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      North America's largest boat race comes to the U.P.

      It's hard to take your eyes off the racers at the Outboard Nationals as they whip around the turns and glide along the water at speeds up to 90 miles an hour.

      But this morning's heats got off to a bumpy start for racers involved in a three-boat crash that sent one to the hospital with minor injuries. Tim Sidor was one of those racers in the crash.

      "It was too narrow, not enough room for all the boats in the first turn, and I ended up blowing up, and there was nothing I could do," says Sidor.

      But the races go on, and the drivers say, although it's a dangerous sport, they simply can't get enough.

      "I'm 66 years old, been doing it for 43 years and I love it. It's a great feeling! You're in a 12-foot boat going over 60 miles an hour, and it's so much fun," says Thomas Nuccio, one of the racers.

      About 400 racers are in Wakefield for the Outboard Nationals this week. The Wakefield Chamber of Commerce say that with all the families, spectators, and crews in town, the population nearly doubles from about 2,000 to 4,000 people.

      "We're so fortunate to have this lake right here in town; the racers like it here," says Suzanne Backman of the Wakefield Chamber of Commerce.

      And she's right. Racers say Sunday Lake has the perfect conditions for the nationals because it's warm, shallow, and long.

      The races will continue on Sunday Lake until Saturday. Admission is free and open to the public.