Snowmobiles, Motorcycles Share the State This Week at Michigan’s Fastest Track~

A Pro Mod showdown between world record holder Glenn Hall of Gordon, WI, and Robbie Lowe of Bradford, Ontario, winner earlier this year of the NHRA national event at Brainerd, MN, is among the highlights of the 33rd Woody’s Super Sled Shootout beginning Friday at US 131 Motorsports Park.

The three-day event also features the $10,000 CycleDrag Shootout for motorcycles in which veteran Tom Klemme of Davenport, Iowa is the defending champ.  Klemme used a .016 package to turn back Nick Christmas of Youngstown, Ohio, in last year’s money round after Flint’s Corey Wilson was ousted in the semis.

Hall has been almost unbeatable in the unique fall event contested on Michigan’s fastest track.  The Wisconsin racer, himself a multi-time Brainerd winner in the Pro Stock snowmobile class, has won the last two Woody’s Pro Mod titles and his 4.806 second time on his Dynamite Racing entry is the quickest ever.

The versatile Lowe, who swept Brainerd, winning from the No. 1 qualifying position in the category’s debut in the NHRA series, has a best of 4.846 seconds over the same eighth-mile distance.  Also expected to challenge are Michiganders Louie Wirbel of Marion, Edwin Wirbel of Midland and Murdy Kaidan of Brooklyn, and last year’s runner-up, Mike Sweeney Jr. of Thomaston, CT.

In the Outlaw class, defending champ Jeremy Hannen of Chesaning will face an uphill battle to repeat especially if Oka, Quebec’s Stephane Beauregaurd shows with his Turbo Cowboy Skidoo, the first sled to dip below 4.50 (4.485).  Lowe is another who could block his path along with 2014 champion Cody Levasseur of North Bay, Ontario.

Likewise, if Coldwater’s Dan Fisher is to successfully defend in Pro Stock, he will have to beat the likes of Brandon Beauregard of Freedom, NH, winner at the NHRA race at Epping, NH, this year, Keith Culley of Sterling, MA, the No. 1 qualifier and runner-up at that same event, and Cody Philippon of Hookset, NH, whom he beat for the US 131 trophy a year ago.

Other 2021 Woody’s Supersled winners expected back this year are Jeff Jaquish of Racine, WI, in Pro Index, Joe Molyneux of Painesville, OH in Super Eliminator, Birch Run’s Jim Kanine in Bracket, Maverick Green of Grand Haven in Pro ET and Burton’s Jayson Knight in Street ET.

Racing begins Friday with a team bracket race for snowmobiles featuring eight five-driver teams.  Saturday’s program will include the Woody’s Challenge for 16 qualified Pro Stock 800 sleds along with Pro Mod and Outlaw races, each paying the winner $2,000.  The first of two $1,500-to-win Pro Bracket Challenges also is on the Saturday schedule with the finale on Sunday.