Ice Harvest 440

Lakes area residents will have one more opportunity this season to enjoy some vintage snowmobile racing, with the return of the Ice Harvest 440 to Little Detroit Lake on Saturday, Feb. 23.

Ready, set... racers lined up in their vintage sleds for the start of a heat during last year's Ice Harvest 440 in Detroit Lakes. Organizers estimated there were between 600-650 people in attendance at the event. (Submitted Photo)

Ready, set... racers lined up in their vintage sleds for the start of a heat during last year's Ice Harvest 440 in Detroit Lakes. Organizers estimated there were between 600-650 people in attendance at the event. (Submitted Photo)

There was plenty of excitement at the inaugural Ice Harvest 440 in February 2018, as racers rounded the corner of the oval pond racing track on Little Detroit Lake. (Submitted Photo)

There was plenty of excitement at the inaugural Ice Harvest 440 in February 2018, as racers rounded the corner of the oval pond racing track on Little Detroit Lake. (Submitted Photo)

Ice oval pond racing returns to Little Detroit Lake on Saturday, Feb. 23, with the second annual Ice Harvest 440 getting underway at noon. (Submitted Photo)

Ice oval pond racing returns to Little Detroit Lake on Saturday, Feb. 23, with the second annual Ice Harvest 440 getting underway at noon. (Submitted Photo)

"It's our second annual event," said organizer Jeff Jasperson, adding that the event's sanctioning body, the Central Minnesota Pond Racing (CMPR) Association, has once again decided to make the Detroit Lakes race the culminating event of its 2019 racing season, which runs through January and February.

"They have five races during the season, located throughout central Minnesota," Jasperson said. "The Detroit Lakes race is the series points championship... They're paying out $15,000 in prize money to the successful racers placing first, second and third (in cumulative points)."

Like last year, registration for the race is set to start at 9 a.m., with hot laps running from 9-11 a.m., and the drivers' meeting at 11:30. Racing action will get underway promptly at noon.

All of the racing will take place on an oval ice track set up on Little Detroit Lake, near Hub 41 restaurant, which is one of the event's sponsors, along with AmericInn and Maptracks. 

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