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Harpoon Top Gun Shootout

After a 10-year drought of racing at the Seneca Falls Super Track, I feel the track will have a very positive future
DylanRoes
With the grass drag season winding down across the country it was decided by some guys in New York to have a race at the Seneca Falls Super Track. The track has not had a race held on it since 2010. It is by far one of the premier tracks being it is all clay. This track is maintained by Kirsch and we all know his work from Hay Days track. He has put a lot of hard time and sweat to make it what it was and better. The track is two lanes and has the shut down room for the big Outlaw Sleds. Rick Stewart from Harpoon Racing put up much of the money for the event and sponsors put up the rest with a total of over $11,000 in bonus money. This event was for the elite racers with the classes being Outlaw, Lake Racer, Pro Mod 1000, Pro Stock 1000, Pro Stock Turbo (New Class), Improved 1000, Pro Stock 800 and Improved 800. These are some of the fastest classes in the racing industry. This was also the final event for the Pro Stock 1000 points championship which has been going all season long.

Teams started showing up on Thursday with testing Friday and racing scheduled for Saturday. Mother Nature had a different idea and decided to rain on the track into Friday night. It was decided that they would postpone racing until Sunday to give the track time to dry. They were able to get some testing done on the track next to the official track, but there was some disappointment with the racing being put off until Sunday. It was the best plan for the safety of the racers.
DanFisher
Sunday’s weather turned out to be dry and sunny with temps in the low 60s. Racing started around 11 am, which was late due to standing water on the track past the finish line. With the speeds these sleds would be doing that was also for safety. There was going to be a round of qualifying for the classes that would be running a shootout-style race. There would only be 16 sleds per class for the shootouts. It started with qualifying for the Outlaws which was going to be interesting with teams like Harpoon Racing, Red Cup Racing, Bikeman Performance, Dynamite Racing and a few others competing for those 16 spots to be the fastest of the day. This track, being all clay, can hold the power and the temps were cool so everyone knew that records would fall at the event. That was an understatement for sure because there were five records broken at the event.

There was a ton of great close racing during the day and the track held together to keep the racing consistent. Let’s start with the Pro Stock 800 class there were eight sleds that qualified for the shootout. Flavio Iantomasi was the victor in that class and his qualifying pass was a record for 500 feet at 4.524 sec. Next was Improved 800 which had 14 competitors with the winner of this class being Dylan Roes on the Clark Racing Machine. The Pro Stock Turbo class had 11 entries with the winner of the class being Dan Fisher on the Dynamite Racing sled. His qualifying pass was another record at 4.262 sec in 500 feet. Jared Laird took the checkers in the Improved 1000 class which had 10 entries.
SteveBrown
In the Pro Mod 1000 class that combines 2-stroke and 4-stroke sleds, it was extremely competitive with 16 entries. This class was dominated by Steve Brown from Harpoon Racing with his record breaking qualifying pass of 4.257 sec. The Pro Stock 1000 class was in my opinion the closest racing we had all day. These racers had been battling all season long competing to be the Points Champion for 2018. The class had a full ladder with 16 sleds. The final came down to Rob Lawrence who has had the points-lead all season and Mike Bailey, a former points champion. Bailey took the win but Lawrence took home the points championship. Bailey had a killer day with that win and it moved him to second in the points-chase and a total of over $5,000 in winnings.

These last two classes may not have the biggest turnout, but they are definitely some of the fastest. Lake Racers are 750-pound sleds running crazy fast times in 500 ft. This class had two racers rise to the top, those racers being Kyle Shilts, who put down a record qualifying-pass at 3.842, but the winner of the class was Steve Brown. Those two have been battling since Hay Days.
RyanEnsor
Now for the Outlaw class. These sleds are fastest and most expensive sleds at any race. They are bringing the sport to new heights with their record times and wild appearance. These are not sleds you can hop on and take for a trail ride. They sit low to the ground and have a ton of lightweight parts. They make it so national networks might start looking into the sport which will only be great for the sport. That can mean more sponsorship funds and an increase in everything that is involved in this industry. Back to the racing! This class had some surprising upsets and an even more shocking final race. First for the qualifying, Ryan Ensor (Flyin’ Ryan) put down a record pass for 500 ft at 3.44 sec and 154.64 mph. That is just crazy he crushed the past record which was just set in September at Hay Days by Kelly Shilts (Machine Gun Kelly) on Red Cup Racing’s Agent Orange. The final came down to Ryan Ensor and Jimmy McHugh which in itself is a surprise but it just goes to show you that anything can happen in racing. Ryan Ensor on Trouble Maker from Dynamite Racing took home the victory.

I am glad I got to attend this event and bring you all the info and results. After a 10-year drought of racing at the Seneca Falls Super Track, I feel the track will have a very positive future. I would also like to say job well done to all the racers and their teams. To the staff of the event: this took so much to do and do safely. I will be looking forward to more events at this track with more records broken. For pictures from the event please check out JJ’s Outlaw Photography.

Story and photos by
Jon Johnville
JJ’s Outlaw Photography
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