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Quake and Thunder in Detroit Lakes

Wasted Nights, owned by Rob and Gene Brend, could be coming to the Thunder in Detroit Lakes on June 6.

Be ready for boats and tractors in Detroit Lakes during the June 6-7 weekend.

Quake the Lake will be coming to Detroit Lake just across from Zorbaz with seven classes of boats.

Warmups begin a noon, with races going from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. both days.

What's great for those looking for fun on a budget is that the boat races are free to watch.

"You can refer to it as stimulus racing this year because again we're not changing any admission so people get to come out and have a free weekend's entertainment at the races," said race organizer Ross Rolshoven.

The classes include GT Pro -- "entry class, smaller boats, younger drivers" -- VP75, Formula V, --"the regular type boats with big motors on the back, open cockpit type thing" -- Sport C, Formula 150, SST60 and SST120 -- pretty much capsule boats where you're sitting in center in a capsule and strapped in."

The races open the season for the Twin City Power Boat Association.

"This is one of the better races we have, and to get everyone to come to Detroit Lakes, we want to make this a destination weekend," Rolshoven said. "And for the people from the community and the surrounding areas to come to DL."

In what is becoming a regular event, the Thunder in DL tractor pull is coming to the Becker County Fairgrounds on Saturday, June 6.

Red Valley Pulling Association Vice-President, Tractors, Gene Brend said that his group is coordinating with Quake at the Lake.

"They're a nice bunch of people to work with," Brend said.

Thunder in DL opens the RRVPA season. It runs tractor pulls in Minnesota, including ones in Perham and Park Rapids, North Dakota, and up into Manitoba, Canada.

Brend said that the tractor pull has been going on for at least eight years now and usually gets a crowd of 1,000 to 2,000 people. The pits of the boat race are at the fairgrounds, so he hopes there are a lot of people who check out both.

"We kind of work together," Brend said.

He hopes that Quake at the Lake has a successful time out in Detroit Lakes so that both organizations can work together in future years.

Gates open at 3 p.m., with the action getting started at 6 p.m.

Tickets for Thunder in DL are $10 in advance and $12 at the gate. Those interested in advance tickets for the tractor pull can contact Brend at 847-6882.