ECS to return to Fonda this weekend
FONDA – Due to insufficient site conditions for Saturday and Sunday, the East Coast Snocross event scheduled for Lake George, this ECS tour event will move to the Fonda Speedway on those days.
The Fonda Speedway hosted event number two on the ECS Snocross schedule earlier this month and will now host event number five as well.
Despite rainy conditions at the inaugural event at the speedway back in January, spectator support was strong for the ECS debut at the track.
A great opportunity for the little snocrossers at Fonda will be that all 120cc classes will be free entry on Saturday. Those new to snocross, should make sure all safety requirements are in place before signing up including helmet, gloves, safety vest, and working tether kill switch. Tek Vests will be available to rent in the event for those who do not have one, a news release said.
The event at Fonda will be sponsored by DeLorenzo Speedway Management, Recovery Sports Grill, REO Welding, BBL Carlton, and Parker & Hammond. Racer gates for the pit area will open at 6:45 a.m. with spectator gates opening at 10:30 a.m. and pro racing beginning at 11:45 a.m. Spectator admission at Fonda will be $12 for adults per day, $5 for children ages 8-12, while children 7 and younger will be admitted free.
At the first snocross event held at Fonda on Jan. 11 and 12, Wisconsin native Mike Bauer and multi-time champion Danny Poirier split the pro finals as the East Coast Snocross series made its debut at the historic “Track of Champions.”
Bauer (Jess Racing/Arctic Cat) won the 2-lap Pro Open battle over Poirier and Pro rookie Mike Pilotte (Team Southside/Mystic Lubricants Polaris) on Jan. 11, while Poirier (Ingles Performance/Ski-doo) led from start to finish in the 10-lap final on Jan. 12. Poirier’s teammates Mathieu Morin of Val D’Or, Quebec, and Michigan native Kevin Wallenstein finished second and third, respectively, to give the Ingles squad a first-time sweep of the pro podium.
“Lincoln [Lemieux] had gotten a great start and I just kept pace with him while trying different lines,” Bauer said after the event win in January at Fonda. “After the halfway point, I felt relaxed and ready to push. The rain made visibility very difficult, but I’m pumped to come through for the win. Carl, Ziggy and this whole Jess Racing Arctic Cat team is working hard to make this happen. I’m excited to win and can’t wait to see what the next races will bring.”
“I pushed hard the entire race and was able to get the win,” Poirier said. “Mathieu [Morin] was right on my bumper the whole way, but my sled was perfect. I’ve put in a lot of time with my mechanics, Ingles and Ski-doo to get to this level of performance. I’m more comfortable on this new Ski-doo than any other sled I’ve ridden in my career. Yet I’m still learning the sled and think I can do even better.”
Jesse James Bonaduce (Miksen Racing/Ski-doo) continued his early-season assault on the pro-lite title with another win Jan. 11. On Jan. 12, it was another pro-lite rookie who turned some heads. Hunter Patenaude grabbed the holeshot and led all eight laps to prevail in a hotly contested affair. In sport action at Fonda, rising star Cody Paolella won the super stock finals both Jan. 11 and 12.
Other final-round winners over the weekend in January at Fonda included Marco Travaglini (junior 16-17 Jan. 11) and Vermonter Bradley Tatro (junior 16-17 Jan. 12); Steffanie Lemieux-Bell (pro women Jan. 11 and Jan. 12); Joe Lemieux (plus 30 pro am); and Bruce Gaspardi Jr. (plus 25/35 Jan. 11 and Jan. 12).