Wausau-native Matt Schulz knows what it's like to win a world championship in snowmobiling. But it's something he hasn't felt since 2010.
Schulz has gotten close to lifting the Snow Goer's Trophy in recent years, placing third in last year's race. But he ran into some bad luck in last weekend's TLR cup season opener, despite being the top qualifier in both races.
Schulz didn't finish in race number one and placed last in race two. He hopes that his bad luck is now behind him to bring a world championship back to Wausau.
"You know it's only an hour and a half from Wausau up here so we get a lot of family and friends that come up and watch. It's like home for us," Schulz said.
"It's pretty special and we'd love to bring another one back to Wausau. We had a good run last year and we had a good run the year before. We just got to get in here in time and once we get into the show, it's anyone's race from there. We can have a good run and be there at the end. Hopefully the cards play out and we're in victory lane at the end."
Sunday's world championship field is stacked with former derby winners including Tomahawk's Nick Van Strydonk.
Eagle River is practically home for the 23-year-old who won it all in 2012. Last year, Van Strydonk finished eighth but he has some momentum coming into this weekend's big meet.
Van Srydonk won the first race of the TLR Cup season last weekend in Michigan and he recorded the fifth fastest time in time trials yesterday.
Now number 13 goes for his second title in three years.
"Hopefully, you got a little bit of luck on your side. I think a lot of it comes down to luck because theoretically it's just another race but it seems that every time you come here," Van Strydonk said.
"There is always one race team that has something dumb happens for lack of a better word. It's just something goes wrong that never goes wrong."
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