Lake Shore, MN (June 3, 2011) Arctic Cat pro rider Dan Ebert continued to pad his off season resume this week when he scored his first career victory in a Wissota A-Modified in Grand Rapids, Minnesota. Ebert, who is a top national contender in Wissota’s Midwest or B Modified division, has made quick work of his jump to the highly competitive A Mod class and has a goal to be the series Rookie of the Year.
Many in the sport know Dan’s father Russ as an Arctic Cat engineer and team owner who has played a role in the success of many current snocrossers, as well as both Kirk and Tucker Hibbert. But long before establishing a powerhouse snowmobile operation, Russ was a legend on the dirt tracks of northern Minnesota as well as an instrumental part of circle track icon Dick Trickle’s success throughout much of his career. Today, father and son average at least four nights a week criss-crossing the upper midwest with Dan quickly building a reputation as one of the best short track racers in the region. At his home track in Brainerd, a bounty was placed on his head in the B Mod class, after winning two straight features. That total is now up to 3 and with the added success and confidence from the A-Mod, may just keep growing.
During our stop at the family garage today, Dan was on the phone with Nate Thiesse, another former Brainerd resident and auto racing standout who currently co-owns Win-Tron Racing, a top operation on the ARCA RE/MAX tour. We asked Dan if he had aspirations of making a career in NASCAR and he replied, ” right now I really love racing both sleds and cars. I’m just blessed that I’m able to do both, this is what we do full-time. But, yeah, if I ever had the chance to get in one of those cars, it would be awesome.”
Watch for a full report when we ride along with Ebert to an event later this summer.