Any place to test or ride these days is a pretty hot commodity. The past two weekends there have been a ton of guys ripping around the race track in Strathcona, Minn. The track is maintained by a guy named Armand Westlund and is right in the middle of town. So much so, the guys had to wait til church was out on Sunday before they could fire up the sleds. We hung out with Joey Fjerstad and Shane Felegy as they put down some laps. Follow along as we run through some of the photos from the weekend.
Whose radical new Champ 440 sled is this? It belongs to none other than Shane Felegy. While Felegy has been absent from the Champ ranks for over a year, he’s been testing with his cousin Joey Fjerstad and racing enduros such as the Soo I-500, so he’s certainly not lacking seat time. This latest Champ chassis has been two years in the making and will showcase some new concepts with its build.
“We were supposed to race this sled last season but it wasn’t ready,” said Shane. “We could have rushed it and got it on the ice but we’ve done that too many times and it’s come back to bite us, so we decided to wait and do it right.”
Rick Bates designed and built the sled specifically for Shane and his riding style. It features a chrome moly tube chassis, custom hand-built tunnel, inboard shocks and a centered drive train, which Felegy prefers over the more popular offset designs. Randy from Walker Evans is custom-building all the shocks and will dial in the calibration for the sled. Of course it will be powered by a Felegy Racing engine built by Shane’s dad, Rich Felegy. While he has some new support in the works, Felegy’s main sponsor is Aggressive Hydraulics.
“Paul Johnson at Aggressive Hydraulics has stuck by me through all this and that means a lot,” Shane said. “He wants to win as bad as I do and his support is critical to making it happen.”
Aggressive Hydraulics also sponsors Craig Dollansky on the World Of Outlaws series and NASCAR driver Ryan Newman.
Some of Felegy’s other sponsors include Woody’s, Apparelfreaks, sledRacer.com and Kirk Zack at HMK.
The DL Racing/Tiede Motorsports team made a great run at winning the Soo I-500 but in the end a broken rod put them out of the race. Team owner Don LaBean isn’t new to the Soo and neither is Rick Tiede, but the team’s riders, Shane Felegy, Justin Tate and Joe Fjerstad were all new to the race. It was a wild week of racing and handling the learning curve the Soo throws at you, but the team came through it well and was competitive until they lost the engine with less than 100 laps to go. We sat down with rider Shane Felegy to get his thoughts on what went down at the race, here’s what he had to say about setups, enduros vs. ovals and if he’s going to come back.
The Fjerstad Racing crew headed to Amherst, WI this past weekend to compete in the USSA race there. This race was part of the TLR Cup and is the last ice race before the Eagle River World Championships January 13-16. The team’s focus is on Eagle River so Amherst was basically an extended testing session for them.
There’s more news in the Fjerstad camp and this time it’s regarding sponsorship. Joe has picked up a two-race deal (Amherst and Eagle River) with Aggressive Hydraulics . Shane Felegy won’t be racing at Eagle River so he has passed his sponsor on to Joe.