The Mid America Snow and Terrain Expert Racers, commonly known as the MASTERS Racing Circuit, has had a confirmation that Nick Stilson of Howell Michigan, will be competing at the Upper Peninsula Championship Snow Drags. The Ontonagon County Economic Partnership (OCEP) will host the 2nd Annual UP Championships in Ontonagon, Michigan, on Saturday, January 10th.
During the writing of this Press Release, Stilson was at Jaws Performance in Nepean, Ontario, Canada. Jaws Performance, one of the top Snowmobile Race facilities in North America, is working on Stilson’s TOP GUN snowmobile. TOP GUN is the featured class in the MASTERS Racing Circuit. This is the class where sleds are modified to produce speeds of over 100 MPH on a 500 Foot groomed Snow surface.
“TOP GUN is for the most serious Snowmobile Drag Racing Teams, and having Stilson invest the time, travel, and money to compete with us in the MASTERS this year is exciting,” commented MASTERS Racing Circuit President, Skip Schulz.
The past 3 years, the TOP GUN Champions at the end of the year has come from Iron County, Michigan, and 2 of the 3 champions have a history tracing back to where the OCEP UP Championships will be held, that is the Village of Ontonagon. The 2012 TOP GUN Champion was Jeff Szanto, the 2013 Champion was Chris Nordang, and last years champion was Louie Goldbach. Goldbach and Nordang are from Iron River and Szanto is from Crystal Falls.
“Louie (Goldbach) knows I am going to be at the UP Championships, so all I can say is ‘game on.’ I’m looking forward to racing our Jaws Performance sled against his team of racers,” commented Stilson.
TOP GUN sleds can be up to 1200 cc, as long as they are naturally aspirated. Turbo and Nitrus sleds run in the MASTERS Open Mod Class. The MASTERS also has Pro Mod Classes for 600, 700, and 800 cc. This long running Snowmobile Race Sanctioning Circuit also has Race Stock 600, Race Stock 800 classes, and if there is an interest in Trail Stock sleds, the circuit will run classes for ‘showroom stock’ classes.
Stilson will travel over 10 hours to get from Howell, Michigan, located in the Lower Peninsula to race at the OCEP UP Championships in Ontonagon. Last year, racers from throughout the Upper Peninsula, Wisconsin, and Minnesota took part in the races. While MASTERS Staff have been involved in Snowmobile Racing for over 30 years, the circuit started sanctioning Snowmobile Races in 1995. The Circuit also sanctions and promotes Snowmobile Hillclimbs and Snowmobile Hillcross.
Following the OCEP UP Championships, the circuit will run it’s second Ojibwa Casino Race Series Snow Drags on Eddy Lake, next to the Sagola Sportsman Club. The Sagola Sportsman Club Tip Up Town races will be on Saturday, February 7th. The first Hillclimb will be the Mid America Championships (MACH) at Caspian, Michigan, on Saturday, Feb 21st. Keyes Peak in Florence, Wisconsin will be the final qualifier for this years’ World Championship Hillclimb. The Wisconsin State Championship Hillclimb at Keyes Peak will be on Feb 28th, with the following day, Sunday, March 1st, being the circuits first Hillcross event of the year. The circuits longest running event is the Marquette Mountain Uphill Drags. Marquette Mountain will run both Snow Drags and Hillcross on April 4th and 5th. The Ojibwa Casino Race Series Hillclimb, Hillcross, and Snow Drag Championships will run on April 11th and 12th at Mont du Lac in Superior, Wisconsin.
“While Goldbach Racing’s Iron County Sherriff’s Department DARE team did dominate in the TOP GUN class last year, I think with (Nick) Stilson teaming up with Jaws Performance, along with the Buschell/Voelker team our of Calumet, Michigan, the Snow Drag race for the TOP GUN Championship is up for grabs. The OCEP UP Championships will show the teams and fans as to who will have the ‘target’ on their back,” commented Schulz.
Work on the Pit and Fan area for the races in Ontonagon have been going on throughout the year. The North Country Snowmobile Club will handle all the grooming of the track proceeding and during the race. Sonco Ambulance, Pat’s Motorsports, Citizens State Bank, Domitrovich Insurance, Peninsula Graphics, and other community-involved businesses’ will once again help in providing a cash purse estimated to be over $3000.
“This event not only helps us in promoting Ontonagon County Economic Partnership, but also brings people from all over to Ontonagon. That is what all our MASTERS Race Circuit events do, that is bring dollars into a community,” concluded Schulz.
The OCEP UP Championship Snow Drags will take place behind the MASTERS Race Circuit offices, 610 Greenland Road. This is behind Ontonagon REA, and across the street from the Ontonagon Baptist Church on M-38, Ontonagon. Fans will be able to watch the races from the comfort of their vehicle, with admission only being $2.00/person. The MASTERS is looking for a Non-Profit organization to sell Coffee, Hot Chocolate and Hot Dogs.
For more information on the MASTERS, or the OCEP UP Championship Snow Drags, you can contact Schulz at 906-884-9101.