Return to Oswego County Fairgrounds set for this weekend at Eastern Snocross Tour
Ingles Performance to present night racing in home turf
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. (Jan. 30, 2020) — It’s no secret that upstate New York is and always has been one of the nation’s premier destinations for snowmobile enthusiasts. With wide-open spaces and ample snowfall, riders flock to Oswego County to experience that thrill only winter can provide.
This weekend, sanctioned snowmobile racing returns to the area as the Eastern Snocross Tour (ESXT) invades the Oswego County Fairgrounds in Sandy Creek on Saturday and Sunday, Feb. 1-2, for two days of high-flying action.
Ingles Performance, of nearby Phoenix, N.Y., will serve as presenting sponsor for the Oswego event and welcome fans to come see Finals “Under the Lights” on Saturday evening. The Ingles family has a rich and well-documented history of supporting snocross and snowmobiling in general.
Spectator gates open at 3 p.m. on Saturday, while fans can head to their seats at 11 a.m. on Sunday. The Sunday program will run at standard times with key races running between 11 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. Admission is $15 per day for adults, $5 for children ages 8-12, and children age 7 and under are admitted free. Pit passes also available for an extra $5 for those wanting to see the teams up-close.
“The support we’ve had to make this race happen in a low-snow year has been nothing short of amazing,” series general manager Shawn Longbook said. “The Fair Board itself has extended the red carpet for us, and support from the community overall is heartwarming. We’re going to give these good people a great weekend of racing for that support. It’s the people here that will make this race succeed.”
Leading the charge into Sandy Creek are Pro riders Leo Patenaude and Corin Todd. Vermont native Patenaude (Ingles Performance/Ski-doo) won Round 1 in New Hampshire and brings plenty of momentum to Oswego. New York native Todd (Otego) won Round 2 and is always a threat for victory.
Athletes to watch in the talent-filled Pro Lite class include Dalton Jacquier, Gavin Fleury, Adam Ashline, Mitchell O’Keefe and Nick Edwards. Jacquier and Fleury each won a final to start the season.
Along with the high-flying excitement of the premier Pro Open and Pro Lite classes, the weekend in Sandy Creek will also feature competition in the Women, Sport and Junior divisions. There are classes for all ages and ability levels on the Eastern Snocross Tour. For more information, please go to http://visitoswegocounty.com/more-to-see-do/calendar/?mc_id=13461
The Eastern Snocross Tour is owned by longtime racer and team owner Bruce Gaspardi Sr., of North Adams, Massachusetts. Gaspardi and his Team Southside/Polaris squad have been fixtures in eastern regional snocross since the early 1990s. Having him at the helm adds stability for 2020.
For more information, please go to www.easternsnocross.com, and follow the series on Facebook and Twitter as the inaugural season unfolds.