LINCOLN, Maine — Cameron Butler knew almost immediately that he wouldn’t win it all.
The 7-year-old snowmobile racer had easily won the first heat of the 120-cc stock class of the Lincoln Snowhounds Snowmobile Club’s 10th annual Sno-Cross races on Saturday, but the finals heat was lost to him from the beginning, he said.
“The guy that was ahead of me I knew was going to win because right when I started he had the lead,” Butler said. “I think the other sled went faster. In the first lap we almost got in a crash. Then he took it over and got a big lead. I knew then there was no way I could pass him.”
Butler started the day with what his mother laughingly admitted was a piece of distinctly unmotherly advice:
“I told him, ‘Don’t run anybody over, but don’t let off the throttle,'” said Kim Pinkham, 34, of Lincoln.
Depending on the size of their snowmobiles, the racers ranged from Butler’s age to adult professionals traveling in excess of 60 p.m. on the bumpy, mogul-filled half-mile track. Kids raced against kids. A team of paramedics stood by in case of crashes, of which there were three or four. No serious injuries were reported as of 2 p.m.
More than 900 people attended the two-day race event at the Snowhounds clubhouse on Town Farm Road on Saturday, organizers said. Championship rounds commence at 11 a.m. Sunday after racer registration from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. The event should conclude by 5 p.m. The public is invited.