Snowmobile drivers got one "Last Dance" at the Derby TrackSubmitted: 03/11/2018
Katie Leszcynski
Katie Leszcynski
Sports Reporter/Anchor

Snowmobile drivers got one
EAGLE RIVER - Each spring, Chuck Decker looks out at his derby track in Eagle River and thinks 'can we have another race?' 

Well this year, he tried it. The USSA series added a race at the Derby Track called "The Last Dance". 

Matt Schulz made the decision to retire from snowmobile racing. But when he heard there was a new race at the Derby Track, he wanted back in.

"They called it 'The Last Dance' and it kind of made me, it made sense for us to dig one of my old sleds out," said Schulz.

The Decker's are hoping this will be a yearly tradition, but it will be weather permitting. On Saturday, the sun was warm, but they were able to race one last time.

"The weather's been holding out and trails are even open so why not?" said Schulz.

Nick Van Strydonk is no stranger to the famous Derby Track. He races in the TLR series which ended last weekend. But he never says no to Eagle River.

"Try a bunch of stuff that you might not have wanted to try during the World Championship and it's another race �" that's what we do in the winter time, we race," said Van Strydonk.

Knowing Van Strydonk would be there was another motivation for Schulz to make a return.

"We didn't want Nick to come up here and just take it away so we wanted to come up and try and give him a run for his money," said Schulz.

Not many people can give Van Strydonk a run for his money, but Schulz came close. Nick took first and Matt took second on Saturday.

"All in all, I think it was a pretty successful season and we stayed uninjured, which is the big thing for me now," said Van Strydonk.

With no injuries, that meant he was able to take one "last dance".

"Any chance you get to run at Eagle River is kind of like a blessing," said Van Strydonk.

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