Thousands gathered at Turtle Creek Casino for the Snocross Championship on Thursday night. Racers from across the world piled into the Grand Ballroom at Turtle Creek for a banquet that featured food, drinks, and a tour of track that would be packed with racers in less than 24 hours.
The crew at Turlte Creek relentlessly worked on getting the course ready, furiously pumping thousands of gallons of water out of snow guns to make sure the track was in premium condition when the racers took their mark on Friday and Saturday.
Though this event has racers from all over the world, a local Northern Michigan racer was extremely excited about the opportunity to showcase his skills on his home turf. I caught up with young Snocross rider Zak Mason who talked about what he expected from the event and how the track would play to his advantage.
Zak, like many other Northern Michigan racers, was very excited to take on the challenge of competing in such an extreme contest.
The track at Turtle Creek was prepped with jumps, wild turns, and a very interesting yet crazy starting line that would ensure the race lived up to its reputation.