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Rock Maple Racing

Return to Thornwood MX next stop for Can-Am RMR Series
Presented by the New England Dodge Dealers

DERRY, NH  (June 13, 2008) - With the arrival of summer-like temperatures here in the northeast, it's time to turn up the heat on ATV racing, as well. Race teams from several states are loading the trailers and packing their gear, as Rock Maple Racing (RMR) prepares for Round 4 on the 11-race 2008 Can-Am Series schedule on Sunday, June 22, at the beautiful Thornwood MX in Williamstown, New York.

Gates open for racers at 6 a.m., while spectator gates open at 8 a.m. Racing will begin 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. Fans and racers are welcome to camp at the facility for a fee of just $10 per vehicle.

Thornwood MX was founded in the summer of 2006 by Adam and Jeff Hopkinson. The track is .8 of a mile in length and offers a mix of sand and hard-packed surfaces. Easily accessible from NY Routes 13 and 183, the track is located on Stone Hill Road behind a large white farmhouse.

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. Riders from around the northeast will be gunning for trophies and valuable points as they chase the coveted class championships.

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. This will be a points race for West series teams.

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 the Pit Bike Racing Association (PBRA) to bring this exciting new class into the mix.

In the series' first three rounds of competition, former Canadian national champion Jasmin Plante, Matt Pomeroy and James Stowell have all posted Pro division victories. Plante swept the season opener at Hemond's MX Park in Minot, Maine, (May 11), while Pomeroy and Stowell split the finals in Rounds 2 and 3 at Twister Valley (May 18) and Crow Hill Motor Sports Park (June 1).

Last year at Thornwood MX, Stowell, of Canajoharie, held off Brent Miller and Freddy Kiefer to notch his fourth Pro victory of the season in Pro Unlimited. Kiefer, of Pennellville, found redemption in the Pro Am final, out-dueling Vermont rider Mike Wood and Miller for his second victory of 2007.

RMR's Can-Am series offers riders two separate divisions in which to compete. The popular MX division is for rear-wheel-drive, race-bred machines, while the Utility division is for entry-level riders with 4x4 or utility-style ATVs. A separate course is built at select events for 4x4 competition, known as the QuadTerrain Challenge.

Rock Maple Racing is presented by your New England Dodge Dealers, who urge you to stop by today and see the full line of 2008 cars and trucks. Grab life by the horns! For more information, please visit us online at www.rockmaple.com.


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