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Local snowmobile race embraces cool temperatures Submitted: 02/23/2018
Erin Beu
Erin Beu
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ebeu@wjfw.com

Local snowmobile race embraces cool temperatures
TOMAHAWK - The near freezing temperatures will help snowmobile racers compete at the 2nd Annual Winter Hatchet Nationals Ice Oval Snowmobile Race at the Tomahawk Speedway.

Last year during the race, temperatures reached far above freezing causing track co-owner Andrew Bartelt to plan ahead.

"I actually covered this entire speedway with tents and stuff like that to block the UV rays. This year we were preemptive and we put a UV blocker in the water which came along with blue coloring so it looks pretty," said Bartelt.

Tomahawk native and snowmobile champion Nick Van Strydonk is excited to be racing in his home town.

"Winning in your home town is kind of something that has always been important to me. I've been doing this a long time. It's different, it's unique and it's nice to know there are people that recognize what we do," said Van Strydonk.

The races began around Friday afternoon and finishes later Saturday.

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