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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Visit to Bangor’s historic Bass Park next stop for Eastern Snocross Tour Maine’s Queen City set to host points races, Vintage classes
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. (Feb. 28, 2020) — Of all the towns and cities within northern New England’s vast boundaries, one city in the Great State of Maine boasts a rich history of snowmobile racing unmatched across our six state region.
On Saturday and Sunday, March 14-15, the Queen City of Bangor will once again roar to life with finely-tuned racing engines as the new Eastern Snocross Tour (ESXT) invades historic Bass Park. All of Saturday’s finals will be run “Under the Lights,” while Sunday will feature a daytime program.
Spectator gates open at 3:30 p.m. on Saturday, while gates will open at 10 a.m. on Sunday. Admission is $15 per day for adults, or $25 for a weekend pass. Advance sale tickets can be purchased online at https://cmatvtc.ticketleap.com/bangor-snocross/.