For the second time in as many years, the asphalt snowmobile world-record elapsed time (E.T.) was broken in the 1/8-mile Outlaw class drag race at the AmSnow / Aeroquip Super Sled Shootout.
This time it was done by Todd Serra and his Pro Stock Inc.-sponsored "Diablo" Outlaw sled at US 131 Motorsports Park in Martin, Mich. During the Sunday Outlaw finals, Serra covered the 1/8-mile in just 4.658 seconds at 156.63 mph. It was the second time Serra had lowered the E.T. mark that day; in the semifinal round, he ran a 4.661-second E.T. That bested Kyle Shilts' previous record of 4.699 seconds, set at the 2015 Super Sled Shootout.
In other racing action, Sunday's Bracket class final saw Justin Prevost of Chelmsford, Ontario, take the track against Marvin Kelly of Greenford, Ohio. Both racers had thrown down one consistent pass after another all day, but Kelly came away with the victory! A launch button failure on Prevost’s sled caused him to red light at the start of the finals, so the Sunday Bracket class win was all Kelly’s from the starting line on.
Saturday's action had four classes competing, and a big $5,000 payday on the line for the Outlaw sleds.
The Bracket class win went to Chris Rybicki, who edged out two-time AmSnow winner (and AmSnow Test Rider) Butch Veltum in the finals. The two had half-jokingly agreed to meet in the finals while waiting in the staging lanes earlier during qualifying rounds.
The Index class was won by Greg Chandler of Traverse City, Mich. Chandler took the victory in a field of 22 Index entrants.
The Pro Stock final came down to Tiina Duncanson and Louie Wirbell. Breaking the line first, Wirbell took the win with an E.T. of 8.24 seconds at 154.48 mph. Louie’s son Edwin has won at the AmSnow Shootout several times before, but this was Louie's first win at the Shootout.
The biggest winner's check of the weekend went to Cody Levasseur and his Yamaha turbo Outlaw sled. He beat Ontario native Rob Lowe in the Outlaw class finals, finishing with a 6.55-second E.T. at 153.95 mph.
As always, this was a fantastic weekend of asphalt drag racing thanks to the efforts of Jamie Bellman, his crew, and a lot of fantastic sponsors. Watch for the full race report in the December 2016 issue of American Snowmobiler magazine, on newsstands Nov. 8, 2016. Or have a copy delivered to your mailbox when you subscribe to AmSnow today!