Bisonnette and Scheirer Double Up -- Smith Wins Bracket Bash

July 11th - With heavy hearts we were able to complete the 9th Annual Pro Sled Shootout. On everyone’s minds was the tragic accident that occurred last Sunday in the shutdown area that claimed the life of snowmobile rider Chad Wilcox. We had a moment of silence before eliminations to honor Chad. After that we had a special invocation and then got down to drag racing.

We had three Heads up classes for this year’s event and two of them were won by Jacob Bissonette from Poland Springs, Maine. Jacob kept his ’05 Arctic Cat glued to the track most of the weekend and he defeated teammate Josh Plowman in the All Motor Quick 16. Jacob clicked it off to a 5.93 at 86.63 mph to defeat Josh’s 9.29 at 61.44 mph pass. Bryan Finlinson on his ’00 Ski-Doo was the semifinalist.

In the Power Adder Quick 16 it was Bissonette taking his second win stopping Keith Wood out of Topsham, Maine who was on his ’11 Yamaha. Jacob got off the line first with a .515 to .635 r.t. advantage and he won it with a 5.308 at 133.88 mph blast while Keith settled for the runner up spot with his equally impressive 5.460 at 138.54 mph pass. Finlinson was also the semifinalist in this class.

Jay Hayes on his ’03 Arctic Cat running out of Gilford, Ontario Canada made it a complete sweep for the Arctic Cat brand in the Quick classes as he defeated Tony Colagiovanni on his ’05 ‘Cat in the Twins final round. Jay won the final with a 5.816 at 122.26 mph run while Tony ran 6.403 at 107.92 mph for the runner up spot. Jeremy Hutton was the semifinalist.

In The Bracket Bash it was local racer Heath Smith riding his ’07 Polaris to the pay window stopping another Maine rider Jim Hess from Scarborough, riding his ’08 Yamaha. Heath drilled the tree with a stellar .506 light and ran 5.941 at 99.25 mph on his 5.90 dial to snare the $2000 top prize. Jim had a decent .586 light and ran 6.396 at 103.47 mph on his 6.40 dial to take the home the $1000 runner up money. Jeff Wannamaker on his ’05 Yamaha and Merv Shannick ’97 Arctic Cat were the semifinalists.

In Super Pro it was Terry Scheirer in his dragster taking his second win of the season by defeating James Smith Jr. who was also in a Chevy powered dragster. James had the reaction time advantage .520 to .543 but Terry ran right on his 7.86 dial with a 7.864 at 171.70 mph while James had to settle for the runner up spot with a 7.713 at 173.68 mph run on his 7.68 dial. Heather Scheirer and Frank Barbagallo were the semifinalists.

Howard Roberts wheeled his ’72 Duster to another win in the Pro Class by defeating Bryan Backus who was in his ’82 Cutlass. Bryan held the r.t. advantage .519 to .526 but he ran further under his 9.16 dial with a 9.143 at 144.68 mph while Howard ran 9.699 at 140.14 mph run on his 9.71 dial for the win. Jeff Parker and Don Austin were the semifinalists.

Terry Scheirer scored the double today when he was able to wheel his dragster to the Modified win stopping a red lighting Ken Miller in the final round. Ken had a .494 red while Terry had a safe .616 and ran 7.858 at 171.80 mph run on his 7.86 dial. Anthony Zangari was the semifinalist.

Jr. Dragster “A” class action saw Carter Helch take the win by defeating Morgan Bunal in the final round. Carter took the r.t. advantage .519 to .768 and he won it with a 8.015 at 77.15 mph run on his 7.97 dial while Morgan settled for the runner up spot with a 7.913 at 81.20 mph run on her 7.90 dial. Ryan Pedersen was the semifinalist.

In the Jr. Dragster “B” class it was Kyle Reynolds taking the win over Shannon Harrison. Kyle won with a .526 initiated 8.984 at 71.64 mph run on his 8.97 dial while Shannon settled for the runner up spot with a .563 initiated 9.081 at 70.86 mph run on her 9.13 dial. Harley Hancock was the semifinalist.

On Saturday the Box / No Box Gamblers race was won by the “Professor” Mark Tallmadge stopping Terry Lee in the final round.

That will wrap up this event. Special thanks go out to Billy Moore, who has helped out with all of these events and especially this year I don’t know how we would have managed without him. Thanks to Rob Fuller for his help in organizing this race and getting the sponsors and racers to participate. Thanks also to Herb Bingel and Mike Key for having the tribute decals made up in Chad’s memory, they were well displayed by all the racers from Jr. Dragsters to Super Pro. Rest In Peace Chad you will be missed.

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