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  • *sledfreak Racers Invade Malone, Ny

    WATCH OUT FOR OUR 2 RACERS....
    1. JIM WAGNER
    2. CODY MADONIA

    GOOD LUCK GUYS WILL BE THERE SUNDAY TO SEE YA


    By DENISE A. RAYMO, Staff Writer
    MALONE -- Rock Maple Racing is bringing a national snowmobile race to Malone next month to coincide with its third Northeast Sno-Cross Championship.

    Woody's Challenge, which has been a drag race on ice or grass in the past, will be run for the first time as a sno-cross event with qualifying heats, just like the events Rock Maple has planned for Saturday and Sunday, Jan. 8 and 9, at the Franklin County Fairgrounds in Malone.

    The top 16 riders will be the "Sweet 16" who will be involved in the final round, vying for a $5,000 purse, according to Pat O'Donnell, the former executive director of the Greater Malone Chamber of Commerce, who now works for Rock Maple Racing.

    The chamber is again sponsoring the two-day event, which drew more than 9,500 spectators to Malone last year.

    Woody's is one of the leading manufacturers of snowmobile traction and control products, such as studs and wear bars.

    The Woody's Challenge had been part of the International Snowmobile Racing World Series of Ice Drags since 1991 and was only open to riders in the 800 open modified class.

    Last year, the race was run in grass for the first time, and this year in Malone, it will be on snow.

    The racing will also be open to teams in the Rock Maple Racing pro and semi-pro open divisions.

    "We're looking forward to it," Chamber Board President David LaClair said of the Rock Maple weekend. "It's an exciting time. The chamber has always helped bring a lot of business to Malone, and we're really looking forward to the it.

    "And we're all praying for snow," he added.

    Tragedy struck during last year's racing heats when Douglas Bellinger, a 39-year-old snow competitor from Boonville, was killed when he reportedly overshot a set of hills at the finish line and crashed.

    Following the successful Malone races, Rock Maple was to hold a competition the following weekend in Oswego. But poor snowfall there left the agency in the lurch.

    The Malone chamber offered to hold the races at the fairgrounds to help Rock Maple out. But a mediocre snowfall here forced the chamber to hire trucks to haul multiple tons of snow into the village to beef up the race course again.

    Lackluster crowds that second weekend also dampened the financial success of the races, which left the chamber about $20,000 short in its budget.

    Some restructuring has taken place within the chamber, and, in an unrelated matter, O'Donnell left the director's position to work for Rock Maple's Promotions Department.

    That means the Chamber Board of Directors is continuing its search for a new executive director.

    LaClair said the agency has received between four and six resumes from interested people, "but we're re-advertising because we'd like to have more to choose from."
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    Last edited by dongdangding; 12-30-2005, 08:54 AM.

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    ttttttttttttttttttttttt

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    • #3
      malone um??

      hey z-man
      must be nice to live in brantingham on your off season (3 months).
      sorry man, malone is not on my schedule but i will be at oswego the following weekend. try to make that one.
      later
      wagz.
      Swoyerracing snowmobile hill drags

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      • #4
        see ya there then wagz!!

        goin to see CODY kick some butt this weekend~!
        Last edited by dongdangding; 12-31-2005, 05:54 PM.

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