Snocross National Championship returns, pros and amateurs blast off in Shakopee

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The Snocross National Championship is back at Canterbury Park in Shakopee after COVID-19 canceled plans last year.

More than 300 professional and amateur riders will be competing in the snowmobile racing event this weekend.

Amateur riders and pros suit up and start their engines to race to the finish line.

"It’s like being on a rocket ship. They go pretty quick. It’s fun," Devin Denman, Snocross rider, said. "Don’t fall off. That’s key."

It’s Denman’s fifth season riding in Snocross.

Riders travel to Canterbury Park from across the globe to race in the largest snowmobile competition in the country.

"These snowmobiles are jumping 100 ft. in distance and 25 ft. in the air and they’re going really fast. They make it look easy. But believe me, it’s a pretty skilled experience," Carl Schubitzke, Amsoil Championship Snocross president, said.

The race track was quiet last year after COVID-19 put the competition on hold.

"It’s amazing like all week there’s just been a smile on my face because it’s exciting to be back," Schubitzke said.

It was a warm welcome back with freezing temperatures.

"We’re on a race team so it’s not too bad. The clothes we have keep us pretty warm," Trent Hagen said.

Despite braving the cold temperatures, fans and riders say they’re happy to be back on the track.

On Saturday, Snocross is from 9 a.m. to 9:45 p.m. The pro show begins at 6 p.m.