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    Polaris Race TeamTom Rager Sr. is a snowmobile racing legend and is stepping down from his post as Polaris Racing Manager. He chatted with the ISOC about his amazing career and what lies ahead for the sport.

    ISOC: Take us back a bit, Tom, prior to starting with Polaris. What were some of your first experiences with snowmobiles?

    Tom Rager Sr.: I saw and road my first snowmobile in 1967 in north east Nebraska. A good friend of mine had two old machines that we would race around a farm pond until they would break and then we would work on them for hours just to get them back out on the snow to race again. The first machine that I bought was a 1972 Suzuki that I bought to ride and race without any success. In 1974 I bought a 1973 Rupp 440 magnum that was a Factory mod at that point I started having a little success and thought this was pretty cool so in the fall of 1975 I bought a new 440 Merc Sno Twister and raced that in Nebraska, Iowa and South Dakota. In the fall of 1978 I bought a new 1979 440 Ski doo Super Stocker and raced that for two years with some success.

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      2013 Polaris 600 Pro RMKPolaris, in cooperation with the Consumer Product Safety Commission, has issued a recall of 2013 Polaris Pro-RMK 600 and 800 snowmobiles.

      According to the recall notice, the bolt attaching the front, lower left shock can fail and cause the operator to lose control of the vehicle. No incidents or reports have been received.

      The affected snowmobiles come in red, white and black. “Pro-RMK” is on the lower right and left sides of the hood. The engine size and the letters “ES” or the words “Limited Edition” are on the upper right and left sides of the hood. The numbers “155″ or “163″ are on the rear of the tunnel. “Polaris” appears on the sides of the seat. The model number and serial number can be found on the right hand side of the tunnel below the seat. This recall includes the models listed below:

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        2013 Arctic Cat Bearcat Z1 XT LTDArctic Cat, in cooperation with the Consumer Product Safety Commission, has issued a recall of 2013 Arctic Cat Bearcat wide-track snowmobiles.

        According to the recall notice, the fuel tank can leak, posing a fire hazard. Arctic Cat has received three reports of snowmobiles leaking fuel when set up at dealerships due to damage during the production process. Arctic Cat has received no reports of fires, property damage or injuries related to the recalled vehicles. About 3,900 Bearcat models are affected.

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          Andrew Carlson Blackjack NationalCarlson Motorsports has been putting in the hard work for more than a year now and it has finally paid off. Andrew Carlson earned his first ever Pro-Lite National podium this past weekend at the Blackjack National in Bessemer, Mich.

          In fact, both Carlson and Pro-Lite teammate Marcus Johansson delivered front row qualifying efforts, lining up side-by-side as each scored a heat win earlier in the day. At the start of the Pro-Lite final, it was Carlson beating the thick of the pack off the line with his Arctiva Amsoil Polaris, and then leaping past David Joanis on the “Dirty-Dozen” downhill with a near perfect line, and a triple to make the pass at the base of the hill.

          The Bessemer track had already developed a rough and tough reputation from last year for its pair of nasty downhill sections. Steep in nature and littered with deep holes, even the very best riders were being bucked from their sleds while bombing the downhill. Carlson, however, stayed strong throughout the entire final, eventually succumbing to Joanis; and again late in the race where a slight miscue slipped Andrew to third at the line. Teammate Marcus Johansson got hung up in traffic early on and was forced to back-mark much of the race, finishing 11th.

          “My sled was a rocket off the line this weekend,” says Carlson. “I made a few mistakes that cost me those positions, but it feels so good to finally be standing here.”

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            Logan Christian Blackjack NationalChristian Brothers Racing competed this past weekend at the Blackjack National in Bessemer, Mich. for rounds 3-4 of the AMSOIL Championship Snocross series.

            While Rounds 1-2 at at the Duluth National Snocross took place on a tiny, 22-second track, the highly-technical track at Blackjack boasted two uphill runs, a brutal downhill run and a challenging dogleg which made for lap times in the one-minute range.

            Pro Open riders Garth Kaufman and Logan Christian posted top results in Friday’s qualifying and both cruised to a front row spot in the final. After a great start Christian was running in fifth spot but came off in the downhill section and pain in his ribs kept him from getting back on his sled. Kaufman put in a solid run and finished in the eighth spot.

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