Updated: 01/04/2013 7:13 AM KSTP.com By: Todd Wilson
Brandon Kulquist is in the process of sculpting a master piece. he is one of two men responsible for grooming this snocross track.
"It takes a lot of practice and getting used to to make everything,that rolls nice so it's safe for us to drive over and safe for the riders," Kulquist said.
Mother nature provided some snow but organizers were forced to make the rest.
The course is an oval that's about 1/8th of a mile around. It has a rhythm section and a 80 foot table top jump. 300 professional and amateur racers will go for a win.
Last years race almost didn't happen because of a lack of snow. But it actually ended up being one of their best years.
"We had twelve to fourteen thousand fans last year. We are actually ahead right now on advance sales."
The race means big business. Dave Cizek is the owner of the Culver's restaurant right across the street from the track. He says, from gas stations, to hotels and restaurants, all see an increases in sales.
"Last year we were up about 20% on sales from the previous year. It does bring a lot of excitement to the area," Jeff Maday of Canterbury Park said.
And excitement is what snocross is all about, and it's time to race.
Gates open at 10 a.m. Friday for day one of the two-day event. Click here for the schedule and more information.