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Snowmobile drivers tested their engines while waiting in line for their race to begin at the Winter Spectacular Saturday. (Al Edenloff/Echo Press)1 / 3
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Saturday’s snowmobile races packed the Viking Speedway grandstands even though the temperature was only about 5 degrees. 3 / 3

It was hard to tell what was flying faster – the clouds of snow swirling around the Viking Speedway or the revved up snowmobiles that were at the center of the action.

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Snowmobile drivers from around the country competed in the Winter Spectacular Friday and Saturday, some of them reaching speeds of more than 100 miles per hour.

Organizers brought back the races here after the Dayco Holiday Spectacular ran at the speedway from 1974 to 1984.

The competition covered several different classes, from vintage sleds to championship classes. Nearly 400 drivers competed.

Organizers said they were pleased with the turnout. Crowds packed the grandstands on Friday and Saturday, despite single-digit temperatures.

Turn to today’s Sports for a feature story about the event. Read about a local driver who was a winner, another driver who had a close call after being knocked off his sled, and if organizers plan to repeat the race next year.

Al Edenloff
Al Edenloff is the news and opinion page editor for the Echo Press. He was born in Alexandria and lived most of his childhood in Parkers Prairie. He graduated with honors from Moorhead State University with a degree in mass communications, print journalism. He interned at the Echo Press in the summer of 1983 and was hired a year later as a sports reporter. He also worked as a news reporter/photographer. Al is a four-time winner of the Minnesota Newspaper Association's Herman Roe Award, which honors excellence in editorial writing.  
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