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Rock Maple Racing

Return to Twister Valley Next Stop For Can-Am RMR Series
Presented by the New England Dodge Dealers

DERRY, NH (May 9, 2008) - Ask any ATV racer what he or she looks forward to on a race weekend, and they'll tell you a challenging track and some tight competition. Teams from around the northeast will have precisely that on Sunday, May 18, as Rock Maple Racing (RMR) prepares for Round 2 on the 11-race 2008 Can-Am RMR Series schedule at Twister Valley in Fort Plain, New York.

Spectator gates will open at 8 a.m., and racing will get under way promptly at 9 a.m. Admission is $10 for adults, $5 for children ages 6 to 10, while children age 5 and under will be admitted free with a paying adult.

Twister Valley is located on State Highway 5S, not far from Exit 29 on the New York State Thruway (I-90). From Exit 29, turn right onto East Main St. And follow Rte. 5 South. After Main St./Rte. 5 turns slightly to the left, turn right onto Canal St. and merge with NY Rte. 80. Continue to follow NY Rte. 5S until you see Twister Valley on your left.

The day's program will begin with qualifying action for all classes. These qualifying races allow riders to learn quick lines around the challenging track. It all builds to an exciting climax at roughly 1 p.m. as Finals for all classes begin.

Last spring at Twister Valley, Canadian racer Dave Larochelle blasted his way to top honors in the Pro Open final, while James Stowell, of Canajoharie, NY, notched a victory in the Pro Am Open final. Stowell out-gunned Vermont rider Mike Wood and fellow New Yorker Freddy Kiefer to earn the winner's trophy. Wood bounced back with a convincing victory in the A Unlimited final, while local favorite Jason Whiteman of Fort Plain followed Wood across the line in second.

New York riders came out on top in B Unlimited action, as Corey Hunter held off Jason Rayder and Nick Reynolds for top honors. This class offered true parity among manufacturers, as Yamaha, Suzuki, Kawasaki and Honda placed first through fourth. Reynolds did not return to Dracut, MA, empty-handed, however, as he posted a win in the B 91-450cc final.

Teams in the Can-Am RMR Series compete in two different divisions - MX and Utility. The MX series is for 2-wheel drive race-oriented machines, while the Utility division is for  entry-level riders on 4-wheel drive or utility-based machines. RMR utilizes a separate race course for 4x4 machines where they compete in the QuadTerrain Challenge.

New this year for the Can-Am series is a division between East and West points races, much like RMR does with its snocross programs. This makes it easier for teams to run for points titles without the added expense of extra travel. Also new is the addition of a Five-round series for "Pit Bikes," which have become so popular in the last few years. There will be eight classes, broken down for Pro and Amateur riders and for 10-inch or 12-inch wheel diameter. RMR will partner with Pit Bike Racing Association (PBRA) to bring this exciting new class into the mix.

Rock Maple Racing, Presented by the New England Dodge Dealers, is headquartered in Derry, New Hampshire, and also operates a snocross tour in the winter months from early December to early April. For more information, visit us online at www.rockmaple.com.


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