Riders ready to add snocross to racing history at Airborne for East Coast Snocross series,

When snowmobile racers from around the northeast and eastern Canada converge on historic Airborne Speedway, a different kind of horsepower will be unleashed hallowed grounds.

Snocross riders of all ages and ability levels are preparing for a cold-weather assault on Airborne,

as East Coast Snocross (ECS) gets set for Round 2 of its nine-race 2012-13 schedule on Saturday and Sunday,

Jan. 12-13, at the famed ½-mile paved oval in Plattsburgh, New York.

Spectator gates open at 10:30 a.m. each day, with amateur qualifying rounds already in progress.

Pro racing begins at 12:30 p.m. both days. Admission is $12 per day for adults, $5 for children ages 6-12, kids

age 5 and under will be admitted free with a paying adult.

Montana Jess and Mike Pilotte

The weekend will feature a full card of championship points racing in five divisions (Pro, Pro Lite,

Sport, Junior and Women), along with the first leg of the new $7,500 Triple Crown. This three-race series for

Pro and Pro Lite riders from ECS and the Quebec-based SCM circuit adds even more excitement for fans –

and the international rivalry starts at Airborne.

Riders from every division are excited about the opportunity to bring snocross to a place known for

fast-paced racing. Many feel competing at Airborne should be very special.

"The track at the Crete center the past two years has been great," said veteran Sport division rider

Bruce Gaspardi Jr., of Team Southside/Polaris in Massachusetts. "I think the decision to move the event to

Airborne Speedway is going to make it a better experience for both fans and racers. Racing at high-profile

facilities like Airborne moves our sport forward and improves snocross racing here in the Northeast."

Former Pro champion Mathieu Morin has been practicing during the holiday break and is anxious

to see Airborne for the first time. A native of Quebec, the ECS regular who rides for Damexco Racing and Skidoo

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has won at the national level and is an extremely gifted athlete.

"I know when we get there, a lot of attention will be paid to the Triple Crown races and Pro action

in general," Morin said. "I am hoping to give Ski-doo and my team a great run. We didn’t get off to the best

start at Burke Mountain, but the sleds are ready and we’re putting in laps to train. I’ve heard about the history

at Airborne, and would love to make a little history of my own next weekend."

Pro Lite rider Mike Pilotte (Team Southside/Polaris) is coming off a red-hot start to the season,

sweeping the finals at Burke Mountain. The former ATV racer from Fall River, Mass., knows Airborne is a

popular track among the stock car crowd and wants nothing more than to win there.

 

Riders anxious to compete at Airborne Speedway

"I think kicking off the Triple Crown at a nice track like Airborne is fantastic," Pilotte said. "That

place hosts those wild Dirt Modifieds that run with pavement tires, and they fly. We won’t be quite that fast

there, but I know snocross will be exciting for fans in the stands. I hope to win for Polaris and my team, and I

hope we all put on a good show for the fans."

This weekend’s snocross extravaganza at Airborne is made possible by highly-valued sponsors like

the Akwesasne Mohawk Casino, Della Motorsports, Econo Lodge, Liquor & Wine Warehouse, WOKO,

Morrisonville Septic, WIZN and KOOL 105 FM. Officials from both ECS and SCM thank them for

supporting this event.

East Coast Snocross, presented by AMSOIL and Woody’s Traction, strives to maintain a regional

circuit intended to keep grass-roots snocross racing healthy in this part of the Snowbelt while also cultivating

new talent for tomorrow’s factory-backed Pro teams.

For more information, please go to www.eastcoastsnocross.com.

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