The annual New York Shootout is scheduled for this coming weekend – and the event is charging forward, no matter what supply chain issues and Mother Nature throw at it!
For 32 years, this is the place where the new sleds are uncrated, dyno’d, studded and then run on a drag strip to see how the new iron truly performs against its competition. Look for 2022 models on the strip in the Old Forge/Inlet area, and the details here on SnowGoer.com early next week!
Now operated by drag racing guru Heinrich Kirchner, the Shootout has been held under several names – mostly tied to the now dead American Snowmobiler brand but also tied to Snow Goer and Snow Week a few times over the years.
Last year, when most events across the country were cancelled, Kirchner persevered with his event – although he had to hold it without a crowd at his private track. You can see results from last year’s event here.
This year, it’s returning to the Old Forge/Inlet area “behind the old barn” and, in theory, things should be easier. “Should be” are the key words. Supply chain issues have made getting sleds and equipment tough, and Mother Nature is also throwing some twists and turns at the event.
To that end, we found out Wednesday night that the event will be shifting back one day, to Sunday, December 12, to avoid some rain that’s expected on Saturday, December 11.
Some of the sleds have already been dyno’d by Jim Czekala of DynoTech Research, and studding and other processes are in place.
The “live” event will start at about 10:30 a.m. on Sunday with the weight in, followed by running the sleds in “box stock” form, followed by “dealer prep” runs. Some trail mod sleds are also scheduled to run.
Key to the event is participation by specific dealerships – including Arctic Adventures, Cook’s Recreation, and Kubecka Polaris. Woody’s provides the traction products, KMS Performance bringing the timing system, JJ Outlaw Photography snaps the images, Rocky Point Properties helps with lodging and a bunch of local sponsors make it all work out with on-site food and other attractions. More details are available here.
As the media partner in the event, Snow Goer will post the results after the event, most likely by mid-day on Monday, so check back for images and times.
Editor’s Note: Every issue of Snow Goer magazine includes in-depth sled reports and comparisons, aftermarket gear and accessories reviews, riding destination articles, do-it-yourself repair information, snowmobile technology and more! Subscribe to Snow Goer now to receive issues delivered to your door or your computer for a low cost.