CLARKSBURG, Mass. (Feb. 9, 2015) – After a successful debut there last winter, the excitement of championship snowmobile racing returns to western Massachusetts, as East Coast Snocross (ECS) will contest round six of its nine-race 2015 schedule on Saturday and Sunday, Feb. 14-15, at The Range in North Adams.
Spectator gates open at 9 a.m. each day, with all Finals concluding shortly after 3:30 p.m. Admission is $15 per day for adults or $25 for a weekend pass. Children age 7 and under will be admitted free with a paying adult. Pit passes valid through the weekend are available for an extra $10.
Leading the charge into North Adams is defending and four-time Pro Open champion Danny Poirier. The Quebec native has been on a tear this season aboard his Ingles Performance/Ski-doo, piling up four wins and multiple podiums as he strives for a fifth title. Working hard to challenge Poirier for that crown is series newcomer Johan Dahlgren, of Sweden, who already has a pair of wins this season riding his Team Southside/Mystic Lubricants Polaris.
ECS officials are pleased to announce that $2,000 has been added to the Pro and Pro Lite purses for this event. Pro riders will battle for an additional $600 per day ($300 to win, $200 for second and $100 for third), while Pro Lite racers will go ski-to-ski for an extra $400 ($200 to win, $125 for second and $75 for third). This boost in purse is sure to ignite plenty of intense competition in North Adams.
Leading the charge in the talent-filled Pro Lite class will be riders like Vermont veteran Wade Acker and red-hot rookie Cody Paolella. Acker has been on the podium several times this season, while Paolella swept the Pro Lite finals during Round four in Turin, New York. As in the premier Pro Open class, all three active sled builders (Arctic Cat, Ski-doo and Polaris) are well represented here with their latest limited production racing machines.
Along with thrilling qualifying heats and finals in Pro and Pro Lite, fans can expect plenty of great racing in the Sport, Women, Junior, and Trail classes, as well. ECS has recently added 800cc trail sleds to its entry-level classes so more recreational riders can test the waters of snocross. Add a 120cc program for kids ages 6 to 10, and you have a fun-filled weekend the entire family can enjoy.
Located at 1190 South State Street/Rte. 8 (Curran Highway) in historic North Adams, The Range is a 30-acre property which serves as a center for recreation and as a valued attraction to the area.
The property offers a large pit and paddock area for race teams; bleacher seats, food and beverage vendors for spectators; and easy highway ingress and egress for all attendees. A variety of choices for lodging, dining and socializing are located within a short drive from The Range.
East Coast Snocross, presented by AMSOIL, Woody’s Traction and FXR, is the eastern regional affiliate of ISOC. ECS strives to maintain a healthy level of competition in grassroots snocross, while also cultivating new talent for tomorrow’s factory-backed national teams.