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'Spectacular' race kicks up snow and fun at Viking Speedway (w/video)

Snowmobile racers competed in the Winter Spectacular at the Viking Speedway Saturday. The grandstand was filled with fans. (Echo Press photo by Al Edenloff) 2 / 2

Despite single-digit temperatures, the grandstand at the Viking Speedway was filled Saturday for the Winter Spectacular snowmobile races.

Racers from vintage sleds to championship classes competed both Friday and Saturday. The grand prize for the race was a 2014 BRP Sea-Doo Spark.

Organizers were pleased with how the races went. On Saturday afternoon, they said they were ahead of schedule and very pleased with the crowd turnout.

Drivers had good things to say about the course. "I love it," said Travis Patocka, who traveled from Horsehead, New York to compete. "It's the most fun I've had all year and I got my first win here today." He won the 250 IFSX class.

Brayden Stensrud of Albert Lea was also impressed with the event. "It's a real big course and really nice," he said. "It's a fast track. Just amazing."

Check the Echo Press Sports for follow-up results of the WInter Spectacular.

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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