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Lack of permit, inspection push snowmobile racing in Monroe to this weekend

By Larry Mahoney, BDN Staff

MONROE, Maine — Kyle Gallant admits his wallet is a little thinner now.

But the show will go on, beginning this weekend.

Gallant and his brother and sister-in-law (James and Sara Gallant) were ready to begin a snowmobile/snocross racing series, Salt Works Motor Crossing, on James and Sara Gallant’s seven-acre property in Monroe on Sunday, Jan. 6, when it was stopped two days before the event.

“We got a call on that Friday and we were told by a game warden that we needed a permit,” said Kyle Gallant. “Someone in the town had complained about what we were doing.

“We were told we could still do it if money wasn’t exchanged, but we decided to bite the bullet and cancel it,” added Kyle Gallant. “I just wish we had learned earlier so we could have gotten it squared away.”

Kyle, who is the race director, and his brother did their homework and subsequently complied with municipal regulations.

That meant paying a $500 permit fee and having someone from Civil Engineering Services inspect the property to ensure it was safe. The Gallants will pay an additional $13 for each racing weekend.

The engineer approved it last Thursday, they sent in the permit forms and “we finally got OK’d Monday,” said Kyle Gallant.

Gallant used Facebook to let racers know there wouldn’t be racing and he showed up at the track to inform the 10-15 riders who turned out that the event was canceled.

But Gallant is optimistic about this weekend’s inaugural racing card, saying, “I’m pretty excited about it.”

Gallant, who races stock cars at Hermon’s Speedway 95, attended the Northeast Motorsports Expo at the Augusta Civic Center this past weekend and got the word out about Salts Works Motor Crossing.

“I gave out 465 schedules,” he said.

Gallant is hoping for snow but said the show will go on even if they don’t get any.

“We’ve got some snow stockpiled and we’ve got a groomer. We’ll race no matter what,” he said.

Riders will be able to test their snowmobiles from 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday and racing on Sunday will begin at 10 a.m.

The track is approximately one-sixth of a mile and will feature one six-foot dip and one 90-degree turn to go with the straightaways.

There will be seven classes.

There will be an initial $20 registration fee for the first class entered, but riders will pay $15 for any other classes in which they want to compete.

There will be a $10 admission fee for fans and crew members, $5 for seniors and spectators with a military ID. Youngsters 10 and under will be admitted free.

On Saturday, there will be a $10 fee for riders who want to test their snowmobiles and a $5 fee for spectators.

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