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It's part stock car, part Star Wars

Vintage snowmobile racing explodes into Silverton
Austin Gabbert took second in the Sport Stock I category of the Xtreme Mountain Racing's snocross competition Saturday atop Molas Pass. “You're constantly throwing the sled around,” said Shad Petereson, one of around 50 racers to compete in the tour's final stop between Durango and Silverton.
Grace Mathews, 12, is a new vintage snowmobile racer. “It’s loud; it’s fast,” she said with a grin. “I didn’t like the jumps (in snocross), and like I said, it’s fast.”
Shad Petersen traveled from Casper, Wyo., to compete in the Pro Lite Snocross competition Saturday atop Molas Pass, the final stop on this season’s Xtreme Mountain Racing tour. “It’s a young man’s game,” he said of the sport.
Wesley Chapman, left, couldn’t keep up with Taylor Meuwissen of Mayer, Minn., in the Pro Lite Snocross competition Saturday at Molas Lake. Meuwissen took first place on the final stop of this season’s XMR circuit.
Shad Petersen said he’s looking forward to retiring from snocross to compete in vintage snowmobile racing. He recently bought a 1984 Polaris off the side of the road for $150. “(Once) it was all we could do to get rid of them,” said Garrett Neufeld, co-owner. “Now, it’s all we can do to find them.”

It's part stock car, part Star Wars

Austin Gabbert took second in the Sport Stock I category of the Xtreme Mountain Racing's snocross competition Saturday atop Molas Pass. “You're constantly throwing the sled around,” said Shad Petereson, one of around 50 racers to compete in the tour's final stop between Durango and Silverton.
Grace Mathews, 12, is a new vintage snowmobile racer. “It’s loud; it’s fast,” she said with a grin. “I didn’t like the jumps (in snocross), and like I said, it’s fast.”
Shad Petersen traveled from Casper, Wyo., to compete in the Pro Lite Snocross competition Saturday atop Molas Pass, the final stop on this season’s Xtreme Mountain Racing tour. “It’s a young man’s game,” he said of the sport.
Wesley Chapman, left, couldn’t keep up with Taylor Meuwissen of Mayer, Minn., in the Pro Lite Snocross competition Saturday at Molas Lake. Meuwissen took first place on the final stop of this season’s XMR circuit.
Shad Petersen said he’s looking forward to retiring from snocross to compete in vintage snowmobile racing. He recently bought a 1984 Polaris off the side of the road for $150. “(Once) it was all we could do to get rid of them,” said Garrett Neufeld, co-owner. “Now, it’s all we can do to find them.”
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