Past Finishes/Records

Past Winners:

Year Past Winners Make   Pole Winners
2020 Aaron Christensen, Taylor Bunke, Gabe Bunke Polaris   Troy DeWald (11)
2019 Troy DeWald, Ryan Spencer, Bill Wilkes Arctic Cat   Troy DeWald (10)
2018 Zach Herfindahl, Wes Selby Arctic Cat   Troy DeWald (9)
2017 Gabe Bunke, Aaron Christensen, Taylor Bunke Polaris   Troy DeWald (8)
2016 Gabe Bunke, Aaron Christensen, Taylor Bunke Polaris   Bobby Menne (1)
2015 Brian Dick, Wes Selby Arctic Cat   Jeff Leuenberger (1)
2014 Gabe Bunke, Aaron Christensen Polaris   Kris Eichenberg (1)
2013 Gabe Bunke, Aaron Christensen Polaris   Grant VerMeersch (3)
2012 Gabe Bunke, Aaron Christensen, Bobby Menne Polaris   Todd Krikke (3)
2011 Corey Davidson, Travis Hjelle Polaris   Doug Kammeraad (1)
2010 Troy DeWald, Jeff Leuenberger Arctic Cat   Troy DeWald (7)
2009 Troy DeWald, Jeff Leuenberger, Bryan Dyrdahl Ski-Doo   Troy DeWald (6)
2008 Corey Davidson, Jim Wilson Yamaha   William Long (1)
2007 Chad Gueco, Bill Wilkes Yamaha   John Bosek (3)
2006 Corey Davidson, Travis Hjelle Yamaha   Grant VerMeersch (2)
2005 Gabe Bunke, Josh Davis, Corey Davidson Polaris   Joel Diamond (1)
2004 John Hoos, Matt Hoos, Cory Furkey, Chris Furkey Polaris   Troy DeWald (5)
2003 Corey Davidson, Travis Hjelle Polaris   Grant VerMeersch (1)
2002 Mike Gentz, Gabe Bunke Polaris   Troy DeWald (4)
2001 Russ Chartrand, Tim Leeck Polaris   Troy DeWald (3)
2000 Corey Davidson, Steve Olson Polaris   Troy DeWald (2)
1999 Corey Davidson, Steve Olson Polaris   Troy DeWald (1)
1998 Corey Davidson, Steve Olson Polaris   Todd Krikke (2)
1997 Troy Pierce, Todd Krikke Polaris   Troy Pierce (4)
1996 Troy Pierce, Todd Krikke Polaris   Jeff Kipfmiller (2)
1995 John Wicht III Polaris   Rick Zudell (1)
1994 Ivan Hansen, Rob Sass Polaris   Jeff Kipfmiller (1)
1993 John Wicht III Polaris   Todd Krikke (1)
1992 John Wicht III Polaris   Troy Pierce (3)
1991 Todd Krikke, Randy Krikke Polaris   Troy Pierce (2)
1990 Rick Wezenski, Gary Loar, Troy Donn Polaris   Troy Pierce (1)
1989 George Sharrard, Tom Sibbald, Jeff Kipfmiller Ski-Doo   Guy Useldinger (1)
1988 John Wicht III Polaris   John Bosek (2)
1987 Mike Staszak, Jeff Kipfmiller Ski-Doo   John Bosek (1)
1986 Jeff Kipfmiller, Rick Zudell, Dan Kirts Ski-Doo   Dan Kirts (4)
1985 Brian Musselman, Chris Daly Ski-Doo   Bill Britt (1)
1984 Brian Musselman, Karl Schwartz Yamaha   Dan Kirts (3)
1983 Duane Baur, Ralph Swartzendruber, Paul Swartzendruber Ski-Doo   Dan Kirts (2)
1982 Gerard Karpik, Brian Musselman Ski-Doo   Dan Kirts (1)
1981 Guy Useldinger, Dan Enns Ski-Doo   Louis Hunt (1)
1980 Grant Hawkins, Ed Goldsmith Ski-Doo   Rob Diamond (1)
1979 Robert Dohm Jr., Ron Dohm, Jeff Dohm Ski-Doo   Allan Haynes (1)
1978 Ken Littleton, Ted Ritchie Ski-Doo   Bill Crist (1)
1977 Grant Hawkins, Mike Chisholm Yamaha   Buddy Weber (1)
1976 Stan Hayes, Doug Hayes, Jerry Witte Mercury   Gene Denman (1)
1975 Buddy Weber, Stan Shunk, James Crawford Yamaha   Leroy Lindblad (2)
1974 Leroy Lindblad, Wes Pesek, Burt Bassett Polaris   Leroy Lindblad (1)
1973 Melvin Kitchen, Dan Prevo, Douglas Bisball Polaris   LuVerne Hagen (1)
1972 LuVerne Hagen, Stan Hayes, Doug Hayes Polaris   Tom Marks (1)
1971 Mike Nickerson, Gerald Teegarden, Larry Holmes Ski-Doo   Robert Cross (1)
1970 Don Brown, Bill Gunsell, Steve Holcomb Chapparal   Roger Hoyle (1)
1969 Dan Planck, Otis Cowles, Leonard Cowles Ski-Doo   Tim Maziarz (1)

Manufacturer Wins:

Polaris 27
Ski-Doo 11
Yamaha 8
Arctic Cat 4
Mercury 1
Chapparal 1
TOTAL 52

Records:

   
Total Time Run in Race 383 hours, 56 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 525,905 miles

 

  • 34 years of 500 miles
  • 5 years of 311 miles (500 km)
  • remaining years range from 174 to 498 miles
Total Machines Run
1893

 

  • 19 years of 50
  • 16 years of 35
  • 12 years of 38
  • 2 years of 31
  • 1 year of 39
  • 1 year of 36
  • 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 700
Arctic Cat 387
Ski Doo 363
Yamaha 291
Scorpion 24
Rupp 19
Chapparal 12
Mercury 9
Skiroule 8
John Deere 7
Weather Extremes
Condition Measurement Year
Most snow 34″ 1996
Least snow 4″ 2020
Warmest 35°F 2020
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, 2020

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 & Gabe Bunke 8
Aaron Christensen 6
John Wicht III 4
Seven (7) Riders – (Most Recent: Taylor Bunke (2020) 3
Seven (7) Riders – (Most Recent: Bill Wilkes (2019) 2
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 (Most Recent: 2020) 11
Twp (2) Riders – (Most Recent: Troy Pierce-1997) 4
Three (3) Riders – (Most Recent: Grant VerMeersch-2013) 3
 
Best Time/Driver 2nd Best Time/Driver Year
38.290 = 94.019mph – Troy DeWald 38.330 = 93.921mph / Troy Pierce Difference = 0.040 seconds 2000
39.873 = 90.287mph – Troy DeWald 39.996 = 90.077mph / Luke Krentz Difference = 0.093 seconds 2020

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

For more information on the history of the I-500 Snowmobile Race, or the 1-mile ice oval track, call our organizers at: (989) 808-5266.