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Polaris at Jackson Hole Hillclimb
MEDINA, MN (April 7, 2008) – Racers like “King of Kings” Keith Curtis added to the legendary history of Polaris Deep Snow RMK models with winning performances at the 33rd annual World Championship Snowmobile Hill Climb in Jackson Hole, Wyoming. Curtis led the way as Polaris racers won 60% of the event’s Stock class titles and 40% of all the Pro classes during the event held March 27-30.
Polaris hillclimbers earned 53% of the Stock podium positions and Curtis won three Stock titles – Stock 600, Stock 700 and Stock 800 – aboard Polaris RMKs powered by Liberty engines. He proceeded to win the “Stock King of the Hill” title, and then advanced to the battle for the ultimate honor of “King of Kings.” Competing against the Improved Stock and Mod class Kings, Curtis and his stock 800 RMK Dragon demonstrated real Polaris “Winning Performance” as he reached the summit of Snow King Mountain in just 1 minute, 8.628 seconds to earn the top honor at the sport’s most historic and prestigious hillclimb.
Polaris hillclimber Parker Brown set a new record for fastest run to the top of the mountain. Brown won the Mod 800 class by reaching the top in just 56.419 seconds – several seconds faster than the times of this year’s Kings of the Hill and the fastest summit run in Jackson Hole history.
Polaris hillclimbers who won class titles at the 2008 World Championship were:
• Keith Curtis: Stock 600, Stock 700, Stock 800, Stock King of the Hill and King of Kings
• Trent Backus: Improved 700 Stock – where Polaris racers swept the top three positions
• Norm Hebert: Improved 800 Stock
• Parker Brown: Mod 800
• Matthew Pitman: Amateurs
Polaris RMKs – Rocky Mountain Kings – provide deep snow riders with exactly what they need to climb high peaks and ride in powder country: a strong yet extremely lightweight chassis, the sport’s best ride and handling and outstanding Liberty power. RMKs are easily prepped for hillclimb competition, and as Keith Curtis demonstrated on his stock 800 RMK Dragon, stock RMKs are more than capable of outperforming modified competitive sleds.
Polaris hillclimber Dolan Phelps earned three podium spots at the World Championship with a second in Improved Stock 700, second in Stock 800 and third in Stock 1000.
Charlie Lopeman took third in both Pro Masters Mod and Open Mod and fellow Polaris hillclimbers to earn podium positions were: Dustin Haderlie (second, Improved Stock 600); Darin Gould (second, Pro Masters Mod); Cole Willford (third, Stock 600); Michael Crockett (third, Improved Stock 600); Erin Beukelman (third, Improved Stock 700); and Jay Stickney (third, Improved Stock 800).