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THE HISTORY OF NSSR - The Legend Continues
Hoping that mother nature decides to help out our cause. We need it cold, and we need it now
History of NSSR November 2008
by Ron Bray
NSSR has officially been in existence since 1986. Snowmobiles began speed run racing in the 1970’s and by the early 1980’s there were a number of exotic unlimited sleds with V8’s and outboard motors including the Budweiser Sno-King. The need for a professional organization was discussed by many of the “Speed Run Racers” in the early 1980’s and led to the establishment of the National Snowmobile Straightline Racing organization which became known as NSSR. The NSSR name is recognized world wide as the only World Record Speed Run circuit for snowmobiles. World Records required that the fastest run be backed up by a run the same day of 2% of the speed. Strict Technical standards were established for each class and it was required that all World Records in the Stock Class had mandatory teardown with oversight by the NSSR Tech Director(s).
The affiliation of NSSR with the International Snowmobile Racing (ISR) association, who served as the umbrella organization for rules, brought legitimacy to the World Record Series.
NSSR began it’s World Record Series in 1986 and held 6
races each winter. Race locations included
In1988, the racers decided to make the “Unlimited Class” to include only snowmobile engines for the 1989 race season. Many of the special built sleds were revamped to run the snowmobile engines at the encouragement of the manufacturers. The Budweiser Sno-King was converted from a Blown Big Block Chevy motor to a series of the new Yamaha V-Max engines. The world record immediately went to the Budweiser Sno-King at 168 mph in the new track length of 1000 foot.
NSSR has seen and helped to promote many famous drivers such as Dwight Regeman and Paul Groth of the Budweiser Team, Marv Jorgenson driving JAWS, John Deede, Dave Trygstad, Guy Parquette and Jamie Bellman of Ski Doo, Jim Dimmerman of Artic Cat, Mike Knapp of Yamaha and Artic Cat, and others too long to list. Mike Schroeder who does the announcing at the famous Hay Days Grass Drag Competition even now was the official announcer of NSSR back in the 1990’s.
Snowmobile manufacturers such as Ski Doo, Artic Cat, Polaris, and Yamaha used the NSSR Speed Run Circuit as a place to show off their new stock production sleds. Many of the factory racers were directed to run the stock sleds in competition for the world records.
The 1990’s were famous years for NSSR with the
participation at the St. Paul Winter Carnival in
NSSR went strong until the Winter of 2000, when with the combination of mild winters and the manufacturers focus switching to sno cross racing, led to NSSR suspending race efforts. The old NSSR held it’s last race in February of 2000 on Lake Mille Lacs. Speed Runners continued to run at many local radar runs and some well organized speed run events from 2001 to 2004. It again became apparent during this time that racers again needed some type of organization to promote the speed run competition in a professional manner.
In 2004, the rights to NSSR were picked up under the
direction of Mr. Nathan Lantto of
The 2008 Race Season for CMSA (formerly NSSR) was held
under the direction of Ron Bray, Race Director, and Stacy Bray, Secretary.
Nathan Lantto sold the rights of CMSA and NSSR to Ron and Stacy in October of
2007 due the personal commitments he had with his new career endeavors and time
commitments. Races for the 2008 season were held under the CMSA umbrella in
Ron and Stacy recognized the need to return to the “NSSR’ name for the 2009 Season. The racers showed a lot of excitement about the discussions held to return to the old name. The CMSA name has now been officially changed to the National Straightline Snowmobile Racing, Inc. (NSSR) and maintains the only World Record Series for Snowmobile Speed Runs and its’ ISR affiliation.
The excitement and interest in Snowmobile Speed Runs is
increasing rapidly. We are seeing many new racers stepping up and old racers
digging out their sleds who look forward to the new competition. In 2008, we
seen for the first time the new top speed of the unlimited class exceed 170 mph
and go into the 171 mph range on the JAWS 1 machine owned by Marv Jorgenson, and
piloted by Darrin Weber. Classes have increased from the original 29 to over 35
to now include the advent of the Four Stoke sleds and the Full Body Sleds
developed by Aftermarket Companies. The World Record in the Pro Stock Four Stoke
Class of 153 mph set by Jack Hendrichs on a full body sled is amazing to say the
least. Competitors include racers from
NSSR looks forward to an exciting season for 2009 with the
addition of “Snosuit” as a major sponsor and the continued support of Justice
Brothers (JB) in the NSSR circuit, along with many sponsors to numerous to
mention here. Four races are proposed for 2009 in