Iron River racer Louie Goldbach won the Top Gun Class at the U.P. Championship Snow Drags in Ontonagon on Jan. 4. (submitted photo)
ONTONAGON— Iron River’s Louie Goldbach defeated teammate Chris Nordang of Iron River and Lake Linden’s Jerry Buschell to win the Top Gun feature at the Ontonagon County Economic Partnership U.P. Championship Snow Drags in Ontonagon on Saturday, Jan. 4.
Goldbach also won the Pro Mod 800 feature. Goldbach and Nordang’s professional modified snowmobiles are sponsored by the Iron County Sheriff’s Department DARE program. Goldbach’s four year old daughter, Emma, was also a ‘champion’ in the 120 cc class.
Nordang was the 2013 MASTERS Racing Circuit Top Gun Champion. In the first race of the MASTERS Ojibwa Casino Series for 2014, Goldbach edged out Nordang and Buschell. However, Buschell went on to defeat Goldbach in the class that Goldbach was the 2013 Champion, the Open Mod. In the Open Mod feature, Goldbach ‘jumped’ the line at the start. Buschell also kept his three year unbeaten streak in the Pro Mod 700 class.
The driver that has won the most races in the MASTERS 15 plus year history, Matt Lacosse of Champion, took home firsts in both the Pro Mod 500 and Pro Mod 600.
The next race in the MASTERS Ojibwa Casino Racing Series will take place in Sagola. The Snow Drags will be a part of the Sagola Sportsman Club’s popular Tip Up Town. Those races will take place on Saturday, Feb 1.
The first Snowmobile Hillclimb of the series will be the Mid America Championship Hillclimb (MACH) in Caspian. That popular Hillclimb will be on Saturday, Feb 15. The MACH will be a part of the Caspian Snowmobile Weekend, which will conclude with uphill Snow Drags on Sunday, February 16.
The MASTERS/ Ojibwa Casino Racing Series is an 11 event schedule that includes a Snowmobile Hillclimb at Pine Mountain in Iron Mountain. The MASTERS will also sanction the Wisconsin State Championship Hillclimb at Keyes Peak in Florence, Wis. on March 15, then the Keyes Peak Hillcross on March 16.