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Rock Maple Racing

Stowell Claims Top Honors at Thornwood MX for Can-Am
RMR Series, Presented by the New England Dodge Dealers

WILLIAMSTOWN, NY (Aug. 27, 2007) - Ask any touring ATV or snowmobile racer if competing in his or her home state provides a little added incentive to win, and you’ll get an immediate 'yes.' For New York-based Honda rider James Stowell, that inspiration translates to stellar performances and frequent wins against some pretty stiff competition.

Stowell, of Canajoharie, held off Brent Miller and Freddy Kiefer to notch his fourth Pro victory of the season Sunday afternoon as Rock Maple Racing (RMR) completed Round 5 on the 10-race 2007 Can-Am Series for ATVs at Thornwood MX Park in Williamstown, New York. This was Stowell's first Pro Unlimited triumph after claiming top honors in Pro Am action at Twister Valley (twice) and Thunder Ridge.

Kiefer found redemption in Sunday's Pro Am Unlimited final, out-dueling Vermont rider Mike Wood and Miller for his second victory of 2007. The Pennellville, NY, rider backed up his win in Round 2 at Crow Hill with another convincing performance. His win made it a clean sweep for New York natives in Pro competition at Thornwood MX.

Steffan Dager recorded his third victory of the season with a strong run in B Unlimited action. The Hampstead, NH, native held off fellow Granite State rider Aaron Blouin to seal the win. Nick Reynolds earned his fourth win of the season in the B 91-450cc Limited class, while Shawn Beaudette, of Camillus, NY, claimed top honors in 0-90cc Unlimited action.

QuadTerrian high flying action.
QuadTerrian high flying action.

Brandon Miller prevailed in a hotly-contested C Unlimited final. The youngster from Parish, NY, held off a hard-charging Trevor Hunter and third place Chris O'Brien to secure the win. South Royalton, Vermont's Brad Burbine and NY-based Mario Ruggeri Jr. completed the top five. John Platt led a New York sweep of the top three in Plus 35 action, with David Stoquert and veteran George Layton filling out the podium for the over-the-hill gang.

Other winners on Sunday at Thornwood MX include RMR snocross veteran Michaela Lemieux (Women); Andrew Ruel (Production Lites); local favorite Kyle Ludgate of Williamstown (0-90cc Modified); Alex Parker (0-90cc Limited); Ethan Pearson (0-70cc Mod, 0-50cc Senior); and Richard Murtaugh (0-50cc Junior).

In QuadTerrain action Sunday, Scott Moore rode his Honda to victory in the Terrain 700 final, while Liz Storti, of Hampstead, NH,  piloted her Can-Am to top honors in the Terrain Open final.

RMR would like to thank Adam and Jeff Hopkinson of Thornwood MX for making Round 5 a strong success. Without great host tracks like yours, this series would not be possible. The next stop for the Can-Am RMR Series is set for Sunday, Sept. 9, at the beautiful Crow Hill Motor Sports Park in Templeton, Massachusetts.

About Rock Maple Racing
Rock Maple Racing is the eastern affiliate of the World Powersports Association (WPSA), the national sanctioning body for ATV and snocross racing. RMR will embark on its 16th season of snocross competition in early December. For more information, visit us online at
www.rockmaple.com.


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