Nick Pattyn
Nick Pattyn, shot during practice before the 2017 Duluth Snocross.

The popular, Michigan-based Stud Boy Race Team announced on December 14 that it is shutting down after many years chasing the ISOC Amsoil Champion Snocross schedule.

Citing the many things afffected by COVID-19 and its restrictions this year plus a need to focus on the Liberty Products/Stud Boy Traction business from which the team is spawned, owners Ron and Danielle Pattyn said the reached the difficult decision.

The Stud Boy trailer has been a gathering spot of sorts at snocross races in recent years. Ron and Danielle’s boys Nick and Zach Pattyn have been the primary racers for the team, though several other racers have also competed out of the family semi, including but not limited to Brett Nastala, Trent Wittwer, Tyler Oomen. They will truly be missed at the track — both in the competition and in the social aspect of the sport.

Below is the full press release from Stud Boy.

2021 Stud Boy Racing Update

It’s been a good ride for the Stud Boy Race Team and the Pattyn family for many race seasons. We have had good times and tough times, but in the end we have made memories and friends that will last a lifetime.

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We have decided at this time to retire the Stud Boy Race Team. It has been really tough decision for us as we love this sport. Currently we are facing the many additional challenges of 2020 helping us with this decision. The uncertainty of State restrictions on business and the impact on the racing schedule causing outside support for the team to be reduced. On a good note, we have been seeing growth within Stud Boy that requires our attention and after a six-week shutdown we are still working to catch up in the shop. If the race season dates are further condensed it will be difficult to leave the shop to go racing.

Going racing gets in your system and becomes a large part of your life. We have been fortunate to race with family and friends so the long days and nights of travel and preparation go by pretty fast and doesn’t seem like the work it really is. Snowmobile racing also doesn’t end in the spring when the snow goes away. It takes year-round work to make it happen that most people on the sidelines just don’t understand. When you decide to stop racing you realize just how big of a hole it can leave in your heart and it will certainly open up your schedule.

Stud Boy will remain active in the sport and you will see us at events rooting on our racers and visiting the pits. We want to wish all of the racers and teams the best for the coming season.

Lastly, we can’t begin to explain how much we have appreciated the support of the people and companies that have made it possible for us to race. Most of our sponsors have been with us throughout our entire racing effort. Thank you to all for your help, support and loyalty to our race team. We truly could not have gone racing without you!

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