After a pair of off-weekends that saw some teams venture west to compete in national events, the time has come to get back at it here in the east.
With just two points races remaining, those in the hunt for class titles will be highly focused as East Coast Snocross (ECS) gets set for Round 8 on the 2011 schedule on Saturday and Sunday, March 26-27, at the beautiful Peek'n Peak Resort& Spa in Findley Lake, New York.
Spectator gates open at 10 a.m. each day, with racing getting under way promptly at 10:30 a.m. Admission is just $12 per day for adults, children age 10 and under are admitted free with a paying adult. Pit passes (valid through the weekend) will be available for an extra $10.
Leading the charge into Findley Lake is Pro division point leader Mathieu Morin. The veteran rider from Val-D'Or, QC, has enjoyed a dominant season, winning 10 finals and the prestigious ECS $3,000 Challenge. Other Pro riders to watch as they chase Morin in Findley Lake include Hulten Speed Sports teammates Danny Poirier and Matt Piche (Polaris); Green Mountain Racing teammates Jason Boron and Matt Pichner (Arctic Cat); along with rookie sensations Corin Todd (Arctic Cat) and Lincoln Lemieux (Ski-doo).
Riders to watch in the talent-filled Semi-Pro division include point leaders Jacob Muller (Saturday) and Lucas Brunelle (Sunday). Only two points separate Brunelle from Chris Ackerman, while Muller maintains an 11-point margin over Ackerman in Saturday competition. Other Semi-Pro riders who will be gunning for wins and podium finishes include Jesse James Bonaduce, Jake daSilva, Dale Petrus, Joey Stock and Todd Smith.
Along with a full card points racing in the Pro and Semi-Pro divisions, Round 8 at Peek'n Peak will also feature some great battles in the Sport, Women and Junior divisions. The riders in these developmental classes work just as hard during race weekends while enjoying some great quality time with their families.
Last year at Peek'n Peak, eventual series champion Bobby "The Rage" LePage swept the Pro finals. The highly-aggressive Minnesota native returned to the ISOC national circuit for 2011 and will not be competing. In Semi-Pro action, Corin Todd and Ash Woskob split the finals. Todd has advanced to the Pro ranks while Woskob is currently out with a broken wrist.
Conveniently located just a short drive from several major interstate highways, the Peek'n Peak Resort& Spa is home to winter's perfect playground. This multi-generational gathering place is ideal for families and groups looking to enjoy the snow on and off the slopes.
Along with a host of restaurants, a ski school, indoor pool and playground, the mountain offers 27 perfectly-groomed trails serviced by eight lifts. Peek'n Peak also features miles of cross-country terrain for skiing and snowshoeing. To learn more, go to www.pknpk.com.
East Coast Snocross, presented by Woody's Traction and AMSOIL, is the new 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 snowbelt, while also cultivating new talent for tomorrow's factory-backed Pro teams.
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