It's Derby Weekend!
Picture from Eagle River World Championship Derby Facebook page
For 52 years Eagle River has lived up to its title as “Snowmobile Capital of the World™”, when it launched the 2015 AMSOIL Eagle River World Championship Derby Races. This past weekend the snowmobiles that lit the racing fever were celebrated as the 2015 Woody's Traction Eagle River World Championship Derby Vintage Races were held Jan. 9-11. The winner of the 2015 World Vintage Champion is Matt Goede, from New Germany, Minn. racing on a Polaris Starfire.
Starting Thursday, Jan. 15, snocross and oval racing practice begins at 8:00 AM and racing begins at 2:00 PM with the first snocross and oval racing rounds at the Derby track.
An exciting Friday begins at 9:00 AM with round two of the races. Several of the classes will have finals later at Friday Night Thunder.
Saturday, the Snocross finals will be held and at 2 PM during the AMSOIL World Championship Top 10 qualifying race. After these races, the track will have a “knock down” in preparation for Sunday’s oval finals and the Championship race that begins at 3:00 PM.
Of course, there is much more at the Derby track for spectators to enjoy. There is the fantastic indoor Derby Expo Hall where vendors show off the latest and greatest in snowmobiles, accessories and gear. It is also home to the newest addition to the Derby Expo Hall, the Derby Loft. This is an inside dining and drinking arena providing Derby attendees with a much needed accommodation that opened in time for the 50th Championship Derby.
There are also the very popular Hotseats that are enclosed, heated seating, elevated for a premier view of the racing action. They also feature in-box refreshments for the spectators.
If you are unable to attend in person, there is also a live feed of the races that is available online and presented by Woody’s. Sign up for the feed at http://www.derbytrack.com/live_video_feed/.
You can also purchase different classes of tickets online at www.derbytrack.com including daily and weekend general admission tickets, motorhome parking and Hotseat tickets.
Saturday night, the Sno-Eagles, the Eagle River snowmobile club, will host a ride leaving the TrackSide parking lot, which is located opposite the Derby Track on Route 45, at 5:30 PM. The ride will proceed south on Trail 13S and will make a stop at the Railroad Depot.
The ride will then continue south and pick up Trail 10E and head east to the ERRA Sports Arena, the “Dome”. Participants are encouraged to adorn their sleds with decorative lighting. Participants are further encouraged to stay and watch the Falcons Mosinee hockey game or head out on their own to enjoy the trails or local establishments. Miss Sno-Eagle will be on hand to meet all.
It’s going to be a great weekend of racing thrills and snowmobiling camaraderie and as a super bonus – the weather is supposed to be very nice! Be sure to check on the derby website at www.derbytrack.com for all the exciting details. Also visit their Facebook page at: https://www.facebook.com/DerbyTrack for current updates.
Have a wonderful time!