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51st Snowmobile World Championship Preview: Local racers vying for a title

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23 pro snowmobile racers from all over the U.S. and Canada are in Eagle River this weekend and they're all vying for the same goal, the 2014 World Championship title.

Sunday's feature race is considered to be the Daytona 500 of snowmobile racing.

Everyone from the track owner to guys racing these 375+ pound sleds are pumped for the race that everyone calls the big one.

"This is the biggest snowmobile race. It's where world champions are crowned," says track owner Chuck Decker." You gotta be here and race to become a world champion. The best of the best are here and they're wound up, they're excited, they're ready to go."

Tomahawk's Nick Van Strydonk and Wausau's own Matt Schulz will be looking to bounce back from last weekend's race in Michigan, where the two were involved in a wreck that's leaving both of them hungry for a win on Sunday.

"I think the main thing we wanna do is make sure that the sled is going to work for the rest of the season," says Van Strydonk. "We had a real nasty crash last weekend and the boys worked real hard to get the sled back together. We just wanna make sure we go out and make it a safe race."

"Last weekend in Ironwood, we had a good run on Saturday and blew a belt," recalls Schulz.  Sunday we had a good run going too, we just got tangled up with Nick there. So really we've had good runs every week. We've been in the top three every week, just gotta get the finishes."

Thursday's time trails and heat races will set the drivers up for Friday Night Thunder. The winner of that race will win the pole position for Sunday's world championship race. Every other driver must qualify for their starting position on Saturday.

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