Turin Dominates at UP Championships

by Jennifer Jackman on January 23, 2017

2017 MASTERS UP Championships TOP GUN 2017
Greenland’s Al Turin won the TOP GUN class at Saturday’s UP Championship Snow Drags in Ontonagon.
(L to R) Turin, Jerry Buschell, Matt Lacosse

The Mid America Snow and Terrain Expert Racers (MASTERS) reigning champion from last winter, Al Turin opened the 2017 Snowmobile drag racing season by winning 4 different classes Turin, who won the prestigious TOP GUN Championship last winter, defeated the TOP GUN Champion from 2015, Jerry Buschell and long –time racer, Matt Lacosse of Champion, MI., in the TOP GUN Feature at this Saturday’s UP Championship Snow Drags.

“Last year we had to haul in snow.  Then the grounds in both the Pit area and the fan parking was so warm we had a problem with vehicles getting stuck.  This year we had so much snow that we had been plowing non-stop for a week,” commented MASTERS VP of Operations, Jason Kleinschmidt. “We’re fortunate that we had Jason Pragacz of the North Country Snowmobile Club doing an excellent job grooming the track before and during the race.”

The lake effect snow storm and cold temperatures in Ontonagon didn’t stop Florence, Wisconsin’s, Nathan Wicklund from taking both the Trail Stock 600 and the Junior Finals on an Arctic Cat. The Pat’s Motorsports team didn’t only get the 4 class wins from Turin and his Yamaha’s, but also got a win via Wyatt McIntyre on a Polaris in Trail Stock open.

Minnesota registered a winner as Brainerd’s Jon Blake swept through the Race Stock 800 class undefeated on his Ski-Doo. The ‘Copper Country’ of Michigan’s Western UP took a feature when Calumet’s Tom Hodges defeated Turin in the Pro Mod 700 class. Leading the way for Marquette County was the children racing their 120’s as Harvey’s Braden Rose won the Super 120’s and Carter Lacosse winning the Stock 120’s.

“Once again the fans loved watching the kid’s race. Not just the ‘big’ kids, but the little ones on the 120’s,” remarked MASTERS Treasurer, Sandy Schulz.

It will be at Marquette Mountain that the World Championship Kids Climb will take place on April 8th and 9th. This is the first time that the 4-12 year olds will compete for a World Championship on the 120 cc sleds.

The next events for the MASTERS Racing Circuit will be the Mid America Championship Hillclimb (MACH) at Keyes Peak, Florence, WI. on February 11th and the Wisconsin State Championship Hillcross at Keyes Peak on February 12th.

The second stop of the 5-race MASTERS Snow Drag series will be on March 4th in Wausau, Wisconsin.

It was at the UP Championship Snow Drags that the 17 year-old MASTERS Racing Circuit inducted its 4th member into the circuit’s Hall of Fame (HOF). Joining Turin, Paul Voelker of Calumet, and Matt Lacosse as a MASTERS HOF member was Lake Linden’s Jerry Buschell.

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