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Akeley Ice Racing entices speed demons from around Minnesota

Driver Tony Sauer’s car took a bang on the first go round the ice, disabling the vehicle, while fellow drivers wrangled for top points. (Jean Ruzicka / Enterprise)1 / 2
Colorful jalopies collide on ice before a noteworthy audience, Bob Larose’s V8 no exception. He finished 17th Saturday. (Jean Ruzicka / Enterprise)2 / 2

More than 30 cars and drivers arrived Saturday for Akeley Ice Racing events, V8s and 4-cylinder coupes heading out on 11th Crow Wing Lake for some frolics on ice.  Drivers now come from Park Rapids, Longville, Laporte, Bemidji, Hackensack, Walker, Akeley – and the Twin Cities to compete in the two classes.  Races begin at noon and run through the afternoon.  The second week standings for V8s had Rick Hanson first, in car 81, earning 121 points; Chad Tabaka, second, car 86, 119 points; John Hadrava, third, car 17, 115 points, and Earl Dagestad, fourth, 69, with 71 points.  In the new 6-cylinder class, Austin Bredeson was first, in car 43, with 136 points; Josh Seely, second, car 2, 88 points; Dylan Ramirez, third, car 3, 84 points, and Butch Sautbine, fourth, car 82, 70 points.  For a complete list of results each week, go to Akeley Ice Racing on Facebook.  Proceeds from the event benefit area organizations.

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