UP Championship Snow Drags Results Jan 27, 2018

February 8, 2018

Turin and Buschell dominate at Snow Drags

With racers coming from both Michigan Peninsulas, Wisconsin, and Minnesota, it was Copper Country Snowmobile Drag Racers that walked away with wins in the MASTERS Sanctioned “featured” classes in the annual Upper Peninsula Championship Snow Drags in Ontonagon.

Greenland’s Al Turin never missed a beat after becoming the first snowmobile drag racer to win back-to-back TOP GUN championships in 2016 and 2017 in the MASTERS 20+ years of sanctioning snowmobile races. Turin and his Yamaha held off Polaris’s Nick Gustafson in the TOP GUN final.

Right before the TOP GUN final, Lake Linden’s Jerry Buschell narrowly edged out Gustafson in the MAGIC Class final.

“It was amazing that Nick (Gustafson) advanced to both finals, after driving many hours from Roseau (MN) just to make it to the races,” commented MASTERS Director of Race Operations, Jason Kleinschmidt. “Both finals were close, but not many people over the last decade have been able to beat Turin and Buschell, but Nick gave them a great run!”

Buschell took a 1st in 3 classes. He piloted his Ski-Doo to wins in Pro Mod 700, Pro Mod 850, and in MAGIC. Turin took different Yamaha sleds to wins in Race Stock 600, Pro Mod 600, and Top Gun. Both drivers are members of the elite MASTERS Hall of Fame.

The other circuit Hall of Fame member, Matt LaCosse of Champion, made it a father-son sweep. Matt won the Vintage class, while his youngest son, Carter, won the 120 Stock. Matt and Deanna’s other son, Nathan, lost by less than a foot to Lower Michigan’s Tyler Fisher in the Trail Stock class.

“We don’t just ‘say’ the MASTERS is a ‘family,’ this past Saturday proved it, when Tyler Wood of Calumet eliminated his father, Dave, from 2 different classes,” Kleinschmidt remarked. Tyler Wood went on to win the competitive Pro Mod 850 class.

Braden Rose of Harvey won the 120 Mod class, and his 5-year-old sister took a 2nd in the 120 Stock final.


Three-sled final for the 120 cc Stock and 120 cc Mod; all other finals were two-sled finals. Results of the finals only.

Citizens State Bank 120 cc STOCK:  1) Carter LaCosse, Champion, MI, Polaris;  2) Rylan Rose, Harvey, MI., Polaris;  3)  Mazie McPherson, Allouez, MI, Polaris

SONCO 120 cc MOD:  1)  Braden Rose, Harvey, MI, Polaris;  2)  Nolan Bogetto, Bessemer, MI., Polaris;  3) Carter LaCosse, Champion, MI, Polaris

JJ’’s Tackle Shop Vintage:  1) Matt LaCosse, Champion, MI, Ski-Doo;  2) Jim Johnson, Skanee, MI, Polaris

Pat’’s Foods/U-Save Trail Stock:  1) Tyler Fisher, Benton Harbor, MI, Arctic Cat;  2) Nathan LaCosse, Champion, MI, Polaris

Dr. Kirk Schott Race Stock 600:  1)  Al Turin, Greenland, MI, Yamaha;  2) Trevor Wood, Calumet, MI, Arctic Cat

G & J Concrete Race Stock 850:  1) Tyler Wood, Calumet, MI, Ski-Doo;  2) Matt LaCosse, Champion, MI, Ski-Doo

North Country Snowmobile Club Pro Mod 600:  1) Al Turin, Greenland, MI, Yamaha;  2) Jim Johnson, Skanee, MI, Polaris

Domitrovich Insurance Pro Mod 700:  1) Jerry Buschell, Lake Linden, MI, Ski-Doo;  2) Tom Hodges, Alouez, MI, Arctic Cat

Pat’’s Motorsports Pro Mod 850:  1)  Jerry Buschell, Lake Linden, MI, Ski-Doo;  2) Matt LaCosse, Champion, MI, Ski-Doo

General Concrete Construction MAGIC:  1)  Jerry Buschell, Lake Linden, MI, Ski-Doo;  2) Nick Gustafson, Roseau, MN, Polaris

North Country Snowmobile Club TOP GUN:  1) Al Turin, Greenland, MI, Yamaha;  2)  Nick Gustafson, Roseau, MN, Polaris


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