BROWNSBURG, IN – The National Snowmobile Drag Racing Association, in conjunction with the NHRA North Central Division, and the Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series. Made their third stop of the 2018 NSDRA asphalt racing season this past weekend at Lucas Oil Raceway in Brownsburg, Indiana for their annual Summer Spectacle. Where Gordon, Wisconsin’s Glenn Hall would qualify number one and never look back. In route to his first win in NSDRA competition for 2018.
After two rounds of qualifying at Lucas Oil Raceway. Glenn Hall’s three-cylinder(998cc) fuel injected, turbocharged D&D – Hypersports Arctic Cat machine would sit atop the ladder going into round one of eliminations. Where he would face the number four qualifier Ed Illgen, riding the Bullet Racing teams normally aspirated Arctic Cat machine powered by an old school MRE triple. With Hall advancing on into round-two with an 8.181-second pass at 153.75 miles-per-hour, versus the 8.891 at 132.00 mile-per-hour pass of his opponent Illgen in defeat.
Next up would be the pairing of number-two qualifier, and winner of this years Ron McBurney Memorial, Matt Ernst. Up against number-six qualifier and veteran NSDRA competitor Ron Bray. However, when the tree began cycling to green, Matt Ernst appeared to have some sort of a mechanical or electrical malfunction. Leaving early, turning on the red light, ultimately handing the win to Bray. Who ran a second off his qualifying pace, advancing with a 9.538-second pass at a little over 125 miles-per-hour. While Ernst laid down an 8.258 at 153.81 mile-per-hour pass on his way to the proverbial trailer.
In the final pairing of the opening round of eliminations. Former National Snowmobile Drag Racing Association Champ, opening day winner, and number-three qualifier Scott Hagen would face rookie Dominick Ernst on his Arctic Cat turbo. With Hagen’s Ski-Doo bodied, normally aspirated, two-stroke A2Z / Lemke powered machine taking a slight starting line advantage and retaining it all the way to the finish line. Outrunning the turbocharged Arctic Cat machine while laying down an 8.290-second pass at 153.20 miles-per-hour, to the losing 8.363 at 151.19 mile-per-hour pass of the younger Ernst. Hagen will face Bray and number one qualifier Glenn Hall gets the bye in round number two. Due to the lack of competitors, ultimately leaving the elimination ladder incomplete.
As the two machines approached the water box, one thing was clear. The winner of the race between the only pairing of the semi-final round would face Glenn Hall in the final. As the nature of the elimination ladder for six competitors leaves a bye in the semi-final round directly into the finals. Leaving the number one qualifier Glenn Hall with a trip to the final round, with his first-round win by virtue of his qualifying position in the ladder. Which many have argued for years isn’t the way the final pairing should be decided. Although typically a subject of conversation for the competitors who are watching the final versus competing in it.
With that being said, Ron Bray could tell you if the aforementioned factoid was, in fact, the case. As the Image Machine and Tool sponsored Ski-Doo bodied machine of Hagen Racing would prevail taking the win in the semis. Moving on to the final round with a whisker over two-tenths of a second in the bank. Clicking off an 8.383-second pass at 152.47 miles-per-hour, to the losing .582 at 146.40 for the Arctic Cat turbo of Bray. Leaving the former Champ in need of a tune-up that’d give his machine a tenth and a half before lining up beside Glenn Hall in the finals at Lucas Oil Raceway.
As the two sleds left the starting line, with Hall taking the advantage on the tree. The D&D – Hypersports fuel injected four-stroke turbocharged Arctic Cat holding off the Hagen Racing Team’s normally aspirated two-stroke for the win. While clicking off the quickest official pass in NHRA Pro Stock Snowmobile competition for 2018. With an 8.150-second pass at a tick under 156 miles-per-hour, to the losing .327 at 152.81 miles-per-hour of his opponent in defeat. Making Glenn Hall the third different winner in as many races in National Snowmobile Drag Racing Association competition for 2018.
Next up on the NSDRA schedule for 2018 will be Route 66 Raceway in Joliet, Illinois next weekend July 13 -14th. Stay tuned to snowmobiledragracing.net for all the results.
- Glenn Hall 363 – Gordon, WI – ’18 Arctic Cat – 8.211 at 153.58mph
- Matt Ernst 5005 – Clinton, IA – ’11 Arctic Cat – 8.229 at 152.49mph
- Scott Hagen 323 – Oxford, MI – ’13 Ski-Doo – 8.345 at 153.75mph
- Ed Illgen 32 – Rockford, IL – ’10 Arctic Cat – 8.463 at 152.18mph
- Ron Bray 5802 – Anoka, MN – ’15 Arctic Cat – 8.568 at 146.73mph
- Dominick Ernst 503 – Clinton, IA – ’14 Arctic Cat – 8.570 at 151.12mph