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Competition for MASTERS racing class championship heads into April PDF Print E-mail
Written by Janet Rohde   
Tuesday, March 13, 2012 3:48 PM

IRON COUNTY—No driver has clinched the points championship in any of the 11 MASTERS Racing Circuit Drag Series Classes.
 Two classes have a tie for the lead, with two races to go. That is in Mod-6 and Open Mod.
  In Mod 6, Matt LaCosse of Champion and Derek Peterson of Atlantic Mine are knotted up at 19 points each. Tom Hodges of Lake Linden is right behind with 17 points and Jim Johnson of Skanee has 16 points.
 Two drivers from Iron County are at the top in Open Mod. Jeff Szanto of Crystal Falls and Louie Goldbach of Iron River both have 19 points. Peterson is next at 16, with Goldbach’s team-mates, Rudy Vincent of Iron River at 15 and Jerry Bushell of Laurim also at 15.

  With the MASTERS Racing Circuit having two races left for the season, the race for the Stock 700 and Open Stock Championship has two drivers battling it out.
 In Stock 700, Hodges is leading Peterson, 22-20, but in Open Stock, Peterson has a two-point lead over Hodges, 19-17. Peterson and his Polaris have a three-point lead over Hodges and his Arctic Cat, 19-16.
 In Mod-7, Peterson is holding on to a narrow two-point lead over Hodges, 18-16.
  Two Ski-Doo drivers are fighting for the Mod-8 Championship. Szanto has 23 points and Vincent is sitting at 19.
  Szanto has the upper hand on the most coveted championship of all; that is in Top Gun.
 With Top Gun wins at the Wisconsin Snow Drags and the Chippewa Sno Kats Snow Drags, Szanto has 27 points.
 Peterson is in second with 19. Peterson holds a commanding lead to un-seat the 2011 High Point driver, Matt LaCosse by having picked up 149 points. LaCosse is currently in second with 108.
  Both Peterson and LaCosse hold commanding leads in Stock 6 and Mod 5. Peterson has a 14-point lead over Lacosse in Stock 6, while LaCosse has a nine-point lead over Chaz Forcia of L’Anse in Mod 5, 19-10.
  “However, no point lead is safe as we head into what many expect will be a large driver turnout. That being the Uphill Drags at Marquette Mountain in Marquette on April 7, and the Snow Drags at Big Powderhorn in Bessemer on April 14. The points are all based upon the number of drivers in the class. With a class of 15 drivers, the winner in that one class will pick up 17 points,” explained MASTERS Racing Circuit President Skip Schulz.
  Drivers are reminded to pre-register for the April MASTERS Racing Circuit events. This also includes the Snowmobile Hillclimb at Big Powderhorn on Sunday, April 15.
 The MASTERS will have pre-registration on the Friday night before Marquette Mountain and Big Powderhorn. The pre-registration on Friday Night is for the classes that did not fill up, according to Schulz.
  “As hard as it is to believe, we have had drivers that did not run in any of the previous four MASTERS Racing Circuit Drag races that came to Marquette and beat our circuit drivers. That is not uncommon, as all our races are open to everyone,” concluded Schulz.
  The MASTERS also runs a 120cc class for children between four and nine at the three remaining events.
  With 12 or more entries in the Top Gun class, the winner in that class at Marquette Mountain will win $500 from Midway Rentals of Marquette.
 The Marquette County Convention and Visitors Bureau, Holiday Inn of Marquette, Pat’s Motorsports-Yamaha of Greenland have all signed on as sponsors of this long-running snowmobile race.
 The Point and the Bay Radio stations will be the official radio stations of the races. The MASTERS is working on additional people to sponsor the event.
  For driver registration and information, you’re asked to e-mail Schulz at or go to
 For lodging information, contact the Marquette Country Convention and Visitors Bureau at (800)544-4321 or call the Marquette Holiday Inn at (906) 225-1351.