Polaris RMK snowmobiles dominated the latest RMSHA hillclimb as Polaris racers won 10 Pro classes – including every Stock and Modified class – and all three King of the Hill titles at the Pine Creek Hillclimb on March 7-8 in Pinedale, Wyoming.
Polaris racers used this Rocky Mountain States Hillclimb Assn. event as a strong final tune-up prior to the season’s premier event, the Jackson Hole [WY] World Championship Snowmobile Hillclimb, March 26-29.
Racers aboard Polaris RMK deep snow models nearly identical to those that riders can purchase at Polaris dealerships won all four Stock classes at Pine Creek, won all four Modified classes, and earned 25 of 36 available podium spots (70%).
The depth of the Polaris hillclimb team was evident by the number of racers who earned top-three podium spots.
– 13 different Pro racers reached the podium
– Two Pro Masters racers reached the podium
– Four Semi-Pro racers scored a top-three finish, as did five Amateur racers
PRO CLASSES: Sweeps in Stock & Mod Classes
Keith Curtis won four classes – 600 Stock, 1000 Stock, 800 Modified, and Open Modified – and took second in his fifth class, 800 Stock. He went on to win the King of the Hill competition among both Stock and Modified class winners.
The other two Stock classes were won by Polaris racers Luke Rainey in 700 Stock and David Sharp, Jr., in 800 Stock.
In the Mod classes, Tyler Crockett won the 600 Modified class and Justin Thomas won in the 700 Modified class, where Polaris racers swept the top five places.
In the Improved Stock classes, Rainey won the 800 Improved Stock class – then went on to earn the Improved Stock King of the Hill title – and Aaron Sterck won in 700 Improved Stock.
Polaris racers lead in RMSHA season points standings in every Pro class. Curtis is the current RMSHA points leader in 600 Stock and 1000 Stock, and Rainey leads in the 700 and 800 Stock classes.
Les Keller leads in 600 Improved Stock Points, Sterck leads in 700 Improved, Erin Beukelman is the 800 Improved points leader, and Sharp leads in 1000 Improved Stock points.
In the Mod points standings, Justin Thomas leads in 600 Mod points, Beukelman leads in 700 Mod, and Curtis leads in 800 Mod and Open Mod points.
Polaris Racers Win in Pro Masters, Women’s
Polaris racer Dennis Durmas won the Pro Masters Improved title at Pine Creek, and Shelley Heap dominated the Women’s classes as she won the Stock and Improved Stock classes and the Women’s Queen of the Hill competition.
Polaris racer Johnathon Durmas won the Juniors class and Rayden Gladfelder won in Amateurs Modified. Durmas is the Juniors points leader heading to Jackson Hole.
The Jackson Hole World Championship Snowmobile Hillclimb, scheduled for March 26-29, is a non-points event, but is regarded as the sport’s most prestigious hill climb.
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