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Snowmobile hillclimb this Saturday

CASPIAN—The Mid America Snow and Terrain Expert Racers, the MASTERS Racing Circuit, will sanction Saturday’s snowmobile hillclimb in Caspian. Snowmobilers will begin the competition at 10 a.m. at the old Caspian ski jump hill located just east of the City of Caspian offices and sledding-ski kill.
    The hillclimb is the Mid America Championship Hillclimb (MACH), and is the first qualifying snowmobile hillclimb for this year’s World Championship Hillclimb in Jackson, Wyoming. It is the MACH that sends the top Snowmobile Hillclimbers from Michigan, Wisconsin, Minnesota, Illinois and Iowa to the World Championships at the end of March.
     “It was two years ago that the city of Caspian and Bar Enterprises brought in fill to extend the length of the hill, said Skip Schulz, MASTERS president. “This provided the MASTERS with more room to put up gates that the snowmobiles have to go around as they work their way to the top of the hill. This year the drivers will be timed electronically from the start at the bottom of the hill to the timing chute.”
     “As the fans have seen the past three years, not all the drivers make it through the timing chute. While the hill is not as steep as many the MASTERS have had competition at, it’s how steep the hill is that makes it difficult for the machines to get around the gates and keep enough momentum to get to the top,” said Schulz.
     The hillclimbers compete in four divisions: Pro Stock, Pro Modified, Junior and 120cc. Each division

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