Safety week stresses important snowmachining reminders
Somebody in Michigan declared Feb. 13-19 International Snowmobile Safety Week, but here in Alaska, we recognize two things:
- It is called a Snowmachine; and
- Every week in the winter should be a safety week.
Alaska is one of the best places in the country for snowmachining and although we only boast 61,000 registered snowmachines in our state (vs. Michigan’s 216,144), we still have more snowmachiners per capita than Michigan – and and any other state, for that matter.
Which brings us to the point of this safety week promotion. The International Snowmobile Manufacturers Association features a “Safe Riders! Campaign” that aims to eliminate snowmachine accidents. The key points of their campaign stress the importance of not drinking and driving; checking ice and avalanche conditions before heading out; slowing down when night riding; staying on trails and off of roads; and never riding alone. The association provides more tips, free posters and safety awareness materials at its website, www.snowmobile.org.
Vintage Snowmachine Club posts race results
The Mat-Su Vintage Snowmachine Racing Club and Ice Racing Alaska hosted a balmy 43-degree-day race Dec. 30 at Mat-Su Resort. There were 62 racers and 83 entries in stock class and mod class. The results are as follows:
IRA PRO 100-percent payout with $200 added
1) 88, Al Palma, Jr.; 2) 18, Mike Estes; 3) 151, Tony Hardwick
1) 47, Cassi Ewing; 2) 74, Anatuci
0-500cc Twin Fan-FA/0-340 Liquid
1) 11, Robby Schachle; 2) 240, Devin, Schachle; 3) 216, Michael Hardy
Juniors <400cc Fan-FA
1) 66, Brad Klein; 2) 776, Kade Parker; 3) 773, Vincent Coverdell
1) 55, Chuck Balzarini; 2) 166, Donnie Bull; 3) Craig Clayton
1) 220, Kelcy Schachle; 2) 164, Michelle Downey
Any Single Cyl/0-250cc Twin Fan-FA
1) 772, Lucas Parker; 2) 303, Crazy Larry Cummings; 3) 772, Luke Coverdell
0-340cc Twin Fan-FA
1) 266, Chris Schachle; 2) 232, James Schachle; 3) 300, Craig Clayton
1) 296, Gary Smith; 2) 303, Larry Cummings; 3) 366, Michael Bennett
1) 11, Robby Schachle; 2) 216, Michael Hardy; 3) 240, Devin Schachle; 4) 223, Ryan Wolfe