Ojibwa Casino Marquette Mountain Tri-Fecta 2016 THIS WEEKEND, April 2nd and 3rd

by Laura Burke on March 29, 2016

Everything is looking good for the April 2nd and 3rd Ojibwa Casino Marquette Mountain Tri-Fecta.

Pit Parking:  The pits will be opened at 5:00 on Friday Afternoon.  We will have a place cardoned off where you can pull your trailer to the snow and unload on both Saturday and Sunday.  We will only have a few places where you will be able to have your trailer right to the snow, and this will be on a 1st come basis…but again, for those that do not get a Trailer spot right next to the snow, we will have a place for you to unload your sleds from the trailer to the snow.  If anyone is parked in that area, they will be asked to move to give others the chance to unload.  Fan parking will be across the road from the Lodge.  ABSOLUTELY no fan parking in the pits.  Only those that sign the waiver at registration will be allowed in the pits, paddock, or staging areas.  Only authorized people, pit people, racers, and officials will be allowed on the snow in the staging area.  This is for insurance and Marquette Mtn rules in addition to our MASTERS policy.

Snow Drags/Hillcross:

Final Racer registration for the Snow Drags and Hillcross will be on Friday Night, Marquette Mtn Lodge, between 6 and 8 pm ET.  If you do not want to be at that Registration or cannot be there, you still have time to send in your Registration and Fee’s.  They must be received at the MASTERS Offices by Thursday, March 31st.  We will be leaving for Marquette Mtn right after we get the mail on Thursday.  Send the appropriate attached Registration forms and fee’s too:  MASTERS, % Marquette Mtn, 610 Greenland Road, Ontonagon, MI 49953.  Snow Drags, Hillcross, and Hillclimb Registration forms are attached.

We have had some questions as to the MASTERS Fee’s and Insurance.  If you run in just one of the events (Snow Drags, Hillcross, Hill Challenge) then the fee’s is $60.00.  If you run in more than one of the events, such as Snow Drags and Hillcross, or Hillcross and Hill Challenge, than the total fee’s for both events is $80.00 ($40.00/event).  The Hill Challenge Registration is the attached Hillclimb Registration.

They have snow, enough to make for a great groomed flat track for the Uphill Snow Drags, along with the jumps for the Hillcross.  Both of which will take place on Saturday, April 2nd.  We will be going back and forth between the Snow Drags and Hillcross.  We will have the charts with the race number/order so you will be able to see when you race, and what lane you are assigned.

UP Fuel and Lube will be on the grounds.  Remember, the ONLY Turbo sleds that are allowed to run in TOP GUN are those that run on 92 Octane Gas.  John Nekhay will have 92 Octane Gas for those sleds along with the VP Racing Fuel for those that want the race fuel for the Mod Sleds.  ALL the Turbo’s that are in TOP GUN will be quarantined to the UP Fuel area in paddock.  John and UP Fuel and Lube is a MASTERS Ojibwa Casino Racing Series sponsor so we ask you to please support UP Fuel and Lube.

We are hoping that we will have good enough snow conditions to have a specified lane for Test N Tune for both the Snow Drags and Hillcross.  The Snow Drag TNT (Test N Tune) will begin at 8:15 am ET, and run till 8:45 am ET.  The Hillcross Test N Tune will run right  after the Mandatory Drivers Meeting at 9:00 am ET, and will runn for 1/2 hour while the Snow Drags are taking place.

The Snow Drags will begin 5 minutes after the conclusion of the Drivers Meeting.  We’re anticipating that the Hillcross will begin right around 10:00 am ET.

120cc Snow Drag Racers will run around Noon, and around 1:30  for the 120’s in Hillcross.

We will be grooming as necessary, but all grooming is done in between announced rounds.

With both events running on Saturday from start to finish, we are going to keep the races running.  We will not have time for drivers to be at the starting line.  You can see the charts to know when you race and which lane you are to be in.

After the TOP GUN and TOP DOG Trophy Presentation at the Winner’s Circle, we will move quickly to get checks made out.  We’re going to have the trophy and purse payout between 60 and 90 minutes after the TOP GUN and TOP DOG Trophy Presentation,  This will be in the Marquette Mtn Lodge.  Other than TOP GUN, we are not going to have Year End Class Champions, since we had to cancel Wausau and Duluth, so the points from the UP Championship and Marquette Mtn races this winter will be carried over to next year.   We will have a TOP DOG Champion for the year.

Points in TOP GUN and TOP DOG are based on the same formula we have been using for years.  1st Place is given 2 points plus the total amount of drivers in the class.  Thus if we have 12 people in the class, 1st Place will get 14 points.  2nd Place is minus 1 point from the Total amount of drivers in the class.  Again, with 12 drivers in the class, than 2nd place would get 11 points, 3rd, minus 2….and on down.

Hill Challenge:

Final Registration for the Hill Challenge will take place after the Trophy and Cash presentation on Saturday Night.  While I do not know the specific time that the Hill Challenge Registration will begin, we do know that it will end at 8:00 pm ET on Saturday Night, April 2nd.  This will take place at Marquette Mtn Lodge.  If you cannot make it Saturday Night, you can send in your registration and fee’s.  They have to be received at the MASTERS Offices by Thursday, March 31st.  Send the Hillclimb Registration too:  MASTERS, % Marquette Mtn, 610 Greenland Road, Ontonagon, MI 49953.  Please understand that Sandy and I are going to be very busy going back and forth between the Snow Drags and Hillcross on Saturday, so please do not ask to take your registration during the Snow Drag and Hillcross Races.

For those that may not have been at Marquette Mtn last year for the Hill Challenge, or at the Adventure Mtn Hill Challenge, this is what a Hill Challenge is.  We have some jumps at the start, then we go to a series of gates for you to go around.  The Timing chute is the finish line at the top of the hill.  Unlike a Hilclimb, everyone can easily make it to the top.   You run against the clock, by yourself.  We havfe 2 rounds for each entry.  Your 2 times are added together, than we divide them to give us your final time.  The winners in each Stock and each Mod Class than qualify for the Stock and Mod King of the Hill.  The Stock and Mod King of the Hill are than qualified for the 2017 World Championship Hillclimb in Jackson, WY.

We will have the mandatory Drivers Meeting at 9:30 am ET on Sunday Morning, April 3rd.  Competition will begin at 10:00 am ET.

60 minutes after the conclusion of the King of the Hill “Shoot-outs” and Trophy Presentation, we will have the Trophy and Cash Payback at Marquette Mtn.  We are going to move this event and the Awards Party as fast as we can as we know many of you have a long way to drive to get back home on Sunday.

Lodging:

Please help us help our Lodging Partner by making your reservations at the Settle Inn.  This is the CLOSEST motel to Marquette Mtn, right at the intersection of US 41 and the highway to the hill.  They have a pool, and whitlpool.  It is a great place to stay!  They have a Restaurant right next door.  We’d love to have you stay with our Officials and chit chat around the pool on Saturday Night.  Located at 1275 US-41, Marquette, MI 49855
Phone:(906) 228-8100

You can also call the Marquette County Convention and Visitors Bureau at (906) 228-7749.

Ojibwa Casino Marquette:

This is a GREAT Casino, located just outside of Marquette in Chocolay Township.  We encourage everyone to go to the Casino when the races are done!

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