Return to Bennington, VT next stop for ECS Conx2share Series,
Presented by Woody’s Traction and FXR
CLARKSBURG, Mass. (Feb. 13, 2017) – In the early 1990s, the sport of snowmobile snocross was in its infancy here in the northeast. Southern Vermont was a hotbed for the sport in those days, with Haystack Mountain hosting races, and Mount Snow playing host to the famed Winter X Games.
The high-flying action of snocross is about to return to its roots, as East Coast Snocross (ECS) gets ready for a return to Willow Park in historic Bennington on Saturday and Sunday, Feb. 18-19.
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. First-round Pro qualifying will begin at 11 a.m. both days, with Finals for Pro Open, Pro Lite and Pro Women set for approximately 3 p.m. each day.
“Everybody in the greater Bennington area welcomed us with open arms last winter,” series owner Kurt Gagne said. “This year, we were able to maintain a practice track at Willow Park, which I know drew some attention. We’ve excited about going back there with another points race, and hope to see a good come out to enjoy the racing. I feel snocross is a natural fit for Bennington, Vermont.”
Leading the charge into Bennington are Team Southside/Polaris Pro riders Kristoffer Holm and Cody Paolella. Holm, of Storlett, Norway, has shown great speed early this season as he adapts to racing in New England. Paolella, of Wallingford, CT, earned the Pro Lite crown in 2016 and is rapidly gaining skills in Pro Open as he gets familiar with competing on a high-strung Mod sled.
Riders to watch in the highly-competitive Pro Lite class (Stock 600cc sleds) include Dylan Roes, of Lowville, NY; Dalton Jacquier, of Canaan, CT; Marco Travaglini, of Norfolk, CT; Michael Newman, of Stamford, CT; Scott VandeBorne, of Denfield, Ontario; and New York’s Jared Gessner.
Along with the high-flying action in the premier Pro Open, Pro Lite and Pro Women classes, the weekend in Bennington will also feature plenty of exciting racing for the new MotoTrax Snow Bike class, along with the developmental Southside Sales & Service Sport class, the Junior and 120 classes.
There will be a host of vendors on hand track-side to offer hot food and beverages for race fans.
Willow Park serves as Bennington’s community park, and at just under 60 acres is large enough to handle a variety of functions. It includes picnic areas and pavilions, attractive playgrounds, a trail loop, playing fields and a connection to the multi-use path along East Road. It is the ideal location for a snowmobile race in southwestern Vermont.
The East Coast Snocross Conx2share Series, presented by 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.