Michigan Snowmobilers dominate in Duluth!

March 27, 2018

When one looks at the results of the March 17th and 18th MASTERS-sanctioned snowmobile races outside of Duluth, they would have thought the races were held in the Western Upper Peninsula. Every class in the Minnesota State Championship Hillclimb was won by an Upper Peninsula U.P. racer. In the Grand Nationals Snow Drags, Michigan racers took 7 of 9 classes.

After sweeping both of the Ojibwa Casino WINTERNATIONALS Hillclimb in South Range, Hubbell’s Jimmy Marietta won both the Pro Stock and Pro Mod King of the Hill. If that isn’t impressive enough, Marietta went to Mont du Lac and won EVERY Pro Mod Class. This is the first time in the 20+ years of the MASTERS-sanctioning professional snowmobile hillclimbs that the circuit didn’t even have two racers to conduct a Pro Mod King of the Hill.

If it wasn’t for a Michigan Tech student, Jordan Wolfe, Marietta would have clinched the Pro Stock King of the Hill. Wolfe, from the Ironwood area, did force a Pro Stock “shoot-out.” Wolfe posted his best time of the day in the Pro Stock King of the Hill, only to have Marietta come back and narrowly edge Wolfe by less than a second.

Al Turin, Top Gun Champion

In the Grand Nationals Snow Drags, Greenland’s Al Turin basically clinched a third consecutive MASTERS/Ojibwa Casino TOP GUN Championship for the year. Turin defeated former Hurley resident and Polaris Industries employee Nick Gustafson in the TOP GUN Final. It was the same two that had the same results from the U.P. Championships, held in January in Ontonagon.

Turin now has a 6-point lead going into the final race of the year at Marquette Mountain at Marquette, Michigan. While the Yamaha racer has not mathematically clinched the season TOP GUN Championships, it would be difficult for Gustafson to win the title.

Chris Nordang, Magic Champ

While the season championship in TOP GUN may be over before the Marquette Mountain race, the debut of the MAGIC Class is going to go down to what happens on April 7. Iron River’s Chris Nordang on an Arctic Cat defeated the Chop City team’s Kyle Nash in the finals. Nash and his team travelled from Traverse City to Mont du Lac. It was Chris and Tracy Nordang’s son, and Tom and Lynda’s grandson, CJ Nordang, who won the Pro Mod 850 final.

Lake Linden’s Jerry Buschell on a Ski-doo continued his 4-year domination in the Pro Mod 700 class. His neighbor, Tom Hodges, and Arctic Cat is coming closer to being first in crossing the 500-foot finish line in this class.

It is not just at the races outside of Duluth that proves the fact that the MASTERS Racing Circuit has some of the top professional snowmobile racers throughout the nation, but the fact that when these MASTERS Racing Circuit racers go to non-sanctioned snowmobile races…THEY WIN!

The MASTERS Racing Circuit will end the season with the Marquette Mountain “Tri-Fecta” on April 7. In addition to the long running MASTERS/Ojibwa Casino Snow Drag Championships, the MASTERS will hold a hillcross race and the World Championship KIDS Climb. Hillcross is a combination of a Drag Race and Snow Cross. Two racers will race “side by side” up the hill. The straight-line race will include jumps that propel the snowmobiles high into the air. The World Championship KIDS Climb has children between the ages of 5 and 12 racing the small 120 cc sleds up a hillclimb course.

Nolan Warfield, King of the Hill

Minnesota State Championship Hillclimb

Mont du Lac, Duluth/Superior, March 17, 2018 Results:

Mont du Lac Pro Stock King of Hill: 1) Jimmy Marietta, Hubbell, MI, Arctic Cat, 40.60; 2) Jordan Wolfe, Montreal, WI, Polaris, 41.50.

Mont du Lac Pro Mod King of Hill: 1) Jimmy Marietta won all Pro Mod Division Classes.

MASTERS 120 King of the Hill: Nolan Warfield, Duluth, MN, Polaris.

Jam Service Pro Open Mod: 1) Marietta, 41.65 (1st Rd), Arctic Cat; 2) Marietta, 41.98 (2nd Rd), Arctic Cat; 3) Nathan Warfield, Duluth, MN, Polaris, 43.99 (2nd Rd)

Pat’s Motorsports Pro Mod 850: 1) Marietta, 39.65, (1st Rd), Arctic Cat; 2) Marietta, 40.16 (2nd Rd), Arctic Cat; 3) Luke Maher, Hastings, MN, 44.36 (1st Rd).

Diamond House International Pro Mod 700: 1) Marietta, 39.37 (1st Rd), Arctic Cat; 2) Marietta, 41.82 (2nd Rd), Arctic Cat; 3) Jordan Wolfe, 42.85 (2nd Rd), Polaris.

Ojibwa Casino Pro Mod 600: 1) Marietta, 39.49 (1st Rd), Arctic Cat; 2) Marietta, 40.92 (2nd Rd), Arctic Cat; 3) Wolfe, 42.76 (1st Rd), Polaris.

Daves Auto Repair of Laurium Pro Open Stock: 1) Marietta, 39.02 (1st Rd), Arctic Cat; 2) Marietta, 40.65 (2nd Rd), Arctic Cat; 3) Wolfe, 42.52 (1st Rd), Polaris.

Daily Mining Gazette Pro Stock 850: 1) Wolfe, 42.89 (1st Rd), Polaris; 2) Wolfe, 43.42 (2nd Rd), Polaris; 3) Warfield, 45.56 (1st Rd) Polaris.

JK Trophy’s of L’Anse Pro Stock 700: 1) Marietta, 40.90 (1st Rd), Arctic Cat; 2) Wolfe, 42.13 (1st Rd), Polaris; 3) Marietta, 42.44 (2nd Rd), Arctic Cat.

Ojibwa Casino Pro Stock 600: 1) Marietta, 39.99 (1st Rd), Arctic Cat; 2) Marietta, 42.28, (2nd Rd) Arctic Cat; 3) Luke Maher, 42.57 (1st Rd), Polaris.

GRAND NATIONALS SNOW DRAG RESULTS

March 18, 2018 at Mont du Lac, Duluth/Superior:

Ojibwa Casino TOP GUN: 1) Al Turin, Greenland, MI, Yamaha; 2) Nick Gustafson, Roseau, MN, Polaris; 3) Kip McIntyre, Greenland, MI, Yamaha.

Pat’s Motorsports MAGIC: 1) Chris Nordang, Iron River, MI, Arctic Cat; 2) Kyle Nash, Traverse City, MI, Arctic Cat; 3) Nick Gustafson, Roseau, MN, Polaris.

Mont du Lac Pro Mod 850: 1) CJ Nordang, Iron River, MI, Ski-doo; 2) Kyle Nash, Traverse City, MI, Arctic Cat; 3) Jerry Buschell, Lake Linden, MI, Ski-doo.

Dave’s Auto Repair of Laurium Pro Mod 700: 1) Jerry Buschell, Lake Linden, MI, Ski-doo; 2) Tom Hodges, Lake Linden, MI, Arctic Cat; 3) Wyatt McIntyre, Greenland, MI, Yamaha.

Patriot Towing Pro Mod 600: 1) Kyle Nash, Traverse City, MI, Polaris; 2) Al Turin, Greenland, MI, Yamaha; 3) Jim Johnson, Skanee, MI, Polaris

Daily Mining Gazette Race Stock 800: 1) Jerry Buschell, Lake Linden, MI, Ski-doo; 2) Tom Hodges, Lake Linden, MI, Arctic Cat; 3) Derek Lundry, Iron River, MI, Ski-doo.

Eagle Radio Race Stock 600: 1) Kyle Nash, Traverse City, MI, Polaris; 2) Kip McIntyre, Greenland, MI, Yamaha; 32) Al Turin, Greenland, MI, Yamaha.

Soderbeck Systems Trail Stock Open: 1) Randy Bernstein, Madison, WI, Arctic Cat; 2) Tyler Fisher, Brighton, MI, Arctic Cat; 3) Wyatt McIntrye, Greenland, MI, Polaris.

Trail Stock 600: 1) Jim Butler, Babbit, MN, Arctic Cat; 2) Mike Breusewitz, Menasha, WI, Arctic Cat; 3) Wyatt McIntyre, Greenland, MI, Polaris.

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