Rock Maple Racing XC – Jackman, Maine Results
As spring is creeping upon us, the 2019 cross country snowmobile racing season comes to a close. After a wet and wild weekend in Jackman, Maine Rock Maple Racing XC presented it’s final racing event of the season. Rock Maple Racing XC provided a high speed series consisting of six races on scenic cross country courses throughout the greater Northeast area in their most successful season thus far. As the entry numbers continued to reach new heights, the RMR family grew in supporters, racers, and fans making the season worth all the hard work.
This past Friday and Saturday racers from all over the Northeast, and neighboring Canada gathered to give it one last shot to show off their speed and ambition. Unfortunately, even though the racers were hyped and ready to rip on their sleds, the weather was less than cooperative to provide ideal racing conditions. Warm temperatures and rain leading up to the races, and for part of the races, made for a very slushy and challenging course for their season finale. Although, that didn’t put a damper on the dedicated rider’s need for speed, as they pulled through and finished off our season finale strong. “The Border Riders Snowmobile Club, Long Pond Grooming, and the local businesses in Jackman once again pulled out all the stops to make our race successful despite mother nature’s behavior!” Says Tara Saxton of Rock Maple Racing XC.
With a few setbacks, the competition still remained fierce with RMR’s two day event which consisted of their usual variety of racing classes, but also included two special event races. One of those special season finale races being the Long Pond 250 mile 3 man race, sponsored by Long Pond Camp and Border Riders. Team Long Pond, consisting of Ray Petrin, Ryan Petrin, and Derek Boucher were victorious in placing first in the 3 man race, with Team EDD including racers Eric Gleich, Dylan Thompson, and Derrick Fortier as runner up. The second special event race was the 5 man relay race, totaling about 45 miles for the race. In this race there needed to be five different racers representing five different race classes, with each rider racing one lap. Kenny Murphy, TJ Leach, Matt Cameron, Matt Roop, and Krysti Leach joined forces to become Team 214 and snagged first place in the relay race. Team VPBVC compiled Luke Vaadi, Scott Preston, Travis Brisbin, Chip Vaadi, and Mandy Cole took second place in the Long Pond Camp and Border Riders Relay Race.
The fun didn’t end on the course on Saturday, as the racers took the party to The Four Seasons Restaurant and Lounge in Jackman, where RMR held their annual 2019 Awards Banquet. Dinner and drinks were served, as RMR handed out awards to the combined point top racers of the season for each race. The 2019 Rock Maple Racing XC first place recipients are as follows; Plus 40 champion Brian Caron, Choko Women’s champion Mandy Cole, Ski Doo Sport Factory Stock 600 champion Travis Brisbin, Caliber Plus 30 champion Dylan Thompson, Curve Jr 14-17 champion Bailey Slocum, Grip N Rip Sport Open champion Toby Caron, Voss Signs Masters champion Michael Savage, Nitro Trailers SOO champion TJ Leach, Owens Corning Pro Factory Stock champion Remington Lessard, Woody’s Semi Pro Factory Stock champion Scott Preston, Ingles Performance Pro Open champion Heath Bell, RMR Semi Pro Improved champion Scott Preston, and Precision Marine and Motorsports Jr 10-13 champion Connor Slocum.
Congratulations to all the season’s champions, and to all the hard work and great competition to all the 2019 cross country snowmobile racers. “We thank all our sponsors and racers for their continued support of Rock Maple Racing,” says Saxton. “Without each and everyone of you, our series would not exist, so thanks again and we look forward to working with everyone again for our 2020 race season.”
For the day’s complete racing results visit www.rockmapleracing.com/results. While the Rock Maple Racing season has officially concluded, additional news, sponsorship opportunities and updates can be found at www.rockmapleracing.com Please don’t forget to follow RMR XC on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram to keep up with future seasons winter cross news and events, and be sure to bookmark our new Flickr page to access all of the high def photos from the entire season’s events at www.flickr.com/photos/rmrxc