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Snowmobile races beat the weather in Eagle River

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From fans to racers, there was a lot of energy at the Amsoil Derby Track in Eagle River.

The 10th Annual Vintage Snowmobile Race had competitors fine tuning their engines, just before they hit the track.

"You've got to be really on top of your stuff up here, cause if you're a tenth or so off, these guys are just going to walk the dog on you, you aren't going to be able to run with them," said Racer, Cody Wunderlick.

Racers like Wunderlick said it's something they look forward to all year long.

"The more we got into it, the more we learned about it, we actually started having a blast, you know," said Wunderlick.

Although we've seen warmer weather over the past week, racers and organizers said they aren't concerned. In fact, they said it actually makes for a better race track.

"When it's warm out, the track stays way more consistent than a cold track," Amsoil Derby Track President, Chuck Decker.

Racers said they've noticed the difference.

"Ice was pretty soft, had a lot of traction the first couple of nights, and now it's getting colder out here and so we should have a pretty good race track today," said Wunderlick.

Which gave fans a chance to catch a great show.

"We watched the younger kids and then the super-seniors and now it's just everybody else is out there," said Spectator, Lacy Christianes.

Snowmobilers said the conditions made it easy to pass through lap after lap.

"Race track's held up really good, can't ask for more," said Wunderlick.

Making the real focus of the event, not on the weather, but on finding a way to win.

"You're out there to go as fast as you can, make sure you can go around the corner," said Wunderlick.

As racers battled it out for the grand prize.

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