Buffalo River Race Park geared up for big SnoCross weekendBuffalo River Race Park, MN (WDAY TV) - It's the best of the best at Buffalo River Race Park for this weekend's ISOC Fargo National Snocross Event, and the Race Park is pulling out all the stops. So just what goes into putting on a one of a kind, nationally televised event like this one?
It's the best of the best at Buffalo River Race Park for this weekend's ISOC Fargo National Snocross Event, and the Race Park is pulling out all the stops. So just what goes into putting on a one of a kind, nationally televised event like this one?
Perfectly groomed trails, last-second tune-ups. Seventy-one ISOC employees making Buffalo River Race Park one of the country's premier SnoCross racing tracks. With little snow up until last week, it wasn't easy.
Jake Haugh – Track Builder, AMSOIL SnoCross: “It's been really tough this year; Mother Nature has been fighting us all the way to the end. We showed up Monday and we were so shocked. It's exciting to see this much snow to work with.”
I'm standing in the middle of more than 3.5 million gallons of manmade snow. In fact, race officials say it's the most manmade snow they've ever seen at an event like this.
Mike Schroeder – ISOC Announcer: “We see the snow here, it's interesting. The track is something the drivers are going to look at and it's going to challenge them.”
It's enough snow to cover the floor of the Fargodome...10-feet tall. Length wise, at about half-mile, this will be the longest track riders have raced around all season. But these racers will be spending more time in the air than they do on the ground.
This weekend more than 100 riders will tear through these man-made monsters, from X-Games champions to ESPY nominees to homegrown heroes.
Buffalo River Race Park will have quite a different look than it did for last year's speedway events.The Race Park built a brand new, two story building behind its bleachers. The building needed to be built in order to house this year's SnoCross event.
It will be both heated and air-conditioned and feature general admission seating. The first floor will be a vending area, and is a bar upstairs.
Kevin Nathe – Buffalo River Park Owner: “This community is very snowmobile oriented; you got factories right up the road, so it was a good fit. It just needed a good venue in this area.”
Races go until 10 PM tonight and pick up again tomorrow from 6 PM until 10 PM.