DOUG COBY FINALLY BREAKS INTO VICTORY LANE AT RIVERHEAD RACEWAY

DOUG COBY FINALLY BREAKS INTO VICTORY LANE AT RIVERHEAD RACEWAY

RIVERHEAD, N.Y. — It took 20 starts, and close to two decades, but Doug Coby finally parked his car in Victory Lane at Riverhead Raceway on Saturday night, May 15. The six-time NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour champion took the lead from Justin Bonsignore with 25 laps to go in the Miller Lite 200 and drove away from the field to win by over three seconds.

After years of frustration, near victory, and pure determination to succeed, Coby took the entire Mayhew Tools team to the front of the field. The victory was his 30th career in Whelen Modified Tour action — breaking a tie with Bonsignore to give Coby sole possession of sixth place all-time. He is just one victory away from Jeff Fuller.

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Bell, Cameron split Pro finals at High Voltage MX for Rock Maple Racing

Bell, Cameron split Pro finals at High Voltage MX for Rock Maple Racing
Shelton sweeps Semi-Pro classes in delayed season opener

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GREIG, New York (Jan. 31, 2021) — Veteran snowmobile racers Heath Bell and Matt Cameron split the Pro finals over the weekend, as Rock Maple Racing (RMR) opened its 2021 cross country racing season on Saturday at High Voltage MX in Greig, New York. 

Bell, of New Gloucester, Maine, powered his way to victory in the Pro Stock final, with Luke Vaadi (Mannsville, NY) and Dylan Thompson (Lincoln, ME) filling out the podium in second and third. Arctic Cat riders Kenny Murphy (Oswego, NY) and Cameron rounded out the top five. 

Cameron, of Palmerton, PA, started his day by outrunning Bell to claim the Pro Open final. Vaadi capped a solid outing with a third-place finish, with Thompson and Murphy completing the top five. Scott Preston, of Rochester, finished sixth and also won the Pro Am Plus 40 final. 

In Semi-Pro action, Aaron Shelton (Walton, NY) swept the top spots with a brilliant effort. In the Stock class, he held off former snocross regular Austin Kodey (Endicott, NY) and Logan Neill (Hornell, NY) for top honors. In the Improved class, Brock Young (West Glover, VT) claimed second while New Hampshire’s Eric Gleich (Boscawen) filled out the podium in third. 

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Season opener at High Voltage MX on tap for Rock Maple Racing

Season opener at High Voltage MX on tap for Rock Maple Racing
Regional cross-country tour gears up for 6th season

HAMPSTEAD, New Hampshire (Jan. 22, 2021) — Officials at Rock Maple Racing (RMR) are excited to kick off their sixth season of cross-country snowmobile racing on Saturday, Jan. 30, at the popular High Voltage MX facility in Greig, New York.

This venue offers great terrain and ample room for a challenging course layout. Grieg is located in upstate New York’s snowbelt. Series officials regret the late start to this abbreviated season yet have been working behind the scenes in an attempt to provide teams a chance to compete in a safe manner.

“State-enforced restrictions put in place by this awful pandemic have been a challenge for our host sites,” RMR owner and president Tara Saxton said. “It was sad to see our races in Rangeley (Snodeo) and Sherman (Gould Farms) get canceled, but we understand. I’m just grateful that some places will allow us to race.”

On Saturday, Feb. 13, RMR teams will return to the friendly confines of the Young Farms in West Glover, Vermont. Last winter, the series visited this excellent venue with a spectacular view on two occasions. With a lack of snow in most of the region, Vermont’s Northeast Kingdom came through.

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