A long weekend of snowmobile racing came to an end in Eagle River with the 50th running of the Amsoil Snowmobile World Championships.
In a close finish, it was Malcolm Chartier from Marine City, MI who won it all and a former champion from Wausau getting a spot on the podium as well.
The race ran an hour behind schedule with the world championship not starting until after 4 p.m. The 30 lap race had three red flags. But Chartier maintained focus and won by less than a second.
"I started on the pole. It was great, being up front, clear sailing. It makes it a lot easier," Chartier said.
"But you still got to do 30 laps real fast. It's crazy, I feel like I'm in a dream right now. It's a great feeling."
Wausau's Matt Schulz was in second after ten laps, eventually finishing third.
"Real proud of third place here, we'll take it and move on," Schulz said. "Last year, we came in and had a real good sled and came up second. So just a little short here again."
Oddsmakers gave Matt Schulz 4-1 odds of winning the World Championship but for now he'll take his third place finish back home as he gets set to compete in the Wausau 525 championship next weekend.
2012 Champion Nick Van Strydonk finished in 8th place while four-time champion P.J. Wanderscheid finished ninth. Wanderscheid was battling multiple injuries coming into the race.
Here are the times of the top four finishers:
1. Malcolm Chartier, Marine City, MI - 20:41.288
2. Jordan Wahl, Greenbush, MN - 20:41.382
3. Matt Schulz, Wausau, WI - 20:41.383
4. Dustin Wahl, Greenbush, MN - 20:42.178
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