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38th Annual World Championship Snowmobile Hillclimb Results

Published online: Mar 27, 2013 News
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Photos by Ryan Harris


As many of you probably already know, the 38th annual World Championship Snowmobile Hillclimb was last weekend at Snow King in Jackson, WY. With 474 entries representing all four major snowmobile manufacturers, 12 states and three Canadian provinces, there was plenty of hillclimb action to be had.

Polaris boasted the most entries with 194, but Ski-Doo (152) and Cat (105) weren’t far behind; Yamaha was represented with 23 entries. More entries at the Jackson Hillclimb—178, to be exact—hailed from the host state of Wyoming than from any other state. Neighbors Utah, Idaho, Montana and Colorado were represented with 101, 68, 36 and 21 entries, respectively. Washington State sent 32 entries. Michigan, Minnesota, Wisconsin, Nevada, Oregon and South Dakota were also represented as well as the Canadian provinces of Alberta, British Columbia and Saskatchewan.

Kyle Tapio of Battle Ground, WA, repeated his dominance of 2012, winning both the King of Mods and King of Improved Stock as well as the King of Kings championship on his mod-stock Arctic Cat. He accomplished all three feats a year ago in Jackson as well. Luke Rainey took second in the King of Kings race in his King of Stock-winning Polaris; Tapio’s improved stock Cat was third.

And so, without further ado, let’s get to the results.

Juniors

Eleven racers competed in the Junior division, with five qualifying for the final. All three Utah racers qualified on Polaris sleds. Five Wyoming racers also competed, along with one apiece from Idaho, Washington and Minnesota. Eight Polaris, two Cats and one Ski-Doo were entered.

1.         Kameron Lindsay         Wellsville, UT               Polaris              1.00.030

2.         Rayden Gladfelder        Smithfield, UT  Polaris              1.00.254

3.         Costner Eborn              Ovid, ID                       Polaris              1.00.544

4.         Kayden Woodie           Alpine, WY                  Arctic Cat         1.08.941

5.         Tristan Spencer            Collinston, UT  Polaris              HM

Non Pro Master—5 Qualifiers

Of the 18 competitors, 14 were from Wyoming. Eight rode Polaris sleds, six Ski-Doos and three Arctic Cats. A homecourt advantage was evident, as all five qualifiers were Wyoming riders. And while 10 riders made it to the top in qualifying, none were able to in the finals.

1.         Jason Schneifer Afton, WY                 Polaris              HM1

2.         Scott Neison                Jackson, WY               Polaris              HM2

3.         Jim Lee                        Green River, WY         Polaris              HM3

4.         Rick Budge                  Thayne, WY                 Ski-Doo           HM4

5.         Brett Ritter                   Kemmerer, WY           Polaris              HM5

Semi-Pro Stock—5 Qualifiers

Two Yamahas, four Cats, 10 Polaris and 11 Ski-Doos competed in the Semi-Pro stock division. Twelve riders were from Wyoming, six from Utah, three from Idaho, two from Colorado and one each from Minnesota, Washington and Montana. Polaris was the most well-represented here, with four of the five qualifiers riding Polaris sleds.

1.         Toby Shepherd Jackson, MT             Polaris           1.44.408

2.         Jake Kilroy                   Afton, WY                 Polaris            2.00.820

3.         Justin Thomas            Idaho Falls, ID Polaris            HM1

4.         Mitch Sherman Blackfoot, ID             Ski-Doo           HM2

5.         Taylor Wilkes              Afton, WY                         Polaris            HM3   

Semi-Pro Improved

Toby Shepherd was at it again, winning the Semi-Pro Improved division. Twelve of the 25 racers in this division were from Wyoming. Ten rode Ski-Doos, nine Polaris, four Cats and two Yamahas. Three Ski-Doos and two Polaris sleds qualified for the final. Mitch Sherman and Justin Thomas were also top-five finishers in both the Stock and Improved races.

1.         Toby Shepherd Jackson, MT            Polaris        1.41.595

2.         Clay Coleman               Rock Springs, WY    Ski-Doo           HM1

3.         Justin Thomas               Idaho Falls, ID Polaris             HM2

4.         Nate Suter                    Thayne, WY            Ski-Doo           HM3

5.         Mitch Sherman Blackfoot, ID              Ski-Doo      HM4

Semi-Pro Mod

Toby Shepherd completed his sweep of the Semi-Pro races with his win in the Semi-Pro mods. Mitch Sherman and Justin Thomas posted their third top-five finishes and Nate Suter his second.

1.         Toby Shepherd Jackson, MT              Polaris              1.44.578

2.         Mitch Sherman Blackfoot, ID            Ski-Doo           HM1

3.         Mike Thompson           Providence, UT         Ski-Doo           HM2

4.         Justin Thomas            Idaho Falls, ID Polaris              HM3

5.         Nate Suter                  Thayne, WY                    Ski-Doo           HM4

Women’s Stock

Shelley Heap won the Women’s Stock hillclimb while defending champion Amy Zollinger finished sixth. Kaycee Balls and Christy Frisby, 2012’s second- and third-place finishers, finished the 2013 Women’s Stock race fourth and second, respectively. The division represented Arctic Cat well, as four of the six qualifiers rode Cats.

1.         Shelley Heap                Evanston, WY              Polaris          HM1

2.         Christy Frisby               Caldwell, ID                 Polaris           HM2

3.         Jan Ottobre                  Jackson, WY               Arctic Cat        HM3

4.         Kaycee Balls                Afton, WY                   Arctic Cat        HM4

5.         Whitney Archibald        Richmond, UT              Arctic Cat        HM5

6.         Amy Zollinger               Providence, UT            Arctic Cat        HM6

Women’s Improved

1.         Christy Frisby               Caldwell, ID                 Polaris              HM1

2.         Amy Zollinger               Providence, UT            Arctic Cat        HM2

3.         Jan Ottobre                  Jackson, WY               Arctic Cat        HM3

4.         Raysha Nielsen Logan, UT                 Polaris          HM4

(tied)    Kaycee Balls                Afton, WY                   Arctic Cat        HM4

5.         Shelley Heap                Evanston, WY           Polaris          HM5

Women’s Mod

Again, the usual suspects turned up in the Women’s Mod finals. Again, nearly all rode Cats or Polaris, with only one Ski-Doo and no Yamahas entered in the whole category.

1.         Christy Frisby               Caldwell, ID                 Polaris              HM1

2.         Shelley Heap                Evanston, WY              Polaris           HM2

3.         Kaycee Balls                Afton, WY                   Arctic Cat        HM3

4.         Amy Zollinger               Providence, UT            Arctic Cat        HM4

5.         Raysha Nielsen Logan, UT               Polaris              HM5

6.         Jan Ottobre                  Jackson, WY               Arctic Cat        HM6

Check in tomorrow for more hillclimb results.