Barrhead man a speed demon on grass tracks

When Scott Bell started grass drag racing 14 years ago, he didn’t expect to go so fast he would be breaking records.

But that’s exactly what the 38-year-old Barrhead-area resident did on Sept. 25 during the Grassland Grass Drag Race, reaching a stop speed of an incredible 174 kilometres per hour, five seconds after taking off from the start line.

Grass drag racing involves driving a modified snowmobile over a straight, grass track 500 feet in length against four other competitors.

The event took place in Grassland, Alta., near Athabasca, where the sound of full-throttle snowmobiles and revved-up quads filled the air.

"You’re doing a 100 feet in a second … the adrenaline rush, the excitement of just being out there is great," Bell said.

The speed record was the fastest recorded by a member of the Saskatchewan Snowmobile Association. Bell said he plans to break more records in the future, though beating his current speed will be an uphill battle, he added.

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