Canadian snowmobile hits 7.80 seconds in quarter-mile
By Mark Savage
Martin, Mich. - Not surprisingly it was the Outlaw Class that scorched the asphalt at American Snowmobiler's 20th annual Super Sled Shootout, with a Canadian sled setting a new world record.
Michigan's Jeremy Hannen aboard Canadian Jim Rogers' custom-built snowmobile clipped off a 7.80 second ¼-mile run at 170.44 mph to break its own previous world record of 7.84 seconds. Hannen set the mark in an early round of Saturday's Outlaw Shootout sponsored by Supreme Tool.
Later he went on to win the Outlaw Class by beating Glen Hall with a time of 7.89 seconds at 167.92 mph.
Rogers who has been working to create the world's fastest asphalt snowmobile racer for more than four years was gratified by the run, saying his snowmobile team, based in Guelph, Ont., has struggled all summer to get back into the 7.8-7.9 second range. It set the 7.84 mark in the fall of 2007.
He said the team has done a lot of dyno testing on its huge 1630cc engine. Hannen of Durand, Mich., said he knew the run was quick, but the sled had been quick all weekend.
The Outlaw race was just one of six races at the AmSnow Shootout. There also were two bracket races, one each Saturday and Sunday, and a Pro Stock Shootout on Saturday and the All Motor Shootout and Big Twin Shootout on Sunday.
On an overcast and damp Saturday, Edwin Wirbel of Hope, Mich., beat Kiersten Duncanson of Acton, Ont., in the Pro Stock Shootout, sponsored by Pro Stock Inc. Wirbel was a repeat winner from a year earlier when he won two shootout events. Wirbel posted an 8.49 to Duncanson's 8.57, both running 147 mph.
The bracket winner on Saturday was Traverse City, Mich.'s, Terry Sutton who was near tears he was so excited to win at Martin's US 131 Motorsports Park. He noted that he had won everywhere else he has raced, but Martin. Sutton beat Brad Antonioni of Rubicon, Wis., in the final. Saturday's bracket event was sponsored by Woody's Traction Products.
On Sunday the Bracket winner was Butch Veltum, repeating his Sunday win of a year earlier. Veltum of Richmond, Ill., was riding his son's Ski-Doo Summit and said he suspected the win might be a first on asphalt for a Summit. Veltum ran a 10.54 on an index time of 10.50 to beat Brian Warner of Hubbard, Ohio. Mott Motorsports sponsored the Sunday bracket race.
The All Motor Shootout win went to Tiina Duncanson of Acton, Ont. Duncanson posted a time of 8.16 at 154.2 mph to Wirbel's 8.22 in the final. This was Duncanson's first win at the AmSnow
event after four years of competition, including a second place last year. The All Motor was sponsored by Proline Performance.
In the Big Twin Shootout Tony Morabito of Macomb, Mich., surprised himself with a win on Sunday, beating Adam Fricke of Demotte, Ind. Morabito, who was still cheering and giving high-fives 20 minutes after the race said it was his first asphalt win, ever. He posted an 8.81 second run to Fricke's 9.25, both at 143 mph. The Big Twin was sponsored by Kenneth Smith Inc.
More than 100 sleds competed in the two days of bracket racing and about another 40 more in the various classes.AmSnow
will have full details of the races, the sleds and photos in the December issue of American Snowmobiler. You can see winner's pictures and more by clicking here!
Watch a video of the World Record Run