ECS Announces Return of Sunoco Sunday Holeshot Award
CLARKSBURG, Mass. (Sept. 30, 2016) — Officials at ECS have announced the return of the award bonus program for the 2017 snocross season. While detailed changes to the program will be announced shortly, the original release of the program format is posted below.
Nov. 2015 - The Sunoco Sunday Holeshot award will boost the purse across 4 classes at all ECS points-paying events. The award will go to the first rider to reach a designated spot before Turn 1 in each class.
This exciting program was made possible thanks to longtime series partner John Holland at New England Racing Fuel in Burlington, Connecticut. "This new program is the first of many we're putting together this year to help teams and riders with the cost of racing," series owner Kurt Gagne said. "Thanks to John and Sunoco's valued support, we can boost the payout for Sunday finals in the Pro, Pro-Lite, Pro Women and Sport Stock classes. We appreciate these partners and hope to announce additional programs in the coming weeks."
With this new added bonus money available, the incentive to get that holeshot just doubled. The Sunoco Sunday Holeshot award will pay $100 to the quickest off the line in Pro; $75 in Pro-Lite; $75 in Pro Women and $50 in Sport Stock. Just another reason not to miss a single ECS class Final on Sunday afternoons this winter.
"I think from recent team news we're going to see a very competitive season ahead," Gagne added. "It's exciting to see the industry excited about racing again after another solid winter last year. This kind of support bodes well for the future of our sport.
Thanks to other valued partners like Philbrick Motorsports, we're working to draw new kids into snocross, as well. It's what we need to do."
New England Racing Fuel, based in Burlington, Connecticut, is the northeast regional distributor for Sunoco Racing Fuels, including the fuel used by ECS teams. Sunoco makes the world's top high-octane fuels recognized by racers of every type, from short track ovals to drag racers. Sunoco is the 'Official Fuel' of NASCAR, IndyCar, the NHRA and over 75 other sanctioned racing series.
As a reminder, ECS will be selling NERF's Sunoco Race Gas through its online race registration during the entire season. Fuel ordered by Wednesday will be delivered to the race site on Friday.
East Coast Snocross, 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 Pro teams.
“I was really happy to get the win on Saturday,” Brunelle said. “I got the holeshot, and never looked back. I just kept a steady pace the whole race, and it paid off. On Sunday, I had a couple of issues and decided not to push it. I'm thrilled with our results for my team and our great sponsors.”
Poirier, (Ingles Performance/Ski-doo) of St. Theodore, Quebec, slotted into second behind Dahlgren at the start of Sunday's final, but quickly found his way around the Swede and led from lap 2 to the finish. Dahlgren settled for second, while George capped a consistent weekend with a third-place finish.
Cody Paolella (Team Southside/Polaris) swept the Pro Lite class at Snow Ridge, nipping Wade Acker in a 10-lap tussle on Saturday while fellow Sport graduate Joe Bishop filled out the podium in third. On Sunday, local rider Andrew Bristol followed Paolella across the stripe for second while Acker powered his way to third.
“I think the weather was perfect and snow conditions were good,” Paolella said. “It was a little different to race on a ski hill. The downhill part made it challenging by having to use the brake to get through the bumps. The track was pretty wide with some good jumps, but I'd still say it was important to get a good start because the snow dust was pretty bad. I'm super pleased to sweep both finals.”
In Sport class action, Bristol held off a hard-charging Marco Travaglini and Dalton Jacquier for top honors in Saturday's Super Stock final. On Sunday, Travaglini found redeption as he outgunned Jamie Vanderaa and Jeff Roylance for top honors. This class is where tomorrow's Pro Lite stars hone their skills, and the 2015 season is delivering some great racing from these young athletes.
Other big winners over the weekend at Snow Ridge include Nykea Williams (Pro Women Sat. and Sun.); Bruce Gaspardi Jr. (Plus 25 Sat. and Sun.); Michael Newman (Jr. 16-17 Sat.); and Anthony Paige (Jr. 16-17 Sunday). Congratulations to all of our final round winners in Turin on a job well done.
East Coast Snocross would like to thank Snow Ridge owner Brad Horn, Russ Horn and the entire staff for hosting Round 4. The warmth and hospitality extended to our racing fraternity was second to none, and this facility is ideal for snocross on the famed Tug Hill plateau. While trail riders have frequented the Tug Hill region for decades, racers are quickly becoming fond of it, as well.
Teams will now prepare for a trip to western New York this coming weekend, Feb. 6-7, to join with ISOC at the Seneca Allegany Casino in Salamanca for the Eastern Nationals. This is ISOC's only race in the east, and ECS athletes will be looking to impress the big teams.
East Coast Snocross, presented by AMSOIL, Woody's Traction and FXR, is the eastern regional affiliate of ISOC. ECS strives to maintain a healthy level of competition in grassroots snocross, while also cultivating new talent for tomorrow's factory-backed national teams.