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Snowmobile grass drag races to raise money for Lansford Volunteer Fire Department

Grass drags set for Lansford

Kim Fundingsland/MDN Race ready and show ready! Karry Green, Minot, left, Danielle Connole, Minot, center, and Jon Connole, Minot, display snowmobiles that will be part of the grass drag races and vintage snomobile show in Lansford on Oct. 17. The event is a fundraiser for the Lansford Volunteer Fire Department.

It may not be snowmobile season quite yet, but that won’t stop sled enthusiasts from racing their rides. Grass snowmobile drag racing and a vintage snowmobile show are among the attractions scheduled for Lansford Saturday, Oct. 17.

The event is a fundraiser for the Lansford Volunteer Fire Department, which has already begun initial construction on a new building.

“It’s pretty exciting for Lansford,” said Andy Undlin, Lansford VFD. “Dollars raised will go towards new equipment and lockers and such.”

Several other events in Lansford are being scheduled in conjunction with the event added Jon Connole, Minot, a member of the Driftbusters snowmobile club.

“They’ve got a band and a dance, children’s events with electric powered 4-wheelers, go-carts and a bazaar at the Civic Center,” said Connole. “They really want to make it a community thing.”

The racers will be using an old runway located on the Lansford golf course for a drag strip. Snowmobiles will be racing four wide on a 500-foot course.

“It’s an old landing strip,” explained Undlin. “They used it for spray planes before they shut it down a few years ago. It’s flat, groomed and ready for racing.”

“It’s a tabletop racing surface,” added Connole. “Real safe. The lanes will be 25 feet wide. Hopefully we’ll be out there in our T-shirts racing. Normally we’d be freezing.”

Racers will make some adjustments to their sleds, not much, just a few changes to make snowmobiles run better and faster on grass. Many of the snowmobiles are expected to reach 80-90 miles per hour at the end of the 500-foot run. Turbo snowmobiles can be expected to run more than 110 miles per hour. A large field of sleds is expected.

“There’s no events going on around the country that are similar to this, so guys will be coming,” remarked Connole.

Racers who have shown interest include competitors from Montana, South Dakota, Michigan, Wisconsin and Wyoming.

“We are very fortunate the Lansford Fire Department is having the drag races and vintage show all on the same day. We won’t have to travel but a few miles. We’re very happy about that,” said Connole.

Connole, who makes several long-distance pulls to show and compete with snowmobiles each winter, says racing at Lansford will be like a home field. He says his “crew” will bring nine snowmobiles to the event, both for show and racing. All racers will run a minimum of three times with the fastest sleds advancing to the finals.

Undlin said the event will start at noon. The Lansford golf course is located on the southwest part of the town.

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