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Hillclimbers have rough ride for top wins

During the Caspian Hillclimb on Feb. 21, Travis Kaurala of Alston, Mich. won the shoot-out to take the title of Pro Stock King of the Hill.

CASPIAN—Snowmobile hillclimbers from three states met at this past Saturday’s Mid America Championship Hillclimb (MACH) that took place at the former Caspian Ski Jump. The hill allowed only three drivers to crest the top and make it through the timing chute.
     With a total of 77 attempts at making it over the top, 68 of those runs failed. In the Lindwall Motors Pro Stock 700 class, no one made it over the top in either of the runs -- it was high mark that determined who would win and represent that class in the Bar Enterprises Pro Stock King of the Hill.
     Four different drivers qualified for the Pro Stock King of the Hill. The shoot-out was won by Travis Kaurala of Alston, Mich. by going the farthest up the hill. Kaurala and Jordan Stank of Stoughton, Wis. were the only two drivers to advance to the Ojibwa Casino Pro Mod King of the Hill. It was Stank that edged out Kaurala by only going a few feet higher up the hill to win the Pro Mod King of the Hill.
     The event, sanctioned by the Mid America Snow and Terrain Expert Racers, commonly known as the MASTERS, had fans cheering when a first time hillclimber not only made it over the top, but had one of the fastest times of the day. That driver, Bob Berghuis of Brillon, Wis. turned in a record breaking run of 34.469 seconds in the Wild Rivers Realty Pro Stock 800 class. This amazing run, in the first round, was erased when Stank followed Berghuis with a 34.308. That was the only class that two drivers turned in a time in the same class.

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