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 class. This advanced him to the finals in that class, along with the second fastest time in the Improved Stock 700 class. 

This is the first time in over 20 years that a snowmobile hillclimber who qualified through the MASTERS Racing Circuit advanced to two finals. The MASTERS, which stands for Mid America Snow and Terrain Expert Racers, is a qualifying hillclimb circuit from the Midwest.

Tyler Robinson, WINTERNATIONALS

“Talk about the highest of highs and lowest of lows! After qualifying first in 600 improved and second in 700 improved, we experienced equipment failure on our Mod runs on Saturday,” explained Robinson. “That ended up literally draining me mentally and physically.”

Even a crew of technicians from throughout the area couldn’t help Hubbell’s Jimmy Marietta. Marietta came down with the flu, yet he competed in 4 different classes. Marietta and his M & M Powersports Arctic Cat excited the thousands of fans in attendance and hundreds of people watching the competition over the Internet.

Sandy Schulz and Jimmy Marietta, Vollwerth’s KOH MACH 2019

“Jimmy (Marietta) had one of the fastest times from the start to the very challenging halfway point up Snow King Mountain,” explained Jason Kleinschmidt, MASTERS VP of Racing. “All of us in the MASTERS are very proud of him, especially when one considers how he was feeling and this being the first time he competed at the World Championship.”

Also qualifying for the World Championship and competing for the first time were Roger Strack of Atlantic Mine and Wyatt McIntyre of Greenland.

Whealkate MACH Roger Strack, 2019

In only his second year of snowmobile hillclimb experience with the MASTERS, Strack ran in both Stock and Mod classes on his Tina’s Katalina/Diamond House International Polaris. The weekend before the World Championships, Strack took a first place finish at the Adventure Mountain Terra-X Race.

It was at the Terra-X race in Greenland that Wyatt McIntyre won two classes. It was that Terra-X experience, along with winning the Junior Division at the Ojibwa Casino Hillclimbs in South Range, that made him the only Junior Division competitor at the World Championship from Michigan.

Wyatt McIntyre, WINTERNATIONALS

“I would like to thank everyone that made my childhood dream of going to Jackson, Wyoming, to race snowmobiles at the world championships. It has been something I thought I’d never get to do. I know many others have come so close but haven’t made it,” stated the 17-year-old McIntyre. “It was an amazing experience, and I hope to do it again soon. I’m grateful for the people who made it possible for me, especially my mother, Trisha McIntyre, the one who pushed me to become a not only a better rider but a better person, and to surround myself with amazing people.”

While McIntyre did not advance, he defeated 12 other Junior racers in qualifying.

Robinson also thanked those from the Western U.P. for giving him the chance to compete in one of the biggest snowmobile events in the world. “Can’t thank the Pat’s Motorsports team enough! Hauling their sleds from Michigan to give me the chance to take them over the top of Snow King, working on the repairs between classes, supporting and believing in me as a racer, and being able to roll with the punches really says a lot!”

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