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Jake ScottJake Scott was dominant in the second half of the 2012-12 AMSOIL Championshp Snocross season. The Mystic Lubricants/Loctite/Polaris rider wrapped up the Pro Lite championship this past Friday in Lake Geneva, Wis., besting rivals Andrew Lieders and David Joanis.

ISOC caught up with Scott to get his take on this past season, some of the highlights and his feelings on being crowned the Pro Light class champion.

ISOC: Jake, congrats on your Pro Lite title. What a dynamite year, especially the second half of the season when you were pretty much unstoppable. Talk about the 2012-’13 AMSOIL Championship Snocross season and where the turning point was that allowed you string together such an impressive run of victories.

Jake Scott: The 2012-’13 snocross season was for sure the highlight of my career so far. It was full of great competition and memorable moments. I think the turning point in my season had to be qualifying for the Winter X Games. I carried the confidence from that, back to the ISOC snocross series and just had fun with it!

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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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Robbie Malinoski ISOCScheuring Speed Sports’ Robbie Malinoski (Ski-Doo), who swept the Pro snocross classes at the season-opening Duluth National, chatted with the ISOC ahead of this weekend’s Blackjack National in Bessemer, Mich.

ISOC: You scored a second and a third last year at Blackjack – AMSOIL Championship Snocross’ first venture to the upper Michigan ski area. What are your memories of the venue?

Malinoski: Blackjack’s a great landscape with a lot of snow. It’s the ideal spot for a snocross track and I’m pumped to get back there.

ISOC: From a spectator’s standpoint the face of Blackjack’s ski hill looked to be the most rugged and challenging terrain you guys faced all last season on the AMSOIL Championship Snocross circuit. Would you agree with that?

Malinoski: Yeah, for sure. The downhill section they had was the gnarliest section we faced all year – definitely a spot for crashes, race passes and whatnot. It’s the signature area of the course for sure and I sure hope they bring it back for this weekend.

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2013 Polaris 600 IQ Race SledWith the 2012-13 snowmobile racing season quickly approaching, Polaris has unveiled its 2013 600 IQ Race Sled. According to Polaris, the sled features a new engine package that delivers improved performance across the power range.

The 2013 version of the 600 IQ Race Sled also features a redesigned track, enhanced shock adjustability, improved brakes and other changes designed to increase Polaris racers’ competitive advantage.

New Engine Package

2013 Polaris 600 IQ Race Sled EngineThe new Polaris Liberty 600 engine package in the 600 IQ Race Sled features a re-engineered cylinder head and cylinders that result in significantly increased horsepower. Polaris did not provide specific numbers.

“Our new engine package was developed with a focus on improving both snocross and cross-country performance,” says Matt Prusak, race program leader in the Polaris Snowmobile Division. “We’re seeing this engine produce increased horsepower across the entire RPM range. Polaris racers will experience crisper throttle response, improved holeshots, and stronger performance all the way across the powerband. There’s a significant increase in power over the 2012 race sled.”

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Tucker HibbertAfter agreeing to a broadcast deal with UStream in August, the ISOC has announced another major broadcast deal. All 16 rounds of the 2012-13 AMSIL Championship Snocross Series (ACSS) will be featured on CBS Sports Network.

“We can’t even begin to explain how monumental this deal is for the entire snowmobile industry,” says Carl Schubitzke, director of operations and racing for ISOC. “CBS Sports Network is synonymous with excellence in terms of sports broadcasting and everyone at ISOC is pumped to be on board with such a professional organization, with a broadcast heritage that’s second-to-none in the industry.”

Beginning with the ACSS season opening round in Duluth, Minn. (Nov. 25-27) and running through the season finale in Lake Geneva, Wis. (March 16-18), CBS Sports Network will broadcast 16 half-hour race shows – all in HD – on Sundays at 10:30 a.m. EST. The AMSOIL Championship Snocross – as an added bonus – will also air in an evening repeat of each show during the week.

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