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Volume 27 • No. 7 • 2013

May 5, 2013 - Groundbreaking
Photo by Steve Landon

Top of the Lake Snowmobile
Museum moves closer to completion.

INSIDE

July 10, 2013 - ConstrucTIon Update
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WHAT’S
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BlueRibbon Coalition
SNOWMOBILERS DISAPPOINTED BY COURT RULING

eyelash regarding winter use of specific roads and
BOISE, ID --Snowmobile advocates today responded to a recent decision in United States District trails for motorized and non-motorized users. If it
Court for the District of Idaho, which directs the U.S. does anything, this decision will create unnecessary
controversy and further sap the planning budget
Forest Service to promulgate new motorized travel
of an agency already fearful of being raided in the
management regulations. The decision was released on March 29, 2013, and declared unlawful the name of fiscal reform,” added Sandra.
agency’s 2005 Travel Management Rule for violating
“plain language” in a forty-year old Executive Order
and allowing it to be “discretionary” whether the Forest Service designates “areas of use or non-use” by
snowmobiles. The 2005 Rule was years and millions
of dollars in the making.
While it is typical to conduct further proceedings

to determine a proper remedy in an environmental
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case like this, the court’s decision simply announces

a new rule must be issued within 180 days. The
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parties to the case, including snowmobile advocates
Idaho State Snowmobile Association, American
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Northeast Pro Stocks on Spec Fuel
bon Coalition, are still interpreting the court’s ruling.
“This is either a tectonic shift or much ado about
NEWARK, DE - VP Racing Fuels, recognized as the
nothing,” stated Sandra Mitchell. “Forest Service
power
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ing since the mid-70’s, has been named Official Fuel of
areas of ‘use and non-use’ but details to the gnat’s
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“We’ve fueled every Pro Stock car that’s won an
NHRA World Championship since 1975, including 25
consecutive years before NHRA designated VP the
Official Spec Fuel for the class,” said Jim Kelly, VP’s
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Eastern Regional Manager-Race Fuel Sales. “Designat       
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ing VP’s C14+ and C16 as spec fuels for the Pro Stock
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Snowmobiles is another example of a series choos   
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support and extensive North American dealer network
that racers and racing organizations can rely on to go
racing with confidence.”
“Pro Stock Snowmobile is one of the classes that
draws a unique racer due to the fact these vehicles are
fast, open air and close to the ground,” said Bob Lang,
Director of NHRA Division 1. “The fans get a thrill out of
watching the sleds and enjoy seeing something different, which adds excitement to our shows. A fast turnaround time between runs keeps the action going and
the fans most times get to see qualifying and eliminations all in one day.”
The 2013 series opened in April at Virginia Motorsports Park and visits Lebanon Valley, Napierville, New
England Dragway, and Cecil County this summer before
concluding its season September 6-8 at Raceway Park
in Englishtown, NJ.
In addition to VP’s role with the NHRA, VP is also the
Official Fuel Supplier to the American LeMans Series,
Atco Raceway, Cecil County, Lebanon Valley Dragway
& Speedway, Lime Rock Park, New England Dragway,
Rally America, SuperDirtCar, World of Outlaws, and
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Beyond The Edge

NATIONAL TRAIL GROUP APPLAUDS BIPARTISAN LEGISLATION
TO REOPEN POPULAR OHV RECREATION SITE

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- The BlueRibbon Coalition,
a national trail-based recreation group, applauds
Congressman Sam Farr (D-Salinas) and Congressman David Valadao (R-Coalinga) for recently
introducing H.R. 1776, the Clear Creek National
Recreation Area and Conservation Act of 2013.
Also co-sponsored by Congressman Jeff Denham
(R- Modesto), the bill would reopen the 75,000 acre
Clear Creek Management Area to OHV recreation
and other multiple-uses.  In addition, the proposal
would designate about 21,000 acres nearby as the
Joaquin Rocks Wilderness.
In 2008, the BLM imposed an interim emergency
closure of the area to all users, even hikers, citing
concerns about a public health risk due to naturally
occurring asbestos.  A few weeks ago, the agency
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released its Final Environmental Impact Statement
that not surprisingly selected a highly restrictive
management alternative that basically codifies the
current closure even though there has never been a
documented case of injury despite decades of inhalation of the soils in question by humans in every
conceivable activity.
The San Benito County Board of Supervisors petitioned Congress in 2011 to address the closure by
designating it as a National Recreation Area based
on the 2005 Clear Creek Travel Management Plan
as the guiding document for the NRA.  The Plan
identified about 243 miles of motorized roads and
trails, 400 acres of open riding areas and authorized
a number of permitted OHV events.
Don Amador, Western Representative for the BlueRibbon Coalition, states, “Californians have seen
previous bills signed into law that created opportuni-

ties for both the OHV and conservation communities. 
In 2006, Congressman Mike Thompson (D-Napa)
worked with Congressman Richard Pombo (R-Lodi)
on H.R. 233 that designated new Wilderness and
also codified OHV use at BLM’s Cow Mountain Recreation Area near Ukiah.
“In 2010, Congressman Wally Herger (R-Chico)
and Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) sponsored
H.R. 689 that created a new 5,000 acre Wilderness
area near Weaverville and enhanced OHV recreational opportunities at the Chappie-Shasta OHV
Area near Redding,” Amador continued.
“I believe that H.R. 1776 was crafted in that same
bipartisan spirit.  It was given the appropriate bill
number as it will reopen closed lands and afford the
thousands of OHV enthusiasts who used to recreate at Clear Creek the freedom to enjoy that activity
once again on that unit, Amador concludes.

TWO NEW LAWS AWAITING GOVERNOR WALKER’S SIGNATURE
SHEBOYGAN, WI - The Wisconsin ATV Association
(WATVA) has worked tirelessly with our partners on
two bills that will improve the ATV & UTV sport. Both of
these bills have passed the Assembly and Senate on a
unanimous voice vote and are now awaiting the Governor’s signature.
SB - 29: Created an off road vehicle council


This new law corrects a past administrative action that removed the official standing and status
of the original ORV Council



Expands the advice and recommendation role
to include the Dept. of Natural Resources, the
Dept. of Transportation, the Governor’s office
and the State Legislature



Current status was only advisory to Dept. of
Natural Resources which also required the same
stance and position as the DNR took. This new
status allows independent position(s)



As ATV & UTV registration numbers continue
to grow, the equally increasing, self- generated
fund will now have the same citizen oversight
and status that other registration programs have
(i.e. Snowmobile Council)



Recommendations and advice for which ATV
grant applications are approved for funding will
continue to be a high priority for this council



The ATV / UTV user group that generates the

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fund, will be in a better position to help control
the decisions regarding the spending of our fund
Senate Bill 29 was introduced by Senators Leibham,
Petrowski, L. Taylor, Gudex, Harsdorf, Lassa, Moulton,
Tiffany and Vinehout. It was cosponsored by Representatives Severson, Czaja, Ripp, Bies, Brooks, Endsley,
Kestell, Murtha and LeMahieu
SB - 32: Created new age restrictions & altered the
safety certificate requirement plus made changes
regarding the operation of an ATV / UTV


A change for under youth under age 12 on private property & public trails



A change for youth age 12 through 15 on public
road routes

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A change for those born on or after 1/1/1988
under certain



A change for mandatory speeds on road routes
under certain conditions









Parallels the Youth Hunting Mentorship program
by creating parent or parent approved adult
oversight (grandparents, uncle/aunt, etc.) for
youth under age 12 on private property other
than their parent’s. Grandparents can now
legally take an under age 12 grandchild on a
small ATV (90cc or less) under their ACCOMPANYMENT on private property not owned by
the parent’s. This law strengthens the oversight
requirement by requiring the parent approved
adult to accompany the youth at all times when
ATV riding is not on the parent’s own property.
An amendment was added allowing the under
age 12 rider, on a small ATV, to have the same
accompaniment provisions by a parent approved
adult, to also ride under these same conditions
on public trails.

not apply on frozen waterways when applicable
to spectators at legitimate race


SB 32 was introduced by Senators Leibham, Petrowski
and L. Taylor; and cosponsored by Representatives
Severson, Ripp, Bies, Brooks, Czaja, Endsley, Kestell
and Murtha.
Wisconsin ATV / UTV Association (WATVA).

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This law strengthens the oversight requirement
for youth, ages 12 - 15, while riding legal road
routes, now requiring the parent, or a parent
approved adult, to accompany these aged youth
on road routes. Current law allows a 12-15 year
old to legally ride alone on road routes, after
passing the Wisconsin DNR ATV safety course.

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Allows an opportunity to test ride ATVs and
UTVs without the DNR safety certificate as long
as the activity is supervised (accompanied by)
with safety gear mandated, operated at slower
speeds and in a controlled environment. Currently anyone born on or after 1/1/1988 (which
affects 12 through 25 year olds this year) cannot
test ride an ATV without first passing the ATV
DNR safety course.
This law allows ATV / UTV road route speeds to
be set by the local jurisdiction versus the state
mandate of the 10 mph requirement when the
road route is within 150’ of a dwelling or 100’ of
a person. In many locations across Wisconsin,
the 10 mph route requirement impedes traffic
flow, thereby creating an unsafe riding environment. As under current administrative code, the
10 mph requirement would still apply to public
trails and recreational use on public frozen waterways in relationship to people and dwellings.
An amendment clarified the 10 mph speed will

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The Winning Edge Racing News
Bunke Racing Scores Wins, Podiums
At Final Two Races Riders Land Top
Season Points Finishes

Moorhead, Minn. - Healthy and
riding a wave of top race finishes
including a sweep of the Soo
I-500, the Bunke Racing team was
set for the final two events on the
USXC cross-country snowmobile
racing schedule - the Park Rapids
100 March 2-3, and the Warroad
100 March 9. Park Rapids was
a two-day, double points event
that would also crown an overall
winner for the weekend. Bobby
Menne was the top finisher in Pro
600 scoring a 3rd place podium
finish on Day 1 and a 4th place finish on Day
2. His points total put him in 3rd place overall
in Pro 600 on the weekend with Gabe Bunke
landing in 6th place and Spencer Kadlec finishing 8th. In Pro Open Menne took 6th and
Bunke backed him up in 11th. Kadlec also won
the Semi-Pro 600 race on Day 2 which gave
him a 7th place finish overall after a DNF on
Day 1. Taylor Bunke fought through a DNF
in the Sport 600 Improved class on Day 2 to
claim 3rd place overall in the class and 4th
place overall in Sport 600.
The final event in Warroad proved even more

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successful for the team with Menne landing
a 3rd place podium finish in the 100-mile Pro
600 race and the 2nd place spot in the 40-mile
Pro Open event. Kadlec took 4th in Pro 600
and 2nd in Semi-Pro 600 and Bunke finished
7th in Pro 600 and 8th in Pro Open. Taylor
Bunke took 3rd place finishes in both Sport
classes.
With the final event behind them USXC season points were tallied and here’s how they
shook out for Bunke Racing:
Pro Open
3.Bobby Menne
13.Gabe Bunke
19.Spencer Kadlec
Pro 600
5.Spencer Kadlec
7.Gabe Bunke
9.Bobby Menne
Semi-Pro 600
3.Spencer Kadlec
Masters 40+
1.Eric Christensen
Sport 600
2.Taylor Bunke
Sport 600 Improved
2.Taylor Bunke
Women
7.Jen Fuller
“I am extremely happy with how the season
turned out,” said Gabe Bunke. “Leading the
charge for Polaris at the cross country races
was tough at the beginning of the season, but
with the help of Polaris Racing and all of Bunke
Racing’s sponsors and crew members we were
able to turn things around and take Top 3 at the
Soo I-500. Bobby Menne and Spencer Kadlec

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TEAM ARCTIC FINISHES ISOC SNOCROSS SEASON
WITH PRO OPEN CHAMPIONSHIP
Tucker Hibbert Leads the Team’s Best Weekend of the Season in Lake Geneva

Thief River Falls, Minn. – Team Arctic’s ISOC national snocross effort delivered its top performance
of the season at the year-end event in Lake Geneva,
Wis., with five victories across a range of classes
and winning the coveted Pro Open Championship.
Tucker Hibbert continued his one-man stranglehold
of the Pro Open class with another powerful victory
in the Friday night program, locking up the points
championship despite one more night of racing
the following evening. A seventh-place start in the
second final set up a dramatic come-from-behind
charge that saw Hibbert narrowly miss his second
victory of the weekend by just two-one-hundredths
of a second.
Team Arctic Race Manager Mike Kloety summarized Hibbert’s performance at Lake Geneva and
the entire ISOC season: “Once again we’re in awe
of Tucker Hibbert. He dominated the Friday night
program like he has done at nearly every race this
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season, winning by a huge margin. His seventh-toalmost-winning run in Saturday’s program was a huge
win for snocross fans who were treated to another
amazing display of speed and cunning to pass other
riders on a one-line track that produced single-file racing most of the weekend. The drama of that final was
exhilarating! And the success of his championshipwinning was nothing less than incredible.”
Other winning Team Arctic racers at Lake Geneva
included Jay Lura who scored two victories in the Junior classes; Carson Alread in Jr. Novice 10-13; and
Evan Christian in Jr. Novice 8-12. And Josh Zelinski
captured the ISOC Pro Am Plus 30 high point title
with his second place finish, capping a season of top
finishes for the tough competitor.
“We take great pride in the efforts of our racers,
teams and crews at Lake Geneva,” said Kloety. “Our
improved success there, especially in the Sport and
Junior classes, illustrates the depth of our team and

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the future of our program. This will be a great springboard into next season.”

“Specialists at
guided tours at
the next level”

Team Arctic Race Results from ISOC National
Snocross in Lake Geneva, Wis.
Pro Open #1
1. Tucker Hibbert
8. Logan Christian
10. Derek Ellis
12. Matt Piche
Pro Open #2
2. Tucker Hibbert
14. Derek Ellis
15. Logan Christian


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TEAM ARCTIC CROWNED KING AST HILLCLIMB
CHAMPIONSHIPS
Kyle Taplo Conquers Jackson Hole with Five Wins and King of King Title

Team Arctic Results from the 2013 Jackson Hole
World Championships of Hillclimbs
600 Improved
1. David McClure
2. Rob Kincaid
3. Jeremy Archibald

Improved Stock
King: Kyle Tapio
Mod King: Kyle

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2. Russ Tapio

Thief River Falls, Minn. – When the big guns arrive for
the biggest battle of the year sporting the highest-powered artillery, you just know that domination will ensue.
That was the case at the 2013 Jackson Hole World
Championship Hillclimb, where a talented corp of Team
Arctic racers aboard M Series machines battled to seven
wins including the ultimate “King of Kings” title.
The star of the weekend was perennial champion Kyle
Tapio. Riding an Arctic Cat M800 HCR with the ProClimb
chassis, Tapio waged a personal war against the gnarly
course at Snow King Mountain, winning both the 800 Improved and 800 Mod finals. But that was just a warm-up.
When all of the class winners competed in the final King
competition, Tapio proved who the true World Champion
is by taking the Improved, Mod and King of Kings titles in
convincing fashion.
“There’s a reason that Kyle is regarded as the King of
Jackson,” said Al Shimpa, Team Arctic Hillclimb Coordinator. “For the second year in a row, he won two class
finals, two King-of-class titles and the ultimate King of
King championship as best of the entire event. He is truly
an outstanding hillclimb racer.”
Joining Tapio on top of the Snow King podium were two
additional Team Arctic teammates. David McClure won
the 600 Improved class in addition to finishing second
in 700 Improved and third in 800 Stock aboard his Arctic
Cat M800 HCR. Likewise, Jeremy Archibald led a Team
Arctic podium sweep of the 700 Improved class. Team
Arctic racers scored 19 podium finishes at the World
Championships.
“I’m so impressed with all of the Team Arctic racers and
crews,” said Shimpa. “Everyone came to Jackson with
their best effort, proving Arctic Cat dominated the toughest mountain race of the year. With three races remaining on the RMSHA circuit, I expect we’ll see a lot more
wins before the 2013 hillclimb season concludes.”
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3. Chance
Buckallew
700 Improved
1. Jeremy Archibald
2. David McClure
3. Rob Kinciad
700 Mod
2. Nels Tapio
800 Stock
3. David McClure

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1. Kyle Tapio
Open Mod
1. Kyle Tapio
Pro Masters
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3. Tony Ottobre
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3. Tony Ottobre
Women’s Stock
3. Jan Ottobre
Women’s
Improved
2. Amy Zollinger
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Women’s Mod
3. Kaycee Balls
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TEAM ARCTIC RIDERS WIN PRO OPEN AND PRO
STOCK AT CLASH OF NATIONS
Tucker Hibbert and Martin Moland are Victorious
Thief River Falls, Minn.
– It’s been a season of
snocross domination
for Team Arctic’s Tucker
Hibbert. After winning
his sixth-consecutive X
Games gold medal and
then clinching the 2013
ISOC Pro Open National
Championship, Tucker
Hibbert solidified the
season with a victory at
Sweden’s Clash of Nations Super Snowcross
event.
With 16 riders in the
main event, including Logan Christian from Christian Bros. Racing, Hibbert ripped a monstrous
holeshot and ran away
with the win, while Logan
Christian charged hard
through the entire race
finishing with a strong 3rd
place podium.
Hibbert said, “It was
awesome to come back
to Sweden, take a win
and finish the season
healthy. It’s a great feeling flying across the

had a very successful
2013 snocross season
and these wins and
podium finishes at Clash
of Nations make it an
even better one! It’s
truly fantastic to see the
highest level of enthusiasm these snowmobile
race fans have for Team
Arctic.”

world and having fans
cheer for you. I’m always
surprised by the amount
of support and excitement from fans in Scandinavia.”
In the Pro Stock class,
16 year old Martin Moland from Norway had
an outstanding win.
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after he was crowned the
2013 bronze-medalist
in the Norwegian snocross championship.
Luva Racing’s Alexander
Berglund of Sweden
rounded out the podium
for Arctic Cat with a solid
3rd place finish.
Team Arctic Race
Manager, Mike Kloety
said, “Team Arctic has

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and markets all-terrain
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snowmobiles under the
Arctic Cat® brand name,
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garments and accessories. Its common stock is
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SEASON OF CHAMPIONSHIP TITLES FOR TEAM
ARCTIC IN 2012-2013
Domination Continues in Cross-Country, Snocross, Enduro and Hillclimb

Thief River Falls, Minn. – As the last checkered
flag dropped on the 2012-2013 snowmobile racing
season, Team Arctic racers upheld the tradition of
claiming the most high-point championship titles in
the sport’s most prestigious circuits. The championship success underscores the talent and dedication
of the racers and crews, as well as the high-performance pedigree of the Sno Pro and M Series snowmobiles.
“When you win most of the battles, you’re likely going to win the war,” said Team Arctic Race Manager,
Mike Kloety. “In USXC cross-country especially, yet
also in ISOC snocross and RMSHA hillclimbs, we
won more than our share of the battles and, as a result, took home most of the championship high point
titles.”
The most stunning display of championship supremacy unfolded in the USXC cross-country circuit,
where Team Arctic racers claimed High-Point titles
in 13 of 20 classes. Headlining the cross-country
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domination were Christian Brothers Racing Pros
Ryan Simons and Zach Herfindahl, who finished 1-2
in both Pro 600 and Pro Open championship tallies.
Other stand-out title performances in USXC belong
to Benjamin Langaas, who won both Expert 85 and
Improved 85 titles; And Jolene Bute, who won all 10
Womens finals (and the Championship title) during
the season.
In ISOC National snocross competition, Team
Arctic/Monster Energy superstar Tucker Hibbert
reclaimed the Pro Open Championship title following
a season of ironclad domination during which he won
11 of 16 finals, plus his sixth Winter X Games gold
medal in a row. Joining him atop the ISOC Championship box was Team Arctic’s Josh Zelinski, who
captured the Pro-Am Plus 30 high-point title.
In the MIRA enduro circuit, Cadarette Racing added
to their long series of outstanding accomplishments
by taking the overall Pro Enduro Championship with
racers Troy DeWald and Ryan Spencer.
Out west in the RMSHA hillclimb series, Team
Arctic’s Rob Kincaid, Chance Buckallew and Kaycee
Balls added Championship titles to their win tallies,
reinforcing the team’s strength that was also highlighted by Kyle Tapio’s King of Kings title (and five

total victories) at the Jackson Hole World Championships.
“As much as we value and appreciate individual
race wins, I believe that high-point titles tell the most
complete story about Team Arctic,” said Kloety.
“These championship titles reflect speed, consistency, mechanical aptitude and, of course, dedication. So on behalf of everyone at Arctic Cat, we want
to thank all the racers, crews and teams who made
2013 a season of championship success.
“Likewise, I want to express our gratitude to all
Team Arctic racers who took part in the 2013 race
season. We’re already moving forward with improvements to our race sleds and program for the coming
season, and we’ll be back in the action this summer
with grass drag competition.”

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Ryan Simons, Pro 600 & Pro Open
Benjamin Langaas, Expert 85 & Expert 85 Improved
Kevin Tinjum, Sport 85
Garrett Johnson, Sport 600
Joseph Wood, Vintage
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Jacob Blanshan, Pro Stock
Sasha Cook, Pro Women
Travis Kern, Pro Lite
Deon Guinn, Sport
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Christian Scores Podium
at Clash of Nations

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Fertile, Minn. - What do you call a podium finish at the

last event of the year? We call it going out in style. The
Clash Of Nations snocross race in Falun, Sweden, this past
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March 28-29, was meant to be Christian Brothers Racing’s
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last hurrah for the 2012-2013 season and it definitely was.
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To compete in Clash Of Nations the CBR team once again

traveled to Scandinavia where Bengan Westerlund (www.
catmaster.se) helped the team get ready to compete on the
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International stage.
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Clash Of Nations features freestyle snowmobiles and snocross and takes place in a natural rock amphitheater that is
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part of the Lugnet sports facility in Falun. The X Games-caliber snocross track featured huge jumps and mogul sections
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and sweeping turns. CBR riders Logan Christian and Joel

Westerlund competed in head-to-head racing on the first
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day of competition. Riders were matched in a knockout-style
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format and both CBR riders went out in the first round with
Christian getting edged out by Swedish rider Filip Eriksson
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and Westerlund getting beat by Tucker Hibbert.

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During Friday’s snocross racing Westerlund landed in
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LCQ where he just missed a transfer spot to the final.
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Christian went 3-1-7 in heat racing and cruised into the final.
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into third place for the 12-lap race. Christian finished third
against a highly-talented International field of riders setting
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third-fastest lap time of the race in the process.
Standing on the box at Clash of Nations - what a way to end

the season!” said Logan Christian. “Racing overseas is always
a challenge. You have different food, long flights, strange beds,
different rules - it makes it hard to adjust. But I am getting used
to it and I feel like I’ve hit my groove over there and this podium
is definitely something to build on for next season.”
“This is what we work for,” said Christian Brothers Racing
team co-owner Dwight Christian. “Our crew and Bengan Westerlund’s crew worked hard and it got us on the podium on the
world stage. It’s a great way to end our season and gives us
momentum headed into next year.”
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Jorgensen puts FX Nytro MTX on
RMSHA Podium

Pleasant Prairie, WI— Aboard his Nytro MTX, Yamaha
Snowmobile Racing’s Chad Jorgensen powered to a thirdplace podium finish in the Pro 600 Modified class at the fifth
round of the 2013 RMSHA hillclimb series at Beaver Mountain
in Garden City, Utah on Saturday, April 13. The finish is a huge
achievement for the Nytro, as it represents the first podium of
the year and the second podium in history for a Yamaha fourstroke in this ultra-competitive series. There was more good
news at event, as Jorgensen added a top-five finish in Pro
600 Improved, with Cable Willford finishing eighth in the class.
Willford then grabbed a sixth and Kody Malmborg a 10th in Pro
700 Improved, while Jorgensen took a sixth in Pro 700 Modified and Kolton Malmborg added a sixth in Semi Pro Modified.
And finally, Kolton put his Nytro MTX into the Semi Pro Stock
final, marking the first time a Nytro has qualified among its
800cc two-stroke rivals in a stock class.
Situated at the Beaver Mountain Ski Area, the racecourse
uniquely started downhill, then made a turnabout and zigzagged up the hill nearly 1000 vertical feet – with plenty of
jumps, bowl turns and gates along the way. Snow arrived just
in time during the week to offer excellent conditions for hillclimbing, and the weather was equally agreeable with sunny
skies and 60-degree temperatures during Friday qualifying. In
all, Yamaha riders including Jorgensen, Cable Willford, Kody
and Kolton Malmborg, and even Nathan Titus – available now
that the woods- and ice-racing season is over – qualified in 12
different classes.
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Jorgensen was revved up for the event and his top-five
finish in Pro 600 Improved fired him up for Pro 600 Modified, where he quickly staged his Yamaha and raced to his
dramatic podium finish – just 1.5 seconds behind the winner.
The trip up the hill was a strong one, with Chad flowing beautifully, making each turn count and keeping his corner speed
up. Now fully energized, Jorgensen lined his Nytro MTX up
for his third final of the day, Pro 700 Improved. This time he
was totally in the zone, flying up the hill at an incredible rate
and building a nearly two-second lead on the clock by the
halfway point before catching a bump while driving hard into
a corner and then unloading. Although Chad was only credited with 12th place in the class, his run served notice that it’s
only a matter of time before a Yamaha four-stroke claims an
outright RMSHA class win.
“The team really pulled together this weekend,” said Yamaha snowmobile hillclimb technical coordinator Troy Johnson.
“Kolton performed really well, qualifying in all three classes,
and his sixth in Semi Pro Mod was his best result of the year.
Also Chad was ready to win the Pro 700 Improved class and
he nearly did it. I’m looking forward to more podiums in the
next round, and maybe even a win.” Yamaha Snowmobile
Racing’s Eric Josephsen added, “I’m very proud of how the
team has improved this season. At first just qualifying our
four-stroke Nytros for the finals was an achievement. Now
we’re on the podium and knocking on the door for an outright
win. I can’t wait for the season finale in Idaho next weekend!”

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Nordang and Kaurala win at Big
Powderhorn Mountain!
Even as snowmobile racers came
from Iowa, Minnesota, Wisconsin,
and Lower Michigan, when the snow
dust settled after
last weekends Mid
America Snow and
Terrain Expert Racers
(MASTERS) Racing
Circuit Snow Drags and
Snowmobile Hillclimb,
the winners came from
‘right down the road.’
It was Iron River,
Michigan’s, Chris Nordang that defeated
fellow Upper Peninsula
drivers, Frank Olson and
Jerry Buschell in the
prestigious TOP GUN
Feature.  Then Nordang
defeated his team-mate,
Louie Goldbach in the
Open Mod Final.  What
is so ironic is that in
the Open Mod Final,
Nordang was on a sled
owned by Goldbach.  
If it wasn’t for Polaris
Industry employee, Nick
Gustafson, from Roseau,
Minnesota, winning the
Mod 800 final, the three
top MASTERS Drag
Classes would have

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Circuit
2013 High Point
Driver Standings
(3 of 4 Races)

all been won by drivers
on Ski-Doo’s.  Nordang
had defeated Gustafson
in TOP GUN and Open
Mod, but in the Mod 800
class, Nordang hit a lane
marker, knocking him out
of the competition.
Buschell continued
the dominance he has
had throughout the
MASTERS Drag Racing
Series in the Mod 700
class.  Buschell ran his
Mod 700 in TOP GUN,
800 Mod, and Open
Mod.  Buschell heads
into the final MASTERS
Drag Racing Series race
at Marquette Mountain
on April 6th with a slim 2
point lead over Nordang,
97-95. 
It was the 2012 MASTERS Racing Circuit
High Point Driver, Derek
Peterson, of Atlantic
Mine, Michigan, that kept

his 3 year undefeated
streak in Stock 600 alive. 
Peterson also ran his
Polaris 600 IQR to wins
in Stock 800 and Open
Stock.  With rain falling on the 7 foot snow
base at Big Powderhorn
Mountain, Peterson had
a difficult time handling
his sled on the 500 foot
drag strip in the Stock
700 class.  Thus Peterson ended up taking
a 3rd in the Stock 700
final, which was won
by Merrill, Wisconsin’s,
Yamaha Nytro driver,
Michael Kleinschmidt,
Rice Lake, Wisconsin’s
talented Rieschl Race
team, led by Chris and
Tracy Rieschl, made it
to their first MASTERS
Snow Drag Series event
of the year.  Chris Rieschl ended up winning
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Jerry Buschell- 97
Chris Nordang- 95
Louie Goldbach- 81
Tom Hodges- 70
Derek Peterson- 63
John Mihelich- 53
Jim Storti- 50
Matt LaCosse- 35
Jeff Szanto- 32
Frank Olson- 31
Chris Rieschl- 29
Jim Johnson- 27
Nick Gustafson- 22
Scott Felver- 17
Dave Fasnacht- 16
Travis DeVoe- 15
Michael Kleinschmidt- 15
Wayne Minkle- 13
Alex Nordang- 12
Chad Frank- 12
Tracey Rieschl- 11
David Vessel- 11
Brady Phillips- 11
Kory Fasnacht- 10
Jackie Wellems- 10
Diane Vessell- 10
Shay Thompson- 9
Mike Fraki- 8
Jim Butler- 7
Dan Brown- 6
Mark Weisenberger- 5
Trevor Wood- 5
Chaz Forcia- 3
Ryan Huff- 2
Jacob Berg- 1
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ing a 3rd in Mod 700.  
Skanee, Michigan’s, Jim
Johnson on a Polaris
won Mod 500.
Bessemer, ‘s Keegan
Boggetto edged out Iron
River’s, Sidney Storti
and Keegan’s 3 year old
brother, Nolan, to win the
120 cc Feature.
After the rain on Saturday, temps in the
Bessemer-Ironwood area
fell, and the soft snow
for Sunday’s Hillclimb,
turned to ice.  These
conditions, along with the
steepness of the Blunder
Run at Big Powderhorn
Mountain to be very challenging for the Hillclimbers.  At the end of the 2
qualifying runs, only 59
attempts set a time, out
of close to 180 runs.  The
course was so difficult

that after the 1st round
of Open Mod, which
opened the competition, MASTERS officials
eliminated some of the
gates the drivers had to
go around.
“When we first looked
at running a MASTERS
Snowmobile Hillclimb
at Big Powderhorn over
two years ago, and then
with the rain on Saturday, we set up the gates
and the course Saturday
Night, thinking that more
then half of the runs to
the top would end up
going through the timing shoot...boy, were
we wrong!” commented
MASTERS Racing Circuit President, Skip
Schulz.
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to make it past the halfway mark on the hill,
a couple drivers made
the hill ‘look easy.’  One
of which is Travis Kaurala of Pelkie, Michigan. 
Kaurala won 3 of the 4
classes he entered, and
it was not until Pro Mod
800, that his team-mate,
Kyle Wadaga of L’Anse,
Michigan edged Kaurala
out by only 2 seconds! 
With only one class to
go,  the MASTERS Top
Professional Snowmobile Hillclimber of 2013,
Jordan Stank of Stoughton, Wisconsin, still had
not qualified for either
the Moyle Construction/
Division One Design Pro
Stock or Pro Mod King of
the Hill ‘Shoot-out.’ 
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had to either win or be
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the two King of the Hill
“shoot-outs.”  The final
class to try to make it
over the top at Big Powderhorn was Open Mod. 
The Circuit’s all-time
King of the Hill winner,
Wyler “Wild Man” Miller was the second driver
to run.  Miller had a 1:02
run.  The professional
snowmobile hillclimber
that has qualified for the
World Championship
more then any other
driver, Layne Stank of
Menomonee, Michigan,
turned in a 1:15.  Then
the Pro Mod 800 winner, Kyle Wadaga set
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Jordan Stank, pushed
in an exciting 30 second
his Polaris to the limit,
run.  Keegan’s younger
and beat Wadaga by one brother, Nolan set a high
second, turning in a 57
mark, and Kaeden Kausecond run.
rala ended the first round
Before the Pro Stock
of 120 cc sleds with a
and Pro Mod King of the 1:06 second run.  In the
Hill qualifiers would run,
second run, Kaeden led
the Junior class, and two off the competition with
Junior Drivers for the
an excellent 44 second
World Championship had run.  All the other drivers
to be determined.  Earlier between the ages of 3
in the day, Montreal, Wis- and 9 failed to make the
consin’s Jordan Wolfe,
hill.  This gave Keegan
running the same exact
Boggetto a first, with
course as the Pro DrivKaeden Kaurala getting
ers, not only made it over a second.
the top.  The 13 year old
The competition ended
ran a 58 second run in
with the Moyle Construchis very first Snowmobile tion/Division One Design
Pro Stock King of the Hill
Hillclimb!  After the first
and the Pro Mod King
round in Junior, Wolfe
of the Hill.  Kaurala won
was the only Junior
driver to make the hill.
two classes in the Pro
In the second round of
Stock Division, thus he
the Junior Division, none had to draw for 2 runs. 
of the Junior Drivers
Wyler Miller and Kyle
made the hill, thus giving Wadaga both qualified
Wolfe the Junior Champi- for one run each.  Kauonship.  Taking a secrala drew to run first and
ond was the MASTERS
drew to run last. 
Racing Circuit driver that
In Kaurala’s first run in
qualified for this years
Pro Stock, the Ski-Doo
World Championship
driver turned in an amazing 54 second run.  Miller
Snowmobile Hillclimb,
Luke Maher, Hastings,
drew a ‘2’ and ran second.  Miller turned in a
Minnesota.  Wolfe and
Maher both qualified for
58 second run.  Wadaga
the 2014 World Champi- ran third and failed to
onship Hillclimb.
make the hill, thus Kaurala didn’t even have
It was in between the
first and second runs for
to run his second time
in the Pro Stock King of
the Pro Drivers that the
youngest Snowmobile
the Hill.  He already won
the $500 from Moyle
Hillclimbers took to the
Construction/Division
hill in the popular 120
One Design.
cc class.  Wisconsin’s
Preston Miller looked
Then it was the Moyle
to be the clear favorite
Construction/Division
but got stuck in a ‘rut’
One Design Pro Mod
right before the finish
King of the Hill “Shootline.  Then Bessemer’s
out.”  Stank, Wadaga,
Keegan Boggetto turned along with Pro Mod
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800 class winner, Matt
“Woodtick” Cook, and
Kaurala all qualified. 
Stank drew the ‘ace’
and had to go first,
Cook drew to go second, then Kaurala and
Wadaga.
Stank set the bar with
one of the fastest time of
the day by turning in a 52
second run.  Cook had
an impressive run with
a 58 second time.  Then
Kaurala had the crowd
screaming when he shot
up the steep hill, made
it cleanly around all the
gates, and went through
the ‘timing shoot’ in an
amazing 50 seconds. 
Wadaga knew he had to
go ‘all out,’ and ended up
not making the hill, giving Kaurala the Pro Mod

King of the Hill.
At the end of the day,
Kaurala came close to
taking home close to
$2000.00, and being one
of the few drivers in the
20 year history of the
MASTERS Racing Circuit to win in every class
he entered.  The drivers
are only allowed to enter
up to 4 classes.
Kaurala had the understatement of the weekend, “Yea, I had a good
day.”
With drivers coming
from all over the Midwest
to compete, it was in the
Pro Stock King of the Hill
‘shoot-out’ that all of the
drivers came from Baraga County, Michigan.  In
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Cook and Stank that
represented Wisconsin,
while Kaurala and Wadaga not only represented
Michigan, but Baraga
County.

  
Moyle Construction/Division
One Design MASTERS Racing
Circuit Snow Drags at Big Powderhorn Mountain Results
 
120 cc:  1)  Keegan Boggetto,
Polaris, Bessemer (MI); 2) Sidney
Storti, Ski-Doo, Iron River (MI);
3) Nolan Boggetto, Polaris, Bessemer (MI)
STOCK 600:  1)  Derek
Peterson, Polaris, Atlantic Mine
(MI); 2) Shay Thompson, Polaris,
Negaunee (MI); 3) Mike Frank,
Ski-Doo, East Bethel (MN)
STOCK 700:  1) Michael Kleinschmidt, Yamaha, Merrill (WI);  2)
Trevor Wood, Arctic Cat, Laurium
(MI); 3) Derek Peterson, Polaris,
Atlantic Mine (MI)
STOCK 800:  1) Derek Peterson, Polaris, Atlantic Mine (MI);
2) Shay Thompson, Polaris,
Negaunee (MI); 3) Mike Fraki,
Arctic Cat, Houghton (MI)
OPEN STOCK:  1) Derek
Peterson, Polaris, Atlantic Mine
(MI); 2) Mike Fraki, Arctic Cat,
Houghton (MI); 3) Shay Thompson, Polaris, Negaunee (MI)
MOD 500:  1) Jim Johnson,
Polaris, Skanee (MI); 2) John Mihelich, Ski-Doo, Mohawk (MI); 3)
Chaz Forcia, Polaris, L’Anse (MI)
MOD 600:  1) Chris Rieschl,
Ski-Doo, Rice Lake (WI); 2) Jim
Johnson, Polaris, Skanee (MI);
3) Tom Hodges, Ski-Doo, Lake
Linden (MI)
MOD 700:  1) Jerry Buschell,
Ski-Doo, Lake Linden (MI); 2)
Tom Hodges, Ski-Doo, Lake
Linden (MI); 3) Chris Rieschl, SkiDoo, Rice Lake (WI)
MOD 800:  1) Nick Gustafson,
Polaris, Roseau (MN); 2) Jerry
Buschell, Ski-Doo, Lake Linden
(MI); 3) Frank Olson, Ski-Doo,
Iron River (MI)
OPEN MOD:  1) Chris Nordang, Ski-Doo, Iron River (MI);
2) Louie Goldbach, Ski-Doo, Iron
River (MI); 3) Frank Olson, SkiDoo, Iron River (MI)
TOP GUN:  1) Chris Nordang,
Ski-Doo, Iron River (MI); 2) Jerry
Buschell, Ski-Doo, Iron River
(MI); 3) Frank Olson, Ski-Doo,
Iron River (MI)
 
Moyle Construction/Division
One Design MASTERS Racing Circuit Snowmobile Hillclimb
at Big Powderhorn Mountain
Results
 
120 cc: 1) Keegan Boggetto,
30 sec., Polaris, Bessemer (MI)
2) Kaeden Kaurala, 44 sec,
Ski-Doo, Pelkie (MI); 3) Preston
Miller, High Mark, Polaris, Sheboygan (WI)
JUNIOR:  1)  Jordan Wolfe, 58
sec., Polaris, Montreal (WI) 2)
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Luke Maher, High Mark, Polaris,
Hastings (MN); 3) Dylan Durray,
Mark, Ski-Doo, Ironwood (MI)
PRO STOCK 600:  1) Matt
Tingstad, 47 sec., Ski-Doo,
Bessemer (MI); 2) Wyler Miller,
52 sec., Ski-Doo, Pelkie (MI); 3)
Ken Cohen, 54 sec., Arctic Cat,
Houghton (MI)
PRO STOCK 700: 1) Travis
Kaurala, 47 sec., Ski-Doo, Pelkie
(MI); 2) Matt Tingstad, 53 sec (1st
Rn), Ski-Doo, Bessemer, MI; 3)
Tingstad, 53 sec (2nd run)
PRO STOCK 800:  1) Kyle
Wadaga, 50 sec., Polaris, L’Anse
(MI); 2) Jordan Stank, 52 sec (1st
Rn), Polaris, Stoughton (WI); 3) 
Stank (2nd Run) and Wyler Miller,
55 sec, Ski-Doo, Pelkie (MI)
PRO OPEN STOCK:  1) Travis
Kaurala, 54 sec. (1st Run), SkiDoo, Pelkie (MI); 2) Kaurala,
55sec. (2nd Run); 3) Jordan
Stank, 1:05, Polaris, Stoughton
(WI)
PRO MOD 600: 1) Travis Kaurala, 59 sec (1st  Run), Ski-Doo,
Pelkie (MI); 2) Kaurala, 59 sec
(2nd Run); 3) Ryan Huff, 1:17,
Arctic Cat, Ontonagon (MI)
PRO MOD 700:  1)  Matt Cook,
1:10, Arctic Cat, DePere (WI);
2) Travis Rhymer, 1:14, Polaris,
Oneida (WI); 3) Wyler Miller,
1:18, Ski-Doo, Pelkie (MI)
PRO MOD 800:  1) Kyle
Wadaga, 58 sec, Polaris, L’Anse
(MI); 2) Travis Kaurala, 1 Min
(2nd Run), Ski-Doo, Pelkie (MI);
3) Kaurala, 1:15 (1st Run)
PRO MOD OPEN:  1) Jordan
Stank, 57 sec, Polaris, Stoughton
(WI); 2) Kyle Wadaga, 58 sec.,
Polaris, L’Anse (MI); 3) Wyler
Miller, 1:02, Ski-Doo, Pelkie (MI)
 
PRO STOCK KING OF THE
HILL ‘SHOOT-OUT’ (2014 World
Championship Snowmobile Hillclimb Qualifiers)
1) Travis Kaurala, 54 sec., SkiDoo, Pelkie (MI)
2)  Wyler Miller, 58 sec., SkiDoo, Pelkie (MI)

MASTERS Racing Circuit
2013 Points Standings
(3 of 4 Races)
STOCK 600

Derek Peterson- 15
Jackie Wellems- 10
Dave Fasnacht- 5
Jim Johnson- 4
Michael Kleinschmidt-4
Matt LaCosse- 3
Trevor Wood- 2
Jacob Berg- 1
John Mihelich- 1

STOCK 700
Dave Fasnacht– 7
Dan Brown- 6
Derek Peterson- 5
Jim Johnson- 4
Trevor Wood- 3
Michael Kleinschmidt- 2

STOCK 800
Derek Peterson- 13
Jim Butler- 4
David Vessel- 4
Diane Vessel- 4
Brady Phillips- 3
Shay Thompson- 3
Mike Fraki- 2
Michael Kleinschmidt- 1

OPEN STOCK

Derek Peterson- 12
Diane Vessel- 4
Jim Butler- 3
Kory Fasnacht- 3
Mike Fraki- 3
Shay Thompson- 2
Michael Kleinschmidt- 1

MOD 500

Matt LaCosse- 8
Jim Johnson- 5
Chaz Forcia- 3
John Mihelich- 2

MOD 600

Tom Hodges- 17
Jim Johnson- 10
Chris Rieschl- 9
Derek Peterson- 7
Brady Phillips- 3
Tracy Rieschl- 3
Shay Thompson-2
Diane Vessel- 2
Matt LaCosse- 2
Ryan Huff- 1

MOD 700

Jerry Buschell- 24
Tom Hodges- 14
Derek Peterson- 11
Jim Johnson- 7
Chris Rieschl- 6
Dave Fasnacht- 4
Matt LaCosse- 3
Tracy Rieschl- 3
Shay Thompson- 2
Ryan Huff- 1
Michael Kleinschmidt- 1

MOD 800

Chris Nordang- 31
Jerry Buschell- 28
Louie Goldbach- 26
John Mihelich- 17
Nick Gustafson- 15
Jim Storti- 15
Tom Hodges-11
Frank Olson- 11
Chad Frank- 8
Travis DeVoe- 7
Diane Vessel- 7
Matt LaCosse- 6
Wayne Minkle- 6
Chris Rieschl- 6
Brady Phillips- 5
Mike Fraki- 3
Tracy Rieschl- 2
Alex Nordang- 2
Jason Johnson- 1

 
PRO MOD KING OF THE
HILL ‘SHOOT-OUT’  (2014 World
Championship Snowmobile Hillclimb Qualifiers)

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Louie Goldbach- 34
Chris Nordang- 30
Jim Storti- 20
Jerry Buschell- 16
Jeff Szanto- 15
John Mihelich- 12
Tom Hodges- 12
Frank Olson- 10
Scott Felver- 9
Kory Fasnacht- 5
Alex Nordang- 5
Chad Frank- 4
Wayne Minkle- 4
Chris Rieschl- 4
Matt LaCosse- 3
Tracy Rieschl- 2
Halli Winter- 1
Travis DeVoe- 1

TOP GUN

Chris Nordang- 34
Jerry Buschell- 29
Louie Goldbach- 21
John Mihelich- 21
Jeff Szanto- 17
Tom Hodges- 16
Jim Storti- 15
Matt LaCosse- 10
Frank Olson- 10
Scott Felver- 8
Travis DeVoe- 7
Nick Gustafson- 7
Alex Nordang- 5
Mark Weisenberger- 5
Chris Rieschl- 4
Wayne Minkle- 3
Kory Fanacht- 2
Tracy Rieschl- 1
Dennis Smekjal- 1

1) Travis Kaurala, 50 sec., SkiDoo, Pelkie (MI)
2)  Jordan Stank, 52 sec.,
Polaris, Stoughton (WI)

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The top snowmobile drag
racers from throughout the
Midwest took part in Saturday’s
Masters Racing Circuit uphill
  drags at Marquette Mountain

Taking the top gun feature was Iron River, Michigan’s,
Chris  Nordang.  Nordang edged out fellow ski-doo driver,
John Mihelich of Mohawk, Michigan, and Arctic Cat’s, Troy
Frederich, of Thief River Falls, Minnesota.  It was Frederich that defeated the 2013 Masters Racing Circuit high
point driver, Jerry Buschell of Lake Linden, Michigan, to
get the final spot in the top gun feature.   Nordang, who
won the top gun points championship for the year, defeated the owner of the sled he raced, Louie Goldbach, in the
Open Mod Final.  That final was an all Iron River, Michigan
final, with Nordang, Goldbach, and Jim Storti.    However,
Goldbach beat both Nordang and Buschell to win Mod
800.  Buschell went the entire year without losing a feature
in Mod 700 on his ski doo. 
The stock classes was dominated by last years, high
point driver, Derek Peterson of Atlantic Mine, Michigan. 
Peterson on a Polaris continued his dominance over the
past three years in Stock 600 by winning that feature,
along with the feature in Stock 700 and Open stock. 
Negaunee, Michigan’s, Shay Thompson and his Polaris took Stock 800, and Mod 600.   Former pro women
sno-crosser, Victoria Hawley, from Skandia, Michigan, won
Mod 500 on a ski-doo. 
Even the children between the ages of 3 and 9 took part
by competing in the 120 cc classes.  Bessemer, Michigan’s
Keegan Boggetto won the Mod class and Carter La cosse
of Champion, Michigan, that won the Stock 120 c.  This
popular snowmobile event was sponsored by the Marquette Country Convention and Visitors Bureau, Marquette
Holiday Inn, and Pat’s Motorsports of Greenland. 

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Troy Fredrich of Thief River Falls, MN in TOP GUN
Final

Michigan Upper Peninsula
Snowmobilers win 2013
MASTERS Racing Points
Championship

 
From the first MASTERS Snowmobile Drag Races of the
season at Caspian, to the final race of the season at Marquette Mountain, the coveted TOP GUN Points Champion
was going to come from Iron River.  The question that would
not be answered till that final race in Marquette was, ‘which’
snowmobile racer from Iron River, Michigan,  would it be?
It was after the third of four MASTERS Snow Drags that
racers, families, and fans knew it was going to be a Goldbach
Racing Snowmobile.  However it was both the team owner,
Louie Goldbach and one of his drivers, Chris Nordang that
were in a tight point battle for the TOP GUN Champion of the
season. 
It was in the Quarterfinals that both Goldbach and Nordang
would end up racing each other, with only one of the drivers
advancing.  Nordang won that race and went on to win the
TOP GUN Feature to claim the 2013 TOP GUN Champion
Trophy.  It was a Crystal Falls, Michigan, driver that won the
2012 TOP GUN Trophy, that being Jeff Szanto.  Nordang
defeated Thief River Falls, Minnesota’s, Troy Fredrich and
Mohawk, Michigan’s John Mihelich, in a very close TOP GUN
final.
Even though Goldbach failed to win the TOP GUN Season
points championship, the Ski-Doo Race Team owner won
the Pat’s Motorsports Open Mod Points Championship.  He
won that class point title by a mere 1 point over Nordang. 
Nordang edged out Goldbach in the Open Mod Feature at
Marquette Mountain.  An Open Mod Feature that had 3 Iron
River drivers, Goldbach, Nordang, and Jim Storti.
Goldbach did defeat Nordang and Lake Linden’s Jerry
Buschell in the Mod 800 Final.  Buschell went on to claim
the MASTERS Racing Circuit Pat’s Motorsports High Point
Driver trophy.  Buschell will carry the title of MASTERS Rac-

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ing Circuit Number One Driver into next
season without losing a Mod 700 Final
throughout this past season.
Last season’s High Point Driver,
Atlantic Mine, Michigan’s,  Derek
Peterson may have lost the crown, but
he failed to lose in a Stock 600 feature
for the past 3 years.  Peterson also
took home the features in Stock 700
and Open Stock.  The only Stock Class
that the Polaris driver lost was in Stock
800, which was won by a fellow Polaris
driver, Shay Thompson of Negaunee. 
Thompson, who focused on MASTERS
Racing Circuit Hillclimbs this past season also won in Mod 600.
Long time professional Woman SnoCross Racer, Victoria Hawley of Skandia, Michigan, won the Mod 500 class.
Bessemer, Michigan’s, Keegan
Boggetto won the 120cc Mod Class,
while Champion, Michigan’s, Carter
LaCosse won the Stock 120 cc class.
“Unlike the previous winter when
the MASTERS Racing Circuit had to
cancel both Big Powderhorn events
and Marquette Mountain due to temps
in the 80’s and no snow, this year we
ended our race season at two ski hills
that had between 4 and 7 feet of snow,”
commented MASTERS Racing Circuit
President, Skip Schulz.
Schulz stated that the events at Big
Powderhorn and Marquette Mountain
drew drivers, crews, and families from
all over the Midwest.  Some drivers
traveling over 9 hours to compete.
While Schulz states that he is happy
the season ended with so many drivers
competing, if he would have known
that those Ski Hills would have closed
for Skiing and still had the snow they
currently have, he wished he would
have scheduled another event for later
in April.
“It’s difficult to predict the weather,
especially when we set up our schedule in the Spring and Summer.  In the
next two months, the MASTERS Racing Circuit is going to decide on locations and dates for the 2014 MASTERS
Racing Circuit season,” concluded
Schulz.
 
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Bureau MASTERS Racing Circuit Uphill Drags at Marquette Mountain Results:
 
Stock 120 cc:  1)  Carter LaCosse, Polaris, Champion
(MI); 2) Emma Goldbach, Ski-Doo, Iron River (MI); 3)
Sidney Storti,  Arctic Cat, Iron River (MI)
Mod 120 cc:  1)  Keegan Boggetto, Polaris, Bessemer
(MI); 2) Nathan LaCosse, Polaris, Champion (MI); 3) Evan
Hawley, Ski-Doo, Skandia (MI)
Stock 600:  1) Derek Peterson, Polaris, Atlantic Mine (MI);
2) Mathew Kleinschmidt, Yamaha, Merrill (WI); 3) John
Mihelich, Arctic Cat, Mohawk (MI)
Stock 700:  1) Derek Peterson, Polaris, Atlantic Mine (MI);
2) Victoria Hawley, Ski-Doo, Skandia (MI); 3) Ray Nolan,
Arctic Cat, Manistique (MI)
Stock 800:  1) Shay Thompson, Polaris, Negaunee (MI);
2) Derek Pelkala, Arctic Cat, Marquette (MI); 3) Derek
Peterson, Polaris, Atlantic Mine (MI)
Open Stock:  1) Derek Peterson, Polaris, Atlantic Mine
(MI); 2) Derek Pelkala, Arctic Cat, Marquette (MI); 3) Shay
Thompson, Polaris, Negaunee (MI)
Mod 500:  1) Victoria Hawley, Ski-Doo, Skandia (MI); 2)
John Mihelich, Arctic Cat, Mohawk (MI); 3) Matt LaCosse,
Ski-Doo, Champion (MI)
Mod 600:  1) Shay Thompson, Polaris, Negaunee (MI);
2) Jim Johnson, Polaris, Skanee (MI); 3) Derek Peterson,
Polaris, Atlantic Mine (MI)
Mod 700:  1) Jerry Buschell, Ski-Doo, Lake Linden (MI);
2) Matt LaCosse, Ski-Doo, Champion (MI); 3) Jim Johnson, Polaris, Skanee (MI)
Mod 800:  1) Louie Goldbach, Ski-Doo, Iron River (MI); 2)
Chris Nordang, Ski-Doo, Iron River (MI); 3) Jerry Buschell,
Ski-Doo, Lake Linden (MI)
Open Mod:  1)  Chris Nordang, Ski-Doo, Iron River (MI);
2) Louie Goldbach, Ski-Doo, Iron River (MI); 3) Jim Storti,
Ski-Doo, Iron River (MI)
TOP GUN:  1) Chris Nordang, Ski-Doo, Iron River (MI); 2)
Troy Fredrich, Arctic Cat, Thief River Falls (MN); 3) John
Mihelich, Ski-Doo, Mohawk (MI)
 
2013 MASTERS Racing Circuit Pat’s Motorsports High
Point Driver:  Jerry Buschell, Ski-Doo, Lake Linden
(MI)
2013 MASTERS Racing Circuit Pat’s Motorsports TOP
GUN Champion:  Chris Nordang, Ski-Doo, Iron River
(MI)
2013 MASTERS Pat’s Motorsport Class Champions
Stock 600:  Derek Peterson, Polaris, Atlantic Mine (MI)
Stock 700:  Derek Peterson, Polaris, Atlantic Mine (MI)
Stock 800:  Derek Peterson, Polaris, Atlantic Mine (MI)
Open Stock:  Derek Peterson, Polaris, Atlantic Mine
(MI)

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Atlantic Mine, Michigan’s Derek
Peterson winning streat in Stock
600 goes to 3 years!

Iron River, Michigan’s Louie
Goldbach holding off fellow UP
Racer, Jerry Buschell in Mod 800
Mod 500:  Matt LaCosse, Ski-Doo, Champion (MI)
Mod 600:  Jim Johnson, Polaris, Skanee
(MI)
Mod 700:  Jerry Buschell, Ski-Doo, Lake
Linden (MI)
Mod 800:  Chris Nordang, Ski-Doo, Iron
River (MI)
Open Mod:  Louie Goldbach, Ski-Doo, Iron
River (MI)
Stock 120 cc:  Carter LaCosse, Polaris,
Champion (MI)
Mod 120 cc:  Nathan LaCosse, Polaris,
Champion (MI) & Keegan Boggetto, Polaris, Bessemer (MI)  TIE

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Corin Todd
And Zak
Mason Join
PRESS
RELEASE
Leighton Pro Lite Superteam
along with his father and mechanic Rob, as he
makes his debut as a Pro Lite rider this fall.
At the conclusion of the 2013 season, Leighton Motorsports set forth a unique plan to focus their efforts
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as he makes his debut as a Pro Lite rider this fall.
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Ray
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To accommodate the new lineup, which will still include two-time Women’s
Pro-Am Champion Jennifer Pare, the Fly Racing/Bully Dog-backed team has
purchased the former Blair Morgan Racing trailer with multiple slide-outs and
added work space.
For more information, including racer bios, events schedule and team photos,
visit www.leightonmotorsports.com

Thank You
for a
great
2013/2013
Season

Contact: Trace Leighton
208-941-4700
trace@leightonmotorsports.com

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50 years at the Derby

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DELIVERANCE:

Malcolm Chartier brings
home the World Championship

Story by Mike Decker
Photos by Bill Borowski & Scott Anderson

Photo by Bill Borawski

January, 2013 in Eagle River saw history made in more ways than
one. The most famous snowmobile race in the history of the sport, the
Eagle River World Championships, celebrated its 50th anniversary
with this years running. The much anticipated race was a glorious
event as excitement permeated the scene that unfolded; and with that,
saw a new World Champion crowned.
After numerous tries, Malcolm Chartier persevered in winning the
Eagle River World Championship feature title, the most prestigious
and coveted race in all of oval-track competition.
Chartier turned in a near perfect performance, but the outcome was
a nail-biter right down to the wave of the checkered flag after 30 laps
of intense competition.

1ST PLACE WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP
Malcolm Chartier

The Lead Up
Chartier laid the groundwork for his dramatic victory by first winning Friday Night Thunder’s ‘Sweet 16’ race, in turn providing him
with the time honored pole-position. The others would have to qualify
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for their starting positions in the elimination rounds come Saturday.
His win in the ‘Sweet 16’ recorded the fastest lap time of the night
as he beat out defending World Champion Nick Van Strydonk in the
process, prompting many to speculate on his prospects for Sunday’s
main event.
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format for the feature race now calls for 30 laps with an interval after
the first 10 are completed. 30 laps seems like an eternity, even with
a designated break in the action. Add to the mix a potent field of
past champions (plus Van Strydonk the defending champion), and it
becomes a wide open race with odds hard to determine. None the less,
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7TH PLACE WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP
Brandon Johnson

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8TH PLACE WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP
Nicholas Van Strydonk
1st Factory Mod 600 Champ • 1st Factory 600
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9TH PLACE WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP
P.J. Wanderscheid

10TH PLACE WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP
Travis McDonald

consistently showing great speed and spot-on handling.
The line-up for the final ended up this way: The front row and top
ten consisted of Malcolm Chartier the pole setter, defending champion Nick Van Strydonk, past champion Matt Schultz, Travis MacDonald, Brandon Johnson, Cardell Potter, Dustin Wahl, Jordan Wahl,
Ryan Kniskern, and 4-time champion P.J. Wanderscheid.
The last-chance-qualifier gives two drivers a shot from the back
row. It’s a place you wouldn’t normally see the likes of Gary Moyle,
a former two-time world champion and the fastest qualifier for this
year’s event. The other driver to advance by way of the back row was
Matt Ritchie. The field was now set.

his initial disadvantaged starting position.
On the restart after the 10 lap break, Chartier was again off and
running and looking good as Jordan Wahl and Schulz gave chase.
Van Strydonk’s sled nearly died on the line while everyone else left
him behind. Eventually Van Strydonk nursed his sled back into action
but he would be playing catch-up big time. Before that could happen,
another red flag came out due to Matt Ritchie coming off his sled in
corners 3 and 4.
The ensuing restart would see Chartier out front again. Benefitting
from the restart would be Van Strydonk from his earlier bad start as
he got a good launch this time, and Moyle, who was continuing his
steady move to the front. Before things could heat up, yet another red
flag brought things to a standstill. It was Ritchie again, whose sled
stalled in a vulnerable location in the corner.

The Race

The thrill never fades from witnessing the start to this annual
hearpumping shoot-out. Trying to focus on twelve wickedly powerful
sleds piloted by the world’s fastest drivers as they roar into the famed
high-banked first corner is a breathtaking experience. I don’t care how
many times you behold this sight, the novelty never wears off.
And so it was this year as these select drivers in time went for the
gold on this historic anniversary run.
Miraculously, the field generally escapes disaster through the confines of this controlled chaos, but not this year. Near disaster unfolded
as contact hurled the sleds of Dustin Wahl and Travis MacDonald off
course. Uninjured and undamaged, they were able to restart in one of
many restarts that were to come.
With the first restart, Chartier launched into the lead and sailed
smoothly along. He would maintain a comfortable lead until interrupted by the mandatory halt to the race at lap number 10. The race
behind him up until that point showed promise by Schulz, Jordan
Wahl, Van Strydonk, and an ailing Wanderscheid who was not only
battling the competition, but a series of injuries sustained just prior to
Eagle River. Dustin Wahl was also looking good at this stage, and it
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With just eight laps go, the final restart of the race got underway.
The staggered restart had the following top seven in this order:
Chartier, Jordan Wahl, Schulz, Dustin Wahl, Van Strydonk, and
Moyle. Chartier still held the edge, but he was far from being out of
the woods with those riders in close proximity and still 8 laps to go.
Jordan Wahl got a great start and was right on Chartier, and Schulz
was right there too.
It would be this very trio that would stage an exciting conclusion.
As the front three unfolded, Van Strydonk was again plagued with
his sled refusing to respond in time for a good start, effectively taking him out of contention. It was a very bad break for the defending
champion who had kept himself in the hunt until now.
Within a few laps, Jordan Wahl was clearly putting the heat on
Chartier. At one point, Jordan lost ground as he nearly lost control in
corners 1 and 2. He regained composure and was soon right back on
Chartier’s heels. It appeared Chartier may be slowing a bit. Was he
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was Jordan just getting better?
Whatever the case, Whal finally made his move and solidly passed
Chartier in 1 and 2. Now the complexity had just been dramatically altered with less than 5 laps to go. As quickly as Jordan gained
the lead position, he lost it back to Chartier the very next time they
entered 1 and 2 due to Wahl again almost losing control. He recovered
quickly and kept his distance tight to Chartier.
The next few laps had Chartier and Wahl locked in fierce combat,
coming into contact a number of times with each other.
With just one lap to go, all eyes were on Chartier and Jordan Wahl,
but Schulz was quietly lurking right behind these two.
As all three sleds sailed down the back straightaway, the realization
set in that it had come down to the very last set of corners of just who
would capture the title.
Chartier entered corner 3 with Wahl right on his tail. Schulz entered
slightly higher than the front-runners. Then almost the unthinkable
happened. Wahl contacted Chartier and they became momentarily
locked together and slowed as Chartier struggled to maintain control.
At that instant, Schulz began to power around them. Chartier and
Wahl stabilized and poured on the gas. At that point, it was literally a
drag race from corner 4 to to the checkered flag.
Chartier got the win over Jordan Wahl and Schulz by mere fractions. It was that close. Dustin Wahl finished 4th, and Gary Moyle got
fifth with his valiant ride from the back row.
What an incredible finish to an absolutely great race.
Malcom Chartier delivered in his quest to win this most famous
race. He could not have picked a more special time to triumph, that
being the 50th anniversary of this legendary event. Great ride Malcolm, you are the Eagle River World Champion.

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1st Junior Novice Combined
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Sabrina Blanchet
1st Semi Pro Champ
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Sara Miller
1st Junior Stock 11-13

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1st Junior II F-500 14-15

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Austen Madison
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Danny Porier
1st Pro Am Plus 30
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Jake Scott
Sno Cross Cup
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Ross Martin
SNOW-X WORLD CHAMPION
1st Carlise Pro Open
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1st Pro Open

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Brian Healy
1st Combo Sportsman & F-500
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1st Sportsman 600
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1st Formula 500 (Friday Night)

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1st Formula 500
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1st Limited 600 Final
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Kyle ray
Amateur 18-29 Final
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Tim Hibbard
1st Outlaw 600

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Autumn Schlauderaff
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PAST
WINNERS
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Dale Loritz 1994 & 1995

Several Past World Champions came out to
celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Eagle
River World Chapionships. Not pictured: 1964
STan Hayes, 1965 George Gensler, 1996 &
1968 Steve Ave, 1967 Duane Frandsen, 1970
Yvon Duhamel, 1971 & 1972 Mike Trapp,
1973 Bob Eastman, 1974 Gilles Villeneuve,
1975 Jim Bernat, 1977 & 1978 Steve Thorsen,
1979 Bob Elsner, 1980,, 1982 & 1986 Jacques
Villeneuve, 1981 & 1983 Brad Hulings. 1985
Michel Gingras, 1988 Bobby Donahue, 1989
Bruce Vessair1992 Gary Vessair, 1999 & 2000
Mike Houle, 2001 Jeremy Johnston,

2010 Matt Schultz

2005 & 2007 Gary Moyle
1990, 1996 & 1997 Dave Wahl

1969 Roger Jansen

2012 Nick Vanstrydonk

1998 Terry Wahl
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1991 Greg Goodwin
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WORLD
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2002, 2003, 2006 & 2011
P.J. Wanderscheid

1987 Chuck Decker

1984 Jim Dimmerman

1976 Ed Schubitzke

2008 & 2009 Brian Bewcyk

2004 Larry Day

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