Season opener in Plattsburgh next up for East Coast Snocross,
Presented by AMSOIL, Woody’s Traction and FXR
CLARKSBURG, Mass. (Jan. 18, 2016) – Now that winter has finally moved in to stay here in the northeast, the time to go snowmobile racing is here. After months of preparation at race shops throughout New England and New York, it’s time to load the trailers, pack the gear and get those sleds on the snow.
Race fans can get ready for another high-flying season, as East Coast Snocross (ECS) gets set for the 2016 season opener, on Saturday and Sunday, January 23-24, at
the Clinton County Fairgrounds in Plattsburgh, New York.
Spectator gates open at 10 a.m. each day. Admission is $12 per day for adults or $20 for a weekend pass. Children age 7 and under will be admitted free with a paying adult. Pit passes valid through the entire weekend will be available for an extra $10.
“We’ve had a lot going on in recent weeks behind the scenes, but now it’s time to build a great track at the Fairgrounds and go racing,” series owner Kurt Gagne said. “We’ve put some exciting new programs in place, including the Sunoco Sunday Holeshot award and a new class for Snow Bikes. Now we’ll go to work to promote our new partners and host what I think will be an exciting season from start to finish. I hope folks in the Champlain Valley will join us for what could be the biggest opener in years.”
Leading the charge into Plattsburgh is five-time Pro champion Danny Poirier, of St. Theodore, Quebec. Poirier (Ingles Performance/Ski-doo) is fresh off three wins in Pro Am Plus 30 competition during the first three AMSOIL Championship Snocross (ACS) races of the season. Poirier will be joined once again by fellow Canadian Mathieu Morin, who missed most of last season due to an injury.
The Pro Open field is loaded with talent this season, including veteran racer Chris Coleman, of Albany, New York. Coleman is now part of the Kislowski Racing/Arctic Cat organization and steps up to Pro after a strong 2015 season in Pro Lite. It’s a big jump, yet Coleman is up to the challenge.
In the Pro Lite class, defending champion Cody Paolella (Team Southside/Polaris) is back to defend his crown. Ready to challenge the talented athlete from Wallingford, Connecticut are riders like New York native Joe Bishop (Ingles Performance/Ski-doo) and Wade Acker (daSilva Racing/Ski-doo). The Pro Lite class is full of skilled racers on their way up, looking to make their mark on stock sleds before advancing to the premier Pro Open class.
Another division race fans will want to watch in Plattsburgh is the Southside Sales/Team Southside Sport class. This is where young athletes with a passion for snocross hone their skills before joining the highly-competitive Pro Lite ranks. The Sport class, along with Women, Juniors and even the 120s will provide some great racing not only in Plattsburgh, but throughout the entire 2016 season.
East Coast Snocross, presented by AMSOIL, Woody’s Traction and FXR, is an ISR-affiliated sanctioning body for snowmobile racing in the northeastern United States. ECS maintains a regional circuit intended to keep grass-roots snocross racing healthy in this part of the country while also cultivating new talent for tomorrow’s factory-backed national Pro teams.