Rock Maple Racing regional cross country series up for sale

Rock Maple Racing regional cross country series up for sale
Opportunity to take over the helm available for 2020-21

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HAMPSTEAD, New Hampshire (Apr. 27, 2020) — An opportunity for those who may consider carrying on a longtime tradition of fun-filled yet competitive snowmobile racing here in the northeast has presented itself in the spring of 2020. 

Rock Maple Racing, the regional sanctioning body for cross country snowmobile racing in this part of the country, is for sale. Due to other business concerns which now require more time than ever, the current owners feel that they can no longer give RMR the proper attention it needs moving forward. 

“We had a great run the last five winters, but our main business, KTM Exteriors and Recycling, is growing to the point where we no longer have the time to do it right,” RMR owner and president Tara Saxton said. “Yet we’re very proud of the strong relationships we built with our host sites, racers and series partners. 

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Eastern Snocross Tour completes successful inaugural season in 2020

Eastern Snocross Tour completes successful inaugural season in 2020
Regional circuit saves sport from extinction in New England

NORTH ADAMS, Mass. (April 4, 2020) — As recently as September and October of 2019, it looked as if the sport of sanctioned snocross racing was on the brink of extinction here in the northeast.

It began back in the winter of 1991-92, when a couple in southern Vermont started the old Rock Maple Racing (RMR) circuit based primarily at Haystack Mountain and a few venues in eastern New York. From those humble beginnings led by Don and Nancy Finck, the series grew into a sizable entity. 

After being carried to new heights by dynamic southern New Hampshire businessman Chuck Minasalli, RMR faded into oblivion when New York businessman Eric Scott and his Connecticut-based partner Bob Roscoe formed East Coast Snocross for the winter of 2009-10.

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Ingles Performance wraps up successful 2019-20 snocross season

Ingles Performance wraps up successful 2019-20 snocross season
Patenaude carries Ingles/Ski-doo colors to ESXT Pro title

PHOENIX, New York (March 30, 2020) — Despite a warmer than average winter across much of the northeast, athletes on the Ingles Performance/Ski-doo snocross team still managed to deliver wins and podium finishes from early December through mid-March. 

Team athletes Leo Patenaude, Adam Ashline, Alissah Ashline, Marco Travaglini and Jake Boutwell all put in stellar performances for the longtime Ski-doo squad from upstate New York. Patenaude, of Hartland, VT, went after the inaugural Eastern Snocross Tour (ESXT) Pro championship, and got it done. 

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Lessard, Thompson sweep top classes in Jackman for Rock Maple Racing

Lessard, Thompson sweep top classes in Jackman for Rock Maple Racing
Bright sun, cold winds highlight cross country season finale

JACKMAN, Maine (March 15, 2020) — Veteran snowmobile racers Remington Lessard and Dylan Thompson swept their respective classes on Saturday, as Rock Maple Racing (RMR) completed the fifth and final round of competition for 2020 at the remote and beautiful Long Pond Camps.

Lessard (Grip ‘N Rip Racing/Ski-doo), of Monmouth, Maine, powered to victory in the premier Pro Open and Pro Stock classes. In the Open final, Vermont-based rider Scott Preston put in a strong effort to finish second, while 2020 points champion Heath Bell (Bell Racing/Ski-doo) settled for third. 

In the Factory Stock race, TJ Leach (Crossfit Beacon/Arctic Cat) crossed the stripe in second, while former snocross standout Ken Murphy (Arctic Cat) filled out the podium with another solid run.

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Season finale in Jackman all that remains for Rock Maple Racing

Season finale in Jackman all that remains for Rock Maple Racing
Bell, Thompson on track to secure points titles

HAMPSTEAD, New Hampshire (March 12, 2020) — After a season full of intense battles and courageous efforts, it all comes down to one final day. Winter is just about over, and for cross country snowmobile racers, it’s time to close it out with one last checkered flag. 

Race teams from around the northeast will converge on the remote northwestern Maine town of Jackman this Saturday, as Rock Maple Racing (RMR) wraps up its 2020 campaign at Long Pond Camps. Jackman, unlike a majority of New England, has received ample snowfall the past few weeks.

Spectator gates will open at 8 a.m., with racing getting under way at 9. Admission is $10 for adults, while children age 10 and under are admitted free. The RMR season finale is hosted by the Border Riders Sportsman Club, with additional support from Hall & Smith Energy, Jackman Power Sports, Long Pond Camps, Royal River Boatyard, Surf & Turf Engineering, Twin Brook Landscaping, Bishop’s Motel, Four Seasons Restaurant, Jackman Auto Parts, Jordan Equipment, Lake Parlin Lodge, Jackman Equipment, the Northland Hotel, Bishop’s Store, EJ Carrier, Inc., Mama Bear Restaurant and Mountain Grooming.

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Bell, Thompson sweep top classes at Young Farms for Rock Maple Racing

Bell, Thompson sweep top classes at Young Farms for Rock Maple Racing
Point chasers add to win totals in snowy Vermont

WEST GLOVER, Vermont (Mar. 2, 2020) — Veteran cross country racers Heath Bell and Dylan Thompson swept the top classes on Saturday, as Rock Maple Racing (RMR) completed Round 4 on the six-race 2020 schedule at the beautiful Young Farms.

Bell (Bell Racing/Ski-doo), of New Gloucester, Maine, won the Pro Open and Pro Stock finals to bring his win total to five for the 2020 season. Remington Lessard (Grip ‘N Rip Racing/Ski-doo), of Monmouth, Maine, followed Bell across the stripe in both finals to claim second. 

Luke Vaadi (Ingles Performance/Polaris), of Mannsville, NY, broke up the Ski-doo party in Pro Open with a solid third-place run, while in Pro Stock it was Portland, Maine’s TJ Leach (Crossfit Beacon/Arctic Cat) who filled out the podium with a strong effort. 

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