2020 Event Updates

December 5, 2019

North Country Snowmobile Club Terra-X/Vintage Enduro & Vintage-Antique Snowmobile Show
 
With the recent snow in Ontonagon, MI., things are looking good for the Jan 11th, 2020, North Country Snowmobile Club Terra-X, Vintage Enduro and NOW the Vintage-Antique Snowmobile Show.
 
For our 1st Vintage-Antique Snowmobile show, all we are doing this year is asking people with a Vintage or Antique Snowmobile to bring them and put then on display for the day of the races.  There is no entry fee or prizes to be handed out this year, as we just want to get people to bring an old sled or two for display.  The display of the sleds will be outside of the clubhouse.  We would like to have those that are willing to run the old sleds during the playing of the National Anthem, however that is up to the owners of the old sleds.
 
As far as the rules for the Vintage Enduro, the only rule other than our “General Rules” is that the sled has to be 20 years or older.  That means all sleds from 2000 and older, 500 cc, can run.  However, due to Insurance, all the sleds have to follow our General Rules,’ which are on our Website, www.mastersracing.net  This includes an operating Tether on ALL sleds.  This is a safety and insurance rule, and there will be no exceptions.
 
The Vintage Enduro will run 30 minutes plus 2 laps…a white flag lap and the checkered flag.
 
Terra X classes and fee’s were sent out on my last e-mail and on our website.  Each driver will get 2 timed runs.  The 3rd fastest sled will take on the 2nd fastest sled in the Semi-Finals, with the Semi-Final winner taking on the Fastest Sled in the Class Shoot-out.  It is approximately a 3/4 to 1 miles closed course, similar to a Cross Country Race.
 
Terra-X is A LOT OF FUN, and you don’t have to have raced ever before to compete in this!
 
Triest Forest Products-Vollwerth’s Meats Mid America Championship Hillclimb, Feb. 1st, 2020, Whealkate Bluff, South Range, MI.
 
As I have sent out since last year, the only rule change this year is that no racer can enter more than 2 Pro Stock and 2 Pro Mod classes, however the 4 class maximum entry does not include those that may also enter a Snow Bike, Spirit, and/or a Vintage Sled.
 
It is at this hillclimb that we are going to have the ‘Spirit’ Class (those 40 and older) winner earn an entry into the World Championship Hillclimb in Jackson, WY.  Other than that the top 2 in both the Pro Stock and Pro Mod King of the Hill will also earn a qualifying entry to the World Championship.
 
If we have 3 of more Snow Bikes, we will also run a Snow Bike class, but it will be at the Feb 22nd Ojibwa Casino WINTERNATIONALS that we will have a Snow Bike King of the Hill.
 
As we have sent out previously, we have extended the runs as we will have a course at the bottom of the hill before the racer makes the run up the steep hill.
 
Other than the Pro Stock and Pro Mod King of the Hill money and the 120 class trophies, all class cash payout will be at the Feb 22nd Awards Party.  Any racer that sweeps his class at both hillclimbs and is at the Awards Party will get ADDITIONAL CASH PAYOUT.
 
Ojibwa Casino WINTERNATIONALS, Feb 22nd, 2020, Whealkate Bluff, South Range, MI.
 
It is at this Hillclimb that the Top 4 in both Pro Stock and Pro Mod earn qualifying entries to the World Championship.
 
It’s at this race that we will also have a Snow Bike King of the Hill.
 
As mentioned in the MACH info, any racer that sweeps his class at both Hillclimb and attends the Awards Party will get ADDITIONAL cash pay-out.
 
Mont du Lac Hillcross and the Snow Drag RACE OF CHAMPIONS, March 28, 2020, Superior-Duluth
 
Any racer that has won at a past MASTERS or at a recognized Snow Drag in the past 3 years is eligible to compete at the RACE OF CHAMPIONS Snow Drag.  We are going to run Pro Mod 600, Pro Mod 850, and TOP GUN,  We are only going to run a class with a minimum of 8 sleds, and a maximum of 12 sleds.  The 2019-20 TOP GUN Tie-breaker will be run.  We are also going to run a 100% Challenge in Non-Turbo and Turbo, where all the entry fee money will go back to the winner at the end of the day.  $100 entry, single elimination.  The class winners in the RACE OF CHAMPIONS is double elimination, 2 sleds racing at a time.
 
Hillcross classes and entry fee is on our website.  Top 12 sleds from Time Trials, will advance to the side by side competition.  Times will determine where the racer is seeded.  2 lanes, 2 sleds at a time.  Fastest time and seeding will determine lane choice.
 
Awards and cash payback will be 60-90 minutes after the conclusion of all the races.
 
We will be going back and forth between Hillcross and the RACE OF CHAMPIONS.
 
Mont du Lac has had a major facility change, which includes Cabins right when you come into the grounds.  PLEASE book your reservations ASAP at Mont du Lac!

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Good luck to all the Deer Hunters, and be safe!
 
North Country Snowmobile Club Terra-X/Vintage Enduro, Ontonagon, MI., Jan 11, 2020:
 
We’re going to start the day by running Time Trials for Terra-X.  The 3 fastest sleds in the classes will advance to the 2-sled Shoot-Out.  #3 Seed will take on the # 2 seed in a 3 lap Semi-Final.  The winner of that will than take on the # 1 seed in the 3 sled Class Championship.  After the Terra-X finals are done we are going to run the Vintage Enduro.  This is for 500 cc sleds 20 years and older.  That means that 2000 and older sleds can run in this.  The Vintage Enduro will be 30 minutes plus 2 laps.
 
The Terra-X and Vintage Enduro is on a closed course that is approximately 3/4 of a mile long.  If you go to YouTube you will find a video done by Jason Asselin of Just Snowmobiles to get an idea of the course from last year.
 
As we have done for all our racing since 1995, we do not take registration the day of the race.  Final registration will be Friday Night, from 6:00 to 8:00 pm EASTERN time or by Pre-Registering.  In the very near future I will be sending out the Vintage Enduro Registration form.  The Terra-X Registration is on our website, www.mastersracing.net .  The Vintage Enduro Registration is attached to this.
The Awards Party will be 60 to 90 minutes after the conclusion of the races in the North Country Snowmobile Clubhouse.
 
Triest Forest Products/Vollwerth’s Meats Mid America Championship Hillclimb (MACH), Whealkate Bluff, South Range, MI., Saturday, Feb 1, 2020:
 
The only rule change for this year is that no one is allowed to enter more than 2 classes in Pro Stock and 2 classes in Pro Mod, for a maximum total of 4 classes.  However, you can enter the 4 classes AND if you are 40 and older, you can also enter the Spirit Class.  It will be at the MACH, this hillclimb, that the Spirit Class winner will get one entry to the 2020 World Championship Hillclmb in Jackson, WY.  We will also give the top 2 in the Pro Stock King of the Hill and the top 2 in the Pro Mod King of the Hill a qualifying entry to the World Championship.  It will be at this race that we will hand out 5 entry’s to the World Championship.  REMEMBER, once you have qualified with an entry ( s ) to the World Championship, you can use those entry’s for whatever class you choose at Jackson.
 
We will also be running the 120 Stock, 120 Mod, Vintage and d Snow Bike at this race.  The TOP racers in this class will be the ONLY racers that will qualify for the Ojibwa Casino WINTERNATIONALS on Feb 28th, where we will run the top 3 racers in each of these classes in a King of the Hill for those classes.
 
In an effort to secure out MAJOR Sponsorship, Ojibwa Casino’s, we are going to pay out the cash winners in each class at our Hillcimb Party on Feb 22nd at the Ojibwa Casino.  The ONLY money we are going to pay out for the top 3 in each class from the MACH will be the Pro Stock King of the Hill and the Pro Mod King of the Hill.  WNEED THE RACERS TO SUPPORT our MAJOR SPONSOR, the Ojibwa Casino. 
 
Ojibwa Casino WINTERNATIONALS Hillclimb, Whealkate Bluff, South Range, Mi., Saturday, Feb. 22, 2020:
 
The top 3 racers in the 120 Stock, 120 Mod, Vintage, and Snow Bike from the MACH will earn FREE class fees for those classes in the King of the Hill Shoot-out in those classes.  All you will have to pay is the Insurance.  We will NOT be running the Spirit class at the WINTERNATIONALS.
 
Any driver that wins a class at BOTH the MACH and the WINTERNATIONALS will get BONUS MONEY at the Awards Party on Saturday Night, at the Ojibwa Casino in Baraga.  It will be at the Awards Party that the cash pay-out for each class at both the MACH and the WINTERNATIONALS will be paid out to the racers attending the Party.
 
This year we have a longer course that starts at the bottom of the hill BEFORE you start on the climb up the steep hill at both the MACH and the WINTERNATIONALS.  Hillclimb registration is on our website:  www.mastersracing.net
 
 
Mont du Lac Race of Champions Snow Drag and Hillcross, Duluth/Superior, Saturday, March 28, 2020:
 
Snow Drag racers that have WON in the classes we are running at any MAJOR Snow Drag are eligible to race in the Race of Champions.  We are ONLY going to take the 8 FASTEST Drivers in the following classes, Pro Mod 600, Pro Mod 700, Pro Mod 850, and TOP GUN.  You WILL HAVE TO submit the races you have won and the race location, then PRE-REGISTER by March 20th, 2020 to qualify for the RACE OF CHAMPIONS.  This includes previous MASTERS Races.  This race will also determine the TOP GUN Champion tie-breaker between Nick Gustafson and Al Turin, which tied for the 2018 TOP GUN Championship.  However we will have room for 6 other TOP GUN Racers.
 
It will be a Double elimination, 2 sleds racing at a time in all the classes,
 
The Hillcross will also have 2 sleds racing at a time.  Time Trials will run right away in the morning, to determine the seeding for the 8 fastest sleds in their class.  You will get 2 runs in the time trials.  Than in the Quarterfinals, # 8 seed will take on the #1 seed, # 7 seed will take on # 2 seed, # 6 seed will take on # 3 seed, # 4 seed will take on # 5 seed.  The higher seed will choose which lane they want.  Only the winners will advance to the next round.
 
We will be going back and forth during the day between the Race of Champions and the Hillcross.  While we are running one form of racing, we will be re-grooming the course on the other form of racing.
 
Registration for both the RACE OF CHAMPIONS and the Hillcross is attached to this e-mail.
 
The Awards Party will be 60 to 90 minutes after the conclusion of the races.
 
Mont du Lac has beautiful brand new Cabins right at the entrance to the grounds.  WE NEED the racers to call Mont du Lac and make reservations for the Cabins.  We NEED to fill up all the cabins to continue with this race.  The Cabins have great parking for your race trailers.  They also have an RV Park right next to the Cabins.  Call 888-331-8651 to make reservations or go to www.mdlresort.com for more information.

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2020 Event Info

October 18, 2019

The MASTERS is looking for 2 Officials.  We need them to help set up the courses on Friday, and be an Official for the races on Saturday.  This is a paid position, we provide MASTERS Official Winter Jackets, and cover some of your expenses.  If you are reliable, dependable, and able to help out Friday Afternoon, and help set up and tear down, plus be an official on Saturday, please e-mail me.

As always we are looking for Class Sponsors at all the events.  Our sponsors get great Pre-Race and Post Race Media promotion, along with a lot of promotion the day of the event.  The Class Sponsors can put up banners on the grounds and have a Vendor Stand if they want and provide the banners.  Those that agree to be sponsors ASAP will also be included on the MASTERS Posters that we distribute throughout the entire Midwest.  E-mail me for details.

Again I am looking for your feedback on anything and everything.  Since the MASTERS started sanctioning snowmobile races in 1995, and our staff actually started in working on Snowmobile events in 1991, we have ALWAYS encouraged racer, crew, fan, and sponsor feedback!

To learn more about an event in 2020, click on one of the links to the left.

Thanks everyone!  See you at a MASTERS Sanctioned race this winter and next summer!

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The MASTERS – Ojibwa Casino Motorcycle Hillclimb at Whealkate Bluff in South Range will expand this 4th of July weekend to include snowmobiles and side-by-side off-road vehicles. The second annual event will take place on Saturday, July 6.

The MASTERS, which stands for Mid America Snow and Terrain Expert Racers, with the help of Triest Forest Products, brought the motorcycle hillclimb back to life last year. The event was a popular attraction in the 1970s. With numerous changes in property ownership and extensive erosion on the hill, it wasn’t until last year that a sanctioned motorcycle hillclimb took place.

Officials from the MASTERS first ran a snowmobile hillclimb in 1991 as a cooperative event with the Range Snowmobile Club. Then in the latter 1990s, the MASTERS began sanctioning professional snowmobile hillclimbs.

“Close to 20 years ago we became the Midwestern States’ representative to qualify snowmobilers to compete at the World Championship Hillclimb in Jackson, Wyoming,” explained Jason Kleinschmidt, MASTERS Director of Race Operations. This past winter, James Marietta of Hubbell, Roger Strack of Painesdale, and Tyler Robinson of the Pat’s Motorsports Team of Greenland competed at the World Championship. Robinson qualified for the finals in two classes.

It was one of the circuit’s top snowmobile hillclimbers, Mike Fraki of Atlantic Mine, who suggested having snowmobiles run straight up the hill at the Motorcycle Hillclimb.

“At first we didn’t think a snowmobiler would want to do this, but after putting out a ‘feeler’ on social media, we were pleasantly surprised,” stated Kleinschmidt.

Planning on competing in the snowmobile hillclimb includes some of the circuit’s top professional snowmobile hillclimbers. This includes Fraki, Travis Kaurala of Pelkie, and Jordan Wolfe, an MTU Mechanical Engineering student.

According to the MASTERS, that opened the doors to possibly expanding into off-road vehicles, such as the increasing numbers of side-by-sides (SXS).

“When the landowner, Triest Forest Products, also asked about the SXS, we inquired with a dealer and SXS riders. To be upfront with everyone, we really don’t know at this time what interest in that class we’re going to have,” commented Kleinschmidt.

Mike Chopp at Whealkate in 2018

The MASTERS is going to have strict safety measures for those who want to run an SXS up the hill. This includes a solid welded roll cage, along with a 5-point harness. These ORVs compete in races such as the one in Crandon, Wisconsin.

“Whether we will get any of these to compete at this time we simply do not know. However, we do know that we’re going to have some good competition in the Snowmobile class,” said Kleinschmidt.

There will also be changes for the motorcycles climbing the steep bluff. This includes a couple of gates for the motorcycles to go around and a small jump at the base of the hill. This past winter the snowmobiles had to go around five gates and a steep “wall” at the top of the hill for both the Triest Forest Products-Vollwerth’s Mid America Championship Hillclimb and the Ojibwa Casino WINTERNATIONALS Hillclimbs.

The event will continue to have a class where two motorcycles will race side by side straight up the hill, along with having the 10 fastest racers advance to the King of the Hill “shoot-out.” The three fastest snowmobilers will advance to the “King of the Dirt” shoot-out at the end of the day.

Racers in motorcycle classes will range from the children running the small bikes all the way up to a class for the heavily modified motorcycles with extended suspension.

Triest Forest Products invested thousands of dollars into construction work on the hill, the fan and racer parking, along with the entrance and exit roads to the event. The Spalding-based company will once again be working on the hill and the property for the July 6 event.

“This event draws racers and fans from all over to South Range, Houghton, and Hancock. It is a great boost to the area’s tourism economy and supports the established South Range 4th of July weekend festivities,” concluded Kleinschmidt. “Expanding into snowmobiles and possibly SXS will draw even more racers and fans.”

The expansion of the Ojibwa Casino Motorcycle Hillclimb coincides with this summer’s expansion at the Baraga Ojibwa Casino and the construction of the new casino and resort in Marquette.

For more information, see other pages on this web site, their Facebook page, or call 906-884-9101.

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The second annual MASTERS Ojibwa Casino Motorcycle Hillclimb returns to Whealkate Bluff in South Range, Michigan, on Saturday, July 6. For many years during the 1970’s and 1980’s, this steep hill hosted a motorcycle hillclimb on the 4th of July weekend.

After Treist Forest Products invested thousands of dollars in construction work on the hill, roads in and out of the site, and expanded fan and pit parking, the event makes a return this summer.

This year’s hillclimb will include a class for snowmobiles to run straight up the hill. The 3 fastest snowmobilers will qualify for the “King of the Dirt” run and the winner of that pocketing $150.00! 

“Since we have the Sno-Bikes run at our snowmobile hillclimbs, it’s only fair that we have the snowmobiles run at the motorcycle hillclimb,” commented Jason Kleinschmidt, MASTERS Director of Race Operations.

This year two motorcycle classes allowing for modified suspension will be added to the competition. All the classes that ran last year will return, including classes for the children to run the smaller “cc” bikes.

Plans are underway in looking at making improvements to the entrance and exit to the grounds. Once again this summer, work will need to be done on the hill, especially after the amount of snow and spring runoff on the hill.

“This event draws a lot of racers and fans to South Range. It is a good benefit to the area’s economy,” commented Jeremy Schmidt, MASTERS official.

The MASTERS, which is an acronym for Mid America Snow and Terrain Expert Racers, has been involved or sanctioning hillclimbs since 1991. Last year was the first time that the MASTERS sanctioned a motorcycle hillclimb. However, the MASTERS had run other forms of off-road vehicle races in the past.

For racer information, including the classes and registration, you can call the MASTERS at 906-884-9101 or see the links at the top of this page.

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Rules changes

April 1, 2019

There have been some minor changes to the general and hillclimb rules for 2020. Please view or download them on the rules page.

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Area snowmobilers at World Championship

April 1, 2019

Three western U.P. snowmobile hillclimbers represented Michigan as well as the Upper Peninsula at the World Championship Snowmobile Hillclimb in Jackson, Wyoming. Another snowmobiler represented an area snowmobile dealership. Competing for Pat’s Motorsports of Greenland on the dealership’s Yamahas was Tyler Robinson. Robinson of Afton, Wyoming, posted the fastest time in the Improved Stock 600 […]

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Terra-X at Mont du Lac has been cancelled

March 29, 2019

While at this present time Mont du Lac has snow on the hill where the MASTERS was going to run our final race of the season, the hill is losing two inches of snow per hour. The forecast for next week is highs in the upper 40’s.  To build the course that would make the […]

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Mont du Lac Terra-X, April 6, outside of Duluth/Superior

March 18, 2019

What we are going to do is for those who send in their pre-registration along with fees by April 1st and register for TOP GUN, Pro Open Stock, and one Trail Class, we’re going to GIVE YOU an additional Trail Stock Class entry fee for FREE! Those who register at the Mont du Lac lodge […]

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Adventure Mountain welcomes Terra-X Racers

March 18, 2019

Fans and racers came out to see Terra-X racing at Adventure Mountain in Greenland on Saturday. They were treated by a lot of sunshine and snow to see snowmobilers go through a winding course up and down the former ski hill. It was in the Pat’s Motorsports Pro Open Stock that Jordan Wolfe of Montreal, […]

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