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XMR racing team hoping for success at Wyman’s Winter Festival

Ben Bulkeley

Members of the XMR snowmobile racing team will compete Feb. 13 and 14 at the Wyman Winter Festival. The team is, back row from left, Maury Chapman, Michelle Stoffle and AJ Stoffle. Front row, from left, are Luke Montgomery, Tallyn Wagner and Logan Montgomery.

— For Tallyn Wagner, there's one thing he loves above all else on a snowmobile.

"Jumping," he said. "Jumping for the finish line."

Tallyn, 4, has been on a sled for 2 1/2 years, and on Feb. 13 and 14, he will hope to add to his considerable trophy collection when he competes at the annual Wyman's Winter Festival in Craig.

But he won't be alone.

Racing as part of the Xtreme Mountain Racing team, which is based in Craig, Tallyn will be one of six competitors hoping to ride to victory.

For Luke Montgomery, 3, this will be his first year on a sled, but for his brother, Logan, 6, it will be his third.

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Racing in the 120 championship class and drag racing, Logan said he just wants competitive races.

"I just want to have fun," he said. "And have someone to battle with. There's a kid who's pretty fast because he knows a lot of stuff, and he has good lines."

Wesley Chapman, 15, is a relative newcomer to the sport.

"I started about halfway through last year," he said. "Teresa (Stoffle) used to be my babysitter, so I grew up around it. Not with my family, but around daycare."

Even with a later start than some of his teammates, Wesley is no less hooked.

Entering his second year, he already has bought a new snowmobile as he prepares to race in the 14- and 15-year-old class, the 16- and 17-year-old class and the 14- to 17-year-old extreme class at the Winter Fest.

"I'm going to try to win all three classes," he said.

Michelle Stoffle, 16, has been racing snowmobiles for more than five years.

For her, it's something of a family sport.

"My dad and brother did it," she said. "So, I when I was dragged to the races, I just decided to do it, and I fell in love with it."

Part of the fun of racing is the camaraderie on the course, Stoffle said.

"My favorite part is just being at the track," she said. "Speed is fun."

At the Winter Festival, Stoffle will be racing in the women's 16- and 17-year-old sport class and the 14- to 17-year-old extreme class.

She has one goal for both races.

"Win," she said. "I just want get to the podium in my classes."

Michelle's brother, AJ, was introduced to the sport through relatives and friends.

"My first race was in Steamboat, and we were there to watch them," he said. "My 120 was in the back of the truck, and I just started racing, and I liked it. It's just an adrenaline rush from it."

At the Winter Festival AJ, 12, will be competing in the 10- to 13-year-old class, the 14- and 15-year-old class, the 10- to 13-year-old challenge and the 14- to 17-year-old extreme class.

Unlike his sister, he has two goals.

"I hope not to break my sled," he said. "And I hope to win."

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