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    RACE RECAP: East vs. West Race - Infinity Raceway, Mancelona, Mich.

    Posted by Emily Hare
    on Thursday, January 26, 2017

    Scott Schaefer recorded the best elapsed time (4.149 seconds) aboard his Outlaw turbo.
    With the lack of snow in the Northeast and events being cancelled earlier this month, we decided to take a road trip west. We have been asked multiple times to come out to Infinity Raceway in Mancelona, Mich. So we said what the heck, loaded up the truck and trailer and headed west very early on Friday morning. This was our first time trekking west with everything, so we did not know what to expect.

    After 12 hours on the road, we pulled into the pits at Infinity Raceway. At first glance, we were impressed. The track looked very good, and for a test-and-tune day, there were quite a few trailers on hand. After talking with track owner Kirt Helsel, we parked our trailer and walked around the pits and to greet some of the racers. I also took a good look at the facility and was very impressed. A trail groomer maintains the track, and they have a tower, which is always nice to see at events.

    Drew Minkel
    We then decided to head to our weekend accommodations: Beaver Creek Cabins in Gaylord. After dropping off our gear, we loaded up with the American Outlaw Racing Team for dinner at another local hotspot for riders: The Stampede Saloon. In Gaylord, there is no shortage of places to ride, and from what we could see from the road, the trails are well maintained.

    The next day was finally race day. We arrived at the track early to find that a few more trailers had arrived for the East vs. West race. Coming from the east myself, I was hoping to see some racers from the east. Unfortunately, that did not happen, but that's another story.

    Nick Stilson on the all new Shockwave from Stilson Racing.
    In addition to the East vs. West trophy races, there were three shootout-style races for the 600 p/s, 800 p/s and 1000 p/s classes. There was also an Outlaw Shootout that ran every hour on the hour, and it had a big entry fee with big payout. All in all, it was a good event, and there were 92 entries.

    Scott Schaefer recorded the best elapsed time (E.T.) with a 4.149-second run on his Outlaw Turbo. This facility has great potential to have some serious races, both on the snow and grass. We hope to make it back to this venue in the future to see some great racing.

    For more info on Infinity Raceway and upcoming events, visit or the Infinity Raceway Facebook page.

    - Jon Johnville, JJ's Outlaw Photography

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