Plattekill to host snowmobile drag races

Roxbury — Plattekill Mountain will host its annual Snowmobile Drag races this weekend, March 28 and 29, in an event which will mark the resort’s 12th year and crown the coveted “King of the Hill 2009.” This annual event, which has provided much excitement to all ages whether racer or race fan over all these years, will make for a great day of family fun. The resort has taken advantage of the recent cold weather and has been making snow on the strip and burying the course in several feet of snow in preparation for the event.  
This fast-paced, rooster tail kicking race brings close to 350 racers each year with race categories separated by snowmobiles big and small, old and new and features categories for just about all types and sizes of sleds.  Engines will be roaring and the heat will be on as competitors challenge each other to the top of the mountain’s 500-foot drag strip in a quest for the coveted “King of the Hill” title.  New this year, a 440 and 600 Sno-Pro Race Stock category has been added as well as a 1000 stock category. 
Last year’s “King of the Hill” title went to Jim Wagner of Cresco, PA racing a modified 800 Ski Doo for his team Jim Swoyer Racing and North American Warhorse, winning every modified class in the large sizes and taking home bragging rights for the 2008 title.  This year, Wagner will try to hang on to this title.
The racing action begins both days at 10 a.m.  Registration opens at 8 a.m.  The event will follow a single elimination format with the faster racer moving on and the slower moving out with each race to the top.  The weekend’s activities will include live music both Saturday and Sunday, plus food specials, spirits and a raffle both Saturday and Sunday with generous items donated by local area snowmobile shops.  This year’s sponsors include Klinger Power Sports of Walton, Arctic Adventures of Rosendale, Jere’s Repair of Maplecrest, Ryder’s Sled Shop of Roscoe and Rusty Palmer of Honesdale, PA. 
In addition, local area businesses including Mobile Services and H. Peters Plumbing & Heating of Roxbury, Red’s Auto of Prattsville, and Northern Eagle Beverages of Oneonta will also be supporting this event.  Trophies and prizes will be awarded to the top three finishers in each category.  Gate fee admission is $10 for one day, $12 for two days and kids under five years old old are free.  Race entry fee is $25 per class.  Races are on rain, snow or shine!
For further info including race rules, registration info and more, call 607 326-3500 or visit the resort Web site at www.plattekill.com.