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Rock Maple Racing

New England Dragway next stop for Can-Am RMR Series
Presented by the New England Dodge Dealers

DERRY, N.H. (Aug. 1, 2008) - While most folks equate a 1/4-mile asphalt dragway with tire-smoking, lightning quick hot rods, the sounds of a different type of performance engine will soon echo from the famed New England Dragway in Epping, New Hampshire.

The roar and excitement of ATV racing will fill the air as Rock Maple Racing (RMR) gets set for Round 7 on the 10-race 2008 Can-Am Series schedule on Sunday, August 10.

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

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.

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 East 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 six rounds of competition, former Canadian national champion Jasmin Plante, Matt Pomeroy, James Stowell, Brian Daigle, Jason Rayder and Luke Marios have all posted Pro division victories. Plante swept the season opener at Hemond’s MX Park in Minot, Maine, (May 11), Pomeroy and Stowell split the finals in Rounds 2 and 3 at Twister Valley (May 18) and Crow Hill Motor Sports Park (June 1), Daigle and Rayder split the Pro finals in Round 4 at Thornwood MX (June 22), while Marios swept Round 5 in Canaan, N.H., on Sunday, July 13. Pomeroy also swept the Pro finals in Round 6 at New York’s Thunder Ridge on July 27.

New England Dragway is the only 1/4-mile drag strip in New England. It first opened on September 11, 1966, thanks to the efforts of the New England Hot Rod Council. Since then, the track has evolved into one of the nation's premier drag racing facilities. New England Dragway hosts the Amalie Oil IHRA North American Nationals each September, along with a host of other national touring programs throughout the season.

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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