MEDWAY, Maine — The grass and dirt will fly when as many as 100 snowmobiles gather this weekend for the East Branch Sno-Rovers’ second annual grass drag races.
“There should be two good days of racing and one good day of test and tune,” said Brian Wiley, the club’s recently-elected president.
“We have worked very hard. We have redone the kitchen. We are starting to customize the club to make it more attractive to the public,” Wiley added. “We have had a dedicated group of people just working their butts off. Hopefully we will get some spectators.”
The event kicks off Friday at the clubhouse on Hathaway Road with a test and tune — drag race participants testing their machines on the 500-foot track, which volunteers from the 128-member club have been preparing for weeks, Wiley said.
Races commence on Saturday and finish Sunday. The event costs $5 a day for adults; children under 12 are free.
Race speeds could climb as high as 130 mph if the most powerful of the snowmobiles expected arrives, Wiley said.
“They come off a clay starting line like a launch pad, and when they hit the grass and the turf they really start to fly,” he said.
Wiley, who helped create the Katahdin region’s first snowmobile trails decades ago, has become a snowmobiling impresario more recently. He helped create the Katahdin region’s first multipurpose recreational trail in Millinocket several years ago and has dedicated himself to snowmobile drag racing.
Wiley helped create the Katahdin Area Snowmobile Racing Affiliates circuit in 2010, the same year he helped launch snowmobile drag races at the club. Both ventures are aimed at capitalizing on the region’s international reputation for its snowmobiling trail system and improving the region’s economy.
Anyone interested in participating in or attending the event can call Wiley at 610-2121 or visit eastbranchsnorovers.com, Wiley said.