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Hubbell’s Jimmy Marietta swept both the Houghton Powersports Pro Stock King of the Hill and the Vollwerth’s Meats Pro Mod King of the Hill
Photo Courtesy of David Archambeau, Daily Mining Gazette

Hubbell’s Jimmy Marietta swept both the Houghton Powersports Pro Stock King of the Hill and the Vollwerth’s Meats Pro Mod King of the Hill at this year’s Vollwerth’s Meats WINTERNATIONALS Hillclimb.  Marietta has won more MASTERS Hillclimbs then any other driver in the 25+ year history of the Circuit.

The MASTERS, which is an acronym for Mid America Snow & Terrain Expert Racers, was a part of a Hillclimb at the steep South Range bluff in 1991.  This year’s hillclimb drew a record number of fans and racers.  Racers came from Colorado, Wyoming, Illinois, Minnesota, Wisconsin, and Michigan’s Upper Peninsula.

Marietta saved his best run for the end of the day in the Pro Mod King of the Hill (KOH) shoot-out.  On a Ski-Doo, Marietta turned in the fastest time of the day, a 35.59 second run.  By winning 2 classes in Pro Mod, he qualified for 2 Pro Mod KOH runs. 

In the draw for the order the KOH qualifiers run, Marietta drew to run 3rd and 4th.  It was on his 1st run, he already clinched the $700 cash purse, so he didn’t need his second run.

Last year’s defending champion, Tyler Robinson of Afton, Wyoming, ran first.  He turned in a 38.49 second run.  Nissula’s Travis Kaurala ran second with a 38.72 second run.

It was closer in the Pro Stock KOH Shoot-out.  4 different drivers won the 4 classes in Pro Stock.  One of the top Snow Cross Racers in the Midwest, Jordan Wolfe of Neenah, WI. ran first with a 43.60 second run.  Robinson hit a rough spot at the 3rd Gate and set a high mark of 107 yards.  Marietta went 3rd on an Arctic Cat and turned in a 36.13 second run.  The final qualifier was Trimountain’s Roger Strack.  Strack had a 38.72 second run, thus giving Marietta another $700 in the 2 KOH Shoot-outs.

After winning 3 classes, Marietta cashed in on over $2000.00 for the day!

Hubbell’s Jimmy Marietta won over $2000 on the day!
Photo Courtesy of David Archambeau, Daily Mining Gazette

It was Atlantic Mine’s Mike Chopp that showed why he continues to be one of the top Snow Bike racers in the Midwest.  Chopp and his KTM motorcycle-converted to a Snow Bike turned in the 2nd fastest time of the day.  That was an amazing 35.97 second run. 

What makes that run and time so impressive is Chopp drew an Ace to have to be the first to run up the 600 foot bluff.  Nick Lindstrom of L’Anse took 2nd with a 37.49 second run, and Mass City’s Colin Joliff made it over the ‘Wall’ at the top with a 38.12 second run.  Joliff just got the Yamaha Timbersled Snow Bike a few weeks before the WINTERNATIONALS.

Chopp won $200 from Premium Spray Foam and Coatings

This years Sigma Tau Gamma managed Restoretch-Shenuk Family Childrens Hillclimb had a Kitty Cat, raced by Evelyn Wisniewski of Houghton.
Photo Courtesy of David Archambeau, Daily Mining Gazette

It was another new racer that proved you don’t have to have a lot of experience in MASTERS Hillclimbs to win your class.  Stephanie Lynne of Mohawk took the Queen of the Hill Shoot-out by setting the high mark of 113 yards.  Tara Hollon of L’Anse took a second by going 96 yards.  Megan Woods of Frederic, WI took 3rd.  Woods missed the cut for the shoot-out by only 1 yard.  In qualifying she went 99 yards while Hollon went 100 yards.  7 women competed in the Women’s class, compared to 3 last year.

Lynne won $200 from Bramble Racing/Up North Custom Apparel.

It was Sheboygan Falls, Wisconsin’s Preston Miller that won the Junior Class.  In the 2 person shoot-out, Miller narrowly defeated Nissula’s Kaiden Kaurala.  Both racers did what few accomplished throughout the day.  They made it over the top.

Miller turned in a 42.61 second run on a Ski-Doo, while Kaurala had a 44.59 second run.

Wolfe won the Vintage class by making it all the way to the bottom of the ‘Wall’ at the top of the hill.  Marietta took a second by going up 160 yards.  Lake Linden’s Trevor Colombe took 3rd by going up 109 yards.

Here Dad, Jimmy Marietta is giving instructions to his 2 year old Daughter, Jemma, as she competes in the Wildlife Refuge Cabins 120 Stock Class.
Photo Courtesy of David Archambeau, Daily Mining Gazette

The children up to 11 years old saw the Circuits all-time #1 120 Mod Racer take the Restoretech-Shenuk Family King of the Hill.  That is Braden Rose of Harvey.  Rose was the only racer to break trail and make it up the steep hill set up by the brothers of Sigma Tau Gamma.  He had a 14.85 second run.  2nd place went to TJ Shenuk of St. Charles, Illinois.  Ontonagon’s Lucas Solberg took 3rd in this class and the 120 Stock Class.  Solberg won the Wildlife Refuge Cabins 200 class.

Benajmin Cook of Wisconsin’s Fox Valley won the 120 Stock class with a 9.84 second run.  Ontonagon’s Nolan Preiss took second with an 11 second run.

Solberg and Preiss are the MASTERS top Terra-X racers.

Due to impending warm weather, the MASTERS has cancelled the 2 Terra-X races that were scheduled for March 13th and March 27th.  However the Range Snowmobile Club is still planning on having races on March 13th.

The MASTERS had 53 racers entered, with 160 entries.  This is the most entries the MASTERS has ever had for a Hillclimb.  The entire race was streamed around the world by the Professional Video team of End of the Earth Entertainment.

“We had people watching the hillclimb from all over the world.  We found this out over social media,” commented Sandy Schulz of the MASTERS.  “Our Colorado racer, Cory Burrows, had his parents watching in Florida.  They probably didn’t have to wear a snowmobile jacket to watch their son.”

Ontonagon’s Brandon Jilbert was not the only Vollwerth’s Meats WINTERNATIONALS Hillclimber to end up with his sled on it’s side

Photo Courtesy of David Archambeau, Daily Mining Gazette

“The hill was extremely challenging.  It was a rough one,” commented Robinson.  As usual less than 20% of the runs had the rider setting a time over the top, according to the MASTERS.

Winter Haven, Colorado’s Burrows and Brook Park, Minnesota’s Eugene Welch both had what the officials considered the End of the Earth Entertainment ‘Crash of the Day.’  Both made it half way up the ‘Wall’ at the top of the hill, before their sled ended up at the bottom of the hill.

With Marietta unable to represent the MASTERS Racing Circuit at the upcoming World Championship Hillclimb in Jackson, WY. Robinson and the Pat’s Motorsports team will be representing the MASTERS.  In addition to Robinson, the winner of the Spirit Class, MASTERS Hall of Fame member, Al Turin will also be going to Jackson.

Miller qualified by winning the Junior Class Shoot-out.

Fans started arriving an hour before the gate opened.  “By 12:30 we ran out of parking.  Fans still walked in to see the excitement,” commented Chris Crosby, MASTERS Official.

Crosby will now lead the MASTERS Staff in the June 19th Motorcycle Hillclimb at Whealkate Bluff.  “These Hillclimbs bring a lot of people from all over to the Copper Country.  It is good for the area’s tourism economy, even when we followed Covid-19 protocol,” Crosby concluded.

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Restoretech-Shenuk Family / Wildlife Refuge Cabins

120 STOCK CLASS

Order of run in 1st Rd       Name           Hometown             Time/Distance

1 Arctic Cat TJ Shenuk St. Charles, ILL 14.37 sec

2 Polaris Nolan Preiss Ontonagon, MI 11.00 sec

3   Arctic Cat Kitty Cat  Evelyn Wisnieski  Houghton, MI 21.56 sec

4 Polaris Otto Walli Lake Linden, MI 76:00 sec

5 Polaris Lucas Solberg Ontonagon, MI 11.96 sec

6 Polaris Jemma Marietta  Hubbell, MI 24.21 sec

7 Arctic Cat Joe Shenuk St. Charles, ILL 13.80 sec

8 Arctic Cat Addison Dishaw Ontonagon, MI 33.11 sec

9 Polaris Jackson Parkin Mohawk, MI 14.65 sec

10 Arctic Cat Benjamin Cook Green Bay, WI 9.84 sec

Restoretech-Shenuk Family / Wildlife Refuge Cabins KIDS STOCK KING OF THE HILL

1st  Arctic Cat Benjamin Cook  Green Bay, WI 9.84 seconds

2nd– Polaris Nolan Preiss, Ontonagon, MI 11.00 seconds

3rd– Polaris Luca Solberg, Ontonagon, MI 11.96 seconds


Restoretech-Shenuk Family /Wildlife Refuge Cabins

120 MOD CLASS

1 Polaris Nolan Preiss, Ontonagon, MI ½ way up hill

2 Ski-Doo Brayden Rose Harvey, MI 14.87 seconds

3 Arctic Cat Evelyn Wisneski Houghton, MI ½ way + 2 sled lengths

4 Polaris Harper Serotzke, Lake Linden ½ way + 3 sled lengths

5 Arctic Cat TJ Shenuk St. Charles, ILL ½ way + 3 ¾  sled lengths

6 Arctic Cat Joe Shenuk St. Charles, ILL ½ way + 2 sled lengths

7 Polaris Lucas Solberg Ontongon, MI ½ way + 3 ½ sled lengths

Restoretech-Shenuk Family / Wildlife Refuge Cabins KIDS MOD KING OF THE HILL

1st  Ski-Doo Brayden Rose   Harvey, MI 14.85 seconds

2nd– Arctic Cat TJ Shenuk, St. Charles, ILL High Mark

3rd– Polaris Lucas Solberg,  Ontonagon, MI Distance


4 Season’s Convenience JUNIOR CLASS (12-17 year olds)

1 Ski-Doo Preston Miller Sheboygan Falls, WI 174 yards 42.61 sec

2 Ski-Doo Kaiden Kaurala Nissula, MI 43.70 sec 44.59 sec

3 Ski-Doo Kayan Goodbird L’Anse, MI 120 yards

4 Ski-Doo Caleb Joliff Mass City, MI 100 yards

5 Ski-Doo Jacob Kirtland Mass City, MI 98 yards

(Top 2 from 1st round ran in the Junior King of the Hill Shoot-out)

1st– Ski-Doo Preston Miller Sheboygan Falls, WI 42.61

2nd– Ski-Doo Kaiden Kaurala Nissula, MI 43.70


Twilly’s Sports Bar & Grill of Bruce Crossing SNOW BIKE Class:

1 KTM Mike Chopp Atlantic Mine, MI 35.97 sec 180 yards

2 Kawasaki Jack Fish Baraga, MI 160 yards 93 yards

3 Husqvarna Anthony Ernest  Mass City, MI 41.56 sec 40.00 sec

4 Honda  Jordan Ringsmuth Ironwood, MI 102 yards No run

5 Yamaha Colin Joliff Mass City, MI 100 yards 38.12 sec

6 Yamaha Nick Lindstrom L’Anse, MI 38.20 sec 37.49 sec 

7 Honda Eric Brown Mass City, MI 126 yards 170 yards

8 Yamaha Mike Kirtland Mass City, MI 62 yards 39.87 sec

9 Honda KJ Joliff Mass City, MI 113 yards 44.48 sec

10 Honda Jim Boltz Crivitz, WI 90 yards 96 yards

11 Yamaha Brayden Fish L’Anse, MI 101 yards 38.33 yards

Top 3 Snow Bikes from the competition placed in the Premium Spray Foam and Coating – Bramble Racing/ Up North Custom Clothing Apparel Snow Bike King of the Hill Shoot-out.

1st– Mike Chopp, Atlantic Mine, MI. KTM, 35.97  $200.00 Snow Bike King of Hill

2nd– Nick Lindstrom, L’Anse, MI., Yamaha, 37.49  $50.00

3rd– Colin Joliff, Mass City, MI., Yamaha, 38.12


Jam Service of Lake Linden WOMEN’s Class

1 Ski-Doo Katie Miller Sheboygan Falls, WI 87 yards 59 yards

2 Ski-Doo Destiny Welch Brook Park, MN 95 yards 0

3 Ski-Doo Stephanie Lynn Mohawk, MI 106 yards 83 yards

4 Polaris Tiffany Trisvall L’Anse, MI 0 38 yards

5 Polaris Tara Hollon L’Anse, MI 100 yards 56 yards

6 Polaris Megan Woods Frederic, WI 99 yards 57 yards

7 Arctic Cat Brianna Banfield Dollar Bay, MI 98 yards 64 yards

Top 2 Women from both Rounds advanced to the Bramble Racing/Up North Custom 

Clothing Apparel – Premium Spray Foam and Coatings Women’s Queen of the Hill Shoot-Out.

In Order of Shootout

1 Polaris Tara Hollon L’Anse, MI 96 yards    $50.00

2 Ski-Doo Stephanie Lynn  Mohawk, MI 113 yards  $200 Queen of Hill


Rockin’ Eagle Radio/Eagle Country Radio SPIRIT Class (40 and older)

(Top 5 after 1st Round advanced to 2nd Round)

1 Ski-Doo Brad Barrette Hubbell, MI 122 yards

2 Arctic Cat Tom Hodges Lake Linden, MI 42.40 seconds 177 yards

3 Ski-Doo Phillip Hansen Calumet, MI 125 yards

4 Arctic Cat Bryan Shenuk St. Charles, ILL 113 yards

5 Polaris  Duane Noordhoek Finlayson, MN 61 yards

6 Polaris Al Turin Greenland, MI 41.50 seconds decided not run

7 Ski-Doo Mike Kirtland Mass City, MI 146 yards 87 yards

8 Ski-Doo Eugene Welch Brook Park, MN 130 yards 136 yards

9 Arctic Cat Mike Fraki Atlantic Mine, MI 50.70 sec 43.81 sec

1st– Polaris Al Turin Greenland, MI 41.50 sec

2nd– Arctic Cat Tom Hodges Lake Linden, MI 42.40 sec

3rd– Arctic Cat Mike Fraki Atlantic Mine, MI 43.80 sec


Matt’s Auto Glass and Body Shop VINTAGE Class (2000 & older sleds)

1 Polaris Jimmy Marietta Hubbell, MI 160 yards 120 yards

2 Ski-Doo Trent Lawrence Chassel, MI 104 yards 59 yards

3 Ski-Doo Trevor Colombe Lake Linden, MI 109 yards 91 yards

4 Polaris Jordan Wolfe Neenah, WI 180 yards decided not run

1st– Polaris Jordan Wolfe Neenah, WI 180 yards

2nd– Polaris Jimmy Marieta Hubbell, MI 160 yards

3rd– Ski-Doo Trevor Colombe  Lake Linden, MI 109 yards


Daves Auto Repair of Laurium PRO STOCK 600 Class

1 Polaris Jordan Wolfe Neenah, WI 40.35 sec 180 yards

2 Ski-Doo Bradley Barrette  St. Cloud, MN 42.17 sec 120 yards

3 Polaris Jason Sullivan Ontonagon, MI 151 yards

4 Arctic Cat Emerson Manos Ontonagon, MI 129 yards

5 Ski-Doo Travis Kaurala Nissula, MI 41.21 116 yards

6 Polaris Luke Maher Hastings, MN 167 yards

7 Polaris Cory Burrows Winter Park, CO 129 yards

8 Arctic Cat Dustin Provost Lake Linden, MI  130 yards

9 Polaris Jimmy Marietta Hubbell, MI 36.70 seconds 177 yards

10 Polaris Cole Lassila Calumet, MI 146 yards

11 Polaris Al Turin Greenland, MI 46.54 seconds 115 yards

Top 5 from the 1st Round Advanced to the 2nd Round.  2nd Round is REVERSE Order to run.  Winner of the Class goes into Houghton Powersports PRO STOCK King of the Hill Shoot-out.

Presented by Bramble Racing/UP North Custom Clothing Apparel.

1st– Polaris Jimmy Marietta Hubbell, MI 36.70 seconds

2nd– Polaris Jordan Wolfe Neenah, WI 40.35 seconds

3rd– Ski-Doo Travis Kaurala Nissula, MI 41.21 seconds


Pat’s Motorsports PRO STOCK 700 Class

1 Ski-Doo Brad Barrette  Lake Linden, MI      45.85 sec           43.36 sec

2 Ski-Doo Josh Bramble Toivola, MI 113 yards

3 Arctic Cat Ryan Stertz Hampton, MN 99 yards

4 Polaris Wyatt McIntyre Greenland, MI 41.85 sec 177 yards

5 Arctic Cat Emerson Manos Ontonagon, MI 140 yards

6 Polaris Cory Burrows Winter Park, CO  172 yards          42.43 sec

7 Polaris Jordan Wolfe Neenah, WI   61.01 sec     37.86 sec

8 Polaris Jason Sullivan Ontonagon, MI    52.31 sec   90 yards

Top 5 from the 1st Round Advanced to the 2nd Round.  2nd Round is REVERSE Order to run.  Winner of the Class goes into Houghton Powersports PRO STOCK King of the Hill Shoot-out.

Presented by Bramble Racing/UP North Custom Clothing Apparel.

1st– Polaris Jordan Wolfe Neenah, WI 37.86 seconds

2nd– Polaris Wyatt McIntyre Greenland, MI   41.85 seconds

3rd– Polaris Cory Burrows Winter Park, CO  42.43 seconds


M & M Motorsports PRO STOCK 850 Class

1 Ski-Doo Travis Kaurala Nissula, MI 40.70 sec 127 yards

2 Arctic Cat Tom Hodges Lake Linden, MI 42.82 sec 82 yards

3 Polaris Bob Berghuis Brillon, WI 40.98 sec 82 yards

4 Arctic Cat Ryan Heikkinen Lake Linden, MI 161 yards

5 Polaris Brandon Jilbert Mass City, MI 161 yards

6 Arctic Cat Dustin Provost Lake Linden, MI 128 yards

7 Arctic Cat Jimmy Marietta Hubbell, MI 106 yards

8 Ski-Doo Preston Miller Sheboygan Falls, WI 170 yards

9 Polaris Luke Maher Hastings, MN 160 yards

10 Ski-Doo Dave Dishaw Ontonagon, MI 155 yards

11 Yamaha Tyler Robinson Afton, WY 38.12 sec 40.16 sec

12 Polaris Bryan Shenuk St. Charles, ILL 106 yards

13 Ski-Doo Phillip Hanson Calumet, MI 42.65 sec 42.55 sec

14 Arctic Cat Adam Dehnert Ontonagon, MI 120 yards

15 Arctic Cat Cody Scully Palatine, ILL 94 yards

Top 5 from the 1st Round Advanced to the 2nd Round.  2nd Round is REVERSE Order to run.  Winner of the Class goes into Houghton Powersports PRO STOCK King of the Hill Shoot-out

Presented by Bramble Racing/UP North Custom Clothing Apparel.

1st– Yamaha Tyler Robinson  Afton, WY 38.12 sec

2nd– Ski-Doo Travis Kaurala Nissula, MI 40.70 sec

3rd– Polaris Bob Berghuis, Brillion, WI 40.98 sec


906 Services of Ontonagon PRO OPEN STOCK Class

1 Polaris Justin Jurva Atlantic Mine, MI 107 yards

2 Polaris Brandon Jilbert Ontonagon, MI 110 yards

3 Ski-Doo Dave Dishaw Ontonagon, MI 43.43 sec 38.82 sec

4 Yamaha Tyler Robinson Afton, WY 40.98 sec 0

5 Polaris Wyatt McIntyre Ontonagon, MI 132 yards

6 Arctic Cat Roger Strack Trimountain, MI 45.90 sec 37.11 sec

7 Polaris Jude Grey Ogilvie, MN 109 yards

8 Polaris Bob Berghuis Brillion, WI 109 yards

9 Ski-Doo Jacob Ketola L’Anse, MI 110 yards

10 Polaris Jordan Wolfe Neenah, WI 46.68 sec 43.05 sec

11 Polaris Cole Lassila Calumet, MI 142 yards

12 Arctic Cat Adam Dehnert Ontonagon, MI 106 yards

13 Ski-Doo Phillip Hanson Calumet, MI 45.09 sec 47.41 sec

14 Arctic Cat Tom Hodges Lake Linden, MI 157 yards

15 Arctic Cat Ryan Heikkinen Lake Linden, MI 156 yards

16 Arctic Cat Cody Scully Palatine, ILL 60 yards

17 Ski-Doo Preston Miller Sheboygan Falls, WI 123 yards

Top 5 from the 1st Round Advanced to the 2nd Round.  2nd Round is REVERSE Order to run.  Winner of the Class goes into Houghton Powersports PRO STOCK King of the Hill Shoot-out

Presented by Bramble Racing/UP North Custom Clothing Apparel.

1st– Arctic Cat Roger Strack Trimountain, MI 37.11 sec

2nd– Ski-Doo Dave Dishaw Ontonagon, MI 38.82 sec

3rd– Yamaha Tyler Robinson   Afton, WY 40.98 sec


Patriot Enterprises/Keweenaw Motorsports PRO MOD 600

1 Arctic Cat Emerson Manos Ontonagon, MI 105 yards

2 Ski-Doo Trent Lawrence Chassel, MI 109 yards

3 Yamaha Tyler Robinson Afton, WY 141 yards

4 Polaris Jordan Wolfe Neenah, WI 148 yards 110 yards

5 Ski-Doo Travis Kaurala, Nissula, MI 41.42 sec 36.45 sec

6 Polaris Jason Sullivan Ontonagon, MI 137 yards

7 Ski-Doo Bradley Barrette   St. Cloud, MN 145 yards 140 yards

8 Polaris Chris Bigger Dollar Bay, MI 155 yards 140 yards

9 Polaris Cole Lassila Calumet, MI 113 yards

10 Polaris Roger Strack Trimountain, MI 49.72 sec 38.65 sec

Top 5 from the 1st Round Advanced to the 2nd Round.  2nd Round is REVERSE Order to run.  Winner of the Class goes into Vollwerth’s Meats Pro Mod King of the Hill Shoot-out.  Presented by Premium Spray Foam and Coatings.

1st– Ski-Doo Travis Kaurala     Nissula, MI               36.45 seconds

2nd– Polaris Roger Strack,       Trimountain, MI      38.65 seconds

3rd– Polaris Chris Bigger,      Dollar Bay, MI 155 yards High Mark


Valley View Quarry / Moyle Construction PRO MOD 700

1 Polaris Wyatt McIntyre Greenland, MI 106 yards 177 yards

2 Polaris Cory Burrows Winter Park, CO 42.09 sec 177 yards

3 Polaris Roger Strack Trimountain, MI 46.06 sec 177 yards

4 Ski-Doo Kaiden Kaurala Nissula, MI 105 yards

5 Polaris Chris Bigger Dollar Bay, MI 41.89 sec 40.73 sec

6 Ski-Doo Josh Bramble Toivola, MI 139 yards

7 Arctic Cat Jimmy Marietta Hubbel, MI 38.70 sec 101 yards

8 Arctic Cat Anthony Ernest Mass City, MI 104 yards

Top 5 from the 1st Round Advanced to the 2nd Round.  2nd Round is REVERSE Order to run.  Winner of the Class goes into Vollwerth’s Meats Pro Mod King of the Hill Shoot-out.  Presented by Premium Spray Foam and Coatings.

1st– Arctic Cat Jimmy Marietta Hubbell, MI         38.70 seconds

2nd– Polaris Chris Bigger Dollar Bay, MI         40.73 seconds

3rd– Polaris Cory Burrows Winter Park, CO     42.09 seconds


Diamond House International PRO MOD 850 Class

1 Ski-Doo Jacob Ketola L’Anse, MI 142 yards 173 yards

2 Ski-Doo Jimmy Marietta Hubbel, MI 43.82 sec 41.26 sec

3 Ski-Doo Travis Kaurala Nissula, MI 119 yards

4 Polaris Luke Maher Hastings, MN 121 yards

5 Polaris Wyatt McIntyre   Greenland, MI 81 yards

6 Arctic Cat Jason Carne Dollar Bay, MI 129 yards

7 Polaris Bob Berghuis Brillion, WI 125 yards

8 Ski-Doo Preston Miller Sheboygan Falls, WI 138 yards 89 yards

9 Ski-Doo Dave Dishaw Ontonagon, MI 96 yards

10 Polaris Brandon Jilbert Ontonagon, MI 113 yards

11 Arctic Cat Mike Fraki Atlantic Mine, MI 126 yards

12 Arctic Cat Adam Dehnert Ontonagon, MI 125 yards

13 Arctic Cat Dustin Provost Lake Linden, MI 142 yards 105 yards

14 Yamaha Cody Scully Palatine, ILL 125 yards

Top 5 from the 1st Round Advanced to the 2nd Round.  2nd Round is REVERSE Order to run.  Winner of the Class goes into Vollwerth’s Meats Pro Mod King of the Hill Shoot-out.  Presented by Premium Spray Foam and Coatings.

1st– Ski-Doo Jimmy Marietta Hubbell, MI         41.26 seconds

2nd– Ski-Doo Jacob Ketola L’Anse, MI         173 yards High Mark

3rd– Arctic Cat Dustin Provost Lake Linden, MI      142 yards 2nd High Mark


Pat’s Motorsports/Pat’s Heavy Equipment PRO OPEN MOD

1 Polaris Chris Bigger Dollar Bay, MI 155 yards 126 yards

2 Ski-Doo Eugene Welch Brook Park, MN 95 yards

3 Arctic Cat Tom Hodges Lake Linden, MI 77 yards

4 Ski-Doo Jacob Ketola L’Anse, MI 101 yards

5 Polaris Cory Burrows Winter Park, CO 161 yards 178 yards

6 Polaris Duane Noordhoek  Finlayson, MN 75 yards

7 Yamaha Tyler Robinson Afton, WY 37.98 sec 38.78 sec

8 Ski-Doo Phillip Hanson Calumet, MI 141 yards

9 Arctic Cat Mike Fraki Atlantic Mine, MI 103 yards

10 Polaris Bob Berghuis Brillion, WI 93 yards

11 Polaris Levi Maye Crivitz, WI 71 yards

12 Polaris Justin Jurva Atlantic Mine, MI 84 yards

13 Ski-Doo Josh Bramble Toivola, MI 106 yards

14 Arctic Cat Jason Carne Dollar Bay, MI 96 yards

Top 5 from the 1st Round Advanced to the 2nd Round.  2nd Round is REVERSE Order to run.  Winner of the Class goes into Vollwerth’s Meats Pro Mod King of the Hill Shoot-out.  Presented by Premium Spray Foam and Coatings.

1st– Yamaha Tyler Robinson Afton, WY         37.98 seconds

2nd– Polaris Cory Burrows Winter Park, CO      178 yards High Mark

3rd– Polaris Chris Bigger Dollar Bay, MI         155 yards 2nd High Mark


Houghton Powersports PRO STOCK KING OF THE HILL

Presented by Bramble Racing/Up North Custom Clothing Apparel

Order    OEM         NAME Hometown Time/Distance     Place

1 Polaris Jordan Wolfe Neenah, WI 43.60 seconds       3rd

2 Yamaha Tyler Robinson Afton, WY 107 yards       4th

3 Arctic Cat Jimmy Marieta Hubbell, MI 36.13 seconds       1st

4 Arctic Cat Roger Strack Trimountain, MI 38.72 seconds        2nd


Vollwerth’s Meats PRO MOD KING OF THE HILL

Presented by Premium Spray Foam and Coatings.

Order     OEM NAME Hometown Time/Distance       Place

1 Yamaha Tyler Robinson Afton, WY 38.49 seconds         2nd

2 Ski-Doo Travis Kaurala Nissula, MI 38.72 seconds         3rd

3 Ski-Doo Jimmy Marietta Hubbell, MI           35.59 seconds         1st

4 Ski-Doo Jimmy Marietta Hubbell, MI                 DID NOT NEED TO RUN

ORDER FOR THE KING OF THE HILL SHOOT-OUT IS BASED ON A DRAW.

End of the Earth Entertainent Video Production CRASH OF THE DAY

(Tie)  Eugene Welch, Brook Park, MN and Cory Burrows, Winter Haven, Colorado    

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WINTERNATIONALS Purse INCREASE

February 23, 2021

FINAL RACER REGISTRATION for the 2021 Vollwerth’s Meats WINTERNATIONALS Hillclimb:
 
For those that cannot make it this Friday Night, you can fill out the attached Registration and send that with the fees too:  MASTERS, % WINTERNATIONALS Registration, 610 Greenland Rd., Ontonagon, MI 49953.  We have to receive this in the mail by this Thursday, Feb 24, 2021.  For those registering children for the 120/200 class, make sure you have the Parental Consent Form filed out, signed in front of a Notary by BOTH Parents, and send that along with the Registration.  The Minor Parental Consent Form is also attached.
 
FINAL Racer Registration will run from 6 to 8 pm EASTERN Time at the Range Snowmobile Clubhouse in Atlantic Mine, only a few miles from Whealkate Bluff.  NO Registration after 8:00 pm ET on Friday Night, and especially no Registration on the day of the Hillclimb.
 
We will NOT have more than 12 sleds in a class.  Pre-Registered sleds are Guaranteed the 3 classes or fewer classes they signed up for.  Those that helped on Friday OR WON a class from last year will be allowed a 4th class, providing that class has openings. Everyone else cannot enter more than 3 classes.  No racer is allowed to enter all 3 or 4 entries in Pro Stock or all in Pro Mod.  Snow Bike, Vintage, Spirit do NOT go to the maximum amount of classes.  Thus if you helped, won a class last year, you could enter 4 Pro Classes, Vintage and Spirit.
 
The ‘Draw’ will begin after a short meeting at 8:00 pm ET.  If you cannot be there, make sure you have someone that will do the draw for you.  Those that Pre-Register over the mail, we will draw for you.
 
Schedule of the day of the Hillclimb:
 
Racer gate will open at 8:00 am ET.  Use the Racer Entrance, which is the Exit Road for the Fans.  Pit Parking is based on a First Come basis.  Those that did not sign the Waiver of Liability will be required to sign that at the Gate. 
 
Safety Tech will take place by the Officials Trailer.  You will need to get you and your sled Safety Tech, which you will then get the MASTERS Sticker that must be at a visible location on your sled.  No sled can compete without going through Safety Tech and having a MASTERS Sticker on the sled.
 
Safety Tech Rules: 
1)  Every driver must have Upper Body Protection, 2015 or newer Helmet, Eye Protection, NO exposed Skin.
2)  Snowmobile must have a snow flap that touches the ground when the driver is on the sled.
3)  Belt Guard
4) Operating Tether
5) ABSOLUTELY NO TRACTION PRODUCTS on the track, other then screws in the lugs of the track!
6) Look over and understand the GENERAL Rules and the Hillclimb Rules that are on our Website:  www.mastersracing.net
 
Due to having End of the Earth Entertainment doing a Professional Video of the Hillclimb, EVERY Snowmobile must have a NUMBER ( s ) at a very visible location on the Sled.  The Number has to have a contrasting Color.    This is going to be ENFORCED, DO NOT COME TO THE HILLCLIMB without a number on your sled, that you have on your Registration form.
 
From 8:00 am et to 9:15 am ET, look over the hill.  If you do not feel you can compete safely, go to the Trailer and scratch yourself from the competition.  You will get a FULL REFUND.
 
MANDATORY Drivers Meeting by the Officials Trailer at the bottom of the hill at 9:30 am ET.
 
10 minutes after the conclusion of the Drivers Meeting, we will START the Competition, with the Snow Bikes going first, then Pro Open Mod.  Those entered in those classes should be in Staging.
 
The 120’s will run at Noon.  They will run qualifying and King of the Hill.  We will complete a class before we go to the 120’s/200.  The Awards for the Restoretech/Shenuk Family 120s/Wildlife Refuge Cabins 200 class right after the Children’s class.
 
After the 2 qualifying runs in the Snow Bike Class, the Top 2 will advance to the Snow Bike King of the Hill Shoot-Out.  The Snow Bike Winner will get $200.00 from Bramble Racing-Up North Custom Apparel – Premium Spray Foam and Coatings.
 
After the 2 qualifying runs in the Women’s Class, the Top 2 will advance to the Women’s Queen of the Hill Shoot-Out.  The Women’s Queen of the Hill will get $200 from Premium Spray Foam and Coatings – Bramble Racing – Up North Custom Apparel.
 
The Houghton Powersports Pro Stock King of the Hill (KOH) will run at the end of the day.  The winners of each Pro Stock Class will qualify for the KOH where the winner will get $500.00 from Houghton Powersports, PLUS $200 from Bramble Racing/Up North Custom Apparel, total of $700.00!  Plus they will get a beautifully embroidered King of the Hill jacket from Diamond House International.
 
The final competition of the day will be in the Vollwerth’s Meats Pro Mod King of the Hill.  The winners of each Pro Mod Class will qualify for the KOH where the winner will get $500.00 from Volwerth’s Meats PLUS $200 from Premium Spray Foam and Coatings, total of $700.00!  Plus they will get a King of the Hill Jacket from Diamond House International.
 
Pro, Vintage, Spirit, Womens will get a MASTERS Class Champion Shirt from Diamond House International.  1 Shirt per driver.
 
All these awards will be handed out 90 minutes after the sight is cleaned up and will be handed out at Range Snowmobile Club.

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RULES:    Look over the GENERAL RULES on this site, then look over the Hillclimb rules.  You need to understand and agree to both sets of rules.  NO EXCEPTIONS.  This includes a NUMBER that is very visible on your sled.  You have 2 weeks to get a number.  If the number you have is already taken, you will be asked to put an alphabetical letter after your number.  You HAVE to have a Safe-Jac, or other RACING Upper Body Protection.  You have to have an operating Tether on your sled.  The Snow Flap is to touch the ground when you are on the sled.  You have to have a 2010 or newer Helmet with Eye Protection.  You cannot have ANY bare skin.   As we WARNED and posted on our Rules, other than Vintage, the only traction products allowed are screws in your track lugs.  We have been saying this for years that we are moving in that direction.  This is NOTHING NEW.  If you have other traction products, you have time to pull the traction products off your track.
 
Vollwerth’s Meats WINTERNATIONALS Hillclimb ADDITIONAL CASH PURSE:
 
With the Feb 6th Hillclimb, cancelled, the 2 King of the HIll Sponsors have agreed to increase the CASH Purse on the Pro Stock and Pro Mod King of the Hill.  Bramble Racing/Up North Custom Apparel will kick in $200.00 for the Houghton Powersports Pro Stock King of the Hill.  Houghton Powersports is putting in $500, so that gives us a Total Purse of $700.00 PLUS an embroidered MASTERS King of the Hill Jacket from Diamond House International and the MASTERS.  The Jacket will be handed out after the Competition at the hill with the winner and the sled for Photo Ops.  The Money will be handed out at the Range Snowmobile Clubhouse.
 
Matt and Amy Cook of Premium Spray Foam and Coatings is kicking in $200 for the Vollwerth’s Meats Pro Mod King of the Hill.  That makes the Pro Mod King of the HIll winner getting $700.00, and a MASTERS King of the HIll Jacket from Diamond House International and the MASTERS.  That Jacket will also be handed out at the end of the Competition for Photo Ops.  The money will be handed out at the Awards Ceremony at the Range Snowmobile Clubhouse.
 
BOTH, Premium Spray Foam and Coatings/Cook Racing AND Bramble Racing/Up North Custom Apparel will each be kicking in $100, for a total of $200 for the Queen of the Hill (Women’s Class), and the Snow Bike King of the HIll.  The Queen of the Hill will also get a Jacket.  However we have to have a MINIMUM of 3 racers in the Women’s Class and the Snow Bike Class.  The top 2 in each class will qualify for the ‘Shoot-out.’
 
We’re going to run the Queen of the Hill Shoot-out right after the 2nd Round in that class, same with Snow Bike Shoot-out.  That will be run right after the 2nd round in that class.  The Women’s Queen of the Hill will also get one of the entry’ the MASTERS is given for the World Championship in Jackson, WY.
 
Qualifying entry’s to the World Championship in Jackson:
 
Unless you have ADVANCED to the FINALS in Jackson, ALL entry’s from the MASTERS (other then Women’s and Juniors) will be required to enter Semi-Pro at Jackson.
 
The best time in the Junior class will get an entry, and the Queen of the Hill will get an entry.
 
Winner of each class will get an entry, and the winner of the Pro Stock and Pro Mod King of the Hill will get an extra entry.  Because ALL entry’s from the MASTERS has to be in RIGHT AWAY, we need to KNOW right at the Awards Party if you are going to Jackson or not.  If you cannot go to Jackson, then the 2nd best qualifying result in the class will be given that entry.  It is YOUR responsibility to get you registration in to the Jackson Snow Devils IMMEDIATELY.  You have two weeks before the Vollwerth’s Meats WINTERNATIONALS to know if you are going or not.   It is YOUR responsibility to know and agree to the RULES for the World Championship.
 
Registration for the Vollwerth’s Meats WINTERNATIONALS:
 
If you cannot make it by 8:00 pm ET on Friday Night, Feb. 26th at the Range Snowmobile Clubhouse in Atlantic Mine, you NEED to send in your registration so that the MASTERS receives your registration and Fee’s by THURSDAY, Feb 25th, 2021.  Send the Registration and a check made out to the MASTERS; send it too:  MASTERS, % Winternationals Registration, 610 Greenland Road, Ontonagon, MI. 49953.  With your registration and check, put in a note that you WILL not be attending the Draw and the Drivers Meeting at the Range Snowmobile Clubhouse.  We then will be drawing for you.  Just so you know, we will be going over the schedule of the day, Safety Tech, directions to the Hill and the Pit Area, so it is to your interest to try to make the Drivers Meeting and Draw.
 
FINAL Registration is Friday Night, Feb 26th, at the Range Snowmobile Clubhouse from 6:00 pm ET to 8:00 pm ET.  The Draw will immediately follow at 8:00 pm ET
 
We will have a MAXIMUM number of 12 Entry’s per class.  If we have openings in a class, we MAY decide to allow a racer that has helped set up the course on Friday, or tear down on Saturday FIRST Chance to enter an additional class.  The TOTAL amount of classes a driver can enter is THREE (3), other then if we have openings in other classes, where those drivers that help OR a driver that has WON a class in the past, will be given the opportunity to run a Fourth class.  However the driver cannot run in ALL one division (Pro Stock/Pro Mod).  Again, this is only if we need drivers that have a sled that can LEGALLY compete in a class that has some openings.
 
Thus it is to YOUR advantage to REGISTER by MAIL, so you are assured of getting in the 3 classes that you want!
 
Those that Pre-Register will have to sign the Waiver of Liability at the Gate.  NO ONE IS ALLOWED in the gate, including family and crew, that does not sign a Waiver of Liability!
 
GATES open for Racers at 8:00 am ET on Saturday, Feb 27th.   Due to the anticipated amount of fans coming early for best Parking spots, Racers can enter the EXIT Road.  Look for the signs.  In the past we have had a South Range resident that goes and pulls our signs for the directions to the Exit Road.  Go to the Road behind the South Range Elementary School, turn right to go up the hill.  Where that road ‘T’s’ take a right, and at the bottom of the hill you will see a road going into the Woods.  That is our Exit Road, and/or Racer Entrance.  Please understand that every year it is getting more difficult to get AFFORDABLE and REQUIRED Insurance.  All Racers need to park in the Pits.  The Staging area is JUST for Officials.  Please park as close as you can to each other in the Pits.
 
Please drive slow on the road to the Racers Entrance.  We have some people in that area that complain every year to people racing up and down that road.  As if people pulling 30 Foot Race haulers are racing up that road.  To make the Township Board happy, I’m asking that you please drive slow on that road.
 
Safety Tech will run up to 9:00 am ET.  After you unload your sled, go to the Staging area where a MASTERS Official will run through a Safety Tech of you and your sled.  You then will be given a band to have on your sled that you have passed Safety Tech and will be allowed to compete.  NO EXCEPTIONS, you have to go through Safety Tech to compete.
 
MANDATORY Drivers Meeting will begin at 9:15 am ET.  All racers are required to attend the Drivers Meeting.  We will be going over both the Red and the Blue Course.  Look over the course BEFORE the meeting.  If you do not feel you can SAFELY compete in either or both courses, you have the chance to CANCEL your registration and you will be GIVEN A FULL REFUND.  You can walk the hill if you want.  You will be informed as to where the Staging area is and where the return trail is for those that make it over the top.  You will be told what you must do to get HELP bringing you and your sled back down the hill.  You will have 2 minutes to be at the STARTING line when it is your turn to compete.  If you are not at the Starting line, you will be scratched.  NO EXCEPTIONS.  The charts will be posted so you know when you are to run.
 
Competition to start 15 minutes after the conclusion of the Drivers Meeting.  Snow Bikes will open the competition with their 1st Round.  Then we will go to Pro Open Mod, Pro Mod 858, Pro Mod 700, Pro Mod 600, Pro Stock Open, Pro Stock 850, Pro Stock 700, Pro Stock 600, Women’s, Juniors, Vintage, then reverse driver and class order for the 2nd Round.
 
At Noon we are going to run the 120 Mod, 120 Stock, 200 class.  We will finish whatever class we are running, before we go to the Youth Classes.  The Youth Classes will have their own hill.  We are asking for Parents to help us run those classes.  We run those classes all the way through the 120 Stock King of Hill (KOH), 120 Mod KOH, and 200 KOH.  This is the time we give our hillworkers a break, a chance to warm up, get something to eat.  Thus we need parents to help our officials.  The Kids will have a course at the bottom of the hill before they go up the hill to the finish line.  We will be handing out the Kids Trophy’s at the hill.  After the Kids are done, we IMMEDIATELY return to the schedule.
 
End of the Earth Entertainment:   This year we have a Professional crew doing a video of the competition.  This includes Drones and Ground Camera’s.  Providing they have a good cell signal, they hope to do LIVE streaming of the event.  Chris Wahmhoff is also going to be putting together a half hour Highlight show in an effort to get the event on TV.  Thus they need GOOD SUNLIGHT.  That is why we are going to run a TIGHT and FAST Schedule.  We simply will not have the time to wait for racers to be ready to compete.  We will have the new FM Transmitter going and the PA for you to know when you are to run.  However it is YOUR responsibility to KNOW when you are to be at the Starting line or in Staging.  This is also why we cannot have more then 12 entries in the class. 
 
Starting Line:  Do NOT start your run until you are given the flag and the Green light to go.  We have to re-set the timer.  If you take off before we are ready, you will not have a time for your run.
 
Sigma Tau Gamma Hill Jockey’s:  They are there to HELP you get you and your sled safely down the hill.  YOU are to help them, not just stand by the side of your sled and have them do all the work.  Remember, they cannot go to your sled, until you shut your sled off.  If you cannot get around a gate safely, it is to your advantage to stop the sled and get it stuck.  Then shut the sled off.
 
REMINDER on the GATES:  You or your sled cannot hit a gate.  If you do, the Hill Jockeys make the call.  The gate you hit is your ‘high mark.’  STAY away from the GATES.  Same at the Timing Shute at the top of the Wall.  You have to go through the Timing Shute.  If you hit a gate or the Timer in the Shute, this is really going to slow down the competition.  If you feel you cannot go through the Timing Shute, DON’T TRY!
 
Houghton Powersports Pro Stock King of the Hill and Vollwerth’s Meats Pro Mod King of the Hill SHOOT-OUT:   During the final run of the 2nd Round, all those that won their class in Pro Stock should go to the Officials Trailer to draw for the order of the Pro Stock King of the Hill Shoot-out.  During the final run of the Pro Stock King of the Hill, all those that qualified for the Pro Mod King of the Hill should go to the Trailer for the draw for order.
 
Tear Down and Clean-Up:  We’re kindly asking for everyone’ help in tearing down the course, gates, timer, PA System, fencing, etc.  The faster we get tore down, the quicker we can get to the Awards Party.  Sandy and I will be writing out checks during the Tear down.
 
Award Party at the Range Snowmobile Clubhouse.  Winners in each class will be given a Class Champion Shirt.  If you win more than one class, you will only get one shirt.  Providing we have 5 entry’s in a class, we pay down to 3rd Place in the Pro Classes.  Only trophy’s to be given will be in the Youth Classes.  As has been the policy for over 25 years, we DO NOT SEND OUT Awards of Checks.  If you cannot make it to the Awards Party, then it is your responsibility to have someone pick up your check and Class Champion shirt.  KOH and QOH jackets and Youth Trophy’s will be given out at the hill.  With the help of racers, we hope to be at the Range Clubhouse 90 Minutes after the conclusion of the competition.
 
Upcoming MASTERS Races:  We are constantly working on trying to find a location for the March 13th Terra-X and the March 20th Snow Drags.  We have asked about sites, and simply waiting to hear back from them.  We will have it posted on our Facebook page and our Website, once we have locations for those events.  Thank you for your understanding and patience.  No excuses but this darn Pandemic and the State rules have made sites ‘cautious’ in having an event.  Than early on in the winter, which is hard to believe now, we didn’t have much snow.  Now the Upper Peninsula has more snow then we know what to do with!  This has also delayed us in getting posters printed as we thought by now we would have locations for those events that we can put on the posters.
 
Questions?  If you have any questions, e-mail them to me at sschulz [at] jamadots [dot] com  I always return my e-mails.  While I prefer e-mail questions, if you absolutely have to talk to me, you can call 906-884-9101.  I always have this on my e-mails, but I know it is going to happen.  Remember, from Thursday afternoon, Feb 25th, until Sunday NIght, Feb 28th, I will not be answering e-mails as I will be on the road or at the hill.  Everyyear, I get an e-mail on Friday from a driver wanting to know something that is in this e-mail…ie, when and where will registration be?  How much does it cost to race?  What do I need to do to my sled…etc.

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Due to lack of snow the Feb 6th hillclimb is cancelled.
 
UPCOMING MASTERS/Ojibwa Casino Racing Series Events:
 
Feb 27, 2021:  Vollwerth’s Meats WINTERNATIONALS Hillclimb, Whealkate Bluff, South Range, MI
March 13, 2021:  MASTERS Terra-X Race, site to be determined
March 20, 2021:  Upper Peninsula Snow Drag Championships, site to be deteremined
June 19, 2021:  Motorcycle Hillclimb, Whealkate Bluff, South Range, MI.
Feb 5, 2022:  Mid America Championship Hillclimb, Whealkate Bluff, South Range, MI
Feb 26, 2022:  WINTERNATIONALS Snowmobile Hillclimb, Whealkate Bluff, South Range, MI.
 
Thanks to all of our sponsors, racers, and fans for supporting the MASTERS Racing Circuit, one of the longest running snowmobile race circuits in the entire United States!

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Hillclimb Sponsor Info

August 28, 2020

The Open Mod winner at the Sept 19th, Vollwerth’s Meats-MASTERS Motorcycle/Snowmobile Hillclimb at Whealkate Bluff in South Range, MI., will get AN ADDITIONAL $125.00 from Vollwerth’s Meats, ‘The King of Meats.’  This is in ADDITION to a part of the Class Entry Fee’s.  100% of the OPEN MOD Class Entry Fees will be split between […]

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MASTERS Motorcycle/Snowmobile Hillclimb Will Be Sept 19th

August 27, 2020

The Vollwerth’s Meat’s MASTERS Motorcycle/Snowmobile Hillclimb is ON!  It will be Saturday, Sept. 19th, at Whealkate Bluff in South Range, MI.   Orders on hosting this event per Michigan Governor Whitmer’s Executive Orders during the Corona virus Pandemic:   I apologize for this being sent to you so close to the date of the hillclimb, […]

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Motorcycle Hillclimb Postponed

May 11, 2020

The popular Motorcycle Hillclimb in South Range has been postponed till September 19th.  The event that draws fans and racers from throughout the Midwest was scheduled to happen on June 20th.   The hillclimb has its origins in the 1970’s and 1980’s.  For years the event took place as a part of the South Range 4th […]

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Mont du Lac Hillcross & Race of Champions Snow Drags Cancelled

March 19, 2020

Due to Covid-19 and the Wisconsin Governor Proclamation, the Mont du Lac Hillcross and Race of Champions Snow Drags has been cancelled.    Both, Mont du Lac and the MASTERS have been working together since the news about the Cornavirus Pandemic became a world-wide issue.  While every other event had been called off and cancelled […]

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