2018 AmSnow Super Sled Shootout

Saying goodbye to summer with the 29th annual AmSnow Super Sled Shootout
We couldn’t have asked for better weather in the first weekend of fall for the 29th annual AmSnow Super Sled Shootout!

Nearly 200 sleds came out to participate in eight separate racing categories throughout the weekend. A new speed record was set on the last race of a storied career from Jeff Kerridge of the Smith/Mott Racing team and their super-fast Outlaw sled, “Money Train.”

The forecast didn’t look good in the week leading up to the Shootout, but there couldn’t have been a better turnout from Mother Nature. Two weeks prior was the kickoff to the winter season with Hay Days, but this turned out to be the perfect send-off to summer, just two days into autumn.

Walking around the pits, racers were relieved the temperature was nowhere near the triple-digit numbers from the three days of the event last year. With the early-week dismal forecast, racers were eager to get out on the track in the gorgeous fall weather.

This year was a little different and more streamlined. There was no competition on Friday night, but it was reserved for trial runs and dialing in. It was fun hanging out and watching the Test and Tune event for hot-rodders and street tuners to bring their cars to the track and see how well they perform.

Special shout-out goes to Bill’s Service in Crestwood, IL. Not only did they take in the AmSnow pickup truck on a Friday afternoon, their ace mechanic, Scott, stayed late and finished up the radiator job on Saturday morning so your humble reporter could continue covering the event. Luckily, we were close to their exit when the engine overheated. Thanks, Scott!

Saturday Pro Index Winner Brad Antonioni from West Bend, WI.
Saturday Bracket Winner Jeff Jaquish.
Saturday Pro Mod Winner Glenn Hall.
■ Saturday Competition
Pro Index – Sponsored by PROLINE Performance
Brad Antonioni from West Bend, WI ran a 10.5699 on a 10.50 dial at 98.23 mph. Antonioni’s reaction time for that run was 0.0194, which is huge! Thom Rosely Jr. was the runner up with a 9.1107 at 145.87 mph on a 9-flat dial.

Bracket – Sponsored by Woody’s Traction Products
A familiar face with the NSNP Racing Team, Jeff Jaquish from Racine, WI took home the prize in the Bracket division, running a 9.0047 at 135.34 mph on an 8.99 dial. The runner up for this one was Merv Shannik who ran a 9.8596 at 129.38 mph on a 9.83 dial.

Pro Outlaw – Sponsored by Kenneth Smith, Inc. / Mott Motorsports
No surprise here from the Smith/Mott “Money Train” and driver Jeff Kerridge taking the prize while running a 4.744 1/8th mile at 160.54 mph. Nic Cash gave him a run for his money but came up short with a time of 4.861 seconds at 154.22 mph.

Pro Mod – Sponsored by Stilson Racing / Hypersports

Glenn Hall feels right at home in the finals for any category he’s racing in. He brought his Arctic Cat down the track in 5.0489 seconds at 133.65 mph to take the trophy from Edwin Wirbel, who ran a 5.1699 at 131.46 mph.

At the close of the racing on Saturday night, there was a fireworks display and a band that played into the night for the racers to celebrate their victories, kick back and have a few laughs with their fellow competitors. The after-party is always a hit!
Sunday Pro Stock Winner Edwin Wirbell.
Sunday Bracket Winner Ron Dean.
Sunday Pro Stock 800 Winner Kenny Grossi and team from Grimsby, Ontario.
Saturday and Sunday Pro Outlaw Winner Jeff Kerridge, "Money Train" and the Smith/Mott racing team.
■ Sunday Closing Races
Pro Stock – Sponsored by Supreme Tool, Inc.

The roles were reversed from Saturday’s Pro Mod results, and Edwin Wirbell from Midland, Mich. came out on top over Glenn Hall. Wirbel finished with a slower time – just barely – but Hall’s 0.1211 reaction time caused his faster 1/8th mile to come up short. Wirbell put up an 8.2091 at 152.59 mph to Hall’s 8.2063 at 154.53 mph. Tough break, but that’s racing!

Bracket – Sponsored by Bellman Oil Co., Inc.

Ron Dean from Williamson, NY came out on top with a 6.2179 ET on his 6.20 dial, running at 106.91 mph. David Chappell from Shelbyville, Mich. was the runner up, clocking a 6.5191 on a 6.44 dial at 103.81 mph.

Pro Stock 800 – Sponsored by JBC Utility and Kurt Schultz / Louie Wirbel

Kenny Grossi from Grimsby, Ontario, Canada took home the prize for Pro Stock 800 on Sunday with a faster reaction time over Ryan Deman. Grossi ran a 5.7637 at 117.59 mph, while Deman ran a 5.7463 at 116.61 mph. Grossi was the only Canadian in the Winner’s Circle this year, but another racer from our neighbor to the north ended up taking second place in the Pro Outlaw for Sunday.

Pro Outlaw – Sponsored by O.S.D.R.A.

Jeff Kerridge did it again on the final day of the Shootout – and in his final race as a full-time member of the Smith/Mott racing team. Setting the new speed record at 162.93 mph, Kerridge hurtled “Money Train” down the track in 4.644 seconds! Cody Levasseur from North Bay, Ontario took second place, while running a 4.729 at 149.9 mph.
Kerridge Says Goodbye
After 12 record-setting, high octane, super fast years with Smith/Mott racing, longtime staple at the AmSnow Super Sled Shootout, Jeff Kerridge, decided to retire from the team. Kerridge drove the Smith/Mott Outlaw sled, “Money Train,” to victory in both events they entered over the weekend. His final winning time was 4.64 seconds in the 1/8th mile, traveling at 162.93 mph, resetting the world speed record. Let that sink in for a little bit. And just for reference, the fastest car to run the 1/8th mile at this point was a 3,000HP Corvette ZR1 that ran it in 3.83 seconds at 212.69 mph.
Asphalt Dragging on a Budget

Karl Crowell came to race on asphalt for the first time. He’s been on sleds for most of his life and owns a machine shop where he makes a popular adjustable clutch weight kit for Ski-Doo 850 E-TEC motors.
“You don’t have to be rich to do this,” said Crowell as he showed off his $400 2003 Arctic Cat F7, which he dubbed, “the Farm Sled.”
One Sled for All Situations
This is Tim Hank from Cedarville, Mich., on his 2017 Yamaha Sidewinder B-TX 153. If you look close, that’s his Michigan Trail Pass on the hood. He says he can convert from crossover to asphalt sled in just a couple hours when the seasons change.

Hank has about $3,000 worth of improvements to his sled, which measures 280hp on the dyno while running pump-gas in the stock Genesis motor and turbo. Most of the work has been done by Turbo Dynamics. Hank has a pretty slick setup, too, and it’s all controlled via iPad mounted on his handlebars.
Best Appearing Sled
Ron Bray’s “Thunderstruck” raced in the Pro Stock division at the Shootout this year. This sled took him over a year and a half to complete and holds the current world record time of 8.048 seconds at 158.23mph. That’s FAST!

The sled has a stock Genesis motor and turbo from an Arctic Cat Thundercat. The chassis is custom-made from Proline, the clutching was done by STM and Straightline Performance did the header. Hypersports Tuning helped out with the turbo and intercooler. This thing is an engineering marvel!
Most of the photos you see in the magazine and in this article were taken by Jake Forstall. He's an up-and-coming motorsports photographer and he does great work. Check out this small gallery of some of our favorite shots of his from the Shootout weekend!
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