Day One of AMSOIL Duluth National Snocross Ends in Fireworks

By KBJR News 1

November 25, 2011 Updated Nov 25, 2011 at 9:19 PM CDT

DULUTH, MN (Northland's NewsCenter) - It's about speed, technique, lots of snow and powerful machines.

The AMSOIL Duluth National Sno-cross event is underway at Spirit Mountain this weekend.

Ending day one, Ross Martin and Robbie Malinoski squared-off in the finals of a one-on-one AMSOIL Dominator race.

Malinoski had a rough tumble. He was okay and able to get his sled off the track.

In the end, Martin easily took the win.

Not only do racers get a chance to see how their sleds are running, but the event also pulls about 35,000 people to the Duluth area over the weekend.

That translates to five to $5 to $5.5 million for restaurants, hotels and other businesses.

The snow on the track was ready even before warm temperatures hit.

"The Spirit Mountain snowmaking crew just knows what, when the temperatures right and what to do and get the guns out and get the snow made and away we go," said Gene Shaw of Visit Duluth.

The Amsoil Duluth National Sno-cross event runs through Sunday.

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