U.P. Ice Masters 500 February 24-26th, 2012
Escanaba, Michigan is ready to slide into the first annual Midwest Ice Racing Association Ice
Masters 500 February 24-25.
“We have ice,” said Steve Masters, Director for the Bays de Noc Convention and Visitors
Bureau. The ice race had been scheduled to happen earlier in the season, but the warm spell that
took over the Upper Peninsula made it hard to build a race track with the inches of ice needed.
The weather has finally cooperated, and the staff at the U.P. State Fair Grounds and volunteers
from across Delta County have worked hard to prepare the track for the race. “We drilled a test
hole on February 7th, and we have over 12 inches of ice on the 3/8 mile oval track,” added
Organizers for the event include The Bays de Noc Convention and Visitors Bureau, the Delta
County Chamber of Commerce, the U.P. State Fair Grounds, and the Midwest Ice Racing
Association; All share the goal of making this race an annual winter event. “I am excited about
the community collaboration for this event and the potential financial boost to our business
community,” said Vickie Micheau, Director for the Delta County Chamber of Commerce. “I
know when the racers arrive, our residents and the business community will roll out the red
carpet and show the best our area has to offer,” she added.
Recent cancelations around the Midwest and Canada, due to the unseasonably warm weather,
have put a damp on snowmobile racing season. Steve McAlpine, one of the MIRA organizers,
explained, “We just finished racing at the I-500 in Sault Ste Marie, Michigan, and there is a lot
of buzz about the Escanaba Race. Due to race cancelations, racers are eager to be on the track.
The U.P. State Fairgrounds is an outstanding venue to host a snowmobile race.”
Escanaba is stepping up to provide a great experience for the racers and fans alike. The original
race was a Masters 300, but has been changed to become a Masters 500. “The various sprint and
enduro racers will race hard and put on a great show for the spectators. We think that in the
future, the venue with its central location has the potential to become one of the largest races on
the MIRA circuit and possibly the Midwest,” added McAlpine.
“I expect this race to become an annual winter event, similar to the I-500. Our community has
proven to be an excellent host for sport events. We need to put on a great race, get the
community in the stands, put heads in the beds of the motels, and get people into area businesses.
When the event is over we will evaluate the overall event and the impact it had on the
organizations and the community,” Masters concluded.
Gates open at 12 pm on Friday February, 24 and racing will continue under the lights until
approximately 8:30 pm and on Saturday, February, 25 8:30 am – 5:30 pm. Heated concessions
with seating, restrooms, and adult beverages are located on-site across from the race track.
Tickets are $10 per day or $15 for a weekend pass.
Please call 906-786-2192 or visit www.deltami.org for more information
3rd annual Chief Lake Lodge Shootout
3rd annual Chief Lake Lodge Shootout (radar run) February 19th.from 11:00am.-4:00pm. Located on chief lake of the famous chippewa flowage in Hayward, Wisconsin. With 3 classes and 1 top speed class and a 100% payout.
For cabin availability or questions about the race call 715-945-2221 or 715-945-3248.
Ice track not shaved but nice. Classes 600,800,1000 and top speed, Payout depends on the number of racers.