Staff

Skip Schulz (left) interviewing Matt LaCosse

Skip Schulz
MASTERS President, Founder, and Announcer

Skip started announcing Snowmobile Races in December of 1981 at the United States Snowmobile Association Ironwood (MI) Olympus Ice Oval Races. His announcing for the USSA ended in 2017. In 36 years of announcing for the USSA, he NEVER missed announcing a race. In 1987 Skip started announcing Snowmobile Watercross races for both the International Watercross Association and Snowmobile Watercross Racing. Since 1981, Skip has announced Ice Ovals, Snowmobile Watercross, Sno-Cross, Cross Country, Snowmobile Hillclimbs, Hillcross, Snow Drag and Terra-X Races. The only form of snowmobile racing that Skip has not announced is Snowmobile Grass Drags.

In addition to announcing for the USSA and the MASTERS, Skip also announced Stock Car Races at Eagle River (WI) Speedway, TNT Speedway, and Adventure Mountain Speedway (Greenland, MI), along with Moto-Cross races.

Skip currently serves on the Board of Directors for the Ontonagon County Economic Development Corporation, and the North Country Snowmoble Club. He has been an officer or Board Member of the Ontonagon County Economic Partnership, Ontonagon County Habitat for Humanity, Ontonagon County Republican Party, and the President of the Upper Peninsula Off Road Vehicle Trail Development Association. Skip was appointed to the Michigan Department of Natural Resources ORV Advisory Workgroup, Michigan DNR Western Upper Peninsula Citizens Advisory Council. 

Skip was the Founder and past President of Mi-TRALE. He also helped start two other ORV Clubs in the UP. past Chairman of the Village of Ontonagon Downtown Development Authority, past board member of Ontonagon County Search and Rescue, Siloa Lutheran Church Council, and member of Ontonagon County Citizens Emergency Response Team (CERT).

A graduate of University of Wisconsin-Platteville, with a BS Degree in Broadcast Management and Broadcast Production. He was also the President of the Mu Nu Chapter of Tau Kappa Epsilon iat UW-Platteville. Skip also completed 2 1/2 years of study in the Evangelical Lutheran Church of America Lay Ministry Program.

Skip’s leadership goes back many decades when he helped form the Central Wisconsin Chapter of Make-A-Wish in Merrill, WI in 1986. In 1974 he started the Rothchild-Schofield-Weston American Legion Baseball program. In 1975 he was selected to the North Wisconsin All-Star Baseball team and played at the former Mlwaukee County Stadium. He was the Coach of the Merrill Senior League All Star Team.

In the early 1980’s Skip was a Sunday School teacher at Mt. Calvary Lutheran Church in Rothchild, WI. His faith in God led him to take the 2 1/2 year Lutheran Lay Ministry Program for the Evangelical Lutheran Church of America.

Sandy Schulz

Sandy Schulz
MASTERS Circuit Vice President & Treasurer

Sandy has been involved in the MASTERS Circuit since the circuit’s first event. Sandy is the ‘driving force’ behind the operation and longevity of the MASTERS Circuit. She has worked other jobs to keep the MASTERS going since 1995!

Skip and Sandy were married on June 30, 1989. They got married on a Friday Night, so that they could go and announce a Snowmobile Race in Lakeville, MN the next day! Sandy helps Skip 8 days a week due to Skip’s health problems.

Sandy has also assisted with International Watercross Association and Mi-TRALE events. She used to be active in snowmobile and ATV riding, but now spends her time taking care of Skip and the families 2 Samoyed Dogs and Cat.

Sandy handles driver registration and purse payout for the MASTERS. Sandy also handles the “charts” at MASTERS events.

For years Sandy earned a spot on different Bowling House All Star Bowling Tournaments.

If it wasn’t for Sandy Schulz, the MASTERS would not have lasted as long as it has.

Jason Kleinschmidt (left) congratulating Jordan Stank

Jason Kleinschmidt
MASTERS Director of Race Operations

The heart and soul of the MASTERS Racing Circuit for years is Merrill, Wisconsin’s Jason Kleinschmidt. Jason and his son, Michael, are the ones that have been setting up race courses for the MASTERS for years. Both of them have competed on the courses to make sure they are SAFE, FAIR, and Competitive. Jason was also a Keyes Peak King of the Hill winner, while Michael has been a talented Hillclimber and Snow Drag Racer. To stay with the ‘MASTERS Family’ tradition, Jason’s wife, Tanya, and their other son, Mathew, have also been a major part of the MASTERS Family. Even though Jason is fighting a life-threatening disease, he continues to help at MASTERS events. Jason is so admired by the MASTERS racers and fans, the racers voluntarily donated over $1000 to help Jason and his family with medical bills. Jason and his entire family truly are loved by everyone in the MASTERS Racing Circuit!

 
Joe Wolfe

Joe Wolfe

Joe Wolfe
Course Design/Set-UP

Joe has been involved in different forms of racing for over 2 DECADES. From Snowmobiles, to ATV’s, to Stock Cars, Joe has either raced or been actively involved in helping his son, Jordan in Jordan’s many racing endeavors.

Joe and Jordan help in setting up the MASTERS Timing System, the gates for the Hillclimbs, the layout of the Terra-X and Hillcross courses. They have the knowledge in making sure the course set up is SAFE for the drivers, officials and fans They also set the course up to make it fun and challenging for the racers.

Joe also helps in establishing and enforcing MASTERS rules. Joe and Jordan were instrumental in developing the new form of Snowmobile Racing, called Terra-X. Terra-X is a ‘cross’ between Sno Cross, and Cross Country, and done in a setting where the fans can watch the entire race, unlike that of Cross Country.

Joe is also instrumental in setting up and running the MASTERS summer Hillclimb and summer events.

The MASTERS is proud and fortunate to have Joe Wolfe as a part of our Officials family!

 
Josh Bramble

Josh Bramble

Raquel Bramble

Raquel Bramble

Josh Bramble, Raquel Bramble, Ray VanAllstine
Course Set-UP

Before the ‘flag drops’ a lot of work is done to put on MASTERS races. It is these 3 that work days, and sometimes MONTHS before a race starts. Josh, Raquel, and Ray are instrumental in helping the MASTERS set-up courses, set-up the PA/Officials Trailer, and doing all the hard work that needs to be done. They are more than just Officials for the MASTERS, they are an important part of the MASTERS Family. More importantly they are special FRIENDS to everyone in the MASTERS.

Ray VanAlstine

Ray VanAlstine

 
Chris Overberg

Chris Overberg

Chris Overberg – Interpace Internet Services
MASTERS Webmaster

After years of having our very special friend and Webmaster, Laura Burke, handle the MASTERS Website, our new Webmaster is Chris Overberg at Interpace Internet Services. Chris not only handles the changes and updates to our MASTERS Website, but is also our website host. The MASTERS is proud to have Chris as a part of our team and we highly recommend that if anyone is looking for a host or someone to handle their website, to contact Chris!

Interpace Internet Services

 
Phil Vasquez

Phil Vasquez

Phil Vasquez – Diamond House International
MASTERS Clothing, Embroidery, Printing, and Banner Supervisor

All of the MASTERS Officials and Racer clothing is provided by Diamond House International of Houghton, MI. Phil Vasquez also assists in DVD Production and dissemination. It is Diamond House International that is highly respected ALL OVER the COUNTRY when it comes do clothing and banner layout and development.

Jason Asselin

Jason Asselin

Jason Asselin
MASTERS Videographer

On a regular basis Jason’s videos on YouTube have hundreds of thousands of hits. Whether it is a MASTERS Hillclimb, Hillcross, or Snow Drag, Jason’s videos show the excitement, thrills, skills, and spills of a MASTERS event. Jason’s videos are one of the many reasons why the MASTERS continues to build its driver and fan base. Not only are Jason’s video sponsors fortunate to work with Jason, the MASTERS is fortunate to have him on our staff!

Wayne Soderbeck

Wayne Soderbeck

Wayne Soderbeck
Race Official
One of the longest members of the MASTERS Officials ‘family’ is Wayne Soderbeck. Wayne has been with the MASTERS for over 20 years! He has bee a close friend of Skip and Sandy Schulz for over 30 years. Wayne was one of the top Professional Snowmobile Watercross racers in the 70’s, 80’s, and 90’s. Wayne has held many positions as an Official. From being our Flagman, to Pit Steward, to Officials Charts…you name it, Wayne has done it. Wayne has a very successful Battery business, based out of Roberts, WI, and serving customers in the Twin Cities. Wayne used to go by the knickname of ‘Rocky Mtn Wayne,’ but now goes by the knickname of ‘Aruba Wayne.’ Wayne has seen multiple generations of racers go through the ranks of MASTERS Racing. Thank you Wayne for all the years of being more than a MASTERS Official, but for your friendship through the DECADES!

Chris Crosby

Chris Crosby

Chris Crosby
Finish Line Official

Chris is our newest official. He is an avid Motorcycle and Snowmobile Racer. As an official, he knows and understands the Rules and Safety from a racer’s view. Chris handles the Pre-Race Safety Tech, and is instrumental in setting up race courses, the PA/Officials Trailer, and race-site Safety and Insurance banners. Chris is also a ‘die-hard’ snowmobiler and snow-boarder. The MASTERS is extremely proud to have him join our MASTERS ‘family.’ Chris is from the Ironwood area, originally from Findlay, Ohio.

Jordan Wolfe Briana Saari

Jordan Wolfe & Briana Saari

Jordan Wolfe and Briana Saari
Digital Timing Officials/Official Results Directors

Jordan Wolfe is instrumental in setting up the Digital Timing System, and Briana is in charge of recording the official results. They both work together in developing the Officials Charts the night of registration. Jordan is one of the top Professional Hillclimbers who has represented the MASTERS at the World Championship Hillclimb. Jordan is also one of the top Professional Hillcrossers in the MASTERS. Briana, a talented Softball Player is the ‘heart’ of the MASTERS Officials inside the Officials Trailer. Jordan is a Mechanical Engineering student at Michigan Tech University and Briana is an excellent student at Finlandia University in Hancock.

Christian Motorcyclists Association

Christian Motorcyclists Association

Christian Motorcyclists Association of the Upper Peninsula
Security and Parking

The CMA plays an important role at MASTERS Hillclimbs in the Winter and in the Summer. The volunteers of the CMA-UP not only organize the parking of hundreds of vehicles, they also provide the security for the Pit entrance. The MASTERS always open up our racing with a CMA-UP Chaplain providing the invocation. The MASTERS is blessed to have the CMA-UP be an important part of our Hillclimbs. This organization has an annual ‘Run for the Son’ every summer. Thank-you to the CMA for all that you do in passing on your faith in God to our racers, crew, officials, and fans!

Sigma Tau Gamma Rep with Kids

Sigma Tau Gamma Rep with Kids

Sigma Tau Gamma Fraternity of MTU
Hill Jockeys for Winter Hillclimbs

It is the brothers of Sigma Tau Gamma Fraternity of Michigan Tech that plays a crucial role in the success of the MASTERS Snowmobile Hillclimbs. They quickly come to the ‘rescue’ of snowmobiles that failed to make it over the top of the Hill. They secure the snowmobile from rolling all the way down the hill. They also help the racer in turning the snowmobile around. This is a very physically demanding job that these MTU students perform. They are also the Officials in determining if a hillclimber hit a gate with either his snowmobile or his body. They also hand out the trophy’s to our 120 cc children that race. The MASTERS is very fortunate to have the help of this active, community-involved Fraternity. We encourage MTU students to join Sigma Tau Gamma Fraternity, and look forward to a long relationship between the MASTERS and Sigma Tau Gamma of MTU!

If you are interested in being a MASTERS Official, are dependable and able to work the day BEFORE the race and the entire race day, please e-mail us.