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Garth Kaufman of Alta storms up the hill during the last Rocky Mountain States Hill Climb of the season at Grand Targhee.

Kaufman cleans up in hill climb series

Garth Kaufman of Alta claimed top three overall in every category he raced in this season’s Rocky Mountain States Hill Climb Association series, including first overall in Pro 700 Stock.

He finished off his successful run at last month’s Crazy Horse Hill Climb at Grand Targhee.

“The course was awesome,” he said. “The snow was really deep and they utilized the terrain park this year for some of the biggest features ever.”

While it poured rain on Sunday, the diehard local fans and snowmobile racers were undeterred.

Since 2013, Kaufman has worked as lead mechanic on pro snocrosser (and Kaufman’s cousin) Tucker Hibbert’s crew. He also raced while wrenching for Hibbert, but said that flying back and forth and doing double duty was a little hectic. Hibbert retired from racing at the end of the 2018 season, leaving Kaufman with a more relaxed race schedule this winter.

In the six RMSHA events, Kaufman often placed in the top three in Pro 600 Stock, 600 Modified, Pro 700 Stock, and 700 Modified. He said that his overall win in the stock 700 was notable for his sponsor, Arctic Cat; the snowmobile manufacturer hasn’t won a stock points championship in close to a decade.

“Stock is a challenge because you are limited to stock equipment, instead of hand-building your equipment,” he added.

Kaufman said he’s looking forward to defending his titles in the 2020 series. He’ll also play a bigger role in the organization next winter; he was just elected to the RMSHA board as racer rep.

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