900 horsepower, all wheel drive, and huge studded tires. There’s nothing subtle about these trucks. And there’s nothing quite like it. This is the third year of running Frozen Rush at Sunday River in Newry, Maine, and it’s maturing like a fine wine. Each year they fine tune the event, tweaking it ever closer to perfection.

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Shot from the landing of the main jump, looking up course.

Honestly, what’s not to like? Full race prep trucks more accustomed to driving in the desert or on the dirt than in the snow going up the side of the mountain. Add a few jumps and slaloms and here you go. The only way I could see it getting any better would be driving up one of the steeper slopes. Maybe add a big berm wall that they can use in the transition to drive around in the hairpin on.

It was great seeing familiar faces there again this year. I ran into ACP who was there with BFGoodrich Racing. Always a pleasure.   The fine folks at Red Bull stepped up their game with media this year, allowing us onto the infield which was a huge improvement. Thank you for that. I also made some new acquaintances, mainly Travis from JeepFreeks.com. Super nice people.

Johnny Greaves slideways in the bowl
Johnny Greaves slideways in the bowl

With nine entries this year, along with one and done eliminations, it didn’t take long for the field to narrow down. That doesn’t mean some pretty spectacular racing wasn’t to be had. We had some new entries, a lot of close battles, and even a roll over by Scott Douglas. Luckily, he was ok.

Bryce Menzies, full throttle out of the bowl with a plum of snow to show for it behind him.
Bryce Menzies, full throttle out of the bowl with a plum of snow to show for it behind him.

The hard packed and finely groomed track surface became a powdery mess as the conditions quickly eroded on course. Trucks, as well as the preferred line, became less predictable as the field narrowed and the racing progressed. One of the biggest close calls I remember was with Ricky Johnson in the final battle for the title with Bryce Menzies. Ricky was coming down the mountain on the short course side when he got bucked off of one of the whoopty-dos, nearly rolling it. This happened not once, but twice. I honestly think if he were able to make it through those sections without these incidents, he would of taken the title. That being said, he’s lucky he didn’t roll it. It was that close. If not for years of experience and those impressive BFGoodrich spiked tires, I probably would be reporting a different scenario.

But hey, that’s racing. I’m not trying to diminish Bryce’s victory in any way. He ran a super smooth race and deserves his win. He most definitely earned it. I’m just excited to see this event come back year after year. And with each passing year it seems to be picking up popularity. To go from something that started off as a simple idea, to an event that drew more than 10,000 people to watch it live in person, is a good start. That doesn’t include the live viewers who watched on redbull.tv or the taped broadcast set to debut March 1st on NBC. (You see what I did there? Subtle plug..well not so subtle now that I pointed it out.)

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Bryce Menzies celebrates his second consecutive victory with teammate and runner up Ricky Johnson in the foreground

For full race results, check below.

Image courtesy of Red Bull
Image courtesy of Red Bull

Feel free to check out the rest of our images below from the event. Let us know which ones are your favorites! See you again next year!

A look at the pit area for all 9 entries.
A look at the pit area for all 9 entries.
CJ Greaves coming in hot to the bowl
CJ Greaves coming in hot to the bowl
Scott Douglas one lap before his roll
Scott Douglas one lap before his roll
Johnny Greaves lifting the inside tire but putting down the power
Johnny Greaves lifting the inside tire but putting down the power
Bryce Menzies in the bowl and on the throttle
Bryce Menzies in the bowl and on the throttle
Carl Renezeder digging in hard on the bowl
Carl Renezeder digging in hard on the bowl
Chad Hord racing towards the finish
Chad Hord racing towards the finish

 

 

Chad Hord and Carl Renezeder side by side in the bowl
Chad Hord and Carl Renezeder side by side in the bowl
RJ Anderson enjoying the snow on the mountain
RJ Anderson enjoying the snow on the mountain
This is how close CJ Greaves came to beating Ricky Johnson in the semi finals
This is how close CJ Greaves came to beating Ricky Johnson in the semi finals
Neck and neck racing between Ricky Johnson and CJ Greaves
Neck and neck racing between Ricky Johnson and CJ Greaves
Bryce Menzies and Rob Maccachren racing to decide who comes in third
Bryce Menzies and Rob Maccachren racing to decide who comes in third
Bryce Menzies and Rob Maccachren racing to decide who comes in third
Bryce Menzies and Rob Maccachren racing to decide who comes in third
Rob Maccachren up through the slaloms
Rob Maccachren up through the slaloms
I need to figure out how I can get out on to course like this guy for next year. Up close and personal, just the way I prefer.
I need to figure out how I can get out on the course like this guy for next year. Up close and personal, just the way I prefer.
Skiers watch the race with a birds eye view of the whole course.
Skiers watch the race with a birds eye view of the whole course.
Ricky and Bryce separating to each go on one of the two courses that they both must drive on. Lead car gets first choice
Ricky and Bryce separating to each go on one of the two courses that they both must drive on. Lead car gets first choice
Both Ricky and Bryce were hard on the throttle to make it to the main jump first
Both Ricky and Bryce were hard on the throttle to make it to the main jump first
Ricky chasing Bryce right behind on the main jump. Visibility this close is next to nothing.
Ricky chasing Bryce right behind on the main jump. Visibility this close is next to nothing.
Bryce in the foreground and Ricky in the background in the 6 lap final battle to claim the title.
Bryce in the foreground and Ricky in the background in the 6 lap final battle to claim the title.
Bryce in the foreground and Ricky in the background in the 6 lap final battle to claim the title.
Bryce in the foreground and Ricky in the background in the 6 lap final battle to claim the title.
Bryce Menzies on the main jump
Bryce Menzies on the main jump
Part of Ricky's mexican jumping bean act on the whoops
Part of Ricky’s mexican jumping bean act on the whoops
Part of Ricky's mexican jumping bean act on the whoops
Part of Ricky’s mexican jumping bean act on the whoops
Part of Ricky's mexican jumping bean act on the whoops
Part of Ricky’s mexican jumping bean act on the whoops
Bryce took out one of the banners on the barrier wall while doing donuts after his victory at Frozen Rush
Bryce took out one of the banners on the barrier wall while doing donuts after his victory at Frozen Rush

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The banner never stood a chance
The banner never stood a chance
Bryce Menzies (left) and teammate Ricky Johnson celebrate after their one two victory.
Bryce Menzies (left) and teammate Ricky Johnson celebrate after their one two victory.
Rob Maccachren sitting in third place talks with teammate and spotter after the race.
Rob Maccachren sitting in third place talks with teammate and spotter after the race.
Here's what 40" of suspension travel looks like after a race in the snow.
Here’s what 40″ of suspension travel looks like after a race in the snow.
The top three hold up their customer trophies during the ceremonies following Frozen Rush. From left to right, Ricky Johnson in 2nd, Bryce Menzies in 1st and Rob Maccachren in 3rd
The top three hold up their custom trophies during the ceremonies following Frozen Rush. From left to right, Ricky Johnson in 2nd, Bryce Menzies in 1st and Rob Maccachren in 3rd
A bit of bubbly to finish the celebrations
A bit of bubbly to finish the celebrations
Pouring one for my homies
Pouring one for my homies
Rob Maccachren discussing the finer points of rosemary seasoning with a roasted chicken with Ricky Johnson
Rob Maccachren discussing the finer points of rosemary seasoning with a roasted chicken with Ricky Johnson
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Seriously though, Rob was pointing at this crazy fan who had climbed to the top of a tree to watch the race. Judging by his logger’s helmet, I don’t think this was his first rodeo at the top of a tree.
Self proclaimed #1 fan in the Northeast poses with Ricky Johnson and Rob Maccachren
Self proclaimed #1 fan in the Northeast poses with Ricky Johnson and Rob Maccachren
Bryce showing what 900 hp and AWD can do to some hard packed snow.
Bryce showing what 900 hp and AWD can do to some hard packed snow.
Bryce Menzies, full throttle out of the bowl with a plum of snow to show for it behind him.
Bryce Menzies, full throttle out of the bowl with a plum of snow to show for it behind him.
This is what can happen with good lighting
This is what can happen with good lighting
Skiers stop to look on during qualifying on Thursday
Skiers stop to look on during qualifying on Thursday

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Rob Maccachren secures third place after a hard fought battle
Rob Maccachren secures third place after a hard fought battle
CJ Greaves getting some big air in their fire breathing Toyota. This thing was belching fire every other second. It was awesome!
CJ Greaves getting some big air in their fire breathing Toyota. This thing was belching fire every other second. It was awesome!
Bryce Menzies was on course in the Polaris RZR with RJ Anderson for an exhibition show on Thursday
Bryce Menzies was on course in the Polaris RZR with RJ Anderson for an exhibition show on Thursday
RJ Anderson's truck in pit lane after qualifying
RJ Anderson’s truck in pit lane after qualifying
a cockpit shot of these mechanical marvels
a cockpit shot of these mechanical marvels
Bryce Menzies helmet rests on top of his truck while teammate Ricky Johnson talks with some drifters in the background
Bryce Menzies helmet rests on top of his truck while teammate Ricky Johnson talks with crew in the background
The suspension set up on these trucks is nothing less than insane.
The suspension set up on these trucks is nothing less than insane.
Bryce Menzies was on course in the Polaris RZR with RJ Anderson for an exhibition show on Thursday
Bryce Menzies was on course in the Polaris RZR with RJ Anderson for an exhibition show on Thursday

Written by Jason Brackett

Jason Brackett

I've been addicted to power and speed ever since the first time my head got pushed back into the seat under acceleration. I grew up with an affinity for engines and the arts, blending them together into my passions. Photography, writing and motorsports.

I've traveled the country in pursuit of my passions and paid the price with my health. I'm a living marvel of modern medicine and a beacon of the human spirit.

I was down and out for sometime but now, I'm back! With new hips, a slightly shorter digestive track and a drive to further my own ability.

I'm from Maine. I have a small farm with 57 acres in the foothills of the White Mountains. I have a beautiful wife with a little girl, 2 dogs, one cat, ten chickens, and garage space to build something terrifyingly awesome.

So ya, I'm living my American Dream.

I don't particularly care for long walks on the beach
Sunsets are cool but I prefer the smell of race fuel.
One of my favorites songs is the sound of a Audi five cylinder at 9000 RPMs under wide open throttle, spitting hellfire and brimstone between gears. That always puts a smile on my face.

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