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
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, 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.

 

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 – 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
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!

Jeremy Schmidt

Jeremy Schmidt
Jeremy has been with the MASTERS Racing Circuit for the last 5 years. Jeremy travels from Alexandria, Minnesota to all the MASTERS events. Jeremy has the experience to handle the officials charts, starting line, Staging, and Winning Circle set-up and tear down. The MASTERS is fortunate to have someone as dedicated to our circuit as Jeremy Schmidt! He’s our leader…lead on Jeremy, where do we go next?