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Rock Maple Racing

Connell sweeps Pro classes in Minot for Can-Am RMR Series,
Presented by the New England Dodge Dealers

MINOT, Maine (Oct. 1, 2007) - Jason Connell brought his broom along with a fast ATV to Central Maine last weekend, sweeping the Pro division finals as Rock Maple Racing (RMR) completed Round 7 on the 10-race 2007 Can-Am Series for ATVs at Hemond's MX Park.

Bright sun and typical fall temperatures greeted teams and fans Sunday at Hemond's, while talk centered around the fantastic track and roomy facility hosting this round of Quad-X competition. After rain forced the cancellation of the originally scheduled season opener at Hemond’s, this was the first opportunity for many within the series to examine this vast, well-designed layout.

Connell, of Willimantic, CT, captured top honors in the third and final race of the Polaris Racer Challenge with his dominant performance. In the Pro Am Unlimited final, Connell grabbed the early lead but had to fend off a hard-charging Freddy Kiefer the entire six laps. Just past halfway, Kiefer closed the gap coming up out of  "The Canyon" headed into the carousel, but Connell held his ground. Kiefer settled for second, with Brent Miller finishing third.

In the Pro Unlimited final, Connell again grabbed the holeshot but this time had Miller hot on his heels. The two battled for supremacy around Hemond's immense track, one that features more elevation changes, jumps, berms and table-tops than most layouts. Again Connell kept his Suzuki out front, with Miller settling for second while Kiefer nailed down third. These riders had the fans in Minot cheering as they literally flew around the huge track at Hemond's.

Brian Daigle, of New Boston, NH, claimed top honors in the A Unlimited final, while Jared Kight earned a victory in B 91-450cc Limited action. Josh Guinta held off Matt Smith and Steffan Dager in a hotly-contested B Unlimited final, while Smith found redemption by winning the Plus 25 class. Josh Bennett, of Wakefield, MA, also posted a win in the C 91-450cc Limited final.

As it has been for much of the season, the C Unlimited class was loaded with talent at Hemond's MX. Jon Salvatore made the trip down from Berlin, NH, worthwhile, as he rode his Yamaha to victory. Salvatore held off Glynn Desilva (Honda) and Brad Burbine (Honda) for top honors, while David Walsh and Daniel Romano completed the top five. Massachusetts-based riders Chris Jangraw and Patrick Comeau finished sixth and seventh respectively, while first-time racer Steve Scotia, of New Gloucester, Maine, finished in the eighth position.

In Production Lites action, Maine's own Justin Chamberland held off veteran Quad racer Andrew Ruel of Enfield, New Hampshire to claim the victory. Ryan Watson finished a solid third to complete an all-Honda podium in this highly-competitive class. Young Montana Jess, the famed "Flying Onion," picked up a victory in 90cc Modified action, holding off Alex Parker and Adam Trafford for top honors.

Other winners in Minot Sunday include Parker (90cc Limited); Robbie Leonard (90cc Unlimited); Ethan Pearson (50cc Senior & 70cc Modified); Gabrielle Conners (70cc Unlimited); and Richard Murtaugh (50cc Junior). In QuadTerrain action at Hemond’s, Kevin Bailey (Terrain 700) and Liz Storti (Terrain Open) both registered wins. Bailey is well known in sledding and ATV circles throughout southern Maine, working to repair torn tracks and doing powder-coat paint work on a variety of machines.

Rock Maple Racing would like to thank Mike Hemond and family for hosting the Can-Am Series at their fine facility. Teams and officials will now move to the famed NHSA Grass Drags & Water Crossing in Fremont, NH, to complete Rounds 8 and 9 on Oct. 6-7.

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

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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