Past Finishes/Records

Year Past Winners Make
2019 Troy DeWald, Ryan Spencer, Bill Wilkes Arctic Cat
2018 Zach Herfindahl, Wes Selby Arctic Cat
2017 Gabe Bunke, Aaron Christensen, Taylor Bunke Polaris
2016 Gabe Bunke, Aaron Christensen, Taylor Bunke Polaris
2015 Brian Dick, Wes Selby Arctic Cat
2014 Gabe Bunke, Aaron Christensen Polaris
2013 Gabe Bunke, Aaron Christensen Polaris
2012 Gabe Bunke, Aaron Christensen, Bobby Menne Polaris
2011 Corey Davidson, Travis Hjelle Polaris
2010 Troy DeWald, Jeff Leuenberger Arctic Cat
2009 Troy DeWald, Jeff Leuenberger, Bryan Dyrdahl Ski-Doo
2008 Corey Davidson, John Wilson Yamaha
2007 Chad Gueco, Bill Wilkes Yamaha
2006 Corey Davidson, Travis Hjelle Yamaha
2005 Gabe Bunke, Josh Davis, Corey Davidson Polaris
2004 John Hoos, Matt Hoos, Cory Furkey, Chris Furkey Polaris
2003 Corey Davidson, Travis Hjelle Polaris
2002 Mike Gentz, Gabe Bunke Polaris
2001 Russ Chartrand, Tim Leeck Polaris
2000 Corey Davidson, Steve Olson Polaris
1999 Corey Davidson, Steve Olson Polaris
1998 Corey Davidson, Steve Olson Polaris
1997 Troy Pierce, Todd Krikke Polaris
1996 Troy Pierce, Todd Krikke Polaris
1995 John Wicht III Polaris
1994 Ivan Hansen, Rob Sass Polaris
1993 John Wicht III Polaris
1992 John Wicht III Polaris
1991 Todd Krikke, Randy Krikke Polaris
1990 Rick Wezenski, Gary Loar, Troy Donn Polaris
1989 George Sharrard, Tom Sibbald, Jeff Kipfmiller Ski-Doo
1988 John Wicht III Polaris
1987 Mike Staszak, Jeff Kipfmiller Ski-Doo
1986 Jeff Kipfmiller, Rick Zudell, Dan Kirts Ski-Doo
1985 Brian Musselman, Chris Daly Ski-Doo
1984 Brian Musselman, Karl Schwartz Yamaha
1983 Duane Baur, Ralph Swartzendruber, Paul Swartzendruber Yamaha
1982 Gerard Karpik, Brian Musselman Ski-Doo
1981 Guy Useldinger, Dan Enns Ski-Doo
1980 Grant Hawkins, Ed Goldsmith Ski-Doo
1979 Robert Dohm Jr., Ron Dohm, Jeff Dohm Ski-Doo
1978 Ken Littleton, Ted Ritchie Yamaha
1977 Grant Hawkins, Mike Chisholm Yamaha
1976 Stan Hayes, Doug Hayes, Jerry Witt Mercury
1975 Buddy Weber, Stanley Shunk, James Crawford Yamaha
1974 Leroy Lindblad, Wes Pesek, Burt Bassett Polaris
1973 Melvin Kitchen, Dan Prevo, Douglas Bisball Polaris
1972 LuVerne Hagen, Stan Hayes, Doug Hayes Polaris
1971 Mike Nickerson, Gerald Teegarden, Larry Holmes Ski-Doo
1970 Don Brown, Bill Gunsell, Steve Holcomb Chapparal
1969 Dan Planck, Otis Cowles, Leonard Cowles Ski-Doo

Manufacturer Wins:

Polaris 26
Ski-Doo 11
Yamaha 8
Arctic Cat 4
Mercury 1
Chapparal 1
TOTAL 51

Records:

Total Time Run in Race 374 hours, 52 minutes
Longest Time to Run Race 13 hours, 42 minutes
1969 – 500 miles, average 36.000 mph
Shortest Time to Run Race 7 hours, 36 minutes
1995 – 500 miles, average 66.800 mph
Total Miles Run in Race 525,405 miles

  • 33 years of 500 miles
  • 5 years of 311 miles (500 km)
  • remaining years range from 174 to 498 miles
Total Machines Run
1862

  • 19 years of 50
  • 16 years of 35
  • 12 years of 38
  • 1 year of 39
  • 1 year of 36
  • 1 year of 31
  • 1 year of 30
Top Qualifying Speed
Year Driver Speed Machine
1998 Todd Krikke 37.847 / 95.120mph Polaris
1977 Buddy Weber 82.100mph for 4 laps Yamaha
Machine Totals
Machine Total Number
Polaris 680
Arctic Cat 378
Ski Doo 362
Yamaha 290
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
2016 Bunke Racing over Christian Brothers Racing 2.363 seconds

Note: the race was decided by a margin of one lap or less 13 times: 1973, 1985, 1987, 1991, 1996, 2000, 2004, 2005, 2009, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019

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 Ste. Marie, MI (Yamaha)
Most Miles by One Qualified Driver 8,881 miles by Todd Krikke
Most Wins
Rider Number of Wins
Corey Davidson 8
Gabe Bunke 7
Aaron Christensen 5
John Wicht III 4
Six (6) Riders – (Most Recent: Troy DeWald-2019) 3
Oldest and Youngest
Qualifying Drivers to Win
Age Name Year
49 Troy DeWald 2019
20 Taylor Bunke 2016
Most Career #SooI500 Pole Awards Number of Poles
Troy DeWald 10
Troy Pierce 4
Two (2) Riders – (Most Recent: Grant VerMeersch-2013) 3
Best Time/Driver 2nd Best Time/Driver Year
38.290 / 94.000mph / DeWald 38.330 / 93.920mph / Pierce Difference = 0.040 seconds 2000
39.527 / 91.077mph /  DeWald 39.621 / 90.861mph / Faust Difference = 0.094 seconds 2018

Plow Breaks – To remove ice flakes and snow from trackTakes an average of 15 minutes
Done on an average of 4 times during race

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