Medina, Minn. - Polaris continues to dominate the Rocky Mountain Snowmobile Hillclimb Association circuit, this time at the Crested Butte (CO) Hillclimb on April 12-13, as Polaris hillclimbers won nine of 12 Pro classes—including all four Pro Stock classes—won all three Pro King of the Hill titles, won every Semi-Pro and Amateur class and swept every podium position in three Semi-Pro classes.
Leading the way among Pro hillclimbers was Keith Curtis, who won four class titles and two King crowns, and Erin Beukelman, who won three class titles and Improved King of the Hill. Curtis won three Pro Stock classes and Luke Rainey won 700 Stock for a Polaris sweep of the Stock titles.
Pro Classes: Four Polaris Racers Win Class Titles
Polaris hillclimbers won all four Pro Stock classes at Crested Butte and Keith Curtis won three of those, taking first place in 600 Stock, 800 Stock and 1000 Stock. He also won the 800 Mod class and in the King of the Hill runoffs, he won the Stock crowns on his 800 Stock-winning sled and won the Mod King of the Hill title on his 800 Mod sled.
In the five classes Erin Beukelman entered, he won three titles and finished second in another class. Beukelman won the 700 Mod, 800 Improved Stock and 1000 Improved class titles and took second in 800 Mod. He went on to win the Improved King of the Hill title on his 1000 Improved sled.
Justin Thomas won the 600 Mod class, took second in 600 Improved and finished third in the Mod King of the Hill runoff.
Luke Rainey won the 700 Stock class and took third in both 800 Stock and 600 Stock.
Also earning podium finishes in the Pro classes were: Cole Wilford, who was second in 700 Mod and third in 800 Mod; Tyler Crockett, who took second in 600 Mod and 800 Improved Stock, and third in 1000 Improved; David Sharp, Jr., who finished second in both 1000 Stock and Open Mod; and Aaron Sterck, who took third in Open Mod.
Polaris Racers Claim Every Semi-Pro Podium Spot
Polaris racers filled the podium in all three Semi-Pro classes, including finishing 1-6 in Semi-Pro Stock, where Jesse Hotchkiss won, Andy Thomas was second and Taylor Siemers finished third. In Semi-Pro Improved, Polaris racer Andy Thomas won, Taylor Siemers was second, and Jason Fox took third. In Semi-Pro Mod, it was Jason Fox winning, Dustin Grant in second and Kameron Lindsay in third.
Jesse Hotchkiss won the Semi-Pro King of the Hill title on his Stock sled, while Jason Fox was second and Andy Thomas took third.
In Amateurs Stock, Polaris racers finished 1-5, as Tanner Meyers won, Rayden Gladfelder was second and Johnathon Durmas finished third. In Amateurs Improved Stock, Polaris racers finished 1-2-3, with Durmas winning, Justyn Heater in second, and Gladfelder taking third. Tanner Meyers won Amateurs Mod and Heater finished third.
In the Women’s classes, Shelley Heap won the Women’s Stock title, finished second in Improved and Mod, and took second in the Queen of the Hill competition. Faith Vickers reached the podium with a third-place finish in Women’s Stock.
There are two events left on this season’s RMSHA schedule: the Beaver Mountain Hillclimb in Logan, UT, April 18-19, and the season finale, the Crazy Horse at Grand Targhee in Driggs, ID, April 26-27.