22nd annual Amsoil Snocross races kicks off at Spirit Mountain

By KBJR News 1

November 29, 2013 Updated Nov 29, 2013 at 11:08 PM CDT

Duluth, Minn (NNCNOW.com) -- Snowmobile racers from across the country were revving up their engines tonight on Spirit for the start of the 22nd Annual Duluth Amsoil SnoCross Races.

"This is the world wide show with over 500 racers so it means quite a bit to this community," said Jeremy Meyer, Race Manager for Amsoil.

Race Organizers say about 30,000 spectators come to watch the race creating quite an economic impact for Duluth.

"There are racers and spectators from literally all over the world coming. It really brings to Duluth about a $5 to 6 million impact. So it's a great event for everybody. It's a great way to showcase our city and it's a ton of fun," said Briana Johnson Marketing Manager for Spirit Mountain.

What would a Snocross race be without a bit of snow?

"They have to pump gallons and gallons of water, the exact number of how much snow they make is unknown to me, but they have been working their butts off for the last three four weeks making a couple of hills out here," said Meyer.

The time spent making the track has not been wasted; the reigning champion says he is very pleased with how the track turned out this year.

"Every year it's different so it's always a surprise when you get here and this year we have had a lot of good snow making weather so we have a lot of snow on the tracks so it's really fun. The hill is rough, but it's a mix of everything so it's a great track for sure," said Tucker Hibbert.

The races will continue through Sunday, and Hibbert says he's excited to get the season going.

"The first race here in Duluth is always a good one."

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