in top six in the Pro Master Classes. At the Beaver Mountain Hillclimb, he finished third in Pro Master Modified, fourth in Pro Master Improved Stock, and sixth in Pro Master Stock. At the Grand Targhee Hillclimb, he finished ninth in Pro Master Stock, 10th in Pro Master Improved Stock, and 11th in Pro Master Modified.

Age:45

Birthdate (MM/DD/YYYY):8/19/1969

Hometown (City, State/Province):Idaho Falls, ID

Married (Yes/No):Yes

Spouse's Name (if applicable):Kris

Kids (Yes/No):Yes

Kid's Names (if applicable):Justin

Occupation:Owner/operator of Thomas Drilling

Hobbies:

  • Mountain Biking
  • golfing
  • snowmobiling
  • skiing
  • hiking
  • horseshoes

 

Favorite Musicians/Bands:Aerosmith

Favorite TV Shows/Movies:Flight of the Phoenix

Car You Drive:69 Chevy Camaro

Car You Wish You Drove:2015 Chevy ZR1 Corvette

Number of Years Racing:9

Numbers of Years with Polaris:8

Most Memorable Racing Moment:Climbing over Jackson Hole

How did you get started in Racing?:

Goals for 2013-2014 Race Season:"Be successful in the Pro Master classes. Give every opportunity to my race team to be successful."

Favorite Track/Race:Jackson Hole and Afton, WY

Any pre-race rituals (routines, apparel) you do for good luck?:Stretch

Who has influenced your race career the most?:Rick Ward and Darin Gould

Race Circuit and Race Class(es): ISOC Pro Open

Race Team Name: Carlson Motorsports 

Crew Members:

Sponsors:

  • Sportech, Polaris, Best Western, PMC, AMSOIL, FXR, Fox Shocks, Cornerstone Auto, MN Bolt, LubeTech

Last Season's Awards/Wins/Accomplishments: 2nd place ISOC National Pro Lite season points; 5 Pro Lite poduims

Age: 23

Birthdate (MM/DD/YYYY): 12/15/1992

Hometown (City, State/Province): Elk River, MN

Married (Yes/No): No

Kids (Yes/No):  No

Occupation: Profession Snocross Racer/College Student

Hobbies: Off-road truck racing, mountain biking, stand up Jet-Skis, hunting, fishing

Favorite Musicians/Bands:  Kendrick Lamar, Lacrae, Zac Brown Band, New Basement Tapes

Favorite TV Shows/Movies: Talledega Nights, Workaholics

Car You Drive: 2015 Ford F150

Car You Wish You Drove:  Local Motors Rally Fighter

Number of Years Racing:  18

Numbers of Years with Polaris:  5

Most Memorable Racing Moment: Winning my first Pro Lite race ii Duluth in 2013 coming back from an injury

How did you get started in Racing?:  My dad used to race snowmobiles and I grew up watching him and knew that I wanted to race too.

Goals for 2015-2016 Race Season:  Consistantly qualify for the front row of every final and be pushing for top 5 finishes.

Favorite Track/Race: ERX Motorpark

Any pre-race rituals (routines, apparel) you do for good luck?:  My FXR gear and a clean helmet

Who has influenced your race career the most?: My dad and my grandpa

Race Circuit and Race Class(es): RMSHA

Race Team Name: Team Driven Powersports

Crew Members:

Bart Butcher, Chad Westbrook, Jason Fox, Don Higbee

Sponsors:

Driven Powersports, Northern Lights Energy, Northern Lights Manufacturing, Applied Construction technologies, Butcher Racing, Team Polaris Racing, Durmas Racing, Sharp Brothers Racing, FXR Racing, 307 Snow Moto Racing, Boondockers Turbos, Arctic FX Graphics, Skinz Protective Gear, 2 Cool Vents, CMI Teco, SLP, Jonah Bank, Superior Signs, Truett Neese Insurance, and B&H Services

Last Season's Awards/Wins/Accomplishments: 

Age: 52

Birthdate (MM/DD/YYYY): 3/23/1963

Hometown (City, State/Province): Casper, Wyoming

Married (Yes/No): Yes

Kids (Yes/No):  Yes

Occupation: Owner, Oilfield Wireline Service Co.; Owner, Welding Fabrication Co.

Hobbies: Snowmobiling, golfing, boating, camping, hunting, competitive crossfit, motorcycling, cars

Favorite Musicians/Bands:  AC/DC, ZZ Top

Favorite TV Shows/Movies: Talledega Nights, Workaholics

Car You Drive: Corvette, Camaro, Hummer, Raptor, Dodge 1-Ton

Car You Wish You Drove: 

Number of Years Racing:  6

Numbers of Years with Polaris:  2

Most Memorable Racing Moment: Going over the top of Snow King [at Jackson Hole, WY]

How did you get started in Racing?:  Built some race sleds and jumped into the Pro Master class with no experience

Goals for 2015-2016 Race Season:  Podium finishes in Pro Master classes at every race.

Favorite Track/Race: Jackson Hole; Targhee

Any pre-race rituals (routines, apparel) you do for good luck?:  Try to take a few minutes in the race trailer listening to music before each race.

Who has influenced your race career the most?: Sharp Bros., Tom Roby

Race Circuit and Race Class(es): Amsoil ISOC National Snocross Series

Race Team Name: Cottew Motorsports

Crew Members:

Keith Musolf, Corey Verdoljak

Sponsors:

Hayford Ford, FXR, Fox, Amsoil, Schwieters Exteriors, Bid 2 Buy, Hanco Utilities, Alaskan Adventures Guides & Outfitters

Last Season's Awards/Wins/Accomplishments: Swept two race weekends, Joliet, IL, and Mt. Pleasant, MI; won National Sport Championship

Age: 19

Birthdate (MM/DD/YYYY): 6/21/1996

Hometown (City, State/Province): Lake Nebagamon, WI

Married (Yes/No): No

Kids (Yes/No):  No

Occupation: Racer

Hobbies: Fly Boarding, Jet Skiing, Dirt Biking, and Golf

Favorite Musicians/Bands: 

Favorite TV Shows/Movies: Prison Break

Car You Drive: Jeep Wrangler

Car You Wish You Drove: Ford F350

Number of Years Racing:  5

Numbers of Years with Polaris:  5

Most Memorable Racing Moment: Winning the Sport final from the back row in Michigan last year

How did you get started in Racing?:  I just wanted to try it, my dad used to race and we would go watch a couple nationals each year.

Goals for 2015-2016 Race Season:  Podium in a Pro Lite final

Favorite Track/Race: Mt. Pleasant, Michigan

Any pre-race rituals (routines, apparel) you do for good luck?:  No, my mom has enough for both of us

Who has influenced your race career the most?: My mechanics, Keith and Corey, and my dad

Race Circuit and Race Class(es): RMSHA Juniors, Amateur Stock, Improved, and Mod

Race Team Name: Durmas Racing

Crew Members:

Dennis Durmas, Chris McCallum

Sponsors:

Durmas Racing, TPI Industrial Inc., Weekender Motorsports, Triple 9 Optics, FXR, Maxima Racing Oils, Walker Evans, FDF Wraps

Last Season's Awards/Wins/Accomplishments: Finished fifth in points in the Juniors class. Won in Amateur stock at Crested Butte and won in Amateur Mod in Grand Targhee. Also took second in Juniors at Crested Butte and Grand Targhee.

Age: 15

Birthdate (MM/DD/YYYY): 5/31/2000

Hometown (City, State/Province): Grand Junction, CO

Married (Yes/No): No

Kids (Yes/No):  No

Occupation: Student

Hobbies: Snowmobiling, drag racing, dirt biking

Favorite Musicians/Bands: All

Favorite TV Shows/Movies: Slednecks

Car You Drive: 1985 lifted Chevy truck

Car You Wish You Drove: New lifted Chevy truck

Number of Years Racing:  1

Numbers of Years with Polaris:  1

Most Memorable Racing Moment: Winning my first class 

How did you get started in Racing?:  Other racers talked me into it

Goals for 2015-2016 Race Season:  Finish first overall in Juniors

Favorite Track/Race: Crested Butte, CO

Any pre-race rituals (routines, apparel) you do for good luck?:  Hanging out with friends.

Who has influenced your race career the most?: Dad and Dennis Durmas

Race Circuit and Race Class(es): Pro Open

Race Team Name: Leighton Motorsports

Crew Members:

Trace & Wendy Leighton (Owners), Robbie Malinoski (Team Manager), Josh Swieton (Crew Chief), Jake Turnbull (Mechanic), Timi Leighton (Marketing)

Sponsors:

Polaris, Fly, WPS, Skinz, Walker Evans, Amsoil, C&A Pro, Stud Boy, Action Graphics, Uclear Digital, TEAM Industries, Triple 9 Optics, Asterisk, RCS, Camso

Last Season's Awards/Wins/Accomplishments: Two heat race wins; two top 5 finishes; qualified for Winter X Games final

Age: 22

Birthdate (MM/DD/YYYY): 3/18/1993

Hometown (City, State/Province): Otego, NY

Married (Yes/No): No

Kids (Yes/No):  No

Occupation: Racer/Carpenter

Hobbies: Motocross, RC, truck pulling

Favorite Musicians/Bands: Chase Rice, Randy Houser

Favorite TV Shows/Movies: Ridiculousness, Bar Rescue, any Marvel movie

Car You Drive: 2013 GMC Sierra Duramax

Car You Wish You Drove: 2016 Chevy High Country Duramax

Number of Years Racing:  16

Numbers of Years with Polaris:  4

Most Memorable Racing Moment: Winning every race the weekend of getting the news that my grandfather passed away.

How did you get started in Racing?:  My dad got me a Kitty Cat when I was 2 or 3 and we started going to ice drags and mini ice ovals

Goals for 2015-2016 Race Season:  To build on my rookie season and get on the podium!

Favorite Track/Race: Canterbury Park, Shakopee, MN

Any pre-race rituals (routines, apparel) you do for good luck?:  Just try to relax and stay calm

Who has influenced your race career the most?: My father has been there the whole way. Without him, I definitely wouldn't be where I am now. Thanks, Dad.

Race Circuit and Race Class(es): CSRA Pro Open/ISOC Pro Open

Race Team Name: Rockstar Energy OTSFF Polaris

Crew Members:  Andre Laurin, Stu Robinson, Kerry King, Chris Lovel

Sponsors:

  • Rockstar Energy Drink, OTSFF, Polaris, HMK, Studboy, Bell Helmets, C&A Pro Ski, Stomp Grip, Rox, Jaws

Last Season's Awards/Wins/Accomplishments: 

Age: 23

Birthdate (MM/DD/YYYY): 8/1/1992

Hometown (City, State/Province): Ayr, Ontario, Canada

Married (Yes/No): No

Kids (Yes/No):  No

Occupation: Licensed Diesel Mechanic

Hobbies: Mountain Biking, Wake surfing, Tubing

Favorite Musicians/Bands:  Dallas Smith, Florida Georgia Line, Thomas Rhett

Favorite TV Shows/Movies: Suits

Car You Drive: Ford F150

Car You Wish You Drove:  Lamborghini

Number of Years Racing:  11

Numbers of Years with Polaris:  2

Most Memorable Racing Moment: Winning my Semi-Pro championship

How did you get started in Racing?:  Family friend

Goals for 2015-2016 Race Season:  Win CSRA Pro Open

Favorite Track/Race: Ironwood, Michigan

Any pre-race rituals (routines, apparel) you do for good luck?:  Left knee brace first, left glove first, get on the snowmobile from the right

Who has influenced your race career the most?: My parents and old mechanic

Race Circuit and Race Class(es): CSRA & ISOC Pro Open

Race Team Name: Rockstar Energy OTSFF Polaris

Crew Members:

Andre Laurin, Wayne Legge, Brad Boltz

Sponsors:

  • Rockstar Energy Drink, OTSFF, Polaris, HMK, Studboy, Bell Helmets, C&A Pro Ski, Stomp Grip, Rox, Jaws

Last Season's Awards/Wins/Accomplishments: CSRA ISOC Pro Open

Age: 32

Birthdate (MM/DD/YYYY): 3/25/1983

Hometown (City, State/Province): Espanola, Ontario, Canada

Married (Yes/No): No

Kids (Yes/No):  No

Occupation: Owner/Operator of Motopark

Hobbies:

Flying, golf, boarding

Favorite Musicians/Bands:  Calvin Harris, Three Days Grace

Favorite TV Shows/Movies: Suits

Car You Drive: Ram 1500

Car You Wish You Drove:  Ram 2500

Number of Years Racing:  14

Numbers of Years with Polaris:  5

Most Memorable Racing Moment: 2003 CSRA National Champion as a rookie

How did you get started in Racing?:  My family has been riding snowmobiles our whole lives and I was racing MX for a local dealership, Nick's Cat House, and he asked if I wanted to try snocross. Here we are.

Goals for 2015-2016 Race Season:  Win the 2016 CSRA National Championship

Favorite Track/Race: Any with lots of snow

Any pre-race rituals (routines, apparel) you do for good luck?:  Always warm up

Who has influenced your race career the most?: My parents & siblings; Andrew Laurin; Drew Robertson

Race Circuit and Race Class(es): ISOC National Pro Lite

Race Team Name: Judnick Motorsports

Crew Members:

Scott Judnick, Colleen Judnick, Steve Angove, Tony Swiontek, Debby Angove

Sponsors:

  • Polaris, AMSOIL, Axalta, Jack Link's Beef Jerky, Klim, SSI Decals, Fly Racing, Rockstar Energy Drink, MICI, Walker Evans Racing, Stud Boy Traction, Renton Coil Spring, Kutzler Express, AirGroup, C&A Pro Skis, Jeff Foster Trucking, Camoplast, Champion Spark Plugs, MBL, Factory Pipe, ROX, Link Ford, C-TECH, Hayes Racing, VForce, Mo-Flow Ventilation, Tekrider

Last Season's Awards/Wins/Accomplishments: Second place in my first-ever Pro Lite race

Age: 23

Birthdate (MM/DD/YYYY): 4/29/1992

Hometown (City, State/Province): Oconomowoc, WI

Married (Yes/No): No

Kids (Yes/No):  No

Occupation: Snocross racer, Auto Technician

Hobbies:

Mountain Biking, Cycling, Motocross, Wakeskating

Favorite Musicians/Bands:  The White Stripes, Houndmouth, Alabama Shakes, Vampire Weekend

Favorite TV Shows/Movies: Dumb and Dumber, Interstellar, Saving Private Ryan

Car You Drive: Subaru 22b

Car You Wish You Drove:  Ram 2500

Number of Years Racing:  5

Numbers of Years with Polaris:  3

Most Memorable Racing Moment: Going 1-1-1 at the last race of the year in Lake Geneva securing second place in overall points in the 2011-2012 season. 

How did you get started in Racing?:  My family has been riding snowmobiles our whole lives and I was racing MX for a local dealership, Nick's Cat House, and he asked if I wanted to try snocross. Here we are.

Goals for 2015-2016 Race Season:  I want to qualify for every final, podium every weekend, and compete for the championship. 

Favorite Track/Race: Lake Geneva, WI

Any pre-race rituals (routines, apparel) you do for good luck?:  Say a prayer

Who has influenced your race career the most?: My dad and my 3 older brothers.  

Race Circuit and Race Class(es): RMSHA Pro classes: 600 Stock, 600 Improved, 700 Stock, 700 Improved & 700 Mod

Race Team Name: Team Driven

Crew Members:

Chad Westbrook, Bart Butcher, Barry Jones & Don Higbee 

Sponsors:

  • My wife Kelsey and all my Family! Polaris Racing, Darin Gould, FXR, Applied Construction, FX Resources, Driven Powersports, 307 Sno*Moto Racing, Northern Lights Energy Company, Sunset Car, Truck and Dog Wash, Cobra Well Testers, Durmas Racing, Walker Evans Racing, Stud Boy, Boondocker,  ArcticFX, Rockford Fosgate, Maxima Racing Oils, Gates Corporation, SLP, Kold Kutters, SuperCuts, RSI, Tofte Energy Partners, McMahon Energy Partners

Last Season's Awards/Wins/Accomplishments: Fourth Place in 2015 Winter X Games Hillcross; in 2015 RMSHA hillclimb year-end points: First, Semi-Pro Stock; Third, Semi-Pro Improved; Second, Semi-Pro Mod; Semi-Pro King of the Hill at the Crazy Mountain Hillclimb

Age: 33

Birthdate (MM/DD/YYYY): 1/8/1982

Hometown (City, State/Province): Casper, WY

Married (Yes/No): Yes

Kids (Yes/No):  Yes

Occupation: Car Wash Owner & Operator/Mineral Cowboy

Hobbies:

Fishing, hunting, BMX, dirt biking, Jet-Skiing, boating & anything outdoors

Favorite Musicians/Bands:  Country & Christian Rock

Favorite TV Shows/Movies: Gran Torino, Alaska the Last Frontier, God's Not Dead

Car You Drive: Chevy Silverado

Car You Wish You Drove:  Renegade

Number of Years Racing:  6

Numbers of Years with Polaris:  6

Most Memorable Racing Moment: Competing in Hillcross at the 2015 Winter X Games, making it to the finals and taking 4th place.

How did you get started in Racing?:  I went to Jackson Hole to watch the World Championship Hill Climb in 2001. After watching, I thought to myself, I have got to try this! 

Goals for 2015-2016 Race Season: Staying healthy, Qualifying in every class at each race I go to, Finishing top 5 for year end points in all Hillclimb Classes, Climbing over the top at the World Championship in Jackson Hole, Compete in Hillcross at the 2016 Winter X Games 

Favorite Track/Race: Snow King Mountain in Jackson Hole, WY, the World Championship Hillclimb

Any pre-race rituals (routines, apparel) you do for good luck?:  Snow King Mountain in Jackson Hole, WY, the World Championship Hillclimb

Who has influenced your race career the most?: Nick Bailey, thanks for taking the risk and racing SnoX with me! Robby Day, his famous words."How ornery do you want to be?"; Chad Westbrook & Bart Butcher, from dragging me all over the state to free ride, to dedicating a lot of time for a passion we all love...Snowmobile Racing. Also a HUGE thank you to all the others that have made this dream possible! 

Race Circuit and Race Class(es): RMSHA 600 Stock, 700 Stock, 600 Improved, 1000 Improved, 700 Mod

Race Team Name: Durmas Racing, Polaris Racing

Crew Members:

Dennis Durmas, Johnathan Durmas, Jaden Rodebaugh, Colten McCallum, Chad Westbrook, Jason Fox, Josh Hartlerode

Sponsors:

  • Durmas Racing, Polaris, FXR Racing, Boondocker Performance, Walker Evans, Startingline Products, Weekender Sports, Maxima Racing Oils, Camoplast, Stud Boy, Advance Concrete of Colorado, Applied Construction Technology

Last Season's Awards/Wins/Accomplishments: 3rd Place in RMSHA 600 Improved points; multiple top 10 and top 5 finishes in first year racing Pro

Age: 23

Birthdate (MM/DD/YYYY): 3/3/1992

Hometown (City, State/Province): Hotchkiss, CO

Married (Yes/No): No

Kids (Yes/No):  No

Occupation: Mechanic

Hobbies:

Fishing, hunting, biking, riding motorcycles

Favorite Musicians/Bands:  Country, old rock

Favorite TV Shows/Movies: Dukes of Hazzard

Car You Drive: 2011 Ford Powerstroke

Car You Wish You Drove:  1967 Shelby Mustang GT500

Number of Years Racing:  4

Numbers of Years with Polaris:  4

Most Memorable Racing Moment: Racing Jackson Hole

How did you get started in Racing?: Dennis Durmas got me entered into the Amateur class at Jackson Hole, which was my first time ever riding a course, and I ended up placing second out of 50 people.

Goals for 2015-2016 Race Season: To podium multiple times and finish top 10 in points in all my classes

Favorite Track/Race: Afton, WY, and Jackson Hole, WY

Any pre-race rituals (routines, apparel) you do for good luck?:  Listen to good music and walk the course

Who has influenced your race career the most?: Dennis Durmas, Chad Westbrook and my family, without any of these guys I would not be where I am today.

Race Circuit and Race Class(es): RMSHA - Woman’s Pro 600 Stock, 800 Stock, 800 Improved, 800 Mod

Race Team Name: Thomas Racing

Crew Members:

Tyson Thomas, Kris Thomas, Justin Thomas, Andy Thomas, Kris Eidinger

Sponsors:

  • Polaris, Boondocker Performance, Klim, Carl’s Cycle, Walker Evans, EZ Ryde, Starting Line Products, Arctic FX, Thomas Drilling, Zollinger Racing Products, Afton Tire Factory, Gates, Woody’s Traction

Last Season's Awards/Wins/Accomplishments: 800 Mod Points Champion; Second in 800 Improved, Second in 800 Stock

Age: 21

Birthdate (MM/DD/YYYY): 2/3/1994

Hometown (City, State/Province): Afton, Wyoming

Married (Yes/No): Yes

Kids (Yes/No):  No

Occupation: Cosmetologist

Hobbies:

Riding Snowmobiles, Mountain Biking, Horse Back Riding, Hunting and Fishing

Favorite Musicians/Bands:  AC/DC

Favorite TV Shows/Movies: Dexter

Car You Drive: Jeep Grand Cherokee

Car You Wish You Drove:  My husband already bought me my dream car!

Number of Years Racing:  5

Numbers of Years with Polaris:  First

Most Memorable Racing Moment: The weekend I became a World Champion at Jackson Hole, My older brother, Gavin Balls, became a World Champion, my little brother and teammate, Andy Thomas, became a World Champion, and my husband proposed at the starting line! All in one weekend!

How did you get started in Racing?: Nyla Titensor entered me into a locals class at Bear Lake.

Goals for 2015-2016 Race Season: I want to get over the top of Jackson Hole and win a season points championship.

Favorite Track/Race: Afton, WY, and Jackson Hole, WY

Any pre-race rituals (routines, apparel) you do for good luck?:  I walk the course to check out my lines, then stretch at the line.

Who has influenced your race career the most?: Luke Rainey, because he always pushes himself to be better and he is the most humble rider you could ever find. He was one of the first guys to help teach me how to ride.

Race Circuit and Race Class(es): ISOC National Pro Open

Race Team Name: Hentges Racing

Crew Members:

Team Owner: Nate Hentges
Team Manager: Tim Bender
Engine Tech: Sean Ray
Mechanics: Dan Giboo, Cody Sandmann
Truck Driver/Mechanic: Casey Kaplanek

Sponsors:

  • Polaris, FXR, AMSOIL, Monster Energy, Pirtek, S.M. Hentges & Sons, Ergodyne, Woody's Traction Control Products, Walker Evans Shocks, Apple Ford, Superior Third Party Logistics, 139 Designs, SLP, Camoplast, NGK, Nitro Manufacturing, Royal, C&A Pro Skis, Renton Coil Spring, Heel Clicker, Mobile Radio, EVS, Black Dog Consulting, DP Brakes, and VForce Reeds

Last Season's Awards/Wins/Accomplishments: 1st Place Deadwood Shootout; X Games Silver Medal

Age: 21

Birthdate (MM/DD/YYYY): 2/28/1994

Hometown (City, State/Province): Kenosha, WI

Married (Yes/No): No

Kids (Yes/No):  No

Occupation: Professional Snocross Racer

Hobbies:

Mud truckin', scooter, BMX

Favorite Musicians/Bands:  Lil Wayne

Favorite TV Shows/Movies: Dumb and Dumber too

Car You Drive: 2010 F250

Car You Wish You Drove:  Lambo

Number of Years Racing:  7

Numbers of Years with Polaris:  6

Most Memorable Racing Moment: When I won the Pro Lite Championship and then next day won my first Pro Open race in Lake Geneva

How did you get started in Racing? Started to ride snocross as a winter workout for my summer motocross

Goals for 2015-2016 Race Season: Win

Favorite Track/Race: Lake Geneva, WI

Any pre-race rituals (routines, apparel) you do for good luck?:  "I usually eat a banana"

Who has influenced your race career the most?: Doug Gust

Race Circuit and Race Class(es): RMSHA Semi Pro 800 Stock, 800 Improved, 800 Mod

Race Team Name: Thomas Racing

Crew Members:

Tyson Thomas, Kris Thomas, Justin Thomas, Andy Thomas, Kaycee Eidinger

Sponsors:

  • Polaris, Boondocker Performance, Klim, Carl’s Cycle, Walker Evans, EZ Ryde, Starting Line Products, Arctic FX, Thomas Drilling, Zollinger Racing Products, Afton Tire Factory, Gates, Woody’s Traction

Last Season's Awards/Wins/Accomplishments: 

Age: 21

Birthdate (MM/DD/YYYY): 5/4/1994

Hometown (City, State/Province): Ashton, Idaho

Married (Yes/No): Yes

Kids (Yes/No):  No

Occupation: Boondocker Performance

Hobbies:

Snowmobiling, Photography, Videography, Mountain Biking, Hiking, Hunting, and Fishing

Favorite Musicians/Bands:  Anything that sounds good at the time.

Favorite TV Shows/Movies: Big Bang Theory, Lonesome Dove, and anything John Wayne

Car You Drive: Chevy Silverado 1500

Car You Wish You Drove:  A new Chevy would be nice.

Number of Years Racing:  3

Numbers of Years with Polaris:  2

Most Memorable Racing Moment: Watching Kaycee win at Jackson Hole.

How did you get started in Racing? "Kaycee said I should, so I did!"

Goals for 2015-2016 Race Season: I want everyone on Thomas Racing to do well this year, but I personally want to sweep my classes, win at Jackson Hole, and be racing in the Pro classes by the end of this season.

Favorite Track/Race: Jackson Hole, Afton, and Targhee

Any pre-race rituals (routines, apparel) you do for good luck?:  "I walk the hill a few times then stretch on the line."

Who has influenced your race career the most?: My dad has always played a huge role in everything I do, and he has always supported my snowmobiling career, especially racing, and I wouldn’t be here without his help and support. I also wouldn’t be racing if it weren’t for Tyson Thomas and the Thomas Racing team. I can’t tell them enough how much their help and support means to me. Jared Sessions and Justin Thomas are always pushing me to be better at everything I do, and my wife has always been the driving force behind it all.

Race Circuit and Race Class(es): ISOC: Snocross; X Games: Snocross/Long Jump Improved, 800 Mod

Race Team Name: Team LaVallee

Crew Members:

Levi LaVallee, Glenn Kafka, Jeff Leffel, Scott Wilczek, Nick Ramelli, Kristen LaVallee

Sponsors:

  • Mystik Lubricants, Loctite, Polaris, FOX, FXR, Earth Inc., Woody’s, Digital Ink, Kafka Conveyors, Kafka Granite, Shoei, Oakley, Unequal Technologies, ROX Speed FX, Alpinestars, C&A Pro Skis, Fraser Steel, Stomp Grips, Caliber, off Center Designs

Last Season's Awards/Wins/Accomplishments:

First ISOC National Pro Open win of career at Shakopee National; 8 Podiums; 4th Place in X Games Long Jump; 3rd place overall in ISOC National Pro Open Points 

Age: 24

Birthdate (MM/DD/YYYY): 3/24/1991

Hometown (City, State/Province): Ironwood, MI

Married (Yes/No): No

Kids (Yes/No):  No

Occupation: Professional Snowmobile Racer

Hobbies:

Motocross, Running, Tubing, Wakesurfing, Almost all Watersports, Mountain Biking, World Traveler/Explorer, Adventuring, Playing the Drums, Singing, Dancing, Hiking

Favorite Musicians/Bands:  Avicii, Calvin Harris, Drake, Eminem, Sherwood, and lots more

Favorite TV Shows/Movies: SpongeBob, Criminal Minds, Fresh Prince of Belair, Hunger Games, Harry Potter, Mission Impossible, Documentaries

Car You Drive: Toyota Corolla and GMC Sierra

Car You Wish You Drove:  I am happy with what I have

Number of Years Racing:  12

Numbers of Years with Polaris:  3

Most Memorable Racing Moment: Getting my first Pro Open victory at the Shakopee National last year

How did you get started in Racing? My older brother Josh started racing Snocross, and after watching him a few times I got the bug!

Goals for 2015-2016 Race Season: 1. Win the Pro Open Points Championship; 2. Win an X Games medal; 3. Continue to improve in all aspects of my racing career and life; 4. Always have fun.

Favorite Track/Race: Lake Geneva, WI

Any pre-race rituals (routines, apparel) you do for good luck?:  I kiss my lucky charm every time before I go out on the track. Always put on the right side of my gear first.

Who has influenced your race career the most?: My family, God, Levi LaVallee, Glenn Kafka, All the other great people I am fortunate to be surrounded by.

Race Circuit and Race Class(es): Winter X Games: Snocross, Freestyle, Speed and Style, Hillcross, Long Jump

Race Team Name: Team LaVallee

Crew Members:

Levi LaVallee, Glenn Kafka, Jeff Leffel, Scott Wilczek, Nick Ramelli, Kristen LaVallee

Sponsors:

  • Mystik Lubricants, Loctite, Polaris, Red Bull, FOX, FXR, Earth Inc., Woody’s, Digital Ink, Kafka Conveyors, Kafka Granite, Shoei, Oakley, Unequal Technologies, ROX Speed FX, Alpinestars, C&A Pro Skis, Fraser Steel, Stomp Grips, Caliber, off Center Designs

Last Season's Awards/Wins/Accomplishments:

Fourth place in Speed & Style

Age: 33

Birthdate (MM/DD/YYYY): 8/31/1982

Hometown (City, State/Province): Longville, MN

Married (Yes/No): Yes

Kids (Yes/No):  Yes

Occupation: Professional Snowmobiler/Team Owner

Hobbies:

Motocross, Wakeboarding, Wakesurfing, Terracross, RZR, Golf

Favorite Musicians/Bands:  Johnny Cash, Pennywise

Favorite TV Shows/Movies: Breaking Bad

Car You Drive: Chevy Diesel Truck

Car You Wish You Drove:  Chevy Diesel Truck

Number of Years Racing:  Forever

Numbers of Years with Polaris:  Forever

Most Memorable Racing Moment: Winning the Final at Lake Geneva and winning the Championship in 2009

How did you get started in Racing? Trail riding with my family as kid and there was a local race. Dad asked if I wanted to try it, so we did – and haven’t stopped since.

Goals for 2015-2016 Race Season: Continue to broaden what is possible on the snowmobile and showcase snowmobiling to the world.

Favorite Track/Race: X Games

Any pre-race rituals (routines, apparel) you do for good luck?:  I always ride with my lucky coin.

Who has influenced your race career the most?: My dad, Glenn Kafka, TJ Gulla, Tim Bender, Tom Rager, Sr,.and Tom Rager, Jr.

Race Circuit and Race Class(es): ISOC National Sport class

Race Team Name: Cottew Motorsports

Crew Members:

Keith Musolf, Corey Verdoljak, Michael Thelen

Sponsors:

  • Polaris, Hanco Utilities, Hayford Ford, Schwieters Exteriors, FXR, FOX Shocks, Bid-2-Buy, Amsoil, Alaskan Adventures Guides and Outfitters

Last Season's Awards/Wins/Accomplishments:

The 2014-2015 season went very well for me. Throughout the entire year in Amateur class, I won 23 heat races and earned 11 main event podiums.

Age: 17

Birthdate (MM/DD/YYYY): 3/15/1998

Hometown (City, State/Province): Paynesville, MN

Married (Yes/No): No

Kids (Yes/No):  No

Occupation: Racing/Construction

Hobbies:

Motocross, Hunting, Fishing, Baseball

Favorite Musicians/Bands:  Akon, Flo Rida, Jay Sean

Favorite TV Shows/Movies: Titanic, Ladder 49, Slednecks

Car You Drive: F-150

Car You Wish You Drove:  F-350

Number of Years Racing:  7

Numbers of Years with Polaris:  7

Most Memorable Racing Moment: Getting my first ever ISOC National win at Deadwood

How did you get started in Racing? My dad raced snowmobiles and I always wanted to try it.

Goals for 2015-2016 Race Season: Sport championship

Favorite Track/Race: Canterbury Park, Shakopee, Minnesota

Any pre-race rituals (routines, apparel) you do for good luck?:  I give my dad knucks before every race.

Who has influenced your race career the most?: My Mom and Dad, also all my family members that come out and support me.

Race Circuit and Race Class(es): ISOC Nationals Pro Open

Race Team Name: Hentges Racing

Crew Members:

Team Owner: Nate Hentges
Team Manager: Tim Bender
Engine Tech: Sean Ray
Mechanics: Dan Giboo, Cody Sandmann
Truck Driver/Mechanic: Casey Kaplanek

Sponsors:

  • Polaris, FXR, AMSOIL, Monster Energy, Pirtek, S.M. Hentges & Sons, Ergodyne, Woody's Traction Control Products, Walker Evans Shocks, Apple Ford, Superior Third Party Logistics, 139 Designs, SLP, Camoplast, NGK, Nitro Manufacturing, Royal, C&A Pro Skis, Renton Coil Spring, Heel Clicker, Mobile Radio, EVS, Black Dog Consulting, DP Brakes, and VForce Reeds

Last Season's Awards/Wins/Accomplishments:

The 2014-2015 season went very well for me. Throughout the entire year in Amateur class, I won 23 heat races and earned 11 main event podiums.

Age: 23

Birthdate (MM/DD/YYYY): 3/23/1992

Hometown (City, State/Province): Älvsbyn, Sweden

Married (Yes/No): No; girlfriend Elina

Kids (Yes/No):  No

Occupation: Construction worker

Hobbies:

Motocross, rallycross

Favorite Musicians/Bands:  

Favorite TV Shows/Movies: 

Car You Drive: Audi A4, Mercedes Sprinter

Car You Wish You Drove:  Audi R8

Number of Years Racing:  11

Numbers of Years with Polaris:  1 (first season 2015-2016)

Most Memorable Racing Moment: Clash of Nations 2012

How did you get started in Racing? My dad raced when I was young.

Goals for 2015-2016 Race Season: Top five in ISOC

Favorite Track/Race: Lake Geneva, WI

Any pre-race rituals (routines, apparel) you do for good luck?:  No

Who has influenced your race career the most?: Janne Tapio

Race Circuit and Race Class(es): ISOC Pro Open

Race Team Name: Carlson Motorsports

Crew Members:

Jayme Cheney, Derek Ellis, Robert Riege, Josh Groen, Chris Carlson, Deb Carlson, Andrew Carlson

Sponsors:

  • Polaris, Sportech, Amsoil, PMC Plastics, Best Western, Fox Shocks, Lubetech, Cornerstone Automotive, Atturo, MNBolt, FXR, Bayer Material Science, NGK, Holeshot, DOGA, C&A Pro Skis, Woodys, ROX, Plaskolite, BJ Transport

Last Season's Awards/Wins/Accomplishments:

ISOC National Pro Lite champion and Pro Rookie of the Year; SnoX 365 Racer of the Year

Age: 23

Birthdate (MM/DD/YYYY): 10/4/1991

Hometown (City, State/Province): Crown, MN

Married (Yes/No): No

Kids (Yes/No):  No

Occupation: Heavy equipment operator

Hobbies:

Hunting, UTV racing, mountain biking

Favorite Musicians/Bands:  

Favorite TV Shows/Movies: Shooter

Car You Drive: Denali Duramax

Car You Wish You Drove:  Bugatti

Number of Years Racing:  3

Numbers of Years with Polaris:  3

Most Memorable Racing Moment: First racer in ISOC history to recieve the Pro Rookie of the Year award as a Pro Lite champion

How did you get started in Racing? After racing motocross in high school I transitioned to snocross in 2012 and had a lot of success at ERX Motorpark

Goals for 2015-2016 Race Season: Top 5 in season points and a few podiums

Favorite Track/Race: Lake Geneva, WI

Any pre-race rituals (routines, apparel) you do for good luck?:  Drink chocolate milk

Who has influenced your race career the most?: Parents

Race Circuit and Race Class(es): RMSHA: Semi Pro Stock, Semi Pro Improved, Semi Pro Mod

Race Team Name: Darin Gould and the Polaris Race Team

Crew Members:

Babe, Hayley, Kasey & Tayler Meyers

Sponsors:

  • Polaris Industries, Darin Gould and the Polaris Race Team, Northstar's Ultimate Outdoors, Boondocker, Klim, Todd Hunzeker Ford, Bear Lake Motor, Babe's Dirt Work, A+ Contractors, Danger Boy Racing, NCSG Mullen Crane & Transport, Custom Image Auto Body, Lott Builders, Gritton Photography

Last Season's Awards/Wins/Accomplishments:

Semi Pro Stock King - Afton; Semi Pro King of Kings - Afton; Semi Pro Improved Stock King - Bear Lake; Semi Pro King of Kings - Bear Lake; Fourth in Points - Semi Pro Stock

Age: 17

Birthdate (MM/DD/YYYY): 1/2/1998

Hometown (City, State/Province): Soda Springs, ID

Married (Yes/No): No

Kids (Yes/No):  No

Occupation: Student and Heavy Equipment Operator

Hobbies:

Dirt Biking, Sports, Hunting and Fishing

Favorite Musicians/Bands:  

Favorite TV Shows/Movies: Straight Outta Compton

Car You Drive: F150

Car You Wish You Drove:  Lamborghini

Number of Years Racing:  4

Numbers of Years with Polaris:  4

Most Memorable Racing Moment: Racing Semi-Pro for the first time

How did you get started in Racing? My dad raced for years and I couldn't wait until I was 14 so I could hillclimb

Goals for 2015-2016 Race Season: Place in all three of my classes for end of the year points

Favorite Track/Race: Afton, WY

Any pre-race rituals (routines, apparel) you do for good luck?:  I warm up my sled to 113 degrees before I race

Who has influenced your race career the most?: My dad is always right by my side pushing me and helping me get better at racing

Race Circuit and Race Class(es): RMSHA 600 Stock, 600 Improved, 700 Stock, 700 Improved, 600 Mod

Race Team Name: TNT Racing

Crew Members:

Brent Rupp, Travis Spencer, Tristan Spencer

Sponsors:

  • Polaris Industries, Motorfist, Renegade Sports, Big Boost Turbos, MtnTK Performance, Starting Line Products, Rupp’s Trucking, L&T Polish Pro, Rupp Farms, Detrimental Concepts, Race Rubber, CNC Machine & Fab, Tarbets Concrete Cutting, Spencer Trucking, Durmas Racing, Jon Peterson Construction

Last Season's Awards/Wins/Accomplishments:

Semi Pro Stock King - Afton; Semi Pro King of Kings - Afton; Semi Pro Improved Stock King - Bear Lake; Semi Pro King of Kings - Bear Lake; Fourth in Points - Semi Pro Stock

Age: 22

Birthdate (MM/DD/YYYY): 1/19/1993

Hometown (City, State/Province): Tremonton, UT

Married (Yes/No): No

Kids (Yes/No):  No

Occupation: Owner of L&T Polish Pro/Farmer

Hobbies:

Owner of L&T Polish Pro/Farmer

Favorite Musicians/Bands:  Eric Church, Imagine Dragons, Luke Bryan

Favorite TV Shows/Movies: Shooter, Sons of Anarchy

Car You Drive: 1970 Dodge Charger

Car You Wish You Drove:  2016 Challenger Hellcat

Number of Years Racing:  9

Numbers of Years with Polaris:  8

Most Memorable Racing Moment: My most memorable moment would have to be my first career win at the Afton hill climb, and my third place finish at the World Championships in Jackson Hole.

How did you get started in Racing? Went to the Jackson Hole hill climbs with my dad starting at age 8, always dreamed of racing since that day and started racing with my teammate Travis Spencer at age 14.

Goals for 2015-2016 Race Season: Place in all three of my classes for end of the year points

Favorite Track/Race: Jackson Hole, WY, Afton, WY

Any pre-race rituals (routines, apparel) you do for good luck?:  Stepping into my Motorfist Gear with the right half of my body first and starting from boots to gloves, and looking over the course with all the other racers.

Who has influenced your race career the most?: I can’t choose one single person who hasn’t influenced my career, but without the help from my dad, I would never have been able to start racing. Thank you everyone for all the support over the years!

Race Circuit and Race Class(es): RMSHA: Women's Stock, Women's Improved Stock, Women's Mod & Women's Stock 600

Race Team Name: Darin Gould and the Polaris Race Team

Crew Members:

Babe, Hayley, Kasey & Tanner Meyers

Sponsors:

  • Polaris Industries, Darin Gould and the Polaris Race Team, Northstar's Ultimate Outdoors, Boondocker, Klim, Todd Hunzeker Ford, Bear Lake Motor, Babe's Dirt Work, A+ Contractors, Danger Boy Racing, NCSG Mullen Crane & Transport, Custom Image Auto Body, Lott Builders, Gritton Photography

Last Season's Awards/Wins/Accomplishments:

Second in 600 Stock- Afton; 3rd in Improved Stock - Afton; 3rd in Mod - Afton; 6th in RMSHA Points - Stock; 6th in RMSHA Points - Mod; 4th in RMSHA Points - Improved Stock; 5th in Points - 600 Stock

Age: 15

Birthdate (MM/DD/YYYY): 1/21/2000

Hometown (City, State/Province): Soda Springs, ID

Married (Yes/No): No

Kids (Yes/No):  No

Occupation: Student 

Hobbies:

Dirt Biking, Sports, Boating, Camping, Horseback Riding

Favorite Musicians/Bands:  Country

Favorite TV Shows/Movies: Friends

Car You Drive: Ford Fusion

Car You Wish You Drove:  

Number of Years Racing:  2

Numbers of Years with Polaris:  2

Most Memorable Racing Moment: When I got advice from a racer about the course.

How did you get started in Racing? My dad raced and my older brother so I was excited to race.

Goals for 2015-2016 Race Season: To be the top Polaris woman racer.

Favorite Track/Race: Grand Targhee, WY

Any pre-race rituals (routines, apparel) you do for good luck?:  My dad always says, "Let her rip Tater chip."

Who has influenced your race career the most?: My brother, Tanner Meyers

Race Circuit and Race Class(es): RMSHA: 800 Mod, 1000 Improved Stock, 1000 Stock, 700 Improved Stock, 700 Stock

Race Team Name: H&S Racing

Crew Members:

Eric Heap, Scott Siemers, Kyle Heap, Shelley Heap

Sponsors:

  • Klim, Klotz, Carl's Cycle, Morcon Industrial, WMS Enterprises, PR Graphix, Morgan Valley Polaris, Polaris, Starting Line Products, Parnells Auto Body, Ez-Ryde, Boondocker Turbos, Smoooth, Bit Better, Mountain States Oilfield, Big Thanks to Darrin Gould

Last Season's Awards/Wins/Accomplishments:

Second in Semi-Pro Improved Stock, Top 5 in Semi-Pro Stock and Mod point standings

Age: 20

Birthdate (MM/DD/YYYY): 3/17/1995

Hometown (City, State/Province): Evanston, WY

Married (Yes/No): No

Kids (Yes/No):  No

Occupation: College Student, pursuing degree in Mechanical Engineering

Hobbies:

Hunting, Fishing, Four-wheeling, Water-Skiing, Dirt Biking, Boating

Favorite Musicians/Bands:  Red Hot Chili Peppers, Sublime

Favorite TV Shows/Movies: Friday Night Lights, Billy Madison

Car You Drive: 2008 Nissan Titan

Car You Wish You Drove:  Porsche 911 Turbo

Number of Years Racing:  4

Numbers of Years with Polaris:  3

Most Memorable Racing Moment: My first time placing first at a race: Beaver Mountain, Juniors

How did you get started in Racing? Eric and Kyle Heap brought me to a race a let me start racing alongside them.

Goals for 2015-2016 Race Season: Place in the top 5 in point standings in my classes and consistency.

Favorite Track/Race: Afton, Wyoming

Any pre-race rituals (routines, apparel) you do for good luck?:  Close my eyes and visualize a smoooooth run!

Who has influenced your race career the most?: 

Race Circuit and Race Class(es): ISOC National Pro Lite, ISOC regional Pro Stock

Race Team Name: Cottew Motorsports

Crew Members:

Jordan, Scott, Keith, Corey

Sponsors:

  • Polaris, Amsoil, Hanco, FXR, Hayford Ford, Fox, Alaskan Adventures & Guides

Last Season's Awards/Wins/Accomplishments:

Fourth in Pro Lite season points; first place at Route 66 Raceway; multiple podiums

Age: 22

Birthdate (MM/DD/YYYY): 7/17/1993

Hometown (City, State/Province): Windom, MN

Married (Yes/No): No

Kids (Yes/No):  No

Occupation: Racer, machinist, farmer

Hobbies:

Cycling, moto, hot rods

Favorite Musicians/Bands:  Red Hot Chili Peppers, Sublime

Favorite TV Shows/Movies: Friday Night Lights, Billy Madison

Car You Drive: Too many to list

Car You Wish You Drove:  Too many to list

Number of Years Racing:  15

Numbers of Years with Polaris:  2

Most Memorable Racing Moment: All the times my grandpa came with and I made the podium, he loves it

How did you get started in Racing? We just decided to give it a try because some local friends were doing it at the time

Goals for 2015-2016 Race Season: Podiums and win Pro Lite championship

Favorite Track/Race: Canterbury Park – the fans there are awesome!

Any pre-race rituals (routines, apparel) you do for good luck?:  Nope

Who has influenced your race career the most?: 

Race Circuit and Race Class(es): RMSHA Pro 600,700, Pro Master Stock, Improved, Mod

Race Team Name: TnT Racing

Crew Members:

Tristan Spencer, Tavren Rupp, Brent Rupp

Sponsors:

  • Polaris, Mtn. Tech, SLP Products, Golden Spike Polaris, Spencer Trucking LLC, Rupp Trucking, Sierra Homes, Wheatland Seed, E2 Designs, Spencer Shoeing, Tarbet Concrete Cutting, CNC Machining 

Last Season's Awards/Wins/Accomplishments:

Fifth in Pro Master Stock, top 10 in the other Pro Master Classes; very lucky to still be racing, had a serious RZR accident in Jan. 2014 

Age: 41

Birthdate (MM/DD/YYYY): 4/8/1973

Hometown (City, State/Province): Collinston, Utah

Married (Yes/No): Yes

Kids (Yes/No):  Yes

Occupation: Polaris service tech. and manager

Hobbies:

Hunting, fishing, snowmobiling, camping, shoeing horses

Favorite Musicians/Bands:  Old school Guns & Roses

Favorite TV Shows/Movies: Days of Thunder

Car You Drive: 2007 Dodge Megacab 2500

Car You Wish You Drove:  New Dodge Mega

Number of Years Racing:  8

Numbers of Years with Polaris:  5

Most Memorable Racing Moment: Going over Jackson Hole on a stock 600 Polaris

How did you get started in Racing? Brad Kent talked us into it

Goals for 2015-2016 Race Season: Finishing top 5 in all classes, finishing well at Jackson Hole World Championship

Favorite Track/Race: Afton, WY, along with Jackson Hole

Any pre-race rituals (routines, apparel) you do for good luck?:  Afton, WY, along with Jackson Hole

Who has influenced your race career the most?: Family and friends 

Race Circuit and Race Class(es): ISOC Pro Open

Race Team Name: Leighton Motorsports

Crew Members:

Trace & Wendy Leighton (Owners), Robbie Malinoski (Team Manager), Josh Swieton (Crew Chief), Jake Turnbull (Mechanic), Timi Leighton (Marketing)

Sponsors:

  • Polaris, Fly, WPS, Skinz, Walker Evans, Amsoil, C&A Pro, Stud Boy, Action Graphics, Uclear Digital, TEAM Industries, Triple 9 Optics, Asterisk, RCS, Camso

Last Season's Awards/Wins/Accomplishments:

Fifth in ISOC Pro Lite points; led in points most of the season until sustaining a shoulder injury; competed in first Winter X Games

Age: 22

Birthdate (MM/DD/YYYY): 5/11/1993

Hometown (City, State/Province): Eagle, ID

Married (Yes/No): No

Kids (Yes/No):  No

Occupation: Racer/Commercial Contractor

Hobbies:

Jet-Skiing, dirtbiking, RZR riding, wakesurfing, mountain biking

Favorite Musicians/Bands:  All country

Favorite TV Shows/Movies: ESPN, Top Gun, Shooter

Car You Drive: GMC Duramax 4x4

Car You Wish You Drove:  Audi R8

Number of Years Racing:  9

Numbers of Years with Polaris:  9

Most Memorable Racing Moment: Competing in X Games and all of my podiums

How did you get started in Racing? Jack Struthers and Toby Ashley

Goals for 2015-2016 Race Season: Top Ten in points in pro Open and highest finishing Pro Open rookie

Favorite Track/Race: Canterbury Park (Shakopee, MN) and Lake Geneva, WI

Any pre-race rituals (routines, apparel) you do for good luck?:  Give my crew chief Josh knuckles

Who has influenced your race career the most?: Robbie Malinoski, Toby Ashley

Race Circuit and Race Class(es): ISOC Nationals/Pro Lite

Race Team Name: Team LaVallee

Crew Members:

Levi LaVallee, Glenn Kafka, Jeff Leffel, Scott Wilczek, Nick Ramelli, Kristen LaVallee

Sponsors:

  • Mystik Lubricants, Loctite, Polaris, FOX, FXR, Earth Inc., Woody’s, Digital Ink, Kafka Conveyors, Kafka Granite, Shoei, Oakley, Unequal Technologies, ROX Speed FX, Alpinestars, C&A Pro Skis, Fraser Steel, Stomp Grips, Caliber, off Center Designs

Last Season's Awards/Wins/Accomplishments:

Podium at Duluth (2nd), Podium at Fargo (2nd) in Pro Lite, injured at the 3rd National leading the points

Age: 21

Birthdate (MM/DD/YYYY): 11/21/1994

Hometown (City, State/Province): Gaylord, MI

Married (Yes/No): No

Kids (Yes/No):  No

Occupation: Race snowmobiles in the winter; installing docks in the summer

Hobbies:

Motocross, downhill mountain biking, RC cars, wake surfing

Favorite Musicians/Bands:  Florida Georgia Line, Luke Bryan, Colt Ford, The Lacs, Kid Ink, Eminem, Sam Adams

Favorite TV Shows/Movies: American Sniper, Lone Survivor, Rush, Days of Thunder, Top Gun, Pitch Perfect, Friday Night Lights, The Winter Project

Car You Drive: 2013 Ford F-150 Ecoboost

Car You Wish You Drove:  Long Travel Ford Raptor

Number of Years Racing:  15

Numbers of Years with Polaris:  4

Most Memorable Racing Moment: Getting a full factory ride after winning the ISOC National Sport Championship

How did you get started in Racing? My dad let me ride around on the lake growing up, I started to build some jumps and riding was all I ever thought about ever since!

Goals for 2015-2016 Race Season: Be a consistent podium guy in Pro Lite. Get that first win, and go after a championship!

Favorite Track/Race: Canterbury National, Shakopee, MN

Any pre-race rituals (routines, apparel) you do for good luck?:  Double-check my knee braces, situate my goggles in my helmet, and bring a water up with me to the starting line.

Who has influenced your race career the most?: Definitely my Dad, but also all the pros I've gotten to watch growing up.

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