Mont du Lac to host MN State Championship Hillclimb & GRAND NATIONALS Drags

March 5, 2018

After a very successful Ojibwa Casino WINTERNATIONALS Snowmobile Hillclimb at Whealkate Bluff in South Range, MI, the MASTERS now moves on to the Duluth/Superior market. It will be at Mont du Lac that the Minnesota State Championship Hillclimb will take place on Saturday, March 17.  Then on Sunday, March 18, this excellent ski resort will be home to the GRAND NATIONALS Snow Drags.

Mont du Lac had a MASTERS Racing Circuit Hillclimb two years ago. Last year the hillclimb was cancelled due to lack of snow. That prompted Mont du Lac and the MASTERS to move the hillclimb and the uphill snowmobile drag races to March 17 and 18.

The hillclimb course at Mont du Lac is unique. The riders will traverse a challenging course on the side of a hill, than come down the hill and go through a series of cones, than have to go up the hill. On the hill will be a series of gates that the snowmobiler has to go around.

“This course is a combination of a cross country race and a hillclimb. It gives Snow Crossers, Hillcrossers, and Hillclimbers a chance to have a lot of fun,” commented Jason Kleinschmidt, MASTERS Director of Race Operations. “The year we had the hillclimb, we had a lot of racers from different race venues compete.”

The racers that win the Pro Stock classes will then compete for the Pro Stock King of the Hill and $500.00. Same for those who win in the Pro Mod Classes. They will also be competing for $500 to win the Pro Mod King of the Hill.

Those who want to compete in the Minnesota State Championship Hillclimb will need to either pre-register or register on Friday Night at Mont du Lac. The MASTERS has never allowed registration on the day of the race.

Last year was the first GRAND NATIONALS Snow Drags. This event will take place on Sunday, March 18, on a different hill at Mont du Lac. Unlike the hillclimb where it is one racer going against the clock, at the Grand Nationals, two snowmobiles race side by side on a smooth, groomed, track. They race 500 feet up the hill.

The MASTERS has two classes for Trail Stock, two classes in Race Stock, and five classes for modified sleds. The MASTERS “feature” classes are the full mod, naturally aspirated 2 and 4 strokes in the “Magic” class. The Turbo machines run in TOP GUN. The GRAND NATIONALS is the second “leg” of the Ojibwa Casino Drag Racing Series, where the racers are going for the 2018 “Magic” and “TOP GUN” champion.

Greenland, Michigan’s Al Turin on a Yamaha won TOP GUN at the first leg in Ontonagon, Michigan. Lake Linden, Michigan’s Jerry Buschell edged out Roseau, Minnesota’s Nick Gustafson In the “Magic” class in Ontonagon.

The final stop of the Ojibwa Casino MASTERS Racing Circuit will be at Marquette Mountain, Marquette, Michigan, on April 7. At Marquette the MASTERS will also run a Hillcross and the World Championship KIDS’ climb.

For more information on any of the upcoming events, you can go to the Masters Racing Circuit Facebook page. You can also contact them via e-mail, sschulz [at] jamadots [dot] com or call them at 906-884-9101.

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