Schulz hopes to defend Snowmobile Derby World Champion titleSubmitted: 01/21/2017

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EAGLE RIVER - Matt Schulz from Wausau started snowmobiling soon after he could walk. He's been going to the Eagle River World Snowmobile Championships for years.

"I remember on Sundays always coming over and watching the big race on the hill as a little kid, dreaming one day to race in the world championship," said Schulz.

That dream became a reality. He has won two world championships, one in 2010 and one in 2016. This weekend, he is hoping for a three-peat. But it won't be easy. 

"If we get in today and come Sunday there are five or six guys who are really really close, I've got a feeling that it's going to be a heck of a race," said Schulz. 

Snowmobiling is a family sport for Schulz. His grandfather and uncle both raced decades ago. His family and friends help him get ready to race. Brian Delisle works on suspension and handling for the sled. He met Schulz 11 years ago.

"Matt owns a masonry business and I needed some concrete work and I hired him and we kind of just hit it off and became best friends," said Delisle.

Now Schulz, Delisle, and the rest of the team travel all over the northern U.S. and Canada to race. 

This weekend they are focusing on the task at hand--defending the Amsoil World Champion title. And Schulz's motto for the races? 

"Drive it like you stole it," he said. 

Story By: Rose McBride

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