Ontonagon County: a U.P. snowmobile mecca

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Snowmobilers from throughout the Midwest converged on the community of Greenland over the weekend.  The Ontonagon County community hosted a professional snowmobile race and an Antique Snowmobile show and ride.

The snowmobile race was sanctioned by the Mid America Snow and Terrain Expert Racers (MASTERS) Racing Circuit.  The Antique Snowmobile Show and Ride was hosted by the Pit Stop Bar and Grill.  Both events were to promote the Superior Snowmobile Club which has groomer garages in both Greenland and Twin Lakes.

It was a Lower Michigan driver, Scott Felver that narrowly edged Greenland’s Al Turin in the TOP GUN Feature.  While Montecello, Michigan’s. Felver cashed in on the $500.00 1st Place TOP GUN class, Turin captured 3 other classes.  This included a rematch with Felver in Open Mod.

One of Turin’s class wins was in the class that Lake Linden’s Jerry Buschell has dominated in for the last 3 years.  This was in the Pro Mod 700 class.  Buschell was inducted into the Circuit’s Hall of Fame earlier this year based on his dominance in this class.

“What is so ironic is that Buschell used his 700 cc sled to win the Pro Mod 800 and the Race Stock 800 class, but lost in a very close race in the 700 class,” commented MASTERS Official, Jason Kleinschmidt.

Turin holds a narrow 2 point lead over Felver in the MASTERS Snow Drag series for the TOP GUN Championship.  Turin is the defending TOP GUN Champion.  Buschell was the TOP GUN Champion in 2015, while Iron River, Michigan’s, Louie Goldbach was the 2014 TOP GUN Champion.  Goldbach placed 3rd in this prestigious class this past Saturday.  Buschell and Goldbach are 7 points behind Turin with 2 races left in the series.

“For the first time in TOP GUN competition, Louie (Goldbach) was racing a D & D Arctic Cat, the same race prepped engine provider as Felver,” commented MASTERS Tech Director, Jake Schmidt.  “It was strange not seeing Louie (Goldbach) on a Ski-Doo.”

Ontonagon’s Ryan Huff defeated his Pat’s Motorsports team-mate, Turin, in the Race Stock 600 class.  They both were racing the 4-stroke Yamaha’s.

Iron River’s Cameron Lundry was involved in an accident.  After losing control of his sled, Lundry was pulled into the under carriage of his snowmobile.  Lundry was in between the track and the tunnel.  Lundry was transported by SONCO Ambulance to Ontonagon Memorial Hospital.  “He works for me and is a team-mate.  While he is hurting, he wanted to come back and race,” stated Goldbach.

Arctic Cat’s Nathan Wicklund once again swept in 3 classes.  The Florence, Wisconsin, racer won in the Junior, Trail Stock 600, and Trail Stock Open class.  Wicklund is one of only 2 MASTERS racers that competes in both the Snow Drag and Hillcross venues.  The other is fellow Florence racer, Dylan Drewa.

“Dylan turned his attention this past weekend to his son’s in the 120 cc class, where Lincoln took a 2nd in the 120 Stock and a 3rd in the 120 Mod class,” stated Kleinschmidt.

It was Circuit Hall of Famer, Matt LaCosse of Champion that had his son’s carry home the trophies.  Carter won the Stock 120 class and took a 2nd in the Mod 120 class.  Nathan LaCosse took a second in the Junior Class.

“Matt (LaCosse) and Dylan (Drewa) weren’t the only proud parents.  Louie's (Goldbach) daughter, Emma took a 3rd in Stock 120,” concluded Kleinschmidt.  “However the parent that is at all our races and once again has a son that is a Champion is Dan Rose!  Braden Rose continues to dominate in the 120 Mod Class.”

The children racing in the 120 classes will be competing in the World Championship KIDS CLIMB at Marquette Mountain in Marquette on April 8th and 9th.   The circuit has 3 events scheduled for Mont du Lac Ski Hill, located just outside of Duluth, MN.  Those events are scheduled for April 1st and 2nd.  The MASTERS Snow Drag Championships, Michigan Hillcross Championships, and Marquette Mtn Hillclimb will run with the World Championship KIDS CLIMB the following weekend.

 

Mountain Lions Snow Drag Results

March 11, 2017

Pat’s Motorsports TOP GUN:  1) Scott Felver, Arctic Cat, Montecello, MI;  2) Al Turin, Yamaha, Greenland, MI;  3) Louie Goldbach, Arctic Cat, Iron River, MI.

Pit Stop Bar and Grill OPEN MOD:  1) Al Turin, Yamaha, Greenland, MI;  2) Scott Felver, Arctic Cat, Holt, MI;  3) Jerry Buschell, Ski-Doo, Lake Linden, MI.

Merritt’s Travel Center PRO MOD 800:  1) Jerry Buschell, Ski-Doo, Lake Linden, MI;  2) Louie Goldbach, Ski-Doo, Iron River, MI;  3) Tom Hodges, Arctic Cat, Lake Linden, MI.

Beer Belly Bob’s PRO MOD 700:  1) Al Turin, Yamaha, Greenland, MI;  2) Jerry Buschell, Ski-Doo, Lake Linden, MI;  3) Jake Heikkila, Arctic Cat, Champion, MI.

Rockin Eagle PRO MOD 600:  1) Al Turin, Yamaha, Greenland, MI;  2) Tyler Wood, Calumet, MI., Polaris;  3) Ryan Huff, Yamaha, Ontonagon, MI.

WUPM 106.9 RACE STOCK 800:  1) Jerry Buschell, Ski-Doo, Lake Linden, MI;  2) Derek Lundry, Ski-Doo, Iron River, MI;  3) Matt LaCosse, Ski-Doo, Champion, MI;

Eagle Country 105.7 RACE STOCK 600:  1) Ryan Huff, Yamaha, Ontonagon, MI;  2) Al Turin, Yamaha, Greenland, MI;  3) Dave Wood, Arctic Cat, Calumet, MI.

WHRY AM 1450 TRAIL STOCK OPEN:  1) Nathan Wicklund, Arctic Cat, Florence, WI;  2) Jake Heikkalla, Ski-Doo, Champion, MI;  3) Jacob Schmidt, Polaris, Alexandria, MN.

Scott’s Superior Inn and Cabins TRAIL STOCK 600:  1) Nathan Wicklund, Arctic Cat, Florence, WI;  2) Wyatt McIntyre, Polaris, Greenland, MI;  3) Ben Clausson, Arctic Cat, Freemont, WI.

Superior Snowmobile Club JUNIOR:  1) Nathan Wicklund, Arctic Cat, Florence, WI;  2) Nathan LaCosse, Polaris, Champion, MI;

Daily Mining Gazette Mod 120:  1) Braden Rose, Polaris, Harvey, MI;  2) Carter LaCosse, Polaris, Champion, MI;  3) Lincoln Drewa, Yamaha, Florence, WI.

 

SONCO Stock 120:  1) Carter LaCosse, Polaris, Champion, MI;  2) Lincoln Drewa, Yamaha, Florence, WI;  3)  Emma Goldbach, Ski-Doo, Iron River, MI.


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