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    Super Sled Shoot-Out recap

    Posted by mboncher
    on Wednesday, October 8, 2008

    Straightline Performance sponsored stock sleds and their times will be featured in the December issue of AmSnow.

    Martin, Mich. – Scores of scintillating asphalt drag sleds poured into US 131 Motorsports Park here for the 19th edition of the American Snowmobiler/Torco Fuels Super Sled Shoot-Out. We've got lots of photos from the event in an AmSnow photo gallery here!  Winners grabbed checks for classes including the Big Twin, All Motor and Bracket No. 1 on Saturday, and the Pro Stock 1000, Open Mod and Bracket No. 2 on Sunday. We'll have all the info and more photos in our December 2008 issue of the magazine, but here's a brief overview of the winners. 


    First up was the Straightline Performance All Motor Shoot-Out with 15 sleds battling. At the end, we saw 25-year-old Edwin Wirbel from Midland, Mich., beat Minnesota’s talented Ron Bray for the win. Wirbel had an elapsed time of 8.30 seconds at 152 mph. Wirbel won with a custom 1000cc Ski-Doo using a Proline bulkhead and skid Edwin’s dad Louie Wirbel built. Louie owns the sled, which also features a REV tunnel, custom carbon fiber hood, Crankshop pipes, Team secondary, 136-in. suspension and more.

    [caption image=]Edwin Wirbel, Father Louie and the rest of the crew celebrate their wins.[/caption] 

    Wirbel was also the NSDRA points champion this year and won the Brainerd Nationals drag event. This isn’t the first year he has won the All Motor at the Shoot-Out either, he also won this same class last year... now that’s some bragging rights!

    Also on Saturday we saw Wisconsinite and Arctic Cat racer and tuner Glenn Hall win the exciting Big Twin class. Hall won the Woody’s Big Twin Shoot-Out edging out Adam Fricke from DeMotte, Ind., as the sun went down and the lights of the US 131 dragway lit up the night. Hall ran a D&D outfitted Cat F1000 owned by Jason Iras of Shelby Township, Mich., crossing the line in 8 seconds flat at 164.9 mph. Surprisingly that wasn’t even his fastest pass for the weekend.

    [caption image=]Glenn Hall and his team celebrate one of two wins they had this at the Shoot-Out.[/caption] 

    The F1000 has a D&D big bore in it with a Boondocker turbo kit, and a D&D single pipe. A Micro Belmont primary and Black Diamond secondary clutch work together and it has the Supreme Tool chaincase conversion system on it for the Diamond Drive. There’s a Proline 136-in. suspension underneath too. Glenn told us that this sled has more muscle to flex yet, but we all concluded that 164.9 mph is plenty fast!

    [caption image=]Jeff Jaquish and many others join in the Saturday night cangratulations session after Jeff won the Saturday bracket.[/caption] 

    The last final on Saturday was the first of two brackets and saw another familiar racer come out on top. Jeff Jaquish of Racine, Wis., took the win in the Krupp’s Powersports Bracket Challenge on his black 2004 Arctic Cat F7. Jaquish ran consistently all day and defeated Michigan's Frank Bombe with a final run of 10.22 seconds at 122.58 mph. Jeff also won the Open Quick 16 class last year and one of the bracket races 2 years ago, so he has been a Shoot-Out winner 3 years straight.


    The first Sunday final was the Dunnigan/Riccardi/Petschke Pro Stock 1000 where 13 sleds signed up to go head to head with each other. Again Edwin Wirbel crossed the line first in the final against Anthony Mini on Steve Petschke's sled. Now with two $2,000 checks, the Wirbel team was all smiles.

    In the day’s second final, the Supreme Tool Open Mod Shoot-Out, there was another repeat winner, Glenn Hall. His win was no surprise to anyone at the track as his Cat F1000 turbo had posted runs near or under the 8 second mark all day, his speed always 160+ mph. Finishing second, again, was Adam Fricke.

    [caption image=]Butch Veltum took the bracket honors on Sunday in the last race of the day.[/caption] 

    The last race of the weekend was the final of bracket No. 2. Butch Veltum of Richmond, Ill., made his way through the numerous rounds of eliminations to pull off the victory in the Kenneth Smith/Mott Powersports Bracket Challenge.

    After running consistently near his dial-in time of 10.18 seconds, Veltum, a regular AmSnow test rider, cut a great light and actually had his quickest run of the night aboard his Ski-Doo MXZ Rev. Veltum races with several other Shoot-Out participants, including the other bracket winner, Jaquish, in the Midwest Snowmobile Drag Racing Series in Union Grove, Wis. He’s sponsored by Aaen Performance. Veltum edged David Alberson from Indiana.

    The second stock sled we tested at the Shoot-Out was a new Ski-Doo MXZ Adrenaline 800R. This sled is a 100% trail ready machine with simply a 10.5-in. track and 10-tooth drivers. Straightline dynoed the 800 at 151 hp just before bringing it to the Shoot-Out. This stock sled’s best ¼-mile run was 10.62 seconds at 116 mph. After a Trail clutch kit, high-flow Y-pipe and lightweight muffler were added, we saw the ET drop to 10.21 seconds and the mph go up to 121.33.

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