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Roost the Butte was a huge success, next stop on the race circuit is Grand Lake, CO
Two-day event at Crested Butte Mountain Resort attracted professional X Game riders and amateur racers alike
This marks the second consecutive year that Crested Butte Mountain Resort (CBMR) has hosted the event. Reminiscent of 1998-1999 when the Winter X Games were held in Crested Butte, CBMR is excited that snowmobile racing has returned to the mountain and has been a great host for RMSR. With RMSR’s four discipline program, the full mountain experience can be leveraged to its fullest extent. Tyler’s Backcountry Awareness, Rocky Mountain Adventure Junkies, the Colorado Snowmobile Association, Felker Motorsports and Gunnison’s SunSports Unlimited were also on hand for the weekend’s festivities.
After a break for the Winter X Games, racing resumes in Grand Lake, CO on February 15-16, 2014 for the second of two races at that location. As with all RMSR sanctioned points events, the Grand Lake race will feature SnoCross, HillCross, SnoOval, and SnoDrag disciplines. RMSR and CBMR will team again later in the year to present the Ultimate Snowmobiler on April 10-13, 2014. In addition to RMSR’s four disciplines, the event will also feature CrossCountry, Speed-N-Style, Freestyle, and, through a partnership with RMSHA, a HillClimb competition. More information regarding sponsorship opportunities or race registration can be found at www.RMSRracing.com.
On Saturday, the racing action saw riders compete in the SnoCross and SnoOval disciplines. Throughout the day SnoOval races were held adjacent to the SnoCross track, and in a repeat of Grand Lake, Tony Cook (Polaris) swept nearly every class he entered. Matt Reed (Yamaha) did edge him out in the Vintage 500 Fan class, and in the Vintage 500 Liquid class it was Tracy Smith (Yamaha) with the win. Dean Charpentier was also a winner taking first in Vintage 800 Stock and second in Vintage 800 Modified on his Polaris. Following multiple exhibition rides by the X Games athletes, Saturday’s events wrapped up with RMSR’s Pro-Lite SnoCross. The full field saw Round 1 winner Taylor Meuwissen (Arctic Cat) take the holeshot and early lead, but a mistake in lap two took him off the track leaving Wes Chapman (Arctic Cat) in the lead. Champan had a flawless ten-lap ride averaging almost sixty second lap times and took the win. A.J. Stoffle (Ski-Doo) got a slow start but came from behind to finish second to with Dylon Moss (Polaris) rounding out the podium.
Sunday’s events moved riders and crew to the Gold Link runs of Crested Butte Mountain Resort for HillCross and SnoDrags. Pro Stock 800 HillCross was the feature class of the day, with additional purses from Tyler’s Backcountry Awareness and CBMR. The sixteen rider class saw Keith Carrico (Ski-Doo) take the win followed closely by Craig Jones in second (Ski-Doo) and JT Hotchkiss (Polaris) finishing third. The highlight of the SnoDrag competition was certainly the Pro Open class where the best turbo tuners showed their stuff. Jonathon Durmas, son of longtime Polaris racer Dennis Durmas, piloted a very fast Polaris to win the Pro Open class, but was not far behind were fellow Polaris riders Chad Westbrook in second and Josh Robarge in third. SnoDrag also features Stock classes and “run what you bring”, which is always a fan favorite. All race results can be found at www.RMSRracing.com.
About Rocky Mountain Snowmobile Racing
RMSR is the rebranded, reenergized, and expanded XMR, a regional professional snowmobile race circuit collectively coming into the 8th season of winter racing action. Since the inaugural 2007 - 2008 winter season, the racing has been a lot of fun with two-day, multi-discipline race events located throughout the Western Region. Following a hugely successful Roost the Butte four discipline event at the end of the 2012 - 2013 season, RMSR will be offering four disciplines at six two-day race events for the upcoming season. For additional information, visit www.RMSRracing.com or contact 720.771.1949 and info@RMSRracing.com.
Media Contact: Stacey Glenn, PR Director, stacey@RMSRracing.com, 303.909.2745