Morin, Poirier split ECS pro finals at Fonda

FONDA – Former regional snocross champions Mathieu Morin and Danny Poirier each claimed a pro open final over the weekend, as East Coast Snocross completed Round 5 of its 10-race 2014 schedule at historic Fonda Speedway.

Morin (Ingles Performance/Ski-doo), of Val-d’Or, Quebec, led every lap of the grueling 15-lap final Feb. 2 to post his second victory of the season. Poirier was rock-solid behind him the whole race to make it a 1-2 finish for his team, while Vermont veteran Lincoln Lemieux filled out the podium.

“I got a great holeshot which made it easier to make some time while the others battled behind me,” Morin said in a news release. “I was riding all out during the first half of the final, then Sebastien (Fortier, his mechanic) let me know I had a big lead so I backed off a little and just had fun. This second win was long overdue and it feels fantastic.”

Poirier (Ingles Performance/Ski-doo), of St. Theodore, Quebec, dominated the 14-lap grind with a strong holeshot Feb. 1. With five wins in 10 starts, Poirier has his eyes on the prize and momentum on his side. Morin started his weekend with a strong second place run, while Wisconsin’s Mike Bauer (Jess Racing/Arctic Cat) continued his strong season in third.

“The track was very challenging last weekend,” Poirier said in the release. “It was a very fast track with a weird combination of wet, heavy snow on top and icy snow underneath. That makes for good racing, because you have to stay on your toes the whole race. I think we (Mathieu and I) led every lap of in the pro finals.”

In pro lite action at Fonda, young Hunter Patenaude (Ingles Performance/Ski-doo) stole the spotlight once again. On Feb. 1, Hunter settled into second as the Final got under way. He powered his way past Montana Jess (Jess Racing/Arctic Cat) on lap seven and hung on for top honors. Jess settled for second, while Jason Boron (Team Southside/Mystic Lubricants Polaris) came home third.

On Feb. 2, Patenaude made a last-lap pass on Boron to steal the win in dramatic fashion. Boron capped his best weekend of the season with a second-place finish, with teammate Chris Coleman third. Patenaude has enjoyed a strong rookie season in pro lite, challenging for wins nearly every week.

In sport action at Fonda, second generation racer Bruce Gaspardi Jr. (Team Southside/Mystic Lubricants Polaris) registered a rare “hat trick” with three impressive victories. Gaspardi won the sport super stock finals on Feb. 1 and 2, along with the plus 25/35 event Feb. 2.

The athlete from western Massachusetts won four out of five classes he entered. Only Todd Smith, also a part of Team Southside, bested Gaspardi in the plus 25/35 final Feb. 1.

Other final round winners over the weekend in Fonda include Nykea Williams (pro women – Feb. 1); Steff Bell (pro women – Feb 2); and Ryan Dupont (junior 16-17, Feb. 1 and 2).

East Coast Snocross would like to thank Matt DeLorenzo and his staff at Fonda Speedway for hosting a second event this season.

Fonda is the best thing to happen to ECS since it was created. Warm temperatures and even a light rain made track conditions a challenge, but that didn’t keep Mohawk Valley race fans away. This venue proved more than ideal for snocross in 2014.

After three consecutive weekends of racing, most teams will now make the trek west to the Seneca Allegany Casino for the U.S. Air Force Eastern Nationals in Salamanca.

This is ISOC’s only show in the east, and fans will pack in by the thousands as they did last winter, the release said.

East Coast Snocross, presented by AMSOIL and Woody’s Traction, is the eastern affiliate of International Series of Champions, the national sanctioning body for snocross.

ECS strives to maintain a healthy level of grass-roots snocross in the northeast, while cultivating new talent for tomorrow’s factory-backed Pro teams.

For full results from the Fonda event or more information, visit the East Coast Snocross website, www.eastcoastsnocross.com.