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Searing Super Sleds: 2017 AmSnow Super Sled Shootour

New records, new races, new winners at the AmSnow Super Sled Shootout!
RELATED TOPICS: SNOWMOBILE RACING | SHOOTOUT
US 131 Motorsports Park AmSnow Super Sled Shoot Out
Tyler Nelson
Ninety-five in the shade! Yep, that was the temperature for this year’s annual American Snowmobiler Super Sled Shootout, presented by Mag1. Heat indexes of over 110 degrees and a track temp that well exceeded that were difficult hurdles for the sweating drivers and teams that showed up to fill seven different classes of racing in late September at US 131 Drag way in Martin, Michigan.

This is two years in a row it has been more like a Caribbean cruise ship weekend and less like a late September snowmobile drag race meant to hustle in the snow season. No worries, the speeds were still good enough to set another speed record! And the racing was neck and neck all weekend.

■ Friday Night Lights

Better than any high school football game, we had a Pro Mod class final on Friday night. Rather than just have a test and tune on Friday, or a grudge match, Jamie Bellman and the NSDRA crew put on a full race Friday night under the beautiful lights. The winner was a familiar group at the AmSnow Super Sled Shootout as driver Kurt Schultz took Louie Wirbel’s sled down the 1/8th mile track at 131.46mph in 5.76 seconds.
US 131 Motorsports Park AmSnow Super Sled Shoot Out bracket sleds
US 131 Motorsports Park AmSnow Super Sled Shoot Out record high temperatures
■ Saturday Sled Singing
On Saturday another super-hot day with clear blue skies and no wind greeted us as we pulled up to the track. There were four finals run on Saturday, including the first of two bracket classes, the Outlaw class, the index class and Pro Stock class. With well over 120 sleds signed up to race on Saturday, there was plenty of competition!

The fastest winner on Saturday was the often wild Outlaw class. These sleds have the most exotic motors, pushing the most HP, and arguably flashing the most bling. These are the top professionals for wrenching and driving when it comes to the Outlaw sleds. Today the Kenneth Smith / Mott Motorsports Yamaha Attak known as the “Money Train” was the fastest sled in the tight group. These guys have been doing very well in the OSDRA this year and the Super Sled Shootout weekend was no exception. Money Train, with driver Jeff Kerridge behind the bars went 6.746 seconds at 149.2 mph to take the win.

What is almost inconceivable is that earlier in the day the big 1300cc turbo sled had issues. The wrenches on this team pulled the motor and totally replaced it in roughly an hour and 45 minutes. Wow. That is some serious teamwork and then to go out and finish the day by winning the class, well, that’s a testament to technical skill.

The next fastest class we saw a winner in was the ProStock group. Here was another familiar winner, but on a new sled for this year. Glenn Hall won the ProStock 1000 class with a time of 8.269 seconds at 152.08 mph. Glenn’s 2017 Arctic Cat XF 1100 sled was owned by Nick Stilson of Stilson Racing and of course had STM and Proline parts on it, but this team also worked with Hypersports, Team Arctic and Bentley graphics. Racing was close in the ProStock class and this 4-stroke, with its interesting windshield was always just a touch better than the rest. Glenn Hall has been racing sleds at AmSnow events and winning for years!
US 131 Motorsports Park AmSnow Super Sled Shoot Out Arctic Cat Glenn Hall Kurt Shultz
Green and White! It was a Michigan State battle in the Pro Mod class between Glenn Hall (green) and Kurt Schultz (white).
Unlike years past we had only one index class this year and it was certainly interesting. Index racing can be a real mind game for racers depending on who they are racing and what the index is. There are fewer sled index races around as well. But at the Shootout there were 23 sleds that signed up, which was the largest class other than the bracket. This year local Milwaukee area racer Aaron Roscizewski won on his NSNP (Jeff Jaquish) sponsored 2010 Arctic Cat CFR 800. Aaron made sure to give thanks to STM for their adjustable clutch weights as one reason for his success. It would turn out to be a great weekend for Aaron!

Finally, on Saturday was the bracket race. There were more sleds in the bracket this year as Saturday had 75 sleds versus 69 last year. Besides pulling new sleds and competitors, the Shootout showed it pulls racers from all over the country and Canada. In the bracket, winner Don Becker won with his 2008 Ski-Doo MXZx 8000 sponsored by Ken’s Service and Sales. That’s all the way out in Elma, NY! His winning pass was 10.331 seconds at 112.05 mph, and his consistency and ability to pull a good light really helped, especially in the final rounds.
US 131 Motorsports Park AmSnow Super Sled Shoot Out Hyabusa
US 131 Motorsports Park AmSnow Super Sled Shoot Out
■ Sunday is Added Funday
Just like last year there was a second full bracket race run on Sunday and the Outlaw 1/8th mile class. The day started relatively early because of the heat, Jamie Bellman and the staff at US131 already had sleds racing by 9am on Sunday morning. Another brutally hot 95+ degree day meant racers had to deal with heat exhaustion, incredibly uncomfortable leather suits, and there were numerous reports of pretty severe chaffing.

It was a Super Sled Showing of epic proportions for three racers this weekend and the first was Jeff Kerridge on the Smith / Mott Money Train Outlaw sled in the 1/8th mile. This big Yamaha turbo with Big-Stuff ignition set a speed record on Sunday going 159.52 mph in the 1/8th mile in the semi-finals and going on to win in the finals with a time of 4.809 seconds at 156.25 mph. It is safe to say that this team was firing on all cylinders this weekend and it was fun to watch.

However, Kerridge was not the only racer with something to prove this weekend. Aaron Roscizewski simply would not be defeated in the bracket racing all Sunday and added to his Saturday Index win by locking up the Bracket class with a final run of 6.492 seconds at 95.81 mph. The guys at NSNP Racing all pulled together this weekend and actually had another sled in the semi-finals of the bracket on Sunday and were hoping for an “all NSNP final,” but it was not to be.

Adding to the fun on Sunday, Woody’s Traction graciously put together a sponsored run-off between the winner of the bracket race on Saturday and the winner of the bracket race on Sunday. A full $1000 pay-out was on the line as Don Becker faced off against Aaron Rosiczewski, Ski-Doo against Arctic Cat, green versus yellow. As they say, everything seems to come in threes, and at the ¼-mile it was Don Becker who took the win for the Woodys Sponsored 50th Anniversary race-off.

That means there were three separate drivers that each won two separate races at the Super Sled Shootout (Kerridge winning Outlaw and Outlaw 1/8th mile, Rosiczeski winning Index and Bracket, Becker Winning Bracket and Woody’s Challenge). These drivers spanned the spectrum from newest winner to veteran winner.
Team Hagen Racing Ski-Doo asphalt drag
Hagen Racing Team Ski-Doo ProLine
Scotty Hagen, Scott Hagen, Race Director Jamie Bellman and Mike Chisholm pose with the best appearing sled.
Best Appearing Sled

From the time we saw the Hagen Racing Team’s sled on Friday night we knew that it had to be the best appearing sled at the Shootout. Scott and Scotty Hagen, and their entire team, had matching shirts for the sled and it literally turned heads being ushered through the pits.

The 1019cc triple A2Z built 2-stroker has a ProLine chassis and the custom hood is loosely based on a Ski-Doo REV. Sponsors included Image Machine and Tool Inc., M.J. Chisholm Construction, Arctic FX Graphics, Camso, Louie Wirbel, and the trophy sponsor was Chris Riley and Supersled Online.

After waking the boys up Sunday morning, Scott, Scotty, and Mike Chisholm were all more than excited to receive the award. Congratulations!
Winners of the Saturday and Sunday Outlaw brackets, Mott/Smith Racing with Jeff Kerridge driving.
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