It all comes down to Sunday. The lifelong goals of young racers and their hard-working team members, plus their anxious and excited family members, fans and friends, will be played out on the banked ice oval for the 56th time. In the end, a World Champion will be crowned, and history will be made.

       The field for Sunday’s Eagle River World Championship was determined through days of qualifying races, after months and years of planning, building, training and scheming. The field includes a two-time past champion in Nick Van Strydonk; the defending champion, Blaine Stephenson, hoping to prove last year’s surprise victory was no fluke; two-time defending national points champ Gunnar Sterne and many more. The front row starters (and thus this tip sheet) does NOT include the fastest driver from two weeks ago at Ironwood – Cardell Potter. He’ll have to try to earn a second-row starting position in Sunday’s noon-time last-chance qualifier. Last time he was in that situation here was in 2015 – when he won his world championship and put his name on the Snow Goer Cup!

      The Snow Goer Tip Sheet is here to add to the fun and to help you feel smart, with fictional odds on each front row starter. Make your picks on the Snowmobile Racing Challenge game (and side bets?!), then read the blow-by-blow action with racer quotes Sunday evening on SnowGoer.com – the No. 1 source for all snowmobiling information.

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Nick Van Strydonk
Nick Van Strydonk, #13 Polaris from Tomahawk, Wisconsin: Popular two-timer has been fastest all weekend; excels on rough track & long races       ODDS: 2-1
Blaine Stephenson, #102 Polaris from Hutchinson, Minnesota: Defending champ has started season strong, won his heats and semifinal ODDS: 3-1
Glen Hart, #51 Ski-Doo from Winnipeg, Manitoba: Quick starter is fast out of turns, strong as a bull and doesn’t back down to anyone ODDS: 5-1
Colt Dellandrea, #53 Ski-Doo of Sundridge, Ontario: Timed-in well, won his semi-final and proved last year he can run at the front ODDS: 6-1
Gunnar Sterne, #220 Ski-Doo from West Chicago, Illinois: Defending TLR Cup points champ is a consummate front-runner on great equipment ODDS: 6-1
Travis MacDonald, #8 Ski-Doo from Gonor, Manitoba: Veteran driver with notable history, but has struggled at the Derby in finals. ODDS: 8-1
Brendon Grendzinski
Brendon Grendzinski, #7c Ski-Doo of Weston, Wisconsin: Ran some impressive laps but is making his World Championship debut ODDS: 9-1
Tom Olson snowmobile
Tom Olson, #39 Polaris from Lodi, Wisconsin: Rookie Pro Champ driver has the great Wahl Bros racing team behind him. ODDS: 10-1
Stephen Marquis, #37 Ski-Doo from Cookshire, Quebec: In final for second-straight year, trying to be first Quebec winner since Villeneuve ODDS: 12-1
Jake Beres
Jake Beres, #23 Polaris, of Milwaukee, Wisconsin: Impressive run to the W.C. but is outgunned on his XLT-colored Pro-Lite sled ODDS: 15-1

 

 

 

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