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Gary Moyles Almost-Didn't-Happen CPTC Championship


(3/15/2014)

Team Arctic Cat's Gary Moyle: Brad Malmgren Photography

Written by his wife Amy, the brief recap below of Team Arctic oval racer Gary Moyle’s final weekend of the 2014 season perfectly illustrates the uncertainty of competition, and the thrill of sticking with it.

Congrats to Moyle racing for an outstanding finish to this season!

 

What a great ending to our race season in Beausejour, Manitoba for the 52nd Annual Canadian Power Toboggan Championships! Temperatures lingered around -25 degrees the entire weekend, but we couldn’t have been happier with the outcome in the Championship Final.

Saturday Racing brought wins in every heat race and qualified us first for the final.  We had a mysterious electrical issue with our ignition system that shut down our sled while we were leading the race. Gary said he was baffled, it just shut off.

When they pulled the sled off the ice and into the trailer, they found the problem but also found that the track was ripped, which could have caused many more issues for the team, sled and driver. So we feel that the electrical issue was perfect timing. We fixed the ignition coil, and put a new track on, working late in the trailer on Saturday night. 

Sunday we were back at it. Finishing 3rd, 1st and then another DNF… we again pulled the #66 Arctic Cat back off the ice into the trailer where we found a broken piston ring to be the culprit. Fixed it just in time to pull out on the track for the Canadian Championship Final. 

After the first lap gained the lead and never looked back, taking the checkered flag for our third Canadian Title. It has been awhile, have not won this race since 2008, so it was great to put our name back on the trophy!

-Amy Moyle

 

Team Arctic Cat oval champ Gary Moyle and team. Photo by Marissa Wichman

Team Arctic Cat oval champ Gary Moyle and team. Photo by Marissa Wichman



Comments (10):

Darin says:
3/15/2014 11:39:00 AM

I was there and cheering for Moyle and Cat in the final.
congrats to the team!
Blaine Kotasek says:
3/15/2014 1:40:00 PM

Congrats to the Moyle team .
Kevin Hooper says:
3/15/2014 3:31:00 PM

I'm sure glad he came back to Arctic Cat. He's a great driver who represents the sport very well. He is an all time great in ice oval racing.
robert wallace says:
3/16/2014 8:36:00 PM

Congratulation to moyle racing team. So tabarnak why you re not came in valcourt?
Auggie says:
3/17/2014 4:02:00 PM

Now that takes GUTS!!!
29 er says:
3/21/2014 9:07:00 AM

Way to fight back and bring that checker home Nice way to end the year congrats TEAM MOYLE/CAT
Jim says:
3/22/2014 4:35:00 PM

Just awesome! Great to see Gary on a Cat again.
Pssam says:
3/27/2014 1:15:00 PM

WAS that ROTAX power in that Cat?
Ted Loveland says:
12/5/2014 11:41:00 PM

Pssam, don't think Hooper builds to many Rotax race engines...
Ryan says:
1/18/2017 2:30:00 PM

Remember when Gary rode Polaris? I have a warm-up jacket my family bought from him in early 2000's, it's still doing its job but now in the foothills of the Rockies!

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