Granby, Colorado- January 5, 2009 – As this New Year starts so does the Xtreme Mountain Racing sno-cross series. January 3rd and 4th marked the opening weekend for XMR in Granby, Colorado. This first weekend back to sno-cross in the west was a reunion for racing families and a lot of good friends and an inauguration for new riders and fans. XMR – formerly Mountain States Snowmobile Racing – rebranded and under new leadership – is back and better than ever for its second year running.
The scene was set – it had been snowing for weeks leading up to the race, and in usual Colorado goodness, two of the 300-plus days of sunshine made the race track a great place to be for a high altitude tan with a cold breeze! Tucker Hibbert and others had been at the race site earlier in the week to get some tuning and practice in before X-Games in Aspen later this month, and the Accord and Selby camps had constructed a great track to ride. The race rigs started pulling in on Friday as racing families’ final preparation for the weekend’s events.
Hometown hero Wes Selby was home from the ISOC circuit to ride XMR and was joined by father Terry and brother Shane. The Acord’s were aplenty with Zach riding in the semi-pro classes, Tammy riding in sport women, and father Pat keeping the sleds in tune. Mother Kathy Acord made this XMR race really happen in coordinating EMT’s and a great closing ceremony at Remington’s in Granby. Aside from their Tech Director Positions and Assistant Race Director responsibilities respectively within XMR, Michael and Teresa Stoffle got to watch both AJ and Michelle Stoffle race this event. Likewise Race Director Mike Murphy’s family was out to make sure the races went on without a hitch. The Moss family was out – Gary runs race staging, and makes sure his son Dylan and all the other racers get on the track – All their friends and family had a lot of fun. Family is a big part of XMR and everyone is welcome – new friends are made at every race.
This was the first of eight action packed weekends with XMR this season. “This first race weekend was a big success, we had a lot of new riders of all ages, and everyone was safe” said Teresa Stoffle, Assistant Race Director. The first of the season is always interesting as all the bugs are worked out of the sleds, the teams, and the riders, but everyone from the four years olds to their big brothers, to their grandparents and fans had a lot of fun.
Watch for more on all the race family’s mentioned here (and all the others that we know rode hard with XMR) and up to date coverage of each racers standings as the sled racing action continues in the western states. Full results and more information on XMR sno-cross, cross-country and hill-cross in West can be found on the XMR website at http://www.xmrracing.com/.