Track Records

Total Time Run in Race

340 hours, 12 minutes

Longest Time to Run Race 13 hours, 42 minutes
1969 500 miles, average 36.0 mph
Shortest Time to Run Race 7 hours, 36 minutes
1995 500 miles, average 66.8 mph

Total Miles Run in Race

523,405 miles

  • 29 years of 500 miles
  • 5 years of 311 miles (500 km)
  • remaining years range from 174 to 498 miles
Total Machines Run
Possibility of 1794

1728

  • 17 years of 50
  • 15 year of 35
  • 10 years of 38
  • 1 year of 39
Top Qualifying Speed
Year Driver Speed Machine
1998 Todd Krikke 95.12 Polaris
1977 Buddy Weber 82.1 for 4 laps Yamaha
1969 Tim Maziarz 57.1 for 4 laps Arctic Cat
Machine Totals
Machine Total Number
Polaris 611
Arctic Cat 355
Ski Doo 360
Yamaha 288
Scorpion 24
Rupp 19
Chapparal 12
Mercury 9
Skiroule 8
John Deere 7
Weather Extremes
Condition Measurement Year
Most snow 34" 1996
Least snow 9" 1980
Warmest 33°F 1987
Coldest -31°F 1996

In 1993 it did not get above -1°F all day.

Closest Race
Year Drivers Margin
1991 Gueco over Bunke 5.6 seconds

Note: the race was decided by a margin of one lap or less in
1973, 1985, 1987, 1991, 1996, 2000, 2004, 2005, 2009

Largest Margin of Victory
Year Drivers Margin
1970 Brown over Mills 18 laps
1989 Sharrard over Wicht 17 laps
1975 Weber over Downing 16 laps
Worst Finish
Year Drive Machine Finish
1969 Dave Whyte Ski Whiz 1/4 lap (turn 1)
1969 Bill Price Skiroule less than 1/2 lap
Most Miles for One Team

12,583 total miles in competition
Team Chippewa of Sault, Mi (Yamaha)

Most Miles by One Qualified Driver 8,881 miles by Todd Krikke
Most Wins
Driver Number of Wins
Corey Davidson 7
John Wicht 4
Brian Musselman 3
Jeff Kipfmiller 3
Oldest and Youngest
Qualifying Drivers to Win
Age Name Year
45 Russ Chartrand 2001
21 Duane Baur 1983
Closest Time Trial Margins
Best Time/Driver 2nd Best Time/Driver Year
94.00 / DeWald 93.92 / Pierce 2000
90.94 / Pierce 90.85 / Chartrand 1997
Grader Race
to remove ice flakes and snow from track
Takes an average of 18 minutes
Done on an average of 4 times during race