Tomahawk Speedway track holds strong for full day of racing at the Inaugural Winter Hatchet Nationals Submitted: 02/26/2017
TOMAHAWK - Dirt track racing fans know one of the best places in the Northwoods is Tomahawk Speedway.

But this weekend snowmobiles took center stage as the track held the first Winter Hatchet Nationals.

Record high temperatures in recent weeks created concern that the track may not hold up.

Crews worked around the clock to make the racing possible and it paid off.

"Can't believe, I just can't believe it how well the weekend came off, especially with the record temperatures we had. We had to do so much to save this ice, we hash-tagged this thing online as 'Miracle on Ice 2'," said Tomahawk Speedway Co-Owner Andrew Bartelt.

After days of poor weather conditions for the ice track, Friday's snowstorm was the perfect boost that crews needed to get the track ready.

"God blessed us, and Andy has had the perseverance, it was always 'this is going to happen, this is going to happen' and it happened," said Co-Owner Marilyn Fanetti.

Several hundred spectators attended throughout the weekend.

Gunnar Sterne from West Chicago, Illinois captured the checkered flag in the championship race Sunday afternoon.

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