EAGLE RIVER - The most prestigious race in oval track snowmobiling didn't disappoint. Four previous winners were in the field and for the World Championship, that past success proved to make a difference.
Twelve drivers with the hopes of their name being inscribed on the trophy.
On green last year's winner Malcolm Chartier sped into the lead but behind him Colt Dellandrea's sled took a nasty tumble and he was done for the day.
On the second start Chartier again won the drag race to the first turn. Matt Schultz of Wausau was in second and Tomahawk's Nick Van Strydonk moved up to third.
But just before the scheduled break after 10 laps, Van Strydonk's sled came to a stop in turn three.
To continue in the race, he picked up the back of his sled and started pushing. The crowd cheered loudly for Nick and when he made it there he collapsed and the crew quickly got to work on a broken belt.
The field lined up again for the final 20 laps. Chartier continued to build his lead and by lap 23, he was ahead by about 3 seconds.
Chartier never wavered and pumped his fist becoming the 8th back to back champ. Shultz took second, Travis MacDonald third, Van Strydonk finished in 8th.
RHINELANDER - Hodag Park received a sizable donation Thursday morning. New sand was dropped off to help the Rhinelander Parks Department grow the beach back to its original shape.
There were thousands of pounds of sand dropped off and spread out. There was a high need for this because of all the rain we've had this season.
"It was getting in pretty poor shape and washing out more and more, but this year especially, it just seems like we've lost a lot of sand. So now we're going to shape it up nicely and hopefully it'll last the year," said Rhinelander Parks Director, Jeremy Biolo.
All of that sand was donated and delivered by a company in Rhinelander.
"Musson Brothers, Inc. donated all the sand and they said we could help ourselves to as much as we want, which is unbelievable because this beach really needed some work," said Biolo. "Every little bit like that helps our community out and it improves the community. It's awesome that the Musson Brothers stepped up and would do that for us."
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