Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Season Finale this weekend for Rock Maple Racing

As the last remnants of what turned out to be a mild and much shorter than normal winter quickly disappear, regional snocross teams are focused on the best possible conclusion to their season.

For some, a solid weekend will mean a class title, while the rest hope to pick up a win or podium finish. Athletes of all ages and ability levels will squeeze the throttle one last time, as Rock Maple Racing (RMR) puts a wrap on the 2009-10 season March 27-28 at the beautiful Peek‘n Peak Resort & Spa in Findley Lake, New York.

Spectator gates will open at 8 a.m., with racing getting under way promptly at 9 a.m. Admission is $12 per day for adults. Children age 10 and under will be admitted free with a paying adult. Pit passes valid through the entire weekend are available for an extra $10.

Leading the charge into Findley Lake are Pro riders Mathieu Morin and Bobby LePage. The two veteran racers with national experience have been dominating the circuit all winter, and will fight to the last lap for points titles in Pro Stock and Pro Open. Other hot riders to watch include multi-time champion Jason Boron, defending points champion Danny Poirier and rookie sensation Brennan Berardo as they look to steal the spotlight at Peek‘n Peak.

Riders to watch in the ultra-competitive Semi-Pro division include points contenders Corin Todd, Lincoln Lemieux and Michael George. These three have thrilled fans all season with their ski-to-ski battles and high-flying performances. Others to watch include Cody Flach, Ash Woskob, Tim Randall, Nate Leclaire, Danny Graves and Andrew Bailey.

Along with the exciting competition from Pro and Semi-Pro riders, fans at Peek ’N Peak will also enjoy plenty of great racing from RMR’s Sport, Women and Junior divisions. Children ages 6 to10 will also race their 120cc sleds on a smaller track, making for a fun-filled weekend of family entertainment.

Last year at Peek‘n Peak, Lucas Brunelle swept the Pro finals. The Quebec-based rider had been racing in Semi-Pro all season on Rock Maple’s Central circuit, but bumped up a division for what was actually the West series points finale for 2008-09.

Warren Achman prevailed in a hotly-contested Pro Vet final, holding off Joe Sickler and Clyde Peek for the win. Michelle Lemieux continued her impressive season with another win in the Pro Women final. Lemieux, of Cabot, VT, out-gunned Amanda Kirchmeyer and Janell Smith for top honors. Conveniently located just a short drive from several major interstate highways, the Peek’n Peak Resort & Spa is home to winter’s perfect playground. This multi-generational gathering place is ideal for families and groups looking to enjoy the snow on and off the slopes.

Along with a host of restaurants, a ski school, indoor pool and playground, the mountain offers 27 perfectly-groomed trails serviced by eight lifts. Peek’n Peak also features miles of cross-country terrain for skiing and snowshoeing. To learn more, visit them online at www.pknpk.com.

Monday, March 8, 2010

Boron sweeps Pro finals in Barton for Rock Maple Racing

BARTON, VT (Mar. 8, 2010) — For more than a dozen years, Jason Boron has been racing snowmobiles all over the northeast. He’s won in just about every state that has ever hosted a race, and continues to add more victories to his region-leading statistics each winter.

Boron (D&Z Racing/Ski-doo) brought his winning reputation to northern Vermont last weekend, sweeping the Pro finals as Rock Maple Racing (RMR) completed Round 8 on the 2009-10 schedule Sunday afternoon at the Orleans County Fairgrounds.

The nine-time champion (Pro and Semi-Pro classes) from Leverett, Massachusetts, got things revved up in Saturday’s Pro Stock final. New York native Jason Rudd grabbed the holeshot and led the first two laps. Boron found a better line through the rhythm section and sailed on by, then pulled steadily away to the checkered.

In Sunday’s Pro Open final, Boron launched off the line like a rocket and led every lap. Former RMR standout Adam Sedlmeier, now riding a Polaris for Team Southside, acted like he’s never missed a race and came home second, while Rudd capped a solid weekend in third. Yes, it was a throwback to the good old days with these well-known riders on top.

Action in the Pro Vet class brought back some memories, as well. Former RMR rider Todd Smith made a triumphant return to racing in Barton. Smith, of Derry, N.H., checked out on Joe Lemieux to claim Sunday’s final, while Maine veteran Jason Soucy filled out the podium. Steffanie Lemieux closed in on another title in Pro Women, as she held off weekly rivals Paige Calderwood and KC Anderson for top honors.

In Semi-Pro action at Barton, local favorite Lincoln Lemieux was on top of his game. The rising star from nearby St. Johnsbury grabbed the holeshot in Saturday’s Open final, with points rival Corin Todd right on his bumper. Todd had a rare off-sled experience in this one, allowing Michael George a chance to hunt down Lemieux. He came up short and settled for second, while New York rider Cody Flach worked his way up to third.

Flach had the race of his season in Sunday’s Semi-Pro Stock final. The number one qualifier slotted into second behind Ash Woskob, quickly moved into the lead and stayed there until a late-race bobble cost him the win. Woskob notched his first career RMR victory, while Todd and Lemieux claimed second and third respectively.

Chris Coleman is another one of those rising stars beginning to turn heads in the Sport division. The talented racer from Albany, NY, won Sunday’s Super Stock final ahead of some pretty stiff competition.

While weekly strongmen Jake Scott, Jesse James Bonaduce and Chris Ingles all missed the podium, Coleman was happy to rule the roost. Bruce Gaspardi Jr. (second) and Aaron Adams (third) comprised a different-than-usual top three. Scott won Saturday’s Super Stock final ahead of Bonaduce and Adams, then added the Sport Stock 600 final to his successful outing.

In Junior division action over the weekend, usual suspects Montana Jess and Ed Bandel recorded multiple victories. Jess, of Westminster, Mass., held off Hunter Patenaude and Wade Acker to claim Saturday’s 10-13 Stock 380 and 600 Fan finals, then repeated the feat Sunday to make it a four-win weekend. Bandel, of Mohawk, NY, surpassed those numbers with two wins Saturday and four more Sunday, while Abigail Catlin, Mason Pierce and Tucker Olsen also posted final round wins.

Other final round winners over the weekend in Barton include Joe Bishop (Sport 500); Rene Desrochers (Plus 35 Masters); Daryl Nutting (Plus 25 Stock); Mason Pierce (Jr. 8-10 300 Freestyle Sunday); and Sam Potter (Trail 600 Saturday and Sunday).

Rock Maple Racing would like to thank the Orleans County Fair Association for hosting two back-to-back weekends of racing. Also deserving a special thanks are the Desrochers, Lemieux and Patenaude families for their efforts to make conditions more favorable last weekend. In a mild winter like this, adequate snow for racing and dry ground is tough to find.

RMR will conclude the nine-race 2009-10 snocross campaign on March 27-28, at the beautiful Peek N’ Peak ski resort in Findley Lake, New York. For complete results in all classes from Barton or to learn more, go to www.rockmaple.com.

Monday, March 1, 2010

Morin, LePage split Pro finals in Barton for RMR snocross series

BARTON, VT (Mar. 1, 2010) — All season long, they’ve battled side-by-side and nose-to-tail for championship points, wins and bragging rights.

Veteran snowmobile racers Mathieu Morin and Bobby ‘The Rage’ LePage have thrilled fans in New York, New Hampshire and the province of Quebec. Last weekend, the dynamic duo took their high-flying war to Vermont’s Northeast Kingdom for another amazing display.

Morin and LePage split the Pro finals again over the two days, as Rock Maple Racing (RMR) completed Round 7 on the 2009-10 snocross schedule Sunday afternoon at the Orleans County Fairgrounds.

Morin (Ingles Performance/Ski-doo), of Val D’Or, QC, slotted into second at the start of Sunday’s Pro Open final behind LePage, then powered by before halfway and pulled away to a convincing win. LePage hung on for second while defending champion Danny Poirier was third.

LePage (Hulten Speed Sports/Polaris), of Hermantown, MN, out-gunned Morin to win Saturday’s Pro Stock final, while multi-time champion Jason Boron filled out the podium.

Local favorites Joe and Steffanie Lemieux were successful at their home track over the weekend. The talented father/daughter team from nearby St. Johnsbury earned final round wins in Pro Vet (Joe) and Pro Women (Steffanie) on Sunday, while another local rider claimed the Plus 35 Masters final. Newport native Rene Desrochers claimed that class in front of friends and family, while Maine-based Jason Soucy and New York rider Leroy Walker filled out the podium.

In Semi-Pro action at Barton, Corin Todd and Michael George each recorded final round wins. Todd, of Otego, NY, out-gunned George and Lincoln Lemieux to claim Saturday’s Open final. George bounced back with a stellar performance Sunday, grabbing the holeshot in Semi-Pro Stock and running off to victory ahead of Lemieux and Todd. George, of Pine Plains, NY, has been on fire the last few weeks, notching his second career Semi-Pro win Sunday.

Action in the Sport division also provided some excitement in Barton. Jesse James Bonaduce looked to have Sunday’s Super Stock 600 final well in hand, until a bobble in the rhythm section with just two laps remaining allowed Jake Scott to take command and steal the win. Bonaduce, of Somerville, NJ, found redemption in the Stock 600 final, however, leading the entire race forcing Scott to settle for second.

Whether it’s “Mongoose” Mike Billow or the famed ‘Jesse James’ giving chase, it seems as if ‘The Snake’ doesn’t always get away unscathed.

In Junior division action over the weekend, Montana Jess and Edward Bandel continued their 2010 hot streaks. Jess, ( the famous Flyin’ Onion), of Westminster, Mass., held off arch-rival Hunter Patenaude in Saturday’s 10-13 380cc Fan and Stock 600 Fan finals, then won Sunday’s 600 Fan tussle over Nate Newland and Wade Acker. Bandel, of Mohawk, NY, won one final Saturday (14-15 Stock 600) and three more on Sunday (14-15 Stock 600, 16-17 Stock 600, 14-17 Stock 600 Fan) to cap a fabulous outing in northern Vermont.

Other final round winners over the weekend in Barton include Joe Bishop (Sport 500); Daryl Nutting (Plus 25 Stock); Leo Patenaude (Jr. 16-17 Stock 600 Sat.); Katelyn Olsen (Jr. Girls 10-13 Stock 600 Fan); Kassie Thibodeau (Jr. 8-10 300 Freestyle Sat.); Tucker Olsen (Jr. 8-10 300 Freestyle Sun.); Sam Potter (Trail 600 Sat.); and Jared White (Trail 600 Sunday).

Rock Maple Racing would like to thank the Orleans County Fair Association for hosting last weekend’s event. Local support from good folks like Desrochers Construction of Newport who helped moved snow for the track is greatly appreciated. Without those efforts, the races would not have been a reality.

For full results in all classes from Barton or to learn more, go to www.rockmaple.com.

With a little cooperation from the weather, teams will return to Barton again this coming weekend, March 6-7, for the next to last points race of the season.