Wahl Bros. Racing | Performance Products from Performance People
Racing has been a Wahl family tradition for 35 years. Beginning in 1968, Durmont Wahl was an active part of Team Arctic factory racing. He served as a factory technician for some of the Arctic racing heroes including Dave Thompson, Larry Coltom, Bob Elsner and Jim Dimmerman. His brother Dave Wahl started racing in the upper Midwest circuits in the mid-70s. Dave was a dominant force in racing and surprised many a factory-sponsored team with his superior handling and performance race sleds.
In 1981, with the closing of the Arctic Cat factory and the break-up of Team Arctic, Durmont and Dave started Wahl Bros. Racing in Thief River Falls, MN. Later, in 1985, they made the move to Greenbush, MN and have since relocated to a larger facility on the west side of Greenbush.
Campaigning a single track Arctic Cat Sno-Pro snowmobile, Dave continued to win many major Sno-Pro races in both the U.S. and Canada. Switching to a Ski-Doo twin track in 1987, Durmont and Dave put together a team effort that enabled them to consistently finish near the top of the Formula 1 point standings. For the next 10 years Team Wahl became a major strength in oval racing. With the addition of Durmont’s son, Terry, to the team in 1993, Wahl Bros. Racing has qualified over twenty times for the Eagle River World Championship and brought home four World Championship Titles.
Since 1998 Wahl Bros. have been racing for Team Polaris. It has been an exciting change that has produced a World Championship Title in the Mod 500 class and most importantly, a promising future for oval racing.
Hard work, testing, technology and racing have been part of our success. Our online catalog is the latest and most complete listing of parts we have available for performance enthusiasts and racers. Whether private-backed or a sponsored driver, racing on ovals, sno-cross, drags or lake racing, we have the products that keep you ahead of the pack.
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History of Wahl Bros. Racing
1981 With the closing of the Arctic Cat factory and the break-up of Team Arctic, Durmont and Dave started Wahl Bros. Racing in Thief River Falls, MN
1985 Moved business to the east side of Greenbush into the old Quist Ford building. Racing a single track Arctic Cat Sno-Pro, Dave continued to win many major Sno-Pro races in both U.S. and Canada
1987 Switching to a Ski-doo twin track, Dave and Durmont put together a team that would dominate for years to come.
1990 Dave won his first World Championship Race
1991 Terry Wahl, son of Durmont Wahl started driving for Team Wahl
1994 Wahl Bros. Racing was named Snow Week Magazines Team of the Year. Business relocated to a new facility built on the west side of Greenbush.
1996 Between Dave and Terry, Team Wahl won every Formula 1 race in the 1995-96 season. Dave won his 2nd World Championship title and Terry achieved possibly the most prestigious award ever by winning the Boswell Carburation $50,000 bonus which could only be achieved by winning 3 out of 4 designated races. Terry won 3, Dave won the other. Both Dave and Terry were named in the Snow Week Top 10. Built new race shop near existing facility.
1997 Dave won his 3rd World Championship title
1998 Terry won his 1st World Championship title on a Champ 440 which took the place of the Formula 1 class. Team Wahl’s 4th. In the fall, Team Wahl switched factories to race for Polaris Industries.
2000 Dustin Wahl, son of Dave Wahl started driving for Team Wahl, Dave retired from racing
2002 Jordan Wahl, son of Jeff Wahl, grandson of Durmont Wahl started driving for Team Wahl in KC Pro
2005 Durmont and Dave inducted into the Snowmobile Hall of Fame. Brandon Johnson started driving for Team Wahl while Terry Wahl retired.
2006 Patented No-Slip Drive Sprockets
2016 35 Years of Business
Born in 1945 Durmont was the 3rd child of Erling and Helen Wahl. Raised north of Greenbush, Durmont and his brothers experimented with their dad on various projects including sno-planes as well as farmed. In the mid 1960’s Durmont and brother Dennis got their early start in the snowmobile industry when they began working for Martin Johnson, a local subcontractor for Polaris whom welded suspensions for the company.
Durmont and Dennis both had Sno Jet’s which they raced where ever they could. Durmont’s big break with snowmobile racing came in 1970 when Dave Thompson of Team Arctic racing called and asked if Durmont would come work in the Arctic race department. Durmont jumped at the chance. Making the most of this opportunity, Durmont became a mainstay of the Arctic Race Department, specializing in engines and chassis. A key tuner and set-up master as part of the famous teams that produced Arctic Cat Hall of Fame champions like Charlie Lofton, Larry Coltom, Dave Thompson and Bob Elsner. Durmont would stay with the original Team Arctic until they went out of business (temporarily) in August of 1981.
Durmont and younger brother Dave started a partnership in August of 1981 called Wahl Bros. Racing. At first they worked out of Durmont’s garage building their first Wahl Bros. Special that was for sale. They built suspensions and components for oval and drag racing. They did some motor work and built tracks, including replacement tracks for Certified Parts Corp (CPC) while Artic Cat was out of business.
Durmont and Dave continued to grow their business with Durmont primarily building sleds and acting as Crew Chief for Team Wahl Racing which includes famed drivers Dave, his son Terry, grandson Jordan and nephew Dustin as well as Brandon Johnson.
Today, Durmont continues to build race chassis that continue a long standing tradition of success in the industry. Durmont was inducted into the Snowmobile Hall of Fame in 2005.
Dave Wahl #74
Born in 1959 Dave was the youngest of 5 children born to Erling and Helen Wahl. Raised north of Greenbush, Dave followed in the footsteps of older brothers Dennis and Durmont racing snowmobiles. At the age of 12, Dave raced the family’s 340cc single cylinder Arctic Panther. Dave later raced his brother-in-law’s 1974 295 S John Deere. He later raced a 1973 EXT 340 as well as several Arctic Cat factory 250 and 440Z racers before branching off into his highly successful series of racing specials.
The first ever Wahl race chassis was built at the Arctic Cat factory in Thief River Falls. Dave was attending the area vocational tech college for welding and in the evenings worked on the sled which was the original “straight axle” IFS front end design. The sled was powered with a big fin, free-air 440cc Arctic Z motor. After some testing and tuning the sled made its debut at the Super Seer opener in Grand Forks, ND. The only hood they had was from a 1974 John Deere. Coming to the line for the final the sled and its driver looked to be a long shot. Dave and his sled emerged victorious in the 440 Master Circuit SnoPro class. SnoTrack magazine would later report that Dave’s win was a “shocker”. Dave ran the same sled during the rest of the 78-79 season. For the following season Polaris racing legend Larry Rugland helped him mount a new liquid Rotax in the chassis. Dave qualified for the Word Championship in 1980 on his first try but was unable to finish the race due to a lost ski bolt. Dave went on to qualify for the famed World Championship race seventeen times!
In the 80’s Dave and Durmont continued to perfect their race chassis and won many races. In 1990, Dave won his first World Championship title on his Ski-Doo sponsored twin tracker. In 1996 Dave won his 2nd World Championship and in 1997 his 3rd. Dave continued to race through the 2000 season before retiring paving the way for nephew Terry and later his son Dustin to race for the team.
Dave continues to be an important resource in the snowmobile racing industry and is current president of the successful Wahl Bros. Racing enterprise. Dave was inducted into the Snowmobile Hall of Fame in 2005.
Terry Wahl #47
In 1972, Terry was born the youngest son of Durmont and Dyann Wahl. In his younger years growing up in Thief River Falls, MN Terry enjoyed working on anything with an engine including demolition derby cars, bikes and sleds to name a few.
In 1991, Terry began his snowmobile racing career driving an Arctic Jag sled. Terry later raced a Mod 500 moving to a Ski-Doo Formula 1 twin tracker for Wahl Bros. Racing in 1993.
Snow Week Magazine named Terry the Rookie of the Year in 1994. Terry was successful on his Ski-doo Twin Track machine winning many races. In the 1995-96 season Terry and Dave won every race of the season. Terry achieved possibly the most prestigious award ever by winning the Boswell Super Sled $50,000 Bonus which could only be achieved by winning 3 out of 4 designated races that season. Terry won the 3rd at the spring Beausejour race in 1996. Terry was also named in the Snow Week Top 10 that year.
Terry won his World Championship title in 1998 at the Eagle River Derby Track on a Ski-Doo Champ 440 sled.
Terry has made a name for himself at many famed race tracks. He currently holds the record for the most wins at the Canadian Power Toboggan Championship track in Beausejour, MB. Terry won that race seven times between the years 1995-2005. In 2013, Terry’s legendary number 47 was retired at the Grand Prix de Valcourt track. Terry has the honor of holding the record of winning the Valcourt race in Quebec 6 times!
Terry continued the long standing Wahl family tradition in snowmobile racing until his retirement in 2005. Today Terry and his family reside in Greenbush, MN and Terry continues to work at the family business as an integral engineer in the machine and race shop.
Dustin Wahl #74
At the young age of 15, at the spring of 2000 race in Beausejour, MB; Dustin’s dad Dave borrowed a Polaris XCF 440 sled from Andy Moyle for Dustin to give a try. Dustin won that race in the junior class and went on to race his own Polaris XCF 440 sled for Team Wahl in the fall of 2000.
Dustin continued to race his way up the ranks throughout the next couple of years. Dustin raced in the Pro Stock 440 & 600 classes through 2005 racking up numerous wins. In 2002, Dustin jumped on a Champ Lite sled and raced a couple of times before lack of participation in that class put him up in the Champ Pro class.
Dustin immediately found success in the Pro class. In 2007 alone he was named the Snow Week Racer of the Year, was the Millenium/V-Force Champion and WSA Points Champ. Dustin has also won the famed Grand Prix de Valcourt race 3 times on his Pro Champ sled. Dustin simultaneously raced a Formula 1 (600) Open sled winning the World Championship in 2007, 2008 and 2009. Dustin has qualified for the World Championship race 11 times.
Dustin has logged more time on the track than any other driver for Wahl Bros. Racing running multiple classes and sleds throughout his career winning more than 100 races! Dustin officially retired from racing in January of 2017. Dustin and his wife currently reside in Greenbush, MN.
Brandon Johnson #22
Brandon was born in 1985 and in 1992 at the young age of 7 began his racing career in the KC Pro circuit. Brandon raced a stock Arctic Kitty Cat and later a modified sled built by his dad Dale Johnson. Brandon went on to win the Eagle River Kitty Cat World Championship title in 1996. From 1997-99 Brandon ran the Junior Novice class on a Puma 340 in the KC Pro Circuit. From 2000-2004 he ran the SLEDS vintage circuit in northern Minnesota.
In November of 2004 Brandon joined the workforce for Wahl Bros. Racing. With Brandon’s snowmobile racing history he was a natural choice to jump on a Semi Pro Stock 440 sled in 2005 for Team Wahl. Brandon had several successful wins in the Semi Pro Stock classes over the next couple of years and in the spring of 2007 at the Beausejour races he raced a Wahl Pro Champ chassis for the first time.
In 2008, he was the Millenium/V-Force Champion, finished 4th place at the Eagle River World Championships and was named Snow Week’s Rookie of the Year. Brandon went on to be a two time CPTC champ in 2010 and 2011, was a 3 time Wausau 525 Champion and in 2012 was the Sweet Sixteen winner at the Eagle River Derby. Brandon qualified for the World Championship 8 times in his career and retired from racing in 2015.
Brandon is currently the only non-Wahl namesake to ever have raced under the Team Wahl banner. Brandon is like family and continues to be a valuable employee at Wahl Bros. Racing handling special orders and answering many technical calls for our customers.
Jordan Wahl #747
At the age of 8, Jordan; son of Jeff and grandson of Durmont started competing in the KC Pro snowmobile circuit. Jordan found early success as two time KC Pro Points Champion and Eagle River KC Pro Winner in 20??. Jordan went on to race in the 380 Sprint class winning that World Championship title in 2009.
In the fall of 2009, Jordan started racing a Formula 500 sled. This highly popular class made its debut about that time. Jordan dominated this class eventually winning the Formula 500 World Championship at Eagle River in 2011. For the next season Jordan would move to a Polaris Champ 440 in the Pro class. Jordan qualified for the World Championship race in his first attempt racing pro in 2012. Jordan would eventually qualify for 5 World Championship titles.
In 2013, Jordan was named USSA’s Driver of the Year. In addition he was 2nd place in TLR circuit points and placed 2nd at the Eagle River World Championship in 2013. In 2014, Jordan won the Wausau 525 TLR Cup Winner and finished 3rd in the TLR Points Series!
Jordan’s story is yet to be written as the youngest driver on Team Wahl Bros. Racing! To be continued…..