The National Straightline Snowmobile Racing (NSSR) held its third race of the NSSR 2012 Super Series on Lake Chetek.
Temperatures ranged from 8 to 26 degrees F with a light breeze from the Northwest at less than 10 mph. The tracks were aimed easterly from the Downtown Area.
The "Winter that Wasn't" was a challenge for all race circuits in the Winter of 2012.
NSSR's race schedule went out the window with thin ice and above normal temps.
There was over 130 machines making over 400 passes on the Fun Run for some great competition and nearly 90 Pro Machines racing to set Ten New World Records! The 600 Stock Class sleds set a new record of 109.367mph by Dan Graunke on the Ski Doo RS and by Patty Olson on the F6 Arctic Cat at 110.627mph. Kris Doberstein came out swinging on her Arctic Cat F6 to set a new record of 117.391mph in the Improved Stock 600 Class. Dennis Chmiel of Illinois rocked out a new record on his Turbo Powered RX-1 in the Improved Four Stroke class at a rockin 156.238 mph!
Joe Reinhardt from Zimmerman, Minn. broke the Trail Sled 700 record with a 108.816 mph on his 2003 Cat F7.
Long time racer Rick Schellbach bumped up his Open Mod 1100 record to 157.377 mph. The Racing action heated up and was fast and furious throughout the day. We witnessed the crash of Todd Lewis of Lewis Racing on his Pro Stock 1000 Ski Doo when a rear suspension wheel gave out at the 800 foot mark and took him hard to the bank at 138mph.
Lewis is recovering well at home with a couple of broken bones in his arm above the wrist.
Jack Henricks sat up and rode his One Stop Performance sled to a Top Speed of 181.849mph to join Eddie Ensor in the 180mph club for 1000 feet at NSSR! He also set a new record in the Pro Max class at 177.412 mph!
Marc Fricke on his Tubo twin Arctic Cat also posted an amazing speed of 166.473 mph at this event! Interesting to note about this is that the record set by Fast Eddie Ensor in 2010 at Chetek is getting close to being met, or beat!
Fans were also able to see the fast Mini Mod Pro machine of "Flyin Ryan" Ensor make a record setting pass of 109.783 mph on his 250cc naturally aspirated mini machine. Fast Eddie Ensor was tuning for the 110 mph mark.
NSSR held the first event at the Lakewoods Resort in Cable, Wisconsin of Lake Namakagon on February11th.
Weather was chilly with the morning at -8 F in the morning and staying at 16 F above for a high with a head wind of 20 mph or so.
Jack Henricks took top speed on his Yamaha at 165.517 mph followed closely by Marc Fricke of Illinois on his Turbo Charged Artic Cat at 161.797 mph.
Got Ice? All right then, the warm weather continued in Minnesota and folks were falling through the ice all over the place. Now what? Well, Chetek, Wisconsin came through so that we could move our race number two to Lake Chetek on February 18th. The lake had 20 inches of ice and the race was on!
Friday, February 17th was set up for some test passes from noon to 4PM. Frozen Assets was in attendance with some high hopes of going to the 200 MPH mark this season. They had just set a pass of 170 mph a couple of weeks earlier in St. Germain, Wisconsin and thought they had it figured out. Shortly after noon the first pass was made at 169 mph and right after the speed traps it went out of control! Frozen Assets was totaled rolling over several times!
Fortunately, the Chetek Fire Department was on the scene with their EMT's and the driver JC out of Illinois in the Warning Family Dragster was out of the vehicle and standing almost immediately. We just thank the powers above for keeping JC safe in this crash!
Saturday, February 18th started out in the single digits and rose to a high of 33 F during the afternoon for a beautiful day of racing. Thirteen records were set at this track and there was a slight tail wind to assist. Seth Thorson of the Factory Yamaha Racing came out with his 2012 Nytro to set a new record in the Trail Stock Four Stroke Class at 94.736 mph - talk about moving with a full suspension machine! Tia Vanguilder came out swinging with the Stahl Racing Ski Doo's in the Improved Stock 800 and 1000 classes setting new records at 128.955 mph and 138.019 mph. Al Doberstein and Mike Martin set new records on their four stroke Arctic Cats in the Four Stroke Stock Turbo at 112.207 mph and the Improved Stock Four Stroke at 147.440 mph. Tyler Kulus bumped up his Pro Stock 700 record again to an amazing 134.789 mph on his XCR Polaris. Steve Spire brought out his Nitrous boosted F7 big bore to raise that Super Twin Lake Racer record to 134.370 mph. Jack Henricks again ran superior on his Henricks Powersports/OSP Yamaha taking Top Speed of the day at 173.493 mph and setting a new Pro Max record! This race became quickly referred to as Chetek 1 as we were to return on February 25th to race at the Winterfest Event and this became known as Chetek 2!
NSSR has concluded the Super Series Competition for 2012 and Welcomes all those involved to the Awards Banquet on April 14th, 2012 to be held at the Mermaid Banquet Center at Mounds View, Mn. We would like to thank all our sponsors and supporters who make these races possible! See www.racenssr.com for more information on results and upcoming events.
Photos by James Netz