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50th Anniversary of the World Championship Derby Racing Submitted: 01/18/2013
Story By Shardaa Gray

50th Anniversary of the World Championship Derby Racing
EAGLE RIVER - This event for the organizers is not just about racing, it's also about history.

Of course people come all over the country to see the races.

But what they should also know is who created stepping stones for these new racers.

We had a chance to talk with a legend.

Roger Jansen won the World Championship in 1969.

He has raced from West Yellow Stone, Montana to Canada.

He said racing was one job he was glad to get up and do.

"To come back here again and see my old friends is really intriguing for me. A guy gets away from the people and you haven't seen them for a long time." said Jensen.

"And no matter what sled they run and no matter how many times they beat me or lost to me, they're still my good friends."


Paul Vranish traveled all the way from El Paso, Texas.

Meeting legends like Roger is a real treat for him.

"It was heroes like him that got me excited to get into this racing and so you have the thrill of that." Vranish said.

If you would like to see some of the older snowmobiles, you can visit the museum which is right next to the derby track.

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