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Rhinelander's Justin Ernst wins the 2018 Vintage Snowmobile ChampionshipSubmitted: 01/14/2018
Story By Mark Spillane

Rhinelander's Justin Ernst wins the 2018 Vintage Snowmobile Championship
EAGLE RIVER - Competitors traveled from all around the world for the vintage snowmobile world championships this weekend. When the final race ended in Eagle River, the champion was just a short drive from home. Rhinelander native, Justin Ernst, crossed the line in first place to capture the championship. After the race, Ernst tried to describe his excitement.

"This is the biggest deal in vintage, this is the biggest race, the biggest prize, there's 49 entries and I got the top spot. How can you replace that? It's so awesome," said Ernst.


Most competitors travel from other areas of Wisconsin, Minnesota or even Canada to compete. Ernst said he's proud to represent the Northwoods as the champion.

"Nobody around this area has done it. Nobody. Everybody comes from every other state to do this and I live right here. It's fantastic. All of my friends are here, my wife, my youngest child," said Ernst.

Ernst finished second in the vintage world championship race last year. The track will now host the 55th world championship snowmobile derby this coming weekend.

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