On Saturday, Feb. 27, snowmobiles invaded Kissing Bridge Ski Center in Glenwood, N.Y., for the second annual KB Moto hill drag event in association with Northeast Snowmobile Drag Racing (NSDR). KB Moto has events all year long, including hare scrambles and several other off-road events. This year, with the lack of snow and closed trails, the NSDR was hoping for a decent turnout.
Gates opened at noon, and racing was set to start at 7:30. It started out a little slow, with only a couple of trailers arriving at first. By 4:30, it was a different story. A line of spectators and racers' vehicles stretched for two miles down Route 240. There was everything from sleds in the beds of trucks to 53-foot haulers pulling in. It was an even bigger turnout than anticipated.
The sleds lined up on the hill to get ready for some test passes and racing. The time was getting close to cracking the throttle and racing uphill 500 feet. The line of vehicles continued to file in after registration and tech closed at 7:00.
To avoid further delay, they decided to get the racing going. There was a lot of racing to do, and with the huge turnout it was going to be a long night.
The racing was going to be super; the hill was looking great and the racers were ready. The three biggest classes were stock 600 trophy, stock 800 trophy and stock 800 money. With everything from 120s (stock and mod) to open turbo, it promised to be a great show. Some of the winners included Patrick Hoopes (Open Turbo), Brad Empson (King of the Hill Power Adder) and Matt Luke (King of the Hill All Motor, piloting the Bass Racing machine). For a full list of results, click here.
The racing continued into the early morning hours. Talking with racers and the owners of both Kissing Bridge and the NSDR, everyone was very happy with the outcome, and they are planning another event for this season. When all was said and done, there were over 1300 people through the gate, including 200-plus sleds and 837 entries. Not a bad night of racing.
So if you are from the New York, Pennsylvania or even Ohio area, be sure to check out the next event. For all the images from this event, visit JJ’s Outlaw Photography.
-Jon Johnville, JJ’s Outlaw Photography