New snowmobile race comes to Ontonagon

ONTONAGON— The Ontonagon-based Mid America Snow and Terrain Expert Racers (MASTERS) Racing Circuit will hold its first Terra-X Snowmobile Race next to the North Country Snowmobile Clubhouse. The new form of snowmobile racing will take place on Saturday, Jan. 12.
Terra-X is a form of racing that has the snowmobiler going through a slalom course, a jump (if they choose) and a closed trail course. It is considered to be a “cross” between a Snow-Cross race and a Cross Country race.
It was close to 20 years ago that the North Country Snowmobile Club held a race, called the “Superior Snow Challenge.”
“We’re going full circle and back to our roots with this Terra-X race,” said Jeremy Schmidt, MASTERS official. “We’re bringing ‘fun’ back into snowmobile racing where anyone with any sled can compete.”
The racers will run against the clock. The two fastest times in each class will then compete in the “Class Shoot-out” Championship at the end of the day. The classes are based on engine size and whether they are stock or modified.
While the MASTERS has discontinued running Snowmobile Drag Racing, the long running snowmobile sanctioning circuit will continue to have classes for the children. This includes Stock 120’s, Mod 120’s and a junior class for those between 12 and 17.
Terra-X will have two classes for the more experienced racers. This includes Stock Open and the featured class, Top Gun. Those two classes will have a cash purse.
Fans will be able to watch the races from inside the North Country Snowmobile Clubhouse or in a fenced in area right outside of the clubhouse. Food and refreshments will be served in the clubhouse. A gate fee donation of $5 is being asked.
Racing will begin at 11 a.m. ET.
The MASTERS will have two snowmobile Hillclimbs at Whealkate Bluff in South Range. Those will be on Feb. 2 and Feb. 23. The second Terra-X race will be at Adventure Mountain in Greenland on March 16, with the final Terra-X being at Mont du Lac, outside of Duluth, Minn., on April 6.
For more information about the MASTERS, go to www.mastersracing.net or their Facebook page, Masters Racing Circuit.
For more information, call 906-884-9101.