UPDATE: Hietpas has advanced to the semifinal round. Vote HERE.
KAUKAUNA — Kaukauna native Ben Hietpas is in the running to be Ski-Doo’s top North American snowmobiler, but he needs votes from fans to win.
The contest pits Americans against Canadians for the top North American total.
“I ride snowmobiles as much as I can once the snow starts to fly. It’s a passion that is on my mind throughout the entire year, whether there is snow on the ground or not,” Hietpas writes in his online bio for the contest. “I ride in order to escape the everyday life of work, which helps me unwind and get that adrenaline rush I crave so much. It helps me release tension and fulfill my passion of the sport. My friends are pretty cool too!”
Hietpas is a senior energy consultant and account manager at Abcon Lighting in Kaukauna, according to his Facebook page.