Adam Bushman Returns to Win Three Pro Class Titles at the Wisconsin Ice Racing State Championships

 
 
Adam Bushman returned to racing at Central Wisconsin Ice Racing Association opener in Fremont, Wisconsin
Adam Bushman returned to racing at Central Wisconsin Ice Racing Association opener in Fremont, Wisconsin
Adam Bushman made quite a return by winning three titles in the pro classes at the Wisconsin Ice Racing state championships. He won the Open Pro, 450 Pro and the GP Pro championships on a nearly perfect weekend in February. His only hiccup resulted from a mechanical failure on the first day of racing. He didn't lose a race, in the heats or in the finals, on the second day. He swept in all three classes en route to the three titles in Wisconsin.

Not too bad for a rider who is recovering from hip surgery. He had two plates and nine screws inserted into his hip after an incident in Peoria, Illinois., last year.

He made his return to racing at the Central Wisconsin Ice Racing Association opener in Fremont, Wisconsin. He made his breakthrough in the Wisconsin state championships a few weeks later.
Adam Bushman's Harley-Davidson XR-750 at AMA Pro Flat Track Grand National Championship in Savannah, Georgia
Adam Bushman's Harley-Davidson XR-750 (left) at AMA Pro Flat Track Grand National Championship in Savannah, Georgia


"I have also been on an extensive training program since November since I was cleared from the doctor," the 22-year old Bushman said. "After Fremont I continued my ice riding training program."

From the Wisconsin state championships, he went to the AMA Pro Flat Track Grand National Championship in Savannah, Georgia. He won the last chance qualifying race on his XR750 to advance to the main event, but mechanical problems forced him out of the race.

"After running second for the majority of the (heat) race I made the pass for the first place spot the final lap taking the win and scoring a spot in my first ever expert twins main event," said Bushman, who lives in Oak Creek, Wisconson. "The main event didn't go so hot, however. We had a mechanical problem forcing me pull off the track." He fared better on his CRF450 and finished in 10th place in the main event race.

"In the expert singles class I also qualified for the main and came up with a 10th place finish starting from the third row," Bushman said. "Following the race we found that our 450 had suffered a blown head gasket."
Adam Bushman at the All Star National race in Volusia, Florida, near Daytona
Adam Bushman at the All Star National race in Volusia, Florida, near Daytona


Bushman had better results at the All Star National in Volusia near Daytona in Florida. He was fifth in the expert singles class race.

"We struggled in Daytona getting our setup down," Bushman said. "Though we didn't make the mains we learned some valuable lessons for next year and left with lots of motivation to improve all aspects of our team for the next races."

Bushman said he had several people to thank for his team's early season success.
Bushman said he wants to compete in the All Star National races and enter as many GNC National events as he can.
Bushman said he wants to compete in the All Star National races and enter as many GNC National events as he can.


"We brought on board some new sponsorship for the 2013 season, which has made it possible for me to compete in the Grand National Championship Expert Class," Bushman said. "B&B Racing jumped on board to become our 2013 title sponsor, providing us with one CRF450 for the GNC Singles Events and two XR750s to compete in at the GNC Twins events."

Bushman said he wants to compete in the All Star National races and enter as many GNC National events as he can.

"Our goals for 2013 are to qualify for as many mains as we can," Bushman said. "Getting into the show is hardest and most important stepping stone of this new class. But I know we can do it."

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"K&N products have been a great addition to our team," Bushman said. "Ice racing requires maximum horsepower from our engines, but it can also be very demanding. Our race machines must be protected from the frigid temperatures, snow, ice and wet conditions that each race may present. K&N's products protect our machines most vital engine parts from these harsh conditions, while increasing the horsepower, resulting in excellent finishes."

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