Polaris shines in Eagle River
Nick Van Strydonk wins 4 Oval titles & Snocrossers sweep Pro, Semi-Pro
Published: January 24, 2007
|At the 44th Annual World Championship Snowmobile Derby in Eagle River, Wis., on Jan. 18-21, Nick Van Strydonk tied a Derby record by winning 4 class titles in a single weekend on the ice oval. The Tomahawk, Wis., racer won the Pro Sprint 600, Pro Sprint 500, Semi-Pro 600 and Sprint 500 titles aboard his Polaris race sleds.|
Other winners on the oval include Dustin Wahl, who led Matt Schultz in a 1-2 finish in Formula 1 Open, Jeff Ludwig, who won the Top Gun Champ 440 title, Trevor Fontaine, the winner in Formula 500, and Dylan Jansen, who led a 1-2-3 Polaris sweep in the 120 class ahead of Kevin Kuklinski amd Jake Drexler. In Sunday's World Championship race, Dustin Wahl finished second, Matt Schultz came in third, Terry Wahl took fourth and Jeff Ludwig was eighth.
In Snocross racing, Polaris racers swept the top spots in the Pro and Semi-Pro classes and they crowded the podium in several classes.
Chris Kafka (Hentges Racing) won the Pro Open title ahead of fellow Polaris racers and Rocky Mountain Motorsports teammates Joe Parsons and Willie Elam, who finished 2-3, respectively. Elam rose to the top in Pro Stock, which he won ahead of runner-up Kafka.
Derek Ellis (Rocky Mountain Motorsports) won Semi-Pro Open and Polaris racers who finished 4-5-6 in the class were Rylie Hogue (Rocky Mountain Motorsports), Ryan Carey and Kurt Heiser. Rylie Hogue took his turn atop the podium by winning Semi-Pro Stock, while Keiser finished third, Shaun O'Connell was eighth and Ellis was ninth.
In Semi-Pro Stock 600, 5 Polaris racers placed in the top eight, including Ellis in second and Carey in third. In Sport Stock 600, Brian Ludwig took second.
Polaris racers erased the competition in Women's Stock, where Kendra Daniel led a 1-2-3-4 Polaris sweep. She was followed in the standings by Kristen Leirmoe, Heather Warga in third and Taylor Achterberg in fourth. These women changed up the order in Pro Am Women as they finished second through fifth in this order: Heather Warga, Kristen Leirmoe, Kendra Daniel and Taylor Achterberg.