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    Looking back on the 'Fastest (and possibly coldest) Show on Ice' at the NSSR Super Series in Fairmont

    Posted by Tyler Nelson
    on Tuesday, January 16, 2018

     National Straightline Snowmobile Racing held its first race of the NSSR 2018 Super Series on Hall Lake in Fairmont, MN for the “Fastest Show on Ice.” This race was hosted by the Blizzard Snowmobile Club. Miracles do happen with the incredible ice forming and the Win by the Vikings, what a weekend for the record books! Temperatures ranged from -12 degrees F in the early morning to 6 degrees in the afternoon. The 1000-foot shaved ice track, 3500 feet shaved with shutdown, was aimed to the north-northwest. It was great that Ole Man Winter showed up at the end of December for a few weeks to cool down the ice and close up the open water!

    There were 55 racer entries on the Pro track and around 50 on the Radar Run. Attendance was a bit down, but those brave souls that showed had a blast despite the weather person trying to scare all off with the colder weather! These snowmobile race enthusiasts were having a blast running their sleds, vintage rides, kid’s minis and ATVs on the Radar Run Track. There were nearly 40 classes on the Radar Run track that have trophies presented for first, second and third places.

     The Radar Run track had some great hot rods including vintage sleds, many running near or above the 100-mph mark. Thirty-one of the Pro Entries ran at speeds of 120 mph or better in this competition and four of those exceeded the 165 mph mark. Competitors continued to come from throughout the Midwest and included racers for North Dakota, Nebraska, Iowa, Minnesota, Wisconsin, Illinois and Michigan.

    NSSR is the only ISR-affiliated Speed Run organization where you can set World Records on the 1000 foot shaved ice competition. There were nine World Records in the Stock and Pro Classes at this event set with great temps for engine performance. Shelby Bray of Minnesota jumped the Junior Stock 440 Liquid speed to 102.857 on her Ski Doo MXZX. Tim Konsela of Wisconsin, came out swinging on his Polaris Stock 440 Fan to bump the record to 85.714 mph. Brice Konsela not to be outdone by Tim bumped the Improved Stock 500 record to 110.485 mph on his 1999 Polaris. The Konsela team did some serious work this summer in preparation for winter racing! Rod Spindler of RPS Performance out of Wisconsin made his Polaris Sleds proud bumping the Improved Stock 600 class record to 119.172 mph and the Improved Stock 700 class record to 124.495 mph. Scott Kostman brought his Artic Cat XF stock turbo sled to bump the Improved Stock Four Stroke class record to an amazing 141.176 mph!

    Vintage sleds are more exciting than ever and these classics come out swinging. It is neat to see all these vintage sleds running in the Pro Classes and in the Radar Run. Even better, they are all having a blast!  Boyd Burke had a great time bumping his record on the Polaris RXL in the Mod Stock 340 class to 84.292 mph and Brice Konsela ran his Polaris TX 250 to a new Vintage F class record of 67.447 mph. NSSR is seeing more and more Vintage Sleds coming out of the garage to race and spend a day with the family on the ice. These Polaris Hot Rods had a great day taking 6 out of the 9 records for the day. Don’t worry as there was a lot of winning by all who came to Fairmont!

     Top Speed of the day honor was captured by Fast Eddie Ensor out of Sheridan, Illinois with the Warning Family/HyperSports Performance Artic Cat (Frozen Assets 2) Suzuki powered sled at the 174.898 mph. This edged out the existing record held from 2017 in the Pro Max Class on Forest Lake in 2017 by Kyle Shilts at 174.193mph in the 1000 foot mark. Keep an eye on these sleds as they will tune to bump this number up in our upcoming events, this competition is not over by any means! Top Speed of the day was a $1000 win with the extra $500 sponsorship of Wiederhoeft Welding & Machine of Fairmont!

    All records require a run within 2% to back up their World Record run and nearly 400 fans and race supporters were on hand to witness the racing throughout the day!

    This NSSR Super Series event in Fairmont, MN was hosted by the Blizzard Snowmobile Club and thanks to the great rooms for the NSSR Crew at the Holiday Inn (TPI Hotel Group) in Fairmont. Also, a big thanks to the City of Fairmont, the Martin County Sheriff’s Office, and the Minnesota DNR for their support and cooperation to make this event happen.

    Ron and Stacy Bray of NSSR welcome you to our next event on Saturday, January 27th, 2018 in Forest Lake, Minnesota as part of the Ice Fest. We would like to thank all our sponsors and the local businesses who make these races possible!  See www.racenssr.com and their page on Facebook.

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