DEADWOOD | Extreme sports fans should head to Deadwood this weekend, as the U.S. Air Force Deadwood Snocross races return.

The annual snowmobile and snowbike races take place Friday and Saturday at the Days of '76 Rodeo Grounds.

Now in its sixth year, the event is part of the International Series of Champions Amsoil Championship Snocross Series. Deadwood Snocross Showdown is the fourth event in the series, and regularly draws more than 150 racers and 4,000 or more viewers.

Snocross is a racing sport using high-performance snowmobiles on tracks marked by tight turns, banked corners, jumps and obstacles. 

Event organizers say the event in Deadwood is one of the most popular, as professional snocross racers from all over the globe battle for the championship. 

Attendees can also check out the latest gear and gadgets from snowmobile and power sports vendors. The 2018 snowmobiles will be unveiled, and there will be games and activities for the entire family.

CBS Sports will be also on site to record the two-day event for the CBS Sports Spectacular Program. For a schedule of the TV show, visit snocross.com.

Gates open at noon Friday, and races and practices are scheduled to begin at 12:50 p.m. The final race of the day is scheduled to start at 9 p.m. On Saturday, gates open at 8 a.m. Races and practices are scheduled to start at 8:25 a.m., with the final race scheduled to start at 8:55 p.m.

Two-day general admission passes are $40 for ages 13 and up, or $10 for ages 6-12. Single-day tickets are $20 for ages 13 and up or $5 for ages 6-12.  

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