MASTERS Hall of Fame

MASTERS “Hall of Fame” is a page dedicated to the drivers that helped build the MASTERS Circuit. However, unlike other Hall of Fames, the MASTERS doesn’t induct or add people every year just to add someone. The individual has to not only truly be deserving of the honor for what they accomplished competing in the MASTERS, they have to have been a role model when it comes to sportsmanship and dedication to the sport and our Circuit. While we do have a couple other people that we are considering adding to our Hall of Fame, we’re not sure if they will join this very elite “fraternity” this year or in a future year.

Layne Stank, Polaris Hillclimber

Layne Stank


Layne Stank

The MASTERS originated as solely a Snowmobile Hillclimb Circuit. The MASTERS brought and has continued to be the Snowmobile Hillclimb Circuit for the entire Midwest. As we come upon our third DECADE of sanctioning Snowmobile Hillclimbs, no snowmobile hillclimber in our Circuit (and probably the entire Midwest) has competed in as many World Championship Hillclimbs in Jackson, Wyoming, as Menominee, Michigan’s Layne Stank. Of the hundreds of snowmobile hillclimbers that have competed in MASTERS hillclimbs, Layne has won more class championships than ANY other Snowmobile Hillclimber in our Circuit. He has won different King of the Hills at different hillclimbs. In addition to what Layne has done on the hill, he truly embodies what the MASTERS Racing Circuit is all about, and that is his Christian faith and his dedication to sportsmanship. Layne became only the second MASTERS Snowmobile Hillclimber to be inducted into our Hall of Fame in February of 2017.

Matt Lacosse, Champion, MI – MASTERS Racing Circuit ALL-TIME Leader in Snow Drag wins!

Matt LaCosse

No driver has won more Snow Drag races then Lacosse. Whether it was in the Stock, Mod, or even the Vintage Classes, Matt Lacosse has won more snow drag races then any driver in the history of the MASTERS Racing Circuit. In addition to all his first-place finishes, Lacosse has two sons that are following in his footsteps, Nathan and Carter. Both of these young snowmobile racers have dominated in the 120cc classes. To top all this, it is his wife Deanne that helps Matt, Nathan, and Carter in getting his sleds ready. When you bring up to 5 sleds to a race, that is no easy chore!

Alan Turin, Michigan, Polaris and Yamaha Driver, Hillclimb

Al Turin

No one has ever dominated in MASTERS Racing snowmobile hillclimbs like this Greenland, Michigan, driver. Alan Turin not only won both Pro Stock King of the Hill but also Pro Mod King of the Hill FOR YEARS at Copper Peak. A common statement for years while Turin was competing was, “It won’t be till Turin retires that anyone will ever win a Pro Stock or Pro Mod King of the Hill.” While he eventually was defeated, it took many years and many drivers to finally defeat the MASTERS All-Time Snowmobile King of the Hill. Turin was so talented at snowmobile hillclimb competition, dealers would provide him a sled just to have a chance at having the sled they sell win a King of the Hill. The ONLY thing harder than beating Turin was getting him to talk over the PA from the Winners Circle. Turin was not much for words; he simply let the show he put on for the fans do the talking.

Wyler Miller

Wyler Miller, Hillclimber (Multi-Brands)

From the early years of MASTERS Hillclimbers, the ONE racer who was ALWAYS in the Pro Stock and Pro Mod King of the Hill competition was “Wild Man” Wyler Miller. Early on he ran Yamahas, but years later he went to racing Ski-doos. Wyler was a fan favorite! He was one hillclimber who ALWAYS put on a show by never letting off the throttle. It didn’t matter what the snow conditions were or even the degree of difficulty with the gate set-up on the hill. All Wyler would say was, “Bring it on, let’s do it!”

This Baraga County resident was and to this very day is the “mentor” for many other hillclimbers. While his career was winding down, Wyler turned his attention to helping other hillclimbers compete. It is his success as one of the BEST Hillclimbers the MASTERS has ever had, combined with his fierce competitive spirit and most important, his GREAT attitude, that has made him one of the few members of the MASTERS “family” to earn a spot on the very selective MASTERS Hall of Fame!

Kip McIntyre

Kip McIntyre, Yamaha Drag Racer

Right when the MASTERS decided to sanction snow drags many years ago, Kip was the one to beat! From the early days of running the 4-cylinder Yamaha to running the very fast Yamaha Turbo, Kip was the one to bet on when it came to making the finals. However, it is not just Kip’s success in the snow drags that put him in the elite group of members of the MASTERS Hall of Fame: it is his dedication to supporting and sponsoring MASTERS events. Kip not only has been the most consistent and loyal supporter of the MASTERS, but is one of very few members of the MASTERS “family” who sponsors and supports MANY other MASTERS competitors, not just in drags, but also Terra-X and hillclimb.

To top off all the accolades we could post about Kip, he is a very special father who is inspiring his son, Wyatt, to follow in his footsteps, the footsteps of success and in sportsmanship on and off the track. Kip and his wife, Trish, are the owners of Pat’s Motorsports in Greenland, a top Yamaha and Polaris dealership. The MASTERS is very proud to induct Kip McIntrye into the very limited MASTERS Hall of Fame!

Jerry Buschell

Jerry Buschell, Lake Linden, MI, Ski-doo, Drag Racing

Jerry Buschell was inducted into our Hall of Fame in January of 2018. In the decades that the MASTERS sanctioned snowmobile drag racing, no racer totally dominated in any class like Buschell did! His winning streak in the 700cc Mod Class went for YEARS. He dominated to the extent with a 700cc sled that he even raced that same sled in bigger cc classes and he STILL WON. Few (if any) have ever perfected the performance of a 700cc engine like Buschell! He went on to race that sled in non-MASTERS races, and after winning in other circuit snow drags, Buschell proved that when the MASTERS Racing Circuit racers went to other races, EVERYONE knew that the FASTEST racers are those who had the MASTERS-Ojibwa Casino sticker on their sleds!

Paul Voelker, Calumet, Ski-Doo Drag Racer

Paul Voelker (left) racing his teammate and fellow Hall of Famer Jerry Buschell

Paul is a member of our first MASTERS Racing “Web of Fame” class. Paul is from the Keweenaw Peninsula in Michigan’s western U.P. For years Paul dominated at MASTERS drag races. This lifelong Ski-doo driver not only consistently defeated fellow drivers in the 800 cc classes, but Paul was voted upon by his fellow drivers as the MASTERS Racing Circuit SPIRIT Award Winner. The SPIRIT Award was an award for a driver who displayed sportsmanship and willingness to help his fellow drivers. After Paul retired from racing, he went on to help other drivers with “wrenching and tech support.” Paul also was one of the MASTERS top snowmobile hillclimbers and was one of the first to represent the MASTERS and the entire Midwest at the World Championship Snowmobile Hillclimb in Jackson, Wyoming.