Polaris snowmobile hillclimbers more or less dominated on
the Rocky Mountain Snowmobile Hillclimb Assn. (RMSHA) circuit this past winter,
winning 11 Pro class points titles, all three Semi-Pro points crowns, two
Women's points titles and the lion's share of King of the Hill honors at the
circuit's five points events.
Leading the way were Polaris racers Keith Curtis-who won
points titles in five Pro classes and won Stock King of the Hill at all five
points events; Erin Beukelman-winner of three points titles and a three-time
King of the Hill winner (two Modified, one Improved Stock); and Luke Rainey,
Cole Willford and Tyson Thomas, who each won a points championship.
Polaris terrain domination was most dramatic in the Pro
Stock classes, where Polaris hillclimbers won all four of the premier classes
and filled the top 10 in
the standings. Polaris racers:
Pro 600 Stock points and claimed six top-10 spots.
Pro 700 Stock points and earned six top-10 positions.
dominated in Pro 800 stock, which a Polaris racer won at every event,
leading to Polaris hillclimbers finishing first through sixth in points.
five top-10 spots in Pro 1000 Stock points, a class won by Keith Curtis at
four of five events.
RMSHA has 15 Pro classes and Polaris racers earned the
points titles in 11 of those classes. Polaris champions included:
Curtis, who won the points titles in Pro 600 Stock, Pro 800 Stock, Pro
1000 Stock, Pro 800 Modified and Pro Open Modified.
Beukelman, champion in Pro 800 Improved Stock, Pro 1000 Improved Stock and
Pro 700 Modified. Beukelman was also second in Pro 800 Modified and third
in Pro 800 Stock.
- Luke Rainey
won the Pro 700 Stock points title and was second in Pro 1000 Stock, third
in Pro Open Modified, and fourth in Pro 800 Stock and Pro 800 Modified
Willford won the Pro 600 Modified title and was third in Pro 700 Modified,
fourth in Pro Open Modified, sixth in Pro 1000 Stock and eighth in Pro 800
Thomas won the Pro Masters Modified championship and was fourth in Pro
Masters Stock and Pro Masters Improved Stock, 14th in Pro 600 Modified,
and 15th in Pro Open Modified.
Aside from the class champions, Polaris racers packed the
top 10 in
several class standings. Here are the highlights:
Crockett claimed second place in three classes: Pro 800 Stock, Pro 1000
Improved Stock and Pro 600 Modified. He was also fourth in Pro 800
Improved Stock and fifth in Pro 700 Modified.
Phelps finished second in Pro 600 Stock points, fifth in Pro 1000 Improved
Stock, and seventh in Pro 700 Stock and Pro 800 Improved Stock.
Keller finished second in Pro 700 Stock, fifth in Pro 1000 Stock, sixth in
Pro 800 Stock and Pro 1000 Improved Stock, and seventh in Pro 600 Stock.
Crockett finished second in Pro 700 Modified, fourth in Pro 600 Modified,
ninth in Pro 1000 Stock, 10th in Pro 800 Modified and 11th in Pro Open
Sletten took third in Pro 700 Stock and Pro 600 Improved Stock, fourth in
Pro 600 Stock and Pro 700 Improved Stock, and ninth in Pro 800 Improved
Titensor finished fifth in Pro 600 Stock and Pro 700 Stock points, eighth
in Pro 700 Modified, ninth in Pro 600 Modified and 13th in Pro 600
Sterck was fifth in Pro 800 Stock and Pro 600 Modified, sixth in Pro 700
Modified, seventh in Pro Open Modified and 12th in Pro 800 Modified.
Lopeman took fifth in Pro Masters Stock and Pro Masters Modified points
and seventh in Pro Masters Improved Stock.
Spencer was sixth in Pro Masters Improved Stock, seventh in Pro Masters
Stock, eighth in Pro 600 Stock and Pro 700 Stock, and 13th in Pro Masters
Jaskolski was sixth in Pro Masters Modified and eighth in Pro Masters
Jackson finished eighth in Pro 600 Improved Stock and 13th in Pro 600
Stock, Pro 700 Stock and Pro 700 Improved Stock.
Marshall was eighth in Pro Masters Modified and ninth in Pro Masters
Meyers finished 12th in Pro Masters Modified points and 13th in Pro
Masters Improved Stock.
Marshall was 14th in Pro Masters Improved Stock and 17th in Pro Masters
At each RMSHA event, class winners compete for King of the
Hill honors, and Polaris hillclimbers earned the most King crowns throughout
Keith Curtis won Stock King of the Hill at all five RMSHA
points events and he won Modified King of the Hill at three of five points
events, giving him eight of a possible 15 Pro King titles for the season. Erin
Beukelman won Modified King of the Hill honors at two events and won Improved
Stock King of the Hill once.
Justin Thomas won Semi-Pro King of the Hill twice, Toby
Shepherd won Semi-Pro King honors once, and Shelley Heap won Women's Queen of
the Hill honors once.
Polaris racers also earned three Semi-Pro and two Women's titles
on the season.
Justin Thomas won points titles in Semi-Pro Stock and
Semi-Pro Improved Stock, and he finished third in Semi-Pro Modified points.
Toby Shepherd won the Semi-Pro Modified title and was third
in Semi-Pro Stock points. He was also named RMSHA Racer of the Year.
Taylor Wilkes finished fourth in Semi-Pro Stock and Semi-Pro
Modified points, and eighth in Semi-Pro Improved Stock. Tavren Rupp took third
in Semi-Pro Improved Stock points, eighth in Semi-Pro Stock, and 14th in
Polaris racer Shelley Heap won the Women's Stock points
title and the Women's Improved Stock crown. She was also second in Women's
Modified. Raysha Nielsen finished second in Women's Stock and Women's Improved
Stock points and third in Women's Modified.
Polaris racers claimed the top seven spots in the Juniors
points standings, led by champion Tanner Meyers. Finishing first through
seventh, in order, were Tanner Meyers, Kameron Lindsay, Costner Eborn, Rayden
Gladfelder, Hunter Ledford, Seth Coiner, and Tristan Spencer.